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Fries and Florals – St. Pete’s New Sunday Market

Fries and Florals - St. Pete’s New Sunday Market
Grace Ipalawatte

St. Pete is no stranger to a good farmer’s market. Honestly, the Tampa Bay Area could be nicknamed the Farmer’s Market Capital of the World. Every weekend, hundreds of locals come out to browse the delicious cuisines and produce offered at these different markets. From piles of leafy green lettuce to beautiful gold jewelry and bowls of hot dumpling soups. The new Sunday Market, hosted at our very own St. Pete High, opened last January and it has been a massive success. From 10 am- 2 pm, the market takes place on Devil’s Drive and will continue through May, restarting in the fall. According to an article by I Love the Burg, there are over 75 vendors on site every week. Curated by Tampa Bay Markets, the various booths consist of clothing, bread, jewelry, cookies, smoothies, and even crepes. As guests explore the different vendors, they can hear the uplifting beats of various local musicians. 

Vicki from Tampa Bay Markets said that they run “13 different markets all over the Tampa Bay Area”, and “about 650 vendors that [they] rotate through the markets.” They aim to make the market year-round as well. Lori Poliski, the founder of Flori, a flower shop, says that the best part of the market is meeting people and connecting with them through her flowers. She actually began her business at farmer’s markets but after high demand, began making bouquets for weddings. Christina from Olive the World, which sells olive oils, truffle zests, various dressings and dips, pasta, and risottos, agrees that the best part of the market is “Meeting locals” and “Hearing how much they love the food”. This new market is a unique blend of cultural cuisines, entertainment, and accessories that give St. Pete citizens an exciting new place to meet and connect with others.

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