for the soul!
By DEANNA FRANKS
God intended us to eat many things, of which are "fruits of
the earth." With that in mind and the fact St Petersburg has
an endearing Saturday morning downtown market, I invite you to take
a walk with me along Central Ave. and see if anything does your
Fresh flowers, potted
plants and ample produce act as the market's west gate while mouth
watering BBQ and a tasty breakfast oasis carve a line eastward.
Beyond sensational eats, the market showcases live music as well
as arts and crafts featuring local scenery.
Steps away from the
picturesque downtown pier, the St Pete market welcomes visitors
between 9:00AM and 2:00PM every Saturday from October until May.
"Summers are just too hot for this kind of thing" shares
Juliana Brie also known as "the cheese lady". Juliana
is proud to offer a wide variety of local and imported cheeses which
seem to attract tons of local customers flocking to her delicious
samples. "I sell out almost every week" says Brie who's
last name matches her most popular type of cheese. She giggles explaining
the coincidence has always been a fun ice breaker and remains thankful
for her home based business. "What are the odds of that-- I
mean come on!"
bites into a colorful tangerine and quickly finds out why this zesty
fruit is meant to be peeled first. "We've been getting our
produce here for a couple years, this is Gracie's favorite thing
to do on Saturdays besides church" says mom, a St Pete resident
who migrated from Ohio six years ago in search of tropical pleasures
such as this. "I think it's awesome that we're walking around
buying produce and enjoying breakfast outside in 75 degree weather
while my dad is knee deep in snow trying to clear his driveway back
Welcoming more than
8,000 vacationers each month, the St Pete market has become more
than a trendy place to gift shop. It also serves as convenience
store for numerous boaters docked along the pier. "My wife
Debbie and I get most our food here" says William Birks, a
retired Army Captain turned avid sailer. He admits "This is
one of the best spots along the west coast, we get pies, bread,
our coffee, fruit and veggies, if they had milk we'd be all set!"
For kids of all ages...
By CARL WEST
Isabel recounts the lemons making sure she has exactly four.
Then the toddler picked-up three bright yellow bananas and one big
melon, "the bigger the better kuz melons are all the same price
More than a swell
place for kids, adults and friendly pooches the downtown St Pete
market is a poetic gateway to the amazing tropical eden shared between
the downtown pier and the charming Vinoy area.
I am proud to say
my wife, daughter and I shop at the downtown market regularly where
we usually eat breakfast, get fresh produce for the week ahead and
sometimes treat ourselves to local arts & crafts, or indulge
in delicious sweets. We've invited friends, relatives, everyone
loves it! I'm curious as to how many other towns do this type of
thing, by that I mean close off an entire block of the downtown
core every Saturday morning!
I have to say is praise the Lord! To me, it's a fantastic use of
streets paved by our tax dollars. It's a place where kids of all
ages can eat, shop and even dance to Jazz
music one week, Blues the next.
The St Pete market
is where I get to enjoy tasty home fries with my steaming scrambled
eggs and OJ squeezed right before my eyes. Smiles all around, fresh
flowers, fresh bread, fresh attitudes. We'll see you there!
Morning in Downtown St. Petersburg
Saturdays 9:00AM to 2:00PM
David Cellon Market Manager
Central Ave at 2nd Street
Open from October to May
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