The Saturday Morning Market has become sort of an institution in St. Pete. Thousands of people come out every Saturday to visit their favorite vendors who set up shop at the weekly market. It’s become one of the largest outdoor markets in the country that operates year round (in the summer months, the market moves a few blocks away to the more shaded area of Williams Park).
Once you visit once, it’s no mystery why people flock to the outdoor market with 100+ vendors, which takes over half of the Al Lang Stadium parking lot. There’s plenty of ready to eat food stands – from crepes to Ethiopian food, there is literally something for everybody. Plus there’s live music to keep you entertained. It’s one of those events that captures the true essence of St. Pete by highlighting how our community values and supports local businesses.
One of the biggest draws is the local, organic produce. Why go anywhere else when you can come here and actually know where your food is coming from. Am I right? The two organic stands, Worden Farm + Little Pond Farm are conveniently located right next to each other. These are local farmers bringing us their most recent harvest of seasonal veggies. I picked up a few radishes and sunflower green (sprouts) to spruce up my dinner salads.
I highly recommend checking out the “About” pages on both of their websites (here and here) because what they do is incredible. Little Pond Farm also participates in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you pay an annual fee and receive produce for the whole growing season, which can be picked up from them at the Market. It’s sold out for the season but I made sure to get on the waiting list for the next one!
There are a couple other non-organic produce stands at the market located on the complete other end of the market so people can easily distinguish between those and the two I mention above.
The sunflowers, when in season, are a big hit. If you go later than noon, you run the risk of getting a less than perfect bunch or none at all. I can say that I have gone to the market multiple times solely to buy sunflowers. They’re bigger than most I have seen and just the sight of them will put a smile on your face (see photo above).
On this particular morning, I had a craving for tacos. So naturally, I (along with my adorable puppy + boyfriend) headed on over to The Taco Lady, a veteran vendor that’s been around for as long as I can remember.
I ordered the mahi tacos with salsa, slaw and a sour cream sauce. The platter is served with a side of black beans + rice topped with queso fresco. I picked out a couple bottles from the impressive hot sauce bar to add a little spiciness and topped the tacos with a handful pickled onions.
We headed over to the dining area near the music tent to eat our lunch.The mahi was very fresh and we loved the tortillas! I believe they were a mix of corn and flour, so my boyfriend and I were both happy (this is quite a battle at times).
After some much needed grubbing, I did a little browsing. I often end up at the tent of O’Berry’s Succulents because I always love their funky and unique succulent potters. The owner is super friendly and will tell you what you need to know to care for these babies becuase if you’re like me, this can be challenging (you can also find plant care info on their website here).
It was a tough decision as there were so many colorful options but that day I walked away with my very own magical unicorn, which was home to a healthy Hindu Rope plant. I knew it would be a great addition to a lonely looking lamp on my nightstand.
I’m so thrilled that the Saturday Morning Market has been going strong for 14 years (crazy, right?). While it’s grown so much over the years, it still has that same charm drawing us back every time. Kinda like the kid, ahem.. young man (I swear he was 10 like yesterday) dishing out the freshly squeezed pineapple and orange juices that on a warm (or cool) and sunny Saturday morning are hard to resist.
The Market offers one of the best opportunities to shop local. It runs from 9am-2pm and I recommend coming early to beat the crowds and ensure you won’t miss out on any of the awesome food or crafts up for grabs.
Saturday Morning Market
Hours: 9-2pm every Saturday
Location: First Ave S and 1st Street Map
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