Buy Local Produce at a Farmer’s Market

Spend time this summer at a Farmer’s Market. If you have never been to one, they are festival-like outdoor markets that offer affordable, in-season produce and food from local farms and orchards. Local and in-season produce is fresher, more flavorful, and more nutritious than grocery store brands because they are allowed to develop to peak ripeness before being harvested. Farmer’s market prices can also be a lot cheaper than grocery store brands, and the produce is naturally larger.

19d0bafd337c6174830357fab231685dThe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offer a few strategies for Farmer’s market shopping:

  • Talk to the farmers. They can give you preparation and cooking techniques and answer any questions you may have.
  • For freshest produce arrive early. The best looking, freshest produce goes fast, so arrive early if you want the best choices.
  • For cheapest produce sleep in, and head out to the market later. The produce may not be the prettiest or the freshest, but whatever is left they will usually be selling at a discounted rate.

What veggies are in season this month:

  •   Avocado
  •   Cantaloupe
  •   Eggplant
  •   Guava
  •   Mango
  •   Mushroom
  •   Orange
  •   Papaya
  •   Passion Fruit
  •   Peanut
  •   Potato
  •   Sweet Corn
  •   Tomato
  •   Watermelon

Keep in touch with Florida’s in season produce through the Florida agriculture website:

http://www.florida-agriculture.com/consumers/crops/inseason/

Untitled pictureThe most local farmer’s markets to the USF Tampa campus:

(Each market is about a 20 minute drive from campus)

Fresh Market at Wiregrass

1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The dates this summer are June 15, July 6, July 20, August 3, & August 17

http://www.theshopsatwiregrass.com/event/fresh-market-at-wiregrass/2145410888

Ybor City Fresh Market

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

http://www.ybormarket.com/contact_us_location

Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village

1st Sunday of every month 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

The dates this summer are July 7 & August 4

http://www.tampabaymarkets.com/fresh-market-at-hyde-park-village

North Tampa Market

Every 2nd Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The dates this summer are July 13 & August 10

http://www.carrollwoodcenter.org/events/north-tampa-fresh-market/

A list of all of the farmer’s markets in the entire Tampa Bay Area can be found here:

http://www.saturdaymorningmarket.com/page.php?cat_id=100

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Pets are allowed at all markets as long as they are properly leashed!

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  1. People can also check out the Sanwa Market too! Not completely a farmer’s market but it’s pretty close and it’s open almost all day everyday! That is where I get my produce from—starting from this week since I just went my first time! 🙂

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