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Gulfport Fresh Market open to 8 p.m.

Article published on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
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The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market offers extended hours and special events on the first Tuesday of each month. Hours on each First Tuesday are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
GULFPORT - The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is welcoming “snowbird” season with extended hours and special events on the first Tuesday of each month. Hours on each First Tuesday are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, will mark the second opportunity for evening shopping at the Market, along with a cooking demonstration by a popular local chef. Evening hours have been instituted in response to comments by many residents and visitors that they would love to enjoy the Fresh Market, but are unable to do so because of their weekday work schedules. The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market will be one of the only Markets in the region to offer evening hours. Regular weekly hours for the Fresh Market are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on other Tuesdays. The Market is held on Beach Boulevard below 29th Avenue South.

On Nov. 6, beginning at 6 p.m., Chef James Clark will demonstrate the preparation of his own sun-dried tomato focaccia bread. Clark is the chef and owner of T and Me Tea Co. in Gulfport. He was previously a chef at the St. Petersburg Vinoy Resort.

His focaccia bread is a crowd favorite at T and Me. He will take questions and offer food samples. Clark’s demonstration will be held at the outdoor courtyard adjacent to Salty Sal’s, 2930 Beach Blvd. S.

Other cooking demonstrations and events are planned for each first Tuesday evening at the Fresh Market continuing through the season.

More than 50 vendors are present at the Fresh Market each Tuesday, day and evening, offering a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, seafood, Florida grass-fed beef, honey, herbs, sauces, jams, desserts, and other unique and artisan foods.

Shoppers may choose from ingredients to make their own dinner, or prepared foods that are ready to take home to heat and eat.

As always, many other items are available from Market vendors, including hand-made bath and body items, jewelry, plants and flowers, art work and crafts and much more.

Live music is always featured during the Fresh Market and will also be part of the evening experience.

The village in which the Market takes place includes a variety of independent shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants, all within easy walking distance. The cluster of restaurants in the village has become one of Tampa Bay’s premier dining destinations. Shops and restaurants will be open and will welcome Tuesday evening visitors.

Parking is free.

Gulfport’s Fresh Market is a community-spirited gathering in a small, "Old Florida"-style town, offering “food for your body and community spirit for your soul.”

More information and photos can be found at or on Facebook at

For more information, contact Daniel Hodge at 727-366-4086 or email
Article published on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
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