SEMINOLE – Seminole foodies rejoice! A new weekly farmers market launches in November at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
The Seminole Wednesday Market, which kicks off Nov. 7, will run Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April.
The market is moving to Seminole from Madeira Beach, where it operated for the past four years, said Laura Garrison, market operations manager for The Beach Markets, which also runs the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market.
While gearing up for its fifth season in Madeira Beach, the city told Garrison the market’s permit wouldn’t be renewed.
“They told us it wasn’t happening because of construction that was imminent there,” she said.
The market operated on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and Tom Stuart Causeway, setting up between 60 and 80 vendors. But the planned construction project would have begun after the new season already started, Garrison said.
“We would have been told that we would be in our season when we’d have to be moved,” she said. “It’s virtually impossible to move a market when you’re in the middle of season.”
While Madeira Beach market “was really fun and successful,” Garrison said, “I think the move to Seminole is going to be just awesome.”
Though the market was courted by other communities, Seminole was their top choice, she added. It’s close enough to their former Madeira Beach location that they’ll draw from the crowd that attended those weekly markets, she said. Additionally, Seminole city leaders have been supportive of the move.
“Seminole is a great location, and the City Council has been great about it,” she said. “The mayor has been so excited about it.”
The Seminole Wednesday Market will open with 50 vendors – everything from vegetables and specialty foods to fine art.
“Hidden, humble treasures is what I call them,” she said. “In my opinion, we’ve got some really great people.”
Though the list of initial vendors is closed, Garrison said, the waiting list is open. Vendors often drop out, she said. Also, market organizers would like to eventually expand to 65 vendors.
There’s never been a market like this in Seminole, Garrison added.
“So, it’s something really different for people, something brand new for Seminole,” she said, “and it will give people – especially snowbirds – something to do in the middle of the week.”
She added, Seminole lacks “a true downtown, like most cities do.” Where the market will take place, next to the recreation center and near city hall and St. Petersburg College, “is as close as you can get to calling someplace a downtown in Seminole.”
Garrison hopes the Seminole Wednesday Market will become a destination that connects residents.
“We want to make this a really positive thing for the community, a meet and greet, and a gathering place,” she said. “Come out on a Wednesday and have some fun, try some unique goodies and meet some vendors and friends.”