Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hyde Park Sunday Market & Fruitwood Standup Market

I had a fun father/daughter afternoon with my dad today – first with an intense spinning class at the YMCA, then eating and cancelling out all our calories we burned!

The first Sunday of each month there is a farmer’s market in Hyde Park.  I’m usually working, but luckily this month I was off for it.  Since we were still sweating from the workout, we cooled off with popsicles from Whatever Pops.  I’ve had them before at the Flicks & Food Trucks.   

The popsicles are handmade from fresh, natural ingredients, and the flavors aren’t ones you’d find in an ordinary popsicle.  I loved the Riesling Pear flavor I had at a previous market.  This time I tried the Strawberry Basil and my dad had Coconut Lime (and promptly started singing the Lime in the Coconut song…).  Both were super refreshing on this hot day.  You can check out their website to see where their stand will be set up, or you can purchase them at Duckweed Urban Market downtown.   
Next, my dad wanted to stop at Eden’s Nectar to stock up on some local honey.  He buys the seasonal honey to help with his pollen allergies.  The honey he bought today was a huge 42 ounce jar that should help build up his immune system against the August – November pollens. 
Our last stop at the market was Blessings of Home Jammery, which sells all-natural, small-batch jams.  They had some unique flavors, including mango habaƱero, carrot cake, and apple pie jams.  We ended up with the fresh raspberry and ginger pear – looking forward to eating mine!
They did have a bunch of food trucks at the Hyde Park Market, but unfortunately by the time we were ready for lunch, most of them were packing up.  Instead, we drove down the street to Fruitwood Standup Market since I’d heard great things about it but hadn’t been yet.  It is located right next to Smoothie King on Swann.  It had a rustic-industrial vibe (just like all the other new restaurants we’ve been to lately!) with exposed brick walls, wood and metal accents, and mason jar pendant lights.   
Fruitwood has a wide range of unique flatbreads, along with salads, wraps, and fresh fruit juices.  Today I tried AJ’s Pink Flamingo Flatbread and my dad had the 3 Cheese White with Spinach.  Mine had red sauce, pecorino romano cheese, prosciutto, pistachios, arugula, asiago, and a honey mustard drizzle.  My dad’s had mozzarella, sharp white cheddar, and pecorino romano cheeses, spinach, and fresh shaved asiago (so I guess if you count the asiago it’s really a 4 cheese pizza…) Both were fantastic – cooked in a wood-fire oven right in front of us.  The flatbread crust is a thin, crispy honey-wheat.  We had our lunch outside on the high-backed wooden benches.  I’ll definitely be back again soon. 

The Hyde Park Village Fresh Market takes placed the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am – 3pm

Fruitwood Standup Market is located at 2203 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606 and is open from 7am – 9pm Monday through Fridays, 9am – 9pm on Saturdays, and 11am – 7pm on Sundays. 

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