Thursday, September 4, 2014

Madeira Beach Mid-Week Market

Most fresh markets seem to happen on the weekends – and since Lance & I either have Tuesdays or Wednesdays off together, that means we can’t normally go to them.  But we found out about Madeira Beach’s Mid-Week Morning Market and decided to check it out.  It goes 9am – 2pm on Wednesdays on Madeira Way between Gulf Blvd and Tom Stuart Causeway. 
We read online that the market had about 80 vendors each week (in reality it seemed like 40 at most).  It was a mix of food, crafts, and fresh produce.  For breakfast we tried a guava-cream cheese empanada from Authentic Empanadas.  It was filled pretty generously with a guava jam inside. 
After that, we took a walk around to check out the other vendors and nearby shops.  We were still a bit hungry, so we visited the Hahn’s Kettle Corn stand.  They had a nice variety of flavors to sample – we ended up getting a medium bag of the cinnamon caramel kettle corn (which really should be called an extra- large…we only made it through a few handfuls and still have ¾ the bag leftover). 
I still like the Hyde Park and Downtown Tampa markets better – they seem to have a bit more selection.  Some of the booths were a bit too pushy trying to sell us things that we didn’t really need (one woman kept trying to convince us to stay at a hotel in St. Pete beach…we explained to her that living in Tampa, we’d probably just sleep at home if we visited St. Pete for the day…)

It was still fun to check out – although maybe better in the fall or winter when it isn’t so darn hot outside. 

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