Saturday Morning Market, St. Pete
9 May 2015
Today was as sunny as you might expect any Florida summer day to be. We’ll just gloss over the fact that summer is still more than a month away.
At any rate, most of the weekend parking in St. Petersburg is free, unless you want to park in a lot that charges. Unless there is an event going on at Tropicana Field or somewhere else nearby, the parking isn’t usually too much of an issue. There is also a variety of parking spots available, which is great for anyone who is not comfortable with parallel parking (me!).
Thankfully, St. Pete has taken care to plant a lot of trees along the walkways so you won’t bake in the direct sunlight while walking to whatever event you are attending. In my case, the walk to the Saturday Morning Market was actually quite nice. Unfortunately, though, my luck mostly ran out when I got there. Other than the entrance, shade was rather scarce and I hadn’t thought to bring sunscreen. So, naturally, I got sunburned. Typical!
The market was nestled into the parking lot of the Rowdy’s stadium, which just so happens to be waterfront and gets a nice cool sea breeze (occasionally). The stadium is also opened up so there are indoor bathrooms available. I mention this so soon because let’s be honest, no one wants to enter a port-a-potty that has been baking in the sun and that is a real concern for most outdoor events.
This was also one of the shady areas so I enjoyed the view and the shade while cooling off a bit before venturing back into the market.
The market had a large variety of gift shops, which was convenient for being the day before mother’s day. There were a lot of talented artists selling their jewelry and paintings. There were a couple of flower shops and one was notably organic. One man was selling fresh, grass-fed beef, another vendor was selling local raw honey. There were several tents dedicated to fresh produce. I was truly impressed by the variety of vendors.
Mostly, though, I was impressed by the diversity of food vendors. I saw French cuisine, a variety of Spanish cuisine, and Ethiopian food. There was organic, vegan, vegetarian food and more. Much more. The whole area smelled divine.
I wanted to try everything, but settled for trying none of the food. It was difficult trying to convince myself to eat hot food in the heat. Rather, I settled on a $2.00 cup of unsweetened iced black tea from Lea’s Teas. I regret not taking the picture while the cup was full, but the tea was nothing less than divine and refreshing. It was a cup of everything I could ever want to drink when it was hot outside. I was worried that the brew would be too bitter given that it was unsweetened, but if I could brew tea that well, I would give up my coffee addiction. That says a lot. A lot.
All in all, I am looking forward to going back to the Saturday Morning Market, especially when the weather starts to cool off a bit.
For the most part, though, the Saturday Morning Market was all of the exploring that was done today. I did detour on my way home and was rewarded with some of the more scenic Spanish-influenced architecture that St. Pete has to offer, but that was it.
Fortunately, I was able to make it to the beach this evening in time for this spectacular sunset. It was tame as far as sunsets go, but magnificent nonetheless.