Tampa Bay Farmer’s Markets

Want fresh produce and fruit? Then visit some of these fantastic Farmer’s Markets around the Tampa Bay area. Most produce in the United States is picked days before it even makes it to the supermarket, plus it is shipped thousands of miles. Many of our local Farmer’s Markets grow and harvest their own produce or get it locally which makes it the freshest it can be! And many people are shopping for more and more deals these days – not just in real estate. Here’s a start and we will add more and more locations over time. Feel free to email or post about any that are missing from the list. Our hope is to make this a complete and thorough list and update it overtime to keep it current. Please call or visit each website before you go to ensure this information is up-to-date.

PINELLAS COUNTY FARMER’S MARKETS

Clearwater
Wednesday, 8 am to 1 pm beginning November 19 in front of City Hall, 112 S. Osceola Avenue. “The best open air market around offers fresh produce, crafts, flowers, and more. For more information call (727) 461-7674 or visit the Farmer’s Market website at www.farmersmarket.com. Interested in living near this market, visit our www.clearwaterfloridarealestatesite.com website.

Largo
Market in the Park, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. November through mid April. Main parking lot adjacent to Pinellas County Extension,12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, Florida. For more information call (727) 582-2100. Interested in living near this market, visit our www.realestatelargofl.com website.

Dunedin
Dunedin’s Green Market is open Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April. Located at Pioneer Park, on the northeast corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Call (727)-733-4215. For all your real estate needs visit our www.dunedinflrealestate.com website.

Oldsmar
Oldsmar Downtown Fresh Market is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April. Located 100 State St. W, next to City Hall. We can show you homes for sale in Oldsmar; visit our www.oldsmarflrealestate.com website.

Palm Harbor
Cross Roads Farmers Market is open Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm located at the North Pinellas Historical Museum 2043 Curlew Road. Call (727)724-3053. Visit our website for Palm Harbor and find www.realestate-palmharbor.com for sale.

Safety Harbor
Safety Harbor Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April. Find it at the Gazebo on Main Street. Call (727) 461-7674. We have a website that features www.safetyharborflrealestate.com.

St. Petersburg
Open since 2002, St. Peterburg’s Market is there every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm from early October to late May in Downtown St. Petersburg, parking is available at Al Lang Stadium parking lot / 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Call (727) 455-4921. See many homes and condos for sale on our St. Petersburg Real Estate page.

PASCO COUNTY FARMER’S MARKETS

Longleaf Subdivision
Longleaf Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday from Oct. 23rd to May, 3-6 pm. Located just north of State Road 54 in the Trinity area, on Starkey Blvd. That’s five miles east of US 19 and six miles west of the Suncoast Parkway. Call 727-234-0651. Want to see homes near this market, visit our www.longleafhomesforsale.com website or our www.trinity-florida-real-estate.com website.

New Port Richey PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NO LONGER OPEN
New Port Richey Farmers Market, located at Nebraska Ave & Grand Blvd, open Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Call (727) 842-8066. Viewing homes is easy on our www.trinity-florida-real-estate.com website.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FARMER’S MARKETS

Tampa
Sanwa International at 2621 E Hillsborough Avenue, open 3 am to 1:30 pm, Monday thru Friday and 3 am to 11 am on Satursday. Call 913 234 8428. If you are interested in living near this market, visit our www.tampahomes.us.com by area website.

Tampa
Tampa Produce Market on E Hillsborough Ave and 30th Street. Unfortunately there is no phone but our source says it is open 24 hours. Parking is on gravel lot on 30th Street. Interested in living near this produce market, visit our website.

Tampa
2801 E Hillsborough Avenue (813) 237-3314 is open 3 am to 10 am Monday thru Saturday. Produce is sold only by the case.

Tampa
Downtown Tampa – This downtown Tampa market is a community-gathering place where local farmers, producers, and artisans offer fresh agricultural and related products. Located at Lykes Gaslight Square in downtown Tampa, Florida. Open Fridays, 10 am – 2 pm from October until May. Call 813-649-8747.

Tampa
Tampa Bay Farmers Market located at 623 S. Macdill Ave. Tampa, FL 33609. Open 7 Days a Week. Mon-Sat 8-7. Sun 8-6. Call (813) 876-7888. Website Address is http://www.tampabayfarmersmarket.com/

Tampa Ybor City
Open Saturdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm located 8th Ave and 18th Street in the Centennial Park in Historic Ybor City. Call (813) 241-2442

Tarpon Springs Arts Festival

The 35th annual Tarpon Springs Arts Festival is finally here! Saturday and Sunday – 3/28-29. This is an awesome event in Tarpon Springs and one that we residents look forward to each year. The event attracts more than 25,000 people from all over the Tampa Bay area. People come to view the works of over 200 artists from Florida and other areas of the United States.

When you visit you can enjoy some good food and listen to top entertainment as well. The festival takes places in the historic area of Tarpon Springs on the picturesque Spring Bayou, located on the wets end of Tarpon Avenue from US 19 or Alt. 19. Parking is available in many areas around downtown and there is a trolley service that runs all day to take you to and from the event.

Come enjoy the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival – rain or shine! Admission is $2 – under 16 years is free. Need more information, call the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce at 727-937-6109.

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Clearwater Beach Gets More Parking

For now Clearwater Beach will get 203 temporary beach parking spaces. The City Council has committed to providing the temporary spaces until such time as the new permanent spots can be put in place. Since development of the new beach hotel is on hold, the developer and the city teamed together to provide this much needed temporary parking for spring and summer beach goers. It’s been promised for the beginning of Spring Break near the corner of First Street and Coronado Drive. Spring Break brings a lot of tourists, families and college students to the area and parking has recently been as issue for our guests.

The temporary lot will be open from 7 am to 11 pm and after 11 pm there is no parking allowed. Meter rates are Mon thru Fri at $1.50 per hour and $10 for the entire day. On the weekends and everyday in March and April, the cost will be $2 per hour and $12.50 for the day.

Come to Clearwater Beach and enjoy the fun ~ and now you have an easy parking solution! While you are here if you want to take a look at some of the great Condominium deals for sale, just let us know. We love Clearwater Beach and we know where the good deals are!

Trinity FL Has Great Schools

Last week the Florida public schools held their FCAT exams and happily finished with that task for another year. Over the summer, the results will be published and the schools will be graded accordingly. For those who are starting a home search and thinking about school selection, the community of Trinity in Pasco County may be on your list. Trinity is in the southwest region of Pasco county, just north of Pinellas County.

Pasco County as a whole is growing steadily, and it’s also improving steadily in terms of school progress. Last year, Pasco County received the top ranking of an A overall, with a graduation rate above the state average. Over 72% of Pasco’s schools received an excellent grade of an A or a B. New schools continue to spring up each year in Pasco, and teachers and administrators are rising to the task to create quality schools here.

One example of Pasco’s progress is the community of Trinity. The two public elementary schools here are Trinity Elementary and Trinity Oaks Elementary, both A rated schools. The middle school that these two elementrary schools feed into is called Seven Springs Middle School, also an A rated school. JW Mitchell High School, a B rated school, sits adjacent to the middle school and missed getting the A rating in 2008 by just a few points. In addition to student scores, 95% of students in the school must take the FCAT test in order for the school to receive the coveted A rating.

Trinity has several great private schools to choose from as well. These schools are not required to administer the FCAT test and so do not have a school rating. Genesis School in nearby New Port Richey offers something for those as young as 2 years old and goes all the way up to 5th grade. Genesis is commited to developing the unique qualities present in each child. It’s sister school, Genesis Preparatory School, continues with 6th grade up to 12th grade and is a member of the Schiller International Schools. Another school with a flexible learning environment is Solid Rock Community School. Unlike traditional schools, Solid Rock doesn’t use grade levels to group students. Instead, the school takes a customized approach for each student, and encourages childrn to learn at their own pace. Solid Rock offers a curriculum for first through 12th grade.

So if you haven’t considered looking for a home in Trinity, you should add it to your list. Trinity is just one of the great communities in Pasco county that offers affordable homes, family neighborhoods and great schools. Trinity Real Estate has increased in popularity over the years but remains one of the best values in the Tampa Bay area.

Lansbrook Cares

In tough times, there are some people who are a true inspiration! Charlie Kahrs an 11 year old Lansbrook resident started an annual tradition of giving to Tampa Bay families in need. He must be one great kid! He and those that helped him this year raised more than $15,000 worth of donations, toys, and food. These folks are to be commended.

It all started in 2007 when Charlie decided to help someone less fortunate than himself instead of spending the $120.00 he got from his grandmother for Christmas. And, he didn’t stop there! The following year he asked his friends, schoolmates and neighbors in the Lansbrook communities to join him. The $15,000 that they collected was donated to Palm Harbor’s Metropolitan Ministries who helps hundreds of homeless and at-risk families year round.

Charlie’s group calls themselves “Lansbrook Cares”.

And, for 2009 they have increased their goal to include other North Pinellas neighborhoods and communities throughout the entire Tampa Bay area. Want to get involved? Call Joel Barger at 727-945-7709.

Lansbrook is a great place to live and this proves that Lansbrook Cares!

Pappas Restaurant Becomes Riverside Venue

Finally, we have an answer to what the owners are doing with the famous landmark restaurant at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks we all know as “Pappas Restaurant”. Closed in 2005 and sold to investors in 2006 for over $6 million dollars, plans are that the new facility will host weddings and special events with a long term plan to possibly include a hotel and maybe even a small restaurant.

Sitting there vacant for the last few years has done nothing to keep the Sponge Docks going. Although I think most people would have liked to see another restaurant come in, at least there is a plan now. Many memories are etched in the minds of us who have lived in this area for years; I am just glad they figured something out to do with the place.

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Ian Gibbons 2009 National Merit Finalist

JW Mitchell High School senior Ian Gibbons (my nephew) is now among the high school elite. Ian has recently been named a National Merit Finalist. This achievement, awarded through National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is regarded as one of the most prestigious academic awards for high school students in the United States.

Ian was named a semifinalist when he scored in the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors on his PSAT exam in his junior year. He is one of only three Pasco County, Florida students to receive this distinction. A total of 15,000 finalists were selected based on their SAT scores, academic records, personal essays and community service work. From this group of finalists, many students will be awarded scholarships, and about half will be given the coveted title of National Merit Scholar.

At Mitchell High School, Ian has maintained a 4.0 GPA while juggling a heavy load of AP and Honors classes. He is Vice President of Scholarship for the National Honor Society, Secretary for the Spanish National Honor Society and a member of the National Art Honor Society. He volunteers his time for after school tutoring at the high school as well. He also works at the local Trinity Chick-fil-A part-time for extra spending money.

For the past three years, Ian has volunteered his Saturdays at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor as an animal caregiver. The Sanctuary is a shelter for great apes, monkeys, and other animals that have been abandoned by their owners. Ian chose to work at the sanctuary because, he says, “Originally, I wanted to find a place to do community service in order to get my hours for Bright Futures. I stayed on after completing my hours because I realized it was a really good experience. And, I became attached to the animals.” He added, “The best part is the everyday interaction with these fascinating, and sometimes very humanlike creatures.”

Ian is the son of Joe and DeeDee Gibbons of Trinity, Florida. Joe is a Realtor with Lipply Real Estate. Originally from Fairfield CT, the Gibbons family put school choice high on their list when deciding where to call home. The Trinity area appealed to them due to the family atmosphere, newer homes, and good schools in the area.

Still undecided where he’ll be attending college next year, Ian is leaning towards psychology or philosophy as a major. The family is very proud of Ian and we know that whatever he does in his life he will be successful.

Oldsmar Wants to Annex East Lake Woodlands

Right now East Lake Woodlands is considered “unincorporated” and with its 7000 residents it’s no wonder that the city of Oldsmar has its eyes fixed on it. East Lake Woodlands is an upscale golf course community and property values well exceed those of other Oldsmar Real Estate. The city of Oldsmar is looking to annex them and a few commercial operations such as the Shoppes of Boot Ranch and Lockheed Martin. This would be a significant revenue increase to the city of Oldsmar in terms of taxes. Yet the city provides a list of items they say will be an advantage to residents should they be annexed such as flood insurance, garage collection, recycling, road maintenance and recreational programs.

The vote takes place on March 10 and from what we are reading many doubt this will fly. Opponents say there will be an immediate increase in property taxes and a new tax on electricity and other utilities. Plus, the mere thought of more Government makes residents queezy. Oldsmar has been known to have some highly involved party politics and a heavy hand whereas Pinellas County has more relaxed requirements and restrictions.

The East Lake Fire Tarpon Special Fire Control District strongly opposes this action. They fear that continued emergency services provided by the local Fire District is a serious consideration. They believe that either an increase in taxes will be needed to keep the Fire Station open or that the Fire Station will close. Additionally, they say that if kept open, 6 firefighters would lose their jobs resulting in longer response times.

The city of Oldsmar says that the fire protection will stay the same and that the impact on property taxes is negligible; roughly $2.00 a month for a property with a taxable value of $240,000.

Who’s right and what’s the truth? Residents are encouraged to contact the city of Oldsmar and the East Lake Fire Rescue websites for answers to these questions.

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