The Fresh Market at Westchase Town Center became the North Tampa Market at the Carrollwood Cultural Center beginning May 11th. Organizers decided to move out from under power lines in Westchase after some vendors using tents supported by metal poles reported getting shocked on mornings when the grass was wet.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (to be held on every second Saturday, year-round) on about two acres of the center’s land, about 75 vendors and artists showed and sold their wares and crafts on the new site, 4537 Lowell Road. The Carollwood market is one of five open-air markets run by Tampa Bay Markets in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
Among the goods being sold from other small businesses were breads, jewelry, honey, barbecue sauces, arts and crafts, plants and pet dietary supplements.
Ferrecchia said the move seemed to have paid off for vendors and made shopping the market easier for guests. She said the market was needed in that part of Carrollwood.
“There’s more of a neighborhood interaction here. It’s more centrally located and it’s a calm, relaxed environment,” she said. “I think everyone sees this as a better opportunity.”
In addition to the North Tampa market, Tampa Bay Markets operates the monthly Seminole Heights Morning Market and the Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village and the twice-monthly Fresh Market at The Shops at Wiregrass.
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