CLEARWATER, FL – Beginning Wednesday, January 14, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Clearwater’s weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market will have a new home on the 500 block of Cleveland Street. The area will be closed to traffic, and endors will set up booths along the renovated streetscape instead of the parking lot at City Hall, the market’s home for the past four years.
Downtown Development Board member Bob Fernandez, who oversees the market, is delighted about the move to the city’s main street. “I’ve visited markets all over the state and the most successful ones are those that are held in the street,” he said. “That gives us better exposure.” Now in its fourteenth season, the market was originally held in Station Square Park on Saturdays. Later switched to Wednesdays, the weekly event was a Station Square Park staple between November and April until construction of the Station Square Park Condominiums and the Cleveland Street Streetscape forced organizers to find temporary digs elsewhere.
Fernandez expects the market to grow along with the improved visibility of the completed streetscape. “We expect more gourmet food product vendors,” he said.
Merchandise currently available for sale includes farm-fresh produce, gourmet cheeses, bakery products, pottery, plants, food concessions, art, handmade crafts and jewelry, eco-friendly products and Fair Trade items.
The market is free, open to the public and live music will entertain shoppers. Parking is available in the Garden Avenue Garage, and shoppers can park free of charge with a validation stamp supplied by Farmer’s Market vendors.
For more information, contact Fernandez at (727) 461-7674 or visit www.clearwaterfarmersmarket.com.