Plants and markets
• Tasty Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in the courtyard at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main Street. Local organic growers sell seasonal produce and plant-based goods. The library also offers a seed exchange so gardeners can check out heirloom, genetically pure seeds from the library's seed catalog to start an organic garden. (727) 853-1265.
• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. first Friday of the month at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). The eclectic market features vendors selling produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meat, cheese, baked goods, jelly and jam, honey, nuts, coffee, ethnic food, light refreshments and arts and crafts. (727) 842-8066; nprmainstreet.com.
• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. first Saturday of the month at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Features produce, Florida-grown plants and locally made jams, salsas, seasonings and sauces, plus the works of local artists. (813) 994-2242; tampabaymarkets.com.
• Suncoast Co-op hosts a farmer's market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. Features local in-season produce, candles and locally made products. The co-op also accepts orders for fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register at suncoastco-op.com; orders may be picked up during the market, between noon and 2 p.m. (727) 271-2754.
• Hernando County Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. Highway 19, Spring Hill. (352) 232-4241; hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com.
• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery hosts plant sales from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays at 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive (four-tenths of a mile from U.S. 19). Browse or buy local plants and visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. (352) 683-9933; naturecoastgardens.com.
• Winter Weather School: Commercial growers of all types need tools and techniques to protect their crops from cold. Extension experts discuss automated weather systems, citrus protection and alternative cold protection techniques at 10 a.m. today at the Pasco Cooperative Extension, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Lunch is sponsored by Maxi-jet. RSVP is required. Call Cami McAvoy at (352) 793-2728, ext. 234.
• Poinsettia planting: The Spring Hill Garden Club hosts its 25th Annual Poinsettia Planting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Spring Hill Landmark waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Residents are invited to bring poinsettias, sign a memory book and watch garden club members place the plants around the waterfall. For information, call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoast gardens.com.