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Dunedin market an organic garden of delights

DUNEDIN — On Wednesdays through Saturdays, many North Pinellas towns have farmers markets. They all make for great strolling in Florida's best weather, but each one is unique.

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The Dunedin Green Market in Pioneer Park emphasizes organic.

In the sunshine there Friday, T-shirts were warm enough. The crowd roved from booth to booth while recorded voices sang, "Everywhere around the world, there'll be dancin'. They're dancin' in the street."

Gregory Jones of St. Petersburg, in a crocheted cap, was juicing and mixing organic smoothies. In business for nearly 20 years, he has set up his booth in 35 states.

"Could I have a carrot-apple-ginger?" said Donna Hey of Dunedin.

She took a sip and declared: "Boy, it's delicious."

Next booth over, Debra Chatfield of Lutz was selling products from her business, Lutz Nutz Co. She and her husband rent a Riverview restaurant on Sundays, so they can dry roast the nuts.

Grilled franks and fresh seafood, including humongous shrimp, were nearby. There was coffee grown with a conscience: by adults paid a living wage.

British meat and savory pies beckoned near a booth filled with baked dog treats.

Michael's Extraordinary Desserts had a Christmas stollen, a sweet yeast bread containing fruit and nuts, made in the German tradition and wrapped in red cellophane. It's 3 1/2 pounds of pastry filled with marzipan and candied fruit soaked for at least four months in rum.

"It gets better as it gets older," said Michael Ostrander.

Multicolored bougainvillea flowers bloomed along Douglas Street at Mitch Armstrong Nursery. Other plants had an array of leaf colors and shapes from jagged to ruffled, hairy to smooth, broad to slim.

Linda Taylor's It's Our Nature organic cotton products features "healthy wear for people who care." She sells T-shirts, hats, socks and hemp bags, as well as buttons like one quoting Mahatma Gandhi: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world."

The market features two busy produce vendors.

Joe's Market has some little-seen vegetables like a small round zucchini, white asparagus and baby eggplant. Shopper Evie Dann of Dunedin suggested roasting the baby eggplant whole.

"You don't even have to peel them," she said.

Theresa Blackwell can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4170.


Dunedin Green Market

When: Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April.

Where: Pioneer Park, on the northeast corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue.

What's there: Two produce vendors, seafood, plants, herbs, coffee, honey, baked goods, nuts, grilled franks, smoothies and more. No crafts except organic cotton products.

Entertainment: Live or recorded music. Music will be live for the next four Fridays. Molten Mike, a blues singer-guitarist will be there Friday.

For information: Call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Other markets

Oldsmar Downtown Fresh Market

When: Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April.

Where: 100 State St. W, next to City Hall.

What's there: Hand-woven baskets, produce, pastries, soap, clothing, coffee, crafts, food, plants, hot sauces, and sandwiches. The market opened for the first time in November and the manager says business has been slow.

Entertainment: Live music every other week and recorded music.

For information: Call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market

When: Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through April.

Where: Clearwater City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Officials are considering a move to the 500 block of Cleveland Street.

What's there: Farm-fresh produce, bakery products, seafood, flowers, honey, beef jerky, cheese, jewelry, crafts and more.

Entertainment: Live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information: Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Largo's Harvest Marketplace

When: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through April.

Where: Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo.

What's there: Lots of jewelry and crafts, seafood, fresh produce, cheese, specialty foods.

Entertainment: Live music, themed events and activities for all ages.

For information: Call (727) 587-6740, ext. 5014.

Safety Harbor Farmers Market

When: Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April.

Where: the Gazebo on Main Street.

What's there: farm-fresh produce, fresh spices, honey, flowers, fresh seafood, Belgian waffles, popcorn, jewelry and more. One unusual item: smoked chicken jerky for pets. "The pets love it," said Pat Fernandez.

For information: Call Bob Fernandez at (727) 461-7674.

Market in the Park at the Pinellas County Extension

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 18.

Where: the Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Entertainment: Live entertainment every other week.

What's there: The Extension Service has a booth with rotating information on gardening, cooking and other topics. Two produce vendors, flowers, spices, salsa, old world crusty bread, cheese, candles, soap, coffee, gourmet cookies and dough and a few crafts.

For information: Call Richard Kendler at (727) 733-4215.

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