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Pasco County gardening and fresh market notes

Gardening and markets

• Fresh Friday Night Market, 5 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Railroad Square in downtown New Port Richey (Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street). Vendors sell produce, plants and specialty foods such as fish, meats, cheeses, bakery items, jellies and jams, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic foods. For information, visit nprmainstreet.com.

• Fresh Market at Wiregrass, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each 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. For information visit tampabaymarkets.com.

• Suncoast Co-op offers fresh, locally grown, chemical-free produce. Register online at suncoastcoop.locallygrown.net to place your order; orders may be picked up from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey. The Suncoast Cafe, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the ReStore, serves locally roasted organic coffee, homemade teas and baked goods.

• Hernando County Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 232-4241 or visit hernando countyfarmersmarket.webs.com.

• Spring Hill Garden Club's Plant Nursery is open 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). Local plants for sale; people may also visit the nearby Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, the "best kept secret in Hernando County," which is open daily from sunup to sundown. For information call (352) 683-9933 or visit naturecoastgardens.com.

Seminars

Winged Wonders for Youth, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Clayton Hall, 36702 State Road 52, Dade City. Bring the kids and join in hands-on fun with activities related to hummingbirds, butterflies and helpful insects. Preregistration is encouraged. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

• Rain Barrel Workshop, 8 a.m. Monday at Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Add a rain barrel to your landscape to provide water to plant beds and vegetable gardens while protecting area waterways from potential pollution. Participants take home a rain barrel. $55 per person. Hernando County Utilities customers receive a $25 credit on their water bill. Space is limited. Call to register, (352) 540-6230.

• Bats — Nature's Bug Zapper, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Gain insight on how to welcome insect-eating bats into your garden by providing food, water and shelter. For information, call Pasco County Cooperative Extension at (352) 518-0156.

• Getting Rid of Lawn Insects, 10:30 a.m. June 12 at Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Learn how to identify and control what's bugging your lawn. For information, call Jim Moll at (352) 754-4433.

Events

• Farm festivities: Celebrate spring with a sunflower maze, hay rides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, minipotbelly pig races, goats on grass roofs and a storyteller. Visitors at Sweetfields Farm can bring their own picnic to enjoy under the oaks or they can purchase fresh-squeezed lemonade and kettle corn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first two weekends in June at the farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Cash only. $8.50 for ages 11 and up; $4.50 for ages 3 to 11; free for kids under 2. (352) 279-0977 or sweetfieldsfarm.com.

Pasco County gardening and fresh market notes 06/04/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 1:36pm]
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