The Corey Avenue Market has been a tradition since 2007, coming to St. Pete Beach every week October through May.
But since markets had to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season was cut short, leaving vendors with nowhere to sell their goods — until now.
Tampa Bay Markets is teaming up with Tampa Bay Made, the Corey Avenue Business Association and the City of St. Pete Beach to launch a drive-through version of the Corey Avenue Market, starting this Sunday.
It works like this: Customers can shop online at tampabaymade.com and select what have been deemed essential items, like food — farm-fresh eggs and produce, fresh seafood, baked goods and specialty foods like jams, pickles and sauces. Vendors include Tip Top Canning Co., Joys Gourmet and Frivolous Fruit.
Orders must be placed by Thursdays. There is a $10 minimum, and nothing will be sold at the pickup location.
On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., customers can pick up their purchases on Blind Pass Road between 73rd and Corey avenues. There will be tents and signage and customers will drive up, give their name and have their orders delivered to the car.
This will happen every Sunday.
“With a drive-through option, this really limits how many hands the product touches before it reaches the customer," said Tiffany Ferrecchia, owner of Tampa Bay Made. “It’s simple and clean.”
Ferrecchia also owns Tampa Bay Markets, which runs the Corey Avenue Market. She said they are trying to do whatever they can to show their commitment to their vendors.