About the Beach Markets: Growers, Gourmet Foodies, Fine Arts and Crafts, Community Connections

Market bounty

Wondering about the Beach Markets?

Where to begin? There is SO much to share!

For starters, the Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market is one of the area’s only year-round fresh markets—and is brand new as of May, 2014.  We’re also one of the largest open air markets in Tampa Bay area.

First draft of the new Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market Logo!

First draft of the new Mid Week Madeira Beach Morning Market Logo!

Located in the downtown area of historic Madeira Beach, the Market is located on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway.  We’re open every Wednesday, October through July, Rain or Shine (we’ll close if conditions aren’t safe), from 10am-3pm.

Our Market rolled in with a base of 80 exceptional and impressive vendors offering everything from fine arts and hand-crafts to gourmet foods.

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market

The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market

And we’re proud to announce the addition of our newest Market– The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market!

The Indian Shores Town Council unanimously approved the brand-new Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market as there has been an overwhelming number of requests for a Sunday Market in the beach areas of Gulf Boulevard–one for those customers who are not able to visit on a weekday or for those who are looking for their favorite vendors on weekends. And thanks to the great folks at the Town of Indian Shores, the City of Madeira Beach and to our friends at the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, we at The Beach Markets are pleased to announce that we have found an excellent location and opened The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market in December of 2014. The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market features organic produce, fine arts and crafts, gourmet foods and unique local items.

The Market is located in the Indian Shores Town Hall Municipal Center parking areas adjacent to Gulf Boulevard at 19305 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores, FL. Our new Market is also beach close, family and pet friendly–and only a few minutes from our Mid-Week Madeira Beach Morning Market location held each Wednesday. The Market hours are 9am-1pm each Sunday through the end of May.

 

Macadamia trees and nuts by Anderson's Macadamias

Macadamia trees and nuts by Anderson’s Macadamias

And we’ve got some GREAT Vendors!

Our vendors are some of the hardest working folks you’ll find in the industry and we offer a wonderful selection of amazing and unique items, some of which can only be found in our Beach Markets!

We’re a multi-talented community of Vendors in many-faceted set of Markets, too!

Let’s take a walk through the Markets, shall we? Some things you will notice…

For starters, we’re an Eco-friendly and Green Fresh Market, offering a variety of produce, including locally grown, hydroponic and organic fruits and vegetables. Did you know that our hydroponic farmers grow our Market goods without pesticides? No? Well, now you do!

We’re a Farmer’s Market offering local (raw and delicious!) honey, Florida grown plants and herbs, organic ranch eggs, flowers, nuts, and herbs. We’re a Foodie’s Market offering gourmet and ethnic specialties.  Each of our Markets is

We Love Madeira Beach!

We Love Madeira Beach!

just a bit different and the offerings will vary according to the Season.

 

You’ll also find artisan breads and baked goods, gluten free foods, cheese, seafood, gourmet oils, vegetarian/vegan foods, cakes, out-of-this-world fudges and taffies, gourmet jams and chutneys, pickles and olives and an array of other items.  How about some pampering? We also offer essential oils and fine bath and body products that will rival the best of those found in high-end, luxury spas.

And we even have some tasty treats for our four-legged friends!

dog pic sarasota

Looking for art? We’re also an Art Market where you’ll find local artists and crafters (many of whom are working while you watch.)  Here’s a fast, fun, fact:  Some of our artists are world-renowned and have works that are featured internationally!

Blooming Fish by John Shevlin

Blooming Fish by John Shevlin

We’re some of the busiest networkers you’ll ever meet.  We talk, we text, we email like crazy, we compare notes and we all want to help.  Nearly all of our vendors offer discounts to our seniors, veterans and active duty military—and to one another.  The community reports ‘gifting’ from many of the vendors as well.  Many of our vendors also contribute to a large number of community-based, charity events and oftentimes the public won’t even know where the donation has come from.  It’s just something we do.

Some of our on-going campaigns, if you will, include that of sponsorship. The Beach Markets offers a free space within the Market footprint each Market day to a community non-profit group for the purposes of growth, community outreach, education, event promotion, fundraising and public assistance.  We’ve hosted performance, arts and veteran’s groups, advocacy groups of all kinds, animal rescue clubs, religious organizations, and many, many other types of groups.  Community assistance comes in a myriad of forms, and our Market Operations Manager, for example, who is also a vendor at the Market, is a member of the “5 Gallon Club” when it comes to blood donations, meaning that she has personally donated over five gallons of blood to date.  So, during season, we also proudly host the Blood Mobile each month.

We’re super-supportive of our local businesses, too.

Another Fast Fact:  Our Vendors are Great Teachers!

Our Beach Markets host some exceptional classes, events and workshops during Season!

Led by our vendors, we’ll be hosting classes in arts, crafts and food preparation, to just to name a few.  These classes will be available to the community during Market hours for free, by love donation, or at a very nominal fee. Slow food classes (think homemade root beer, sprouted foods, and the like) were taught earlier by The Gumtree Company.  Another fast, fun fact:  The Gumtree Company was recently “discovered” by Williams-Sonoma.  Yes, that Williams-Sonoma, the big, nationwide chain.  One more fast fact:  The Gumtree Company and their products were found while vending at a local area fresh market!

Very few open air Markets stay open in the summer months—it’s hot, there’s a constant threat of rain and worse yet, a lingering swirly-blob threat of messy hassles caused by mean, wet visitors with names that parade down the alphabet list.  Many of our local “snowbirds” have flown home to cooler climes, and area traffic is markedly less than during the seasonal months of October – May.  Some folks even claim that the state landmass rises by 30% during June and July since the weight of the traffic has shifted several states north.  The Mid Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market does stay open for ten months out of the year.

Many people do admittedly prefer to stay indoors in the summer and we’re an outdoor Market. And unless there is a hurricane warning, or a big visit from one of those named storms, we stay open at the Beach Markets — we only close for two months out of the year in Madeira.

Spring Flowers!

Spring Flowers!

We’re a collaborative bunch, too.  The Markets are a microcosm really, a collection of small businesses within the confines of the larger business model of the Open Air Market.  The Market is our workplace, our tents are our offices, and the other vendors are our fellow workers.  And many of us wouldn’t dream of going back to the confines of an indoor cubicle, even when it’s raining.

We’re a community within the community! We gladly cross-promote one another and the other area markets that we participate in, and we take part in cooperative advertising on platforms such as those provided by Creative Loafing and the Tampa Bay Times. Facebook, of course, is the new norm when it comes to ‘being in the know’ and the Fresh Market has an ever-growing presence that promotes an “Every-thing and Every-one” Market. We’re ‘fans’ of our vendors and have a running set of commercials for our vendors when it comes to the Facebook timeline for the Market. We likewise openly support and promote the efforts of other markets and events in the area and press releases covering everything from new products to noteworthy happenings within our community and vending family are a weekly occurrence.

Chef Tasha of Fork in the Road

Chef Tasha of Fork in the Road

Our Open Air Fresh and Farmer’s Market is decidedly Community Centric—and many of us as vendors, as you already know, refer to the Beach Markets as our “home base” or “home port” from a vending perspective. Our Markets are among the finest and most supportive from a vending perspective. We work together and co-promote each other’s products, often incorporating our own products with those of other vendors within the Market, and we give to each other and to the community.  We do our best not to duplicate each other’s product lines and we work hard to stay current.  This contributes in a multitude of ways that, in the long run, bring exponential successes.

Simply put, we believe in each other, in our products, in our communities. 

We Source Locally and we Supply Locally.

We're LOCAL!

We’re LOCAL!

What many folks don’t really know is that our vendors are an amazing and extremely talented bunch of people with a tremendous wealth of life experiences to offer.  We have vendors who have advanced degrees (and only thought they, like some of our fabulous volunteers, were retired), vendors who have gone on to open their own establishments–and several who have chosen to vend rather than maintain a storefront with employees.  Some of our vendors have created product lines that have been picked up by nation-wide chains and others who are quietly co-creating with area millionaires.  Still others have made the front covers of major publications with their products. Who knew?!

Stay tuned, right here, and we’ll share so much with you…..

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