I have my first test of the semester tomorrow and it’s in Finance, so I’ve been in hiding all week studying my butt off. I did, however, get to enjoy myself last weekend. Last Sunday was the monthly Hyde Park, Farmers Market. I look forward to this event every month because of how awesome it is. Located in Hyde Park Village, a recently restored outdoor shopping plaza, this farmers market is filled with food trucks, artisan vendors, fresh produce, live music, and so much more! It’s always on the first Sunday of every month. The amazing thing about farmers markets is that everything is local! From the farms to restaurant vendors and everything in between. This farmers market, in particular, is one of my favorites because of the abundance of options and variety in the stands. There are always so many different vendors and I have to walk through like 3 times before I decide what I wanna get to eat and where I want to buy from. Not only are there so many vendors, but the shops in the Village suck you in as well. From local boutiques to nice cafes this really is an all-day event. I didn’t even get to my favorite part, the dogs! This day is pretty much a dog fest. Tampa itself is so dog-friendly but at the Hyde Park farmers market everyone brings their dogs and it’s like heaven on earth.
This month was special, being the first day of October marked the first day of Hyde Parks Pumpkin Patch. In the middle of the farmers market, usually, right near the village circle they display a pumpkin patch with doubles as a great photo op. Besides Trader Joe’s and Publix, this is the only other place in Tampa where you can actually get Pumpkins and make as if you went Pumpkin Picking. While I usually just use them to decorate my house, they’re great for making everyone’s favorite pumpkin recipes to really get into the fall spirit.
Back to the Farmers Market. I tend to have a couple favorite vendors and stores which I visit every time I’m at the Farmers Market. Some of which are Mother Kombucha, Tree Dog Roots Food Truck, Hyppo Pops, Dusty’s Produce, Swami Juice, O’berry’s Succulents,
and Riddle on the Griddle. There is so much to choose from that I do try to check out a different vendor each time but I always like to see what these ones are up to. Because I was in a time crunch this time and wasn’t that hungry I just got an ice pop from Hyppo Pop. I tried the limited edition fall flavor: Pumpkin Cheesecake, it was delicious. They have so many good flavors, I haven’t had a bad one yet. Some of my favs are matcha starfruit, blueberry lavender lemonade, mango chia, and strawberry basil but there is a flavor for everyone. A major bonus is that everything is locally sourced from a farm over in Sarasota so there’s no going wrong with this company AND you can get any pop (usually some better than others) chocolate dipped. HOLD THE PHONE, it’s amazing. You can check out Hyppo Pop any day of the week, but November 5th is the next Farmers Market so go check them out. You won’t want to miss this fun event supporting local businesses!
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