The well-received Tampa Downtown Market that takes place on Fridays will have a sister event starting Sunday, February 14, at Hillsborough High with the first of four planned Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Markets.
The new event was organized by Seminole Heights resident Greg Barnhill and is being run by Tiffany Ferrecchia, a former Orlando resident who operates the Tampa Downtown Market with the support of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.
The Sunday market will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and will feature live music as well as fresh produce and healthy food. It's presented by the Business Guild of Seminole Heights.
"Everything is a mixture of local, homemade or sustainable products," says Ferrecchia. "All of the food, we try to get without any artificial preservatives, and I want to make it as ethnic as possible. We want a large variety."
Ferrecchia says the market will have room for as many as 100 vendors. Future market days are scheduled for March 14, April 11 and May 9.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Hillsborough High students, using part of the money from vendor fees, Ferrecchia says.
Among the 50 or so local vendors already committed to participating are VSpicery, Lutz Nuts, Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm, Auburndale Fruit, Joe's Oat Patties, Viitals Lifestyle Cafe, and Organic Juice Lounge and Co-op.
The Friday Tampa Downtown Market is scheduled to run through May 14. Ferrecchia says a Sunday market for downtown Tampa is in the planning stages and could begin being held in the fall.
Writer: Carter Gaddis
Source: Tiffany Ferrecchia, Tampa Downtown Market