To celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market has special giveaways, cooking demonstrations, presentations and more for visitors. The outdoor market offers fresh produce, artisan goods and more on the 1200 block of Cleveland Street (corner of Missouri Avenue) in downtown Clearwater from 9 AM to 2 PM each Saturday.
Earth Day at the Gateway Highlights
Grow Your Own Food. Florida Master Gardeners will be starting a Healthy Harvest series at Earth Day at the Gateway. Learn how to grow vegetables and herbs in an urban environment while saving money. Many plants will be given away. Learn how to use a “Grow Box”, even win your own “Grow Box” or gardening books to help you with your garden. Want to know what to do with your garden harvest? Master Food & Nutrition Volunteers will host healthy cooking demonstrations at the market and share tips for having fun making tasty, healthy food you will love.
Bike to the Market. Lower your carbon footprint by leaving your car behind and walk, bike, or take public transportation to the market. Visit with local author Chip Haynes, who wrote “The Practical Cyclist,” as he shares stories about riding a bicycle across America. Recycle Bicycles. Did you know that old bicycles can be recycled? The Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market will raffle a recycled bike restored and donated by The Path Bicycle & Ride Shop.
Buy Local. Help our local economy while reducing your carbon footprint. When you buy produce at a local farmers market, twice the money stays in the community than if you’d shopped at a supermarket. EBT/SNAP is accepted at the Gateway and you can even double your $$$ up to ten.
The Buzz on Bees. Why are honeybees so important? Stop by the Bela Honey and The Taste of Freedom Farm, honey booths to learn how these under-appreciated bee workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops. What’s it like to be a beekeeper? Discover what it takes and try on a beekeeper’s suit while learning about the different types of bees.
For a chance to win a Tampa Bay Rays autographed baseball, just LIKE the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market on Facebook before Earth Day at the Gateway, Saturday, April 20, 2013.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant supports the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market as part its promotion of healthy eating and physical activity to fight obesity. The grant was made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Earth Day at the Gateway, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9 am to 2 pm
Entertainment: Joel Huertas, 10 am to 1:30 pm
Parking: Fifth Third Bank, 1150 Cleveland St., Greektown Grill and Maxa Enterprises.