GULFPORT, FL: Summer is upon us, and while other markets close for the summer, Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market runs year round. We’re excited to have new vendors starting in June too. Not everyone is afraid of a little heat.
Starting in June we have Gulf Coast Seafood. Their fresh seafood market in Gulfport is now open to the public after nearly 40 years of wholesaling exclusively. They have the freshest seafood cut on site each morning including domestic wild fish. At the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, they initially will offer wild domestic Gulf Shrimp, crab cakes, and fish spread. Customer likes will dictate what other items they will carry in the future.
Also starting in June is The Gourmet Muffin. Sole Proprietor, Catherine Hilgerson, makes delicious beautiful muffins using fresh all natural products that promote small businesses and a healthy lifestyle. She makes up to 14 varieties of healthy gourmet muffins, including lots of vegan and gluten free varieties.
The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market was established in February 2006 by the Gulfport Merchants Association and has grown from a small handful of vendors on one block of scenic Beach Blvd. to its present roster of over 70 vendors assembled across several blocks.
The focus of the Market is on unique and artisan goods, including as many locally-produced products as possible. A wide variety of foods is available, including locally-grown and organic produce when available, breads, cheese, desserts, candy, jams, sauces, local honey, olives, prepared foods and much more. Hand-made bath and body products, flowers and pet products are another mainstay. Local authors are often on hand and a master knife and tool sharpener on site will work on your knives as you shop. Artists and crafters, many working as you watch, are always on hand to display and sell their hand-made work, including painting, jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, photography and more. Local musicians in two locations keep market-goers entertained with styles from rock and pop to jazz, island, and blues.
A current roster of weekly and occasional vendors is posted on the Fresh Market’s website at http://gulfporttuesdayfreshmarket.com or visit the Market’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gulfportfreshmarket.
The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is open year-round. Hours are 9am to 3pm every Tuesday (9am to 2pm during May through September). The Market is located in Gulfport’s historic Waterfront District on Beach Boulevard below 28th Avenue South which also offers a variety of independent shops, boutiques, galleries, its own beach and a large cluster of restaurants, all within easy walking distance. The Fresh Market offers visitors the opportunity for a relaxing day trip in a small town full of “Old Florida” charms. Parking in the village is free.