3 of the Best Things You’ll Find at the Gulfport Fresh Market

Gulfport Fresh MarketLet’s be honest: who doesn’t love fresh produce and handcrafted goods?  There’s something about the crisp flavors of a fresh apple, or a succulent orange, or the subtle perfection of a nice cucumber.  Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s always fun just to roam the various stalls and experience the selections offered by local farmers and artisans.  It should come as no surprise that our beautiful, Bohemian town, Gulfport, offers a wonderful farmers market (the Gulfport Fresh Market) for your enjoyment.

Unlike some other farmers markets, the Gulfport Fresh Market is open year-round.  Every Tuesday, the area south of 28th Avenue (in Gulfport’s stunning waterfront district) is transformed into a sea of vendors peddling their goods in an open-air setting.  The 50+ vendors in attendance offer a variety of goods, from foods (farm-fresh produce, teas, local honey, herbs, seafood, and Florida grass-fed beef, eggs, cheese, pastries, candy, and more) to non-edible goods (floral arrangements, bath and body soap, jewelry, etc.).  All of the vendors in attendance are Mom-and-Pop shops, and the actual area in which the market takes place also contains a number of independent shops, boutiques, and locally-owned restaurants.
As an added bonus, there are at least two live bands at every farmer’s market.  Stroll around a beautiful town in the warm Florida sunshine, eating fresh snacks and listening to live music. It’s a great way to spend a day.
In summary, there are 3 reasons you should visit the Gulfport Fresh Market:
  • the food
  • the crafts
  • the fun atmosphere

Don’t miss out!The Gulfport Fresh Market is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the summers (June through September), and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during all other months.  Parking is free of charge.

To learn more, visit the Fresh Market webpage, or follow the Fresh Market Facebook page.

Inject Some Adventure

I think we’d all agree that a farmers market, while enjoyable and relaxing, isn’t an out-of-the-ordinary adventure.  If you’d like to spice up your vacation a bit, head over to the Gulfport Dive Center.  The Dive Center, as the name suggests, is a Diamond Dive Certified scuba center located right in Gulfport.  They offer an array of classes targeting individuals of all skill levels.  No experience?  No problem!  They’ll take you through classroom training, pool time, and (ultimately) two practice dives in real marine environments.  You can view their schedule on their website.

A Delicious Way to End the Day

After a day of wandering (or diving), return to your beautiful suite at the Historic Peninsula Inn, change into some fresh clothes, and head to dinner at the inn’s award-winning restaurant, Isabelle’s (winner of Rand McNally’s Best of the Beaches and Best of the Road awards).  Isabelle’s is named after the inn’s friendly resident ghost, and features New Southern cuisine in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.
If you like live music, Isabelle’s has pianist John Shirley on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and vocalist Dale Williams belting out Sinatra and other classics on Saturdays.
So, if you’re heading this way, don’t forget to book your room at the Historic Peninsula Inn.  The Inn offers 12 luxurious accommodations for overnight guests.  You can view our beautiful suites and guestrooms under the Accommodations link on our website, and be sure to stay tuned to our blog for more great information on the inn and surrounding area.  We’re always happy to field any questions you might have.  We hope to see you soon!
Be sure to download our free Gulfport Vacation Guide!  The guide offers great advice to visitors of the area, as told by local insiders!  Don’t miss out!