There is nothing I enjoy more than a quaint, local market with fresh produce and specialty goods. Growing up in California, I became quite spoiled with the vast number of markets and made weekly visits to buy everything from produce and flowers to freshly baked pies and hand-made soaps. Recently I discovered a special market right in my own backyard and am excited to share this local gem with you!
Located at 5025 Bayshore Blvd. in South Tampa. Bayshore Market is a charming family owned and operated market specializing in fresh produce, local products and a gorgeous garden center. After driving by several times, I finally stopped in a few weeks ago and was blown away by this cute little shop with small-town charm.
As you pull into Bayshore Market, you will find yourself surrounded by gorgeous, fresh produce and beautiful plants and flowers. The scent of a fresh garden fills the air and the beauty of nature is evident in every nook and cranny.
On a recent visit this past week, I walked around and admired all of the beautiful plants and fresh herbs. It truly made me miss my childhood home which had a nice garden and tons of fresh flowers.
Basil is one of my favorite herbs and the gorgeous pots of basil at Bayshore Market give me the urge to go home and whip up an Italian meal in the kitchen. There is something about fresh basil that just makes me happy.
Bayshore Market is the perfect place to pick up fresh herbs to plant at home. Their friendly staff is always on hand to answer any questions you may have as well as advise on planting techniques.
After spending a good thirty minutes in their outdoor garden area, I wandered into the inside of the market. Having only been there twice before with my kids, I never had the opportunity to really browse their products without worrying about my kids knocking something over or asking when we could leave. Since I was alone, I spent a good amount of time looking at all their products and sampling a few items.
I adore local honey and enjoy it several times a week with everything from herbal tea and cheese to baking and cooking. With a nice selection of honey from Briarwood Farm in Dunedin, FL, I found myself picking up a few jars to take home. Two of the jars of honey I purchased were infused with organic ingredients, one with habañero pepper and the other with rosemary.
I saw that they had two cocktail recipes for the two types of honey I bought, so I made each one and they are fantastic! Here are the recipes with names I created:
Rosemary Honey Drop:
- 3 oz Citrus or Regular Vodka
- 1/2 oz Rosemary Infused Honey
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Shake over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig or wedge of lemon.
- 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
- 2 oz Rio Red Grapefruit Juice
- 1/2 oz Habañero Infused Honey
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a highball over ice and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.
Another reason I prefer local markets is the level of customer service is much more personal compared to larger chain stores. At Bayshore Market, the staff is incredibly friendly and makes you feel like a guest in their home.
I spotted a nice selection of Sweet Harvest Farms all natural, homemade soaps and just had to get one. After discovering these soaps a few years ago, I fell in love with them and love the variety of scents that they offer. These are gentle on your skin and since they are made in small batches, each bar is individually hand-cut to order. Even better, these soaps are made in Tampa.
Bayshore Market has a wonderful selection of cheeses with everything from Manchego and Cheddar to Gouda and Goat. If you are looking to put together a nice cheese platter for entertaining guest, Bayshore Market is the prefect spot to pick up fresh cheeses and garnishes. I am already planning on making one for Easter Sunday with fresh berries and organic infused honey.
I was excited to discover that Bayshore Market has their own line of products called So Good! I spotted their Awesome Applesauce and knew my kids would love it. I took a jar home and it was gone in two days. Their line also includes soups, pickles, peaches and olive salads.
They had me at Black Winter Truffle Butter! As soon as I spotted this I knew I had to get some. I make a truffle risotto and plan on getting some of this for my next dinner party. They also have white truffle butter available.
As you can see, Bayshore Market is a very special local market in South Tampa and I am so happy to live less than two miles away. After spending an afternoon chatting with owner Linda Schobben, I learned so much and was introduced to new and exciting products. The concept of shopping local is more important to me now than ever before and I am looking forward to preparing many meals with fresh produce and products from this quaint little shop.
I have a fun giveaway for three lucky readers! While I was in the market last week, I had the chance to taste some of their So Good Olive Salad line and have three jars to giveaway to my readers. To enter, simply do any one or all of the following and each completed item will equal one entry.
- “Like” the Facebook page for Bayshore Market by clicking here.
- “Like” the Facebook page for My Other City By The Bay by clicking here.
- Share this post on Facebook
- Tweet this post
- Fill out the form below
- Leave a comment stating that you have done the above and that will count as your entry.
I will pick three winners on April 15th and winners will be notified via email. You can pick up your jar of olive salad at the market.
Good luck and remember to shop local!Please select a valid form
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