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For those that love meandering round the brick and brack, new and old of flea markets or shop for locally grown and homemade foods in the Farmers Markets not to mention the good ole USA garage sale Florida has so many to offer.
On Saturdays and Sunday instead of following the crowds to the parks head towards Lakeland (about 30-40 minute drive down the I4 from Davenport / Kissimmee area). Here you will find the Silver Moon drive in movie theatre transformed into the “Swap shop”, admission and parking is free for customers (dealers pay $5 on Saturdays and $14 on Sundays). Sellers wares include local produce (juicy tomatoes and very large onions), DVDs, clothes, tools, bedding and general household wares along with the usual “car booty” things (i. e. anything and everything). To keep your strength up the silver moon snack bar is open on both dates and offers either a “big breakfast” or for those not as hungry just sandwiches, if you are in the USA spirit they also sell hot dogs, corn dogs and nachos. Hot and cold beverages are also available.
Head north (around 1 hour drive) to Webster and to the “Oldest & largest” flea market in Florida. Located at 524 N Market Blvd, Webster, FL33597. Open every Monday from 8am to 2pm. Offering a selection of new and old, crafts, vegetables, fruits, organic foods and covering over 40 acres (so be prepared to do some walking), this place should offer lots to look at and you might pick up some bargains as vendors are willing to negotiate. There is no admission fee and parking on the grounds is free. For directions and photos visit http://www. sumtercountyfarmersmarket. com … just don’t forget your shopping bag.
Whilst in Webster, why not stop off and refuel at one of the “no fuss, good ole southern cooking cafes” such as Hayseed Café at 599 N Market Blvd, where they do a noon buffet for around $10 including chicken, potatoes, dumplings, salad, soup, dessert, they also have a full menu.
For fresh, local produce nearer to home try Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market every Tuesday evening from 4pm to 7pm located in front of the Kissimmee Civic Centre on Dakin Ave (which is closed to traffic during the markets hours). Dependant on the season you can expect to find everything from juicy cucumbers to southern Okra, zucchini, greens and eggplants. In addition to the season fruit and veg you can also expect to find local honey, homemade dressings and spreads, hot sauces, homemade soaps, cards, fresh pasta and desserts.
If you can’t make a Tuesday, try the Friday Mill Creek Mall Farmers Market on the parking lot on highway 192 at the corner of Oak and Michigan. Open from 9am to 4pm.
For garage sales, don’t forget to keep your eye out when driving round, most sub-division residents tend to hold a “community garage sale” once or twice a year, mostly on a weekend. Just look for signs around the area and pop in to see what wares are on offer.
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