It’s no secret… shopping local means that more of every dollar you spend stays in the local community. It’s for that reason that Locale Market set its mission to scour the streets of St. Pete, the waters of Tampa Bay and the farms of Florida for the very best and freshest in homegrown products. Here’s ten ways you can keep it local when you #ShopLocale:
1) 12 kinds of citrus, 11 kinds of apples, and dozens of other fresh fruits and veggies – many grown on Florida soil
Taste our blueberries from Phantom Farms, located on a five-acre parcel in Sebring, Florida in a synthetic chemical and fertilizer free environment.
2) 95% of Locale Market’s seafood comes from nearby Florida waters
Our vast collection includes clams caught by Two Docks Shellfish near the Skyway Bridge. Doesn’t get more local than that!
3) Even our H2O comes from Florida springs
Bottled by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, our water is sourced from the historic Orange Springs, located on the edge of Florida’s Ocala National Forest. Plus, it’s kosher certified. Because nothing is more Florida than its water.
4) The best thing since sliced bread? Locally sliced bread.
#ShopLocale and find Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Millet and Flax, and other flavorful and healthy baked goods direct from Sami’s Bakery in Tampa!
5) Give the gift of homegrown crafts
Jennifer Patterson’s quirky greeting cards are made from 100% recycled paper and processed using hydroelectric energy (energy produced by gravitational falling water). Patterson Papers are produced in sunny St. Petersburg!
6) Craft Beer. Delicious Beer. Local Beer.
From Cigar City to Cycle Brewing, find the Bay area’s best brews all in one place. We’ll cheers to that!
7) Four paws? No problem.
Your four-legged friends deserve the freshest and finest, so treat them to locally-made Dogs for the Earth and St. Petersbark!
8) Are your taste buds ready for local jelly?
You may have seen Brimstone Originals Specialty Foods at St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market. These Largo-based, flavored jellies contain all-natural ingredients and no preservatives, so don’t be shy to spice things up!
9) Start the teapot. These leaves may change your life…
St. Petersburg’s very own Caina Tea was founded in 2014 by a husband and wife team, one American and one Chinese. Their suppliers are family friends in the sunny hills and misty mountains of China. Farmhands get paid a fair salary and are not exploited in any way.
10) Your skin deserves an extra dose of care and attention
Nardo’s Natural Organic Skin Care has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and Good Morning America, but they’re based on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, FL. Their hand-blended organic skin care products are derived from nature and suitable for all skin types.
We’re finding new Florida treasures every month, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to discover more ways to #ShopLocale and support the Sunshine State’s homegrown products and businesses!