After a few week hiatus, the Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market will reopen today, April 28, at 11 a.m.
Owner Ken Copeland has been hard at work getting the new location ready for business. While the site features a covered building, the produce store will initially open under canopies, Copeland said.
The Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market has been a fixture on Carson Drive for about five years. It features a variety of produce, much of which is locally grown, specialty items, flowers and more.
Copeland closed down the prior location at 21247 Carson Drive in early April. The new store is about 300 feet down the road at 21329 Carson Drive, which is on the same side of the street.
“I purchased this property a couple of years ago and have been in the process of developing it since,” Copeland wrote in an email. “Our plans have been approved by Pasco County for a 1,600-square-foot open air farmers market.”
Once completed, the location will feature “all new electric, plumbing, a new eco-friendly waste system, two new driveways and handicap parking, all complete with new boardwalks and ramps with new aluminum railings for easy access,” Copeland added. “We look forward to a grand opening sometime in 2012, but in the interim time we will be open under our trademark fabric canopy with all the fresh fruits and vegetables our customers have come enjoy.”
Area residents missed the market during its hiatus.
“I miss my fresh veggies,” wrote Wendy Michele Heilig on the Land O’ Lakes Patch Facebook page.
In addition to a new location, the market will also have new hours. It will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market will close on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.