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Market moves from Westchase to Carrollwood

CARROLLWOOD - The Fresh Market at Westchase Town Center, held monthly since the fall, is moving to the Carrollwood Cultural Center. The event organized by Tampa Bay Markets will debut in Carrollwood on Saturday, May 11, and be held year-round on the second Saturday of each month, said Greg Barnhill, director of operations for the grass-roots company. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Since October, the market had been held on a grassy area near Maloney’s Restaurant and World of Beer on West Linebaugh Avenue. “But power lines were giving us some issues,” Barnhill said of Tampa Electric Co.’s high-voltage overhead transmission lines. He said some vendors using tents supported by metal poles reported “getting shocked” on mornings when the grass was wet.
“We had great support there,” he said of customers frequenting the Westchase site. “Unfortunately, we have to think about the welfare of all involved.” TECO spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs said the occurrence was reported to the utility about a month ago. “We inspected all of our equipment in that area, and everything is in proper order and there is no danger,” she said. “What they are feeling is similar to static electricity, and it’s increased on mornings when there’s lots of moisture in the air.” The power line, which is on TECO right of way, carries the heaviest voltage in the utility’s system, she said. Barnhill said the market’s focus is providing a chance for small businesses to gain exposure for their fresh, organic or handmade goods. Products range from breads, pastas and salsa to olive mixes, honey and plants. Other vendors sell jewelry and crafts. Tampa Bay Markets operates the monthly Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market and the Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village, as well as the twice-monthly Fresh Market at the Shops at Wiregrass. The relocated one, dubbed North Tampa Market at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, will be beneath trees at the site, 4537 Lowell Road. “We’re looking forward to it,” said Barnhill. “It should be an excellent location.”

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