It’s 9 a.m. on Saturday morning in downtown Tallahassee. Sean McGlynn leads his merchants in a bagpipe march, known as the Mercat March, that lets everyone in the surrounding area know the Downtown Marketplace is now open for business.
It’s a recent tradition at the now-20-year-old market started to let passersby know the festivities have begun.
Each Saturday at 9 sharp from the first weekend in March to the last weekend in November, the market brings its wares to downtown Tallahassee.
Among them, find an entire day’s worth of activities. Shop fresh, organic produce. Peruse one-of-a-kind artwork from local artists. And stick around for lunch from the bevy of local food trucks. Then, stroll the downtown area and take in all that Tallahassee in the spring has to offer.
In its two-decade lifespan, the market yearly attracts 135,000 visitors to Tallahassee. Many of those guests return each week to stock up on necessities. They can often be seen leaving with baskets full of fresh veggies, delicious fruits, cut flowers and an artful new edition to their abodes.
The market closes each Saturday at 2 p.m., which is just enough time to stroll home, find a recipe for your new groceries and cook up your bounty.
This Saturday, skip the chain grocery store and see what downtown has to offer.
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