Each Monday the little town of Webster comes to life in a big way...with the huge Webster Flea Market, which is the center point of life here in this otherwise slumbering town.
We have been told that it is among the top three largest Markets in the nation, and we have no trouble believing this...it is by a long shot, the largest flea market we have ever seen. On a 50 acre site, with over 1500 vendors, and being over 60 years old puts it "up there" in the hierarchy of flea markets for certain! At any rate, it's big, and we go most every week to buy our fresh fruits and veggies for a pittance, and we still have not seen more than half of the vendor offerings!
There is always an abundance of fresh produce, brought up from nearby Plant City, and it is downright cheap! To say that we are spoiled by the selection, quality and price of the goods would be an understatement....we will really miss all the fresh goodies we've been eating!
And the plentiful, cheap and oh-so-sweet oranges and Ruby Red Grapefruits!
The pineapples are yummy too, but we never buy the apples because we prefer the Virginia apples from home!
We've been eating strawberries every day, on our cereal, yogurt, in Strawberry Shortcake and on ice cream!!
I am constantly reminded how Mom loved her strawberries in January and February, when they were least plentiful and such a treat to eat.....and so we enjoy these truly sweet and succulent berries during the winter months!
And also many fresh salads and asparagus, squash, cabbage, blueberries and grapes...veggies almost like the markets in Rio where we shopped with Mary K...just more familiar to us!
Of course, fruits and veggies are only a tiny part of the flea market...they have every possible variety of "flea" imaginable (otherwise known as "junk"! :) )
The first week that we visited the market, while strolling down one of the "antique" (a.k.a. "old junk") aisles, I spotted a little Robin's Egg Blue stoneware pitcher just like Mom brewed her iced tea in for most of my life. Having only ever seen one other pitcher like it, I bought it from the vendor, came home and promptly made iced tea!
Fruit or treasures, you can choose your pleasure at the Webster Flea Market every Monday!