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New market creates treats for the senses

The Florida Estates Winery hosts the Fresh Market, where shopper can find an array of sights, tastes and smells.

By MICHELLE JONES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 1, 2002


LAND O'LAKES -- Roy Greer, of Hudson, hopes the Fresh Market held Saturday at the Florida Estates Winery will not be the first, and last, of its kind.

"This is very nice, it is comfortable under the canopy of oaks," said Pam Greer, Roy's wife. "It reminds me of a Georgia Plantation."

Both of the Greers, who have been buying wine at the winery since it opened, said the wine is very good, although a little pricey.

He likes the Merlot, she the Lake Emerald, a white wine.

"But they need to have more food, because if you are going to drink, you need to eat," said Roy Greer."

Marc Wagner, the manager of the winery, said they would be having more of the sight, smell and taste celebrations. The next one is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

At the winery off State Road 52, people received a tour of the sales room and then were able to go outside under the moss draped oaks to sit and visit at tables or peruse the offerings of the market. Samples of the wines were available for tasting.

Marge Whaley took the wine tour and visited the market.

"They could have had a few more things (vendors) but it was nice," she said. "Who would have thought there would be this much of a turnout."

By noon C'est la Vie, a bakery and restaurant in Sarasota and Tampa, had sold out most of its goodies.

"We were very pleased and very surprised," said Bastien Poirier, the manager of the Tampa location. "We ran out of tarts, pies and baguettes."

Kelli Gochenaur and her 6-year-old daughter, Jacee, were selling flowers and plants. Beautiful long-stem red roses sold for $2 each. Love bunches were $5.

"My mom, Clarine Barton, owns the Lutz Flowers and Gift Shop," said Gochenaur. "Mom is friends with Lea Thomas, she does publicity for the winery and she asked us to come."

By noon she had sold quite a few, but had plenty left to last until the 3 p.m. closing.

Peggy Johnson brought six women from her church group in Dade City.

"We do a lot of outings," said Johnson. "We tasted the wine and it was delicious. Now we will shop til we drop."

In addition to the flowers there were colorful vegetables, including red tomatoes, yellow bananas and green watermelons, plants and Ma Grande's Native American Hot Sauce to purchase.

Cookies, home made by sisters Janet and Ellie Lozano, were two for $1. They were also selling flavored ices for $1.

"We thought it would be a fun family activity," said Ellie Lozano, who brought their mother, Rosa Lozano, a resident of Sun City Center, along for the day.

And, yes, they said they were having fun.

Wagner said he was pleased with the vendors who came out and hoped they would have a long relationship.

"This was a test and I'm very pleased with the results," he said.

-- Michelle Jones covers central Pasco community news. She can be reached at (800) 333-7505 ext. 4612 or (813) 909-4612. Her e-mail is jones@sptimes.com

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