Many towns sponsor Farmer’s Markets to attract people to the downtown area. It’s kind of a misnomer in that although there is normally one or more booths set up with fresh produce from local growers, there are also a wealth of other vendors as well. Food from local restaurants, gizmos from local entrepreneurs, art and crafts from individuals and local shops, and various odds and ends which make just walking around rather interesting. Some markets even have music from a small local band to let people sit and enjoy their food or let the kids run around.
Fort Pierce is no exception. Their entire downtown area seems to have gone through a concentrated revival, with remakes on the older building fronts and clean wide sidewalks. The ever present trains that we have seen (or mostly heard) coming down the coast run right through the downtown area and unlike some places the area on either side of the tracks has been spruced up very nicely.
The area right at the water’s edge is an large city marina, filled with both local and transient boats that use the waterway and, no doubt, the nearby inlet to the ocean. They provided a nice dock to tie our dinghy at, allowing us to walk around the downtown area on a sunny Saturday morning where we picked up some colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and a couple of yummy pastries.
After wandering around the numerous booths and meeting some fellow cruisers as we listened to the local band, we made a morning of it and had lunch from booth selling Caribbean-style foods.
Munching on a Jerk Chicken wrap grilled with vegetables and topped with hot sauce is getting me in the mood for the islands, Mon.