It is safe to say that we have been consumed by our screens. Between working from home and bingeing on new Netflix series, we’re all itching for some fresh air. If you need a change of pace from your typical weekend haunts, Starkey Market in New Port Richey is a convenient destination that’s ideal for a day date or miniature road trip with the family.
Located at 3460 Starkey Blvd., the market is stocked with locally made sauces, spices, and marinades. You can also get caffeinated for your day of open-air adventure at the market’s coffee bar brewing up beans from Floridian roasters. Pastries, bagels, and muffins from surrounding bakeries are also up for grabs if you need something to nibble on with your joe. Oh, and just in time for the coming summertime heat, Starkey Market recently installed an ice cream bar. You can even leave with a fresh bouquet from Posie’s flower truck or a grocery haul.
Starkey Market’s counterpart The Barn hosts live music from local talent, which you can enjoy with a cold brew or cider in hand. There’s also a selection of wine on the menu if you prefer your fruit intake in liquid form. Speaking of vino, The Barn hosts a monthly wine club allowing members— known as the “Herd”—access to tastings, discounts on bottles, and exclusive invitations to events. For bites, The Barn cooks up a limited menu featuring eats like flatbread, gourmet hot dogs and loaded chicken nachos.
Not far away on the same property resides Starkey Farms, at 10730 Lake Blanche Drive. Established in 1920 by the late Jay B. Starkey, the land has been passed down generation to generation to the founder’s grandson, Jay B. “Trey” Starkey III. Family-owned and operated, the farm hosts seasonal U-pick events, with a 55-acre strawberry farm open in winter/spring, and a 45-acre blueberry farm prime for springtime. Blackberry U-pick season runs from May to early June, inviting visitors to harvest plump berries across 1½ acres of blackberry fields. Don’t have the time to pick your own? There are often pre-picked containers of berries available.
The trio of Starkey delights add up to a refreshing escape for city slickers who are sick of parking garages and crowds. Pop on your walking shoes, slather on some sunscreen, snag some local products, and have your camera charged to snap some obligatory photos in front of livestock and fresh produce.
If you’re planning your family’s next fresh-air adventure, be sure to head over to Starkey Market’s website (starkeymarket.com) to view the events listing, packed with U-picks, concerts, food vendors, and pop-ups. Hard for your kids to ask for screen time when there are berries begging to be picked, ice cream to be scooped, and memories to be made.