Winter Garden’s Plant Street Market
by Kirsten Harrington
In the short time that it has been open, Plant Street Market in Winter Garden has become a neighborhood gathering spot. Friends linger over beer, kids in sports uniforms enjoy postgame treats, and laptop-toting professionals sip coffee while working on the patio.
The market is the brainchild of west Orange residents Jared Czachorowski, Robert Scott and Andy Sheeter. While on a family vacation in Colorado in January of last year, the trio enjoyed spending time at a local brew pub, and once they returned to Florida, the taste for a craft brewery in their hometown lingered. This spring, that vision became a reality with the opening of Crooked Can Brewing Co., which anchors the market.
The indoor market specializes in local, artisanal products that can’t be found in big-box stores. From delicate orchid arrangements and handcrafted necklaces to freshly roasted Axum Coffee and Market to Table Cuisine’s truffle butter, there’s something for everyone, all under one roof.
“It’s a family-oriented, dog-friendly atmosphere,” said Suzanne Scott, Robert’s wife and community sales and marketing manager for the market.
The co-owners, who have seven kids collectively, wanted to create a space that parents and grandparents would enjoy and would keep kids entertained. Lots of patio seating, bean-bag toss games, and jumbo building blocks allow children to play while moms and dads linger over lunch or coffee.
One of the market’s unique features is the synergy among its vendors. The open-air design fosters this concept, allowing a customer to purchase freshly brewed tea from Antiquiteas and head over to Euro Bake World for a pastry, or pick up one of the bakery’s soft pretzels to have with a Crooked Can Blood Red Orange IPA or Belgian Pale Ale.
“It’s a great little community they’ve made here in the market,” said Antiquiteas owner Marc Baudendistel, who carries more than 30 varieties of loose leaf tea and also sells freshly brewed tea by the cup, served hot or iced.
Press’d Juice Bar & Kitchen offers healthy raw salads and treats like chia pudding, custom smoothies and wheatgrass elixirs. If you’re more of a carnivore at heart, the Local Butcher and Market offers charcuterie and cheese platters, deli-style sandwiches and wine by the glass. It has all your favorite cuts of meats and house-made sausages to take home.
The Pop Parlour offers beat-the-heat artisan ice pops in unique flavors like cantaloupe mint and pineapple cilantro.
“We do a lot of interesting flavors like pistachio rosewater and hibiscus sweet tea,” said Sarah Doerr, who helps to create the ice pops.
This Orlando-based purveyor uses local fruits when possible and doesn’t use any artificial ingredients. They have vegan-friendly creamy creations that incorporate coconut milk or avocado and also offer “over-21” ice pops like the Mimosa.
Five Thymes Five serves up farm-to-table fare, including burgers, salads and sandwiches, and The Wandering Wonton is the perfect stop for a bowl of noodles or creative wontons.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with David Ramirez Chocolates’ selection of exquisite handcrafted chocolates, macarons and gelato. Even I’d be willing to ride my bicycle an extra mile or two on the nearby West Orange Trail just so I could indulge in a few more almond brownie crunch chocolates or a scoop of salted caramel gelato. The sample tray — a bargain for $5 — allows you to choose any three treats.
“The market is going to be a date night place, but you can also bring the kids or just grab a gift or something for the dog, or some olive oil,” Scott said.
The market is planning to add live music, yoga for kids, painting classes, story time and other events, making it a perfect gathering spot for the west Orange community.
Plant Street Market is located at 426 W. Plant Street in Winter Garden. Operating hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Vendor hours vary.) For more information, call 407-496-6102 or visit www.plantstmarket.com on the Web.