Is there anything more enchanting than a Saturday morning spent at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market? Whether you have your route down to a science or you’re looking for some ethereal inspiration, keep reading for 15+ market stops you can’t miss, inspired by each zodiac sign.
We consulted with our zodiac-minded readers and followers — here are a few of their suggestions.
Aries | March 21-April 19
If you’re anything like reader Abby B., who shared that Aries “can be free-spirited and impulsive,” you might find yourself wandering the market, allowing it to tell you what you need. Stop by one of Abby’s favorite spots, The Red Swan, to see what stands out to you that day.
Taurus | April 20-May 20
Not one, but multiple Tauruses wrote in with the same favorite vendor: Andrew Logans Confections. The Taurus is known for appreciating the finer things and having a taste for quality, so you can probably take this confectionery commendation to the bank.
Gemini | May 21-June 20
Geminis are represented by twins and known for their dual nature, so it makes perfect sense for these star signs to stop by some of Lakeland’s duo-run businesses like Bandidas and Husband and Wife Spices of Life.
Cancer | June 21-July 22
Reader Jo L. embodied the “nurturing and protective” nature of their sign with this answer: “Love going to the Lakeland Police Department K9 booth! Supporting our furry officers is very important!” Pro tip: Grab a t-shirt or K9 plushie — proceeds support the LPD’s K9 unit.
Leo | July 23-Aug. 22
This fire sign likes to have the best of the best. Treat someone you care about to a meaningful gift, per reader Fran W.'s recommendation, or treat yourself to a massage at reader Mike L.'s favorite booth: Bee Good To You Massage and Body Work.
Virgo | Aug. 23-Sept. 22
Reader Jan S. gave us the breakdown on Virgos, who, according to her, are “earthy and environmentally conscious.” Virgos can most likely be found perusing handcrafted, handmade goods like those made by Craft Nana Creations, East of These, and Pixie Suds.
Libra | Sept. 23-Oct. 22
This air sign might enjoy wandering through the market at their own pace and people watching just as much as, if not more than they enjoy the actual shopping. Reader Al G. says Libras’ “witty, sympathetic, and charming” nature lends itself to people watching. Pro tip: Put your people-watching to use and find a performer or musician along Munn Park. There are usually a few.
Scorpio | Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Follower @Kittelliot recommends Simpatico Silver Jewelry. From what we know of Scorpios, who prefer sophisticated pieces that tell a story, this brand’s unique, handmade jewelry is right up their alley.
Sagittarius | Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Reader Cristina B. claims that “variety is the spice of life for a Sagittarius,” so it’s no surprise that fellow Sagittarius Neva M.'s perfect market route ranges from Aqua Organics to Pocho’s Mango and, of course, petting people’s dogs.
Capricorn | Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Follower @lily_dan.512 is representing the foodie Capricorns — “ANY of the food vendors.” Since Capricorns often like to stick to their favorites, we recommend branching out and trying something new like Omusubee, which you can typically find near Munn Park.
Aquarius | Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Known for being analytical and creative, an Aquarius most likely has their market route down to a science. If you need any inspiration, reader Karen S. always stops by Honeycomb Bread Bakers for a bagel, Krazy Kombucha for a growler refill, and Always Rich Creations for a soy candle.
Pisces | Feb. 19-March 20
Our creative and imaginative friends, the Pisces, can find all sorts of inspirational work at the market. Reader Marilyn D. says shopping “unique handmade items, bakery items, and coffee items” stimulates her creativity. To follow her lead, check out Randy Glotfelty Pottery, Meraki Bakehouse, and Ethos Coffee Roasters.
Not much of a stargazer? Don’t worry — you can peruse the market vendors online to find your new favorite.