Undeterred by a drizzly morning, both Victoria Mares, St. Petersburg, and John Mathis, New York City, sample different Oviedo-made dips at the Tuesday Market. Gary Haynes, owner of Simply Savory Dips, has maintained a booth at the Gulfport market since August. He says he and his wife work eight markets a week. The rain slowed people down this Tuesday, but he remained optimistic, citing past weeks.
"We're hoping it gets better," he said of the day, adding that the rain had slowed people down and the lower attendance wasn't typical of Gulfport. "I have a couple slower markets, I have a couple busier markets... you're in the middle."