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Green After Dark returns to Odessa

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Published:   |   Updated: October 3, 2013 at 03:17 PM

ODESSA — Green After Dark, a monthly event that couples the weekend Odessa Organic Farmers Market with musical entertainment, resumes Saturday after a summer hiatus.

The return of the popular free seasonal event brings new entertainers and a local craft brewery as a major sponsor, plus visits from the many food trucks serving a wide variety of cuisines.

Lauren Diamond, a New York City-based singer and Gaither High School graduate, is the headliner for this first After Dark of the 2013-14 season. The professional singer performs regularly at the W Hotels in New York City, said market founder and manager John Ciani. She will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday’s bill is singer Ashley Smith of Tampa, who performs at several area restaurants, from The Vine in Lutz and Flight Restaurant and Lounge in Carrollwood to Love’s Artifacts Bar and Grill in South Tampa. She will perform from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing has become a major Green After Dark sponsor. “They’re providing all of our beer for all of our events, and they come out and serve it,” said Ciani. Saving the best for last, he added, “We don’t sell it, we give it away.”

Green After Dark, a family friendly market, is held from 5 to 9 p.m. monthly on the first Saturday on the lot at 8701 Gunn Highway.

Food trucks scheduled to participate tonight include South Pacific Grill; Shark Bites; Seven Tables; Pitas on the Run; Whatever Pops; Disco Donuts; Inside Scoop; and Cupping Cakes.

Vendors range from Woodapple Farms and Loved to Pieces Jewelry to Kaha Spirit Arts and Wholesome Living Oils. Also, among the nonprofits aboard this year is Tampa Bay Watch.

While tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers from organic growers in Tampa and Dover are the market’s best-selling produce, other products include local honey, eggs and goat cheese.

Free parking is available at shopping plazas on each side of the market.

Lawn chairs are suggested, and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

gwilkens@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7124

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