Farmers Markets Bring Fresh Appeal to Fort Lauderdale Neighborhoods
Many successful national brands got their start at farmers markets, including Hodo Foods, Dave's Killer Bread, and Blue Bottle Coffee, notes the Farmers Market Coalition.
Most growers are organic, using fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers to aid growth. They also open fresh, healthy produce to people who might not get it otherwise. In 2018, 7,206 markets and direct-marketing farmers accepted SNAP EBT, resulting in $24 million in SNAP spent at farmers markets, the Coalition noted.
There’s good reason Florida is home to these markets, especially during the winter season. South Florida is known as a “winter vegetable” market. The region is among the nation’s top growers of winter produce, much of which makes the farm-to-table trips simple. In fact, many of the cities that have farmers markets today historically were major produce growers, like tomatoes and beans in Dania Beach or pineapples in Delray Beach.
We previously wrote about the Oakland Park Farmer’s Market. The Tuesday night affair brings locally sourced fresh produce and artisan products, and helps raise awareness of the culinary arts district. The event is held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday to the southwest corner of NE 38th Street and Dixie Highway. Learn more here.
Farmer’s markets are all the rage. Travel site TripSavvy recently reviewed nine popular farmer’s markets across South Florida. Head north to the corner of S. Federal Highway and S. Mizner Boulevard to the Boca Raton Green Market. Open seasonally on Saturdays from October through mid-May. Visitors find locally grown produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, pet foods, prepared gourmet meals, and arts, crafts, and gifts from dozens of vendors.
Just to the south is the Pompano Beach Green Market. Located at 100 N.E. 1st St., in Pompano Beach, the October through April market brings fruits, vegetables, seafood, and packaged gourmet foods. You’ll also find historic books and photos, plants and orchids, and occasional walking tours of the historic city
On East Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, the SunFresh Farmers Market is open year-round all day on Saturdays. Unlike most markets, this indoor neighborhood market is spacious and uncluttered. The Las Olas Outdoor Green Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To the west, the Coral Springs Green Market is open Saturdays.
To the south, the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood is open year-round Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Supportive of local farming, the venue seeks to educate people about healthy seasonal eating. Patrons will find conventional and organic produce, herbs, grains, fresh fish, dairy and eggs, and pastries, as well as custom jewelry, clothing, home goods, and pet and garden supplies. Also in Hollywood, Brothers Farmers Markets on North State Rd. 7 is open daily year-round.
Farmers markets might seem cute or kitschy novelties from a bygone era. So much so, that the National Farmers Market Week is held in the United States every August. Sponsored by the USDA, the event seeks to “increase awareness of the role local farmers' markets play in creating healthy communities and in building prosperity among farmers and small businesses,” according to the the National Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit that works to strengthen farmers' markets across the country
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