I never understood why people were so into farmers market. I know it’s a trendy thing to do; people wait for Sunday, go to brunch and then make a stop at the Farmers Market and make some healthy, expensive purchases. Well, I put it to the test a couple of weekends ago with Luis. We made our way through 3 Farmers Markets in the Fort Lauderdale area and fell in love with the whole experience. These pictures were taken at the Marando Farms in Fort Lauderdale by Tap 42 (If you are from around here, you should know where this is). Marando Farms were small, it had lots of local products, sold coffee and natural juices. I tried a small coffee and it was delicious. We didn’t buy any food there, because we wanted to see other options.
We later went to a HUGE Farmers Market; The Flamingo Farmers Market to be exact – On Flamingo Road – and they had really made it. They sell a lot of outdoors decorations which I thought was cool so I want to take my mom soon! We went into the “grocery store” they have and bought some tomatoes and avocado. Luis had a fruit smoothie and it was sooo soo good! You could feel the real flavor of the fruit and they didn’t add ANY sugar. Thank you.
Lastly, we wade it to the South West Ranches Farmers Market – This one was the smallest of them all but the owner was so sweet. Right as we walked in she gave us a sample of a yogurt (which I later purchased) and then made us try some fruits we didn’t even know existed! I loved the yogurt I purchased there and finished it within the week – it was really refreshing to eat something REAL.
My Farmers Market experience was awesome. I learned a lot and it took me back to basics. I almost felt like I was back in Ecuador eating all these natural foods. We get caught up in spending less and less money so we go for the cheapest options at the grocery store but we don’t take into consideration WHAT exactly is going into our bodies. Do we really want more money in our pockets, or more years in our lives? I think the second option resonates more with me. Also, we need to be more careful about how we spend our money. Sure, shopping organic and at farmers markets might be a bit more expensive but, maybe we shouldn’t eat out so many times during the week? That compensates the wallet.