Our search for an antiques store landed us at Marando Farms. At first glance it was a hydroponics farm curiously close to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
With a little exploration, we found:
- locally grown produce
- an extensive seedling nursery
- fresh eggs and honey
- community garden plots and compost piles
- an assortment of heirloom seeds
- fenced homes for goats, pigs, geese and ducks
- fruit-bearing papaya trees
Why shop at a local farmers market?
- The produce is fresher than found at a standard grocery store. It is often picked within the past day or two.
- More of your money goes directly to the local farmers, who spends it with local merchants so the money stays in your community.
- Buying local helps to lower energy consumption by reducing transportation and storage.
- Farmers markets hels support small acreage growers of culinary, ethnic, and specialty crops not widely grown on a large scale or found at traditional food sources.
In addition to providing a storefront for local farmers, Marando Farms provides workshops and field trips for gardeners of all ages.
Location and hours
Located at 1401 S.W. First Ave., Marando Farms is open all year long:
- Weekdays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Weekends: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.