Local Florida farm goodness

Marando Farms is located at 1401 S.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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
Hydroponic gardening at Marando Farms


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.


Papaya trees in the garden area of Marando Farms


Obviously Marando Farms would sell organic oranges and grapefruits.
Papaya fruit growing at Marando Farms

About Kristine K. Stevens

Book Cover200Kristine is the author of "If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough: A Solo Journey Around the World." This nonfiction book tells the story of how she sold her house, quit her job and traveled around the world.

Kirkus Book Review: "... Stevens makes a friendly, relatable narrator ... plenty of colorful stories to make this an enjoyable, inspiring read... An often sweet memoir about finding oneself in many different places."

Next travel book to spotlight Iceland

25817249396_f6c787ef9f_z Kristine broke free from a desk job once again, and this time ended up volunteering in the far corners of Iceland!

Details about the release of this book will be posted on Facebook.