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New Farmers Market in Hollywood

Hey South Florida Hounds I just found out that there is a new Farmers Market (called Yellow Green Farmers Market) opening in Hollywood...100,000 Sq ft Open Year Round 3 days a week, Thursday, 5PM - 11PM Friday and Saturday 7 AM - 4 PM 1940 W. 30th Road in Hollywood (Taft and 95)

Apparently the Grand Opening is this Weekend!

Can't wait to check it out!

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    1. re: lax2mia

      I had a friend who was among the thousand who showed up. They seem to be starting off on the wrong foot by advertising an opening date and not warning people that it wouldn't open.

      1. re: miachef

        Well Hell!

        That just bites....Thank goodness I am not coming home until Jan. Hopefully they will have all the kinks out by then!

        1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

          Sounds like it's so tied up in red tape they'll never get it open :(

    2. It is going to open in October 2010

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      1. re: jpr54_1

        Apparently they are going to have a "soft " opening the last week of September and then the Grand after that. I can not wait to check it out then I go home on Oct.!!

      2. Opening Update

        They want all vendors in place for this Thursday and will be opening September 26

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        1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

          OT, but important... good luck, bgg, it looks like igor is heading your way. are you going to ride out the storm with a well-stocked hurricane-ready pantry?

          1. re: alkapal

            Oh yes, we will be getting hit for sure and my pantry is very well stocked...no matter what I demand that I eat well!

            1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

              my prayers will be with you. i grew up in florida, so....i know the storms' power. last one i went through was charley in '04. you on facebook?

              1. re: alkapal

                Thanks, they are frecasting a direct hit ...went through Andrew many years ago...Yes on FB - TJ Jones

        2. Hey all South Florida Chowhounds, it looks as if the long awaited Hollywood Farmers Market is scheduled to open this weekend....give a report back if you go out there!

          I will be there in 3 weeks to see for myself

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            1. re: pilches

              It doesn't open until Sunday, October 3.

              http://www.ygfarmersmarket.com/

              Personally, I'm gonna give them a coupla weeks to iron out the kinks. I've lived without organic edible petunias this long -- another couple weeks won't kill me.

          1. i cant wait till i have some time to check this out! if theres anything broward needs its a good farmers market

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            1. re: mattstolz

              Looks like we'll have to continue to wait. I stopped by at the end of the day and found it to be nearly indistinguishable from any other flea market in south Florida. There were about four booths (out of at least 100) selling produce at Publix prices, but with less of a selection. There were one or two other produce vendors that were either not set up yet or closed for the day (we got there around 4pm.) One of the vendors had potatoes priced at 2 for a dollar... I saw a few boxes from growers in Immokalee, the same veggies you can get anywhere else.

              One booth was selling very fresh looking fish and they had a big crowd, which does suggest to me that there is a demand for good market products.

              Most of the booths that were occupied were peddling arts & crafts, baked goods, alternative heath products, clothes, jewelry, beads, etc. One booth had an impressive selection of tea in bulk. Another had a massage table and a sign advertising "skeleton therapy," which sounds like a fun thing to do for Halloween :)

              The venue is a fantastic open air structure and there are still many empty spaces, so things could improve and I wish them luck, but it's a real stretch to call it a farmer's market. The website gives a very green/homespun impression that the place lacks in reality. If I need some homemade candles though, I'll be heading there.

              1. re: Semprini

                I was there, too, and hesitated to post because I didn't want to put out a negative, but we were really disappointed. There was only one organic produce vendor and their inventory was very limited. There was also a very good source for organic and naturally grown shitake mushrooms, pretty decent home-made mozarella and what looked to be good quality home-made dried pasta (from the Las Olas Market people). I am hoping when the other booths fill in, there will be more food options and less flea market stuff. The green market we go to in NC has pork, lamb, poultry, cheeses, etc. All from local farms. We'll try it again in a few weeks and maybe it will get better.

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                922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

                1. re: Semprini

                  I'm one of the vendors at the YGFM and I have to agree that there needs to be more fresh produce and we would love to see someone sell fresh meats, too. However, this being said, the produce prices have become a lot more competitive and you can get some great deals, you just have to know when to buy them. We purchase our produce on Sundays about an hour or so before closing time and we walk away with a box of produce for $10 or less each time! There are also a couple great sources for fresh cheese at Mozzarita and The Good Earth (which also has farm fresh eggs).

                  There are also plenty of goodies for all of you chow hounds out there. If you want something really unique, come and visit me at Bite Around the Corner (booth 28). We make gourmet Italian sandwiches with our own homemade antipastos such as grilled marinated eggplant, zucchini, marinated Italian peppers, eggplant al funghetto, just to name a few.... and we make some of the best meatballs in South Florida, too! We have homemade pomodoro, vodka, and gorgonzola sauce to take home and prepare with your favorite pasta, as well. Everything is 100% natural, absolutely delicious, and made with a lot of love!

                  Another one of my personal favorites is Yum-mi. They make Vietnamese Bahn-Mi sandwiches, which are incredibly tasty. If you want something a little more familiar, Franky's Deli is famous for their grilled chicken salad subs. I invite you all to come out and visit us - and come hungry! :)

                   
                  1. re: BiteAroundtheCorner

                    It's really more of a weekend flea market than a farmers/green market. Way to many non food vendors.

                    1. re: BiteAroundtheCorner

                      We visited YG Farmers Market a few weeks ago, and had a great time, even though we were somewhat disappointed in the type of offerings. There were a LOT of vendors, but I had hoped to see more of the things we see at a weekend Green Market (organic veggies, unique cheeses, things you can't find at your grocery store) instead of your usual produce stands. There were some very good bakery and food options and we enjoyed that, and I found some stunning bead bracelets too. The bahn mi at Yum-mi were "yummy" and the owners so very nice and the venue has lots of potential, but I'd like more bakery offerings, more ethnic or regional foods, and more options for things to drink like a nice juice or espresso bar. I think it needs more diversity. It would also be nice if the website gave specific directions about how to get there from I95 - that was challenging and counterintuitive!
                      I think we'll go back (we drove an hour to get there), but it will likely be a while.

                2. this is a outdoor market right? as in i could bring my dog along?

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                  1. re: mattstolz

                    All dogs are welcome at the Yellow Green Farmers Market and fortunately everyone has done a great job about keeping their pets tidy and friendly. Hope to see you there.

                  2. I just got back from this market and i gotta say, i was pretty happy with it! yeah, it is a little flea marketish, but there is also some pretty good foodstuffs there if you explore and talk to the vendors.

                    I was surprised it was a little sleepy early, because most good farmers markets ive been to you either get there early or you leave with very little good stuff, but the vendors were still taking their time opening up when i left 2 hours after opening.

                    overall though i think this place has alot of potential

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                    1. re: mattstolz

                      I'm one of the vendors guilty of taking my sweet time setting up, but I have an excellent excuse. Until just this past weekend, I only had lunch items and evidently, it is too early to sample tomato sauce, meatballs, and anything else I've offered before noon (or so countless passerbys have said). We were just standing around from 8 am - 12 pm unless folks were stopping by to check out our homemade pasta sauces. So admittedly, although I was there by the opening time, I have not been in a rush to set up. However, things have changed since we've begun serving breakfast, so I promise if you come out in the morning, I will be ready for you - bright eyed and bushy tailed. :)

                    2. Ok this place is one year old now and I guess it takes some time to develop a Farmers Market. I saw it right after it opened and yea, it was more like the local flea markets. Now don't believe the nay sayers this place rocks. It needs more local farmers but there definitely is Organic and the veggie and fruit stands are local farmers. They sell all year so mid winter here in Florida there is tons of local. Mid summer they do get it from everywhere. Just TRY it.