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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Revisiting the Grand Avenue Farmer's Market

Went to the Coconut Grove Farmer's Market over the weekend, you know, the Glasser family one, across from CVS. I forgot how expensive they can be, I'm really missing the Grove Green Market that we had on Thursdays for awhile at the Playhouse parking lot. It never came back after the first season.


A friend is always telling me that out and around City Hall would be the perfect area for a weekend farmer's market in the Grove, you know, as competition to this overpriced one on Grand Avenue.

The Grand Avenue one has expanded and there are more vendors selling other items, like hats here and there is honey and bread.




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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That market has the most expensive produce I've ever come across. It makes Epicure look like a screaming bargain.

June 16, 2015 6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grove Market doesn't even look clean/sanitary. Best local market is in Pinecrest -- one of the best anywhere by any standard.

June 16, 2015 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Linda Pollack said...

Pinecrest Market is great, parking is easy, and dogs are welcome!

June 16, 2015 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The veggie man at Public on 27th Avenue, just before Coral Way has advised me for over 20 years what has just come in from the local fields, fresh, fresh, fresh, likewise for Malanoes next to Home Depot. Have anyone ever taken the time to see them unpack upon arrival or pack up to go? All of those coolers have been mildewed & I've smelled Clorox at times. Some of that stuff, nuts mostly are old, old, old. The produce at our local Grove area chain markets is culled through every evening and usually replaced by fresh in the early AM. If something is up to your satisfaction just take it back and replace it. Most people purchase at this location because it gets them out of their home and gives them something to do, they think it's cool to shop at some open air fresh produce venue and it does have some appeal, which is why they pay extra for this privilege.

June 16, 2015 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Grove Green Market on Thursday was great. Did you know they won Miami New Times' Best Miami Market last year? City politics shut it down because the parking lot which the market was held on became city-run and they wanted to charge both the vendors and group running it way too much.

Now people in the Grove are left to pay Glasser's gouged prices because of it. The Grove Green Market had live music, foods, arts, you name it!

Terrible loss, that market was only getting better.....

June 16, 2015 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still enjoy this local institution. Yes the Glassers can sometimes come across as moody, but they provide a great weekly market and I am glad they call the Grove home. Their prices can be high on some things, but not everything. the fact of the matter is they have some of the best variety and selection of raw food dishes in the state. I love love love the potato salad, pistachio ice cream, fruit pies, and 6$ / lb of Lychees is middle of the road price I am willing to pay.


As for the guy vouching for Publix, I love Publix for everything BUT their produce. It is never fresh or crisp and obviously goes through some packaging center between the field and the store. I buy the bulk of my produce either from Fresh Market or Milams.

June 20, 2015 12:47 PM  

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