The Grove Green Market returns to the Coconut Grove Playhouse this Thursday, November 13, after a summer hiatus.
Market organizer Nick Bernal of Seasons Farm Fresh Inc., says he was pleased with the way Coconut Grove residents took to the market. "The first year of the market went great, even though it started without much previous knowledge. The people of the Coconut Grove BID and I just kind of said we were going to do a farmers market and we had a lot of regulars embrace what we were doing."
This year, Bernal is making some improvements, including getting the word out. "Last year we had no marketing budget. This year, we're partnering with more sponsors to bring people to Coconut Grove."
The market will feature over two dozen vendors selling local foods and produce. Bernal says that he wants to keep prices for vendors low so small, local farms and businesses can feel welcome. "Most of the produce has been harvested just two or three hours before coming to market." The Grove Green Market also offers free parking, a bicycle valet and live music every week, by students of the Academy of Arts & Minds and local acts.
In connection with the Grove Green Market, the Blue Starlite Drive-In Theatre, located at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, will show a weekly food-related movie each Thursday evening, directly after the market. The first week's movie is Chef (admission for one car and two people is $25).
Also appearing this Thursday is a preview of the Happy Wall, an art installation by Short Order contributor and happiness expert Hannah Sentenac.The wall, which will debut at Cocowalk on November 29, is a giant interactive space where people are encouraged to share what makes them happy.
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The Grove Green Market is open every Thursday, starting November 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. through the end of April. The market will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Admission is free and leashed pets are welcome.
Vendors at the market include Little River CSA, LNB Farms, Purely Beautiful, Nisha's Indian Food, Crepemaker, Luongo Olive Oil, Ficoshe, Mi Angel Stones, Honduras Ceramics, Freakin Flamingo, Urban Greenworks, City Bee Farms, Counter Culture, Druids Grove, Lucia's Organic Dog Treats, Beeland Honey, Therapia by Aroma, Un Real Food, Captain Ampie Sweet Delights, Cpt. Greg; Blueangel Soaps & Candles, Tio Gazpacho, LED Lights, Bianco Gelato, and Artisan Bread Baker. The list of vendors is subject to change at any time.