After a successful run last year, the Miami Springs Farmer’s Market, thanks to the tireless efforts of Sarah Vargas, is back. And, if Vargas has her way, the 2013-14 version will be bigger and better than ever.
Grand Opening Day will be this Saturday, Oct. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. and this year’s version has switched venues.
Last year the field on the property of All Angels school along Ludlam Drive served as the host site. But with a desire to increase the drive-by traffic, Vargas worked diligently over the summer with the City of Miami Springs and eventually inked a deal to hold the event every Saturday in the center median just off the Circle where the Memorial Monument sits.
“We’re so excited to be putting this back together again,” said Vargas. “Unlike last year where we had to start from scratch, this year we already have 30 vendors on board and signed up and we actually have a small waiting list.”
Vargas said she was forever grateful to All Angels for their generosity and providing a spot to hold the market but felt a need to increase the market’s visibility. The median just off the Circle was perfect.
“We could not have asked for a better host,” Vargas said of All Angels. “But the one problem we had was that there simply just wasn’t enough drive-by traffic, so that’s when we looked into the possibility of getting it moved to the Circle and now we’re ready to go.”
And away they will go. From this Saturday all the way until next March, vendors will have their tents set up every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. showing off their products.
From Benny’s Fruits and Vegetables, to The Last Crumb Baked Goods, to Roc Kat Ice Cream, plenty of delicious options will be available to the consumer.
“The one thing I’m really working hard at is to try and get all of the local businesses involved in some way,” said Vargas. “I’ve reached out and invited many of them and the folks from Anna Capri are coming this Saturday to take a look and see what we have.”
Entertainment will be part of the equation as well.
Mekka Hernandez from The Yoga Room will be out there offering free classes of all levels, Short Chef Ray Newland will be back again providing his cooking class for children and, of course, Mama Guru eventually will show off her holiday presentations and ideas as the holidays approach.
This Saturday, Ray Anton from the newly opened Ray’s Guitars ‘N Gear on Curtiss Parkway will bring his talents to the market and provide free entertainment as well.
“We really want to make this a fun event where the entire family can come out on Saturdays and enjoy the atmosphere,” said Vargas. “It should be exciting and we’re looking forward to it.”