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The Farmer's Emporium: A West Palm Beach Treasure

Updated on January 29, 2014
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Located near the main intersection of Okeechobee and Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Florida is a jewel of a market known as The Farmer's Emporium. Its owners are well known to the customers who shop at the market and they have cultivated a community feel that keeps people coming back each week.

The produce is locally farm-grown fresh fruit and vegtables, but other grocery items such as eggs, honey, bread, candy, crackers, pickles, canned meats and soups are avialable as well. One thing you can count on, the price will be reasonable. Everyone can afford to eat healthy when they shop at The Farmer's Emporium

Outside, the produce is laid out in open boxes stacked upon crates making it easy to select produce.
Outside, the produce is laid out in open boxes stacked upon crates making it easy to select produce. | Source
Inside, a wide variety of fresh produce is ready for purchase. The colorful tags change daily with the items available for sale that day.
Inside, a wide variety of fresh produce is ready for purchase. The colorful tags change daily with the items available for sale that day. | Source

Why Do People Shop at Farmer's Markets?

Markets have been around since the beginning of time. Before refrigeration existed, people would have to buy their food weekly from vendors who would set up booths to display their produce. In many parts of the world, it was a normal part of life for people to shop daily at outdoor markets. This practice is still the norm for some countries.

My mother used to buy her weekly grocery items such as bread, milk, and eggs from farmers and local grocers who would bring their food items to the home. Although it was not a typical outdoor market, she could shop for produce inside the truck or from baskets to make her selection. The food was fresh and very affordable.

Today, many consumers prefer to purchase food that is not only farm fresh but healthy and organic. They know that the farmer's market provides these food choices on a weekly basis. The cost may be higher in some places, but people believe that the health benefits outweigh the price factor.

Because a middleman is not involved, the produce can be sold at lower prices to the consumer. The produce comes from local growers who take it straight to the market area and either sell it themselves or through a co-op. These farmer's markets help to keep the farmers in business. They are becoming so popular and in demand that many have an online website.

The prices are so reasonable. Doesn't this just make you want some Florida oranges?
The prices are so reasonable. Doesn't this just make you want some Florida oranges? | Source
A Mediterranean baked, onion cracker is one of the specialty items sold at this market. Very tasty!
A Mediterranean baked, onion cracker is one of the specialty items sold at this market. Very tasty! | Source

What Makes Farmer's Emporium Special?

Customers who frequent the market enjoy the friendly service. I have seen people ask the employees for a certain fruit or vegatable not out in the bins and the employee will respond quickly to their needs.

A couple of weeks ago while I was doing my weekly shopping, the owner announced that everyone was going to get two FREE cartons of cherry tomatoes. I asked him, "seriously?" He said, "Oh yes, I am always serious!" Someone asked him why he was giving away the produce and he responded that he just wanted to thank his customers for shopping at his place. That is great customer service and savvy marketing!

As I already mentioned, the prices are so reasonable and I can usually get a whole week's grocery (less meats and cleaning supplies) for under twenty dollars. Of course, it is fresh so whatever you buy must be eaten within the week or cooked and stored, or frozen. They usually have about anything you need, but be aware that they do not stock items like your grocery stores because they sell whatever comes in from the farmer that day.

The market is open seven days a week:

  • Monday - Saturday: 8 am until 7 pm
  • Sunday: 8 am to 5 pm

It is located at 4619 Okeechobee Blvd., just off Military Trail (see map below). If you go, go early so that you can catch the produce as it comes in from the farmers. The only downside to the Farmer's Emporium is the parking. It is always crowded and finding a space close to the store is almost impossible. However, the lot is large and I always park in the back because it is easier to exit.

Overall, if you can find a good farmer's market it is well worth developing a relationship with the establishment. Not only will you get fresh food, but they will cater to your needs and provide you with great service.

Why I Shop at Farmer's Emporium

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Would you believe I only paid $16.84 for all this fresh produce?

Location of The Farmer's Emporium market

A marker4619 okeechobee boulevard west palm beach florida 33417 -
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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Frank, they have changed their hours since I wrote this hub. I will have to update it, as you suggest. I was just there Saturday and noticed a difference in the layout as well. The best part was watching a vendor cut coconuts open and extract the milk for patrons. Thanks for your feedback, always appreciated.

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      frank3n 3 years ago from West Palm Beach, FL

      Great Hub! Farmer's Emporium needs more positive write-ups like this. I believe current hours are:

      Mon-Sat 8am-7pm

      Sunday 8am-5pm

      Cheers,

      Frank

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rfordin, we are so blessed to live in an area that offers fresh produce all year round. I imagine Port Saint Lucie has a lot to offer as well. I get up there from time to time via the turnpike and often stop at the rest stops to pick up fresh oranges sold outside the building. Glad you stopped in here and hope your day is going well. Blessings.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Hmmm I never knew there was a farmer's market down there. We lived there 6 years. Where was this hub back then?! :).

      We shop at our farmer's markets up here in Port Saint Lucie. We have quite a few to choose from.....Imma pass on the info to my parents tho. They love coming up here and picking out their produce when they are visiting us. Thanks for sharing.

      ~Becky

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      We shop here often for the fresh produce and savings in price. We are blessed indeed. Lady Wolfs, you are a welcome visitor any day! Take care.

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      Lady Wolfs 4 years ago

      The farmer's markets really are the best places to buy fresh produce. You sound like you have a really nice one in your area. That was a good amount you purchased for under twenty dollars. Nice hub. Thank you for sharing.

      Voted up, interesting, and useful!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Internpete, we shop there for the very reasons you like them. Great food and service -- also great price! Thanks for your visit here, dear friend. Have a good weekend.

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      I am a big fan of farmers market and especially the great customer service they usually have. The Farmers Emporium sounds like a really great place to shop! Great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Lyric writer, thanks. I too enjoy the savings from shopping at the local farmers market. You can't beat good food at a fair price.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Great article Teaches. We always try to support our local farm market. In return, they truly take care of us. If you want great prices, go to your local farm market. I save thousands compared to going to Walmart. Awesome job Teaches, voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      It's a great place to get fresh produce at a low price. You just have to eat it within the week's time. Formosangirl, glad you visited here and enjoy your shopping day! :)

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Teaches12345, very interesting article. Voted up. Even though places such as Farmer's Emporium have been around forever, they are now trendy like the local Farmer's markets. Unfortunately, the local farmer's markets are neither organic nor cheap. CA has always been known for staying healthy, and the local supermarkets have reasonable organic produce. I also belong to an organic food co-op.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Snowdrops, I so appreciate your positive visit and glad to know you prefer fresh foods also. You have a peace filled day.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      No worries teaches. I really go after the freshest foods too. You write so well.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello again, snowdrops! I am finding that you are supportive community member and will look forward to sharing info as we post hubs. Fresh food is always the better choice. Thanks for your visit.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      We should always pick fresh and organic foods.. they're the best! Great hub teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Natashalh, it's funny how we can live somewhere for so long and yet find places of interest we never heard about. Glad you enjoyed the hub and do get over there to shop some day. Take care and be well.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Oh, wow! Why have I never been here? I know exactly what area you're talking about because I love going to Delray Beach. This sounds great - thank you for the information!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Billips. We do enjoy the market each week for the reasons you mentioned. It was so good to hear from you today. Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great week.

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      This looks like a wonderful market - you are fortunate to have one so close - a weekly market, with reasonable prices, is something I miss about my former residence - B.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Katrine, we have the same thoughts on buying from an outdoor market. I just came back from shopping there and I was amazed once again at all the lovely produce at such a reasonable price. Thank you for coming by and for your support. Have a good evening.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      This is very interesting, I always enjoy reading about the ways people live in the USA, and compare to us here in the UK. I too also love to buy my fresh vegetables and fruit from a local outdoor market. The service is more friendlier and the goods are good quality and much cheaper than going to the large supermarket. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We are fortunate down here to have the produce all year round. Alocsin, I do remember living up north where it was a seasonal market only. You had to take advantage of the fresh fruit as available. I enjoyed the apples and tomatoes most. I am sending you some Florida sunshine to help make it better up there! :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You're so lucky to have this type of permanent resource available. I have a couple of farmers markets nearby but they are only open on one weekend day. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Timing is crucial. You must watch for the days and times of produce delivery, and also use the produce within a few days of purchase to avoid spoilage. Ruchira,I appreciate your input and enjoy your visits. Have a great weekend, my dear friend.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      farmer's markets sure are cheap and one gets good produce. Timing is the only thing crucial for going to these places...

      good informative hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Pamela! You can't beat any meal made with fresh produce. The flavors are so wonderful and beneficial. Thanks for stopping by an taking a tour. You have a great weekend.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      That looks like a great place to shop. I love fresh produced and cook with vegetables all the time.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, anginwu. How nice to see you here! We are blessed that we can enjoy fresh produce all year round and get to shop weekly for the best food items. It does help the green effort. I'll bet you enjoy those really big strawberries and avocados that you all grow over there. :)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I love farmer's markets. In Southern California, especially where I live, farmer's market is usually once a week for a certain number of hours. I enjoy going to mine--it's every Friday. The fruits, vegetables are so fresh and I know I'm helping with the green effort when i shop there. Thanks for sharing. Rated up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Pamela, it was such a nice treat to get those wonderful cherry tomatoes. I enjoyed them that afternoon in a garden salad. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I so enjoy your visits.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I love to go to farmer's markets and this looks like a really good one. You took some great pictures. Getting anything for free is wonderful. Excellent hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello Drbj! Yes, it's a great place to shop, especially when customers are given freebees once in awhile. Thanks for your visit and support. Take care.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      A Farmer's Market that gives stuff away for free? That is unusual, teaches. No wonder that place is so special.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Skarlet, I am smiling at your comment. :) I guess that's a good thing. Right now, I am craving some grapes and I am putting it on this week's list. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment and voting. You are always a very welcome site!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      I love this hub. The Farmer's Emporium looks like a great place. It makes me want to go out and eat fruit.

      Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am so happy to see you here today, Mmargie. We are fortunate that Florida has some very nice farmer's markets. It does help quite a bit with the weekly grocery bill. Thanks for your visit, comment, votes and for sharing with others. You take care now.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Absolutely wonderful! I hadn't seen that particular farmer's market, but there's one in Boynton Beach that I used to frequent. Great quality produce and a lot less expensive than the grocery stores.

      GREAT HUB! Voted awesome and shared!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks Peggy! Yes, you should look into that market. Thanks for the visit and support.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This just reminds me of one not too far from where we live that we need to check out. I love fresh fruits & vegetables and getting them locally would be so good for so many reasons. Enjoyed hearing about your farmer's market. Voted interesting and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Faith. I get the same feeling when I shop at farmer's markets. I always come away feeling like I have found some really good bargains for the price. It's better than candy! Hey, thanks for stopping by and for your votes of support. You are always a welcome sight. Take care and God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      teaches12345, I just love, love, love farmer's markets and enjoyed reading about your's. To me, it's almost like going to the candy store, but better in so many ways realistically. Voted Up. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Rose, I remember shopping at those roadside markets. It was the best tasting produce and the most reasonably priced. Thanks for visiting and your support. Enjoy your evening.

      Brainy Bunny, you do have to use the food within the week because it does not have the preservatives the grocery stores treat them with to keep them fresher. Glad to know I am not the only one who knows where to park (he he he). Thanks for your visit. Take care ... Especially where you park!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I have shopped at this store a few times myself, and they do have great prices and a good selection. I just recall being sad that my purchases went bad very quickly; I usually shop at the supermarket where they take all sorts of measures to keep the food "fresh." I also tend to park farther away because the clientele is older and doesn't have the best eyesight or driving ability, in my opinion!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I totally agree with you there is nothing nicer than shopping at a farmers market. It is so nice to get to know the friendly people on the stalls and the local community. We don't have a farmers market in our area but many of the farmers have their own little roadside shops which is where we do all of our fresh food shopping.

      I loved the story of the cherry tomatoes, couldn't see the supermarket doing anything like this, wonderful.

      This is a wonderful refreshing hub and well presented. Voting up

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hi Genna, it is so nice to see you today! Yes, summer is just around the corner. Hopefully the crops will be abundant this year for you. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Enjoy your day and stay safe out there.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      A treasure indeed! I love farmer's markets, and your hub, which is is very well written, is a reminder to me that summer is just a blink away with the promise of all these wonderful things. Excellent hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Dafuj, I imagine we would see different fruits and vegetables in each of our areas. It is always good to visit a farmer's market in general just to pick up some fresh produce. Thanks for visiting and your positive comment.

      Alicia, I do believe it is the community atmosphere that also attracts people to a good farmer's market. This one has been in business for awhile and he knows how to treat his customers. They offer freebees once in a while to customers. He knows how the economy is affecting others and like to help out as he can. Thanks for visiting and for your contribution to the hub. Hope you get some free tomatoes too! Take care.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed reading your hub, teaches. It's interesting that I read it today, since this is the opening day for my favorite summer farmer's market! I love the wide variety of fresh produce at the market, and just like at the Farmer's Emporium there is a lovely community atmosphere at my local market. Maybe I'll be lucky this year and get free tomatoes like you did!

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      daFuj 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

      Nice! I enjoyed this and comparing it in my mind to the Farmer's Markets here in Colorado. I would love to visit this Farmer's Market.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Turtlewoman, you have my thoughts on this one: fresh is the best. Enjoy your day and keep visiting, I enjoy having you with us!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I love shopping at Farmers markets. In fact I go every Sunday to my favorite one down the street. Fresh fruits and vegetables...can't get any better than that! Farmers Emporium sounds like heaven! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Kelly, I thought about including a vegetable dish, may have to tack one of my favorites on here. Thanks for the idea and your visit. Have a great weekend.

      Polly, that would be nice to shop at the actual place where they were grown. Like the lemonade stands! Thanks for stopping by. You be safe and well.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      I love Farmer's Markets and have been going to them for years. There are some people who sell from their yards even with the price and a pair of scales on the table with a moneybox, now if that is not trusting. Of course the money boxes are screwed into the table and locked, can't blame them for that!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi Teaches12345, This looks amazing. I love Farmer's Markets they have the best looking and tasting food. Looking for a recipe from you soon. Voted up! Beautiful pictures. Take care, Kelley

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Yes, in our northern states it is a sign of summer and fall when the markets begin to show up. I used to love going to the summer farmer's market every Wednesday when we lived in the midwest. I think most people take advantage of the fresh produce and can some for the winter months. Thanks for your visit, Christy, you are a great friend and follower. Have a great weekend.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like farmer's markets as the produce is fresh and people are generally in good moods. It also means for me that the weather is nice as that is when I go to them. I live your descriptions and photos too.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello, Ann. Oh, I agree that your money is well spent at these farmer's markets. And, you aren't tempted by all those snack foods sold at the regular grocery stores. Living in Clearwater (like here) has it's advantages, fresh produce all year round. Thanks for stopping in and for your support. Have a great weekend, my dear friend.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I have two markets close to me. Boy, are they busy. People in my area (Clearwater) love shopping at the Farmers Mkt. They also have unique items, and some asian food. It makes me feel like my money is well spent.

      Up and useful

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am glad that you also enjoy fresh veggies and fruts. I enjoy snacking on them throughout the day, they are so good. Yes, get out there and check one out, you will benefit from the healthy choices. Thanks for your visit, Molly, and your comment. Be careful out there.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Lindacee, I would love to see a ferias in South America. I bet the foods there are different and the market a great shopping experience. I think with more people interested in eating natural foods, we will see an increase in these markets. Thank you for adding insight to the hub content. Have a great day!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I enjoy my shopping day here because there is always something new or on sale. I guess it's the excitement of finding a bargain. Ananceleste, you are always so positive and I enjoy your visits. Have a great weekend.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Teaches, you've inspired me. Now I'll have to check out my local farmer's market. I love fresh veggies and fruit.

      Very interesting hub!

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoyed reading about farmer's markets, and particularly Farmer's Emporium. Markets are a great way to shop and it supports local farmers and artisanal foods. Having recently moved back to the States from South America, I've seen first-hand how important neighborhood farmer's markets (ferias)are to a community. They are a great way to contribute to the local economy and are a fun social outing. Great Hub!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      I love this teaches!

      You are absolutely right, this is awesome!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for taking time to visit, Vellur. I appreciate your comments very much. It is a very healthy way to live by eating fresh foods. We are fortunate to have it year round in Florida. Take care.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Buying fresh organic produce is the best. Farmer's Emporium sounds like a vegetable paradise.Very useful and informative. Voted up.