A steel drum band played Caribbean tunes while South Floridians strolled past booths selling orchids, fresh produce, and organic soaps. Dog lovers purchased natural treats for their canine companions from My Happy Dog Bakery, while others bought seagrape and saw palmetto honey harvested from local hives. People interested in organic personal care products bought fragrant, organic soap from Gold Coast Soap works and natural vegetable wash made by Green Arm. The Urban Farmer offered bulk produce grown by local farmers along with recipes and educational programs about how to use foods that may not be familiar to everyone. Other vendors offered fresh and smoked fish and jewelry made from natural stones.
In an area that is often long on transients and short on neighbors, green markets provide a pleasant way for the community to come together. It is also an opportunity to support local small businesses that create jobs and give people a dignified way to earn a living. The vendors are pleasant, knowledgeable, and eager to answer questions.
The Pompano Green Market and everything it offers is available every Saturday from now through the end of April. Located at the southwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Cypress Road, just one block east of Dixie Highway, it is open from 9 AM to 1 PM.