Farmers Market draws a variety of vendors, shoppers to downtown Miami Lakes

Business By Linda Trischitta, Editor Thursday, May 6, 2021

The 3 Fidgeteers used a catchy slogan to tout the Globbles, Mochi and Wacky Tracks toys they were selling at the Miami Lakes Farmers Market.

“Keep your kids busy for hours,” said Emma Hernandez, 9. “They’ll leave you alone!”

Emma, her sister Ava Hernandez, 10, and their partner Alexa Ildefonso, 10, shared one of the 30 booths that lined New Barn Road on April 24th with Lourdes Leyva-Hernandez, who was selling her Beyond Blessed hair accessories.

Leyva-Hernandez and her husband Alex Hernandez watched over their daughters’ enterprise which the girls began with Alexa, a classmate at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School.

Young customers were drawn to the squishy toys that the Fidgeteers said help relieve stress.

As the coronavirus pandemic seems to be slowing, a lessening of stress is something everyone needs, along with face-to-face conversation and enjoying a normal activity like visiting a bazaar in the open air.

Shoppers strolled New Barn Road between Main Street and Northwest 67th Avenue and showed off their kids and their dogs and purchases.

They browsed stands offering veggies, Peruvian fish and shrimp ceviche, grilled meats, coffee and baked goods.

The @TasteofRio acai bowl stand drew a line of diners.

And they watched Moe Tan of Moe’s Place, which offers a Mediterranean menu, grill and slice octopus that had been marinated in his wife Lorri Roth’s secret recipe.

“It’s very good,” said Jackie Marinas of Hialeah. “It’s not fishy. It’s a very nice, natural grill taste.”

Roth said of the couple’s sales of kebobs, grape leaves and other items, “We did very good for the first day and we’ll be back. “The customers were delightful, and I’m thrilled to serve them,” Roth said. “They were friendly and wonderful and it was a
real hometown feel. And I enjoyed that.”

While noshing, shoppers could also buy gifts for Mother’s Day.

Sellers offered jewelry, children’s clothing; decorative wreaths; orchids, succulents and outdoor plants; natural beauty products; locally made honey and bags and sandals.

Representatives from Miami Dade College’s Hialeah campus offered visitors a spin of a wheel
to win Frisbees and other goodies that were decorated with the school logo.

Judy Brid, business development manager for MDC’s Hialeah campus, seemed to sum up what others were feeling that sunny spring Saturday morning.

“It’s good to be here,” Brid said.