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North Miami Beach Enters Farmers Market Game With Monthly Event

What’s New With This Story: 

-North Miami Beach Farmers And Artisanal Market debuted to a solid showing the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

-The Market will run monthly starting in January. 

-NMB Commissioner Marlen Martell has worked on delivering a Farmers Market to the city for years. 

-Martell teamed up with Wynwood Farmers Market CEO Melissa Frantz to get the project off the ground this year. 

The North Miami Beach Farmers And Artisanal Market opened on November 19.

The market is North Miami Beach’s first entry into the farmers market game and will become a monthly event starting in January.

The market was created after NMB Commissioner Marlen Martell approached Wynwood Farmers Market CEO Melissa Frantz.

NMB Commissioner Marlen Martell (L) and Wynwood Farmers Market CEO Melissa Frantz (R) were the driving forces behind the market.

Martell had long dreamed of bringing a market to NMB and was impressed by what Frantz had accomplished in Wynwood.

“I went to the one she runs in Wynwood, and it was fabulous,” Martell said in an interview.

Frantz worked with the city to develop the market and was given a big boost by local attorney Victor Dante when he offered to let his parking lot be used for the event.

Over 20 vendors had booths at the event and hundreds of local residents attended.

“I think the vendors are happy,” Frantz said of the first event. “Generally everyone made some sales and they want it to be successful.”

“This could become a really great market. The community really wants it,” Frantz said. “We could easily double what we had today. It brings community together.

Allison Academy provided the musical entertainment at the event.

The next NMB Farmers Market will be on January 20, 2018. The venue will be announced.

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First Weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market Proves To Be A Hit With Community

What’s New With This Story: 

-The first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market was deemed a success by the organizer.

-Over 1,000 people attended the four-hour event.

-Over 20 booths were filled with local vendors and businesses.

-The event organizer hopes to extend the hours of the market by three hours starting next week, although no official announcement has been made.


The Miami Shores Farmers Market opened Sunday to strong community support, a sign that the village may be able to maintain a successful weekly open-air market for the long haul.

According to Claire Tomlin, the organizer of the market, the event drew more than 1,000 people to Optimist Park (NE 94th Street & NE 2nd Avenue) in Miami Shores.

Tomlin runs The Market Company, a South Florida based organization that runs 15 markets across South Florida.

Tomlin has had her eye on Miami Shores for over a decade.

Claire Tomlin, owner of The Market Company, the organization that runs the Miami Shores Farmers Market. Photo: RISE NEWS

She said at one point in the mid 2000s, she approached the Miami Shores Village Council for approval to start a market on NE 2nd Ave, but was turned down.

But she said that the new Village Council has been much more welcoming towards her ambitions.

“The town manager and the council are aware that the Village has changed and that young families want a place to come together,” Tomlin said. “The reception has been phenomenal. It’s been such a successful day.”

Over 20 different vendors had booths set up around Optimist Park, including those selling fresh fruits, vegetables, hot foods, soaps, jams, plants and flowers.

The Miami Shores Farmers Market will run each Sunday at the Miami Shores Optimist Park (at the corner of NE 94th St and NE 2nd Ave).

While the market is officially set to be open between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Tomlin told RISE NEWS that she hopes to extend the hours to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM for next week.

She also said that there would be live music next week.

Photos: Scenes from the first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market. (Credit: The Market Company)

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