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Yellow Green Farmer’s Market

Hundreds of vendors crowd under a 100,000 square foot tent every weekend of the year in Hollywood, FL, creatively displaying brightly colored fruits, veggies, clothing, and other products one might expect to find at a farmer’s market. The smell of empanadas baking in the oven fills the air as local musicians entertain shoppers that stroll along the booths at the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market. Located off I-95, it remains a draw for locals and visitors alike, some wanting to stock up on local produce for the week, and others simply wanting to peruse the items, snack on free samples, and enjoy the live tunes. Either way, the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market is a must-see hidden gem for anyone temporarily, or permanently, in the South Florida area.

Parking at Yellow Green Market
There is plenty of free parking at the market.

Best and worst time go to Yellow Green Market
Since it’s only open on the weekends, times to go are limited. Local produce dies down in the summer, literally, and growing anything is almost impossible in the heat. Try late November to April for best local pickings. Otherwise, the market is open all year. Early in the morning might help you beat the crowds, but it’s part of the charm, so any time of day is good.

Admission to Yellow Green Market
Free music, free samples, free browsing. Several restaurants and many food stalls can be found inside, with varying costs. Check out the fresh juice, Mediterranean fare, gluten-free baked goods, and the olive oil shop, to name a few. Most booths offer free samples of their goodies, don’t be afraid to try them all.

Other places to visit near Yellow Green Market
Downtown Hollywood is an afternoon in itself. Restaurants, shops, art galleries, and parks line the main strip and surrounding area. A local trolley can take you around the town for $1 per ride, giving you the chance to explore not just the historic downtown, but the oceanfront as well.

Insider tip for visitors to Yellow Green Market
Most vendors are cash only. Be prepared before arrival.

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Grilling up that Miami Flavor

The mouthwatering smell of smoke mixed with charcoal lingering in the humid air could only signify one thing — a barbecue. And with Independence Day approaching, it reminds the rest of the country of what it’s like to be an American.

We Miami locals, however, know grilling is more of an international affair.

It’s true, barbecues serve as a representation of American culture, but here in Miami, they also represent Brazilian, Argentine, Haitian, Uruguayan, Cuban, Korean, Jamaican… Well, you get the picture.

With all these nationalities boasting their own grilling styles, it’s easy to get confused. What’s the difference? How can grilling a steak in Little Argentina differ so greatly from roasting a pig in Little Havana? It can, and we set out to find out the complexities between cultures of the much-beloved barbecue.

Before anything, it’s imperative to know and understand where the tradition actually came from. While difficult to prove, it’s thought that the term originated from the Spanish word “barbacoa,” which was used by Spanish settlers upon landing in the Caribbean to describe the natives’ style of cooking meat slowly over a slab of wood. That’s not to say the style itself was born in the Caribbean. However it’s likely the term “barbecue” did. South American “asado” can be traced back to the mid-1500’s, and Korean barbecue dates all the way back to 37 BC. It’s safe to say barbecue tradition has been around for thousands of years, giving each culture plenty of time to perfect it and make it its own. Here’s a little around the world tour of just a few of our favorite Miami barbecue styles, and where to find them.

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