We know people prefer to buy local. In fact, national companies are now branding themselves to look and feel like local businesses. Our mission is to help small locally owned businesses in the West Broward community expand their reach and grow their online presence.
One of the biggest challenges for locally owned businesses is establishing a strong community network, so that potential customers can find and choose local. This challenge is intensified by the ability of nationally owned businesses to invest large sums of money into branding, advertising and online networking.
We believe in supporting and investing in our local community. That’s why we started the Fifty One In project. Over the next year, our goal is to spotlight 51 locally owned businesses in our West Broward community. This will bring targeted information about them to the web, where the majority of people turn today to find what they are looking for. We also will promote local events and “live local” ideas, so you can easily follow what’s happening in your neighborhood to get out & get to know your neighbors.
These spotlights are just the beginning. We aim to build a quality comprehensive network for our community, so our neighbors can choose to support each other. If you are a local business owner, please contact us for more information about receiving a free spotlight.
Plantation Farmers Market
Located in Plantation’s Volunteer Park every Saturday from 8am – 2pm, this fresh farmers market runs all year round and hosts a variety of locally produced products.
Farmers Markets are a wonderful place to get out, meet your neighbors and support the local economy. The vendors are friendly, and there are always lots of little samples to taste.
Offering plenty of organic choices, Sunita’s fresh produce stand features (mostly) locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. Regulars bring their reusable shopping bags and even coolers on wheels to load up on their produce for the week. One customer told me they love buying from Sunita’s because they always end up with a free treat. I wound up with a free handful of fresh organic spinach along with my purchase (yumyum).
Make sure to stop by the local honey stand. SMAKattack labels their honey by location, and the Plantation honey is deliciously sweet. They offer other products too like vitamin rich bee pollen and various jams & jellies.
The market features lots of other goodies too, from yummy pickles & tasty hot sauces to gourmet granola & kettle corn. There were even healthy natural treats for our four-legged friends. You can find other natural products at the market like aromatherapy hair & body and green plant-based cleaning products. Volunteer Park is located at 12050 West Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation.
More photos & vendor information available on our Facebook page.