Monday, September 28, 2009

City of Pembroke Pines Farmers Market

Saturday, Mansi and I visited the first Farmers Market in the City of Pembroke Pines. The location was quite nice. Plenty of parking spaces and vendors were not crammed. It was laid out on each side of the sidewalks. We did not like the fact that the produce truck was right behind their booth and it was the first thing we saw as we entered the area. We did like the booth for kids to plant their seeds into egg carton containers. Brilliant idea to teach kids how to give life to this wonderful seed that will eventually bear fruit!
We counted about 120 cars in the parking lot. Not bad for a first day!
Overall they had a good vendor mix. Although, we would have like to see more fruits and vegetables. Natural teas, healing coffees, wonderful pasta, aromatic flavored olive oils, potted plants, hand made ornaments, jams, dips, jewelry, guacamole & salsas filled in the area with each individual's charm. We spent about one hour as the sun was getting strong and the humidity was elevated. Rain was inevitable and by the time we got home, it was indeed pouring.
We met some great people and had a good time in Pembroke Pines. Good luck to you Northern neighbors!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Free energy at the Home Show!

My father had free tickets to the Home Show in Miami Beach. So, we decided that it would be a good way to spend the afternoon. Unlike past Home Shows, I made sure my credit card were left behind so it would not turn out to be a very expensive "free" show.
In all honesty, I was disappointed. It was not as good as the shows in the past. I did not see anything that made me go wow. However, I did see at least 5-6 stalls that offered Solar Energy choices to heat up water or for the entire home. Unfortunately, the vendors were not very excited to talk to me. So, I just picked up some brochures to review at home.
Now Daniel from ArteZanos Inc has something to say. And, he actually spoke with me for a few minutes. He specializes in sustainable roofing systems. Check out
I had just read an article regarding rooftop gardens a few days ago. Something that I had not really pondered before. And, here it was, right in front of me... Wild stuff! But, it could really make a difference on your electrical bill and it would forever change the look of the community. I wonder if my HOA would go for this? No more pressure cleaning the roof tiles! :-)
Next year, I'll bring my credit card.

Stay healthy,
-- Andrea