Dania Beach, FL January 21, 2014- The award winning Dania Beach PATCH™ Market Garden & Nursery commences the New Year with an intense desire to help patrons fulfill healthy lifestyle resolutions for the start of the 2015 year. According to a Marist poll conducted by the Institute for Public Opinion, weight loss is the top resolution this year cited by 13 percent of Americans who vow to make a change in 2015, followed by exercising and improvement of overall health. Looking to loose a few pounds gained during the holidays and start the New Year out healthy? The PATCH accommodates healthy habits by providing a variety of nutritious fruits and produce with prices that can not be beat. Pulled fresh from the garden right before your eyes, the PATCH will stock kitchens with only the most natural food ranging from the crispest lettuce to the juiciest apples. Skip the long lines in the supermarkets and enjoy this amazing weekly happening that is conducive to active lifestyle resolutions for the New Year.
The PATCH Farmers Market is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 1:00 pm and offers a wide selection of foods, ranging from heirloom tomatoes to farm fresh eggs, strawberries to baked goods, and collard greens to local honey! Find fresh herbs such as parsley, rosemary, cilantro and basil to add mouth-watering flavor to those healthy home-made dishes. Special events will be held every third Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 1200 NW 1st Street in Dania Beach. Event festivities include live music, a traditional and healthy backyard BBQ, food demonstrations, games and activities for the kids along with a large selection of fresh garden produce and a variety of specialty vendors.
The schedule for the Saturday January 24th, 2014 event is as follows:
• Market: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
• Art for Kids: 10:00 am – Noon
• FLIPANY Food Demo: 10:00 am – 10:30 am
• YFIT Kids: 10:30 am – 11:00 am
• PATCH BBQ: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
• FLIPANY Food Demo: Noon – 12:30 pm
This week’s specials include:
• $1 off BBQ plate with purchase of a PATCH logo tote
• Assorted flavors of gourmet popcorn are available 2 for $3.
• Buy any 2 nursery items and receive $2 off PATCH purchase of $10 or more
Ongoing specials include:
• Receive $2 off the purchase of a PATCH logo tote when you purchase $25 or more from the PATCH Market.
• Free aloe with $20 purchase
The PATCH accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard and EBT/Snap Cards; any EBT/Snap Card PATCH produce purchases receive a 50% discount!
In summary, The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (DBCRA) created a Community Garden, The PATCH™, on a vacant 1.6 acre lot to provide local organically grown fruits and vegetables to residents as part of an initiative to eliminate blight, promote economic development and improve community health. The idea led to a successful partnership between the DBCRA and the Broward Regional Health Planning Council and is an outstanding example of how non-traditional partnerships can be created in order to fulfill the CRA’s mandate to build better communities. The PATCH™ is truly “People’s Access to Community Horticulture”, making a strong, positive impact on quality of life in Dania Beach. “Several proposals have been presented to City and CRA staff, but none that truly and broadly improved and enhanced quality of life issues in Dania Beach. We really wanted a project that would support our aspirational brand to offer experiences in Dania Beach that would be ‘second to none’”, says Dania Beach CRA Executive Director Jeremy Earle.
The program facilitates meaningful connections between all residents of the community, including gardeners, educators, students and researchers on things pertaining to Market and Community Gardens while providing opportunities to cultivate friendships, strengthen neighborhoods, improve nutrition, and enjoy recreational and therapeutic activities. The garden provides a source of civic pride, an opportunity to teach children, residents and visitors about horticulture, agronomy, and how to run a business. Additionally, it provides a tremendous source of fantastic, fresh organic food through a truly unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else.