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Farmers Market Opens Friday In Davie’s Batten Farm Site

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DAVIE (CBS4) — A former landmark in Davie, Batten’s Farm, has been revitalized and will re-open for business on Friday under the name Batten’s Farmers Market and Davie Agri-Tourism Center.

The ten-acre Batten’s farm, which shut down in 2008, was known for its fresh strawberry fields, milkshakes and U-Pick tomatoes.

According to the Sun Sentinel, nearly 175 farmers from Broward County will sell fresh fruits and vegetables, some organically grown at the farmer’s market. The market will also sell homemade specialties like sweet potato pie, brownies, specialty sauces and soups. Fresh smoothies and milkshakes will be made on site.

It’s being opened by the North-South Institute, a nonprofit organization that assists small farmers. The Davie-based organization is leasing the land for $12,000 a year and will maintain the building, grounds and landscaping as part of the deal.

In addition to the farmers market, there are plans for a U-Pick area for berries and tomatoes, an Asian tea garden, a petting zoo with rabbits, sheep and goats, an agricultural museum, and a community garden with pots for basil, rosemary and oregano. Health fairs and educational workshops will be held monthly.

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