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Taking a Taste of the Original Farmers Market

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To celebrate their 76th anniversary yesterday the Original Farmers Market, infamously situated at 3rd and Fairfax, held their second annual Taste of the Farmers Market event.

With most of the vendors and purveyors offering up samples of their best bites, the event was a great opportunity to take a tour of the world through food, all in one congenial gathering place with a festive atmosphere. Bundles of balloons denoted which vendors had samples to give to ticket holders bearing wristbands and carrying their designated plate.

Guests, mingling with regular Market visitors and out of towners taking in the landmark's sights and sounds, could move from Moishe's falafel to Ulysses' Voyage's Lemon Chicken soup to the Gumbo Pot's gumbo and scoop up pastries, ice cream, caramel corn, Jerk chicken, French toast, and dozens of other tastes in-between.

The highlight of the event was the rare opportunity to preview the burgers soon to be offered up at Short Order, the restaurant that will debut in the DuPar's Bakery space come next March or April. Using Huntington Meat's Nancy Silverton blend, the old school Ida burger was a mouth-filling marvel. Between the buttery brioche buns was a gloriously thick and juicy patty that was perfectly grilled and seasoned in a way that gave it that elusive pure beef taste. Topped with fresh tomato, lettuce, pickle, grilled onions, cheddar cheese and their "secret sauce" this is one burger we'll be craving until Short Order opens their doors to take our order next year.

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Some of the best tastes of the Market are the sweet ones, and on a hot summer evening as last night was, it was perfect to cool down with mini-scoops of Bennett's always-delicious ice cream (get the peach!). For those who are less into tradition, even Pinkberry was in on the action, swirling up samples of their new Watermelon flavor.

No matter which way you bite it, or what country's cuisine you opt to hone in on, the Original Farmers Market remains one of the city's most vibrant landmarks. Cheers to them on their 76th Birthday, and may we continue to toast--and taste--you for many years to come.

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