Annette Urrutia smiles as she talks about the homemade papaya marmalade and handcrafted eucalyptus mint soy candle she just bought.
The 62-year-old has lived in Doral for 23 years, and has been waiting for a farmer’s market to be started in her community. She hopes it is here to stay.
“This farmer’s market is such a good idea,” she said. “It is a great way for you to meet your neighbors and the items they sale are very good quality, and affordable.”
At the new Doral Farmer’s Market, in the parking lot of the Doral Centre, people can find fresh organic produce, vegan and gluten-free foods, artisan and baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, plants, flowers, organic tea and coffee, gourmet pet treats, handmade candles, accessories, gift items and more.
Although the market is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., it only operates seasonally from October to March. Cash and credit cards are accepted and anyone interested in selling their items at the market is welcomed to apply to become a vendor at www.doralmarket.com.
Daniel Kaskel, the owner of the Doral Farmer’s Market, says he created the market because he wanted the Doral community to be able to have access to a variety of healthy foods. His mentor and consultant, Sarah Vargas, helped make it all possible.
“There was never an area in Doral where residents could come and socialize and be able to purchase these healthy foods,” he said.
Now, there is.
Kaskel, who also manages Doral properties with his father, says his mission to offer various options to the members of the Doral community stems from his great grandfather, Alfred Kaskel, who founded the Doral Golf Resort & Spa.
“It is my responsibility to sustain and continue to carry out his mission,” he said. “We’re here now and we plan to stay.”