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Farmers markets bring fresh local produce to your table

 

Miami-Dade farmers markets

Brickell / Flatiron Park Green Market (year round)

Fridays & Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1001 S. Miami Ave.

Brownsville Farmers Market (Jan. – April)

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jesse Trice Community Health Center

5361 NW 22nd Ave.

Coral Gables Farmers Market (Jan. – Mar.)

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In front of City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way

Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market (year round)

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3300 Grand Ave.

New Coconut Grove Farmers Market (kicks off in November)

Thursdays, 2 to 8 p.m.

Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot

3500 Main Hwy.

Do ral Farmer's Market (open from October to March)

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking lot of the Doral Centre

9525 NW 41st St.

Downtown Farmers Market (year round)

Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Southeast Financial Center Plaza

200 S. Biscayne Blvd.

Downtown – Government Center Farmers Market (resuming soon)

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In front of the Government Center Metrorail Station

111 NW First St.

For more information, contact The Market Company at 305-531-0038.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Farmers Market (kicks off in December)

Saturdays, time TBA

11935 Old Cutler Rd.

For more information, contact The Market Company at 305-531-0038.

FIU - Organic Farmers Market Consortium (year round)

Wednesdays, 12 to 3 p.m.

Behind the Green Library

11200 SW Eighth St.

Key Biscayne Green Market (year round)

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the Community Church

355 Glenridge Rd.

Lincoln Road Farmers Market (year round)

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On Lincoln Road, between Meridian and Washington Ave.

Miami Springs Farmers Market (Oct. – Mar.)

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First block of Curtiss Parkway median, from the Circle to Cross St.

Normandy Village Marketplace (year round)

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

71st St. at Rue Vendome

North Miami Farmers Market (year round)

Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MOCA Plaza

770 NE 125th St.

University of Miami Farmers Market (year round)

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Center Campus (near the library and student center)

1300 Miller Dr.

Upper Eastside Farmers Market at Legion Park (year round)

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

6601 Biscayne Blvd.

Village of Pinecrest Farmers Market (year round)

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pinecrest Gardens

11000 Red Road


Special to The Miami Herald

South Florida may not be a winter wonderland, but thanks to the subtropical climate we can enjoy an abundance of fresh produce and outdoor fun. Now that the harvest season is here, it’s prime time for getting in touch with nature and supporting local growers. You might even find the perfect ingredients for that Thanksgiving feast.

“The whole farm-to-table concept … I like that,” said Albert Maruri, who frequently visits the South Dade Farmers Market in Tropical Park with his dog, Under, in search of fruit smoothies.

The South Dade Farmer’s Market, formerly held in South Miami, is open on Saturdays. Among about a dozen vendors, Benny Fruits and Vegetables sells produce from Martha’s U-Pick/Corona Farm in Homestead. The tables are stocked with ripe papayas, bright red tomatoes, bell peppers, and more.

Nearby, Authentic Northern Indian Cuisine offers homemade dips featuring different levels of spiciness. Richard and Ramona Checo sell ready-to-eat healthy food and sweets. There’s also homemade honey and Moringa juice.

Like some other markets in the area, the South Dade Farmers Market accepts food stamps (EBT card purchases are doubled for the first $20), helping to make organic, healthy food more accessible for all.

“People who can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods and stores like that live in a sort of food desert,” said Annick Sternberg, the market’s coordinator. “We want to be local and bring food as healthy as possible to people.”

Farmers markets are also a way for local businesses to introduce their products and services.

Natalia Tapia owns and operates Sweet Armoire Cakes from her home under the Florida Cottage Food Law, which allows individuals to operate a home-based bakery or food business.

She sells sweet confections, such as cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and traditional Argentinian alfajores at the Downtown Farmers Market at the Southeast Financial Building every Thursday. But her specialty is cakes for special occasions.

“I use the farmers market as a way to give people a taste of what I can make,” Tapia said.

Geared toward the business population and young professionals settled in downtown, the downtown also features smoothies, essential oils and handmade soaps, artisan baked goods, orchids, and cooked Mediterranean/Aegean food.

“I have customers who come down from the offices with stress from work. I can prescribe them holistic healing,” said Patricia Phang Sang Chase, a Reiki practitioner and owner of Healing Blends products for the body, mind and spirit.

In recent years, farmers markets have begun popping up in uncommon places, such as the Government Center Metrorail Station, university campuses and hospitals. In addition to food, there are chair massages, yoga classes, clothing for sale, crafts, pumpkin carving other activities for children.

Claire Tomlin, president and founder of The Market Company since 1997, organizes farmers markets in about seven different locations throughout the county, including the Upper East Side, Lincoln Road, Key Biscayne, and downtown Miami. She said interest is growing, especially among young people.

“We’ve all discovered how fresh local produce is,” said Tomlin. “There’s a real movement to make sure the food we eat is good and take it directly to the public.”

Some of the most established and longest-running include Lincoln Road, Pinecrest Farmers Market and the Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market. Each is unique and reflects the community it serves, making it a great place to discover and absorb the local scene.

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