Claire Tomlin’s greening of Miami expanded to another location Saturday when her Market Company opened an anticipated Farmers’ Market on the grounds of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.
The Saturday market, which joins existing versions in South Miami, Miami Beach, Brickell, Aventura, Normandy Village and the University of Miami campus in the Gables, will open with at least 40 vendors who will be familiar to patrons of the Pinecrest Gardens Farmers’ Market, which Tomlin’s company ran until November.
Expect Jerry Sanchez, Laura Lara and Adena Ellerby, who will represent their family farms. Also for sale: pasta, orchids, herbs, fruit trees, local honey, fresh citrus and juices, George Mira’s Conch Shack, The Crepemaker, Greek gyros and salads, Fatima’s soy candles, smoked fish and fresh seafood, pizza, Hani Khouri’s goat’s milk cheese, ice cream and Lebanese specialties and more.
“Fairchild is the premiere garden in South Florida and has over 40,000 members and volunteers and staff. We were there for the Fall Edible Festival and got a very good reception. We feel fortunate to be there,” Tomlin said.
Parking will be on-site adjacent to the festival and free through the north entrance off Old Cutler Road.
In addition, Sunday’s South Miami Farmers’ Market will move to another location for this week only during the city’s Holiday Parade. The regular site at 6130 Sunset Drive at the library and City Hall will be used for a staging ground for the parade. So the green market will set up space on the corner of Sunset Drive and 57th Court in front of the Shops at Sunset Place and feature expanded hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“An opportunity to get exposure,” Tomlin said.