Public space challenge

  • Gayle Zalduondo, center, helps John Lookyan, right, and Marcello Ibanez draw on a chalkboard in Wynwood Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The project was funded by the Our Miami Public Space Challenge. PETER ANDREW BOSCH / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gayle Zalduondo smiles Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, as John Lookyan, left, draws on a chalkboard in Wynwood. The project was funded by the Our Miami Public Space Challenge. PETER ANDREW BOSCH / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • CHALKING UP A SUCCESS: Gayle Zalduondo, above, came up with the idea in Wynwood to put up a chalkboard, so people could express themselves. Zalduondo is being helped by John Lookyan, (left) and Marcello Ibanez, center, as they draw. PETER ANDREW BOSCH / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Mitchell Waksman, right, biked from his downtown Miami high-rise to the new seasonal farmers market at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Second Street on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. He buys pesticide-free produce from Junior Rodriguez, left. The Saturday market started Feb. 1. "I came here the last two weeks," said Waksman, who buys ceviche and fresh vegetables. "It's convenient, way easier than driving to CVS or Publix. It's fantastic. I hope they continue this." The market operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation. In 2013, the foundation's first Public Space Challenge had a contest to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. The contest's one winner that is up and running is the open-air market, pitched as a vibrant space for downtown residents to congregate and to shop for locally-produced food. The foundation launches its second contest on March 3, 2014; the Miami Herald is a media partner. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Bread baked locally by Zak the Baker was for sale at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The bread was sold at The Market Company booth. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • THINKING OUTSIDE THE LOT: The new seasonal farmer’s market takes over a lot at Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street across from Bayfront Park. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • FARM TO MARKET: Ivania Melendez of Miami decides to buy asparagus and avocados from Trevor Tristan at the Biscayne Boulevard parking lot market. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Downtown Miami resident Stephanie Haas, left, and her French bulldog "Wrigley" check out organic produce at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The vendors Junior Rodriguez, center, and Victor Lara, right. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. The contest's one winner that is up and running is this open-air market, pitched as a vibrant space for downtown residents to congregate and to shop for locally-produced food. The foundation launches its second contest on March 3, 2014; the Miami Herald is a media partner. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • As the Metro Mover rumbles above, King Fish ceviche vendor Jose "Pepe" Montes, center, tends to business at the new seasonal farmers market on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in downtown Miami. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. The contest's one winner that is up and running is this open-air market, pitched as a vibrant space for downtown residents to congregate and to shop for locally-produced food. The foundation launches its second contest on March 3, 2014; the Miami Herald is a media partner. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Pastries baked locally by Zak the Baker were for sale at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Heirloom and other tomatoes grown in Redland were for sale at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Pastries made by baked goods were among the offerings at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Organic, locally-grown asparagus was among the offerings at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The asparagus was sold at the Organic Grown Direct booth. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A mix of shoppers, including dog walkers and yoga devotees, checks out the pesticide-free produce sold by Victor Lara, left background, and Junior Rodriguez, right background, on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation. In 2013, the foundation's first Public Space Challenge had a contest to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. The contest's one winner that is up and running is the open-air market, pitched as a vibrant space for downtown residents to congregate and to shop for locally-produced food. The foundation launches its second contest on March 3, 2014; the Miami Herald is a media partner. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Raw honey from the Florida Keys was for sale at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Sweet and savory mpanadas by The Empanada Lady were for sale at the new seasonal farmers market in downtown Miami on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Eric Christiansen smiles as potential food samplers and customers from his baked goods booth at the new seasonal farmers market on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. The Saturday market started Feb. 1 in the parking lots in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard at Northeast Second Street, across from Bayfront Park. It operates with a grant from The Miami Foundation, which opened its first Public Space Challenge to get ideas from the public about places that can be easily improved to provide gathering places for people and neighborhoods. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF