Teena Borek, Owner of Teena’s Pride Farm and CSA
Why she’s in the Food 50: Teena Borek has been an integral part of Miami-Dade County’s food and farming community for the past 40 years. She reached a crossroads many years ago when her husband, vegetable farmer Steven Borek, died unexpectedly at age 24: sell the farm or carry on. She chose the latter, providing South Florida chefs and home cooks with all sorts of sustainably grown lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, heritage eggplant, sweet corn, peppers, edible flowers, microgreens, wheat grass and more. “Consumers are more educated on fresh produce and don’t want pesticides and know about eating greens within six days or there is a loss of nutrients and minerals,” she said. Her top seller — juicy, ripe Homestead tomatoes — is a favorite in top restaurant kitchens throughout the area. “I sell lots of heirloom tomatoes to chefs as they know the taste is there and the tomatoes just need a little enhancing.”
Local food hero: Borek points to Ortanique chef-owner Cindy Hutson as a culinary inspiration.
Where to find her: Teena’s Pride, 20025 SW 270th St., Homestead.