I hit yet another market this weekend. It was a gloomy morning to be outdoors but that didn’t seem to deter the many visitors to the South Florida Farmers Market at Gardner’s Market in Pinecrest. The produce got a little wet but vendors and buyers alike were still out there enjoying themselves.
I first stopped by the Bee Heaven Farms stand (Redland Organics) to say hello to Margie, whom I’ve corresponded with about my CSA trial. At her stand, she had carrots, beets, mushrooms, greens of all kinds, tomatoes, chayote, herbs, radishes and more. Prices were reasonable and everything looked very fresh.
I wanted to buy a bunch of these carrots …
Tomatoes were everywhere at the market. Of course, they’re in season.
D and I sampled the spiny chayote. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but it wasn’t bad.
Shitaake mushrooms were $5 a quart.
The smell of ripe strawberries ($3) drove us to a stand that turned out to be very familiar. It’s run by Jerry, a conventional farmer from Homestead who I met at the Coral Gables Farmers Market a few weeks back. There, we picked up purple, white and yellow peppers (3 for $2) and a Chinese eggplant ($1), which we grilled in the afternoon.
Although the tomatoes everywhere looked quite good, as soon as I saw the heirloom tomatoes from Teena’s Pride in Homestead I was set on getting some of those. I ate a few in a salad; they were juicy and sweet.
Organic lettuce and mixed greens were also available from the Lettuce Farm in Homestead. One stand had farm fresh eggs for $3.50 dozen. There was also a stand that sold vegan prepared foods.
Of the markets I visited in the past couple of weeks, the South Florida Farmers Market offers the most variety. And though for me it’s a little out of the way, I wouldn’t mind doing the drive once in a while.
South Florida Farmers Market
SW 124th St & US1, Pinecrest
Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
[tags] farmers markets, organic [/tags]