January 27th, 2008

South Florida Farmers Market

South Florida Farmers Market

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.

Redland Organics Carrots

I wanted to buy a bunch of these carrots …

Redland Organics Tomatoes

Tomatoes were everywhere at the market. Of course, they’re in season.

Chayote at South Florida Farmers Market

D and I sampled the spiny chayote. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but it wasn’t bad.

Redland Organics Shiitake Mushrooms

Shitaake mushrooms were $5 a quart.

Strawberries

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.

Teena’s Pride heirloom tomatoes

Teena’s Pride yellow and green tomatoes

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.

The Lettuce Farm stand

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
Gardner’s Market
SW 124th St & US1, Pinecrest
Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

[tags] farmers markets, organic [/tags]

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9 Responses to “South Florida Farmers Market”

  1. Greeting from cold and dreary England,

    Just wanted to pop in and say thank you. My wife and I were assigned to England Feb 04 and it is during these months of lack of sun and heat that we miss south Florida. Looking at your blog makes us both realize how much we had missed out on while we lived in Miami Gardens. We had spent our life getting caught up in the day to day running of a household. For the life of me the only market I recall was in Opa loka. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and memories of South Florida.

    Don’t get me wrong I would surly miss England and the continent the day we get reassigned to Miami.

    Cheers,
    Patrick

  2. I enjoyed this market when I went last year, especially because of Redland Organics. I haven’t been in a while. It looks like they have a more diverse crowd than when I was there last year. Margie was there last year along with some others, but there were also a good number of vendors who seemed to just be selling conventional produce they had bulk-purchased from who knows where. This looks like an improvement!

  3. p.s. I just found out Farm Stores bought Gardners. Which is why they have Gardners dinners at the “La Vacita” drive-throughs now.

  4. Patrick – It’s so nice of you to stop by from England. Now you have some new places to visit when you return to South Florida.

    Trina – Farm Stores and Gardners? Strange…

  5. Now you make me want to talk about our local market as well. Oh, how I miss Miami..que rico…

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