December 7th, 2009

Opening day at the Pinecrest Farmers Market

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On Sunday morning, I woke up, got ready and took off to the Pinecrest Farmers Market. It was opening day and I wanted to visit the market at its new location (it was formerly held at Gardners Market). As I drove along Red Road to the old Parrot Jungle, I hoped and I wished that the market would be good. I knew Redland Organics would be there again this year so the drive would be worth it for their local, organic produce if nothing else.

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When I arrived, I was pleased to see a good crowd already there. The Redland Organics booth had lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, leafy greens and herbs. I bought some radishes, a salad mix of Pei Tsai (Chinese loose-leaf cabbage) and arugula, oyster mushrooms and some honey.

Oyster mushrooms

The oyster mushrooms were from Paradise Farms and while they didn’t come cheap ($5 for the amount shown above), I would happily spend the $5 again. Sautéed with some shallots, they were tender, earthy and delicious.

The lychee and longan honey I bought is produced by Miguel Bode. I once bought his tupelo honey at the Coral Gables Farmers Market and I haven’t wanted to buy honey at Publix since. This flavor was sweeter than the tupelo but it was perfect with my morning yogurt.

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As I walked around the stands, I ate pumpkin pie goat’s milk ice cream from the Redland Mediterranean Organics booth, where owner Hani Khouri and his wife were giving away samples of their fresh goat cheese. If you haven’t tried Hani’s goat cheese or hummus, go by and see him. It’s good stuff.

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There were four other stands with produce, mostly not organic. I found zucchini blossoms at 5 for $1 at one stand that also had double-yolk eggs for $4 per dozen. I almost bought purple basil ($3 for a bag) to make a colorful caprese salad with the fresh mozzarella and yellow tomatoes I picked up, but I opted to sacrifice color for the sake of frugality and spent $1 for a little less of the green kind.

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Some of the vendors that I’ve seen at the Fairchild Garden festivals recently were also at the market. The pink cart selling conch fritters and conch salad was there. And so was Jamie’s (I think) ribs. The ribs smelled so good I wanted to try some but 10 a.m. seemed a bit early for that.

What else was there? Artisan bread, raw foods, planter boxes, guacamole, tomato trees, stone crabs, roasted corn, kettle corn, pasta, flowers, coffee … I left the market very happy with my buys and would say this is a market worth supporting.

See a list of other seasonal markets.

Pinecrest Farmers Market

Where: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest – Map

When: Every Sunday through April, 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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10 Responses to “Opening day at the Pinecrest Farmers Market”

  1. Este plan no me lo quiero perder ! Todo se ve provocativo y fresco !

  2. I can’t wait to go when I’m home for Christmas. It’s exactly where I like to go running along Old Cutler. Somehow putting food at the end of the trail keeps me going because I coordinate all my running paths around markets!

  3. Probably going to check it out this Sunday. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  4. Ana Sofia and BB – I hope you enjoy it when you visit. Let me know what you think.

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