Yesterday I stopped by the opening of the Roots in the City Farmers Market in Overtown. A collaboration between the Wholesome Wave Foundation, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, the Human Services Coalition and Roots in the City, the market aims to make fresh, nutritional food accessible by making it affordable.
When I arrived I picked up a few fresh veggies to bring home and then met Maggi Pons, grower and market manager of Roots in the City. Roots in the City is a project launched by Marvin Dunn, an author, historian and FIU professor, to create jobs and build community by planting gardens and nurseries.
Pons enthusiastically showed me around the organization’s three gardens where anything from tomatoes to collard greens to papayas to key limes grow. Chefs and some local stores buy produce from them as do the people in the community. Now they’ll have it at the market every Wednesday along with the produce of farmers Michael and Teena Borek from Teena’s Pride and Margie Pikarsky from Bee Heaven Farm. These farmers traveled from Redland to support the effort. As Pons explained, the more money they can generate from selling produce, the more jobs they can create. Plus, people will have access to healthy foods.
I was there near closing time so things seemed to be slowing down but it was truly great to see the enthusiasm of the people who are working on this effort and the interest of people trickling in to see what the market is about. Make sure you get out there and support it.
The Roots in the City Farmers Market is open every Wednesday until the end of April from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and 10th Street. Cash and EBT transactions accepted. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for April 7.