Good news for Miami locavores. Farmer Muriel Olivares, who interned at Bee Heaven Farm in Homestead, has started her own vegetable and cut flower garden in Miami. The Little River Market Garden will offer a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and sell its produce at farmers markets come the fall.
Muriel will grow about 30 varieties of vegetables, some fruits, herbs and flowers on her 3/4 acre garden. While the garden isn’t certified organic, food is grown using organic and sustainable practices. Muriel also plans to host CSA member potlucks, hold workshops on food preservation and build a brick oven to sell pizzas and calzones on pick-up day.
The CSA will run from November 2010 through April 2011 and like other CSA programs gets you a once weekly share of fresh produce harvested the morning you pick it up. The full season (21 weeks) share is $420 and the spring share (12 weeks) is $240.00. There is a $20 delivery surcharge but you can pick up your share directly at the farm.
It’s great to see more and more gardens, markets and local food initiatives like this one pop up around Miami. They’re all steps in the right direction for our local food system. Check out the Little River Market Garden’s blog for updates and to sign up for the CSA program.