Starting today, four farmers’ markets – three of them new – will open around Miami. One every other day until December 8. The four markets will sell produce grown locally or around the state and some of them will sell Florida meat and eggs. The opening of these markets, some of them in under-served communities, is another sign that it’s becoming easier to find food grown sustainably in our area.
Here are the details for each market and a little bit of what you can expect.
Opening: Thursday, December 2
Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through April
Location: African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Liberty City Belafonte Tacolcy Center, 6161 NW 9th Avenue, Liberty City
What to expect: Fresh produce from Worden Farm (Punta Gorda), Bee Heaven Farm (Redland), Three Sisters Farm (Homestead), Teena’s Pride (Homestead), eggs from Lake Meadow Naturals (Ocoee) and food by Hani’s Mediterranean Organics (Redland). Peanuts, pecans, sweet potatoes and collard greens from a small farm in Georgia. Market manager Melissa Contreras said the market will also sell grass-fed meat (beef, lamb, chicken and possibly pork). Beached Miami has a great interview with Contreras.
Other: Accepting debit/credit cards and SNAP (food stamps)
Opening: Saturday, December 4
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday year-round
Location: 6130 Sunset Drive, South Miami
What to expect: Produce from Muriel Olivares’s Little River Market Garden, Worden Farms, Three Sisters Farms, Bee Heaven Farm, eggs from Lake Meadow Naturals, oyster mushrooms from Happy Shrooms, beef from Florida Fresh Beef. Pies by Fireman Derek and food from Hani’s Mediterranean Organics.
Opening: Monday, December 6
Hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through April
Location: Losner Park, 104 N Krome Avenue, Homestead
What to expect: Local produce from Bee Heaven Farm, food from Hani’s Mediterranean Organics, herbs from Redland Herb Farm.
Other: The market is located near the first stop of Homestead’s free trolley. For now only Bee Heaven Farm accepts SNAP but market manager Kristin Jayd said she expects the entire market to accept it soon.
Opening: Wednesday, December 8
Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday through May
Location: Corner of Northwest Second Avenue and Tenth Street in Overtown
Other: Accepts cash and EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards on Wednesdays. On Fridays, cash.