Archive for the ‘Eating local’ Category

December 7th, 2009

Opening day at the Pinecrest Farmers Market

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 […]

November 23rd, 2009

Eat for a cause, the dolphins

It’s a little before 10 a.m. when I arrive at the Epic Hotel in Downtown Miami on Friday. I was there to meet Area 31 chef John Critchley for a trip to Key Largo, where he would present the Marine Mammal Conservancy (MMC) with a donation representing proceeds of his sustainable seafood prix-fixe menu. Area […]

November 17th, 2009

South Florida Seasonal Farmers Markets ’09-’10

Each year, optimistic, many of us visit the seasonal markets that start popping up in South Florida hoping to find a gem or two — often to our disappointment. Still, we have to work with what we have. Read on for a list of this season’s markets that I’ve started compiling.

November 11th, 2009

Now open for the season: Knaus Berry Farm

It’s time for strawberry milkshakes and warm, fluffy cinnamon rolls: Knaus Berry Farm opened for the season yesterday. For those of you who haven’t been there, Knaus Berry Farm sells the most delicious cinnamon rolls, fruit shakes and produce from mid-November through April. The farm is run by the Knaus family. The drive down for […]

October 8th, 2009

A Florida farm dinner

On my recent trip to San Francisco, I was struck by how much importance many of the bloggers I met place on local, sustainable food. Of course, in many of the places they live, that local food seems to be more easily available than here in Miami.  That’s why I’m excited about sampling the dishes at Slow Food Miami’s Annual Meeting Dinner on October 28. The […]

September 2nd, 2009

A healthy school lunch

Salad bar at St. Patrick School The students at St. Patrick School in Miami Beach kicked off the school year with a new, healthier lunch program. Gone are the fried, processed foods. In are healthier meals prepared from scratch using grass-fed meats, hormone and antibiotic free milk and eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and local […]

August 3rd, 2009

Let’s hear it for the mamey

If you grew up in South Florida or have lived here long enough, chances are you’ve seen or tasted a mamey. The brown-skinned, oval-shaped fruit has a bright orange-reddish interior when ripe. Its taste is often described as a mix of vanilla and sweet potato; its texture is somewhat like custard. Yet the fruit is not very well known elsewhere in the United States and even among some South Floridians.

July 26th, 2009

Touring Erickson Farm

At 8 a.m. this morning, D and I were en route to Canal Point in Palm Beach County to attend a tour of Erickson Farm organized by the Slow Food Glades to Coast convivium. It was our Sunday field trip, I told my poor, half-awake husband who was gracious enough to drive the nearly 100 […]

January 27th, 2008

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 […]

January 19th, 2008

Coral Gables Farmers Market

Today we headed to the Coral Gables Farmers Market. It’s not that I’ve been on some sort of farmers market rampage. Or maybe I have. In reality, I’m just trying to learn more about our local food and what’s available to us. I was also there to meet Miami’s Slow Food convivium leader and to […]

January 11th, 2008

Two markets to try this weekend

A lot of Miamians seem to be on the look-out for good farmers markets. Here are two to try starting this weekend. – The Upper East Side Green Market opens Saturday, January 12, at 9 a.m. in front of Legion Park (6447 NE 7th Avenue)[via Critical Miami]. – The South Florida Farmer’s Market (featuring produce […]

January 25th, 2007

Buy local, eat fresh

Today’s Miami Herald has a good list of South Florida’s farmers’ markets. Good news for me, the Herald reports a new market is set to open on Thursdays starting February 22 at Bayfront Park.

September 2nd, 2006

Food Destinations 2 – Coconut Grove Farmers Market

Miami to visitors is well-known for South Beach, Miami Vice, celebrity sightings, shopping and clubs, but for its food markets? No. Not really. But that’s what made Food Destinations 2 so appealing: it gave me a chance to highlight a part of Miami where I usually wouldn’t take any of my visitors.

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