Every neighborhood’s got a farmers market these days, but there are some that are a step above the rest. From the Grove to Upper East Side, here are five of our favorites, and a few extra spots to get some yummy veggies.
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Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market
You can purchase fresh, locally grown produce every Monday in downtown Miami, you. There are seasonal fruits and vegetables, in addition to meats and beverages. This market features produce from LNB Grovestand, the Urban Oasis Project (which, by the way, doubles SNAP benefits) and honey from Keez Beez Honey. Sometimes there are even workshops with food writers and chefs and live music and cooking demonstrations. (Photo courtesy of Edgar Zuniga Jr./Flickr Creative Commons)
Brickell City Centre Farmers Market
This new market features baked goods as well as fresh veggies, all under the shade of the Metromover’s tracks. There are more than 40 vendors selling everything from organic produce to arts and crafts, jewelry to plants and flowers. There’s even a stall where you can get pet products. Plus, there’s a live DJ spinning there every week while you shop. When you’re done you can pop by the new Brickell City Centre, just ahead.
Coconut Grove Farmer’s Market
The Coconut Grove Farmer’s Market on Saturdays is one of the best in Miami. Set in an empty green space on Grand Avenue, local vendors sell organic fruits and veggies, juices, homemade bread, nuts, olive oil, Indian spices and Jamaican food — to name just a few. Dogs are welcome and most vendors take credit cards. Don’t leave without trying the Nori wraps and raw vegan ice creams.
Lincoln Road Farmers Market
After your crazy weekend out, the Sunday Lincoln Road farmers market is a great place to refresh for the week ahead. You’ll find everything from fresh fruits and veggies to fresh-cut flowers, in addition to bread, honey, jams, and jellies. And on select Sundays, there’s an antiques and collectibles market as well! (Photo courtesy of Edgar Zuniga Jr./Flickr Creative Commons)
Upper East Side Farmers Market at Legion Park
Legion Park has more than 30 diverse vendors every Saturday. In addition to the yummy local fruits and veggies, there’s one really awesome thing about the farmer’s market: the organizer, Urban Oasis Project, accepts SNAP benefits and doubles them. That means the fresh local food is available to all. Empower Farm, Little River Cooperative, Nature Boyz Juices, Half Baked Vegan, Angry Booch, and many others are mainstays that make it the marketplace for truly unique and delicious Miami-made healthy food. The market also has a “social profit” booth where a different nonprofit distributes information every week. (Photo courtesy of Upper East Side Farmer’s Market Facebook page)
Website: Visit Here
Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Address: Biscayne Blvd. at 66th St.
Redland Market Village
This market sprawling across 20+ acres of land includes an outdoor flea market, an indoor farmers market with maybe the cheapest produce in Miami, and a never-ending line of food trucks serving a whole array of cuisines. The Mexican food trucks are the best, as are the freshly made tortillas you can purchase here to take home. There are pony rides and games if you’ve got kiddies with you.
Robert is Here
Six-year-old Robert used to sit on the side of the road and try, but fail, to sell his dad’s cucumbers. His dad, thinking drivers didn’t see the little boy, put up a sign that read, “Robert is here.” By noon, he’d sold all the cucumbers. The next day a farmer added tomatoes to Robert’s inventory. Since then, Robert has been selling all kinds of fruits at his stand (now more of an open air market) at the same spot and turning it into milkshakes (which are to die for). Come for weird and wonderful produce, like canistel and sapote.
Little Haiti Community Garden
If you’re on the prowl for an urban oasis, check out the Little Haiti Community Garden. Since 2009, the farm has provided hands-on agricultural and nutritional education and fresh food for Miamians. It’s also a great place to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty while doing a little volunteering.