With the ever growing popularity of farmers’ markets around the country, you don’t have to leave your preference for fresh, less-processed, locally grown food behind while away from home.
Besides, where else can you taste the local culture than at a farmers' market? Whether you are a health-conscious traveler, an adventurous foodie or hunting for a snack, green markets offer a wonderful way to get to know the local delicacies. Let us help you find local, organic, farm-fresh food near you.
Miami’s newest mixed-use project in the Downtown Miami/Brickell neighborhood, Brickell City Centre from Swire Properties Inc., hosts a weekly farmers market every Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. The market features conventional and organically grown produce as well as a variety of cheeses, breads and prepared foods. Zak the Baker bread, local honey, orchids, fruit smoothies, Argentinian empanadas, artisanal olive oil and herb plants round out the growing list.
“My hope is that the Brickell City Centre Farmers Market will help create a sense of community that Brickell has not yet seen; a place where neighbors can come together to enjoy the aromas of fresh basil, warm bread and ripe oranges,” said Stephen Owens, president of Swire Properties. Look for the market along the landscaped pathway that runs underneath the Metromover track between 7th and 8th streets.
If you are looking to kick start your week with a dose of healthy fare, head to the Adrienne Arsht Center Farmer's Market for "Keep it Healthy Mondays," between 4-8 pm in the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Besides the fruits and veggies, the market also organizes periodic talks with food writers, chefs, and music and cooking demonstrations. Parking with the PayByPhone app is available in Lot C on N.E. 2nd Avenue (between Northeast 12th and 13th streets).
South Florida’s largest market, Yellow Green Farmers Market, in Hollywood opened in October 2010. It is housed in a former airplane hangar and boasts 100,000 square-feet of space with 300 booths under one roof. Many locals do their weekly grocery shopping here and others just like to wander the market and relax with a cocktail at The Chillbar, fresh juice or local craft beer. The market provides plenty of organic food and products and offers convenient, extended weekday hours (Thursdays 7 pm–11 pm) and weekend hours (Saturday and Sundays 7 am–4 pm). Find them off Taft Street, next to Interstate 95.
Amid bustling Fort Lauderdale, the Las Olas Sunday Market on Las Olas Boulevard and 3rd Street in downtown is a welcome oasis. Located in front of YOLO Restaurant, the Fort Lauderdale farmers' market takes place every Sunday and offers a high-quality mix of produce and non-food products. You're bound to find whatever you are looking for here. French pottery, African art, soy candles, orchids, gluten-free products, jewelry and fresh baked goods are some of the items available for purchase. Parking at Lot No. 50 Las Olas Place will cost $2 and $1 per hour parking is available near the Holiday Market.
A bit further north from Downtown Miami west of Biscayne Boulevard (US1), find two Saturday markets open year-round: Wynwood Farmers’ Market and The Market Company’s newest farmers’ market at the Shops at Midtown Miami. With themes such as art and jazz, the Wywnood market open 11 am to 6 pm at Mana Wynwood, offers delicious food and drinks plus, artisanal foods, handcrafted wares for the kitchen and home. Visit the Midtown Miami market near West Elm in the central outdoor plaza on Buena Vista Boulevard to stock up on local honey, olive oils, cheeses and much more.
South Florida's oldest farmer's market, the Coconut Grove Saturday Organic Market is a must-visit destination. Open every Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, rain or shine, the market is known for its distinctive local and global produce. Find naan bread and Indian spices alongside jams, spinach stuffed pastries, a variety of sauces, organic raw honey. There are also loads of fresh fruits and veggies as well as a wide assortment of juices. Shoppers can stay and dine from the raw salad bar, nori rolls, pizza, fruit cakes and grab a seat at one of the wooden picnic tables.
Miami Beach/Lincoln Road
When others have to shop indoors, in Miami Beach at the Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market you can still work on your tan, people-watch and shop for fresh cut flowers and plants, bread, tropical fruit smoothies, ceviche and more as you stroll along Lincoln Road Mall. This green market is open Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm, year-round.
Established in 2012, the Southwest Farmers' Market located at the popular Tropical Park near the Bird Road (SW 40th Street) entrance features fresh, seasonal, local fruit, vegetables, eggs, and herbs, mostly organic or sustainably grown. Vendors sell locally produced baked goods, pickles, sauces and juices in addition to ready-to-eat foods including Mexican, Indian, Jamaican and other specialties. Most vendors offers samples for tasting. Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. There's lots of free parking available onsite.
If you happen to be visiting further south, on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm, head over to the Pinecrest Gardens Farmers' Market. The market sources its produce from farmers and purveyors from Miami, Homestead, the Redlands, Clewiston and Ft. Pierce. Here, you'll find the season's best bounty of fruits, vegetables, honey, flowers, meats, cheeses and specialty products throughout the year.