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Coconut Grove Organic Market is a Vegan Nirvana (Photos)

Spinning tunes and serving coconut water at the Coconut Grove Organic Market.
Spinning tunes and serving coconut water at the Coconut Grove Organic Market.
All photos by Laine Doss

Every Saturday, an empty lot just a few blocks from CocoWalk turns into a tent-city of vendors selling everything a Miamian could want to lead a cleaner (and greener) life.

People from all walks of life come to do their weekly shopping for organic fruits, vegetables, breads, honey, beans and teas and to grab a bite of raw vegan food, homemade soups or hand churned ice "cream", before getting a quick massage or shopping for clothes and jewelry.

The Coconut Grove Organic Market is presented by Glaser Organic Farms, who is also the largest vendor. Each week they offer an outrageously large array of vegetables, fruits, and prepared vegan foods that Glaser prepares at their farm in southwest Miami. Shoppers can order online and pick up their order at the market or at their farm, but its always more fun to forrage about, looking for what looks good that day.

The market also serves as a community hub, where locals hang out at picnic tables put out specifically for the market, sharing a plate of food or a bottle of juice.

The market is open every Saturday rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., making it one of the few year-round places to get fresh produce. Many of the smaller vendors sell out and pack up long before the official closing, so get there early for the best selection (and to miss the afternoon rains that usually visit the Grove).

Melissa Lenner of Crackerman sells locally made breads, crackers and dips.
Melissa Lenner of Crackerman sells locally made breads, crackers and dips.
Tim Tye proudly displays his Jackfruit.
Tim Tye proudly displays his Jackfruit.
Marcie Davis sells locally sourced honey, beeswax candles and soaps.
Marcie Davis sells locally sourced honey, beeswax candles and soaps.
Lamoy Andressohn prepares raw vegan dishes.
Lamoy Andressohn prepares raw vegan dishes.
Take a massage break at the organic market.
Take a massage break at the organic market.
Glaser Organic Farms sells hand churned vegan ice "cream"
Glaser Organic Farms sells hand churned vegan ice "cream"
Just a sampling of the huge variety of fresh produce available.
Just a sampling of the huge variety of fresh produce available.

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