November 2, 2011 | 10:33am
'Tis once again the season for many local farmers' markets to re-open their al fresco fruit peddling tables. If you want to sink your teeth into some fresh Florida flora, you've gotta know where and when to scoop up the bounty. Here's the lowdown on Miami-Dade County farmers' market openings and schedules.
Roots in the City Urban Farmers' Market
Corner of Second Avenue and NW 10th Street, Miami
Wednesdays from 11:30 to 5 p.m.
Corner of NW Third Ave. and 16th Street
Thursdays from 12 to 2 p.m.
Both open September through May.
These Overtown farmers' markets bring locally grown kale, cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, and spinach to one of Miami-Dade County's most under served communities. A special program gives consumers a $10 token, redeemable upon their next visit, when they buy $10-worth of produce.
UM Green Market
University of Miami, village green by the library
Open October to May, Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Barry University Green Market
Barry University, Andreas Courtyard, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores
Open October to May, Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Both UM's and Barry University's farmers' markets offer live plants, gourmet baked goods, locally produced honey, locally made foods like jams, jellies, oils and vinegars, and of course fresh local produce.
Liberty City Farmers' Market at TACOLCY Center (Brand new!)
6161 NW 9th Ave., Miami
Opens Thursday, November 10, Thursdays 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call coordinator Maggi Pons with questions: 305-772-3229.
Keys Gate Farmers' Market
888 Kingman Road, Homestead
Open November 12 through May, Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For updates, call 305-230-0000.
Big fat heads of lettuce, plump mushrooms, and lush green bell peppers are among the earthly jewels you'll find at this market. Visit their site
for information on what produce to expect and some colorful plant-based recipes.
Coral Gables Farmers' Market
405 Biltmore Way (in front of City Hall), Coral Gables
Open January 15 through March 26, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cutler Bay Farmers' Market
20002 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay
Open February 13 to May 29, Sundays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aventura Mall Farmers' Market
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Open starting mid-February, two weekends a month.
Call market manager Claire Tomlin for dates: 305-531-0038.
Coconut Grove Farmers' Market
3300 Grand Avenue and Margaret Street, Coconut Grove
Open Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This market is known for having an insane array of artisanal prepared foods, vegan dishes, and baked goods, in addition to fresh local and organic produce.
Pinecrest Gardens Farmers' Market
5585 SW 11th Street, Pinecrest
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lincoln Road Farmers' Market
Lincoln Road, between Washington and Meridian Avenues, Miami Beach
Open Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tip: This market features organic offerings at Pennsylvania Avenue.
Jackson Memorial Foundation Green Market
Alamo Park, 1611 N.E. 12th Avenue, Miami
Open year-round, Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South Miami Farmers' Market
6130 Sunset Drive
Open year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mary Brickell Village Sunday Market
900 block of South Miami Avenue, Miami
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Normandy Village Marketplace
7802 Rue Vendome (by the big fountain), Miami Beach
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.