Farm Fresh Miami's Erika Rullman Talks New Locations and Produce Savings

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There's something fantastic about the idea of cutting out the middle man to get farm fresh produce at your fingertips. Short Order spoke with Farm Fresh Miami Owner Erika Rullman about how joining produce buying clubs saves us money in the long run, and gets you the freshest veggies you've ever tasted.

Miami New Times: Tell me a bit about the ideology behind Farm Fresh Miami and what it represents?
Erika Rullman: Farm Fresh Miami is designed to connect farm fresh produce

directly to its consumers. We want to skip the 1500 miles in between you

and your produce and explore what kinds of lovely fruits/veggies are

being grown nearby, from local farmers who focus on sustainable growing

techniques. The newest aspect of Farm Fresh Miami that is closest to my

heart has to do with bringing Farm Fresh Miami directly to our children

and their families through local schools by hosting programs with really

great educational and fund-raising components.

What are the advantages, disadvantages and costs to joining a produce buying club?

advantages are getting fresh food fast, eating nutritionally rich

food, sustaining you local food economy, trying new things and so much

more. The only disadvantages would be not getting to choose exactly what

goes in your bag each week, or not getting what you want since it's not

in season.Our bags cost $33 for a half share (approximately 15 lbs.) or

$50 for a full share (approximately 25lbs.). This equals to around $2/lb.,

which for organic produce is very reasonable. If you truly eat what is

in your bag, you will save lots of money, possibly even when compared

with conventional produce.

Where can members of your buying club pick up their produce?

have locations in Aventura, Belle Meade, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove,

Miami Shores, Morningside, Midbeach, The Roads/Downtown, and South

Beach. We just opened new locations at UM Coral Gables Campus, FIU South

Campus, Brickell, The Botanical Garden on South Beach, and Temple Beth

Sholom on 41st Street opening in November.We are passionate about

getting involved in schools and planning programming events to coincide

with our school clubs.

What upcoming events will Farm Fresh Miami be a part of?

are part of the new green markets at FIU and UM and the upcoming

October 24th National Food Day and October 26th Sustainability Day.

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