Locall's Organic Growth, a fruit and vegetable shop in South Beach, is tiny. Owner Kirsten Hartburg prefers it that way. "It's a small space because we keep our produce fresh. Everything here is picked in the morning," she says.
At her quaint store, which opened in December in the backroom of the boutique Under the Mango Tree, Hartburg's wares are all locally grown. There's sapodilla from Homestead, citrus from North Florida, and a cooler crammed with bok choy and kale from Coconut Grove. Hartburg's stash might remind you of a farmers' market -- except one thing: Her place is open six days a week.
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Originally from Canada, Hartburg moved to Miami three years ago and began studying permaculture. "I wanted to help create a food system that's healthier for us and healthier for the planet."
Now she provides city dwellers with easy access to spring onions, black sapote, guava, canistel, and young green coconuts ($2). She also offers baskets of local fruits and vegetables for 30 bucks. And everything is grown in Miami-Dade County or nearby. "The farthest we'll go is up north for oranges," she says.
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