Review: Coconut Grove Farmers Market

Glaser Organic Farms occupies the largest tent at the Coconut Grove Farmers Market. Tracy Fleming, who has owned the farm with her husband, Stan, for more than 30 years, sells a variety of local and nonlocal produce. The tent is widely recognized for its locally processed, organic raw and vegan foods. The enterprising farm also sells to Whole Foods locations across South Florida.

"We are a farmers' market because we actually grow. We don't outsource any of this," she says, referring to the organic fruit salads, pickled vegetables, and juices stacked across the expansive tent. "This is all prepared on-site, on our farm."

Prices are high, especially for the prepared foods and specialty products. Tables are topped with 17-ounce jars of Italian acacia honey for $16 and 16-ounce bottles of organic nut butters for $16.75. Nut milks, processed at Glaser, cost $5.50 for 16 ounces. The majority of the prepared foods are made with certified-organic ingredients.

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The produce, in general, is more reasonably priced. Organic avocados grown at Glaser retail for $1.60 a pound, which means about $3 apiece. (At Publix, an organic medium-size avocado from Matt's Organics sells for about $2.99.)

Fleming also offers conventional produce, especially when the prices for organic vegetables are too inflated. When organic heirloom tomatoes are at $6.40 a pound, she sells a conventional option for $1.60 a pound. Depending on the season, both types of tomato might be grown out-of-state.

Unlike most farmers' markets, Glaser accepts credit cards and EBT cards. So maybe it's best to think of it as a local, outdoor version of Whole Foods, one that happens to be run by an organic farmer. Like Whole Foods, the prices are high, but that $5.75 container of sprouted hummus -- amid dewy piles of plums and peaches -- just looks too enticing.

Glaser Organic Farms at the Coconut Grove Farmers Market, 3300 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Open year-round, Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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