Down by Homestead, off the beaten road, you’ll find the beginnings of an “All-Green” community called Verde Gardens. Amidst this blossoming development stands a gigantic open-air building, with locals and travelers shopping for farm fresh eggs, as well as freshly picked produce.
This is the Homestead Harvest Farmers Market, open every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
This brand new farmer’s market was created with the help of the Urban Oasis Project, a group of sustainably motivated individuals who help create local farmer’s markets (among other projects) in communities all over Miami.
I found an array of quality farm-picked vegetables, plants, herbs, fruit, honey, eggs, and even a Guarapo (Sugar Cane) juice bar! I tried the ice cold guarapo, and it was refreshing and sweet.
The Market Coordinator Art Freidrich mentioned, “We have a lot of great plans for this Market, and in time hope to see it grow.”
What makes this place stand out are the free cooking demonstrations by Bambi (of Bambi’s Kitchen, three sessions each Friday), as well as free Yoga sessions conducted by the Ashtanga Yogi Jillian Smith, from 6 to 7 p.m.