By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly
Now is one of the best times of the year to go to Miami farmers’ markets, the peak of the growing season. And just in time, we’ve curated our list of the best of the crop from all around town. In many of them you can also find local crafts people selling everything from soaps and candles to home decor items; home made jams, jellies, breads and pastries; stands offering tantalizing light bites for breakfast or lunch; and in the case of Lincoln Road, antiques and collectibles. Check out our five picks.
Yellow Green Farmer’s Market, 3080 Sheridan St., Hollywood http://www.ygfarmersmarket.com/
Open year-round Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., before you head to Hollywood, plan accordingly and carve out several hours because this market’s the biggest one on this list and the best. Part produce market and flea market, there are both indoor and outdoor areas. Come hungry, because there’s plenty to eat from around the world. Fresh made Salvadoran pupusas, Italian ice in numerous flavors, Ethiopian dishes, Asian specialties including ramen and bao buns, Italian specialties, ceviche and a variety of organic items. On the flea market side find everything from art and jewelry to clothes, organic beauty products and organic dog treats. Sit and relax and enjoy live music too. Note, that there’s a charge of $5 for parking. Also, a reader and frequent visitor to the market told me that it’s best to go early as it can be very crowded.
Market Mondays at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami https://www.arshtcenter.org/Visit/Market-Mondays/?performanceNumber=25624
The only one on the list that’s on a weekday, head to Downtown Miami on Monday between 4 and 8:30 p.m. This one’s great for commuters that work or live in Downtown Miami, Brickell, Edgewater or Wynwood. Run by Urban Oasis Project, the intimate setting is perfect for those who prefer to quickly browse and go. There’s a nice selection of produce, plus a local honey producer with several varieties, breads, crackers and hummus and empanadas. Taste of Redland participates with locally-grown Redland-Raised and Fresh-from-Florida produce. Cerasee Farms adds in local offerings straight from Liberty City.
The vendors vary, and you can sign up to receive e-mails for alerts on that week’s participants.
Aventura Mall Farmer’s Market, 19501 Biscayne Blvd. https://www.facebook.com/events/289062731986637/
If you prefer to shop for fresh goods indoors and where you can shop for clothes, shoes and bags too, Aventura Mall’s Saturday Farmer’s Market is for you. The location of the market varies from Center Court to Fountain Court by the Apple store. What doesn’t vary are the times, open during mall hours, and the 25 vendors selling succulents, handcrafted jams and jellies, artisan bread, exotic fruits and juices, various nut varieties and teas. Note that the Village of Merrick Park also has a small farmer’s market mostly with gourmet items.
Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market, Lincoln Road between Washington and Meridian Ave., Miami Beach https://lincolnroadmall.com/lincoln-road-farmers-market-takes-place-every-sunday/
Stroll along Lincoln Road between Washington and Meridian Avenues on a Sunday between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and find a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with flowers, plants and plenty of delicious food like empanadas and ceviche. A large variety of tomatoes, mangos, avocados are all in abundance here, and if you can take your eyes off all the luscious produce, take some time to people watch. (karen’s note: and do time your visit with the antique and collectible market which is every second Sunday from October to May where you’ll find all sorts of antique and vintage items including designer accessories. I managed to snag some Givenchy earrings for a song and a watch necklace that are among my favorite pieces and value priced! It’s a great place to bring visitors from overseas).
Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market, 11000 Red Rd., Coral Gables https://www.pinecrestgardens.org/venue/farmers-market
This market’s set in the lushest of locations, at Pinecrest Gardens where the tropical landscape and colorful foliage will compete for your attention while shopping. Held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round, the market features local sustainable and organic farmers from local spots like Homestead and the Redland as well as from Clewiston and Fort Pierce. Pick from their variety of fruits, herbs, plants and vegetables, as well as honey. Should hunger strike, try the barbecue items, fresh juices, pizza ,conch fritters and more. Also find gift items for the home, Zack the Baker’s bread, Mr.Pickle and sometimes other surprises like the beautiful woven bags made by indigenous peoples in Colombia. Afterwards, take a walk through the gardens and you have a wonderful afternoon.
Any others you’d recommend?