The Top 5 Farmers Markets in South Florida

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Farmers Markets in the US have increased by 76% in the last 5 years, according to the USDA. This is amazing news as people are going back to how produce used to be sold; local and fresh. In many foreign countries, farmers markets are of the norm and as the melting pot of the world, it was only a matter time for the early traditions to be brought to the US.

We tend to forget the carbon footprint our food creates from the moment it’s harvested, packed, and shipped from California or Mexico to your local grocery store.  It arrives to your plate maybe 2-3 weeks after harvesting, thus losing nutrients and having a shorter shelf life. When we shop local, we reduce our carbon footprint, support local small farm and business owners, and in-turn enjoy quality fresh food. Since all farmers markets are not created equal, we gathered a few local favorites in the South Florida area. Here are the top 5 farmers markets in South Florida, in no particular order:

 

  1. Glaser Farms Farmers Market – Coconut Grove, FL

Glaser Farms Organic Farmers Market offers local organic produce when in season along with a wide variety of prepared foods. Catering to the plant based diet, they have prepared foods from vegan milkshakes, vegan raw pizza, vegan ice cream and an assortment of salads and other tasty creations you will start to drool while you shop. Apart form the main produce tent, there are many local food vendors offering plant based meals with a variety of cuisines such as Jamaican, Ethiopian, German, and Indian. As a foodie, this is a Farmers Market food haven making it a great place to shop for the week, grab lunch after, and even pick up dinner.

 

  1. Legion Park Farmers Market – Miami, FL

A great way to start your Saturday is by heading to Legion Park, located on 64th and Biscayne, to catch the free yoga class by Daily Offering Yoga Studio at 10am under the trees. After class walk over to shop for your weekly produce while grabbing a juice or a yummy local breakfast creation from one of the vendors. My favorite is the vegan coconut chia seed fruit parfait made by Chia Ballz. The fresh produce available is brought to you by Verde Farms and the Urban Oasis Project. Verde Farms and Urban Oasis Project are partners in creating fresh local produce while supporting low income families and the homeless of Miami-Dade County. Talk about shopping local and not only support small business, but those in need as well.

 

  1. Marando Farmers Market and Marando Farm and Ranch – Fort Lauderdale, FL and Davie, FL

Tucked away near downtown Fort Lauderdale is a quaint little farmers market called Marando Farms. There you will find nothing but the freshest organic veggies, fruits, baked goods, and dairy items, most of which are grown on site or locally sourced. They have a fun assortment of animals on site and a cool aquaponics system that you can check out on your way to their smoothie and juice bar inside the store. Vegan options like coconut yogurts, acai bowls, and hot soups round out a yummy menu that is perfect for that quick lunch while you’re downtown. The Marando family recently opened a second (larger) location, Marando Farms and Ranch, in Davie, FL.  It features an organic market, local artisans, a deli and juice/smoothie bar, and even a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids!

 

  1. Yellow Green Farmers Market  – Hollywood, FL

One of the largest Farmers Markets in town, the Yellow Green Farmers Market is dedicated to connecting you with local farmers and local artists and craftsmen creating artisanal goods. Providing an assortment of goods from your everyday food supply and fresh dog food, to rare items such as beauty care products or kombucha only found at this location. This farmers market will meet all your needs in one stop and is open every Saturday and Sunday.

 

  1. Lincoln Road Farmers Market – South Beach, FL

If you are looking to go for a Sunday stroll with the family, I highly recommend visiting Lincoln Road Farmers Market. From antique items to dried herbs, you’ll find just about anything at this eclectic farmers market. And if you get hungry grab a quick bite from one of the vendors or sit down at a restaurant and enjoy a meal as you people watch all while enjoying the Miami sun.

 

So there you have it! Support local farmers and vendors as they help shape our community and our health while keeping the environment in mind. To find more South Florida Farmers Markets near you, download the free Healthy Places app on iTunes or the Google Play Store.

 

Julia Poliadis

Jules is a certified health coach and plant based foodie based in Miami, FL. With her international background and passion for overall wellness, she has traveled, researched and experimented with all types of diets, remedies and approaches towards healthy lifestyles.