Markets, whether they are called green markets, farmers markets or anything else are an important element in our local food system. For the farmer, producer, craftsman and artisan, markets provide an opportunity to sell goods directly to the consumer, allowing them to capture the full dollar value of their product, which goes a long way into helping them be financially sustainable. Maintaining a healthy group of local farmers and producers is good for our economy, the health of our community and the diversity, hence the safety, of our food supply.
The consumer, as well as the community, benefit from local markets in many ways and it’s incredibly important to support them. Markets present a source of fresh foods, the peace of mind of knowing where your food comes from and the gratification of a shopping experience that usually involves tasting, conversation, culture and socializing.
The producer also gains from the interaction with their customers. For one thing, most farmers and artisans I know are very passionate about their work and they enjoy talking about it. There is also value in getting direct feed back about their products which can be applied to their practices and business plan.
During the growing season, which is November through May, you can find our produce at a few farmers markets throughout Miami:
Every Thursday (Year Round)
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161
Every Saturday (Year Round)
9am to 2pm
Legion Park, 66th Street and Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138