Roots in the City Farmers Market Brings Fresh, Affordable Food to Overtown
|Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado greets an Overtown resident and market shopper|
The Booker T. Washington High School band kept things lively as Overtown residents, Brickell and downtown workers on lunch breaks, government employees and others shopped at the market and stayed on for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"We're happy to be able to bridge the gap between who want access to this wonderful product and the people who grow it," chef Michael Schwartz said during the ceremony.
Participating farms include Bee Heaven Farm, Teena's Pride, Hani's Mediterranean Organics, and Roots in the City.
|Roots in the City founder Marvin Dunn helps a shopper|
"Most farmers markets are only in affluent communities, yet the food culture that really defines America is actually in communities like Overtown," said Nischan.
"We knew these communities were here, we knew that there was a void of food, really great food in these communities, we knew that the desire was there but we also knew it wasn't an access issue ... it was an affordability issue."
Miami's market -- which launched on March 24 -- is unique in that it is the first market created to offer the program. Wholesome Wave has traditionally introduced its program to already existing farmers markets.
Following the dedication, market-goers were treated to shrimp Creole, collard greens, and bread pudding at the Michael's Genuine vending cart. The shrimp Creole recipe was from the Booker T. Washington High School Overtown Cookbook. Roots in the City founder Marvin Dunn prepared the collard greens at Michael's Genuine kitchen.
|The food at the Michael's Genuine vending cart|
|Fresh organic produce from Bee Heaven Farm|