New South Miami Farmers Market Opens Saturday
The market will be open year-round and will be operated by Earth Learning, the City of South Miami, and South Miami Green Task Force. Right now, it only accepts cash, but they plan on accepting SNAP dollars (food stamps) in the future.
Mario Yanez, co-director of Earth Learning, hopes to sell produce from home growers and community gardens, too: "We're trying to open it up and be creative and knock down barriers that usually prevent people from selling at a farmers market." Yanez says the plan is to visit home growers: "We're going to work with people to make sure they are growing organically and sustainably." Yanez says organizers will also do their homework on participating farms, and perhaps visit them as well.
"Also, we're going the extra mile to collect produce from farmers who don't have time to come to the market. We'll sell their produce at a central farm stand. " says Yanez. New foraging business Seriously Organics will help procure some of the produce both locally and outside South Florida. Signs will let people know what comes from where. "It's not just whether it's organic or not organic. We hope to have good signage so that people have the right information and they can make decisions on what they buy."
Yanez hopes the market will also be a community meeting ground: "We want to create a regular meeting place where people find out what's going on, and build relationships with farmers and vendors as well as with each other. We want to build the local infrastructure for local food to really happen. We are about invigorating the local economy, keeping dollars here, and also just about improving food."