Pinecrest Gardens Green Market: Hand-Crafted Local Foods (Photos)
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Stone crabs straight from the boat are at Pinecrest Gardens.|
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We took a walk through the green market this past weekend (It is held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and found a host of local eats ready for Sunday supper in addition to the stands filled with farm fresh produce from Homestead and Redland.
What pleased us the most was the fact that so many products were being made right here in Miami. This is a trend that we hope you'll encourage by checking our some of these vendors -- including a few that you may not have heard of until now.
Allan Vino had a successful legal career in New York when he and his wife decided they wanted to try something new. So, just a few months ago, they moved to Miami and started Roc Kat Ice Cream Company. Now, Allan devotes his time to his three passions -- food, music, and animals. Roc Kat ice cream is made in Miami using local artisan ingredients -- many of which Vino picks up from his neighbors at the green market, like local honey and tropical fruit. His hand-churned ice cream flavors vary by what's available, but we discovered a delightfully tart pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate hazelnut, and coffee and doughnuts (made with doughnuts from Mandarin Gourmet). Cups are $4 each. Be sure to drop a few coins in the collection box for local animal charities while you're there.
If the name sounds familiar, it's likely you saw Proper Sausages on Blue Collar's menu or recall chef Danny Serfer tweeting about these hand-crafted sausages. Freddy & Danielle Kaufmann started making sausages after Danielle, originally from England, complained that the United States had very little in the way of "proper sausages." What does one do when faced with a challenge? Start a sausage factory, of course. Proper Sausages uses only quality meat cuts from heritage pigs for their pork sausages (four for $12). Varieties change, but recent offerings included a mint and garlic lamb sausage (four for $14) in addition to two pork selections.
Tony Crapello's dream in life was to make a really good hot sauce. After years of experimentation, he came up with the right blend of habanero and scotch bonnet peppers. Soon, friends craved it and Crapello turned his passion into a business. Now, Cutler Bay Hot Sauce Company makes seven different varieties, but all are still made in Cutler Bay and the business is still family run. (That's Tony's son Domenick, wife Angie, and daughter Lindsay at the hot sauce tent.) Sauces are $5 for one, $20 for a gift pack and about fifty cents from each bottle of hot sauce is donated to Wounded Warrior Project.