Grove Green Market: Local, Farm-Fresh Produce on Thursdays

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Courtesy of Nick Bernal
Nick Bernal (left) forages for produce with John Gambino of Three Sisters Farm.
Miamians will soon be able to shop for local, farm-fresh produce on their way home from work Thursday evenings without schlepping all the way to Homestead, thanks to the Grove Green Market.

The market, which premieres December 5, will be open every Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot.

Nick Bernal of local foraging company Seasons Farm Fresh decided to start the market to give Miami residents and local farmers a chance to meet weekly and get to know each other.

"I'm born and raised in Miami and live in Coconut Grove. I work with local farms and think of myself as a link between the farmers and the community. When you buy local, you not only provide sustainable produce for your family but you give back to these farms."

Bernal is aware that Coconut Grove has an established farmers' market on Saturdays, but he says his is different. "Yes, there is a farmers' market on Saturdays. It's a good market, but their focus is on organic produce and prepared items and isn't always local. Our focus is 95 percent local. The money goes back to farms 35 miles away so these farmers can put food on the table. We're also doing our market on Thursdays so the farmers can actually come in person after their work is done for the day. We're trying to make this the market with the most active participation from real farmers, because no one is going to have more access to information on how the produce is grown than the people who grow it."

In addition to produce straight from the ground, the market will feature vendors selling local honey, olive oils, grass-fed beef, spices, and juices. There will be about 40 vendors in all, including Seasons Farm Fresh, Coconut Grove Farms, Urban Greenworks, Green Garden Organics, Michael Borek Farms, Hani's Mediterranean Organics, Freakin Flamingo Jams, Siggi's Organic Farm and Apiary, and Three Sisters Farm.

Bernal will also invite Grove shops to participate in the market, with the help of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. "When you have a farmers' market, people stay in the neighborhood and shop or have dinner or a few drinks. It's good for the community in so many ways."

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Coconut Grove Playhouse - CLOSED

3500 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL

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Eddie Borowski
Eddie Borowski

Awesome. It will be nice to have an affordable alternative, fresh choice in the Grove...

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove

The Grove Green Market is not associated with Saturdays market. We have organized a week day market to offer an additional opportunity to shop fresh from our local farmers & artisans. We are anticipating a great turn out in which the success of the market will overflow into the streets of the Grove.

Eddie Borowski
Eddie Borowski

Is this in any way associated with the overpriced Saturday market on Grand Ave?

Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove

The Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot...3496 Main Hwy. Miami, FL 33133. Free parking, which has been provided by Paradise Parking, will be located at the Charles Ave. entrance. We will have signage to direct traffic towards the free lot. In addition, we'll also be providing free bike valet services. We hope to see you there!

Barbara Ferenczi
Barbara Ferenczi

I will come and check it out. I would be interest in seeing the produce. I belong to an organic share now.

Nick Bernal
Nick Bernal

We will have both organic and sustainable produce. Since there is very little certified organic produce grown in South Florida, this market will strive to bridge the gap between "conventional" and organic. By focusing on local, and including many farmers, you can have a better idea of what growing practices go into the food that you are buying. No market in South Florida is purely organic.

Barbara Ferenczi
Barbara Ferenczi

It this an organic market? I just read the article and it does not appear to be? Clarify please.

nicholas.bernal
nicholas.bernal

@Eddie Borowski No. That market is run by Glaser Farms. We will have 40 plus vendors with local, organic, and sustainable produce.


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