Five Reasons to Join a CSA for Fall

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Courtesy of Tiffany Noé
Everyone knows they should eat local. But when faced with a busy schedule and the convenience of the Publix produce aisle, it can be tough to commit to a locavore lifestyle.

But that's what CSAs are for. Community Supported Agriculture means someone else does your shopping for you and you're supporting local farmers. Now's the time to get on board with a fall share.

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Choices Kitchen Now Offers Full Menu and Expanded Hours

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Courtesy of Lori Zito, Choices Kitchen
In the wake of the closure of their Brickell location, the folks of Choices Cafe are expanding the operations of their newest locale -- Choices Kitchen.

The outpost, near Miami International Airport, previously offered just a $12 daily plate (and featured a vegan marketplace). But as of this week, customers can find the full menu and all their familiar favorites. Mentil Lentil, anyone?

See also: Choices Vegan Kitchen Now Open Near the Airport

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Whole Foods Hosts Summer Salads Class: Make Raw 'Seasar' with 'Parm' (Recipe)

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Courtesy of Whole Foods South Beach
Summer is all about salads -- hot salads, cold salads, fruity salads; salads made with crisp, verdant lettuce and rainbow-hued veggies; delicious, fresh, bikini-friendly salads. Perfect food for a hot summer day.

And as part of its July raw-meal series It's Alive!, Whole Foods South Beach is hosting a free Summertime Salads class July 30. To prep for your edible adventure, check out this recipe for "seasar" salad dressing and macin' Parmesan pignoli.

See also: Tapas y Taps: Whole Foods Coral Gables' New Boozy Hangout

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Love & Vegetables Launches Vegan Cooking Classes: First One All About Mangoes

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
From hurtling down from trees, to being sold for big bucks on the auction block, to making their way into entrées all over town, mangoes are so hot right now. Miami is in the midst of its annual mango mania, and what's not to love about it?

For those who can't get enough of the fleshy goodness of this tropical fruit, Keith Kalmanowicz of Love & Vegetables will host a mango cooking class (and tasting) this Saturday. For $75, you can take your mango mastery skills up a notch or two. (And if you're broke, they're also giving away a seat to one lucky Miamian.)

See also: It's Raining Mangoes: Make Pound Cake With Your Seasonal Haul (Recipe)

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Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Its Doors With Farewell Bash

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Courtesy of Choices Cafe
Last month's announcement that Choices Cafe's Brickell location is closing has left plant eaters across South Florida crying into their quinoa. But it's not all sad-face emojis. The vegan eatery is planning a celebratory sendoff.

Fans and friends will gather Saturday, July 26, to say so long to three years of tasty eats and compassionate choices. Food, fun, and fond nostalgia are in order.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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Milk Gone Nuts: Try the Chocolate Peanutbutterlicious Shake

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
On a steamy July day, nothing says summer vacation like an impossibly creamy chocolate milkshake. Like a mouthful of memories, these rich, icy treats are the stuff our childhood dreams were made of.

Thanks to Alton Road's Milk Gone Nuts, Miamians can opt into this summer throwback, no dairy necessary.

This milkshakery and juice bar/cafe uses homemade nut milks, coconut ice, and organic ingredients to whip up drinks worthy of skin-scorchingly hot summer afternoons (and way healthier than the originals).

See also: Ten Fruits Now Open in Coral Gables: Hemp Milk, Dragonfruit, and Acai Bowls

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Make Vegan Milkshakes for National Ice Cream Month

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Courtesy of Whole Foods Aventura
National Ice Cream Month (July, if you were wondering) can leave vegans feeling a little left out. Sure, we can snag a box of Tofutti or a pint of Rice Dream at the supermarket, but getting anyone to serve us a scoop or mix us up a shake? Dream on.

Luckily, Whole Foods Aventura has our backs. This Sunday, they'll serve vegan milkshakes for $5 from 1 to 3 p.m., in honor of the holiday. But even if you can't make it into the store, you can whip up your own at home with this recipe. Enjoy!

See also: Make Raw Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in Two Minutes

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Make Vegan Lasagna, Chocolate Mousse at VeganAroma's Cooking Class This Saturday

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VeganAroma via Facebook
Raw vegan lasagna.
If your vegan cooking skills are limited to tossing salads and pouring soy milk on cereal, it's time to step things up a notch. You're a grown ass person with fully functional motor skills -- surely you're capable of more.

Luckily, VeganAroma, the cozy little vegan eatery on SW Eighth Street, is willing to show you something a little more sophisticated. This Saturday afternoon, they'll school eager pupils on how to make lasagna, kale quiche, chocolate mousse, and more.

See also: Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Courtesy of Ricardo Trevino
Homemade edibles by the Colony1 team, on display at the Grassroots Music Festival.
Picture this green-living dream: A marketplace where Miamians can buy locally grown produce and bulk goods, then carry them home in reusable containers; a kitchen where locals can learn to cook healthy, vegan meals for themselves and their families; a lush community garden where people can donate time in exchange for a share of fresh produce.

Believe it or not, all of the above is coming to Wynwood.

Known as Colony1, the living building and its lot will serve as a bulk food store, organic garden, and vegan kitchen, among a community classroom and other things. It's the vision of Nando and Blair Jaramillo, the couple behind local nonprofit the Art of Cultural Evolution (ACE).

See also: Colony1 Eco-Friendly Community to Build Sustainable "Living Building" in Wynwood

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Make Super Easy Vegan Coleslaw for Fourth of July (Recipe)

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
T-minus 24 hours until Fourth of July festivities kick off. And shiiiiiiit, you totally forgot about the vegan dish you promised to dole out at your neighbor's hipster barbecue. Considering the contents of your fridge (some sad-looking celery and a bottle of ketchup), this might present a problem.

Instead of desperately scrambling for store-bought something you can pass off as your own, whip up a batch of vegan coleslaw. One quick grocery run and six minutes of prep time later, you'll be golden. Not only is it the easiest thing ever, it's chock full of kale and brussels sprouts -- so you'll totally impress your green-eating pals.

See also: Paleo Vegan Is a Thing

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