Since it’s currently the flu season and your roommate may or may not be in the habit of leaving used tissues all over your dorm room, taking care of your body is essential. Of course, one easy (and delicious!) way to do that is to eat fresh, natural fruits and veggies sold at your friendly neighborhood Farmer’s Markets. Located all over South Florida (including campus), Farmer’s Markets are a great way to save money, eat healthy, and support local industry! Check out these great options – your immune system will thank you for it!
Glaser Organic Farms in Coconut Grove: Located on Grand Avenue just steps from your favorite Thursday night watering holes, the Glaser Organic Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Glaser Farm has been certified organic for over thirty years, refusing to use pesticides in its endeavors to uphold the highest health standards for its raw, vegan foods. From exotic tropical fruits to everyday vegetables and herbs, even the pickiest eaters will be able to find something fresh and healthy.
Where: Glaser Organic Farms, 3300 Grand Avenue
When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dried Fruit Mulberries. [Photo Courtesy Glaser Organic Farm].
Coral Gables Farmer’s Market: In front of the historic City Hall lies a festive open-air market with so much more to do than just shop. Running every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through March, the Coral Gables Farmer’s Market boasts free Tai Chi classes at 8 a.m., live music, the freshest produce, homemade baked goods, and food samples from local restaurants.
Where: Coral Gables Farmer’s Market, corner of LeJeune Road and Miracle Mile
When: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The official Coral Gables Farmer’s Market flyer. [Photo Courtesy City of Coral Gables].
Lincoln Road: The trek over to Lincoln Road may seem daunting and unnecessary until you remember that we live in 80 degree weather year round and Lincoln Road a skip and a jump away from the beach, making this market the winner for most beautiful locale. Between Washington Avenue and Meridian Avenue, the Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market runs year round on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and has the staple produce as well as fresh bread and homemade jellies. After you buy your produce, make a pit-stop by the beach – the bright sunlight increases your intake of Vitamin D, helping fight against infection and illness.
Where: Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market, corner of Washington Avenue and Meridian Avenue
When: Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The varying produce on sale at the Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market. [Photo Courtesy Lincoln Road Mall].
Well ‘Canes: Although it may well be the smallest market on this list, it’s easily the most convenient. A great option for those who live on campus without access to a car, the Well ‘Canes Farmer’s Market – held on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the walkway between the UC and Richter library – offers a full array of baked goods, spices and specialty foods in addition to the customary fruits and vegetables. Pick up a delicious quiche for lunch and an imaginatively decorated cupcake for dessert, but make sure you get some curry spices and veggies to make yourself a scrumptious and nutritious dinner.
Where: Well ‘Canes Farmers Market, located on the walkway between the UC and Richter Library
When: Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The official Well ‘Canes banner. [Photo Courtesy Student Government].
Pinecrest Gardens: The Miami New Times has called it the Best Farmer’s Market in Miami, so this nearby location is a must-see. Not only can you bulk up on fruits, vegetables, spices, local honey, local goose eggs, organic hummus, and artisan breads, but jewelry and other goods are on full display. Open on Sundays year round from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., its lush, tropical garden is a very big plus.
Where: Pinecrest Gardens, 11100 Red Road
When: Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Booths at the Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market. [Photo Courtesy Yelp].
Yellow Green Market in Hollywood: Yes, it’s definitely the farthest location. But what it lacks in convenience, it makes up in variety and size. With over 300 booths, you’ll find a bounty of seasonal produce and artisanal goods to make your mouth water and keep your body in tip-top shape. Check it out on Saturdays and Sundays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, FL, 1940 North 30th Road
When: Saturdays and Sundays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Melons on display. [Photo Courtesy Yelp].