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~Farmers Market Focus: Upper Eastside Farmers Market and Southwest Community Farmers Market, Miami~

Today we move south and highlight the Upper East Side Farmers Market and the Southwest Community Farmers Market, both located in Miami.

The markets were developed by the Urban Oasis Project, a nonprofit organization based in Miami whose mission is to provide more access to fresh, healthy foods, support local farms and gardens and create opportunities for people of all socioeconomic levels to eat fresh, local food.

1620738_606534462757329_1994594550_nCreated in February 2011, the Upper East Side Farmers Market is held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Legion Park, on Biscayne Blvd at NE 66th St. The market features south Florida produce from Verde Organic Farm and many others, as well as live music and local artists

The market is one of the few “local food only” farmers markets in Miami-Dade. Held at a great, convenient location, many people walk, ride bikes and push strollers to spend their day at the market. Market goers partake in great juices and prepared foods and leave with the best produce from farms and gardens in south Florida.

The Southwest Community Farmers Market was developed in November 2012 and moved to its current location at Tropical Park in March 2013.

Held Saturdays, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market is located at Tropical Park, 7900 SW Bird Road, just west of the Palmetto Expressway. The market offers more than 20 vendors selling all agricultural products including local produce, prepared foods, juices, honey, ceviche, coffee, breads, plants and plant related items.

The market is a community market where they encourage the local customers to grow their own food, to sell surplus at the market and to share seeds via their seeds exchange basket.They have an information table where customers can find food related information and where children can always find a fun activity to do.

The Southwest market serves South Miami, Coral Gables, Westchester, Kendall and other areas of Miami-Dade County and is a relatively young market with an increasing crowd of regular customers who appreciate fresh, locally grown food. The market’s weekly newsletter is fast becoming an important resource for everyone.

The Southwest market also offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for the Little River Market Garden. 1658446_728947250502653_70799733180469646_o

Through a partnership with Florida Organic Growers, both markets offer Fresh Access Bucks, a program that doubles the amount of Florida grown fruits & vegetables SNAP recipients can purchase at the market.

For more information on the Upper East Side Farmers Market, like them on Facebook!

For more information on the Southwest Community Farmers Market, like them on Facebook!

For a complete list of Farmers Markets that participate in Fresh Access Bucks, please visit the Fresh Access Bucks page.

For a list of all farmers markets in Florida, please visit our map!

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