Roots in the City Farmers’ Market Opens for Season

By | December 8th, 2010 | 4 Comments
The Curative Powers of Aloe

Students of Troy Community Academy, a conditional release program for juvenile detainees, talk up the curative powers of aloe.

The Roots in the City farmers’ market, on the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and 10th Street in Overtown, opened for the season today. Operated entirely by local farmers, the market offers cheap and healthy produce to a community stuck in the middle of a food desert without a Publix or Winn-Dixie supermarket nearby. It accepts food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars, and actually matches them dollar for dollar up to $20 per day. While the market’s core mission is to give Overtown affordable access to healthy food, its assortment of hard-to-find produce — from callaloo, or Jamaican spinach, to Asian eggplant — also draws foodies from around the city. The market is every Wednesday and Friday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and definitely worth a visit.

Here are a few pics from the opening.

Chef Michael Schwartz and Gerald
Chef Michael Schwartz, of the Design District’s Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, serves up some rosemary chicken salad to Gerald, a Phillis Wheatley Elementary School student who created the dish for the USDA’s “Recipes for Healthy Kids” challenge. Schwartz and fellow chef Michel Nischan (long hair), founder of the Wholesome Wave Foundation, are both partners of the Roots in the City market.

Bee Heaven Farm Honey
No shortage of honey at the tent of Bee Heaven Farm, a certified-organic grower in Homestead.

Goose Eggs
Goose eggs, Greek goodies, and all manner of goat-cheese goodness available at the tent of Hani’s Mediterranean Organics, a Redland farm. Definitely try the hommos fatte bizait.

Hani’s goat, Marguerite. She won’t mind if you sample the chocolate goat cheese ice cream in front of her.

4 Comments on “Roots in the City Farmers’ Market Opens for Season”

  1. 1 Paula said at 5:26 pm on December 8th, 2010:

    Great photos! I’m so bummed I couldn’t make the opening. Great to see Troy’s students on there. It’s a great program and Hani’s goats are the cutest.

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 6:10 pm on December 8th, 2010:

    Yeah, I’m a sucker for a cute goat glance.

  3. 3 RITC market opens for second season « Redland Rambles said at 5:34 am on December 21st, 2010:

    […] first day of the season called for Grand Opening festivities and VIPs. It wasn’t as crazy a party as last spring, but all the important people were there […]

  4. 4 dario said at 12:40 pm on March 18th, 2011:

    love that goat!!

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