Best Farmers Markets in Miami's Heritage Neighborhoods

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Coconut Grove Farmer's Market

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By Ashlee Thomas

Looking to try something off the beaten path during Miami Spice Month?

Culinary treats from Farmer’s Markets in Miami’s heritage neighborhoods are like no other place in the US. You are bound to find tasty treats from the most popular to the most obscure origins of the Caribbean and US. It’s not about the fine cutlery or serviettes, it’s about the taste, the people, the farmers, the artisans, and the local community. No tourist traps here – check out these eclectic and culturally authentic farmer’s markets!

Overtown | Folklife Fridays | Monthly, First Fridays | 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Considered the Harlem of the South, Historic Overtown was the neighborhood of the African American elite during the segregation era. At present, Overtown has revitalized many of its historic sites from the era to engage a new generation of Miami’s residents and visitors. The city hosts Folk Life Fridays, an open-air market located on the grounds of the Lyric Theater from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy local Southern fare here like barbeque ribs, corn bread, Nemo’s “Uoo wow” Lemonade, yummy desserts and more. It’s not only about food, there’s also good entertainment throughout the day. The market is at its peak from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. when visitors can find themselves engaged with live poetry, a live band or even participate in a free Sip & Paint class. No need to leave when the market closes, because the Lyric Theater opens at 7 p.m., presenting its monthly open-mic talent show, Lyric Live. It’s a local treat for the cultural explorer. Stop by and enjoy a full day in Overtown every first Friday of the month.

Virginia Key | Virginia Key Food Truck Festival | Weekly, Thursdays | 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Within walking distance from the Historic Virginia Key Beach is the Virginia Key Food Truck Festival happening Thursdays at Virginia Key from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Food from around the world is ready for tasting for five hours on the sandy strip of Virginia Key. Why not make a day out of it and start at the historic Virginia Key Beach for a few hours of amazing sun before heading to the food truck festival? The beach boasts an archive gallery display of African American beach-goers enjoying the South Florida sun in the early 50s and 60s. By sundown, the Food Truck Festival is prepared to receive hungry beach goers. All trucks are local, and this experience fits the visitor that lives by the mantra “think global; act local.”

West Grove | Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market | Weekly, Saturdays | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

If cooking a fresh meal with local ingredients piques your fancy, then visiting the Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market should also make your Farmer's Markets must-try list! This farmer’s market has delicious, fresh produce from Miami’s local farmers and the tastiest treats from vendors like Nisha’s Flavors of India. With options for vegans and meat-eaters alike, Nisha’s samosas and creamy chutney will please the palate. Try fresh coconut water sourced fresh daily by Kowinrollins, a native of Trinidad who’s been serving up coconut water and earth food for over five years on the avenue. If you have room for dessert, be sure to grab some scrumptious vegan ice cream from Glasers Farms. With a wide variety for diverse taste buds, Glasers Farms is vegan heaven when it comes to dessert.

Little Haiti | Caribbean Market Days | Bi-Monthly, 2nd & 4th Saturdays | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

When in Miami, go where Miamians go. Have some Caribbean cuisine, play island-inspired mini-golf, and pick up a bar of shea butter soap, all at Caribbean Market Days, every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This market is hosted at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex located at the corner of N.E. 2nd Avenue and 59th Terrace. Caribbean Market Days has great Caribbean cuisine by local vendors, organic juices by Mimi, and Caribbean jewelry and art to enhance home décor, post-vacation. Haitian Folklore dancers, Afro-Jazz bands, and literary author meet & greets enrich Caribbean Market Days - a treat for all the senses!

Roots Black Marketplace | Bi-Monthly, 1st & 3rd Saturdays | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Roots Collective Black Marketplace has an appreciation for food and local goods. This is a great market where you can eat until your heart is content, buy handmade soaps, scents and oils, participate in a drum circle and learn how to wobble! It’s an amalgamation of Black culture and an extremely rich experience. Kid-friendly music and activities abound, making this marketplace a great stop on the heritage tour of Downtown Little Haiti. Come by Roots Collective Black Marketplace to dine, dance, and support the emerging makers of Miami.

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