Thursday, April 7, 2016

Eat with the Seasons Cooking Demo This Saturday!



Southwest Community Farmers Market hosts Eat with the Seasons 
Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, April 9

Demonstration to feature renowned chef David Bearl


The Southwest Community Farmers Market is proud to partner with the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP), the SNAP-Ed implementing agency in Florida, and Florida Organic Growers’ Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program to conduct a special cooking demonstration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.    

Eat with the Seasons,” features UF/IFAS Chef David Bearl, American Culinary Federation certified chef for more than 30 years. He will demonstrate seasonal, healthy and easy to prepare market to table recipes using Florida grown produce right from the market.  

The Southwest Community Farmers Market is located at Tropical Park, 7900 S.W. 40th Street in Miami. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round.   

"South Florida is so full of interesting fruits and vegetables, it's exciting to learn all the different and easy ways to use them to maximize the health benefits and minimize the cost of eating healthy," said Art Friedrich, market manager.

In 2016, 24 FAB markets are partnering with FNP for Eat with the Seasons cooking demonstrations that enable participants to taste new items and learn new, healthy cooking methods featuring seasonal, Florida grown produce, and easy and affordable recipes.

The Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program is a statewide incentive designed to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) recipients to redeem their benefits at farmers markets to purchase fresh, healthy foods directly from Florida farmers. At participating markets, Florida Organic Growers matches what a SNAP cardholder spends with FREE Fresh Access Bucks - up to $20, every market day. Customers can use them right away or later on to buy Florida grown fruits and vegetables.

For example, a SNAP shopper who spends $10 of their SNAP benefits at a participating market receives an additional $10 to purchase fresh, local produce. Currently there are 28 farmers markets and 2 Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) participating in Fresh Access Bucks throughout the state. In addition to increasing the affordability and accessibility of healthy foods, nutrition education efforts at FAB markets is integral to increasing the purchase and consumption of fresh, local produce.

FAB is a program of Florida Organic Growers, a nonprofit that supports and promotes organic and sustainable agriculture through education, outreach and advocacy. Funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), FNP teaches low-income Floridians how to eat healthy and stay active on a budget.

It will be a fun and informative day at the Market, so please plan to join us!

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Great Park Summit 2016



The sixth Great Parks Summit is taking place Apr. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus. It is an opportunity to showcase the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 50-year plan for connecting Miami-Dade County communities. Using parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas, greenways, waterways and streets to bring people and parks together, the plan helps to solve some of our city’s most pressing problems.
What is the Great Park Summit?

The Great Park Summit was created as a platform for dialog about the missing pieces in our community, and what we could do to make it great. Today the Summit,  is an opportunity to showcase the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces 50-year plan for connecting Miami-Dade County communities. Using parks, public spaces, natural and cultural areas, greenways, waterways and streets to bring people and parks together, the plan helps to solve some of our city’s most pressing problems. The Summit will highlight innovative planning designs, current trends in the field of planning and will include experts from around the country who will share ideas and best practices in the fields of parks and recreation.

Who Should Attend?You! Other guests will include architects, real estate developers, recreation professionals, environmental organizations, elected and governmental officials, patrons of the arts and civic and community members.

What to Expect:
A new vision for what Miami can be! Plus, you will hear from compelling speakers who will get you think ‘outside-of-the-box’, interactive sessions that focus on the three pillars of Parks: Placemaking, Conservation, and Health and Fitness, and so much more!

For more information and to register, click here!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reminder: First Saturday Collection for Center for Women & Children


This Saturday is the First Saturday in October, and we will once again - as we do on the first Saturday of every month - hold a collection drive to assist the Center for Women and Children, supporting battered and displaced women and children in our community.

Please consider bringing and donating any of the following items, in new and unused condition, when you visit the Market on the First Saturday of every month:

  • Diapers and pull-ups
  • Any baby care products (powder, wipes, etc.)
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush(es), Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Lotions
  • Sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene supplies
  • Towels, Wash Cloths
  • Combs, Brushes
  • Twin-size bed sheet sets
  • Notebooks, pens
  • New board games
  • Granola bars or similar non-perishable and portable snack items
  • Individual portion cereal boxes
As a community organization, we believe that supporting those in need is part of our function, and even the smallest contribution can make a big difference.

Please look for the Donation Collection Box at the Information Tent when you visit us. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Yes, We're Open!


Tropical Storm Erika is expected to give us some wild and crazy weather, but not until at least late on Sunday and into Monday.

The Market will be open on Saturday, August 29th, as usual, from 9:00 am till 3:00 pm, and we look forward to seeing you!

Click here to see what's fresh!

Friday, August 14, 2015

This Week At The Market


What can you expect at the Market on Saturday? Lots! See you at Tropical Park, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm!

Our Vendors
 
 



Urban Oasis Project:

Summer Fruits this week-  Ganepes |Red Guava | Mamey | Longans | Avocadoes | Red & White Dragonfruit| Keitt Mangoes| Jakfruit |Passionfruit | Starfruit
From Verde Farm this week (all organic, our partnership with Carrfour Supportive Housing and The Homeless Trust as part of Verde Gardens Housing Community)- Watermelons | 3 kinds of basil | Red Dandelion Greens | Aloe | Rosemary
See more about Verde Community Farm and Market here- verdefarmandmarket.com
Various Organic Farms-  Curly & Dino Kale| Heirloom Butternut Squash| Red Beets| Sweet potato| Brown and White Rice from Sem-Chi|Eggplant| Zucchini Squash
Arrowhead Farm-  Pork Roast |Beef Liver| Bacon| Pork Chops | Ground Pork| Filet Mignon| Ground Beef| Fajita Strips| Kabob chunks| NY Strip|Ribeye| Sirloin steaks  Plus  Eggs from Bee Heaven Farm and Noah's Organics
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Baked by Rosie:

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Freakin' Flamingo Jams & Breads:

Breads this week will be "Cuban" Bread, Vegan Multigrain Bread, and ???. Still thinking about it....

+Renee Joslyn reminds her Jewish customers that Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, falls on Sunday, September 13th this year, and she will begin taking pre-orders for round, turban-shaped Challahs in 20 oz and 32 oz sizes, as well as traditional (and delicious!) Honey Cakes and Honey Cupcakes!

Come out and restock your jam and BBQ Sauce supplies, too! You can reach Freakin' Flamingo for pre-orders and special orders of breads and sweets at FreakinFlamingo@att.net
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Soy Naturals Essential Oils & Candles:

Dead Sea Salt Scrub back in stock! Dead Sea salts effectively treat many skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis to more everyday conditions as dry skin. Dead Sea salts soothe rashes, calm allergic reactions, and treat acne, they also detoxify your skin, drawing out dirt and impurities from each pore. Come by and pick up a jar this weekend at the market!
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Dreamtime Therapies:
Welcome Dreamtime Therapies to our Market!  Manuel will be providing table massages, sound therapy, and selling spiced hibiscus tea and cooling lemon grass tea, both iced.  Refreshing!
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Jamban Creations:

Featuring Dulce de Leche Blondies, this week in addition to their wonderful homemade Jamaican classics like Patties and Coco Bread! Their treats are legit!
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Café Luigi:

Lou will not be at the Market this week, but will return next week, when the Take Out Special will be: Rigatoni Pasta/Italian Sweet Sausage/Tomato Sauce for $8. Remember that Lou's Market Specials, fresh pasta, his famous Amaretti cookies, biscotti, salmon spread, or nearly any of his delicious products can be pre-ordered anytime by email: cafeluigi@att.net; phone/text: 305-582-8176; or on Café Luigi's Facebook Page, and orders must be placed by 5:00 pm on the Thursday prior to that week's Market.
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Don't Miss:



Freakin' Flamingo Jams & Breads

Jamban Creations Jamaican-Style Pastries


Viva Foods

Suarez Kitchen - Cuban Desserts

Coffee & Cream

Benny's Fresh Produce

Manel's Sri Lankan Cuisine

Captain Ampie's Sweet Delights


Live Plants and Herbs

Urban Oasis Project Produce

La Dulcera Empanadas

Plant Lady of Homestead


Rosy's Smoothies & Tamales

Vilma's Creations

Ray's Black Eye Pig Barbecue

Baked by Rosie

Daubar's Products

Dreamtime Therapies


Farmer Fred


 

...and much more!
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Reeny's Butterflies Blooms & Bees  will not be at the Market this week, but will return next week!

Café Luigi will not be at the Market this week, but will return next week!

Events & News


August Raffle!
  Fill out a FREE raffle ticket at the Market during the month of August, and enter to win a prize package (value $40+) from Freakin' Flamingo and +Renee Joslyn


Jams, Jellies, Breads, plus maybe one or two surprises await the August Raffle Winner, so make sure to fill out a FREE Raffle Ticket and deposit it at the Information Table every time you visit the Market this month!
 

Home Composting Workshops



Miami-Dade County's Public Works and Waste Management Department will soon host home composting workshops in cooperation with the Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension.
Read more about workshops.





Miami-Dade Adopt-a-Tree Program
The Miami-Dade County Adopt-A-Tree program is back, this summer! For information on this great environmental program, dates, and locations of "adoption centers", visit their page by clicking HERE.


Little River Coop Hands-On Workshop:
Introduction to Vegetable Gardening in South Florida


Little River Coop will have two 3-hour workshops at their nursery in September, covering your most burning questions on home gardening in our challenging climate! Topics include: choosing the proper location for your garden and soil, dealing with common pests organically, and everything you always wanted to know about tomatoes, but were afraid to ask!  Visit their website for more details and how to register.
 


Want to be a Vendor-For-A-Day?

Have you got extra tree fruit, like mangoes, avocados, starfruit? Is your garden overrun with mint, rosemary, or other herbs and vegetables? Don't let it go to waste! Come to our Market and sell your excess at our Community Table! Just send us an email at SWcommunityfarmersmarket@gmail.com by noon on any Friday before the Market, and we'll have a table ready for you. We'll even promote you right here in our newsletter and on our Facebook page!
 


Volunteers:

We're always looking for volunteers to give us a hand at the Market. If you know anyone who would like to volunteer for part or all of a Market day, please send them our way. From assisting at the Market Information tent, to helping vendors with set-up and break-down, to checking in customers' bicycles at a possible future "Bike Valet" station, or assisting customers with taking their purchases to their cars, we can use the help! Anyone who enjoys contact with the public, responsible teenagers who would like to accumulate community service credits toward high school graduation, Spanish-speakers who can help out translating for the non-Spanish-speakers among us - all are welcome!  Please have anyone interested in volunteering see Carl at the Urban Oasis Project tent or Annick at the Market Information tent.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Reminder: First Saturday Collection for Women's & Children's Shelter!


This Saturday is the First Saturday in August, and we will once again - as we do on the first Saturday of every month - hold a collection drive to assist the Center for Women and Children, supporting battered and displaced women and children in our community.

Please consider bringing and donating any of the following items, in new and unused condition, when you visit the Market on the First Saturday of every month:

  • Diapers and pull-ups
  • Any baby care products (powder, wipes, etc.)
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush(es), Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Lotions
  • Sanitary napkins and other feminine hygiene supplies
  • Towels, Wash Cloths
  • Combs, Brushes
  • Twin-size bed sheet sets
  • Notebooks, pens
  • New board games
  • Granola bars or similar non-perishable and portable snack items
  • Individual portion cereal boxes
As a community organization, we believe that supporting those in need is part of our function, and even the smallest contribution can make a big difference.

Please look for the Donation Collection Box at the Information Tent when you visit us. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Farm School MIA Now Accepting Registrations





From their newsletter:
 Farm School MIA

is now accepting registrations for its third semester semester...

About the Farm School

Learning to Grow Good Food Anywhere...Everywhere!


Farm School is designed to grow the next crop of regenerative (beyond sustainable) urban farmers who will learn to grow food at every scale (backyard to commercial) essentially enabling our local food system throughout South Florida. 


The Changing Face of Farming
Vibrant urban areas across the country are embracing food production as a way to create community food security and resilience. People of all walks of life are transforming urban landscapes, from the suburbs to the urban core by integrating food production. The challenge is that farming is a knowledge and skill intensive vocation.

Three Dynamic Courses

Farm School MIA is designed to address this challenge with three dynamic courses:
Building the Small Farm
, is the foundational course, where students learn to start a farm;
Diversifying the Small Farm
, teaches students to bring in various value-added enterprises into their farm business; and,
Perennials & Permaculture Design
, where students learn to incorporate perennial food systems into their farms.

Convenient Schedule 
At the Farm School, we recognize that participants have busy lives, so we organized the learning into convenient 12-week semesters (8 weeks during the summer). Each week, participants receive classroom-based instruction (weekday evenings) as well as hands-on skills-based learning (weekends). By the end of each course, they are ready to launch or expand their farm business.  

Who is Farm School for?
Farm School MIA is for anyone wanting to learn how to grow food beyond what's needed for their household. Whether you are seeking an alternative career, looking to create right livelihood, needing to bring food production into your current work, or wanting to launch or grow a regenerative business... this could be your way forward.
 

For Information on Farm School MIA and how to register, Click Here