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Eating fresh in Miami: A guide to farmers markets

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 9:16:13 AM

The trend toward supporting locally grown, organic food markets has swept the nation, and Miami offers numerous options for travelers who would like to maintain their conscientious eating habits while on the road. Take your Miami car rental for a spin to check out the local farmers markets in Miami’s surrounding neighborhoods; while you’re on the road, you can take in breathtaking views of the coast, stop to shop in eclectic galleries and boutiques or pick up picnic supplies for an impromptu lunch after you’ve purchased your delectable treats.

Coral Gables Farmers Market
Mingle with the locals by driving your car rental in Miami to this community market nestled in the heart of one of the metropolitan area's most prestigious communities. Coral Gables offers fresh produce, coffee and baked goods, but the main attraction is a bulk herb stand where you can purchase individual herbs or blended aromatic spices. If you get there early, you can hone your cooking skills by taking part in free workshops offered by local chefs, and then mix and match your own ingredients to create personal twists on classic favorites.

Coconut Grove Farmers Market
Managed by Glaser Organic Farms, this market is a paradise for travelers adhering to vegan or raw diets. If you’re not vegetarian, don’t let the vegan emphasis dissuade you from driving your car rental in Miami out to try raw vegan desserts like ice “creams” made from coconut or almond milk, or quench your thirst with Thai coconut water. Ladies, remember your flats for this expedition; the market is set up on grass, and the ground has a tendency to stay soggy due to the rainy climate.

Pinecrest Farmers Market
Jump in your Miami car rental and plan on spending a day in Pinecrest Gardens, the home of one of the most diverse farmers markets in the area. Stay cool under the gorgeous banyan trees of the parking lot, and make sure to try the homemade guacamole made by local families. Food stands offer a wide range of options from organic vegetables to fresh crepes and ribs, while other vendors offer medicinal herbs and Tibetan teas. If alternative medicine has piqued your interest, you can purchase books on traditional healing and herbal remedies onsite as well. Make sure to have some cash on hand, since not all vendors accept credit cards.

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