Dear The Genuine Kitchen readers,
You may have heard about Roots in the City Farmer’s Market facing closure under code enforcement from the City of Miami and the demonstration on the grounds today at noon hosted by Dr. Marvin Dunn, our partner in this urban green market. The Liberty City Farmers Market suffered a similar fate a few weeks ago.
We believe the City has demonstrated support by allowing our farmers market to get off the ground last spring with a temporary ‘special events’ permit, the only such clearance available to markets like ours. For the first time in South Florida, food stamps were accepted at an urban farmers market and their value doubled towards the purchase of locally grown produce. As a result, great things happened in Overtown, and our local family farmers we support at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink had an incentive to sell their product to those who need it most.
We would warmly welcome the type of code change that will allow small farmers markets the opportunity to bring locally grown foods into food desert communities like Overtown and Liberty City, and all Miami neighborhoods for that matter, to the benefit of community members who appreciate affordable access to healthier food choices.
We appreciate your continued support of this project and are positive about its future.
Michael, Michel, Jackie, and the Wholesome Wave/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink teams