Fresh, Local Produce. For Everyone.

Noon at Roots in the City today. Business as usual in Maggi's Garden picking kale, but far from it across 10th Street at the market plot.

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.

Love,

Michael, Michel, Jackie, and the Wholesome Wave/Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink teams

In the Genuine Kitchen with… Frank McGee, Roots in the City Grower

Frank shows off his Georgia cane syrup. Hedy approved.

He had us at “cracklin’ bread.”

I’m speaking of Frank McGee, Dr. Marvin Dunn’s new grower at Roots in the City who is taking over responsibility of the day to day management of this Overtown non-profit’s urban garden plots.  Maggi Pons can now focus on sales and marketing for Roots’ growing produce business — and get her feet more wet in projects like reviving Phillis Wheatley Elementary’s edible school garden and her role as farmers market manager. Yay, we get more Maggi time!  Always a good thing.

When Michael and I met Frank for the first time about a month ago, at Roots’ new warehouse (which happens to nuzzle Phillis Wheatley’s athletic field on NW 20th Street and Northwest 1st Place,) he  talked a big game: stewed tomatoes, collard greens, ribs, and that heavenly sounding pork cracklin’ bread, made in a skillet on the stovetop.  No sooner did the words escape his mouth that Michael extended an invitation to Frank to join us one Saturday in the MGFD kitchen to see what all the hype was about.  That Saturday was yesterday.  Suffice to say that Frank walks the walk!  Check out his skills in the video we produced below.

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