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Farm Day fun! Collage by Margie Pikarsky

Farm Day fun! Collage by Margie Pikarsky

10th Annual Farm Day at Bee Heaven Farm

Come to the country * Fun for the whole family * Bring friends!

Sunday December 21st * 11:30 am to 3 pm

Farm Food * Activities * Hay Rides * Farm market and nursery

Live Music * with local singers Jennings and Keller: Fusion Folk Americana

Yoga in the Corral * with CSA member Sheelah Davis of OM Brew Yoga

FREE ADMISSION * Food $10 * Yoga $5 donation * Bring cash. Drooling is free!

We accept credit/debit/SNAP for purchases.

Directions:
From southbound on US1, turn west (right) on Bauer Drive (SW 264 St.) and go approx. 5 miles. The farm is about 1/3 mile west of Redland Road (SW 187 Ave.) Look for the farm signs and flags on your left. Please angle park on the swale and walk on in.

 

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Some of the assorted produce available this time of year.

Some of the assorted produce available this time of year.

Pinecrest Farmers Market
Sundays 9 am to 2 pm

Location:
Pinecrest Gardens
11100 SW 57th Ave.
Pinecrest FL 33156

It’s that time of year again, when Bee Heaven Farm/Redland Organics appears for the season at the Pinecrest Farmers Market. Bee Heaven offers the best in fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable produce. Look for their big white tent! Check out these items that are available now:

Awesome Veggies: purple and striped eggplant, arugula, mizuna, 2 kinds of kale, collards, bok choy, yukina savoy, baby bok choy, sweet green bell, cubanelle, poblano and jalapeno peppers, fennel, dandelion greens, sunflower greens, lettuces, cucumbers, beets, red turnips, kohlrabi, cherry and grape tomatoes, daikon, watermelon radish.

Father and daughter shopping for cukes.

Father and daughter shopping for cukes.

Savory herbs: scallions, cilantro, curryleaf, allspice, garlic chives, lemongrass, flat Italian parsley, dill, cilantro, hoja santa.

Bean Bonanza: green beans.

Delectable Fruits: black sapote, canistel, carambola, GREEN papaya (for Asian salads and cooked dishes), passionfruit, sugarcane.

Other assorted goodies: local farm honey, fresh pollen, herb teas, dried Fruits of Summer, Florida Sem-Chi organic rice, Florida Keys Sea Salt, Flair’s Fayre goat milk soaps, and assorted tomato and herb seedlings.

Come early for best selection! The market is located in the parking lot near the front entrance of Pinecrest Gardens. See you there!

Farmer Margie Pikarsky, and husband Nick.

Farmer Margie Pikarsky, and husband Nick.

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Dinner in Paradise, January 26, 2014. Photo by Kelly Samardak, Shortstackphoto.com

Dinner in Paradise, January 26, 2014. Photo by Kelly Samardak, Shortstackphoto.com

Announcing the 2015 Dinner in Paradise season line up! The New Generation of Chefs in Miami!

This season’s line up was inspired by Gabe Orta (Broken Shaker) who posted on Facebook: “Happy to see so many friends and colleagues opening great restaurants and bars all over town. Exciting to see a new generation of Miami hospitality finally here #letsdothis.”

It is very exciting for Dinner in Paradise to be a venue to give this new generation of chefs greater exposure. Who are these chefs and what are they up to? Let’s find out where their creative expression takes you! You will want to experience the entire season. It’s not just dinner, it’s an experience!

January 11th
* Cesar Zapata: The Federal
* Todd Erickson: Haven South Beach
* Giorgio Rapicavoli: Eating House Miami

January 25th
* Gabriel Orta & Elad Zvi: 27 Restaurant & Bar
* Kris Wessel: Oolite Restaurant & Bar
* Diego Oka: La Mar at Mandarin Oriental

February 1st
* Adrianne Calvo: Chef Adrianne’s
* William Crandall: Azul/Mandarin
* Andrew Gilbert: The Seven Dials

March 1st  Plant Based
* Keith Kalmanowicz: Love & Vegetables
* Enrique Ruiz: Temple Kitchen
* Billy Devlin: Basil Park

March 14th  Edible Flower Festival (Saturday)
* Eric Do & Chef Jose Luis Flores: Toro Toro
* Todd Phillips: mixologist

March 29th
* Aaron Brooks: Edge Steak & Bar
* Mike Pirolo: Macchialina Taverna Rustica
* Gabriela Machado: Contrabando

April 12th
* Sean Brasel: Meat Market
* Timon Balloo: Bocce Bar/Sugarcane
* Dena Marino: MC Kitchen

April 19th
* Najat Kaanache: Piripi Miami
* Danny Grant: 1826 Restaurant & Lounge
* Jacob Anaya: OTC

April 26th.
* Jodrick Ujaque: Chefs on the Run
* Richard Torres: Bread & Butter
* Nicolas Cabrera: Coya Restaurant & Bar

Please arrive at 5 p.m. for a cocktail reception,  followed by a farm tour, dinner and bonfire. (Arrival time changes to 6pm on March 14th).

For reservations, visit paradisefarms.net. Each dinner is $165.50 per person + tax. Reservations are required. Buy a table of 10 and get one seat free. Buy a season of 9 and get one free. GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE.

Paradise Farms would like to thank the event’s generous, long-term sponsors including Whole Foods,  Strategic Importers, Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Lucini Italia and  Brustman Carrino Public Relations, as well as DIP co-founder Michael Schwartz.

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Brooklyn Brewery MASH

Join Brooklyn Brewery’s MASH Tour for A Celebration of South Florida Ingredients: Artisans, Growers, Chefs, and Musicians on Sunday, October 26th at 3:00 pm, held at Paradise Farms.

Meet the Makers
Share a Brooklyn Brewery beer and local delicacies with featured artisans from Kombulicious and Bee Heaven Farm.

Farm and Brewery Tour
Get to know your Paradise Farms farmer and learn how your food is grown on a private tour with Gabriele Marewski.

Feast
Savor a family style meal created by Chefs Cesar Zapata from The Federal and Andrew Gerson from Brooklyn Brewery.

Family friendly. Smoke free.

Tickets:
$55 for adults, and kids under 10 are free. Please leave pets at home.
Available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/698015

Dinner on the Farm creates unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farms, chefs, breweries, and food entrepreneurs dedicated to good, sustainable food. Through our roaming culinary events, we work to connect people back to the land and to the farmers and artisans who are making our communities a better place to live. We host year-round events dedicated to good food.

To get an idea of what the farm dinner is like, watch this video of a farm dinner held at a scenic, family owned pig farm. (However, since Paradise Farms is meat free, no animals will be harmed at the Redland dinner!)

Location:

Paradise Farms Organic
19801 SW 320th St.
Redland FL 33031

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GrowFest! vendors

Vendors and exhibitors participating at GrowFest! this year.

Casey’s Corner Nursery – Native foliage for sun or shade, short or tall.
http://www.plantrealflorida.org/professionals/detail/16

Community Arts Cool Ties – Under the sun, we’re all one.
http://www.communityartcoolties.com/

Dade County Farm Bureau – The voice of Dade County agriculture.
http://www.dade-agriculture.org/

Edible South Florida – Exploring our foods, our stories, our community by season.
http://ediblesouthflorida.com/

Envy Botanicals – Carnivorous plants. https://twitter.com/envybotanicals

Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Division of Plant Industry – Works to detect, intercept and control plant and honey bee pests that threaten Florida’s native and commercially grown plants and agricultural resources.
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry

Florida Organic Growers – Supports and promotes sustainable organic agriculture and provides solutions to the issues facing farmers, families, and everyone in between. http://www.foginfo.org/

Gaby’s Farm – Gourmet tropical fruit ice cream and sorbet.
http://gabysfarm.com/

Going Bananas – Family owned and operated nursery/grove is exclusively devoted to growing many varieties of banana plants and tropical lychee trees.
http://www.going-bananas.com/

Hani’s Mediterranean Organics – Goat milk, goat cheese, goat milk ice cream, Mediterranean cuisine http://www.localharvest.org/hanis-mediterranean-organics-M29177

Homestead Hospital 
http://baptisthealth.net/en/facilities/homestead-hospital/pages/default.aspx

JackPot – Fabric growing containers.
http://www.betterroots.com/

Mango House – Miami’s Mango Mama, Jen Karetnick, displays all things mango: cook book, art, clothing, artifacts.
http://upf.com/book.asp?id=KARET001

Margarita’s Fruit Trees – Tropical fruit trees

The Miami G.R.O.W. Project – Growing, teaching, feeding our community.
http://www.miamigrowproject.org/

Micro Hill Farms – Organically grown microgreens, sunflower shoots, pea tendrils and wheatgrass. http://www.localharvest.org/micro-hill-farms-M62483

Miguel Bode Honey – Local raw honey, pollen, beeswax

Native Conch – Delicious conch fritters

Paradise Farms Organic  – Home of Dinner in Paradise
http://paradisefarms.net/

Redland Organic Herb Farm – Specializing in organic potted herb and vegetable plants.  http://www.redlandorganicherbfarm.com/

Rochelois Jams – Exotic fruit  jams, jellies and chutneys made from local tropical fruits.
http://www.rocheloisjams.com/

Slow Food Miami  – Supporting good, clean and fair food.
http://www.slowfoodmiami.org/home.htm

Teena’s Pride CSA – Ultra fresh vegetables grown on a multi-generation family farm.
http://www.teenaspridecsa.com/

Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Society (Fruit & Spice Park fruit display) – Selling vanilla ice cream with toppings made from park fruits.
http://www.fruitandspicepark.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=84

UF/IFAS Extension Office  – Solutions for your life.
http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/index.shtml

The Urban Farmer – Hydroponic farming, organic and naturally grown.
http://theurbanfarmerflorida.com/

Urban Oasis Project – Making fresh, healthy, local food accessible to ALL!
http://www.urbanoasisproject.org/

USDA-NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service – Agriculture conservation, Farm Bill 2014
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/

Verde Community Farm and Market – A 22 acre organic farm and market, teaching formerly homeless families how to run a farm.
http://www.verdefarmandmarket.com/

Whole Foods Market 
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

 

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Demos, Workshops & Presentations


Saturday, October 18

11:00 am          Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way Growing Herbs
11:00 am          Mango Poetry
11:30 am          Hungry for Justice documentary screening
1:00 pm            Properly Pruning Fruit Trees
1:00 pm            Mango Poetry
1:30 pm            Managing Vegetable Crops:
From Commercial Industry to Backyard Gardens
2:30 pm            Rain Barrel Workshop (Barrel cost: $40)
2:30 pm            Wild Edible Plants of Florida

 

Sunday, October 19

10:30 am          Plant Propagation
10:30 am          The Slow Food Ark of Taste
11:00 am          Mango Poetry
11:30 am          Hungry for Justice documentary screening
1:00 pm            Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way Growing Herbs
1:00 pm            Mango Poetry
1:30 pm            Good Bugs/Bad Bugs in Your Edible Landscape
2:30 pm            Vegetable Oddities
2:30 pm            Rain Barrel Workshop (Barrel cost: $40)

 

Saturday and Sunday All Day activities:

Kids’ Activities / Ag in the Classroom
Master Gardener Plant Clinic
Community Art  *SUNDAY ONLY*
Light Bulb & Shower Head Exchange (Must bring old ones)

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A celebration of all local things edible, green, and growing

Hosted by Bee Heaven Farm / Redland Organics

Heirloom Tomato & Vegetable Seedlings
Fruit Trees * Growing Information
Local Food * Live Music
Park Tours * Giveaways * Kids’ Activities
Demos & Presentations

Browsing through a sea of seedlings in the heirloom tomato section. (GrowFest! 2012)

Browsing through a sea of seedlings in the heirloom tomato section. (GrowFest! 2012)

Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014
10:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Fruit & Spice Park
24801 SW 187 Ave, Redland FL 33031

$10 cash at gate * Kids under 12 free
Free tickets for military at Vet Tix 

 

Heirloom tomato seedlings. (GrowFest! 2012)

Heirloom tomato seedlings. (GrowFest! 2012)

GrowFest! is about connecting the dots between the farm or garden and the dinner table. It’s about providing the knowledge and materials to grow, forage, buy, prepare, and eat good, local, seasonal food. Engaging the public, encouraging and giving them the tools to grow some of their own will enable them to gain a better appreciation of what it takes for farmers to produce the food we all eat, and whet folks’ appetite for the best, healthiest, and freshest produce.

Start your gardens! Get your seedlings, fruit trees and companion plants. Bee Heaven Farm will have over 100 varieties of heirloom tomato, veggie and hard-to-find herb seedlings. There will be fruit trees, native, and companion plants to promote beneficial insect habitat and gardening supplies. SNAP/EBT dollars can be used for buying veggie seeds and seedlings. And those dollars will stretch twice as far, courtesy of Florida Organic Growers’ Fresh Access Bucks double-value program, to get those gardens growing!

Teresa Olczyk and Jeff Wasielewsky from the UF/IFAS Extension office.

Teresa Olczyk and Jeff Wasielewsky from the UF/IFAS Extension office. (GrowFest! 2013)

Questions about growing? Answers here for backyard growers, urban farmers, small and big farms. The UF/Miami- Dade County Extension Office is our local source for growing information tailored to our subtropical South Florida climate. Check out our presentations, workshops, and demos. There will be special emphasis on organic and environmentally friendly practices, and establishing building blocks for healthy eating.

Chef Jon Gambino makes pizza the way the old Italian guys taught him. (GrowFest! 2013)

Chef Jon Gambino makes pizza the way the old Italian guys taught him. (GrowFest! 2013)

Want to learn how to prepare healthy food? See local chefs use fresh local ingredients to create fun and tasty dishes, school lunches, and snacks. Pick up copies of awesome books highlighting local foods, like Local Flavor: Recipes Raised in the Florida Redland. Grab a hot-off-the-press copy of Edible South Florida Magazine’s Fall issue, chock full of information.

Cuckita “Cookie” Bellande and her daughter of Rochelois Jams.

Cuckita “Cookie” Bellande and her daughter of Rochelois Jams.

Enjoy fresh, great locally-grown food! Tired of that same old fair food? Our food vendors showcase locally-grown Fresh From Florida and Redland Raised ingredients. Local cottage food and artisanal producers will share their stories and sell their goods.

Watch screenings of “Hungry for Justice” a documentary about social justice issues for agricultural workers presented by Florida Organic Growers.

Explore the park! The only tropical botanical garden and public park of its kind in the U.S., the Redland Fruit and Spice Park hosts over 500 varieties of tropical fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts and edible plants. If you’ve ever been to the park, you know what a nice place it is to visit and learn about the amazing variety of edible plants you can grow in South Florida.

Enjoy Music Bluegrass tunes by The Redland Pickers and chill vibes by Satori Kings each day at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Daily Prize drawings each day at 1:15 pm and 4:30 pm. Paid and VIP admission includes a raffle ticket for a chance at some great door prizes!

 

(L to R): Margie Pikarsky, Nick Pikarsky and Louise King of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association (GrowFest! 2012)

(L to R): Margie Pikarsky, Nick Pikarsky, and Louise King of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association (GrowFest! 2012)

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