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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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9th Annual Farm Day Open House

Sunday, December 22, 2013
11:30 am – 3:00 pm

* Activities *

Hay Rides, Scarecrow Making, and other activities for all the kids, young and young at heart.

* Farm Market *

Choose from locally-grown seasonal organic produce, dried tropical fruit, raw farm honey, heirloom tomato and veggie starts, strawberry plants, goat milk soaps, and other goodies for sale. We accept cash/credit/debit/checks and EBT/SNAP, and with Fresh Access Bucks – double your first $20 dollars of SNAP purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables.

* Live Music *

Featuring local singer-songwriter Grant Livingston

* Family Yoga *

The whole family is invited to a 45 minute multi-level yoga class on the front lawn from 11:30-12:15. Taught by certified yoga instruction Meldy Hernandez, RN, MPH. Bring your own yoga mat or a large towel. Suggested class donation $10.

* Food *

Food and a raffle ticket $10.

Chef Caryl Zook, local organic chef and friend of the farm will prepare fresh-from-the-farm food, served buffet-style. The Cantankerous Chef Robert Barnum will roast Redland-raised corn from a local family farm at the campfire circle.

* Fundraiser *

Retiring Extension agent Dr. Mary Lamberts is holding a fundraiser for Cesar Contreras, husband of farmers market organizer Melissa Contreras. Mary has donated her delightful collection of vegetable-themed tchotchkes that she has acquired over the course of her career. They’ll be set up on a table with a donations jar. Choose your favorite collectible and please be generous! Cesar has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and his medical bills are escalating. The family does not have health insurance.

Location:
Bee Heaven Farm
19000 S.W. 264 St.

Directions:
From southbound on US 1, turn west (right) on Bauer Drive (S.W. 264th St.), and go approximately 5 miles. The farm is 1/3 mile west of Redland Road (S.W. 187th Ave.) on the left side. Look for the farm sign and flags. Please angle park on the swale and walk on in.

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Farm Day 2012

8th Annual Farm Day Open House at Bee Heaven Farm

Come to the country! Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, December 23, 2012
11:30am – 3:00pm

* Hay Rides and other Activities *
For all the kids at heart

* Farm Market *
Locally-grown seasonal organic produce, dried tropical fruit, raw farm honey, heirloom tomato and veggie starts, and other goodies for sale.

* Live Music *
With local singers Jennings & Keller

*Food*
Chef Keith Kalmanowicz’s Love & Vegetables Community Pop-Up Café featuring fresh-from-the-farm food lovingly prepared and served buffet-style.

A suggested donation of $10 to help cover food costs and provides support for the Bee Heaven Farm internship program. Your donation includes a raffle ticket for door prizes. Extra raffle tickets are available at  5 for $20.

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

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First, the Miami Herald mentioned the 7th Annual Farm Day at Bee Heaven Farm in its Thursday food section, right at the top of page 2. Then Short Order posted the news. (And it was also posted on this blog.) “Oh no,” Farmer Margie worried out loud. “How many people are coming? A thousand?” She didn’t know what to expect. A couple years ago, over 300 people showed up for Farm Day, and her five acre farm felt crowded.

But the feared stampedes didn’t come, and if you stayed away for that reason, you missed out on some laid-back country fun. About 250 people came to hang out, eat, listen to live music, go on a hay ride, build a scarecrow, and shop at the farm market set up inside the barn. There you could find all kinds of fresh produce, honey, salt, and rice — all local and most organic (honey and salt can’t be certified organic). Outside, people browsed through a heirloom tomato plants. It was a gorgeous day — sunny but not too hot, and with enough breeze so it didn’t feel too humid.

Families brought kids of all ages. There were lots of stroller size babies. Plenty of young engineers rigged up scarecrows out of PVC pipe sections, old clothes and hay.

The biggest thrill was the hay ride. Kids and their parents perched on bales of hay loaded on a trailer hitched to the green John Deere tractor. Every 20 minutes, Farmer Margie took them for a tour. They rode at a leisurely two miles an hour as they circled the farm. Margie pointed out flats of tomato seedlings, compost piles, bee hives, avocado groves and different things growing in various vegetable beds. As soon as one ride was over, another group of kids and parents climbed aboard, staked out their seats, and waited patiently for the next ride. Margie and her tractor went around and around the farm a bunch of times that day.

Dim Ssam a GoGo, one of the nationally renowned food trucks from Sakaya Kitchen, was set up near the barn. (It was recently featured on Anthony Bourdain’s new show, The Layover.) The menu featured dragon tongue heirloom beans prepared by chef Mac in the special SK way with lots of chopped ginger and a hit of soy sauce. They went very nicely with my favorite, roasted brussels sprouts. (Never liked brussels sprouts before, but now this is the only way I’ll eat them, with soy and ginger, so good!).

People ate sitting on bales of hay at tables set up in front of the barn. Nearby was a tent and platform set up for local folk musicians Jennings & Keller, formerly of Homestead’s now departed Main Street Cafe. They performed at last year’s Farm Day also.

The Real Sorbet food cart was popular too. Owners Nick and Tessa Mencia were offering tastes and scooping up cupfuls of their handmade frozen fruit treats. The featured flavor was Black Sapote, made from fruit grown not too far away from where the cart was standing. Their concoction included chopped hazelnuts, almond milk, cocoa and a hit of espresso. It made for an interesting, mocha-ish flavor, but the dark earthy flavor of black sapote could have been stronger. Tessa said their specialty is vegan, non-dairy sorbet made with local fruit in season (some flavors may contain nuts or alcohol).

At the end of the party, Farmer Margie raffled off a rare, discontinued Smith & Hawken BioStack Composter. She fished it out of her secret stash in the barn somewhere. They haven’t been seen in stores in years, and are a coveted prize. Anyone who donated $5 got a chance at winning it. Miracle of miracles, the lucky winner was Roly Masferrer. And Bill Dickhaus won the produce box stuffed full of fresh veggies. Congratulations Roly and Bill! If you bought a ticket and didn’t win this year, come back next year and try again, while there’s still composters left.

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7th Annual Farm Day at Bee Heaven Farm

Sunday, December 18th
11:30am – 3:00pm

Activities: 

* Make Your Own Scarecrow (and take it home), and other fun stuff
* Hay Rides – For all the kids at heart
* Farm Market – Featuring locally-grown seasonal organic produce, dried tropical fruit, raw farm honey, heirloom tomato plants, and other goodies for sale
* Live Music – with local singers Jennings & Keller
*FoodSakaya Kitchen Chef Richard Hales will feature his famed Dim Ssäm à Gogo Food Truck AND his new Baketress Dessert Truck plus Tessa & Nick Mencia’s Real Sorbet Food Cart, using natural & local ingredients for the best sorbet. Bring $$ for this amazing food!

Your $5 donation helps support our farm internship program, and includes 1 chance to win a Smith & Hawken BioStack Composter- a $129 value (if you can find one anymore). Extra raffle tickets available at 5 for $20.

Directions:

From southbound on US1, turn west (right) on Bauer Drive (SW 264th St), and go approx. 5 miles. The farm is 1/3 mile west of Redland Road (SW 187th Ave). Look for the farm sign & flags on the left hand side of the road.

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A farmer’s life is not always hard work. The farmers I know like to take time off to party, and they always have good food! This past Sunday was Farm Day, the annual open house at Bee Heaven Farm.  The weather was glorious, sunny but not too hot and not too humid. CSA members and friends of the farm were invited to hang out for the afternoon. Over 100 people showed up, mostly families with children, to eat good food, listen to live music, build scarecrows and go on hay rides, and socialize with fellow fans of the farm. For hard core locavores, this was a rare chance to visit the very place where their food comes from.

Lining up at Dim Ssam a GoGo.

New this year was Dim Ssam a GoGo, the food truck from Sakaya Kitchen. Chef Richard Hales and two assistants were on board filling orders as quick as they could. Chef Richard worked his pan-asian magic on various vegetables provided by Farmer Margie. I recognized eggplant, radishes, cucumber, bok choy and garlic chives from the heavy boxes delivered to his restaurant a couple days before. They reappeared grilled and roasted, and in the form of kimchee. The line at the truck was crazy! It went from here to way over there! Later, I saw various people going through the line a few more times. Maybe the truck had to be empty before it could leave?

Grant Livingston

People sat on bales of straw and ate at tables in the sun outside the barn. It was close to the food and the coolers full of homemade herbal teas — lemongrass, roselle, and allspice berry. From there you could watch kids building scarecrows and listen to live music. Grant Livingston was back to charm us with his songs and stories about life in Florida. He sings and plays guitar in a laid back folk style, and his catchy tunes have gentle humor and poetic turns of phrase.

It takes a village to build a scarecrow.

Scarecrow building was popular from previous years, and you never know what kind of straw people kids and parents will create. Lengths of pvc pipe and connectors, plus old clothes and lots of straw were set out. First you make the skeleton out of pipes, and then you build the body by stuffing clothes with straw. The challenge is to make a head somehow. Bags usually work. The best part was that you could take your scarecrow home with you to protect your garden.

Hayride around Bee Heaven Farm.

Farmer Margie gave hay rides with the green tractor and a trailer loaded with bales of straw. People sat on the bales and watched the farm go by at three miles per hour. Margie circled the property and pointed out different things growing here and there. The ride was extremely popular this year. As soon as it was over, more people climbed aboard the bales and staked out their spots. Yes, they sat there waiting for 20 minutes until the next ride! More, more!

Raw food chef Pam Molnar admires watermelon radishes.

Inside the barn, a small farmers market was set up. If you haven’t been out to Homestead, Overtown or Pinecrest Markets, it was a fair representation of what you’ve been missing. A long row of tables zig-zagged along one wall, loaded down with produce. Fruit was on one end — passion fruit, tart “tangy-rines”, starfruit, avocados, red grapefruit, black sapote, and papaya. Greens and herbs loaded down the other end — yukina savoy, mixed salad greens, lettuce, arugula, garlic chives, dill, sage — and interesting vegetables in the middle — eggplant with funny appendages, watermelon radishes that have white flesh with a red center, globe radishes, dragon tongue beans, and maybe the last of the green beans for a while because of the last freeze. A lot of this stuff you just won’t find in the stores.

Wings, grilled eggplant, kimchee, pulled pork sandwiches and crispy duck wraps.

Back to the food from Dim Ssam… It was amazing! I tasted a variety of things. Juicy chicken wings with a soy-honey-ginger-pepper sauce that was not too hot but definitely flavorful. Kinchee made with French breakfast radishes, cucumber, bok choy and cilantro provided by the farm, and chunks of garlic, pickled in a peppery sauce that had a slight fermented kick. Grilled eggplant with garlic chives and a soy-based sauce. Pulled pork sandwich with a pinkish, zippy “kimchee” sauce. Crispy duck wrap with crunchy veggies, amazing sauces, and wreathed in fresh cilantro. Everything was so delicious, I wanted one of each from the truck, but my belly ran out of room. So leftovers went to James, the farm’s Intern Composter, who was wandering around hungry for food scraps, and happy for a taste of Sakaya cooking, yum!

Happy winners of the coveted composter.

The afternoon wound to a close with the raffle. A Smith & Hawken Biostack Composter was up for grabs. There were a fair number of entries, and people were excited and hopeful to win it. (Apparently this particular composter does a good job, but is rare as hens teeth.) The Sebesta family won the composter, and Nancy B. won a box of produce. Winners, enjoy your prizes in good health!

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Farm Day at Bee Heaven Farm

Come to the country! Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, December 19th * 11:30am – 3:30pm

Activities:

*Make your own scarecrow (and take it home)
* Hay Rides
* Farm Market featuring locally-grown seasonal organic produce, dried fruit, raw farm honey, heirloom tomato plants, veggie & flower plants for sale
* Live Music with local singer/songwriter Grant Livingston

*Food Sakaya Kitchen‘s Dim Ssäm à Gogo Food Truck
Chef Richard Hales will be preparing dishes using local ingredients. Bring $$ for this amazing food!

Your $5 donation helps support our farm internship program, and includes a chance to win a Smith & Hawken BioStack Composter – a $129 value

Directions:

From southbound on US1, turn west (right) on Bauer Drive (SW 264th St), & go approx 5 miles. The farm is about 1/3mile past Redland Road (SW 187th Ave). Look for the farm sign & flags.

Bee Heaven Farm accepts credit/debit and EBT cards.

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