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Gabriele Marewski is an Innovative Farmer.

Local organic farmer Gabriele Marewski was recognized with the Florida Innovative Farmer Award at the 2012 Small Farm and Alternative Enterprise Conference this summer. (She joins Eva and Chris Worden of Worden Farm, organic growers in Punta Gorda, who were given the same award in 2010.)

Gabriele owns and operates Paradise Farms Organic, which is known for the Dinner in Paradise fine dining series every winter/spring. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner series is donated to small local non-profits. This season, Urban Greenworks and Slow Food Miami will receive donations. (Events are the main way that the community can visit the farm, which is otherwise not open to the public.)

In addition to dinners, Sunday morning brunches and occasional farm tours, Paradise Farms has branched out to other ventures, and recently started offering a venue for “sustainable, organic weddings” on the farm. Several cabins are available for B&B overnight stays.

The farm is also venturing into the realm of value-added foods. “We have a large 3’x3’ 24 shelf dehydrator where we are making teas from our edible flowers,” Gabriele said. In addition,”We have received a Value Added Producer Grant from the USDA to dehydrate our oyster mushrooms into a delicious healthy snack for school vending machines.” (The mushroom snacks are still in the focus group tasting stage.) And of course, Gabriele has made a name for herself growing microgreens and edible flowers for high-end restaurants.

Paradise is innovative in that it’s not only an organic farm, but also strictly vegetarian. Meat and meat products are not allowed on the property, whether they be dinner ingredients or farm nutrients. Gabriele is determined to keep it that way. “Vegetarianism is the single most important act to save our planet as it take lots of resources to produce commercial meat and is the biggest single pollutant of our waterways.”

The Innovative Farmer Award is a joint venture by the University of Florida and Florida A&M University to assist the state’s small farms, which are defined as having sales of less than $250,00 a year, and represent more than 90 per cent of all farms in Florida.

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It’s media week for Redland’s organic farmers! See Gabriele Marewski and her luscious summer fruit from Paradise Farms featured on Deco Drive on Tuesday. The produce is the star at Elemis Spa, where they use it in various concoctions to make your skin and body glowing and beautiful. Watch (and read) here:


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May 13th, 2012
11:00 am – Farm tour
12:00 pm – Lunch

This is the last Brunch in Paradise for the season! It’s is an ideal outing to celebrate Mother’s Day. Begin with a light tour of the farm by owner Gabriele Marewski. Then enjoy a delicious upscale family style meal made with local organic products, sourced as much as possible directly from the farm. Each brunch features fresh eggs, homemade yogurt, fresh seasonal fruit, and mimosas prepared with South Florida flair by Chef Kira Volz.

$53.00 for adults, $15 for children under 12 + tax and processing fee. Free for children under 2. Online reservations are required. 

For information email Info@paradisefarms.net or call 305.248.4181

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About 50 people registered for the Slow Food Miami Farm Bike Tour last week. It was a pretty good day for a bike ride, and even better for munching your way around the neighborhood.

The Miami Herald sent a reporter/photographer, who took pictures at Bee Heaven Farm and Paradise Farms. Some pictures are published in the Homestead/South Dade print edition of Neighbors today. Or, look online to see a slideshow of the event.

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Sunday April 29, 2012
Cocktail reception at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm

Sergio Sigalia (Cecconi’s)
Paula DaSilva (1500˚ at Eden Roc)
Thorsten Leighty (Eden Roc)

Enjoy the last Dinner in Paradise of the season!  Paradise Farms hosts a five course meal prepared by local celebrity chefs in the same beautiful natural setting where the fresh ingredients are grown, for a truly unique artisanal dining experience in a lush tropical setting.

Tickets are $165 + tax and processing per person. Online reservations are required, no later than Saturday 12 noon. Dress is upscale casual.

For more information email Info@paradisefarms.net or call 305.248.4181

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Sunday April 22, 2012
Registration: 8:30 am
Tour: 9 am – 1 pm

Slow Food Miami and Bee Heaven Farm have collaborated to organize the Farm Bike Tour, a fun locavore family event in observance of Earth Day. Start by registering at Bee Heaven Farm, then follow a 12-mile route that takes you on a tasting tour of three other local farms. Show up at the various stops and get a bite and something to drink (better than trick or treating, and you don’t have to dress up). You’ll also get to see a pretty part of farm country and visit various farms that you might not ordinarily get to see.

Begin at Bee Heaven Farm, where farmer Margie Pikarsky will start you on your way with fresh berries, black sapote muffins and herbal iced teas. Next stop is Paradise Farms, where farmer Gabriele Marewski will offer mango smoothies and small bites. Then cruise over to Teena’s Pride, a family owned 500 acre farm known for its heirloom tomatoes, where you can take part in a tomato tasting. Next stop is Fancy Koi 2, an aquaculture farm where they grow not only koi and other ornamental fish, but also the very tasty tilapia, which you will get to sample. Then, finish the tour and come back to Bee Heaven to cool off with Gaby’s Farm ice cream and sorbets, made with local tropical fruits, and frozen lychees (Mother Nature’s own popsicles) from LNB Farms.

Adults: $30 – Children under 12 free
Buy online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/237345
More info: Renée 888-580-4480

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Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami
4th Annual Tropical Brunch in the Redland

Sunday April 15, 2012
11 am to 2 pm

The Miami chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is holding their Fourth Annual Fundraising Brunch deep in the heart of Redland. Come for the delicious tropical food and drink, and stay to bid on lavish auction lots. It’s all for a good cause. This year’s Tropical Brunch will help fund nutrition and cooking education for local kids, and underwrite school vegetable gardens.

The feast is a locavore’s delight, presenting locally grown fruits and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, fruit breads and pastries, and various ethnic specialties. Paradise Farms is providing greens for the salad bar and edible flowers. Teena’s Pride, famous for its ginormous, flavorful heirloom tomatoes is providing tomatoes and cucumbers for the gazpacho. And there will be microgreens from Swank Farms, just to name a few of the local growers involved. Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery will pour their tropical fruit wines, along with their newest craft beers.

The menu draws its inspiration from MMMMiami: Tempting Tropical Tastes for Home Cooks Everywhere, authored by Dame Carole Kotkin and Miami Herald food editor Kathy Martin. (The book is out of print but there’s still a few copies to be had on Amazon.)

Orange-Tomato Gazpacho

Salads & Cheese Board
Shrimp Citrus Ceviche, Calypso Chicken Salad, Tropical Couscous Salad
Redland-Raised and Fresh from Florida field-ripened vegetables and greens
Aged Cheddar, Bonne Bouche, Cacciotta Brinatta, Manchego and Tetilla
Assorted breads, crackers, fruit and tapenades

Finger-lick’n Spare Ribs with Guava Barbecue Sauce and Mixed Cabbage Slaw
All-American Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Pickle
Arroz Campesino Paella of Chicken, Pork & Sausage with Corn and Roasted Red Peppers

Cooked-to-order with a choice of ingredients, including:
Mushroom, Onion, Scallion, Spinach, Tomato Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese, Ham

Cooked-to-order Sweet Potato Pancakes with Chantilly Cream
Silver Dollar Pancakes with Florida Strawberries

Roasted Plantain Cake with Toasted Coconut, Mango Ice Cream
Piña Colada Cheese Cake, Orange Bundt Cake, Key Lime Pie
Guava Linzer Torte, Triple-Chocolate Brownies, Lemon Biscotti
Florida Strawberries with Whipped Cream

Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Brewery signature wines, sparkling wine and craft beers
Coffee, fresh Florida orange and grapefruit juices

(Gluten-Free dishes available upon request)

Les Dames president Ariana Kumpis will also give a cooking demonstration. Guests will dine al fresco at shaded picnic tables by the waterfall, and live easy listening music by Jukebox Joe Tunon will set the mood.

The best part is a Silent Auction with something for everyone. Some of the items to bid on: brunch at Paradise Farms, Sustain restaurant gift certificate, Monkey Jungle family passes, food baskets, wine lots, gourmet coffees, and a Breville espresso maker.

Schnebly Redland’s Winery
30205 SW 217 Ave
Homestead FL 33030

Adults: $45 advance / $50 at the door
Children (5-12 years): $15 advance / $20 at the door
Buy tickets online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/235515
or call 305-531-0038

Specially priced winery and brewery tours, tasting and commemorative glass at day of event. Payment at door only: $12 pp.

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