It’s taken a while, but the shiny revamped kitchen and cafe at Verde Community Farm and Market in Homestead is now open for business – that is, many businesses. They’re a cafe and juice bar serving dishes made from organically grown produce from their farm, a year-round market selling produce, a nursery selling plants, a commercial kitchen, even a cut-flower market.
“We’ve signed on chef Adri Garcia to create a lunch menu using produce grown on the farm for the restaurant,” says Bill Squire, market manager. One of her creations is Sunshine Rolls, tangy buns packed with citrus zest, a healthy take on sticky buns. The cafe, open for lunch Tues. through Sat., also features pizza, sliders and juices, smoothies and fruit pops made with local mango, coconut, dragonfruit, and other fruits. Dishes are made with an eye toward healthy eating – but, also, tastiness. “We’re hiding the healthy element behind delicious,” says Squire. It’s a true farm-to-table atmosphere in the cafe – communal picnic tables at the breezy cafe surrounded by crates of freshly picked produce and nursery plants.
Even in the summer heat, farm manager Chuck Lyons is growing produce at Verde’s fields a few blocks away, including … Read More