Our business is seasonal and we are currently in our off season (from May - August) so we don't have many opportunities to visit, buy from, or interact with our farm or nursery. We've noticed that new customers have a hard time figuring out where to visit us, or how to buy produce, so we had our friend Beth illustrate a map of our spaces to help clarify who we are and where to find us. We've also put together a Frequently Asked Questions list based on the most popular questions we got this past season, check it out if you have any questions or need more info about what we do. We do our best to communicate clearly about our events, farm, produce, gardens, and plant nursery however we realize that because we do so much stuff in so many places it can get confusing! We've also created an online calendar in the hopes of helping our community keep track of and participate in all the programming we have to offer.
Our urban farm is a 3 acre property located in Biscayne Gardens and is not regularly open to the public. We host our farm incubators at this property, and its where we grow cut flowers for market and select crops for our CSA program. During winter we host two open house events at the farm so that the community can come explore our fields, and we host regular volunteer hours there too, so if you'd like to see the farm your best bet is to either lend a hand on a volunteer day, or keep an eye out for the Open House events. We also host our Bee Workshops, and some of our kids cooking classes there!
The Farmers Market
We have been participating in the Legion Park Farmers Market (formerly the Upper East Side Farmers Market) for 4 years now and we love our market and the vendors and customers who have spent years sweating it out helping it grow to the bustling community hub it has become. Located inside Legion Park, on Biscayne Boulevard and 66th street, the market is our main selling location from November - April and your chance to buy freshly harvested produce from our farm. Over the years our booth has grown too and we now sell not just produce from our farm but also produce from other small diversified local organic farms, eggs from Cowart Ranches, Zak the Baker Sourdough bread, local honey, fresh cut flowers, vegetable starts and tropical friendly edible plants, organic seed packets from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, edible flowers, and more! The farmers market is also where our Legion Park CSA members pick up their veggie shares weekly. Farmer Muriel, Farmer Tiffany, Chris French of French Farms, and Sawyer the farm dog all work at the market every Saturday so its our big moment for new customers to come meet us and for old ones to say "Hi" and stock up on sustainably produced goodies for the kitchen and garden. Legion Park Farmers Market is open year round, every Saturday from 9am-2pm.
Our nursery, formerly located in Little River but now based in Allapattah, is our businesses headquarters more than it is a retail plant nursery. The nursery isn't open to the public regularly however we do offer appointments to come shop or explore every Monday or Friday through our main growing season. We also host a number of festive plant sales on Saturdays & Sundays from October - May with changing inventory based on the season. Our nursery is also home to Public Hives beehives, our large exhibition garden, our specialty edible flower crops and it hosts many of our workshops including our season appropriate gardening workshops, kids cooking classes, and more! Next season we are hoping to make this space more accessible to the public with regular opening hours and opportunities to source some of our favorite gardening products like trusted organic fertilizers, pollinator friendly organic pesticides, potting mix, gardening tools, more seed options and even some cool containers for all you balcony gardeners out there.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Id like to come buy produce from the farm because I work on Saturdays and cant attend the market, how can I do that?
A: Staying focused on our farming tasks and keeping our days organized are crucial to our small farming operation which only works for us financially when we can efficiently operate our harvest and sales system, so we don't offer opportunities to buy produce from anywhere but the market and on any days besides Saturday. We realize thats restrictive and may make it so that some people cant access our produce, however we have limited time and resources and have figured out how to make a big Saturday farmers market booth work for our small business.
Q: I am a chef at a local restaurant and I want to buy your produce, how do I go about doing that?
A: Due to the size and nature of our farm we only sell produce to a very small handful of committed local restaurants, however we are always open to new relationships. We sell most of our produce, and that of our sister farm French Farms, at the Saturday market and we are always hoping to have chefs come shop at the market, especially those who want small amounts of high quality product. We deliver to chefs on Wednesdays and Saturdays with a minimum order of 150$ from November - May. If you'd like to learn more contact farmer Tiffany at (305) 336 0722.
Q: I tried to go to your farm open house that I saw advertised on instagram but I used google maps and ended up at the wrong place! What gives?
A: Sorry about that! Because our farm isn't open to the public we don't have it listed online, but whenever we have events there we always include the address in the instagram post or email. We know it can be tricky to keep track of our spaces and events, and we're trying our best to clarify for all of you who are paying attention. Whenever we post on instagram about the market, workshops, or plant sales happening we always geotag the location and mention it by name in the post. Before coming to an event please take a moment to check our post again for the proper information; we hate to disappoint people who end up at the wrong location, and the correct and thorough information is always there for your to reference!
Q: You're a nursery so... do you sell grass?
A: Haha! We're just including this one because it was our #1 most asked question we received from google customers. As you can imagine based on what we do, we DO NOT sell grass aka sod at our nursery. As a matter of fact, if you're looking to plant grass in your yard may we recommend planting natives, pollinator friendly flowering plants, or perennial tropicals instead!? Alternatively, perennial peanut is a hardy leguminous ground cover that might be right for your yard.
Q: Im interested in starting a vegetable garden in my yard what are the steps to take to get your companies help with that? Can you come look at my yard and tell me how to get started?
A: There are a number of ways to get our help with your home garden based on your budget and your needs. We offer beginner gardening workshops throughout the growing season starting in September, which is a useful and affordable way to get help planning and starting your garden. If you'd like a more customized educational experience we offer home garden consultations which are basically private classes where we plan your garden or talk about your specific gardening needs or issues. They last 2 hours, cost 125$ and come with a printed syllabus for you to keep full of information and resources. If you'd like us to do all the heavy lifting we can fully design, install and plant your home veggie garden for or with you. Email us at Mail@littlerivercooperative.com and please include your address (so we can creepily use google earth to check out your backyard), some photos of your yard, and a little bit about what you're hoping to do grow and we will get back to you shortly with a plan and some numbers!