farmers-market_web.jpgMIAMI — A series of farmers markets is opening in upcoming weeks as part of a campaign to bring affordable fresh produce to Miami-Dade communities.

They include a market at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, 6161 NW Ninth Ave., which is managed by Urban Greenworks. Organizers will hold the grand opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, which will include the pouring of libations.

The TACOLCY market will hold weekly workshops featuring topics such as how to “winterize” your body to using food as a way to deal with chronic diseases, along with music performances and other cultural activities.

A market will open Friday, Dec. 2, in Brownsville in unincorporated Miami-Dade, off the Metrorail station at the new Jesse Trice Community Health Center at Northwest 22nd Avenue and 54th Street. This market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays  through March and its activities will include monthly food demonstrations coordinated by Youth L.E.A.D., a local nonprofit that seeks to encourage young people to adopt healthy, sustainable behavior and advocate for food and environmental justice in their communities.

The Overtown community will have its own market, the Roots in the City farmers market, which will open on Jan. 6 and run through May. It will be located on the northeast corner of Northwest Third Avenue and 16th Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roots in the City Coconut Grove, a farmers market in another Miami community, will open on Jan. 7 on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Douglas Road. It will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. also through May.

And the Urban Oasis’s Upper Eastside market, which has been open for some time now in a historic section of the city, will now offer food demonstrations coordinated by Youth L.E.A.D. and food cart vendors.

On Dec. 10, the Upper Eastside market will host a health fair in conjunction with the Miami-Dade County Health Department. It will  feature eight community and health organizations that will conduct screenings, hold consultations and hand out information.

Youth L.E.A.D., which is playing a major part in the activities of these markets, will conduct monthly food demonstrations at the Upper East Side and Brownsville locations on the first market day of each month starting in December.

Also, Youth L.E.A.D.’s teen apprentices will work at the markets to learn life and job skills.

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