by Olee Fowler for Miami Eater
Features 22-acre organic farm; employs formerly homeless residents of the community
Verde Kitchen has officially opened its doors inside the Verde Community Farm & Market in Homestead. The new café, located at 12690 SW 280 Street, is part of the Verde Gardens community, a 145-unit affordable housing project developed and operated by Miami-based non-profit Carrfour Supportive Housing.
The area includes a 22-acre certified organic farm, public farmers’ market and Verde Kitchen Café – all of which are staffed by the Verde Gardens community’s formerly homeless residents.
Leading the kitchen at Verde Kitchen is Executive Chef Adri Garcia, who is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Miami and previously worked for Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc. The menu features dishes like pizza, salads, fresh-squeezed juices, and cookies.
The market is operated by Urban Oasis Project, “a non-profit organization dedicated to making fresh, local food available and accessible to all.” And to help with that, the market accepts EBT Food Stamps and doubles the value of fruit and vegetable purchases so patrons can get more and for their buck for healthy items.
The café is open for lunch from on Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call 305-257-2005.
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