The list of things to do on Coconut Palm Drive continues to grow as REDLAND FARMERS MARKET joins the FRUIT and SPICE PARK, KNAUS BERRY FARM and PHIL’S BERRY FARM. Still in its infancy, the Farmers Market potential to grow is apparent once you take the time to visit. At present, there are only a few booths but the produce and crafts are unique to say the least. I interviewed several booth owners:
V & B FARMS run by my longtime friend Pam Vick operates out of her son Tommy’s farm. They specialize in PESTICIDE FREE PRODUCE. This is a step closer to the “Garden of Eden” since nothing unnatural touches their products. Every Saturday before sunrise Pam is picking to ensure the freshness goes right to your table. Yes, you can taste the difference!
Next to Pam was a craft and health care booth. While the gentleman sells his handmade items he shares the space with Torri who displayed a variety of items made from the Neem Tree. Soaps, lotions, candles are just a few of the products displayed for sale.
Moving on down the line was Dee Dee who offered native plants and bonsai gardens. Got juiced at the next display where Tyra, who manages the market, let me sample a variety of juices using Carambola, (Star Fruit), as a base. Loved the one mixed with Ginger! Trya also had some organic Pepper Jelly that I hope to try on my next visit.
Lets not forget another produce booth that featured Organic Vegetables and Free Range Eggs. There are a large variety of locally produced items to choose from with no imports to be found.
Visit the Redland Farmers Market any Saturday located at Redland Junior High at 162nd Avenue and 248th Street. Open from 8AM to 5:30pm. For additional info or booth space call Tyra at (305 992-2769