Verde Gardens is a Carrfour Supportive Housing community, built in partnership with the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, that houses 145 formerly homeless families and includes an adjacent 22-acre certified organic farm and a farmer’s market & eatery. The Verde Community Farm & Market is administered by The Urban Oasis Project, a not-for-profit whose mission is “Making fresh, local food available and accessible to all.”. The main purpose of the Verde Community Farm & Market is to provide affordable, fresh produce and healthy menu items and to create income-producing opportunities for the formerly homeless residents of Verde Gardens. All proceeds go towards infrastructure, education and salaries in support of healthy food and employment of the Verde Gardens community residents. Now they officially opens Verde Kitchen Cafe. Here is more information about Verde Kitchen Cafe :
According to Eater :
“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.” written by Olee Fowler.
According to Urban Daddy :
“You’ll find it situated on the corner of a 22-acre farm. With wooden bins filled with veggies, rustic picnic tables dotted with herbs, homemade jams for sale. Just the kind of place you might want for… Lunch. From a Thomas Keller vet. On the menu: pulled-pork sandwiches and peanut butter cookies made from scratch. Feel-good fact: the kitchen here helps formerly homeless residents hone skills they can take out into the workforce. So by eating a sandwich here, you’re aiding humanity. Heck of a sandwich. Take-home provisions. Like dragon fruit, eggplant and sweet baby basil from their farm. They’ve even got a “vegetable butcher” ready to clean and slice your goods.”
Stay tuned at Miami City Social for more information.