MIA: Why Verde Kitchen Cafe Satisfies Our Organic Craving

Everyone is excited about farm-to-table eating right now, and nothing is quite as close as Verde Kitchen Cafe, where ingredients are grown and served on the farm.

Located in Homestead, the farming mecca of South Florida, Verde Kitchen Cafe runs a 22-acre certified organic farm where all fresh produce is for sale and can be enjoyed at the cafe.

Executive Chef Adri Garcia wanted to redefine the term “fast food” by making food quickly, without compromising the quality. Garcia uses only produce from the farm for dishes, which does makes dishes a bit more challenging, but the end result is definitely worth it. It also means dishes are vegetarian.

There is something on the menu for everyone, however and options include delicious pizza (Verde Pesto Pizza is a hit!), burgers, sandwiches, and of course.. from the greenery haven itself-salads!

produce market

Any given weekend, you’re sure to find people of all ages enjoying a natural fruit smoothie, because let’s face it, nothing is better than an ice-cold smoothie on a blistering hot day- which Miami is famous for.

Some come for the organic lunches, others come for a day on the farm, but what they all have in common is that they are here to break out of their ordinary routines.

Whether in the grocery store or in restaurants the label “organic” usually means higher prices, but not here. A meal at Verde Kitchen Cafe won’t hurt your wallet. Dishes start at $5 and top out at $12- which is another advantage of literally eating on the farm.

Verde Market interior

If sitting on rustic benches surrounded by rows of crops eating organic meals isn’t enticing enough, Verde Kitchen Cafe is also operated by a non-profit organization, Urban Oases Project, which is dedicated to making fresh food available and accessible to all.

Verde Kitchen Cafe isn’t just about health and wholeness, it has a philanthropic component and profits are used to improve the homeless community by training and hiring members to work both in the farm, and market.

eggs marketVerde Kitchen Cafe is open for lunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Verde Kitchen Cafe | 12690 S.W. 280th St. Homestead, FL 33033 | (305) 257-2005 | www.verdefarmandmarket.com