posted Dec 30, 2009, 7:23 PM by Melissa Contreras
Our famous monthly potluck for December was a special holiday treat, at Bee Heaven Farm for the annual Farm Day, in the Redlands, Miami-Dade County's historic agricultural district. Great fun was had by all! Cesar was the firemaster, keeping a roaring tropical hardwood fire going all day, for an endless supply of glowing embers upon which delicious corn was roasted on the cob. Zucchini halves, sliced lengthwise, were grilled to creamy perfection and dunked in cantankerous chef Robert Barnum's special bagna cauda. Melissa helped with the farm stand, selling local, organic veggies and fruits, and taking an occasional sip of the delicious tropical fruit wines made by Robert Barnum. There was lots of antidesma wine to go around, as well as food! Local, organic food like (Redland farm raised) smoked tilapia and avocado canapes, a big pot of yummy collard greens accented with Piper betel leaf, avocado and tomato salad, lemongrass tea, cake with cas guava icing, so much more! Diana brought her mom, so did Bill, Scott brought American beautyberry jelly (mmm), Cindy and Richard enjoyed walking the farm. It was 55 degrees out, and plenty cold for us tropical folks! Yuhfen and David brought ratatouille and remarked how they had not yet lost their cold resistance from their former Illinois home. Ian and some of the FIU Garden Club students rode their bikes to the farm, about 15 miles! We froze at 55 degrees with layers and scarves. Glad we had that fire... Speaking of fire, after most people left, we watched the "Art Loves Farms" young artists experiment with glass sake bottles which they turned into expressions of art and fire. Marian Wertalka documented it and will post the experience to her blog, Redland Rambles.
Farm Day at Bee Heaven Farm
Come to the country- fun for the whole family!
Sunday, December 20th
11:30am - 3:30pm
Visit our certified organic, genuine family farm.
Hay rides, make your own scarecrow, meet your farmers and fellow CSA members, bring a dish to share,
bring the kids, bring your friends, enjoy live entertainment, sample dishes made using local ingredients,
farm stand sales of seasonal produce, dried fruit& rubs,
raw farm honey, herbs, heirloom tomato plants
your $10 donation will help support our internship program
as well as our 'Art Loves Farms' young artists