Where do you live?
I live in Palmetto Bay.
How long have you lived in the area?
I have lived here my whole life, eleven years.
Please share about what you do for a livelihood or what keeps you busy during the week?
I am a sixth-grade student at Palmer Trinity School and love to play the Viola and to dance.
How often do you come to the market?
I come to the market every Sunday. I usually go with my neighbors Adrian and Mia or my friend Isa.
Do you have a market ritual? If so, please describe.
Yes, I do! Usually I get to the market and go straight to your stand to order a Jackson smoothie, and if you have it, guacamole. Then I walk around occasionally ordering a vegan empanada from Artichoke.
What is your favorite thing to buy at LNB Grovestand and why?
My favorite thing to buy is the Jackson smoothie and when it’s in season, the guacamole.
What have you made with ingredients bought at LNB Grovestand?
The only thing we make is our neighbors happy when we bring back guacamole.
What’s your favorite thing to buy at other stands?
We like to buy the Pink Panther Granola from Laurie’s Pantry, Bagel sandwiches from the Babe Froman stand, BBQ from the two guys at the end (Howie), vegan empanadas from Artichoke, and dog treats from the film maker boy.
I wish the market had:
More seating in the shade, live music, and I really wish Francais the baker would come back, I loved his chocolate croissants.
A+W: We miss him too. We loved his almond croissants!
Most-frequented local restaurants and what dish to order:
Town Kitchen and Bar – I love to order the duck dumplings.
What’s the area’s best-kept secret:
The bike path behind Deering Estate that goes over the Chinese Bridge.
A worthy splurge:
I love to go to Chilln’ ice cream and order the mint chocolate chip ice cream.
I usually like to swim in the rain or work on my Art 4 Apes submission. Art 4 Apes is an art contest during Art Basel that supports the Center for Great Apes.
What is Center for Great Apes?
The Center for Great Apes is a non-profit organization that rescues orangutans and chimpanzees from bad situations such as road side zoos, labs, the entertainment industry, and more.
When did you get involved?
It first started when my mom’s friend, Bill Steckley, introduced her to the CGA. Then when I was about five years old my mom took me to see the sanctuary. That was when I fell in love.
What do you do for the center?
On my sixth birthday I started asking for donations to the apes instead of presents. I also volunteer and participate in Art 4 Apes. I like to have lemonade stands with my friends. When I was eight I decided I wanted to raise $10,000 by the time I turned ten. I reached this goal at the age of eleven and I have now raised over $12,000.
What do you want the community to know about it?
Anyone can become a member and it’s really affordable, it also allows them to visit the sanctuary twice a year on member days. This makes a big impact.
What can others do to help?
The smallest things make the biggest difference. People can help by not supporting companies that use these animals in entertainment and avoiding products with palm oil. Palm oil is a common ingredient in many foods and hair products. It is bad because it causes destruction of wildlife habitats. Especially orangutan habitats in Borneo and Sumatra.