At the Market: Earthly pleasures

Organic, vegan, raw, gluten-free are on the menu at Inika Foods

Inika Foods gluten-free raw fruit tarts' creamy filling is made with cashew nuts and the crust is molded from Brazil nuts and dates.

Photo by JENINE C. OUILLETTE

Inika Foods gluten-free raw fruit tarts' creamy filling is made with cashew nuts and the crust is molded from Brazil nuts and dates.

Inika Foods cupcake batter is made with almond flour and oven baked.

Photo by JENINE C. OUILLETTE

Inika Foods cupcake batter is made with almond flour and oven baked.

Marco Island Farmers Market's newest food booth, Inika Foods. The menu board lists many healthful foods including vegetarian and gluten-free items.

Photo by JENINE C. OUILLETTE

Marco Island Farmers Market's newest food booth, Inika Foods. The menu board lists many healthful foods including vegetarian and gluten-free items.

Inika Foods, chef and owner Nina Minnerly and son Justin, give  Marco resident Phyllis Goranson the spanakopita she purchased while Dee Todhunter and Joyce Alger look on.

Photo by JENINE C. OUILLETTE

Inika Foods, chef and owner Nina Minnerly and son Justin, give Marco resident Phyllis Goranson the spanakopita she purchased while Dee Todhunter and Joyce Alger look on.

Sometimes the name of a business reflects its purpose. Inika, which means “little earth” in Sanskrit, naturally describes Inika Foods, the newest vendor at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Inika Foods is Broward-based organic, vegan, raw and gluten-free catering and prepared food business owned and operated by Nina Minnerly, and her adult children, Justin, Nicole and Natasha Minnerly.

“We just launched our new catering business from a licensed restaurant kitchen in October and then branched out to a booth at the Farmers Market in West Palm Beach. The vendors there suggested we look into Marco Island, describing it as one of the best farmers markets in all of Florida, and we — Justin and I — opened here on Jan. 5,” said Nina, adding that her daughters would be working here also.

Nina related that she owned a similar deli in Boulder, Colo., before the family moved to Florida a few years ago, and now she wanted continue on the same path.

“We specialize in organic foods, vegan and raw and a lifestyle that we believe supports farmers who grow locally available organic produce. We added gluten-free because its benefits, like vegan, are many, and you don’t get the artery-clogging cholesterol — 75 percent of our product is made of organic ingredients,” declared Nina, noting the health benefits of organic produce are that the body can absorb natural vitamins better than those manufactured in supplements.

Inika Foods products menu reads like a natural food lovers dream, and it’s conveniently divided into categories, from salads, soups and savories to quiches, grill sandwiches, and dips that include all those Middle Eastern noshes everyone loves, such as baba ghanoush, and even a spinach, feta cheese hummus to name but a few of several hummus listed. A miscellaneous list offers a spring roll with peanut sauce and stuffed grape leaves.

A few of Inika’s best-selling goodies include Southwestern quinoa embellished with organic corn and black beans and spiced with cumin. A breakfast burrito is stuffed with sun-dried tomato tortilla, scrambled eggs, potatoes, piquant tomato salsa and hormone-free cheddar cheese. What’s not to love about a broccoli and cheddar knish made with eggs, butter and pastry flour?

Last but not least, there’s a tidy list of naturally sweetened desserts, such as gluten-free vegan cupcakes and baklava. A raw desserts selection varies but recently it was a fresh fruit and berries tart with a date and Brazil nut crust. Calorie free? C‘mon now, but definitely tasty and healthy. It doesn’t get any better!

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