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Read Florida Food & Farm’s Winter Issue

We’re excited to announce that our Winter Issue is now available on newsstands and online. In this issue, we feature: Palmetto Creek Farms – Avon Park farmer claims the finest-tasting pork is from happy pigs. Chocolate: From Bean to Bar – Single-source cacao beans roasted in-house make a world of difference in Castronovo Chocolate products. Caviar – From Florida? Two farms prove it doesn’t take a snowy landscape to produce quality fish eggs for this gourmet delight. Recipes: Can Do – Don’t waste those extra CSA vegetables, or garden goodies, because you can’t get to them. Pickle them now, and...

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Highlights from Florida Food & Farm in 2015

Can you believe that it’s already 2016? That makes it a perfect time to drink a Bloody Mary (as Jan. 1 is National Bloody Mary Day), reflect on the past year and to put an action plan together to make 2016 ridiculously amazing. While we’ve already had that Bloody Mary (and yes, it was darn delicious), our team meeting and have a roadmap for this year set up, we take this time now to look back at Florida Food & Farm and where we’ve come since our very first issue. Let’s relive the memories together. Chef Daniel Boulud looks over beans grown by Darryl Swank at Swank Specialty Produce in Loxahatchee. He prepared the beans in a chef’s luncheon on the farm. (Fall 2014) South African native Clifford Morris is sustainably raising shrimp at Florida Organic Aquaculture he runs in Fellsmere. (Fall 2014) A state treasure, Robert Moehling runs the popular Robert is Here produce market in Florida City. (Spring 2015) Beekeepers around the state are fighting a number of battles to keep bees and, in the process, help food production. (Spring 2015) Mahi-mahi is among the more prolific fish found off Florida’s coasts; it appears on most Florida menus. (Summer 2015) Dozens of varieties of heirloom mangoes are grown in South Florida backyards and in commercial groves. (Summer 2015) Tequesta Brewing Co.’s  Chancellor Ale is a top seller wherever it’s sold. Linda...

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Kai-Kai Farm Tours with the area’s hottest chefs

What better way to spend the afternoon than with one of your favorite chefs on the farm. Kai-Kai Farm, located in Indiantown, is making this happen with their monthly chef and farmer tours on the farm. Not only will you surround yourself with farm fresh produce at Kai-Kai and arouse your senses, but you’ll also go behind the scenes and will leave with a better understanding of Kai-Kai’s growing practices. To make your tour even better, you’ll be joined by Farmer Diane and one of the hottest chefs in the area (the chef changes each month), who will teach you how to take simple ingredients and make them the star of your table.  So mark your calendars now for this incredible series of tours on the farm. What: Farmer & Chef Tours of Kai-Kai Farm Where: Kai-Kai Farm, 8006 SW Kanner Hwy, Indiantown; (772) 597-1717 When: 2nd Wednesday of the month (Oct – May) Cost: Free Schedule Oct 14 – Chef Rasheed Shihada, Olive Oil of the World Nov 11 – Chef Frank Eucalitto, Cafe Chardonnay Dec 9 – Chef Jason Stocks, District Table & Bar Jan 13 – Chef Eric Grutka, Ian’s Tropical Grill Feb 10 – Chef Levent Yurdatap, Ocean Bleu March 9 – Chef Tim Lipman, Coolinary Cafe Apr 13 – Chef Adam Brown, The Cooper May 11 – Chef Rick Mace, Cafe Boulud For updated information on this series of events, visit...

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Flagler Village Farm Designed by Architect as Model for a Network of Urban Farms

When life hands you lemons, what do you do? You build urban farms. At least that’s what architect Michael Madfis did when he contracted retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that is slowly stealing his eyesight, leaving him legally blind. Unable to continue as an architect, Madfis, originally of Newton, Mass., decided to apply his expertise to the process of farming in residential areas. He chose farms because they are relatively inexpensive, and have a more positive impact on the environment than buildings. His goal is to create a network of sustainable, urban farms, easily copied, as part of the developing local food system in Broward County. Madfis founded the company Ft. Lauderdale Vegetables with his daughter Hayley in 2009, just as she was finishing her graduate work in urban planning. He streamlined all the elements needed to build a farm, including how-tos for getting permits and city approval with the least amount of red tape, and providing needed growing guides. Using experience he gained when he helped develop franchises such as Tony Roma’s, the Ritz-Carlton, Denny’s, and DryClean USA, he hopes to brand the farm company the same way. Madfis has created numerous urban micro-farms. One of his earlier efforts was the well-publicized 110 Farm, on the roof of the 110 Tower in Ft. Lauderdale (since dismantled). He’s used each farm’s plans as another block of knowledge to...

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Culinary Incubator Wynwood Yard Opens in November in Miami’s Wynwood Art District

Culinary incubators seem to be popping up all over lately; Miami is about to get its first, smack dab in the most trendy, artsy area of the city. But it won’t be just about food. Wynwood Yard is the brainchild of 2014 Harvard Business School grad Della Heiman, who’s working toward a grand opening in November. She intends for it to be a community gathering place, and also a farm-to-table garden (literally). In it, she hopes to seed and grow not only food-oriented startups, including her own Della Test Kitchen, but also fitness-, art- and design-centered ones. There will be a bar, covered outdoor seating, art and design displays, and an additional educational/community events component, as well as an architectural anchor. Its setting is four grassy, adjoining, residential lots at 70 N.W. 29th St. in the Wynwood Arts District. The space will host four food kiosks or food trucks, of which two are already aboard; more participants are being sought. The first “cohort,” as Heiman terms the entrepreneurs who will make up the “collaborative ecosystem,” will operate for several months (exact interval to be determined), when they’ll have an opportunity to sell their business concepts to a group of investors, real estate developers and other business owners. A brain trust collaborative Heiman also is assembling some fellow Harvard Business School graduates to form a brain trust that will assist...

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A Penny Pincher’s Take on Epcot Food & Wine Festival at Disney World

  Hilary Carmichael, a resident of Okeechobee, wrote this for Florida Food & Farm. It’s that time of year! The EPCOT International Food & Wine festival is now under way. Time to make my plans for the seventh year running. My first time at the festival came about by accident about six years ago on a day trip to Disney World. Retired, and living alone in sleepy Okeechobee, I confess I get bored here in what is otherwise God’s country. But Orlando’s an easy two-hour drive up the turnpike. And driving to and walking around EPCOT is something I don’t mind doing alone. I’m on my own schedule, with no one else’s preferences to answer to. During the first visit to EPCOT during the festival (it runs continuously through mid-November), I was a bit put off by the prices of the little food and drink samples. My Scottish side screamed at me for paying $4 to $5 for food tastings – only slightly bigger than the samples given out at Costco for free. On the other hand, the little New Zealand lamb slider and the mini Greek spankopita I chose as my first food choices were admittedly very tasty – just enough to whet my appetite instead of satisfying it. The small plastic “glasses” of wine ranging between $4 and $7 were also a bit hard to swallow, knowing I could...

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Homesteading Meet-Up Group Takes Root in Treasure Coast

Rosemary Caspary keeps bees, raises shiitake mushrooms, creates mosaics and stained glass to decorate her kitchen, grows her own vegetables and herbs, experiments with permaculture, makes her own soap, and generally enjoys working in her house and garden. “I’ve always wanted to be an artist, and from a young age, I repurposed things and was into plants,” she says of her childhood in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She also learned to cook from her mother and grandmother, and remembers making dandelion wine in the spring. But her father wanted her to do something more practical with her life. “That’s why I became a dietitian,” she says. “I thought the term ‘Homesteaders’ was appropriate because it can refer to whatever you are doing in your home, or just outside in your yard.” Now that she’s retired and living in Stuart, she’s focused on the cooking, gardening, and artwork that she’s always loved. Being relatively new to the area, she hoped to find like-minded people willing share their home-centered passions, talents, and do-it-yourself skills. That was her impetus for starting the Treasure Coast Homesteaders meet-up group. “I thought the term ‘Homesteaders’ was appropriate because it can refer to whatever you are doing in your home, or just outside in your yard,” she says. “That way, it includes so many different activities and doesn’t limit you to rare fruits or herbs or butterflies,” she...

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