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Would you Rent a Hen?

You find yourself at the farmer’s market every week, making a beeline to your town’s “egg guy.” Maybe you even have notions of raising backyard chickens yourself, following a national trend. However you’re either a) restricted by neighborhood rules, or b) too lazy. If you live in Central Florida, Don Huntington has the answer. Huntington happens to raise chickens – happy hens and roosters that roam a 25-acre pasture all day – along with his cows, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, and goats. From him, you’ll get eggs, which are as natural as any you’d retrieve from your own yard birds. The catch is – you’re renting his hens. Sign a paper stating that you’ll rent two hens weekly, for $2.50 apiece. “I’ll take care of them, and you’ve got visitation rights,” he says. Ultimately, from “your” hens, you’ll reap one dozen farm-fresh, unpasteurized eggs. Most customers forgo the visits; they just show up at Lake County’s Clermont Farmers Market on Sunday morning. There, Huntington swaps the eggs for “rent” payment from a trailer that’s designed to look like an old-fashioned red barn. The rental agreement is to keep things legal. Under a somewhat murky law, fresh, unpasteurized eggs are not allowed to be sold for human consumption; they’re intended for pets only. The 50 dozen eggs he has packed generally sell out by 11 a.m. So Huntington supplements the business...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for last minute shoppers

While some people get their holiday shopping done early, it doesn’t quite work that way for everyone — and last minute shopping just seems to be the way to go. Instead of dealing with the holiday crowds, why not shop from the comfort of your home — and get your loved ones tickets to an upcoming culinary event taking place this winter? Here are our suggestions for you: Jan 7-17, 2016: Uncorked – Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival Enjoy a taste of the Keys at this year’s Uncorked. This 10-day celebration will include a variety of activities for every palate...

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Henrietta Bridge Opens as First Urban Farm in West Palm Beach

Henrietta Bridge Farm opens this weekend after much planning and a collaboration with the city as West Palm Beach’s first urban farm. The gates open Saturday, Nov. 7, marking the beginning of the first year of full operation. A new crop of fresh, sustainably-grown produce such as squash, greens, tomatoes, and a variety of peppers will be for sale to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 1.5-acre farm sits on land at 1400 Henrietta Bridge Avenue leased from the city – a lot that sat vacant for 12 years. Just minutes from City Place, it is light years away from the shopping mall in a community surrounded by lower-income residents. “It’s been a long road, but we are making it happen and are very appreciative of the city’s support,” said Stewart Bosley, founder of Urban Growers, and former New Yorker who championed this cause for more than six years. “We are going to be able to help feed this community fresh, healthy food, and in the process change lifelong habits that have contributed to serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hyper-tension and obesity that exist in the low-income community.” One of three farms planned Henrietta Bridge Farm is the first of the Urban Growers Community Farms projects designed to provide fresh produce to communities that do not have access to a grocery store within a 2-mile radius....

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Bean Scene Florida Is All Vegan Market in Boynton Beach

The new Bean Scene Florida vegan market in Boynton Beach, held the first and third Thursdays of the month, began with a bowl of vegan chili. “We had vegan chili cookoff in April in Lake Worth, and more than 700 people from all over showed up. We were amazed at the response, considering we put the entire event together in less than 30 days. So it got us thinking,” said Nina Kauder, a private chef specializing in vegan, vegetarian and plant-based dishes. The lack of vegan choices in any market was frustrating her and fellow private chef Sarah Steinberg, a vegan since the age of 13. She and Kauder would often commiserate while searching for foods to satisfy vegan clients. So after the success of the vegan chili cookoff, the chefs came up with the idea of a totally vegan market. The Bean Scene Florida was the result. Floating it past the vendors, the response was overwhelming. “All the vendors who came (to the chili cookoff) said it was the best event they had done, including traditional green and farmers markets.  They said they felt marginalized at the other markets, while here, it was a totally different vibe,” Kauder said. “We’ve looked around at other cities – there’s nothing like it.” So they decided to create an all-vegan market. Vegan refers to any foods or goods made without any...

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Two Year Anniversary Celebration at East End Market

Orlando’s East End Market, a hub for central Florida’s artisans, chefs and food entrepreneurs (as well as a feature in our current issue) will celebrate it’s two year anniversary from Fri., Oct. 30 thru Sun., Nov. 2, 2015 with a weekend of activities — all with a Mexican theme.  From a Midnight Market to a Family Fiesta, there will be something for everyone. So come on out and support your favorite chefs, farmers and artisan producers from central Florida — and congratulate East End Market on two years of success. Oct. 30 Midnight Market 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. at East End Market Cost: $42.60 (buy now) East End Market will kick-off the weekend’s festivities with a midnight market on Thursday evening. Since the weekend coincides with Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the market will feature a Mexican theme bringing you Mexican food, recipes, music and salsa dancing.  To get you fully into the spirit, guests are encouraged to dress in costume.   Oct. 31 Family Fiesta 12 – 5 p.m. at East End Market Cost: Free Enjoy a family fiesta at the market on Saturday afternoon, an event that is perfect for the entire family. Guests can prepare for their trick-or-treating adventures by participating in the face painting, making their own masks or flower crowns, and dancing to Mexican folk music. Nov. 1 Día de la...

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Verde Farm & Market Adds Kitchen to Program Helping Former Homeless

by Janis Fontaine An unusual remedy to our nation’s “food desert” problem – getting fresh fruits and vegetables to distressed neighborhoods – is being tested in a pilot program in Homestead. The 50 acres that house a working farm, farmers market, and new kitchen used to be part of Homestead Air Force Base. Verde Community Farm & Market with its new cafe, called Verde Kitchen, and juice bar opened in June. Much of the food served in the cafe is grown on the 22-acre farm and harvested by employees who are residents of Verde Gardens, the adjacent community. Verde Gardens is a 145-unit residence for formerly homeless families. It was developed in 2011 by Carrfour Supportive Housing, a nonprofit developer, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. The innovative project, which provides housing for homeless families who have a disabled family member, also offers support services and opportunities for its residents so they can become self-sufficient. Open-air farmers market The project’s state-of-the-art market is a 5,000-square-foot open-air structure with 25-foot ceilings and huge doors overhead rolling doors. “They originally thought farmers would drive their trucks in there and sell produce – like farmers have time for that,” quips Bill Squire, Verde Market’s operations manager. Instead, the market will buy produce from local farms and sell it, using only residents of the Verde Gardens community to work at the market....

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Anna Maria Fish Company Leads the Way in Bottarga Revolution in Cortez Florida

Ed Chiles and Seth Cripe are leading a bottarga revolution in Cortez, Fla., one of the only remaining fishing villages on Florida’s gulf coast. Cortez is located on Sarasota Bay in Manatee County and is a big exporter of grey mullet roe, which is processed into bottarga, to countries such as China, Taiwan, Italy, France and Japan, among others. Florida exports more than 1 million pounds of mullet roe a year, some of which will be sold back for as much as ten times the price. “Our goal is to produce all of the mullet roe in Florida, whether we produce it or someone else does,” Cripe says. “And, to promote the fisherman lifestyle. It’s really personal to me.” Chiles and Cripe are cofounders of the Anna Maria Fish Company, which in its first year produced 500 pounds of bottarga. Bottarga is the the dried, pressed roe of the mullet, which is sold in blocks and shaved over pasta dishes, for example. Now, the company produces between 8,000 pounds and 9,000 pounds of bottarga. Cripe, who was born and raised in Cortez, moved to Napa Valley when he was 17 and founded Napa-based Lola wines. He started producing bottarga in 2007 and created the Anna Maria Fish Company in 2011. “Mullet and mullet roe was always part of growing up, but people didn’t really eat mullet or care where...

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