Florida Food & Farm is now available in print!

Chock full of information, the magazine debuted Jan. 26, 2015 in numerous Publix and Whole Foods markets, at green and farmers markets, produce markets, farms and shops around South Florida.

“Our magazine will be a tool for sourcing local food that is healthy for families and individuals  — and a boost for the local economy,” said Daphne Weaver, CEO and new farm owner.

With a circulation of 100,000, the quarterly, free magazine serves readers in most of Southeast and South Central Florida, from Sebastian around Lake Okeechobee to the Keys. On the West Coast, circulation includes Naples and the Plant City region.

New farmers Lindsey Wightman and Theo Major use vertical hydroponic systems at Botanica Exchange in Cocoa.

New farmers Lindsey Wightman and Theo Major use vertical hydroponic systems at Botanica Exchange in Cocoa.

In the inaugural Winter 2015 issue, profiles of several farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs show that Florida is progressive in fostering the growing movement of “farm-to-table.”

  • An Indiantown farmer is rapidly expanding to meet the demand of new clients for locally sourced fresh vegetables.
  • The popularity of plant-based cuisine has made it to mainstream menus, and a Palm Beach Gardens chef has slowly attracted a meat-and-potatoes crowd to his restaurant, Christopher’s Kitchen.
  • Miami’s award-winning chef Michael Schwartz was acknowledged by Slow Food for his help in fostering farmers here and in the Caribbean to grow more just to fill his orders.
  • It’s not only the Earth, but the sea that produces fresh-to-table products: Read how one chef uses a basement aquarium to provide the ultimate “catch of the day” to diners at the famed Miami Fontainebleau.
  • Foraging is an emerging business as small farmers look to locals to distribute directly from their farms to restaurant kitchen doors.

The heart of Florida Food & Farm, however, is the directory of listings. Small farms, green and farmers markets and artisan producers are listed for each county. Also listed are restaurants, wineries and breweries, and nonprofits such as food banks. A calendar lists festivals and food events in the area.

“The enthusiasm in advance of publication was our touchstone. It’s clear this magazine is greatly needed. Once word gets out, we hope to be the go-to read for all things food and farm locally,” said Jan Norris, Florida Food & Farm editor.