Audubon’s Hottest Give Us The Dish on Monday Night Magic

July 27th, 2015

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Sure there is a lot of glitz and glam surrounding local food systems, but we decided to dig a little deeper and learn about the nitty gritty that makes a good farmers’ market. Read on to discover what local gems bring these Audubon celebs out to the limelight every Monday night from 6-10 pm in front of Stardust Video & Coffee.

 

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Jason Seifer, Motivational Speaker/Social Media Rockstar.

What Does the Market Offer That Keeps You Coming Back Each Week?
Milk, cheese, fish tacos, companionship [editor’s note: Fish Tacos are happening tonight, companionship every night.]
Using the Audubon Park Garden District acronym, four words that best describe the Monday market?
Audubon People (are) Generally Delightful ; Or All Puns Garner Discontent

 

11245810_10152739814585899_7535052474218646054_oIvy Assiter, Audubon’s Food Wunderkind, works on the weekends, a fact which more or less explains a propensity for having the club goin up on a Tuesday.

What are your go-to items at the market?

Order of Tanta-lizing fish tacos to split with my main squeeze.
Star Juice’s watermelon and mint juice. The delicious sorcery that is Buttermilk Bakery – ESPECIALLY POP TARTS. (They know their way around some baked goods).

What is the first food you ate in your life?

I want to say carrots, but it was probably Bananas. Or Taco Bell.

 

 

SaRobSarah Robinson, Pastor of Audubon Park Covenant Church
Favorite things about the Monday Market, which takes place from 6-10 pm?

Fresh veggies, the Heartsong Natural Soap, St. John River Honey, Isle of Salsa chimichurri sauce, Smiling Bison when they come out [monthly]… and the atmosphere!

1402424_10152739811915899_2108800368419249970_oErica Abalos-Hernandez, (A new Mom!) First Lady of Redlight Redlight Craft Beer Parlour

[editor’s note: the following was delivered via text message while Erica fed the baby, meaning she is a multi-tasking boss. And she listens to Tupac, FTW.]

We’re big fans of the fresh fish of Wild Ocean. Also, we always make sure to have royal reds or rock shrimp on hand to spice up any weeknite meal. We’ll grab whatever greens are available for juicing or salads from any of the great growers. Everything always looks so appealing and fresh.

I love the bagels from Orlando Bread, and because I cannot resist sweets, Buttermilk Bakery’s berry pop tarts and the brownies from Flour Life are wondrous.

 

1013995_10152158305678007_1413496821_nYuri Gama, Academic, Urban Studies.

Why Are Farmers’ Markets Important to the community?

First of all, farmers markets are important because it empowers local commerce and neighborhoods due to its visibility. Secondly, they function as public hubs that strengthen a network among dwellers of the region. And third, they have the power of providing healthy food and products that generally we don’t find in corporate markets.

Which grocery items do you like to check off your list at the Audubon Community Market?

I like the diversity of products, and the music attractions. I like that Buttermilk Bakery, the coconut water, and the Orlando compost company.

Check out Yuri’s presentation on the Mid-20th century construction of I-4 and the subsequent relegation of Orlando’s African-American community to the Parramore District. Tuesday, July 28th, Juice Bike HQ. 6:30 pm

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Farm-haus Meals are Going Fast!

July 20th, 2015

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All of the Sweetness, None of the Sugar

July 13th, 2015

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All of the Sweetness, None of the Sugar




 

At the Audubon Community Market we don’t like to rely on sales gimmicks. High Quality, Naturally-Grown Local Produce should speak for itself. It’s another story, however, when nature brings the sleight of hand. For the uninitiated, Synsepalum Dulcificum, when first introduced under its more common name Miracle Fruit, sounds like the person describing it to you is giving you the business.

“So if I eat this berry, it’s going to turn sour things sweet? Thanks, Willy Wonka, but I’ll buy a bushel-full next week,” one might say in a tone laced with 90’s sarcasm.

Then the skeptics try it and within moments of letting the fruits juices coat the tongue, discover a world of pure imagination. Lemons, Greek Yogurt, Pickles, Sour beers all put on a candy sweet mask. How does it happen? It’s not the result of some mind-altering drug (though some foodies are getting together for “flavor-tripping” experiences that pair the miracle fruit with sour foods). This berry native to West Africa induces a small switch in perception in the signals the tastebuds send to the brain all because of the pulp’s naturally-occurring active ingredient – aptly named Miraculin.

Miraculin binds with the molecules which act as sour receptors in your tastebuds, building a little bridge that bypasses the bitterness and places you safely in Sugartown. Some conspiracy theorists will tell you its ability to mimic sweetness is so effective, Miraculin’s use for large-scale production was allegedly squashed in the 1970’s by the dominant sugar companies of the day. Some folks found out how to extract Miracle Fruit’s Miraculin and use it for large-scale production (though its effects weren’t as strong those found in whole, fresh fruit form). Just prior to approval, FDA required miraculin be categorized as an additive rather than a simple food stuff which would require years of further testing and money that miraculin backers did not have. Efforts to find out why the sudden obstacle appeared also ran into trouble. Requested reports related to the Miraculin proposal obtained through from Freedom of Information Act revealed missing documents, blackouts and redacted information. Pretty shifty stuff that undoubtedly left a sour taste in the mouths of miraculin proponents.

 

Come enjoy the delicious and under-rated fruits and unrecognized fruits of Emerald Knight, every Monday in front of Stardust Video & Coffee, 6-10pm.

Come enjoy the delicious and under-rated and unrecognized fruits of Emerald Knight, every Monday in front of Stardust Video & Coffee, 6-10pm.

All of the chicanery, however, doesn’t mean we in central Florida can’t enjoy the actual berries for ourselves today! Lucky for the Audubon Market the Emerald Knight, for just a couple more weeks has some miracle fruit from his own crop. Get them tonight from 6-10pm in front of Stardust – Rain or Shine – and experience this natural fruit fun for the whole family!

 


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Local Food Boxes Delivered to Your Door

July 6th, 2015

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Local Food Boxes Delivered to Your Door




 

America is the land of the supermarket. At Audubon Community Market we’re all about making your trips to those behemoths and their sun-scorched parking lots less frequent and with lighter loads. It’s common in other developed countries to grab just a couple days worth of items on the way home from work, or in between errands, so why can’t we?

If the hassle of carrying over ten pounds of grocery from the market has proven cumbersome, or if you don’t want to make a grocery trip every three days, Audubon vendor MyYardFarm, the maker of edible landscapes and distributor of local food, brings you MyFoodBoxes – quite literally.

All you have to do is place your order every Monday while shopping or just hanging out at the Audubon Community Market. On Friday you will receive a food box at your doorstep or you can choose to pick up in Winter Park (520 Clay Street, Winter Park FL 32789).

Food Boxes can accommodate a complete diet with over 7lbs of local produce plus proteins such as all-natural bacon and grass-fed beef, Raw Dairy, Lettuce and Microgreens. Boxes range from $60-$95.

The basic vegetarian Mega Staples Box is $60 with over 7 lbs of seasonal local produce. Following is what you’ll find in this week’s box, delivered on July 10th.

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Homes within a five mile radius of My Yard Farm location in Winter Park receive delivery free of charge. Those outside this zone will pay a nominal fee. Ask My Yard Farm crew for further details and information on weekly subscriptions.

Produce also available for purchase on the spot tonight from 6-10pm in front of Stardust.

Wrest yourself from the grips of the supermarket today!


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Fourth of July Shopping List

June 29th, 2015

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Fourth of July Shopping List




 

Fourth of July is THIS SATURDAY everyone! Make your celebrations of the highest quality with local ingredients and be careful who you give the fireworks to. Take a look at the list below for culinary inspiration.  These Audubon Market vendors have you covered.

Be safe this weekend and Be kind to your body always. Check us out tonight, the storms will be done by 6pm, and after that it will be a cool, breezy market until 10pm!

 

Orlando Meats – 100% Grass-fed Beef. host of other meats, all pasture-raised, free range. No hormones or antibiotics! More on that here.

Ozark Dreams – spicy dills, salsas and spreads, these pickles made from local produce are amazing and a must-have at your BBQ.

Wild Ocean Seafood – Seatrout, Mullet, Royal Reds, and Smoked Fish Dip. Cinthia has all of the cooking tips to make dishes your friends will never forget. Ceviche recipe here.

You’re going to be grilling, a sharp knife is crucial. Chef’s Edge has you covered.

My Yard Farm has Lake Meadow Naturals Eggs. These eggs in Deviled form will crush all opponents.

 

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Local Summer Ceviche Recipe!

June 22nd, 2015

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Local Summer Ceviche Recipe!




 

What do you know, Florida, it’s as hot as panther paws out there. Don’t put yourself out of the game by eating the buffalo bleu fried chicken sub for lunch.

Be strong like Jes & Cinthia. Get your protein from something that is easy, tropical, refreshing, and most importantly no oven-use required.

You can do it with this simple, tasty ceviche recipe from Wild Ocean Seafood!

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2lbs peeled/deveined royal red shrimp
 


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June 19th, 2015

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