Open on Memorial Day

May 25th, 2017

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Open on Memorial Day




We hope you have a lovely and relaxing long weekend with good food and great people.  And we also hope you’ll close that weekend out this Memorial Day with some of your local favorites at the market.  We’ll be there, 5:00 to 9:00 pm!


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Clean Living with Southern Urban Gardens

January 20th, 2017

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Clean Living with Southern Urban Gardens




Ralph Holweck and Gail Tyree got into farming to grow their own healthy, nutritious food.  They started with raised beds in their garden, but everything changed when they bought their first tower garden.  As they learned new ways to grow food, the operation kept expanding.  Before too long, they had made changes around their property to accommodate several more towers and an indoor microgreen system.

 

A desire to keep their food as clean as possible led the urban farming duo to install a state-of-the-art water filtration system for the whole property.  Water that is free of fluoride, heavy metals, and other pollutants is at the foundation of everything they grow.  They keep their growing process free of chemicals or pesticides.  The addition of a pergola with custom-cut aluminet shade cloth allows them to regulate growing temperatures – keeping things moderate in the heat of summer and protecting from the occasional freeze or frost in the winter.   The elimination of pesticides and chemical fertilizers on their property has brought about some added benefits as well.  Ralph and Gail have seen the return of bees, birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife in the garden.

With their urban farm producing even more abundance than expected, Ralph and Gail have started selling to the Homegrown Coop, bring their living greens to the Audubon Park Community Market, and growing custom microgreen trays for restaurant clients.

On Monday nights, you can pick up tray of living microgreens, carefully cut into trays for easy use at home.  The salad blend is a balanced variety of vibrant greens, zesty herbs and other nutritious veggies.  They also offer trays of flavor-packed micro-herbs, which can be used in a variety of recipes.

 

You can meet the farmers in person every week at the market, and follow their farming journey on their Facebook page.

 

 


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Happy Goats at Slow Turtle Farm

January 16th, 2017

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Earlier this month, Assistant Market Manager Ivy and I paid a visit to Slow Turtle Farm in Eustis.  Farmer Carol Peters and her husband own this little slice of paradise just a short drive from downtown Orlando, where they raise and breed a variety of dairy goats, Gulf Coast Native Sheep, chickens, ducks, and the occasional hog.  Carol loves her livestock, and they love her too.  During our visit, the goats followed her around the property, looking for treats, pats on the head, and ear scratches.  Carol raises Saanen, Nubian, and La Mancha Goats, all carefully selected and bred for the best quality milk production.  As her breeding program has grown, so have the prizes at agricultural shows.  This helps her sell extra bucks and does for top dollar, contributing to the farm’s business model. On our visit, we learned a lot about the work involved with raising and breeding goats, from pasture management to daily milking, hoof-trimming to birthing. As we walked through the pasture, Carol identified each goat by name, and could tell us his or her entire family tree.

Carol and her husband are hard at work to build out the facilities to make their farm a USDA Grade A dairy, where they’ll be able to produce a variety of fresh and aged goat milk cheeses for sale to consumers, retailers and restaurants.  This sort of achievement requires a major investment of time and money, especially for a small farmer, but Slow Turtle Farm is in it for the long haul.  For now, they are perfecting their recipes and developing a following, so that their signature products will be ready for success.  Carol currently produces a variety of raw milk cheeses,* including fresh and flavored chevres*, fetas*, and her signature Purple Turtle; a bloomy cheese aged in an ash rind.  These, along with fresh goat milk* and kefir* are available for direct sales at the market each week.  In addition to making cheese, Carol often spins yarn made from her own sheep’s wool, makes farmstead products such as preserves

This time of year, you’re likely to meet one of Carol’s future employees at her market booth.  With kidding season well under way, the Slow Turtle Booth at the market usually includes one of the newest baby goats.  These goats are raised to work with and be around people, so visits are encouraged!

You can follow Slow Turtle Farm on Facebook for the latest news, and stop by the market to meet the farmer in person!

*As required by the Federal Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and Florida Statute 502.091, which forbid the sale of unpasturized milk products for human consumption, this farm’s products are labeled: “Not for Human Consumption” and sold as “Feed for Animals.” 

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Kick off the New Year with More Local Food.

January 2nd, 2017

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Kick off the New Year with More Local Food.




Happy New Year!  We hope you had a lovely holiday season, filled with good times and good food.  As we kick off the New Year, we hope you’ll make healthy, local food part of your resolution.   We have plenty of fresh veggies & greens, pastured chicken and eggs, Florida fresh meats, and more!

Here’s our vendor lineup for the night:

This week’s newsletter


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Closed on Monday, December 26th

December 26th, 2016

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Closed on Monday, December 26th




Happy Holidays from the market family!  Our team and wonderful group of vendors is taking the day off to celebrate, reset and recharge. We’ll be back to it on Monday, January 2nd to welcome a new year of local goodness!


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SNAP/EBT + Fresh Access Bucks = More Good Food For ALL

November 14th, 2016

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SNAP/EBT + Fresh Access Bucks = More Good Food For ALL




We’re excited to announce that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are now accepted by many of our vendors, with double-dollar benefits available through the Fresh Access Bucks program. Fresh Access Bucks makes fresh, local produce more affordable and accessible to low income families while supporting Florida’s farmers and enhancing our local economies. It does so by increasing the purchasing power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants by providing a one-to-one match for Florida grown fruits and vegetables. A SNAP cardholder who spends $10 of their SNAP benefits at a participating market receives an additional $10 to purchase fresh, local produce.

Fresh Access Bucks will double spending power on Florida-grown fruits, vegetables, and edible starter plants. We are excited to expand access and opportunities for members of the community and farmers alike!  It means more people eating locally and supporting the local economy.  Stop by our headquarters booth at the market for more information.

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Peak Season is Upon Us!

November 7th, 2016

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Peak Season is Upon Us!




The team at the Audubon Park Community Market loves this time of year!  The season is changing; cooler breezes and perfect evening weather make for lovely market nights.  And with the arrival of this weather comes the arrival of some of the best variety of locally grown crops here in Florida.  We’re welcoming new and returning farmers to the market tonight, with lots of options for stocking up on healthy, delicious food.  This evening you’ll find fresh-picked salad greens, mature greens for cooking, squashes, root veggies and more.  Add fresh local dairy, responsibly-sourced meats, fresh baked bread, gourmet butter, handmade sauces, and more, and you’ve got quite the haul of local goodness!

See us tonight, and every Monday night, at Stardust Video & Coffee in the Audubon Park Garden District!


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Trick or Treat at the Market!

At the Market Tonight – October 17, 2016

October 17th, 2016

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At the Market Tonight – October 17, 2016




It’s been a slow return to peak season farming, but we are pleased to welcome back some of our seasonal farmers.  This week, our friends from Fleet Farming are back at the market, with hyper-local produce from neighborhood farmlets. We’re also happy to welcome the return of Azalea Acres Farm, with hand-gathered, pastured eggs and chicken.  You can learn more about them in their full-page spread in this season’s issue of Edible Orlando magazine.

Get the full vendor lineup from this week’s newsletter.

This week’s Newsletter

 

 


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Open on Labor Day!

August 31st, 2016

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Open on Labor Day!




Yes, there will be a market on Monday, September 5th.  See you at the market!


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