Ice Cream Sandwiches Made From Scratch

August 10th, 2015

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Ice Cream Sandwiches Made From Scratch




Our discovery of Midnight Sun Ice Cream Truck has us flying pretty high, above all the steamy temps and in the cool clouds of hand-made, quality treats. They are at the market tonight with Vanilla Bean ice cream in between double chocolate chip cookies, Rose pistachio ice cream with WA cherries on cardamom shortbread cookies, Lavender lemonade ice cream on shortbread cookies. The list goes on, and yes, it’s all just as breathtaking.


Here’s what you should know about Midnight Sun: 

They Do it Right: All of their ingredients are handmade with the exclusion of the flour (because they’re not trying to mill all day. They’ve quite a bit on their plate as it is).

They do use organic flour, local eggs and seasonal ingredients – currently they’re working with Heart of Christmas Organic Blueberries the results of which you will see tonight!

Crazy Fraiche: All baked goods are done just hours before service, ice cream is scooped and sandwiched to order.


Science Says: Their Monday Sundae is exclusive to the Audubon Park Farmers’ Market and intrinsically superior to a sundae consumed on a Sunday.


Running Down a Dream: Owners Levi & Jocelyn met in Gainesville, moved to San Diego working as the chef and manager of a Restaurant. Levi is a seasoned Chef/Pastry Chef from Alaska. Jocelyn’s a local gal hailing from Melbourne.


The Brand: It’s a reference to Levi’s birth state of Alaska which is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun (Days can be both exceptionally long and short over there, depending on the time of year). Alaska also boasts the highest per capita Ice Cream consumption in the U.S., who knew? The anvil on their logo represents the old-fashioned way of doing things. Given their efforts to make all-ingredients by hand from praline to vanilla extract to butterscotch to marshmallows and fudge, I think we can safely call them “iced-cream-smiths.”


In Their Own Words: “Ice cream has always been a
big part of our lives, both professionally and personally,” says Jocelyn.

“We are really proud of Orlando’s push for locally owned businesses and locally-produced food in particular…The Audubon Park Market is the
perfect representation of the great products and services produced locally and
it has been a favorite of ours for a while now. It feels great to be a part of it,
to be contributing to it.”

Don’t miss out on the Monday Night Magic in front of Stardust from 6-10pm!


Bamapana Vintage: Quality Threads Stand the Test of Time

August 3rd, 2015


Pickles and Blazers. That’s about it when it comes to old items for sale at Audubon Market. Everything else is as fresh as you can find – usually harvested days prior and/or made the day of. But hey –  don’t sweep those pickles and blazers beneath the rug. Just because they weren’t put to full use in their heyday, doesn’t mean they can’t be born anew under the watch of a careful, discerning eye.

Pickles, after all, are just vintage vegetables you bring to potlucks to one-up your friend who simply brought a cucumber salad with fresh tomatoes, salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar – okay that sounds rad, too.

At any rate, the folks at Ozark Dreams have you covered in the pickle department – delicious local produce brined and aged to sweet, spicy perfection.

That’s taken care of – Now, who is curating the coolest old-school threads?

Peter Von Taborsky brings us Bamapana Vintage…


Where did the name come from?

It’s an Australian Demi-God of mischief. He was kicked out of his tribe for doing a bunch of horrible things, but he would just sneak back into the camp, wreak havoc and blame it on everyone else. In retrospect I probably should’ve thought of something else. But it was my email address since the 90’s so I just decided to keep it.


How did you get into clothing resale?

As far as selling. I had sold clothes since the 90’s, I would sell band T-shirts, stuff like that. It was a fun way to supplement income and then it kind of fell to the side. A couple years ago, my wife told me I need to get rid of some of the stuff. It was all super cool stuff. I started putting it up online, making semi-decent money. At the time I had a cleaning business that was starting to go south, because of the economy. So in the last year, I made more money with Bamapana than I ever did with my cleaning business. It’s something I love to do, even though I’m not getting rich.



What does wearing vintage clothing do for one’s confidence?

If you’re getting married tomorrow and you said you needed a suit. I would say go vintage. It’s close to fitting, and it doesn’t look like you bought it at the mall. You can bring it to a tailor and it’s going to fit you like a glove. You’re going to be bulletproof.


What has been your proudest moment as owner of Bamapana Vintage?

I picked up this suit that was green corduroy; It was from the 1970’s based on the research I did. It has a 5” lapel which was super huge. I sold it to a guy who was from Ireland and he moved to Sweden to get married. He wrote me an email, he was like, “I love this suit. My fiance loves it. It’s going to fit great. I’m getting married in it is there anyway you can sell me the tie that’s in the picture?” – The tie wasn’t for sale yet. I paid a quarter for the tie. So I wrote him back, ‘Tell you what: I’m going to give you the tie, it’s a wedding present and he wrote me the nicest letter back about how this is the suit he dreamed of getting married it in. [The tie was purchased around the corner at men’s store that was in the Fashion Square plaza. The original owner retired and sold it before he passed in ‘98] It hung there until I purchased it. Now it’s going to be in this guy’s wedding in Sweden. I LOVE that! It’s going to get a second life you know.


Is it being a vintage clothing aficionado, finding steals and letting them go?

I wanted to keep this Run DMC shirt. It’s shirt that I picked up recently; it was apart of a limited series, each included a lyric from, I wanna say, Run’s House? I would’ve definitely kept that, but this person in California really wanted it. A lot of the times I’ll see something and it just needs to be rescued… I love the fact that I can walk into a thrift store and drop a couple hundred bucks knowing that we’re going to get the money back. And I like the fact that something my wife was kind of leery of, she now thinks is fun. We love going out thrifting.




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

July 27th, 2015


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.



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


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!



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.



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!


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!



2lbs peeled/deveined royal red shrimp


Happy National Martini Day! Now finish up that bottle before the alcohol goes bad.

June 19th, 2015

Happy National Martini Day! Now finish up that bottle before the alcohol goes bad.


Fathers Day is Sunday. You know what dads like? Craft beer, books, and great t s…

June 18th, 2015

Fathers Day is Sunday. You know what dads like? Craft beer, books, and great t shirts. With Dear Prudence Shop., Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux Cafe, Local Roots: All Florida All Year, Redlight Redlight, Bookmark It and Park Ave CD's


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