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Small Farms Conference 2011: From a Sustainable Farmer's Perspective
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By Farmer Jay
August 2011

My first assessment after looking through the Small Farms lecture schedule was that the Florida County Extension Agents were doing most of the talks. Where are the farmers? It would be a good idea to get a keynote speaker as well. There are numerous resources out there that we can tap in to, but none were present this year. I heard from people who had attended the first two conferences that John Ikerd and Will Allen were the previous keynotes. That is great! What happened?

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Florida's Summer Fruits
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By Noel Ramos

Mid Summer is here and there is a bounty of local fruits available in South Florida stores, markets and even directly at the farms 

Mango: The early season varieties like Glenn and Carrie are already gone and we can now look forward to mid-season fruits like Graham, Nam Doc and Valencia Pride.  The best late season mangos are Keitts and Kent. There are even some real late types like Brooks and Zill that last until November but they can be hard to find. Always buy Florida grown mangos, the difference is like night and day between ours and the inferior imported ones. Buy them from local growers if your grocer does not carry them.

Sapodilla: The latex sap of these trees was once the main ingredient of chewing gum but fruits are now the main reason that we grow these trees in the tri-county area.  These tennis ball sized fruits are tomato shaped and have a scruffy brown skin. Make sure they are soft to the touch before you consume them. When soft and ripe, they taste like a delicious caramel pear and are eaten fresh out of hand but are best when slightly chilled. Look for Florida varieties such as Tikal, Molix, Hasya and Alano.


Mamey Sapote: These large one pound plus football shaped fruits are one of the favorites of the Cuban community in Miami and can be found in local markets. They have a rough brown skin but inside there are pure deliciosness as the orange-red flesh has an almond-vanilla flavor that makes some of the best smoothies and milkshakes ever! The best cultivar is the Pantin and it dominates the local market in the summer. The best indicator to a properly ripened fruit is to make a tiny nick on the pointy end of the fruit with your fingernail. If the color underneath is orange or red, then the fruit will ripen properly. If the color is green, then it will not be a good one.

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Brittni's Italian Summer: Learning to Eat, Drink and Live SLOW
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By Brittni Ralston

June 28- Realization, Passion, Growth: The First Half of my Journey

Unfortunately, I had stopped journaling for a while… the entire first semester/half of summer to be exact.  Originally I was only staying in Tuscania for 6 weeks. My original ticket home was June 25, that was enough time for me to realize so much about myself and what I want; not only short term goals but long term as well. I have learned that my passion for food, wine and Italian can be turned into something great. Along with this I have learned an importance of the Italian culture, and the importance of preserving the way that they eat… naturally.

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Southern Comfort Brunch: Success
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We had such a positive response that we could have sold 100 seats and only 2 people didn't bring their own coffee cup! All the attendees enjoyed shopping at the market and meeting the vendors there after dining on the creatively prepared outstanding food.

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Slow Food at Boca FAU
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By Meghan Helbick

We are excited to be a newly recognized student organization at the Boca FAU campus!  As you can see from the photos [see below], we have been busy already with planting in the community garden at Pearl City, volunteering at the Swank Farm luncheon event, and spreading Slow Food’s message on campus.  We are currently planning a cook-off featuring grass fed beef burgers the night of Earth Day, followed by a movie screening of Fresh on the resident lawn for FAU students.  We look forward to working closely with Slow Food Glades to Coast in our mission to reunite people with real food, old tradition, and great company!

 

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