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The Sunday Farmers Market at Marineland

marineEvery Sunday you will find a fabulous little farmers market at Marineland from 10:00AM- 2:00PM, year round. They have an average of 25-30 venders.  It’s located at the Marina and offers plenty of parking. It’s a great place for locals and tourists to pick up all of the essentials for a healthy lifestyle and a few treats as well.  Need a few souvenirs? You can find them here too.

 

They offer fresh bread & pastries, Greek food, homemade pasta & sauces, muffins, coffee, plants & flowers, popcorn, custom jewelry, homemade handbags, tide clocks, soap, fresh seafood, fresh produce, art, pet adoptions and much more! Check out the website for more information.  http://saltairfarmersmarket.com

 

Shop local!  Every dollar spent at the market generates $10 to our local economy.

 

 

Salt Air Market

101 Tolstoy Lane

Marineland Florida.

Farm to Family Mobile Farmers Market in St Johns County – Information

farm1North Florida’s First Mobile Farmers Market Launches May 17th, 2014

Local nonprofit Pie in the Sky’s new flagship program, Farm to Family, is due to make it’s official public launch on Saturday, May 17 from 11 – 1 pm at Bozard Lincoln Ford, 540 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida.

Farm to Family is a mobile farmers market that sources produce from local farmers and sells it to neighborhoods throughout St. Johns County, including neighborhoods designated by the USDA as “food desert” areas.

The program is the first of its kind in the North Florida region, and was developed in collaboration with the University of Florida IFAS extension office and local farmers in Hastings, Florida. The goal of the mobile market is to bring fresh, healthy foods to neighborhoods in need with an innovative program that sustainably supports our entire local food economy. The program supports local job creation, sustainable farming practices in our area, nutrition education programming and community health.

When you buy from Farm to Family not only are you getting the freshest possible product available (we load our trucks directly from the farm on the day of delivery), but you’re also supporting local community health and education outreach, which the market is also slated to develop. All proceeds from the sale of produce with Farm to Family are rolled directly back into outreach. The truck will make a total of 10 stops at locations through St. Johns County each week to start, with plans to expand as programming grows. To learn more about market stop locations and hours, visit our website at www.farmtofamilyflorida.org.

Farm to Family’s launch event is open to the public and will feature an official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony, plus a blessing of the truck by retired Bishop Edward Chalfant and presentations by guest speakers Commissioner Ron Sanchez and Assistant County Administrator Jerry Cameron. Afternoon festivities will include live music by local favorite Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizard, tours of the mobile market, drinks and appetizers, and an opportunity to take home bags of fresh-picked produce.

For more information on Farm to Family or the launch event, please contact Malea Guiriba at 904-382-9939 or malea@hastingspieinthesky.com

Launch Event Information: http://farmtofamilyflorida.org/event/farm-to-family-launch/farm2

Local Fare Farm Bag South Delivers Farm Fresh Vegetables To Your Door

If you have ever said to yourself,  “I need to eat more fresh  fruit & vegetables,”  now’s your chance to make good on it.

Now, there’s no more excuses!  You can have local farm fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs,  fresh baked bread and cheese delivered to your door once a week by a fabulous company called Local Fare Farm Bag South. The delivery areas are divided by North and South. North is owned by South’s sister company.

 

North services the following areas:

Jacksonville, St Johns, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Middleburg,Green Cove Springs, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, Florida.

South services:

World Golf Village, Palencia, Vilano, St Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Ormond by the Sea and Elkton, FL

Farm Fresh Organic Eggs

 

I live in St. Augustine, so my review is of Local Fare Farm Bag South.

I had recently signed up for this service and I was so excited about it I had to find out more. It is owned by two partners, Bryant Loeffler & Laura Gay. They’ve been in business approximately 3 years. I spoke to Bryant at length about the business and decided I wanted to share this information with others who care about their health and the health of their family.

He stressed to me the importance of knowing where your food is coming from. They visit the farms that they source from regularly, so they are confident that your produce and eggs are organic. Fruits and vegetables you are buying from them are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest time. Farm fresh organic eggs are delivered within one week. Not only will your delivery be at the peak of freshness and quality, it will be at the height of its nutritional profile too.

 


Local Fare South works with farmers who  use only certified non-GMO seeds and organic methods for farming. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. The nutrients in these vegetables are what your body needs at that particular time of the year. For instance, watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene helps protect your skin from the sun.

They have something for everybody. For small families, sign up for a small bag that feeds two to three people. They have small, medium and large bags available. You can sign up for the service weekly or bi-weekly.  Don’t worry if you’re not  home on delivery day.  All you need to do is leave a cooler on your porch with a few ice packs and it and they will do the rest. The bag changes

Sweet Ruby Red Grapefruit

every week, so it’s always a big surprise to see what you’re getting.

It’s so easy to do. Just visit the website and select your location. It will bring you to a shopping cart, where you can decide what size bag you would like  and if you would like it delivered weekly or bi-weekly. From there you can choose add-ons such as organic eggs, artesian cheeses, honey, specialty sea salts, or extra fresh baked bread.

I added a dozen organic eggs to my order. They come from Cow Creek Farms located in Edgewater FL. The hens are fed an all natural feed, organic fresh greens, organic carrots and organic flax seed. This makes the eggs very high in Omega 3’s and vitamins. The hens live in a cage free environment. They may be the best eggs I have ever tasted. Crack one open and you too will be able to see the freshness for yourself.

 

Every week, they include a loaf of fresh baked bread in your Farm bag. It’s baked the morning of delivery. My husband and I couldn’t wait to tear off a corner and give it a try. It’s fabulous! This particular week it was French Pantry’s “SQUAW BREAD.” It’s made with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, molasses, honey, yeast, salt, water, malt, oats, eight grain flour, including seeds and nuts. YUMMY!

I ordered the small bag to be delivered weekly.  The cost is $27.00 plus $4.50 for the organic eggs. This week’s bag consisted of a huge bunch  of  beautiful collard greens, a bunch of cilantro, colorful carrots, sweet onions,

Fresh Baked Bread

deliciously sweet and juicy Ruby red grapefruits, Romanesco Cauliflower, daikon radishes and brussels sprouts on the stem. Fresh baked squaw bread came with the bag and I also added the eggs. All of the pictures shown  here are  from my bag.

If you don’t eat carbs or go gluten-free, “no worries.” You can substitute for your favorite fruit or vegetable that will be in that week’s bag. If you ever need to substitute a fruit, vegetable, or your bread you can shoot them an email on Sunday night and they will make sure they customize the bag for you. Each Saturday, you are sent an email notification reminding you of this weeks’ delivery. At this point you can add anything you’d like to your delivery and check the newsletter under the recipe section to see what fruit and vegetables you will be receiving.  The newsletter has recipes and cooking tips for this week’s bag. They also have a library of recipes on their website and cooking videos on their Facebook page. This is what  the newsletter from my first week looked like.

 

We love this service. The produce is seasonal, fresh and healthy. They offer great service and organic produce at a reasonable price. It’s a fantastic way to try new vegetables and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It’s a way to support your local farmers and organic, non-GMO farming practices. The best part is, they bring it  to you with no delivery fee. So now you have no excuses not to eat your vegetables.

 

Website

http://www.localfarefarmbag.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/LocalFareSouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa’s Top 10 Toys List – Shopping for Toys in St Augustine FL

The Local’s Guide asked Santa what his top 10 favorite toys were this year and he gave us this great list. He also asked us to let everyone know about Olde Towne Toys in Saint Augustine, FL. Santa loves Olde Town Toys so much he even has a mailbox there so kids can be sure their letters get to him in time for Christmas.

Santa will be there on December 21st, 2013  from 12 – 2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa’s 2013 Favorite Toys List:

Simon – Ages  8-99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Loom – Ages 6-99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Gliders Balance Bikes – Ages  18 months- 10 yrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuffies – Ages  3-99

Sing along Mic –  Ages  3-99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rody’s – Ages 3+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quadrilla – Ages  4-99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Dancing Speakers –  Ages 6-99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sumo Bumper Boppers –  Ages 4+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mobo Cruisers –  Ages 18 mo- 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explorer Go Cart by Y bike – Ages  5-11                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these great toys can be found at Olde Towne Toys in Historic Saint Augustine. The Locals’ Guide and Santa love this store. They sell a wide variety of fun, unique, educational and hard to find toys at reasonable prices. They even have a play area there too.

Go check them out. If you are buying a gift,  just tell them the age of the child and they will guide you into the right toy. They even do gift wrapping.

They are located on King street and they have plenty of free parking.  Tell them Santa sent you.

Olde Towne Toys

Address: 113 King St.  St. Augustine, Fl. 32084

Phone: (904) 814-8710

Hours: Mon – Thurs 10-6   Fri-Sat: 10-8    |   Sun: 11-4

 

Grilling in Saint Augustine

When growing up in Florida cooking on the grill becomes natural for most people.  I would like to share with you a few of my favorite markets to get the best value for your dollar and enjoy some delicious fare along the way. First of all on Anastasia Island we have the Seafood Shoppe on A1A South, those folks are so knowledgeable, it’s always so nice to  shop there. Their fish is always fresh and reasonably priced .

I like to make fish taco’s a lot and they have an” everything tray” which is a variety of fish that they may have left over from the fish they filleted earlier that day.  It has nice chunks of fish ready to go  for about $7 or 8 dollars a pound that is right up my alley. I also like to make Wahoo steaks on the grill with Béarnaise sauce, it is so amazing. That’s a South Florida dish. I used to go out fishing with my Dad off Jupiter inlet, he always caught a Bonita first for good luck and then  the real fish would hook on afterwards…  never failed. When king-fish are running I always ask to see if they have any in and if they would steak them up for me, because its time to get the grill going. I like to grill salmon, in fact that’s the only way I’ll eat salmon is on the grill with just a hint of blackened seasoning on it , yummy, it gives it the best flavor .  You will find a lot of fresh fish choices here in St. Augustine .

The next best place to get your grill on, is Stewart’s Market on Anastasia Blvd. Luther is a native of Saint Augustine and the owner. His home made  datil  sausage is very good, perfect for Perlau. My friend Rex  turned me on to this Awesome  place to get steaks , the best New York strips starting from$ 5.99 a pound and up. You can’t beat those prices and get such quality steaks anywhere else! I can get two potatoes and two  New York strips for under $15.00 dollars easy.  The beef steak tomato’s are the best and the cherry clams or great when in season. Plus if I don’t have time to run to the fish Market and I want a little surf and turf its a one stop shop, they have a selection of fish and poultry that can’t beat. Stewart’s Market also sells our local shrimp. The shrimp around here are fantastic. I Support our local shrimpers, they work hard to bring in the supply to our city and Stewart’s Market . All the locals shop at Stewart’s market BUT bring your cash and leave your debit at home because “that’s how they roll “

 

whether you are visiting charming St. Augustine or have set your roots down here you must go to the local outdoor markets.  The Wednesday market takes place at the pier out on the beach.  The Saturday market takes place at the amphitheater. Our Sunday market takes place in Lincolnville just on the outside of historic downtown.  You can find so many great deals on veggies, coffee, plants, local honey, local arts and crafts and so much more. if the fish lady happens to be there pick up the tuna, its delicious on or off the grill. these markets will give you a sense of our community and the experience is priceless.  Happy Grilling!

Contributed by, Joan Salisbury

 Stewart’s  Market  311 Anastasia Boulevard St. Augustine Florida   904- 824- 5637

Seafood Shoppe  2125 A1 A South St. Augustine, Florida  904-471- 0410