🌽 6 Ways to support your local farmers right now
PLUS, more food news you can use this week.
By Katie Johnston
Alright, alright, alright.
As I shared last week, we’re changing things up around here on Wednesdays and will now use the newsletter for our new series, “Did you eat yet?”. Whether spotlighting a local chef, food blogger, farmer, grocer, or just talking general food news, I solemnly swear to keep Wednesday’s newsletter tasty and informative.
Sure, there might be some weeks that the news cycle will require a different focus other than culinary delights, but for now, you can count on feeling really hungry by the time you finish reading.
Today, we’re catching up on coffee news out of College Park, a food review that’ll leave you cry-laughing, how to get free doughnuts, who’s launching a yacht rock brunch, and where to find six CSA boxes worth subscribing to.
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☕️ College Park is losing a good one when Jenny from Gratitude Coffee closes up shop at the end of the month. But don’t fret — there is good news ahead! Jenny is off to chase her next dream while April and Matt Guldi realize theirs — the proud owners of Cups and Pups parked their popular Airstream earlier this month and are moving into Gratitude’s brick-and-mortar spot by April 1. (Bungalower/Orlando Weekly)
🍔 Popular Orlando foodie blog Tasty Chomps launched a new dinner series earlier this month and it’s worth sampling. “A Taste of…” is similar in concept to Magical Dining with local eateries offering pre-fixe menus for a limited time. In this case, you’ll get 10 days to order off an “underground menu” at varying restaurants. They just wrapped up their first run at Stefano’s Trattoria in Winter Springs. (Tasty Chomps)
- Related: This food review of The Porch in Winter Park by Patrick Andrew Bishop will have you cackling. It’s not Bishop’s first food review in the Orlando Foodie Forum Facebook group, and if the heavens align, it won’t be his last. (Orlando Foodie Forum presented by Tasty Chomps on Facebook)
🍩 Krispy Kreme is giving away a doughnut a day to anyone who’s received the COVID-19 vaccine now through the end of 2021. You can’t get fancy but you can get a free original glazed doughnut and welp, Hot and Fresh doesn’t not slow me down. The famous doughnut chain is also giving its employees four hours of PTO to get their vaccines. (Fox35)
🍞 Gnarly Barley is leaving Belle Isle and setting up shop in Ivanhoe, just a block or so away from its sister site GB’s Bottle Shop. The popular craft brew and tasty sandwich spot will expand its offerings when it moves into the space formerly occupied by Sette. (Orlando Weekly)
🎶 The Aardvark is launching a Saturday Yacht Rock brunch this weekend. The new series promises smooth sailing of music from the 70s and 80s, shrimp and grits, plus a “Bene from the Block” that looks absolutely divine. (Bungalower)
🍣 Soseki, the 10-seat intimate omakase experience opening in Winter Park, is looking for a barback and steward to join its growing team. Just last week, the restaurant debuted its new spring menu and is officially selling tickets to the multi-course dining bonanza. (Soseki on Instagram)
🍤 There’s a new upscale surf ’n’ turf restaurant coming downtown. Seychelles Restaurant is opening in the old Dragon Room slash Schumann’s Jager Haus spot soon, though the exact date remains TBD. The head chef, Eugene Aristil, previously lent his culinary expertise to 534 Scratch Kitchen. (Orlando Weekly)
Where to get your CSA boxes
Ever been mid-conversation with a friend when they abruptly cut you off so they can run home and take their CSA box inside? That was me three years ago — thankfully, after a quick Google search later, I learned that CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it's one of the nicest things you can do for your community. Here's why.
Shopping CSA is the most direct way to support local farmers and control where your food is coming from — outside of growing it yourself, of course. It’s quite literally like the farmers market arriving on your doorstep every week.
Here are six local farms that offer a CSA box subscription option:
🌽 Infinite Zion Farms in Parramore. I cannot say enough nice things about the founders, Raymond and Charette Warthen. I’ve kept up with them since their days of operating in Apopka. They currently offer a CSA weekly subscription that starts at $5. Get on the list here.
🍅 Frog Song Organics in Hawthorne (Alachua County). Frog Song is one of the more popular farms for CSA subscription programs and has been offering them up since 2012. Prices start around $40 for individuals and go up from there. See which plan makes sense for your lifestyle here.
🌱 Fleet Farming in Orlando. Fleet Farming already does so much good work in our community, but did you know they offer a CSA box too? Prices start at $20 a week for half-an-order or $35 for a full. Check out the ins and outs here.
🌶️ Big Daddy’s Farm in Oviedo. Rex and Denise Clonts grow certified organic produce on their 150-acre farm, inspired by his grandfather who did the same for 70 years prior. CSA boxes start around $20 a week for individuals and increase from there. Get on the list for their next seasonal CSA box here.
🍓 Central Florida Organics (various farms around Florida). CFL Organics is a premier organic produce delivery service in Central Florida and it serves Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Boxes start at $30 and are able to be modified week-to-week.. Here’s how to sign up.
🍆 Wild Hare Kitchen & Garden Emporium in Longwood. Wild Hare stocks the finest, most delicious, local clean produce, meats, egg, honey and raw milk products in the area daily. You can shop the health hub in-person from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. See what’s on the menu this week here.
🌱 Shop vegan vendors at this weekly pop-up market at the Veranda (Thornton Park)
☮️ Start your hump day strong in savasana pose in the garden (Winter Park)
🎶 Groove along to Beth McKee and Her Funky Time Band outdoors at The Plaza Live (Milk District)
🗣 Join Peer Support Space for a conversation about anti-Asian hate crimes and a virtual vigil honoring the eight victims in last week's shooting in Atlanta (Online)
💐 Check out the 2nd Annual Art in Blooms exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art before it launches to the public (Loch Haven Park)
🛍 Support local while shopping this pop-up weekly nighttime market outside of Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)
🍿 Grab your tickets to see "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" outside on the big screen (Mills 50)
🍎 Hear from a panel of women academics how the pandemic has affected their teaching, scholarships, and more
🍻 Enjoy beer and wine and a nighttime viewing of the annual "Art in Blooms" exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)
🍕 Let Chef Michael teach you how to make artisan pizza using fresh ingredients (Orlando Brewing )
🧘 Wind down your day with this slow-paced, meditative Yin yoga class (Downtown)
🎉 Walk/run for a good cause at Lighthouse Central Florida's Sight & Sole WalkFest finish line event (Downtown)
♻️ Get your hands dirty while cleaning up the 'hood (Milk District)
☮️ Stretch out the weekend with a yoga class outdoors at Mead Botanical Garden (Winter Park)
🎨 Head up and east to peruse the Annual DeLand Outdoor Art Festival (DeLand)
☮️ Take the kids out to unwind with a yoga class in the park (Winter Park)
🐶 Sample local craft beers with your best furry, four-legged friend (Sanford)
🌻 Dust off your green thumbs for the Annual Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival (DeLand)
🐰 Celebrate Easter on the Farm at Lake Meadow Naturals with fresh egg sandwiches, pony rides, and more family fun (Ocoee)
🍻 Finish the weekend strong with local beer and shopping local art at Orlando Brewing's pop-up market (SoDo)
👟 Don't tap out before running this 5K around the lake followed by some celebratory brews (Ivanhoe)
☮️ Get outside and on the water on your boards for this SUP Yoga class at newly-reopened Rock Springs Run (Apopka)
🍻 Start your Sunday with a run and a workout then finish strong with brunch and beers from Orlando Brewing (SODO)
🛍 Shop local BIPOC vendors at this weekly pop-up market (Winter Park)
One more thing
Remember last week when we told you about the local tree frog who was hoping to be crowned this year’s Cadbury Bunny? Well, it won. This is your friendly reminder that you can be anything and anyone you set your mind to.
Show the day who’s boss, why don't ya?
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
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