*This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.*
I’m a country girl who grew up on the sun-drenched Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. I built castles on the beach, tubed down our rivers, and picked fresh vegetables from my grandparents’ farms. When I lived in Minnesota, I missed that simple farm life the most. I loved picking fresh, seasonal produce year-round for our dinner table. One thing I learned growing up on a Florida farm is that there is always something delicious in-season.
During my recent Publix shopping trip, I saw a visual representation of how Florida’s farmers still ensure we enjoy fresh produce year-round. “Fresh From Florida” signs dotted the produce department. I saw signs near the green beans, on tomatoes, and even radishes! Right now, farmers work the fields harvesting their in-season bounties and ship them to our local Florida stores. I feel good knowing that I am purchasing local, seasonal produce.
Why is eating local and seasonal produce better?
Not only does my purchase help sustain our local farmers, but eating seasonal produce has many advantages. Farmers take special measures to coax plants to grow outside of their normal growing cycles. Therefore, seasonal produce usually costs less. Seasonal produce does not require extraordinary growing measures so it’s also better for the environment. Additionally, farmers harvest for local shipments closer to the plant’s maturity. That means the fruits and vegetables taste fresher and retain more natural nutrition. Fresh from Florida put together a printable checklist of in-season food selections! Save it so you can enjoy the freshest produce any time of the year!
Writing about all these fresh delights spurred my appetite. It also stirs memories of growing up on a small Florida farm. I’m eager to dive into some fresh sauteed snap beans and tomatoes. On future trips, I’ll keep an eye out for freshly picked Fresh From Florida strawberries, cabbage, and mushrooms. I can already taste that cabbage and mushroom soup followed by some freshly hulled, sweet strawberries.
Favorite Fresh From Florida Recipes
So, are you looking for a little taste of Florida sunshine? Check out the Fresh From Florida recipe page, or follow them on social media for a variety of fresh, quick and healthy recipes and how-to videos!
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