Enjoying seasonal produce fresh from Florida farms

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Chopping fresh veggies for a healthy snack. Tasty Fresh from Florida Seasonal Produce
Chopping fresh veggies for a healthy snack.

*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.

Fresh from Florida Snap Beans on Display at Publix
Fresh from Florida Snap Beans on Display at Publix

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?

Vegetables labeled Fresh from Florida at Publix
Vegetables labeled Fresh from Florida at Publix

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!

Ravishing Radishes! Perfect February produce from Fresh from Florida
Ravishing Radishes! Perfect February produce from Fresh from Florida

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.

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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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Eating local and seasonally fresh produce is better for you, the environment, and your community! #FollowTheFresh @freshfromfl #ad
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Eating local and seasonally fresh produce is better for you, the environment, and your community! #FollowTheFresh @freshfromfl #ad
Eating local and seasonally fresh produce is better for you, the environment, and your community! #FollowTheFresh @freshfromfl #ad

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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

53 Comments

  • Cia Black

    March 24, 2018 - 4:13 pm

    I don’t know why anyone would choose canned products. I’m all about fresh products and you have just shown why.

  • eliza

    March 22, 2018 - 5:19 pm

    You are so lucky to be close with all these fresh veggie, life is truly healthy and more vibrant with fruits and vegetable as diet. I can’t wait to check out your recipes thanks for sharing sis.

  • cwinter012

    March 21, 2018 - 10:02 pm

    Yummy! I can’t wait until we can start gardening here. It’s still snowing! 🙁

  • Becca

    March 21, 2018 - 3:34 pm

    Those radishes really are ravishing!! Radishes are probably one of my favourite veggies – them and celery 🙂 though not many people like either, so I don’t tend to put them in salads when I’m cooking for others lol x

  • Daisy

    March 21, 2018 - 10:34 am

    I also love finding fresh local grown produce for my family…. it always tastes better plus I feel better knowing the footprints my food has taken to get to us…

  • kumamonjeng

    March 21, 2018 - 6:55 am

    I totally agreed with eating local and eating fresh is good for us. The place I stayed do not have any fresh vegetable and fresh fruits grown locally because our land is so tiny. 99% of our vegetable and fruits are all imported from all over the world. You guys are lucky!

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 21, 2018 - 2:01 pm

      Florida has year-round farmer’s markets. I grew up used to fresh veggies all the time. I moved to another state with winter most of the year – and only a couple of farmer’s markets a year. I really learned to appreciate it.

  • GiGi

    March 20, 2018 - 6:23 pm

    I love love love loveeeee green beans!! 🙂 And asparagus too!

  • keikilani

    March 6, 2018 - 1:26 pm

    Fresh, local produce not only tastes better, but is helping your neighbor! I love when different veggies come into season and you can find an abundance everywhere you turn.

  • Bree

    March 6, 2018 - 10:53 am

    I live in Florida and I love the fresh produce here! I enjoy visiting the local farms on the weekend, and if I can’t make a trip, then Publix is the way to go! You can definitely see (and taste) a difference in quality depending on where you get your groceries.

  • Milena BarrettMilena

    March 6, 2018 - 6:57 am

    Ive been trying to cook with more seasonal vegetables for better nutrition and taste. Having access to farm fresh produce at the grocery sure helps!

  • deborah dennert

    March 6, 2018 - 1:41 am

    I love fresh produce. We have two local farmer’s markets and I love shopping at them weekly.

  • Adriana Lopez

    March 5, 2018 - 10:07 pm

    Aren’t we lucky to live in Florida? I love our fresh berries and the Zellwood corn, not to mention the produce from Duda Farms and the Florida mushrooms yummy!

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 6, 2018 - 9:18 am

      Oh my goodness – yes! When I lived in Minnesota, I missed home so much – especially fresh produce in the winter months.

  • Rebecca

    March 5, 2018 - 7:55 pm

    I love this perk of living in Florida. We just scored an entire flat of strawberries today. SO fresh and yummy.

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 6, 2018 - 9:19 am

      Ooh! Nothing is sweeter than fresh strawberries.

  • Beth Davidson

    March 5, 2018 - 7:10 pm

    I love grocery stores that have local sections in the front. It makes so much easier to find the best stuff because like you said, fresh is best!

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 6, 2018 - 9:19 am

      Yes! Or have them clearly marked with signs. Why would I buy produce from another country when there is fresh produce from right here!

  • Dawn Nieves

    March 5, 2018 - 6:38 pm

    So many yummy options!! I definitely try to eat fresh and local whenever I can.

  • reesa

    March 5, 2018 - 5:00 pm

    There are so many delicious things to enjoy! I wish I had the option to enjoy some of these things all year round!

  • Carrie Chance

    March 5, 2018 - 3:43 pm

    I definitely try to eat fresh and local when possible. Here in Ohio it gets a bit tougher over the Winter but I always get excited when produce starts growing here again. Those veggies look great. I don’t like radishes but looking at those pictures (almost) makes me want some

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 6, 2018 - 9:21 am

      When I lived in Minnesota, I felt the same way. The ground was coated with several feet of snow year-round. I hadn’t ever tried radishes on anything but a salad, but I just sliced these and ate them with ranch dip. They were pretty good.

  • Lois

    March 5, 2018 - 2:01 pm

    Wow, those veggies look so fresh and colorful! It’s great when you can actual eat local produce – it’s so much more flavorful and healthy.

  • Deborah Dennert

    March 5, 2018 - 12:48 pm

    I love shopping local for fruits and veggies. Not only is there a big difference in color and taste but everything lasts much longer.

  • Ruth I.

    March 5, 2018 - 6:56 am

    Fresh produce is so much better! Not only you are helping small business and farmers but it more healthier.

  • Mhaan

    March 4, 2018 - 8:09 pm

    They look so fresh! My family and I also love visiting local market for fresh finds. Thanks for sharing dear!

  • Kelly

    March 4, 2018 - 7:56 pm

    I love to buy and work with seasonal produce whenever I get the chance. I would love to be in Florida where you have access to so much!

  • Crystal Gareau

    March 3, 2018 - 5:45 pm

    I try to buy locally as often as possible. It’s important to show local support.

  • Heather Barber McMechan

    March 2, 2018 - 1:49 pm

    This is one of the reasons I LOVE living in South Florida. So many farms to explore with a variety of options. Fresh fruit is a big thing over here, and a hit in our home 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 3, 2018 - 7:26 am

      I live in the panhandle and we are surrounded by farms 🙂 All of my neighbors are farmers. Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit – the whole 9 yards. It’s a great place to be 🙂

  • Rose Mont

    March 2, 2018 - 8:49 am

    I try to eat local here. Some of our grocery stores also post local produce too. However when I’m in Florida I definitely indulge on the oranges and my mom likes the strawberries more then from her original home of NY.

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 2, 2018 - 10:25 am

      Yes! Fresh fruit is amazing 🙂 I love living in Florida because we always have something growing in season.

  • Rashida

    March 2, 2018 - 6:48 am

    I miss living in Florida for their fresh produce. It is always so fresh and affordable. Farmers markets are surprisingly expensive though! Great post!

  • miljance93mommysup

    March 2, 2018 - 1:49 am

    I am always for organic and fresh! There aren’t much in the city I live in…

  • Tara

    March 2, 2018 - 1:16 am

    finding local farmers is one of my absolute favorites! I love farmers markets for that reason!

  • Dia Darling

    March 1, 2018 - 11:09 pm

    You’ve inspired me! There is a farmers market literally walking distance from my place every weekend. When I go to run errands I always see it and say I want to stop one day but never do. This weekend I think I’ll stop by.

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 2, 2018 - 10:26 am

      I hope you find something wonderful!

  • Betty

    March 1, 2018 - 10:49 pm

    Veggies make the best snacks. They’re so healthy you don’t feel guilty

  • Jennifer Prince

    March 1, 2018 - 9:58 pm

    I love fresh veggies and definitely care where my produce comes from. Florida is a great, consistent place to have them because it’s so warm there mostly year round. Yay for healthy foods! 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor

      March 2, 2018 - 10:27 am

      It is a very hospital veggie environment.

  • Courtney

    March 1, 2018 - 9:34 pm

    Yummm! This made me hungry for some healthy snacks 🙂 I love sourcing local, natural, in season fruit and vege as it’s cheaper for one, and supports the local economy! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Daria Gora

    March 1, 2018 - 7:09 pm

    It is very important to eat fresh and local, especially fruits and veggies.

  • Tiffany

    March 1, 2018 - 4:54 pm

    One of my favorite things to do is go to the farmer’s market. I love picking up fresh produce and keeping it local.

  • Emily Fata

    March 1, 2018 - 4:29 pm

    I’m a firm believer in eating locally! I always try to buy Ontario produce and even better, I try get food straight from the farms not far from my house, including farm fresh eggs! There’s such a difference in quality, and I love being able to support the local economy and local businesses. 🙂

  • Kathy

    March 1, 2018 - 4:00 pm

    I love having great produce. I wish we had a place like this around here. It’s nice to be able to pick out some great produce at stores like these.

  • Kelly

    March 1, 2018 - 3:28 pm

    I love this post! Locally produce food is the best and so beneficial, environmentally, socially and economically. Thanks for spreading the word that fresh is best 😀

  • trinaellen

    March 1, 2018 - 2:12 pm

    This is one of the best parts of living in Florida, we have so much fresh produce! I remember when I first moved down, I was shocked at how big and fresh a lot of the fruit was compared to back in Boston.

  • Elizabeth O

    March 1, 2018 - 12:38 pm

    Is there anything better than delicious fresh produce. I am looking forward to summer salads!

  • Holly Lasha

    March 1, 2018 - 12:27 pm

    These look amazing. I love fresh produce!!! We have such crummy options where I live!

  • Megan

    March 1, 2018 - 9:10 am

    Yummm! There are few better feelings than picking out and cooking with fresh produce. This looks too good! 🙂

  • Esme Sy

    March 1, 2018 - 7:40 am

    Now this makes me want to go on a veggie weekend. We have the same fresh market produce locally but Florida’s products seem so much better, or at least I think they are!

  • Mary Jingjing Mortos Lopez

    March 1, 2018 - 1:00 am

    farmers market is one of my places to go to. I love the fresh produce vegetables and fruits.

  • lucicoo

    February 28, 2018 - 11:14 pm

    I always like to look for local produce vegetables and fruit and even honey. I have a strawberry farm not that far away from me and I can’t wait for them to come into season.

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