Diamond P Ranch

Diamond P Ranch

Jul 10

Down in Kissimmee there are forty acres of land divided by neat white fencing and populated by a herd of cattle and goats, a flock of chickens, a plot of tilled and cultivated land and a beautiful, idyllic house. This is the setting for Diamond P Ranch, owned by Alan and Nancy, who bought it a few years ago from some horse ranchers. They have a house in Kissimmee that they “just...

Local Producer: Beck Brothers Blueberries

Local Producer: Beck Brothers Blueberries

May 22

Anxious for a taste of this year’s blueberry harvest, Laura and I drove over to Windermere this morning to harvest our own at Beck Brothers Blueberries. Incongruously located in the middle of upper-class suburban sprawl, the farm is clean and friendly enough to make Martha Stewart proud. The owner of the farm (one of the Beck brothers?) told me he’d lived on that same street all his...

Local Producer Spotlight: Sundew Gardens

Local Producer Spotlight: Sundew Gardens

Apr 08

“I’ll give it to the chickens,” says Tom Carey, owner of Sundew Gardens in Ovideo, Florida, as he demonstrates a head of lettuce gone to seed. “These leaves will taste way to bitter for people to enjoy.” It’s a warm Spring morning that is quickly becoming hot, and Tom is explaining his techniques for soil cultivation, pest control, and planting cycles, while...