Local Citrus Ornaments

Local Citrus Ornaments

Nov 30

 John and I have only been married for a year and eight months, so we haven’t had the time to amass a great number of Christmas decorations and ornaments. As a result, I’ve been on the search for some good ones that will be remembered and become traditions in the following years. Today, while searching Whole Foods website, I found a craft idea for dried citrus ornaments. What better...

Local Food Conference

Local Food Conference

Nov 19

Laura and I attended the first Winter Park Local Food Conference today. Actually, we volunteered for the entire thing, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Overall, the event was a huge success, though the day was overly packed with intense learning and brainstorming. If you were interested in going, but couldn’t make it, you’re in luck: We’ve been authorized to recap the highlights of the...

Winter Park Harvest Festival Conference

Winter Park Harvest Festival Conference

Nov 16

It’s almost upon us! The Harvest Festival Conference is an all-day event coming up this Saturday that will cover all sorts of topics to help producers, vendors and entrepreneurs play a larger role in the local agriculture scene. Laura and I will both be volunteering (two of only six volunteers!) all day, so if you’re there, please say, “Hi!” I’ll be the go-to...

New Bird in Town

New Bird in Town

Nov 15

If you’ve ever searched Orlando for local food — especially local meat — you’ve probably been disappointed at the apparent lack of sources. Laura and I have done a lot of research to come up with the multitude of options we’ve posted here on our blog. But it’s easy to feel like Orlando is something of a local food desert. I assure you, however, it’s not. Just to...

Green Day Fair

Green Day Fair

Oct 20

The large corporation I work for has created a day called Green Day. It’s sort of the autumn counterpart to Earth Day, and in honor of it they host a “green fair” where local vendors brag about their eco-friendly products. This year, however, they decided to incorporate a farmers’ market with real live local farmers — among the many food vendors were Growing Synergy...

Eating Local in Italy

Eating Local in Italy

Sep 26

Our focus is and always will be the Central Florida area, but we recently experienced an incredible two weeks in Italy, where we saw a lot of art and ate a lot of food. In a sense, we were poor stewards of our own message, eating with respect for food, because we were not diligent at all about investigating where the food we were eating originated. The majority of restaurants in the three cities...

The Rusty Spoon

The Rusty Spoon

Aug 07

After much wishing and hoping (and a bit of drooling over the menu posted online), Laura and I finally made it to The Rusty Spoon, located in the ground floor of the 55 West building on Church Street. Owned and operated by the same good folks who make the delectable gourmet burgers at Pine Twenty2, The Rusty Spoon classifies itself as a “gastropub,” a new-ish term for a restaurant...

Eat Local Week 2011

Eat Local Week 2011

Jul 23

Are you interested in eating local, but not in doing all the work required? Well, this November, Slow Food Orlando will make it easy for you, by hosting a week of local dining November 11-18, 2011. We’ll be reposting news from Slow Food Orlando as we get it, but you can also check it out for yourself at...

New Labels for Raw Meat?

New Labels for Raw Meat?

Jul 22

The USDA just announced a proposal to make meat labels more clear by adhering to stricter guidelines. According to the Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen: “Consumers should be able to make an informed choice in the store, which is why we need to provide clear, informative labels that will help consumers make the best decisions about feeding their families.”...

Diamond P Ranch Chicken

Diamond P Ranch Chicken

Jul 21

This post is way overdue, but Laura and I have been very preoccupied buying a house! We are currently in the final stages of the purchase process (which has gone on for some time, due to short sale paperwork and approvals), so we have left our blog alone for the past couple weeks. Not too long ago, we drove to Diamond P Ranch to pick up our very first freshly-harvested chicken. (That means the...

From Dirt to Dinner course

From Dirt to Dinner course

Jul 15

Last month we posted about the Orange County Extension Center offering a 6-week course called From Dirt To Dinner. The course was said to cover starting seeds, growing them, pest control, the best time to harvest, preserving methods, food safety, and ultimately how to best cook the foods you grew. I currently have the luxury of having Fridays off, so I was quick to sign up for the course. I was a...

Patio Garden: Summer

Patio Garden: Summer

Jul 14

I feel a little like a first-time parent when I post pictures of our garden (see below for more), showing it off at all times of day, in all stages of growth. But I think it’s important because 1) it keeps a record that we can go back and review, and 2) it shows all our readers (that’s you!) that we are doing (read: trying) to do (some of) the things that we recommend to our readers....

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...

Respect for Food, Wendell Berry Style

Respect for Food, Wendell Berry Style

Jul 10

Wendell Berry in What Are People For said “I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable in order to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade. And I am getting almost as fussy about food plants.” Berry wrote that in 1990,...

The Cost of Food-Borne Illnesses

The Cost of Food-Borne Illnesses

Jul 09

The rise of our industrial food system has also brought an increase in food-borne illnesses, like e. coli and salmonella infections. According to this Washington Post article, 100,000 Americans are hospitalized due to food-born illnesses and 3,000 of them die! It cites a recent study comparing the cost of various illnesses to American taxpayers, about half of which are carried in or cause by...

Spreading Awareness with Technology

Spreading Awareness with Technology

Jun 30

Laura and I are notorious among our group of family and friends for being wary of social technology. I am a multimedia designer, so I work with technology every day, yet I am a very late adopter of most new devices and networking tools. So it was with some trepidation that we started to move a lot of our thoughts and ideas to our new Facebook page in May. However, I think it’s been a...

Fighting the Pocketbook

Fighting the Pocketbook

Jun 28

Have you ever visibly shuddered upon seeing the price of “natural, cage-free” eggs? I have. Have you ever stared down an organic piece of fruit, knowing that it’s probably cleaner, healthier and safer than the alternative, and still walked out of the store with conventionally grown fruit because it’s half the price? I’ve done that, too. Have you ever talked to a...

What is permaculture?

What is permaculture?

Jun 16

After a long couple months, I’ve finally completed a nine-minute video for the Simple Living Institute. It attempts to cover what exactly permaculture is and how to implement it, as well as some of the particulars of the Permaculture Design Course that the Institute held in the Spring. They’ve already scheduled another for the fall, though they’re not taking registrants yet....

Recipe Wednesday: Agua de Pepino

Recipe Wednesday: Agua de Pepino

Jun 16

The heat has come in full force in Florida, highs in the mid-nineties all this week. So in order to cool off here is a recipe for a refreshing drink for summer! I love adding cucumber slices to my water instead of lemon, it’s just so tasty and fresh cut cucumber smells so good! This recipe is for a drink from Latin America, in english it’s cucumber limeade.   1 seedless...

The Rusty Spoon

The Rusty Spoon

Jun 14

Colorful restaurants are popping up all over Orlando, it seems, bringing it ever closer to becoming what I consider to be a “real city,” one with a diverse and accessible culture of art, cuisine and community. The most recent step toward this that I’ve heard about is the opening of the Rusty Spoon, a gastro-pub in downtown Orlando, in the 55 West building. Although Laura and I...