New Roof Market Construction

Now that our summer vacation is over, it was time to drop a note. A little time off it’s always good for the soul, right? While we were away, there was a lot going on at the market.

Drumroll please….

Tada! Here it is…the market is getting a new roof!

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Yes, that’s right! After so many years, the market is getting a new roof. Can’t wait to show you all!

In the mean time, we are still open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Come on by and find the freshest veggies and fruits in town. Plus, get yourself a milkshake to beat the Florida heat. :)

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Join the Party – Fl Strawberry Festival

Yes, you still have time to Join the Party at the Florida Strawberry Festival this weekend! This year, the Florida Strawberry Festival is celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary. In this age of “throw away” cellphones, its nice to know some traditions still exist.

Happy 80th Birthday to the Florida Strawberry Festival!

Happy 80th Birthday to the Florida Strawberry Festival!

Our first stop when going to the Strawberry Festival is to see the Parkesdale Farms booth. It’s always so beautifully done and this year was no exception. This beautiful 3-tier cake adorned with 80 candles was the centerpiece of the booth. And we can’t forget the strawberry throne!

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After saying our goodbyes, we always head to the midway. But before going on any rides, we make a stop at the Gyro vendor right outside the Arthur Boring building. Two gyros, please, light on the sauce.

 

This year, the girls are fearless! They are now big fans of the Zipper and wanted to ride even crazier ones. Me? I’ll stick with the Ferris Wheel.

 

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After riding a few rides, it was time for dessert. You CAN’T miss the Amish donuts. They have two stands at the Festival. The one on the west side only offers their donuts. The one on the east side has donuts and pretzels. Just be ready to hold a gigantic hot donut on your hand. As you can see, we shared ours.

Don't miss the Amish donuts at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Don’t miss the Amish donuts at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Have you been to the Festival yet?

What’s your favorite part?

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Cranberry Recipes

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to share some cranberry recipes. If you’ve never cooked with fresh cranberries you are in for a treat. That’s right, cranberries aren’t just for juice. They are a versatile, fun and festive ingredient that’s packed with antioxidants and fiber. And they are only 25 calories for half a cup! So, don’t you think it’s about time you take a fresh look at those cranberries!

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Today’s blogger cranberry recipe comes from Denise at RunDMT. She’s found a use for your leftover cranberry sauce. Denise is a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run. In her spare time, she founded Tampa Bay Bloggers. If you don’t have a cranberry sauce recipe, don’t worry. Just check out Lane’s Tequila Jalapeno Cranberry recipe.

Here are some other fun cranberry recipes to try:

Frozen cranberry dessert by the eco chic

Cranberry orange glazed green beens by cupcakes and kale chips

Cranberry orange breakfast buns by smitten kitchen

Cranberry orange granola by the messy baker

And yes, we have fresh cranberries available at the market now. Remember, we’ll be closing around 3 pm on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We’ll be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving but will reopen Friday normal hours (9am to 6 pm). Enjoy!

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