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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Do you read Nutrional Panels?

    Ever wonder how many calories your salad dressing has?  If you haven't checked lately, you might be surprised.  Here you are eating all your veggies, thinking and feeling you are doing something right for your body.  Then, you're shocked to see your favorite salad dressing has an obscene amount of calories.

    Well, the other night I decided to pick up dinner from Zaxbys.  I chose their "Black and Blue Chicken Salad" with grilled chicken.  It came with a pouch of Mediterranean Salad Dressing.  One look at the salad dressing's nutritional panel revealed 140 calories per package, which amounts to 3 tablespoons.  Instead, I opened my refrigerator and found a bottle of Vidalia Onion Creamy Cucumber dressing.  Parkesdale's Vidalia Onion Creamy Cucumber dressing has only 20 calories per tablespoon, yet it is full-flavored without the "fake food" taste.  As the name implies, the Vidalia Onion Creamy Cucumber is creamy with lots of flavor and a hint of dill.

    Did you know Parkesdale offers over 15 different salad dressings?  Other favorite low calorie dressings include:  Vidalia Onion Summer Tomato, Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette, and Vidalia Sweet Pepper Vinaigrette.  What's your favorite salad dressing?


  • An orchid love affair.

    Working at Parkesdale Market, you really can't miss the seasons.  Even though at times Florida seems to just have one: Summer.  Valentine's Day comes around and everyone wants Red Roses.  During Easter, the market is flooded with all types of bulbs. From Hyacinths to Calla Lilly, you name it, we probably have it!  Can't forget Christmas, the Poinsettias take over and the greenhouses are filled with multiple shades of red, white and pink.  But all year long, there is the still one.  She taunts me...

    Simple and magnificent.  Beautiful and scary.  I would often walk by them and just turn around, only because I would be afraid of "killing them".  But you can only walk by them so many times before you give into their allure.  So, every year I would bring a few home in the hopes that they would survive.  And every year, I would be sadly disappointed with my results.  You see, my house is pretty bright, so I was keeping them by a window.  I thought they were getting enough sun and water...apparently not.  So, last year when they finished blooming I moved them outside under our tree.

    Just last week, as I was rushing to get the girls to school and myself to work, I noticed some of the blooms had opened up!  Finally.  It seems like I've waited an eternity, because I've forgotten what color the orchids were, but really it was just a few months.  The simple, magnificent, beautiful and no longer scary orchids were greeting me!

  • It's Strawberry Festival Time!

    Did you know the Florida Strawberry Festival dates back to the 1930s?  The Florida Strawberry Festival begins March 1 thru March 11th.  That's 11 days of fair food.  But don't worry, you'll be getting all of your antioxidants with every bite of strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshake, strawberry cookie, or flat of berries you purchase.  Wanna double up on your antioxidants?  Get the chocolate dipped strawberries!

    Parkesdale Farms founder, Roy Parke was an active member in the Florida Strawberry Festival Board of Directors for about 45 years.  The Parkesdale Farms booth offers our strawberry cookies, strawberry bread, strawberry preserves and of course our sweetest strawberries.  The Parkesdale Greenhouses booth is full of beautiful plants all grown here in Plant City Florida.  You can find our booths in the Parke Building.   The Parke Building, named after Roy and Helen, is located between gates 8 and 10.

    The first day of the Strawberry Festival is always exciting.  No matter how many years go by, the Strawberry Festival is always very special to the Parke Family.  This is what we look forward to all year long.  The whole family is involved in the festivities and craziness that comes with the additional thousands of people that will now stop by our market because they saw one of our booths at the Strawberry Festival.  How many of you learned about Parkesdale Farms from your visit to the Florida Strawberry Festival?





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