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  • Canning and Preserving Demo with Chef Petraski from The Ravenous Pig

    On a recent trip to Winter Park, we stopped at The Ravenous Pig for dinner.  We've eaten lunch there once this past summer and loved it.  So we couldn't pass up on the opportunity to try their dinner menu.  The restaurant is located in downtown Winter Park just off I-4.  They call themselves a "GastroPub" meaning a pub-like experience but with amazing food you would find at fancier restaurants.   Wonderfully prepared food in a cozy, comfortable environment? Sold!

    Photo courtesy of Ravenous Pig

    We started the evening with the house-made charcuterie and artisan cheese table with house made pickled vegetables.  If I'm ever left on a stranded island, please give me meats and cheese like these to survive.  I will be just fine.

    Whenever I go to a restaurant I always look for items I can't cook at home, so the pan seared tuna with olives and watermelon beets caught my eye.  The fresh and roasted pomegranate seeds were a nice surprise in this dish.  But the winner had to be the Kalamata olive puree/cream whatever it was, I want more of it!  After eating this pan seared tuna I don't think I can ever order pan seared tuna if it comes with soy sauce and sesame seeds.

    While I didn't have the pleasure to meet Chef James Petrakis, I was contacted by their Marketing Manager in hopes to create an event to promote their newly released cookbook The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida.  You can read some great reviews from Eat Local Orlando.  After reading more about their philosophy, we agreed to host them at our market for a demo/book signing event.

    Chef James Petrakis will be at our market on December 15th from 9 am to 12 pm demonstrating his canning and preserving techniques as well as some other "secrets" from his kitchen. Signed copies of his book will also be available for sale and will make great Christmas presents this Holiday.  The event is free and if you would like to RSVP for the event, please click here.  We'd love to see you tomorrow!

  • How does your garden grow?

    About a month ago, I finally had some time to clear the weeds out of our vegetable growing box and decided to plant some seeds for the winter growing season.  This is something I started to do with the girls last year just for fun.  I think its important for kids to know where their food comes from.  After looking through our seed packets, my assistant picked broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, lettuce, eggplant and swiss chards.

    After choosing the packets, it was time to get to work.  My assistant insisted she had to be properly dressed in order to begin her garden. :)  Who am I to argue with her?

    Carefully selecting the seeds.

    A gentle pat on the ground to cover the seeds.  Around the gardening box we went.  Last year we had great success with the cauliflower and broccoli plants we bought from Lowes.  So, I'm really curious to see how we do with them because this time we are starting from seed.  So far, with very minimal care I must add, the chards, lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli seem to be going at full speed.

    This picture was taken about 20 days after planting.  Previously we've had problems with snails and slugs.  After a quick google search, I learned that ground coffee beans have been used to combat slugs and snails.  So, off to Starbucks I went!  It seems to be working so far.  I've also learned that ground coffee beans are great as mulch.  I'd say its probably time for me to pick some more up!

    Here are some other useful links on growing vegetables at home:




  • Let us help you with your Christmas shopping list

    Do you have friends or family on your Christmas list who live out of state?  Why not send them a little bit of Florida Sunshine?  Or better yet, send them a little bit of Plant City!  For over 30 years, Parkesdale Market has been packing and shipping the best Florida Citrus across the US.  With over 30 Gift Fruit packages, you’ll be able to choose a gift sure to please anyone!  Our gift fruit packages have always been 100% guaranteed!



    Our most popular all-citrus packs are the full bushel (approximately 36 pounds), ¾ bushel (approximately 27 lbs), ½ bushel (approximately 18 pounds) and the ¼ bushel (approximately 9 lbs).  These packages are available with all Navels, Ruby Red Grapefruit or mixed.  The Navels and Ruby Red Grapefruit are seedless, sweet and juicy.  Prices start at $30.95 for the ¼ bushel.  Shipping charges are $10.95 for any package anywhere in the US.


    Take advantage of our $2.00 off coupon on every ½, ¾ and full bushel package.  The coupon can be found at our market inside every brochure. For website purchases, just write “$2Flyer” in the comments section. :)


    A new package this year is the Field Citrus Crate.  This super cute, hand made wooden crate can be used for so many things around the house.  You’ll surely be remembered after the citrus is gone!  These crates are available with Navel oranges and Ruby Red Grapefruit for $48.99 (plus $10.95 anywhere in the US).  You may upgrade it by shipping Honeybells instead of Navel oranges for an additional $5.


    For your convenience, we’ve created a couple of gifts featuring our favorite products.  Our Taste of Parkesdale basket is made up of our strawberry dressing, strawberry salsa, strawberry butter, strawberry preserves and No-Sugar added strawberry preserves for $30.95 (plus shipping charges).  This is one basket for the Strawberry lover in your family!


    Another crowd pleaser basket is the Strawberry cookies and Strawberry bread packed with our Strawberry preserves for $16.95 (plus UPS shipping charges).  Because seriously, who can resist our strawberry cookies or bread?


    But if you’d like to pick your own items, we’d gladly help you prepare a custom basket.   Nancy and Maribel  from our Gift Fruit Department are very knowledgeable when it comes to choosing the right items for every budget.  Let us help you take some stress out of your Holiday shopping!  You can give us a call at 813-754-2704 or toll free at 888-311-1701, visit our website at www.parkesdale.com or stop by for a visit before December 10th to guarantee gift fruit delivery by Christmas!  We love seeing y’all!

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