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  • New Year's Eve Traditions

     

    Does your family have special New Year's Eve traditions?  Living in Plant City, we get a lot of customer requests for black eye peas  for their New Year's Eve dinner.  That was a new one for me. Apparently, black eye peas must be eaten around midnight or during New Year's Day for good luck. Check out these links for different ways to prepare your black eye peas:

    http://nourishedkitchen.com/black-eyed-pea-cakes/

     

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    Our other must have item is grapes.  We double up on grapes because those will all be gone come New Years Eve.  Eating the grapes at midnight is something we always did growing up.  Our dinner was always arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), pernil (roasted pork), and guineitos en escabeche (pickled bananas).  Now that I have my own family, we usually spend New Year's Eve with friends that we don't see on a regular basis.  The menu is the least of our worries.  In fact, I think last year we ordered pizza!

    We've actually planned on cooking dinner this year.  The guys will be grilling.  We'll be bringing some of our favorite things from our market: :)

    The Market will be open on New Year's Eve from 9 am to 3 pm.  We'll be closed on New Year's Day and will reopen January 2nd at 9 am.  We hope you have a Happy New Year with your loved ones and Best Wishes for the New Year from our family to yours! Happy New Year!

  • World Famous Strawberry Shortcake is Back!

    As soon as we start planting our strawberry plants, the phones at the market start ringing.  People calling and emailing wanting to know when will we start serving our Strawberry Shortcake.  The disappointment in their voice is heartbreaking when we have to tell them "not yet".

    You see, enjoying our Strawberry Shortcake is sort of a big deal.  We only serve it from January to mid April while we have our very own locally grown fresh strawberries.  We wouldn't have it any other way.  You just can't make strawberry shortcake with frozen berries.  It's just not right! ;)

    This year we started serving our "World Famous" Strawberry Shortcake on December 21st, just in time for Christmas!  The recipe has been the same for over 30 years.  And while I can't share it, I will tell you what makes our Strawberry Shortcake the best!

    You can't go wrong when you use fresh ingredients.  The key to a great Strawberry Shortcake is the strawberries.  Growing our own berries gives us an advantage.  The berries you are eating in your Strawberry Shortcake were most likely picked that morning!  Easy as that!  Fresh berries grown right here in Plant City.  It doesn't get any better than that!

  • Parkesdale Market gets an upgrade

    When was the last time you stopped by our market?  If you've come by and seen a lot of heavy machinery keep reading and I'll tell you why...

    The girls have had a lot of fun with all the heavy equipment at the market.  Here's a view of the parking lot in the back area of the market.  As you can tell, we are just getting started.

     

     

    Further back some trees were removed to dig a "pond" for water retention/detention.

    Quite a bit of dirt was removed.  Yes, the girls did climb up the dirt mountain.  Probably more times than I care to admit. ;)

    Then came the trucks with crushed asphalt.  That certainly took a while.

    Earlier this year we purchased the adjacent property to the east of our market with plans of expanding our current parking lot.

    Here it is.  Sixteen more parking spots!

    And while we were at it, it only made sense to make our main parking lot a little bit prettier.  Don't you think?

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