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  • Where do you buy your honey?

    Did you know we sell honey?  It is one of our best sellers!   People come to our market looking for honey all the time.  Whether our customers use it for cooking, medicinal purposes or just for their morning cup of tea, we go through a lot of honey!

    I'm not sure if you were aware of this, but this past April there was a lot of controversy right here in Florida over ultra-filtrated honey brought in from China and re-sold under store name brands at local stores.  Buyer beware!  This ultra-filtrated honey lacks all the nutritional benefits like pollen.  According to Food Safety News, 3/4 of the honey sold at U.S. grocery stores isn't honey!

     

    We normally carry two types of honey: Orange Blossom and Tupelo.  Orange Blossom, as the name implies, comes from Orange groves throughout central Florida.  Tupelo honey comes from the Tupelo tree which is mostly found around northwest Florida.   This summer we brought in Palmetto honey.  Palmetto honey comes from the blooms of the saw palmetto palm which grows throughout Florida.

    There's much debate as to whether how far "local" honey can still be called "local".   Most people say about 50 miles.  I've also heard the debate that because there are no mountains in Florida, all Florida honey is local.   My thoughts on this local debate is that anything from Florida should be considered local.

     

    We have a large variety of sizes available for sale.   We offer 8 oz, 16 oz and 32 oz in both the Tupelo and the Orange Blossom.  We also carry honey with the honey comb.  If you can't make it to our market, but would still like to taste of Florida honey, visit our website for more info.

    I must admit, I'm partial to the Tupelo honey.  It's a lot brighter in color than the Orange Blossom.  According to the Tupelo Beekeepers Association, Tupelo honey is the only honey that will not granulate and it's use is recommended by doctors for diabetic patients.  At our home, I use it to combat seasonal allergies.  Since making the move to Plant City from Boca Raton, my allergies have been a lot better ever since I started using our honey on  a regular basis.  I know this because I used to take Zyrtec every day in the spring.  I couldn't go a day without it or my eyes would start burning and my nose would start running.  This past spring was the first Orange Blossom season I did not need a Zyrtec.  :)

    When shopping for honey, make sure to look for raw, unfiltered or local labels on it.  These labels will ensure you get the most benefits from your purchase.

  • Spicy Chicken Enchiladas

    Have you ever tried making Chicken Enchiladas?  It may sound like a lot of work, but I think they are totally worth it.  To make the shredded chicken, I  take a couple of seasoned chicken breast in a pan with a bit of water or chicken stock.  You'll basically boil the chicken for about 20 minutes.  Once the chicken is cooked, pull the chicken apart with the fork and you can add shredded cheese and greek yogurt to make your filling.  If you don't like greek yogurt, you can add sour cream.  My girls can't tell the difference between sour cream and greek yogurt :).

    Once you got your filling ready, then it's time to roll the tortillas.  Place the filled tortillas in a single layer in a glass casserole and pour your favorite salsa on top.    Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and put back in the oven (without the foil) for another 5 minutes.

    This time, we used our Parkesdale Farm Market Five Amigos Salsa.  Be warned, this is very hot.  We've always used it with chips as a snack but never cooked with it.  Oh my!  I was glad I had saved some tortillas without the salsa for the girls because it was almost too hot for us to eat.  I guess cooking the salsa made it even hotter.

    I think next time, we'll try it with the Pepper Patch Salsa instead.  The Pepper Patch Salsa is on the mild-medium side, so hopefully it won't turn too spicy!

    • What's your favorite Mexican dish?
    • Do you like mild or hot salsas?

     

     

  • Cherry, Strawberry and Blueberry Crisp

    Last summer Dad found these amazing crisps and cobbler mixes to carry at our market.  The thought of making desert without a lot of ingredient mixing appealed to me right away.  Remember, I'm not really into baking.  I'll share a little secret, my husband was constantly making the peach cobblers last year because they were so easy and delicious!  I think he was making them at least once a week!  I may or may not  have had a bit of it for breakfast last summer.

    Customers really seemed to enjoy these crisps and cobbler mixes as well.  We've been getting a lot of requests for them lately with all the yummy summer fruit, so I went ahead and placed an order this morning.  We should have them in stock by Saturday.

    To make the "Berry Crisp", I used 1 container of strawberries, 1 container of blueberries and 1 container of cherries. After thoroughly rinsing the fruit, I sliced the strawberries and pitted the cherries.  I almost didn't add the cherries, but decided they would be worth the work.  Layer the fruit on one ungreased baking sheet.   The instructions said to add 5 tablespoons of softened butter to the mix and sprinkle it over the fruit.  Done.

    Pre-heat oven at 400 F and bake for 25-30 minutes.  We were a bit impatient so ours was in there for 25 minutes.  The smell of the berries and the sugar/cinnamon from the mix was intoxicating.

    This is the kind of dessert I like to make.  You can literally put in the oven while you are eating dinner and enjoy a wonderful homemade dessert after.   Everything you need is in the bag.  Just mix with some butter, add your fruit and you are done!  Notice I used the Apple and Fruit Crisps mix.  It doesn't matter, the label says you can use any kind of fruit.  I think next time I'll try pineapple and mango.

    • What's your favorite summer dessert?
    • Do you prefer crisps or cobblers?

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