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  • Meet me at The Corner Store

    Moving from South Florida to Plant City was a bit of an adjustment. We were used to a fast paced life. Driving on I-95 everyday, or riding the tri-rail to avoid I-95 altogether. Aside from our friends and the beach, the one thing I missed the most was Whole Foods Market. Now, I know what you are thinking. How can I miss Whole Foods when I'm at the market everyday with fresh produce? You see, Whole Foods to me was not about their produce, but it was about their salad bar, deli case and prepared meals. To me Whole Foods was a gate to expanding my culinary tastes with new cheeses, olives, and ethnic products I couldn't find at Publix. So about five years ago, I ventured downtown and I found the corner store.

     

    Photo courtesy of www.MealsandMiles.com

    I remember walking in there or should I say "waddling" in there with our youngest daughter in my belly. The corner store became a special treat for me. I would go there once a week for lunch and look through their shelves. Bring some cheese and olives home. I found the best Coconut Milk at the corner store. Needless to say, it wasn't long before Cynthia and I became friends.

    This past Thursday night was very special. Two friends came together to showcase their businesses and also our beautiful city, Plant City. A select group of Yelpers, I believe most were from the Tampa area, made the "trek" to Plant City for this special "Berry Good Yelp Event". I would say about 80% of the guests had never been to the corner store or Parkesdale Farm Market. But oh boy, they were in for a treat!

    We set up veggie trays with fresh vegetables from the market and our new Smoky Bacon Vidalia Onion dressing for dipping. Our famous Strawberry Salsa and Salsa Grande made an apperance along with our crispy Veggie Chips. We just received a shipment of goodies, so we brought out our new Crushed Olives spread. Be careful, it's got jalapenos in it and it is delicious!

    Of course we brought some of our delicious Parkesdale Strawberry Butter, Blue Blazes, Lemon Marmalade and Hoppin' Frog jams.

    The evening started with Cynthia's amazingly good butternut squash soup. How she makes it so creamy without it being too heavy is beyond me! Then came the salads, the hummus, the cheese plate, the paninis and the wraps. Yes, it was so much food. And all good food. I know I'm partial, but you can read these reviews from the Yelpers. Fresh fruit provided by Parkesdale was beautifully presented in a skewer by the crew at the corner store.

    But it wouldn't be a Parkesdale event without our Famous Strawberry Cookies or our Strawberry Milkshakes! Yes, our amazing employees in the shortcake area figured out how to transport our milkshakes for this event. I'm so thankful for our team! Not only were the guest served our Strawberry Milkshake, but they also got to try our new Pumpkin Pie Milkshake! I think these Yelpers were in shock. I don't think they've ever had so much good food made with fresh, local ingredients and a lot of heart. If you are ever near Plant City, may I suggest you stop at the corner store for lunch, then come down and see us for dessert. You will not be dissapointed!

     

    Did you know we were making Pumpkin Milkshakes?

    Do you ever visit Plant City's Downtown area?

    Have you ever tried Cynthia's great food at the corner store?

     

    P.s. I was too busy having fun and did not take any of these pictures.  Some were taken from Meals and Miles' blog.  The rest were taken from the corner store's Facebook page.

  • Parkesdale Strawberry Cookies Debut at Central Florida Bloggers Conference

    One of the benefits of working at the market, is being able to promote not just Parkesdale, but Plant City.  This past weekend was just that.  On Saturday, I travelled with the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers to Orlando to attend the Central Florida Bloggers Conference at the Orlando Science Center.  By the way, if you have not been to the Orlando Science Center and you have young children, I urge you to go now!  It was a great experience.  So much, that I wish I had brought my girls with me.

    Dino Room at the Orlando Science Center.

    Ok, back to the point of this post.  Travelling in a car filled with our Parkesdale Strawberry Cookies all the way to Orlando was a bit of a challenge.  Making sure the trays didn't tip over was our #1 priority.  Getting to the Orlando Science Center was a bit of a task because there was a Heart Walk going on while we were trying to park.  However, the Orlando police were very helpful in guiding us in the right direction to the unloading docks.  Also, the Orlando Science Center event planners were extremely helpful with unloading the precious cargo: 600 strawberry cookies, bushels of apples and bananas.  Thank you!

     

    Parkesdale Famous Strawberry Cookies

    Once we got the table all set up, thank you Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, it was time to split up and attend the conference sessions.  One of the great things about this conference is the way it was targeted to both bloggers, media and business owners.  There were great topics presented whether you represented a brand or you were trying to become a brand.   The Keynote Speech was presented by Lou Mongello, an expert on Walt Disney World.  His main point was "Be everywhere, Be consistent, Be connected, Be authentic, Be yourself".  This was reiterated through the day.  I also listened to Rachelle Lucas presentation on Twitter, who also spoke of the importance of being genuine, friendly, resourceful, consistent and efficient.  These are just two of the speakers who I knew nothing about prior to attending this conference.

    To say the event was a success it's an understatement.  The level of organization, the quality of speakers and variety of topics surpassed any expectation I had set for myself.  As a Parkesdale representative, I was very happy to have chosen this event to promote not only our business but our community.  To me, reaching out to the Orlando community is like calling on our next door neighbor.  We are so close that we might as well help each other out.  The level of gratitude and excitement over our Parkesdale Strawberry Cookies was a bit overwhelming.  Who knew those chewy strawberry sugary bites covered in powdered sugar would win over such a diverse crowd!  By the way, starting in November, we'll be able to ship our Strawberry Cookies anywhere in the US.  They make great Christmas presents...hint hint. :)

    Have you tried our Parkesdale Strawberry Cookies?

    When was the last time you visited Plant City?

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