This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
Eating good in the neighborhood. That actually sounds like a commercial but it is in fact how I choose to feed my family. Until a few years ago, we always had a vegetable garden big enough to feed the family and then some. As I’m getting older, the thrill of gardening is vanishing. I can think of a dozen other ways which I’d rather spend my time, then hunched over a garden, pulling weeds in 100-degree weather. And our Georgia gnats are the most annoying pests all summer long.
I still like to get my hands dirty though but on a smaller scale. I always plant a few vegetables and herbs in container gardens but it’s more of a hobby than a source of food. Thankfully for me, Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round. There is always something in season at many of our local grocery stores. The Fresh Market has the largest display in my area and when I walk in the door, I head to the produce section to see what is in season. Another place I can find Florida fresh veggies is at my local Dollar General. Even though I’m not growing the foods myself, I’m still giving my family the freshest foods available and I feel good about that.
As an experienced gardener, I can’t be fooled when it comes to fresh. That’s one of the main reasons I buy Fresh From Florida produce. When they say fresh, they mean fresh. The next time you’re shopping at your favorite Fresh From Florida distributor, check out their bell peppers (they’re perfect for making stuffed peppers), strawberries, tomatoes (which makes the best tomato relish), mushrooms, radish, snap beans and cabbage. Not only is it satisfying to eat fresh in-season vegetables but it’s also healthy because of the higher nutrition value. Not only is health important to me but I really love knowing I’m helping to support local farmers by buying Fresh From Florida.
Take Fresh From Florida radishes for example. They taste like they were just pulled from the garden. I have always enjoyed root vegetables but especially radishes. I could sit and eat a whole bag of them, and I have, many times, lol. It would be putting it mildly to say that I buy a lot of radishes. I buy boatloads of them. I use them in so many foods not just in my salads. I even make a delicious radish soup which I will share in the near future. If you’d like to go ahead and buy some to try my recipe, don’t forget to look for the Fresh From Florida brand.
As a child, I grew up on a strawberry farm in Pennsylvania. We grew them specifically for fresh-market sales. When they were in season, my siblings and I would beg our mom to take us to the strawberry patch where we’d fill up on fresh strawberries until we couldn’t eat anymore. We’d dash to the garden with whatever strawberries we were able to stop ourselves from devouring and pick rhubarb so mom would make fresh strawberry rhubarb pies. Those were the day. You can’t beat fresh strawberries, you just can’t. I get that same just picked freshness with Fresh From Florida strawberries.
The next time you’re out shopping, be sure to follow the fresh. If you’ve tried Fresh From Florida vegetables, which one did you buy, or which ones?
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