Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 Localecopia Meet & Greet At The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, Fla:Updated Version

The atmosphere was festive at this year's Localecopia Meet & Greet. Tables decked out in colorful produce and food items invited in chefs and restaurant owners. Ingredients for every course of a meal, from appetizer to dessert, was represented at the event.
Farmer Carl Frost, Kai Kai Farm of Indiantown, Fla
Kai Kai Farm, Indiantown, Fla., is a 40-acre farm that uses organic growing methods and practices water conservation. They grow produce year round and have a huge assortment of vegetables and strawberries. They are a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. This means you can become a member by buying shares, in advance, for a portion of their next season's crop that gets you the first pick of the produce. They also sell items at the Sunday Palm Beach Gardens Green Market.
D & D Family Farms of Stuart, Fla
D & D Family Farms, Stuart, Fla., has been growing vegetables in Florida for many generations.  Their 10-acre u-pick-it farm is located close to exit 133, off the turnpike. They use organic growing methods.This year they are growing squash blossoms and nasturtiums. You can purchase their produce by either becoming a CSA member or by going to the farm or to the Saturday West Palm Beach Green Market or Sunday Palm Beach Gardens. Now Closed.
Mushroom grower Michael of Oyster Island Mushrooms,
Vero, Fla.
Oyster Island Mushrooms,LLC, Vero Beach, Fla., grows mainly Shiitaki and Oyster mushrooms.Occasionally they grow Maitaki, Piopinno, and Lion's Mane. They also sell mushroom growing blocks.  You can buy their products at the West Palm Beach Green Market or the Palm Beach Gardens Green Market. Now closed.

 Francesca's Terra Verde Farm Club, Jupiter, Fla., is a medium sized farm club that has access to over 24 farms around the State of Florida. You can buy their produce by getting a membership or going to the Sunday afternoon Tequesta Green Market. Now closed.

Pascale's LLC, Delray Beach, Fla., makes small-batch gourmet jams, preserves, and hot sauce with many Florida grown seasonal ingredients like mango and papaya. Their products are preservative free.

The Lord's Place, West Palm Beach, Fla., is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that helps people overcome their homelessness. Residents tend a garden that supplies produce to Cafe Joshua. Formerly homeless, chef apprentices get to train at Cafe Joshua and all proceeds from the cafe go to the Lord's Place

Localecopia a non-profit organization that started in 2008, promotes local product consumption by bringing together people, farmers, universities, businesses, and government officials. They encourage sustainable business models, and low carbon footprint practices.

Updated January 2018

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