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Tag: Local Food

Savor the Flavor of Florida Summer

I cannot be the only one noticing the mangoes dripping off the trees across south Orlando. The bountiful blushy pink fruits remind us that Florida’s summers are not quite the food deserts that we dramatize. In fact, Florida… Read More

‘SWFL Fresh’ campaign encourages purchase of local food

Special to The News-Press, May 30, 2020 Southwest Florida is home to a wide range of agricultural commodities, and our farmers are producing some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and seafood you can find. That’s good news for… Read More

Using CFAP2 Funding in Marketing to Local Consumers

This article shares information on the 2nd iteration of CFAP funding and ways growers can use the funds in marketing their products to local consumers.  Marketing recommendations are based on a focus group study conducted by the UF/IFAS… Read More

Free Advertising for Your Farm

Direct  to  consumer  marketing such as on-farm sales, farmers markets,  community  supported  agriculture,  U-picks  and  farm tours  can  be  a  great  way  to  generate  customers and get people to share their experience about your business through word of… Read More

Farms deliver produce to local food banks through USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

When COVID-19 shut down the food service industry, which supplies entertainment venues like sports arenas, cruise ships and theme parks, many farmers had crops out in the field without their usual buyers open to purchase the goods. The… Read More

Eating from Backyard Gardens in South Florida

The pandemic of 2020 has many families faced with job loss, reduced income, and tight budgets leading to limited food options. Food donation lines are long. Many are in need. Farmers are making local produce available directly to… Read More

The Challenge of Food Waste and Loss & How You Can Help

Some of the compelling images during the coronavirus pandemic have shown massive amounts of produce being plowed under and milk being dumped.  At the same time, people across the nation and world are facing financial hardship, food supply… Read More

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on… Read More

Helping Buyers and Sellers Connect During COVID-19 Disruptions to Florida Food Markets

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Florida food markets. Sales of food products to restaurants and schools have fallen drastically. Some farmers markets have closed. Sales through grocery stores spiked upward initially, but recent limits on… Read More