Florida’s spring is short and almost with a blink of the eye, the flowers have bloomed, the cooler temperatures have passed and we are headed for summer.
But with the short season comes some of Florida’s freshest produce, right at our fingertips. It’s likely that not far from where you are is a farmers market, a local farm or a U-Pick operation filled with a bountiful array of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Yes, Florida’s “fresh” and “fabulous” is in season and now is the time to enjoy - as it won’t last much longer.
In addition to supplying us with a bountiful crop, Florida farmers are even helping to educate consumers about how easy it is to enjoy “fresh from the farm” while enjoying a meal –both at home and on the farm.
During May, Bradenton’s King Family Farms features a “farm to table” dinner inviting guests to try the produce grown on the property or by neighboring growers. The dinner includes a tour and history of the farm followed by a delightful sunset dinner with guitar music under the oak trees.
This is something you can do at your nearby farm or in your own backyard, or even in your own home. Anyone can create a “farm to table” dinner and all you have to do is make it fresh.
Whether on the farm or at home, it’s magical and I guarantee you’ll never enjoy a meal like a farm fresh one.
Here’s a look at the menu from Kings Farm. If this doesn’t convince you to buy local and enjoy food from our gracious, hard working farmers, nothing will!
King’s Family Farm Farm to Table Dinner Menu
Farm Ripe Fruit & Rum Punch
Bacon Blueberry & Ricotta Flatbread, Drizzled with Fresh Honey
King Family Farm
Stuffed Miniature Peppers
Lemon Grass & Roasted Corn Soup
Grilled Onions over Farm Greens Topped with a Balsamic Glaze
Grilled Salmon Brushed with Daiken Farm Herb Butter over Wilted Cale & Couscous Pearls
Shortbread Biscuits Topped with Fresh Peaches, Whipped Cream & Tangerine Sugar