Chef Spotlight Featuring Sarah Maier from America’s Second Harvest

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We love highlighting chefs with a purpose and Sarah Maier, with America’s Second Harvest in Savannah, Georgia, certainly fits the profile.   America’s Second Harvest offers a variety of programs:   Brown Bag for the Elderly Since 1984 seniors that meet the requirements are offered a grocery bag filled with nutritionally balanced staples – especially towards month-end […]

Top 25 Local, Spring Season Produce Items And Fresh Ways To Use It!

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Definition of locavore according to one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible.   Locavores are one of the fastest growing populations in the US. Since 2004, according to Google Trends, the search for farmers markets alone has increased between 160 and 200% in just the Jacksonville area.  People want local and The Garden is so […]

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Chef Spotlight Featuring Shawn Stalcup And His Recipe for Pan Seared Grouper

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  We’ve got a special Chef Spotlight for you featuring our very own in-house chef – Shawn Stalcup. He’s a classically trained chef from Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk VA and we’re blessed to have him as a salesperson in The Garden Produce family!   Shawn offers a unique perspective to his customers – […]

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Chef Spotlight Featuring Chris Evans, Owner and Head Chef at Picasso’s

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We recently caught up with Chris Evans Chef/Owner of Picasso’s, one of the hidden gems here in our city. Though unassuming in typical strip mall fashion, Picasso’s serves up some of the most mouthwatering meals you’ll sink your teeth into.   From gourmet St. Louis style pizza, to a chef-inspired Ramen Noodle Bowl, Picasso’s is one of […]

Berry Good Farms – North Florida School For Special Education

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Tucked away near the Southside area of Jacksonville is a hidden gem called Berry Good Farms – North Florida School For Special Education.   It’s here that the school’s “Transition Students”, ages 18-22 and post graduates, ages 22 and up, participate in growing fruits, veggies and fresh herbs through permaculture, aquaculture, tower gardens and raised […]

Say What?! Discover The Most Surprising Thing About Saint Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s day. The day we sport leprechaun hats and shamrock glasses or risk social humiliation.   We celebrate with everything from the Top ‘o the Morning Run in Savannah to the St. Patrick’s Day Party Bus in Jacksonville. Ask any of the participants, “Who was Saint Patrick?” And you’ll get everything from, “no idea” to, “an […]