Monthly Archives: August 2009
|August 27, 2009||Posted by admin under Cooking, Healthy Eating, News, Nutrition|
As few as 50 years ago, American housewives across the nation spent each day preparing homemade meals for their families. Now it’s as easy as buying a whole meal frozen, popping it in the microwave and eating it – all in under 20 minutes – and with hardly any clean up! At some point in the […] continue reading
|August 25, 2009||Posted by admin under FAPC|
Today’s economy has consumers seeking solutions that will save money on groceries to other essential items. By eliminating shipping costs, local sourcing is a way Harveys and other retailers keep prices down to help customers save money. Harveys is promoting locally grown by using the “Fresh from Florida” logo and supporting the local sustainable food movement. […] continue reading
|August 25, 2009||Posted by admin under Produce|
I recently wrote an article for a publication from the Florida Dental Association on the benefits of fruits and vegetables to dental/oral health. One of the things I discovered while researching for it is that strawberries can be used to whiten your teeth (just be sure to rinse afterwards because the acid is bad for […] continue reading
|August 24, 2009||Posted by admin under Horticulture|
By Arlette Roberge, Guest Contributor I have learned a lot in four months. I started to write this blog entry about water gardening last May, but at the time I had more questions than answers. Since then, I have learned a lot about how to keep a water garden beautiful and clean. Water gardening has […] continue reading
|August 19, 2009||Posted by admin under Wine|
Let’s back up for a minute and take a deep breath. It seems that we (collective) have created way too many layers of thought about wine. We have talked about drinking, tasting, descriptors (we’re not finished with that one), favored countries, the states with the best wine, self-important wine writers on the payroll and my […] continue reading
With Florida produce coming into season soon, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of our most popular commodities, when they are available, how to buy them, tips and storage information.
The first on my list is the tomato. Botanically the tomato is a fruit; however, they are legally considered a vegetable. They are mainly produced in South Florida, although some production takes place in North Florida. Tomatoes have two growing seasons in Florida – one from early September into early January, then late January through July. The peak months of production are December and early January as well as March, April and May.
How to buy
The best test for a great tomato is not color but aroma. Smell the stem end, and you should smell a strong sweet-acidic fragrance. Choose tomatoes that are plump, shiny and that give slightly when pressure is applied. The perfect looking tomato does not mean it will have the best aroma and taste. (more…)