Monthly Archives: November 2012
|November 15, 2012||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating|
Next week is Thanksgiving! This year has flown by quickly, and it’s hard to believe that the fourth Thursday in November is so close. Since the holiday is approaching, we thought it would be helpful to post some turkey tips from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the USDA. These websites provide information […] continue reading
|November 13, 2012||Posted by Melissa under Agriculture, Events, Farms|
National Farm-City Week is November 16-22. The Farm-City movement was created to link farmers with those in urban communities, and to educate city dwellers about the people who grow their food. Several counties throughout Florida participate by hosting Farm-City Week events, ranging from dinners to formal programs to farm tours. You can find out about some of these events […] continue reading
|November 11, 2012||Posted by Nicole under Events, Seafood|
Are you ready for some good food and fun? The Yankeetown Seafood Festival is fast approaching, so mark your calendars for November 17. Yankeetown is an “old Florida” coastal village on Florida’s Nature Coast, located just north of Crystal River. The festival, which is held on the tree-lined boulevard of Riverside Drive, offers plenty of Florida seafood […] continue reading
|November 9, 2012||Posted by Melissa under Advertising, Healthy Eating, In Stores, Produce|
Check out the latest Fresh From Florida items on ad in grocery stores around the state. Albertsons • Tangerines – 3 lb – 2/$5.00 • Oranges – 4 lb – 2/$5.00 • Pink Grapefruit – 10/$10.00 Belle Foods • Red Grapefruit – $0.68/each Bravo • Roma Tomatoes – $0.99/lb • Oranges – 4 lb/$1.99 • […] continue reading
|November 9, 2012||Posted by Guest under Cooking, Events, Healthy Eating, Nutrition|
Guest Post submitted by Florida Department of Health, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Want to try some blue food? Blue is the key ingredient of the day and also the international color for diabetes awareness. That’s why Chef Justin and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will dish up some healthy […] continue reading
|November 8, 2012||Posted by Sarah under Cooking, Events, News|
Chef Justin is making his return to the Publix Aprons Cooking School! Foodies in the Tallahassee and Jacksonville areas are invited to join Chef Justin and the Aprons team on November 15 and 16 for a night of cooking, tasting and teaching. Click below to purchase tickets: Tallahassee Cooking School – November 15, 6:30 pm […] continue reading
|November 2, 2012||Posted by Marisol under Agriculture, Horticulture|
In August, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted Florida companies at the Floriade Trade Mission in Venlo, Netherlands. The mission, sponsored by the Southern U.S. Trade Association, was comprehensive and gave the participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the components of the Dutch horticulture trade by visiting the Aalsmeer Auction, the phytosanitary agency […] continue reading
In August, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hosted Florida companies at the Floriade Trade Mission in Venlo, Netherlands. The mission, sponsored by the Southern U.S. Trade Association, was comprehensive and gave the participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the components of the Dutch horticulture trade by visiting the Aalsmeer Auction, the phytosanitary agency Naktuinbouw, the Rotterdam Port, by conducting trade meetings at Dutch nurseries and the Plantarium show, and exploring the Floriade exhibition, which takes place every 10 years.
Dutch horticulture growers are best known for their production of top quality plant materials. Their affordable energy resources such as natural gas and their investment in new technologies like climate and light controlled greenhouses, mechanized plant production, geothermal and dripping irrigation systems, custom packaging, and distribution positions them as leaders in the horticulture trade industry around the world.
According to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Dutch horticulture imports were valued at as much as 8.2 billion euros in 2010. If you wonder how all this relates to Florida’s horticulture business, “Euromonitor International” records reflect more than 12 million dollars in Florida foliage, live plants, tubers and bulbs exports to Holland in 2011. Also, Dutch plant masters own or manage plant production operations in Florida, and Dutch horticulture entrepreneurs visit trade shows like TPIE to develop business relationships.
During our visit we learned that the Dutch local market is the main client because they value gardening so much. Regarding import procedures, the primary phytosanitary restriction is that plant materials cannot be sent on foreign soil growing mediums (defined as a mixture of clay and sand) or plant materials grown on pine bark because is believed to have the potential to be a habitat for beetles. However, plant materials can be shipped on peat or coco moss. There’s a 13 percent import tax for U.S. plant exports to the E.U. For information about European certifications available for your business please visit:
Our intention is to help Florida horticulture businesses engage in international exports. If you would like to be part of this “Florida-Holland Horticulture Affair,” feel free to contact me at Marisol.Alvares@FreshFromFlorida.com.