This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
With such a small garden at my home, I don’t have the space to grow what I would like to put in my freezer. But, no need to worry since I live in Florida and I know there will be plenty fresh veggies and fruit to choose from. I prepare my calendar and patiently wait for all the emails telling me its time to visit our local farms and pick all the Fresh from Florida produce we can carry home.
But there are times when I can’t go pick my own produce and prefer to go to my local grocery store. The beginning of the year in Central Florida is the best time to purchase so much fresh produce. I love to shop at Publix because I know their shelves will be stocked with Fresh from Florida produce locally grown.
Almost a fourth of my local Publix is produce with fresh veggies and fruit. Not only this time of the year but most of the year from our local farmers.
I have several varieties of lettuce in my garden right now and look at all the different varieties of tomatoes to use to make a salad with. Radishes are also a great choice for salads. Buying in-season produce is such a frugal way to shop.
I love making smoothies with fresh strawberries I have frozen to use throughout the year. I just wash whole strawberries, take off the green tops, let dry, lay on a flat pan to flash freeze and then store in freezer bags.
Fresh cabbage is another great choice now. Its crappie fishing season in Central Florida and its a must to serve a bowl of homemade coleslaw as a side dish.
Bell peppers, mushrooms, and snap beans are also available. I will cut up the peppers and freeze the same way I do strawberries.
I love making homemade cream of mushroom soup with fresh mushrooms and the snap beans are a perfect side dish with almost any meal.
How do you know you are getting Fresh from Florida produce? Look for that familiar Florida sunshine on the package. Florida farmers make it so easy to find their products in the stores with that emblem.
I find a lot of my recipes at the Fresh from Florida website run by the Florida Department of Agriculture. Be sure to also check out their easy how-to videos for quick and healthy recipes to make with all the fresh veggies and fruit.
Where do you buy locally grown produce?
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!