This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
The winters here in Pennsylvania can be absolutely brutal, so when summer finally comes it can be a breath of fresh air – literally. Windows open, the smell of fresh cut grass fills the neighborhood, fresh produce is found in abundance, and boats and jet skiis fill up the lakes. The gorgeous summers here almost make up for the crappy winters. Almost.
I’d love to someday move to a warmer climate, but the fact that our family is here keeps us up North. However, this past year my parents entered a new stage of life – retirement. They’re finally able to live out their dream and spend the chilly winters lounging on the beaches of Florida. (So jealous!) While we certainly miss them (and the free babysitting!) while they’re away, it gives us a great excuse to take a yearly trip to Florida to visit, and take advantage of their cushy retirement community.
Avery in Florida this year – ready to swim!
One of my favorite things to do while we’re in Florida is to visit their farmer’s markets. It seems like no matter where in Florida we go, there is always a fantastic farmer’s market, offering rows and rows of fresh veggies, fruits, freshly caught seafood, homemade baked goods, and even dog treats. I love to go early in the morning with mom, pick up some fresh meat and veggies, and then go home later that evening and grill it for dinner. Florida has some of the biggest and best variety of fruits and veggies around, much better than the limited selection that we grow in PA.
If you want to learn more about some of the fantastic produce that comes from Florida, check out the Fresh from Florida website, which is the website for the Florida Department of Agriculture. They promote locally grown Florida produce and fresh seafood, and have a bunch of great recipes that include some of their best seasonally grown Florida products – like blueberries, tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelon and seafood. Not only are the recipes on the website delicious, they are healthy as well. They also have a great list of farmer’s markets and CSA’s in Florida to make it easier to buy local produce. Next week I’ll be sharing an original recipe made with some of Florida’s finest produce – it will be quick and easy to make, and super healthy as well.