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~October Events~

Join us in October as we partner with organizations around the state to host workshops and events!

Date Event Description
3-4 Florida Local Food Summit The FIRST Annual Florida Local Food Summit will leave participants inspired, connected and well equipped to face challenges associated with improving our state’s local food system. We aim to provide attendees the technical assistance and networking opportunities to grow all areas of local food from field to fork and beyond, and mobilize their communities to create positive change.


4 Venice Farmers Market Fresh Access Bucks Grand Opening Join the Venice Farmers Market, Venice’s City Council and County Commissioner Christine Robinson for the Fresh Access Bucks grand opening!


7 Eat Local, Give Local The Beaches Green Market & Atlantic Beach Mid-Week Market are hosting Eat Local, Give Local, a fundraising event for Fresh Access Bucks. With the generous support of Jaxon Social, the evening includes farm-to-table cuisine, craft cocktails and live music by Whetherman. Admission is $75. Tickets may be purchased online at
16 Englewood Farmers Market Fresh Access Bucks Kick-Off Event Join the Englewood Farmers Market for their Fresh Access Bucks kickoff event and celebrate access to healthy food for all!


18-19 Grow Fest! Grow Fest! is about connecting the dots between the farm or garden and the dinner table. It’s about providing the knowledge and materials to grow, forage, buy, prepare, and eat good, local, seasonal food. At the Redland Fruit and Spice Park, visitors can attend demos, workshops and presentations, listen to live music and purchase gardening supplies. FOG will be present tabling with information about our programs, with organic juice and water for sale.


22 Zen Pumpkin Soup Cooking Demo Learn how to prepare Zen Pumpkin Soup (Locally sourced Seminole pumpkin) cooking demonstration Wednesday, October 22nd @ 5:30PM at the Downtown Union Street Farmers Market. The demo will be presented by Stefanie Samara Hamblen and sponsored by Florida Organic Growers. 

Accompanying the cooking demonstration, there will be a nutrition education table providing information on the nutritional quality of seasonal produce, healthy eating habits and other easy-to-prepare cooking recipes. The table will be run by UF Nutrition and Dietetics student volunteers. There will be opportunities to win food preserving goodies and coupons.

Food Day Cooking Demo 2014


25-26 New Leaf Market Farm Tour Thirty-four local farms are opening their doors and inviting you to experience farm life. Each farm is offering something special. Families can enjoy tours that include barnyard animals, farm-fresh goods and refreshments. You can attend a workshop on beekeeping, take a hayride or talk to farmers who are committed to organic production. Visit working cattle and goat ranches, a dairy or a winery. And of course, purchase amazingly fresh goods directly from the farm.


25 FAB Family Fun Day at the Venice Farmers Market Join the Venice Farmers Market to celebrate their Fresh Access Bucks program. The event includes FAB Magic w/ Glenn Gary, along with Suzanne Andrews, Mother’s Cupboard, conducting a cooking demo with items from the market, and Elaine Bronson, Aqua Zainey One Stroke Painting, doing face painting.  There will also be a ‘Planting Garden’ workshop with Dr. Robert Kluson of UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension. 
27 Seven Days of Local Delights FOG is participating again this year in Tallahassee’s Eat Local Week, known as the Seven Days of Local Delights. FOG will be hosting a discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), exploring their social, health and environmental impacts. It will be at the Miccosukee Root Cellar from 6:30-7:30 at the 1311 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308.


29 Sarasota Eat Local Week FOG will be participating in Sarasota’s Eat Local Week, tabling at the event and providing educational materials related to sustainable food systems. 
30 Englewood Farmers Market Englewood Farmers Market will be hosting a family fun day. FOG will have a table promoting Fresh Access Bucks and helping with market tours.

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