Eat Local Week
Posted on: Sunday, October 19, 2014 by Darryl McCullough
October 24 through 30 is the 4th annual Eat Local Week in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Information about the events is at its web page, eatlocalsrq.org/week. For those interested in local food in general, the page eatlocalsrq.org/guide has an enormous amount of information about its production and availability in our area.
Several of the week's events may be of particular interest for those of us devoted to fruit trees:
---Saturday, October 25, 7:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.: For those fruit tree needs that won't wait until our annual MRFC sale next May, check out the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota's Fall Fruit Tree Mini-Sale at the Downtown Sarasota Farmer's Market. The vendor is Steve Cucura, a frequent speaker at our club meetings. The actual sale site is on State Street at Lemon Avenue, and there is drive-in access for tree pickup on State Street. The market is quite large and has a wide variety of vendors in addition to its produce sellers. I'd recommend getting there fairly early, and parking as close as possible to Lemon Avenue on either Main Street, First Street, or Second Street, or else south of Main Street on one of the side streets off Orange Avenue.
---Saturday, October 25, 2:00 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m.: Geraldson Community Farm will hold its fall harvest fest. The farm borders Palma Sola Park directly to the south, with access on 99th St NW. The Fest will feature a number of vendors, food, music, crafts, a hay ride, and no doubt a tour of the farm. As part of the Fest, at 3:00 there will be a tour of our rare fruit tree collection at Palma Sola, guided by our club President Ray Jones.
---Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.: A repeat of the tour of our Palma Sola collection, again hosted by Ray Jones.
---Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.: A special monthly meeting of the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota, with the theme Twelve Months of Local Fruit Harvest. I'll be giving an introductory-level talk on fruiting seasons of the rare fruits that grow in our area. The meeting site is the main meeting room at Selby Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave, with free parking immediately across the street in the large lot between Palm Ave and Orange Ave. The view overlooking Sarasota Bay is spectacular, and there is a small collection of rare fruit trees in the surrounding area. Our sister fruit tree club in Sarasota has made a nice comeback after some hard times, and like me a number of people enjoy being members of both clubs.
These are all free events.
Eat Local Week has many other events that may be of interest. One that I'd like to highlight is the Wild Edible Plant Walk with Green Deane of EatTheWeeds.com, on Thursday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. at Emerson Point Preserve in Palmetto. Green Deane's knowledge of wild plants is astounding, and for any lover of nature, his walks are a fascinating experience. This event costs $20, with pre-registration required.
Don Hall of Transition Sarasota is the main organizer of Eat Local Week, and he has put together a remarkable program. I hope you will be able to participate in whichever events are of interest to you.