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Local Spotlight—Southern Craft Creamery

By Gretchen Hein

Free Range Chicken Eggs Threatened

By Crystal Wakoa

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are concerned about the possibility of salmonella contamination in our eggs. Good news, right? If the concern was genuine, it would be. But once again, the agencies, under the guise of protecting your food, are just making it harder for organic egg farmers who provide outdoor access to their chickens to stay in business.

Local Spotlight—Hot Pepper Dudes

By Bridget Welch, LMT

A love of fresh and fiery ingredients led to the birth of Tampa-based company, national award winning, Hot Pepper Dudes, LLC.

When spicy food lover Chris Billet couldn't find anything other than jalpeños and habañeros in his local grocery stores and farmers’ markets, he decided to grow his own peppers. Starting in 1999, he experimented with growing hot peppers, and soon he was producing so many, he started learning to can, pickle, and make hot sauces to preserve his harvest.

Local BBQ Sauce Is Keeping It Sassy

By Gretchen Hein

The love of good food and good times gave rise to Nellie’s Sweet & Sassy BBQ Sauce. That’s the way Monk Miller, founder of the business tells it, anyway. Monk’s grandmother Nellie, more commonly known as “Big Nanny,“ had a tremendous influence on Monk and his love of cooking and entertaining. Sure that his recipe would inspire the same in others, Monk set about to put a jar of his favorite sauce in every kitchen.

Eat Local, America!

June is Eat Local month at New Leaf Market! In conjunction with other NCGA member co-ops, New Leaf Market asks our customers to challenge yourselves to increase your consumption of local products for one month. Newbies are asked to incorporate local ingredients into at least three meals a week. Locavores (meaning anyone who eats locally grown or produced foods on a regular basis) are asked the eat 80 percent of their food from local sources.

Canine Friendly Local Ladybird & Friends Hot Sauce

By Bridget Welch, LMT

“We’d never consider letting a can opener into our kitchen,” say Justin and Stephana Gaudin, who believe, “the best things in life remain relatively simple.” This is why they produce Ladybird & Friends Hot Sauce in small handcrafted batches in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Each flavor is carefully constructed without preservatives or pre-processed ingredients, producing a product that they are proud to serve and eager to eat.

Spring Planting In North Florida

By Paul Rutkovsky

Super Soups: Locally Made Wellness Soups

By Crystal Wakoa

Stuffy nose? Starting to sneeze? Super Soup to the rescue!

Super Soup is the brainstorm of Kelly Green of Gulf Breeze, Florida. Kelly assembled all the cold-fighting remedies she learned from her parents and relatives while growing up, added a few more from her research as a health conscious adult, and created a delicious, hydrating, congestion-reducing soup. All you have to do is add boiling water!

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