Enjoy the tastes of a year-round garden of Eden
Imagine living in a perennial garden of year-round orchards, groves and local farms where produce, fresh seafood and meats are delivered to markets daily from both coasts and nearby ranches. Imagine a community in love with gardening where everyone has the ability to grow food in local residential gardens or collective gardens, on urban lots, school campuses and even rooftops.
If this sounds like Eden, you’ve got the picture.
North Florida is blessed with a combination of geography and weather conditions that create a climate conducive for year-round food production. We have daily farmers’ markets, access to you-pick local farms and community supported agriculture, community gardens, a vibrant farm-to-table culinary movement, restaurants featuring a diverse array of cuisines, and extensive resources to assist you at every level of growing, purchasing, preparing and enjoying fresh food.
We’re a community of foodies!
While the rest of the US and Europe are putting their garden beds to sleep for a long, dark, cold winter, we are turning the soil and replanting to produce another six months of earthly delights. Fall and winter produce some of the most abundant crops of the year, including varieties of pumpkins, citrus and greens little known outside of Florida. In December, we enjoy cane boils—a traditional event for celebrating the dark syrup produced from the sugar cane harvest. The Gainesville locale is a top producer of blueberries and pecans. We have locally produced wines and cheeses, and seafood comes in fresh daily from both coasts. Food festivals celebrate everything from zucchini, strawberries and watermelons to blue crabs.
Our year-round growing season contributes to our health, wellbeing, joy and even talent.
North Florida Cuisine brings together historic heritages: Spanish, French, African, Caribbean, Latin, and Southern Cracker! Gainesville’s diverse population adds in Mexican, Cuban, Italian, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine. Most eateries offer vegan and vegetarian options. Rapidly growing organic and local farm-to-table partnerships bring together experimental farmers and creative chefs to produce a sophisticated fusion of tastes, products and new ideas.
All of this foodie energy translates into a tasty way to enjoy living in Eden! Bon appetit!
UF Health is committed to promoting a healthful lifestyle as an effective way to avoid many health problems. Eating right is key to staying healthy and fit, so we are proud to participate in Gator Community Supported Agriculture. Gator CSA, started by UF’s Office of Sustainability, lets members of the UF community and the public sign up and pay to receive a bag of fresh produce every week from a local farmer. There are three farmers to choose from, and all grow their food organically or pesticide free. From October through May, Farmers deliver their bags to two locations on campus — one of which is in UF Health’s Academic Research Building courtyard. To learn more or sign up, visit http://sustainable.ufl.edu/gatorcsa/.