A few weeks into the New Year, some of our resolutions have already begun to slip. But one resolution that’s easy — and delicious — to keep is incorporating fresh, local and organic food into our diets.
From a growing list of local community-supported agriculture coops (CSAs) and green markets to expanded local and organic offerings at box stores and restaurants, the Palm Beach County farm-to-table movement has never been stronger. It’s this movement that inspired The Post’s new mobile web app, Palm Beach Sproutz, which launches next week as a comprehensive guide to the local healthy eats scene.
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PALM BEACH SPROUTZ
Let us introduce you to Palm Beach Sproutz, a new mobile web app by The Palm Beach Post that launches Wednesday, Jan. 22. Sproutz is a one-stop-shopping spot for healthy, local foods – the farms that grow them, the markets that sell them, the eateries that serve them.
The new app features information on local farms, community-supported agriculture coops, community gardens and green markets, as well as stores and restaurants using local or organic products. The app also includes a seasonal produce calendar, specials and deals on local or organic products, recipes and food events.
Download the Sproutz app onto your smartphone next Wednesday at www.PalmBeachSproutz.com. And look for our new Sproutz column, to run weekly in Food & Dining starting Jan. 29, featuring healthy cooking, local finds and natural eats.
GREEN MARKET GEMS
A morning of shopping at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket yielded a colorful bounty of produce and other fresh ingredients, which were used in the recipes that appear in this story. Here are the vendors we visited:
Swank Specialty Produce
Loxahatchee Groves; 561-202-5648; www.SwankSpecialtyProduce.com
Swank Specialty Produce is a hydroponic farm selling to many of the area’s top chefs and to local consumers via the West Palm Beach GreenMarket and the Swank CSA. The farm also hosts monthly Swank Table luncheons from January through April 2014.
Kai-Kai Farm & Grove
Indiantown; 772-597-1717; www.KaiKaiFarm.com
Kai-Kai is a 20-acre vegetable farm that employs sustainable and some organic practices using non-GMO seeds. Farm produce is available at the Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart green markets and through the Kai-Kai CSA.
Pompano Beach; 954-426-5115; www.Mozzarita.com
Mozzarita owner, Vito Volpe, makes fresh, Italian-style cheeses, including fior di latte, burrata and mozzarella di Bufala. Volpe sells his cheese at the West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray and Boca green markets and through local stores like WholeFoods Market, Carmine’s and Joseph’s Classic Market.
Farmhouse Tomatoes, Inc.
Lake Worth; 561-968-6971; www.FarmhouseTomatoes.com
Established in 1996, Farmhouse Tomatoes, Inc. is a hydroponic tomato farm, growing only authentic family heirloom varieties dating back to the 1850s.
Palm Beach Gardens; 561-352-6028; www.FarrissFarm.com
Farriss Farm produces locally-raised farm fresh eggs from hens that are humanely raised outdoors. Farriss also sells grass-fed beef, lamb, pasture-raised Berkshire pork and pastured heritage chickens from other Florida farmers employing sustainable, organic and humane practices. These products are available at the West Palm Beach, Delray and Palm Beach Gardens green markets.
Pasta Amore, Inc.
Pompano Beach; 561-207-0329; email@example.com
Though originally from Uruguay, Gabriel Daguerre has years of experience making fresh pasta in Florida, first at his (now closed) Lake Worth restaurant, Lynoras, and now with his company, Pasta Amore, Inc. His pasta can be purchased at the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens green markets.