Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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Farmers' markets seem to be springing up all over Jacksonville. Recent additions include the Riverside Arts Market on Saturdays as well as markets at the St. Johns Town Center on Friday afternoons and a market in the parking lot of Whole Foods on Sunday afternoons.

A new market has begun on the Westside near the Oakleaf Town Center called the Oakleaf Green Market. This one meets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 8380 Merchants Way, just east of the intersection of Brannan Field/Chaffee Road and Argyle Forest Boulevard.

The market was co-founded by Wendy Manasco, who said she was dissatisfied with the availability of local produce. Growing up, she sampled how good fresh fruits and vegetables can be while visiting her grandparents, who lived on a farm in Mobile, Ala.

In addition to fresh produce, vendors will be selling honey, eggs, gourmet cheeses, fruit preserves, herbs, barbecue sauces, relishes, baked goods, potted plants and other items.

Additionally, crafts such as dresses, jewelry and knitted aprons will be available. The market will continue until Oct. 31.


The people who declare such things have declared that Monday is National Watermelon Day, and I happen to have recently created a watermelon cocktail worth sharing. Whirl this together on a hot August afternoon, and I promise you won't be disappointed. Cut off an inch-thick slice of watermelon and remove rind. Cut fruit into chunks and place in a blender. Add 2 ounces vodka (I used grapefruit flavored), 1 ounce triple sec and 1/2 ounce lime juice. Blend until well combined. Using a mesh sieve to extract pulp, pour drink into a tall glass over rocks. Garnish with a piece of rind. This is a light, cool, not-too-sweet summer drink.


- T.G.I. Friday's has announced it's BYOB through the end of the summer - that's bring your own buddy. Bring a friend and when you both order entrees, your buddy get $5 off his meal. Text BYOB13 to 698443 for the offer or print it at www.fridays. com.

- Is your wine and cheese know-how limited to white or red and Cheddar or Swiss? …

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