What’s in a season? At the height of Florida’s “tourist season,” it’s hard to imagine life without the thousands of people that flock here for a weekend, a week, a month or a season – but here we are. Tourist season, which is roughly marked as early December to mid-May, has ended. Traffi c has slowed, restaurants have open tables and the sub-tropical humidity has swept in with a vengeance.
Tourist season is also our peak growing season, and a time when we share our bounty of fruits and vegetables with our northern neighbors. As a native Northeasterner, it’s always a bit confusing to fi nd myself in a place where late spring and early summer are seasons where most fruits and vegetables stop growing. The farms scale back or close, the farmers head north to escape the heat and recover from a demanding growing season, and many farmers’ markets close until late fall.
And then there’s that other season that runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 – aka “hurricane season,” which we always pray will be uneventful.
What we love about this time of the year is that it’s “local season” – the best time for those of us who live here year-round to kick back, relax, and enjoy the light-fi lled, long, lazy days. Whether at the beach cooled by a dip in the ocean and the sea breeze, or on a fan-cooled porch, deck or café, it’s the locals’ season to enjoy all that Florida has to offer.
We’re pleased to share a few exciting new developments in this issue.
The fi rst is that Edible Palm Beach is adding a new department, The Coastal Cook, featuring unique and original stories and recipes of Old Florida. In this issue, the Coastal Cook features the story of our beloved Key lime, and shares a top-secret family recipe for the Coastal Cook’s Key Lime Pie.
Next is Edible Palm Beach’s update on the impressive advances of the Colony1 project, which we showcased in issue No. 1. Edible Palm Beach was proud to play a role in raising awareness about, and gathering support for, Colony1’s quest for a land grant from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
Welcome to “local season,” and venture out and enjoy all that the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast have to offer during this time of year.
Eat. Drink. Read. Think. Local.
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