Fresh From Florida Farmers

It’s been good to see so much effort focused on making it easier for Florida growers and ranchers to get their goods out into the community.

Over the past year, Visit Central Florida’s has continued its push to create a network and website where growers in Polk and nearby can list their crops so that restaurants are able to purchase fresh fruit, veggies, and meat directly from them. If you haven’t already, make sure to create a free profile on so you can follow along as the Culinary Initiative gains momentum.

Now the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services just recently announced that it is looking for farmers and producers interested in selling to schools without going through the bidding process. Those fresh commodities — whether it’s fish, fruit, vegetables, or honey — are valuable for schools. You can learn more about the RFSI grant funds at the March 6-8 Farm to School conference in Orlando. There will be more information available then. 

FDACS is asking that you fill out the survey at and register for the conference as a producer/farmer at

Make sure to stay tuned to for updates and more information. 

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