Local Food

Lindsay Myers

It was an unusual weekend at the Palafox Market with "Slide the City" set up on the north end of where the market normally extends. Lots of people with inflatable rafts and wearing bathing suits wandered down to check out the art products, food, and produce.

It's really starting to feel like summer at the market, too. Watermelons, blueberries, and lots of summer squash were available along with many ornamental plants and flowers, prepared foods, meats, artisanal cheeses, and a variety of other cottage foods.

Squash varieties for sale.

Lindsay Myers

Summer squash: crookneck yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers.

Plus swiss chard!

Onions straight from the ground.

Lots of herbs and other edible and fruiting plants are available.


This is the high season for the farmer's market.

Ornamental plants and flowers.

Lots of lettuce.

Green beans!

Peaches and preserves.

Several varieties of tea and lemonade sweetened with honey from East Hill Honey Company.

A busy Saturday at the market.

Santa Rosa Farmer's Market Association

Coming up Saturday the Pace area will be home to a new farmer's market. Last fall farmers approached Santa Rosa County Extension's commercial horticulture agent, Blake Baxton, to talk about the possibility of starting a farmer's market in Santa Rosa County.

Lindsay Myers

This Saturday marked 8 years of farmers' selling direct to consumers at the Palafox Market. The market has transformed from a small, seasonal market to a year-round market with nearly 100 vendors. Spring has been in full bloom in northwest Florida and I don't think you could have had a more beautiful day to enjoy the market. Plus, for regulars, it is exciting to see the new produce starting to be available! As Spring heads towards summer lots of new produce will be available: maybe even tomatoes soon!

Lindsay Myers

More strawberries available this week. The first crops came from farmers using "high tunnels" and now we are seeing more and more farmers with delicious spring strawberries!

Bundled chives from Coldwater Gardens.

Beautiful micro greens.

Fruit leathers, pickles, plus pepper and wine jelly from Farm Girl Produce.

Great rundown of products from Coldwater Gardens!

Mushrooms! At Coldwater they build nurse logs to grow these beautiful mushrooms.

At the Palafox Market on Saturday there was a great array of beautiful early spring produce:

Lindsay Myers

Many people know that correct pruning of fruit trees and shrubs can lead to a more productive, and more beautiful, plant. Many people don't know how to prune their plants themselves. During the February meeting of the Pensacola Organic Gardener's Club George Shelton explained how to do it.

Lindsay Myers

Milk for sale at the Palafox Market Saturday.

First strawberries of the season- these were grown using a vertical technique.

Hydroponically produced red lettuce.

This softer, milder kale is sometimes called Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale.


Kale, cabbages, greens, and radishes.

Fresh eggs.

Orange carrots and their cousin, the parsnip.



Your blogger is obsessed with this sauce- it makes everything better.

Winter vegetables on display at the Palafox Market on Saturday, February 21. Vegetables for sale included:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Kale (including purple and lacinto)
  • Turnips
  • Rutabegas
  • Lettuce
  • Winter squash
Irv Miller

Chef @IrvMiller shows off his spring scallops on Instagram.

Chef Irv Miller oversees an Artisanal Cheese Cooking Class at @jacksonsrestaurant in DowntownPensacola.

The @FishHousePensacola shows off their view on Instagram.

@easthillyard shows what they are about on Instagram: tamales and bottles.