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We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: 

  • Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; 
  • Julie Delegal, Folio Weekly writer;
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor;
  • and Jacksonville blogger Fred Matthews.

Topics include Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign stop in Jacksonville this week, confirmed cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through mosquito bites in Florida, and more.

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kelsey Oates and Sarah De Nicolais be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

 

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Farm to table in Jacksonville.
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A local favorite farm is hooking up with one of the biggest distributors in the world.

Black Hog Farm in Palatka has signed a contract with Sysco, which will ship the farm’s produce to local restaurants.

The deal is expected to widen the reach of Black Hog. Its meats and vegetables can now be found in about a half dozen local restaurants, but could soon be delivered as far south as St. Augustine and as far north as Savannah.

Black Hog plans on also sourcing items from other local farms, expanding the types of items that would be distributed.

There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Organic farmers have received a federal grant that’s expected to help low-income Floridians access healthier food. It’s also anticipated to increase farmers’ revenue by more than $2 million.

 

Two farmers’ markets in Jacksonville are going to join in the Fresh Access Bucks program, which allows food stamps to be used to buy fresh produce. That’s because of a grant awarded to an association of organic growers.