Food

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Dave Chapman and dozens of other long-time organic farmers packed a meeting of the National Organic Standards board in Jacksonville.

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Blaze Pizza is opening its second Florida location on Monday across from the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville.

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.

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A regional nonprofit is hoping to raise $1 million to end hunger in Northeast Florida.

Feeding Northeast Florida has a distribution center that helps feed people in 17 counties.

CEO Luke Layow says his organization could feed even more.

“The message that we want to get across is that the food is there. We don’t lack food to distribute. We distributed more than 21 million pounds of food last year; we can distribute 40 million pounds of food. It’s there. We just need the resources to get that done,” he says.

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  There's a roadside stand in Putnam County that's known not just for its orange-blossom honey but for the way it operates: It runs on the honor system, and has for almost 70 years. 

It's just a stone's throw southeast of Palatka — in a bend alongside State Route 100 under a bunch of oak trees.  You could be forgiven for missing David C. Biggers' legendary roadside stand "Honor System Honey,"  but not by Biggers himself.

"If you live in this county and you don't know where the honey stand is, you just moved here," he said. "Everybody knows where it's at."

GastroJax

It’s full speed ahead for a Jacksonville food festival called GastroFest. The organizers have been granted nonprofit status.

4 'Must-Have' Holiday Food Recipes

Dec 16, 2014
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With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you will prepare for your family this time of year.

International food consultant, Jeff Spear joined Melissa Ross Tuesday on First Coast Connect to discuss his new cook book as well as his own family holiday recipes.

Holiday food traditions vary from coast to coast, and every family has their “must have” food items every year for holiday foods.

Spear presents a few recipes from his new cook, showing the versatility of holiday meals.

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As we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the French landing in Northeast Florida, one aspect of this fascinating history is often overlooked — food.

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Over the past few decades more and more men have gotten into the kitchen, including culinary writer and public television host Steven Raichlen.

If you're sitting at a desk reading this article, take a minute and stand up. That's the latest advice from New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds. In her new book, The First 20 Minutes, Reynolds details some of the surprisingly simple ways you can combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

The Hyppo, the St. Augustine-based gourmet ice pop shop that recently opened a location in Gainesville, is looking at a possible Jacksonville location in the Riverside neighborhood.

Food website The Daily Meal has ranked Jacksonville-based Publix the fourth best supermarket chain in the country based on national survey data. Trader Joe's took the top ranking.

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The organizers of Gastrofest, a startup company with the goal of bringing Jacksonville's unique culinary scene together for a food festival in 2015, have got 100,000 reasons to celebrate this week.

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Local farmers, artisans, chefs, and "slow food" advocates are opening their gates for an afternoon billed as the largest food movement event in Northeast Florida.

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Time is getting short to Jacksonville residents to apply for a permit to raise hens in their backyards. 

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