Harvest Time

Now that the days have gotten a bit longer and warmer and the allergies are in full swing, there are a few tasty southern favorites poking from the ground and making the table a little more flavorful. Agriculture is big business in Collier and Lee counties, accounting for more than a combined $380 million in agricultural products sold in 2007, according to the USDA Ag Census (conducted every five years, next census results are due in 2014). We’re shining a light on a few of the local crops that are making our springtime tables tastier—along with a recipe or two from our favorite go to Fresh From Florida chef, Justin Timinri, from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Radishes - spring harvest in Florida



A root like none other, radishes can spruce up just about any dish, from salads to stir fry. Get the dirt on this tasty little bulb.

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Sweet Corn - lorida crops


Sweet Corn

A staple of the springtime barbecue, sweet corn is a popular vegetable in Florida because the fertile soils are ideal for growers. Enjoy these two sweet corn-based recipes.

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Strawberries - u=pick farms in south florida



A favorite of U-Pick Farms and the green market, this sweetly tart berry has become a to-to springtime crop in Southwest Florida.

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lettuce and leafy greens - Florida springtime harvest



Spring is big for spinach, chard and lettuces. Get the goods on these leafy green superfoods.

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honey - wild South Forida honey



Sweet nectar! Honey will put a smile on just about anyone’s face. The bees are buzzing come spring, making for an abundance of wildflower, citrus and palmetto honey.

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