Farmin’ Since Age Five: John Steyer at the Union Street Farmers Market

Bradford County, Florida, is a place where time has stood still the past 150 years. For Farmer John Steyer, the owner of the humble produce stand that local residents have become accustomed to seeing at the Wednesday Union Street Farmers Market, this is the appeal. He’s been making an appearance every week since close to …

Baking from Scratch: Tips from Vine Bakery

Baking is a very exact discipline. One must be meticulous when scooping measurements and mixing ingredients. Baking takes both time and patience to perfect. But, oh, is it sweet when you finally get it right. Dean Griebel, the co-owner of Vine Sourdough Bakery at 627 N Main St., has been cooking and baking in the …

A Chef’s Guide to Cooking Healthier at Home: Daily Green Edition

“You are what you eat,” said Edward Cromer, the head chef at Daily Green. Eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet is key to a quality lifestyle. Cromer is a big believer in treating your body well through feeding it well. “Eating healthy and exercising regularly can add 40 years onto your lifespan,” he said. …

The Old-Fashioned Bubbly: Where to Find Homemade Soda in Gainesville

If there was one beverage that was fun to drink as a kid, it was the carbonated concoction known to most as soda (Pop for weirdo’s). It was the refreshment that was always stored in the ice cooler at big family gatherings along with the beer, so you always felt pretty cool reaching in to …

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Daily Green

Tucked away at 436 SE 2nd St. in downtown Gainesville, Daily Green is a cozy spot known for its quick, delicious and genuinely healthy food options. When you step into the little green and yellow building for lunch, all you can think about is a savory cheddar waffle cone stuffed with colorful greens. But as …

A Look into the 7th Annual Taste of Gainesville

Sunday June 5th marked the 7th anniversary of Taste of Gainesville, a yearly event where dozens of local restaurants donate their time and culinary expertise to raise money for four local children’s charities. Held at the UF Hilton, the event was organized into 8 different color-coded rooms and around 3-5 food and drink businesses in each. From …

Ward’s Supermarket: Why Shopping Local Matters

Ward’s Supermarket, located at 515 NW 23rd Ave, is the only (and longest running) family-owned grocery in Gainesville. Step inside and you’ll see walls adorned with rich history. Family photos, paintings, articles… you can feel love emanating from the cozy spot. Ward’s feels more like a family gathering than a supermarket. People smile as they select their …

Why You Should Go to Sweet Dreams Spring Chocolate Night

This Sunday marks the annual Spring Chocolate Night at Sweet Dreams ice cream shop. I sat down with owner Mike Manfredi to hear about the event that has got all locals with a sweet tooth swooning. Yes, he’s the guy in the huge fire truck peddling his chocolatey goods that you’ve likely seen at all …

Wellspring Kombucha: Gainesville’s Favorite Fizz

Pronounced /kômˈbo͞oCHə/, this poppin’ sparkling tea beverage has a local home in good ol’ Gainesville. Wellspring Kombucha officially opened its doors for business two years ago, and has been making quite the healthy n’ happy mark on the local culture ever since. Founder, creator, producer, delivery man-extraordinaire, Ahren Tsacrios chatted with us about Wellspring Kombucha …

Playing with Your Food: The Art of Plate Presentation

Art is everywhere, even in your food. For those of us who didn’t grow up with a culinary experience more legitimate than owning an Easy Bake Oven, we measure a chef’s success by how well he or she can make something taste. The visual presentation makes a dish just as enticing, especially since the conception …