Category Archives: Agriculture

Winter Park Harvest Festival

We also had a fabulous time exploring the local farmers and Central Florida producers at the Winter Park Harvest Festival produced by John Rife. Awesome!

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Even the Possum Looks Like Mickey Mouse!

So, if you follow the Top 5 on Twitter, and were tweeting away on Sunday night around 10 p.m., then you probably saw the ruckus at my house. Somehow, an opossum had snuck its way into our house, past two dogs, three, cats, and a teenager, and was nestled in the corner of our living room! Well, here’s the resulting video…

By the way, several tweeters informed me it is extremely rare for an opossum to carry rabies… whew! (Does this type of thing happen to other people???)


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iChicken – Oviedo, FL

We spent much of our Saturday at the Taste of Oviedo, and it seems that the rest of Oviedo came right along with us! For those of you unfamiliar with this town, just imagine Main Street, USA and you get the idea.

Here, neighbors welcome neighbors and newcomers alike, and they take quite a bit of pride with their wild chickens that strut about town. (Yes, it’s true, the chickens do hang out in the parking lot of a Popeye’s Chicken!)

Special thanks to Shoreline Graphix, Inc. for the great iChicken T-shirt!

And, for those of you athletic types, Oviedo not only has the Oviedo Trail for running and biking, but its Olympic-sized pool is home to one of Central Florida’s oldest and best swim teams, the Blue Dolfins.

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Full Moon Blooming Event!

Okay, so this isn’t an actual promotable event, but it has been 20 years in the making at our house! Under the light of the full moon, the elusive “Hylocereus undatus” opened its beauty to Central Florida for just a few hours. Why is this a big deal? Well, some species of this plant bloom just once a year (usually under a fullish moon) and they have to be quite old before they ever decide to bloom.

Here is a great link for more info on the plant.

Also known as the Costa Rican Pitaya, this plant produces the fascinating dragon fruit. Some species are prolific, growing and blooming quickly in the daytime, while a few rarer species are slow growing and bloom just the once in the light of the moon. This particular plant had been in our family for over 20 years and had never bloomed before; thus the excitement at our house.

So, Central Florida, here’s our beautiful night-blooming cactus, caught fading in the first few rays of dawn…hope we don’t have to wait another 20 years to see the next bloom!

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