Sumter County Farmers Market, Webster, Florida

On our travel through Florida we came across Florida’s oldest Farmers Market located in Webster, FL. The Sumter County Farmers Market which was started back in 1937 by local farmers to sell vegetables and cattle and later on has added other good which has grown into Florida’s largest Flea Market. The Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays 8AM-3PM. There is a large assortment of fresh produce grown on local family farms and the Flea Market has 2,000 vendors that sell crafts, antiques, jewelry, clothing, leather goods, tools, birds, flowers, household goods, body care products and much more. There is a beer garden for the thirsty as well as a Farmers Market Restaurant with a farm to table Country Style Buffet that serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and is open 6AM until 8PM Mon-Sat.

We love Farmers Markets and buy our produce as much as we can from Farmers Markets wherever we go. This was the first market we’v been to that had fresh Black Eyed Peas and we absolutely had to buy them! We made a vegan bean stew and the recipe came out so delicious that we make it every time we find fresh Legumes or Peas!


Black Eyed Peas with Heirloom Tomato and Roasted Veggies

(Ingredients For 2 People)
For the Black-Eyed Peas:

2 1/2 cups of freshly picked black-eyed peas
1 large tomato
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup of water
1 onion
3 garlic cloves
1/4 jalapeno pepper
1 bunch of fresh thyme
1/3 tsp cumin powder
1/3 tsp coriander powder
1/3 tsp paprika
¼ tsp Cajun spices
Salt and pepper to taste

For the oven-roasted veggies:

2 red peppers
1 yellow squash
¼ butternut squash
1 potato
1 jalapeno
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 dash of paprika
fresh rosemary springs
Salt and Pepper


Wash the produce and soak and wash the black-eyed peas.
Use a mid-sized pan with a lid and put on stove. Turn on the oven to 450 F and let it preheat.
Peel and cut the onion and add together with olive oil and a few springs of thyme to the pan, turn on stove to medium heat and stir-fry until onions become translucent. Take the rest of the thyme leaves off the stalks and set aside.

Cut ¼ of the jalapeno into small pieces and add to the pan. Cut the tomato into small pieces and add to the pan, then peel the garlic clove and press into the pan as well. Add all spices, salt and pepper and after a couple minutes add the water and stir occasionally while letting it simmer, then turn stove to low heat once it starts to bubble.

In the meantime, peel the potato and butternut squash and cut into bite-sized pieces, then cut the rest of the vegetables into bite-sized slices, including the remaining jalapeno and add to a bowl. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, paprika and rosemary springs. Toss and turn so the veggies al get a nice coat of olive oil and spices and herbs, then put on a baking sheet and into the oven for about 30 minutes.

Check on the Black-Eyed Peas after about 30 minutes and add the remaining thyme leaves. They should be cooked to perfection within about 45 minutes total. Once everything is cooked to your liking remove the veggies from the oven and serve together with the Black-Eyed Peas.

Bon appetite, enjoy!




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North Florida VegFest Tallahassee

(T-Shirt created by Anxious Potato Co)

We love food that is plant based, healthy, sustainably grown, delicious and full of flavor. Damian has been a vegetarian for over 25 years and I have been mostly vegetarian for 5 years and currently am making the transition into a whole food vegan diet. Although the vegetarian and vegan diet has become more popular within the last few years, it is still quite difficult to find nutritious, fresh and healthy vegan food while traveling throughout the US. While cities might have better options, it is rare to find a vegan or even vegetarian-friendly restaurant outside of those bigger hubs.

When we heard of the 4th Annual North Florida VegFest that took place in Tallahassee on March 17th 2018, we were super excited to visit and to be able to experience this great event. The food was outstanding, with lots of variety from local and nearby vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants and vendors. The food options ranged from Brazilian Jackfruit Croquettes and Vegan Corn Dogs, to Vegan Jamaican Patties, Pizza, Indian Curries, Vegan Soul Food, Ethiopian Dishes, Vegan Mac’n’Cheese and Comfort Food, Vegan Burgers and Sandwiches, Healthy Smoothies, Vegan Ice Cream and Cheese Cakes and Sweets, Drinks and much more. It was a feast for the eyes and our stomach. Besides the super yummy food we loved the information that was available with representatives from Non-Profit organizations like Sustainable Tallahassee, Save Movement, Food Not Bombs, Farm Sanctuaries, Urban Farms etc. There were speaker at the Amphitheater who educated about the healthy plant based whole food diet and inspired with their own stories and their improvement of health by adapting to a vegan diet. From Cooking Demonstrations to Yoga classes, we loved the event and the spirit behind it.

The following Vendors and speaker are mentioned in our video (in the order of appearance), please check them out:

Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen

Miss Vi’s Cook-up

Veg Coach Ellen Jaffe Jones (Speaker and Author of Eat Vegan on $4 a Day)

Myriam Parham (Registered Dietician and President of the Florida Voices for Animals)

Revolution Gelato

Vegan Heavenly Delights

Apple Rose Beauty

Florida Peanut Federation

Anxious Potatoes Co


Also check out the following websites for upcoming VegFest and Vegan Events in the US and around the globe:

American Vegan Society

Veg World Magazine

Happy Cow


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Cobblestone Farmers Market Winston-Salem North Carolina

The Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem, Winston-Salem NC is a must see for any farm to table and food lover! From the setting in the historic town of Old Salem to the beautiful presentation of goods that shows the producers love and passion for their craft, this market is a jewel and deserves its award for “America’s Best Farmer’s Markets” by U.S. News and World Report.

The market is dedicated to sustainable food growers and producers from the local area, North Western Piedmont and Southern Virginia regions. Cobblestone producers embrace good, clean and fair practices that steward the land and ensure humane practices to animals.  Most of the produce and products are certified organic and the selection ranges from vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, jam, wine, coffee, tea, baked goods and much more. The market takes place on Saturdays from 9:00AM – 12:00PM from April-November. For more info go to: and their facebook page.

We visited the area on our travel in September and fell in love with this market. We filled our baskets and had a feast for a whole week. The locally grown produce was harvested the night before the market and it was full of flavor, juiciness and wonderful taste. And because the quality of produce is so good, it is easy to make a super delicious meal out of a few simple ingredients.

The first meal we made was a simple farm to table salad with fresh baked bread. Here’s the recipe for this healthy and simple vegan salad mentioned in our video:

Vegan Farm To Table Salad Recipe


Kale and/or Lettuce
Micro Greens
Heirloom Tomatoes
Fresh Herbs


Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil
White Wine Vinegar


Wash and drain all produce, cut the onion into small slices, cut the rest of the ingredients into bite-sized pieces and put all in a bowl. Stir together the oil, vinegar, mustard and season to your liking, then mix the dressing into the salad. Serve with fresh bread and hummus as a meal or as an appetizer or side dish. Enjoy!


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Pelham Bay Park NYC Kayak Launch

New York City is a fun place, but usually doesn’t come to mind when thinking of outdoor activities. But since the city is surrounded by waterways, it provides for some great kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities. From city kayaking on the Hudson River and East River to more remote paddling in Brooklyn and in the Bronx, there are great paddle trails to be explored.  The following video is one of our first videos ever. We recorded it during a kayaking trip at our most favorite paddling spot up at Pelham Bay Park. We have lived all over New York City, but due to increasing rent prices we had moved to the Bronx in 2016 which helped to save money but also provided us with some great kayaking opportunity at Pelham Bay Park. It has become our most favorite kayaking spot as it is away from the crowds and offers many different paddling routes.

City Island is located next door and offers some great seafood restaurants, in case that’s something that interests your palate. The public kayak and canoe launch at Pelham Bay Park is located at the end of the large parking lot at Orchard Beach, one of the few city swimming beaches but sadly it is one of the dirtiest beaches as well.
Pelham Bay Park has no kayaks or boats for rent, so you will have to bring your own paddling gear and you need a permit (it’s only $15 and valid for a year). For more information check out the official NYC Water Trail Site.

We use the Innova Sunny inflatable kayak.
It is more eco-friendly than most inflatable kayaks due to the PVC-free material, while being very durable. It’s fast to inflate and deflate, stores compact in a backpack and is easy to carry on our travels.

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