Mornings With Gina Birch

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Fort Myers Farmer’s Market finds, hot honey. Farmer’s markets are full of local treasures and honey is one of them. I learned a lot about this natural sweetener at the Lake’s Regional Park Farmer’s Market. It’s off of Gladiolus between US41 and Summerlin Road. The seasonal market takes place every Wednesday and typically wraps up in the next couple of weeks. However, I was told yesterday the market will be extended this year since it opened late due to Hurricane Ian.

The majority of honey found at the Heritage Pointe booth is local. Don Murray is the beekeeper tending to dozens of hives all over Southwest Florida. Sadly, the hurricane destroyed his hives on Sanibel Island and severely damaged those on Pine Island. It might take years before we will be seeing any more honey made from bees that pollenate sea grapes since they’ve been washed away.

If you think all honey tastes alike, you need to stop by this tent and try it for yourself. Tracy is a wealth of knowledge and will let you sample. The orange blossom is a little sweeter, good for dressings. The black mangrove reminded me of bourbon. It was not as thick and would be great as a glaze on salmon or meats. Melaleuca and Brazilian pepper are good for allergies. So is the Saw Palmetto which is also said to benefit sleep. Check out this reel:

I think the honey I liked best was the hot honey. It’s fairly new for Heritage Pointe. Made with natural spices it does not taste manufactured like some versions I’ve tried. It is a great balance of heat and sweet for meats, cheese boards and general drizzling pleasure.

Enjoy these fabulous Fort Myers Farmer’s Market finds and keep scrolling for a few extras.

Farmer’s market follow ups

Last week I featured the breads and sweet treats found at European Family Bakery. More on that here, or keep scrolling for the info. Yesterday Iris let me try the chocolate croissants…heavenly. Prior visits included a stop at the Cape Coral Pierogi Company tent. Check that out here. Yesterday Shoreh let me sample the special edition buffalo chicken pierogis. They are really unique and good.

If you have a sweet tooth…check this one out.

Fort Myers Farmer's Market Finds, Mini Donuts

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