From Gulf to Atlantic, part 2

Thu 03 Sep 2015 @ 09:48
Author Kevin Gould

Our competition to win a 10-day trip of a lifetime to Florida closes on Friday. To give you a flavour of Florida's foodie riches, we're republishing regular contributor Kevin Gould's 2013 travelogue. Yesterday's instalment saw Kevin soak up the sights, smells and tastes of Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico. Today he moves on to the state's Atlantic Coast...

By sun up, we?re at Yeehaw Junction, motoring through faded farming communities and glam horse ranches with Al Green and Otis Redding melodically testifying over the airwaves. Four hours later here?s the endless jade swell of the ocean at Vero Beach, and gleaming gin palace powerboats, and a sense of the good life, well lived.

This community and sister city Fort Pierce got rich on citrus. Local firm Natalie?s supplies the area and beyond with freshly squeezed juice, and we visit piled-high farm shops among the groves, getting our fingers sticky with ridiculously juicy tangelos, ortaniques and grapefruit that come ruby, white, flame and pink.

Down Orange Avenue, past Okeechobee Road and the huge Tropicana factory, Mike Garavaglia of Indian River Citrus has 4,000 acres under fruit. The farm is like a massive nature reserve. Gruwell Apiary?s beehives line the tracks. Deer skitter, wild hogs truffle for lunch and alligators sunbathe on reeded reservoir banks. ?Those critters,? Mike observes, ?are not real social.? Having ingested a year?s supply of vitamin C from plump star ruby grapefruits plucked fresh from the branch, we later find ourselves sipping hilariously strong frozen Rum Runners and chewing buffalo wings with the Harley riders at Fort Pierce Beach. Life here is about balance.

Fort Pierce?s Saturday Farmers? Market brings out quirky farmers and producers from all along the Treasure Coast. As a rocking trio churns out sounds for jitterbugging octogenarians, we sample Dr Pickles Pickle ?D? Licious half-sour cucumbers and Tropical Jerk?s egg?n?collard greens breakfast wraps, served by a dancing grandma. We buy conch fritters from Danny?s Bahamian Delights and giant ponderosa lemons from the only sour-faced man in the market. The Round Hound sells paleo-vegan bacon cheeseburger flavoured doggy treats that would make Pluto bashful and Mister Ben at Miracle Ribs (slogan ?You Haven?t Tried Us Yet? - Mister Ben, we sure have now) has spicy baby back ribs that make us squeal for joy.

During a final sun-filled, sandy-feet, surf-licked stroll along the beach at Avalon State Park, we reflect that the world-class attractions of the Sunshine State also include those rare, simple, joyful luxuries of local food, freshly made. Even if Floridian portions are never Minnie.

For your chance to win a 10-day family holiday to Florida, visit the Jamie Magazine competitions page. The competition will close on Friday 4 September. For more information about Florida, log on to VISITFLORIDA.com. Photography by Matt Russell.

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