The Pineapple Man: 3rd Generation Citrus Grower Enjoying Bumper Crop of Pineapples

Pineapples

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Drive up Route 1 North of Wabasso, keep your eyes peeled to the East side of the road and pay very close attention or you are likely to miss one of Vero Beach’s best kept and sweetest secrets.  About 0.8 miles North of Route 510 (a hair South of Hales) you will discover groves of super sweet, “grown without insecticides or pesticides” tropical fruit with a “hint of coconut”.  A rare variety of the Florida orange it is not.  What you will discover in an old citrus grove just East of Route 1, extending all the way to the Indian River, are the absolute BEST, locally grown pineapples your taste buds will ever encounter!  We can thank Mark Dellerman, a citrus farmer for 25 years who channeled his passion & knowledge (while weathering multiple destructive freezes and hurricanes) to reinvent himself as the ‘Pineapple Man’.

Citrus is a family affair and soil is in Mark’s soul.  His grandfather, Frank Bates, was a citrus pioneer.  The family owned 900 acres of citrus groves in DeSoto & Indian River Counties, operating as Frank Bates Groves, Incorporated.  Family has also owned the ‘pineapple’ property off Route 1 since the 1960s.  Mark’s wife, Cindy, is the step-daughter of Fred Peterson, another well known “citrus” family.

Mark can be found most days, in the groves tending to the 25,000 plants that yield a “super sweet variety” of pineapple allowed “to ripen on the plant”.  In the beginning (around 2003), Mark would collect & recycle discarded pineapple crowns from Publix and simply plant them in rows.  After the plants flower (December through February), they take about 6 months to ripen. Harvesting generally occurs from July to September and he has quite a following that “swarms the roadside stand on Saturdays during the summer”!  Chefs at Chelsea’s on Cardinal, John’s Island, Orchid Island, Windsor, Quail Valley, Osceola Bistro, Ocean Grill and other fine food establishments compete for these pineapples and buy what they can, year round.

Pineapple has been savored and considered a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The fruit’s legacy in the U.S. began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum.  Sea captains would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their homes to inform friends of their safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share food and drink, and listen to tales of their latest adventures & voyages.

These fruits of Mark’s labors, are yet another example of the wonderful treasures found in and around our Treasure Coast.  Whether you take a drive up Route 1 to find Pineapple Man’s “hidden” gem or savor the flavor at a local restaurant, DO take the time to sample these sweet treats.  Once you do, pineapple from any other source shall never compare!

MORE INFORMATION:

Nature Farms, Inc., Mark Dellerman, 9150 N US Highway One, Sebastian, FL 32958, 772.538.6066

“Like” Nature Farms Inc. on Facebook or find them @ http://www.localharvest.org/nature-farms-inc-M15622

MORE ABOUT PINEAPPLES:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=34

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple

 

 

 

 

Savor Stone Crab Claws & Catch a Delicious Destructor

Lion Fish from Crab E BillsOne of the most famous lions in literary history searched long and hard for courage.  Crab E Bill found it years ago and uses that courage to harvest AND market one of the most destructive, invasive fish species of recent.  Lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific, are rapidly populating the ocean in our area and eating our reefs and sealife at an alarming rate.  Some of their favorite feasts happen to be baby seaturtles and snapper.  With no known natural predators, fishmongers such as Crab E Bill have been courageously bagging more than 100 per day in an attempt to stem the invasion.  (No timid feat as Lionfish sport 18 venomous spines.)  The journey from Crab E’s bag to your plate is a win-win reuse/recycle event; and it is your taste buds that are in for a real treat!

So who are these delicious tasting beasts under our sea and why are they a threat?  Lionfish, sometimes referred to as Scorpionfish are “capable of causing extinctions of native plants and animals, reducing biodiversity, competing with native organisms for limited resources, and altering habitats”. (www.oceanservice.noaa.gov) Their invasion is often attributed to dumping from home aquariums over the last few decades.  Pretty destructive and they are “able to survive in 90% fresh water water”‘ per Crab E. Bill.  Crab E is incredibly concerned by their existence and negative effect on the ocean environment.  Besides harvesting Lionfish and selling the meat at Crab E Bills Seafood in Sebastian, Bill is organizing a “rodeo” to raise awareness and get more people involved in bagging these invaders.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Crab E Bill has been a “Fishmonger and Meat Butcher” for over 25 years.  His passion is FRESH fish or “from hook to cook” as he likes to say.  That passion was ignited when 16, while working at the world famous Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami.  Crab E Bills, on the historic waterfront in Sebastian, provides the Stone Crab Claw lover the best claws he can get his hands on during season (October 15 to May 15).  While Stone Crab harvests have declined over the last few years, Bill is committed to keeping his harvest fresh and local.  The seafood market and restaurant also sell the absolute best quality, freshest seafood you will find anywhere on the Treasure Coast.

While it was the search for the best Stone Crab claws that first led me to discover Crab E Bills, it is the Lionfish tacos, Bill’s passion and fish tales that keep me coming back again and again.  Go.  You will not be disappointed!

For more information about Lionfish:

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (www.reef.org/myfwc.com) encourages the public to report LIonfish by using their “Report Florida Lionfish” App.

Stone Crab Claws in Vero:

Joey’s Seafood Shack, joeyseafoodshack.com, 772.918.8855

Ocean Grill, ocean-grill.com, (772) 231.5409

Publix

AND of course, Check out Crab E Bills on Facebook and make sure to visit their website, www.crabebills.com, to receive their weekly emails featuring money saving specials for their email customers.  The market & restaurant are in Sebastian:   1540 Indian River Drive, Sebastian 32958, (772) 388.2727

 

 

 

 

 

Vero’s Inaugural Restaurant Week

Vero's Restaurant Week

Monday, September 29 through Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vero Beach is kick starting its upcoming “Dining Season” by rolling out the first annual Vero‘s Restaurant Week from Monday, September 29th through Saturday, October 4th. Vero is already a restaurant goer’s dream town, but this week is about the community supporting local businesses and focusing on seasonal products. One only has to experience the Saturday Market to understand the wealth of creative, healthy and delicious products our town is creating and supporting.

This first annual week of local dining will showcase Vero‘s great mix of restaurants prior to the start of Vero‘s Social & Dining Season. Patrons will savor the epicurean delights and diversity of multi-course prix fixe menus from Vero‘s participating restaurants. The cuisine and prices run the gamut and will satiate varying tastes and budgets: a $$ designation will get you a $15 to $25 per person cost; $$$ serves up a $25 or higher meal to remember.

Participating restaurants as of today include: Amalfi, Avanzara, Bijou, Blue Star Wine Bar, Chive, diMare, Dockside Grill, Maison Martinique, Osceola Bistro, Quilted Giraffe, The Grill on The Green, The Wave, and Trattorio Dario. Some have their menus already posted on www.verobeachrestaurantweek.com and there are a few slots remaining for interested restaurants.

Today is NOT too early to book your reservations with Vero‘s participating restaurants by calling them directly. Procrastinators may find themselves hungry and out of luck. Please check the website and Vero Beach Restaurant Week’s Facebook page for updates on menus and participants. And, please thank The Vero Beach Alliance composed of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, the Indian River Historical Society, Main Street VeroBeach, and the Oceanside Business Association for bringing this delicious opportunity to our town.

I am personally looking forward to eating at as many of these establishments as my time, budget and available reservations allow during Restaurant Week. Hope to see many of my neighbors doing the same. Bon Appetite.

A Current List of Restaurant Participating

How hard is it to eat Gluten Free in Vero?

Gluten FreeI myself am considering this trial, and since I cook, It may be a slightly easier transition. If you’re someone who’s not a fan of the kitchen, there are many local restaurants that offer this trendy alternative. There’s even an aisle at Publix with snacks, pastas, and other items that are all gluten free! Several times I’ve heard friends express their struggle with weight loss or other ailments. A few of which who have turned to gluten free and seen results. It’s also the suggested diet for those with Celiac Disease. Join in for the 30 day challenge! We recently had a Viner request a list of recommended local places to help in this challenge. The following list is locally recommended by members of this community. These local spots can help you have fun while giving Gluten Free a try. Don’t let the convenience of a mainstream lifestyle be a negative factor in your health. See our recommended restaurants below.

Contribute | New to Gluten Free | 30 Day ChallengeMore Details

Our Gluten Free Restaurant Picks in Vero

Ask Your Server to See a Gluten Free Menu at the Following…

CHIVEChive

Vero’s newest lunch time hot spot. Eating GF at Chive is super easy. They have fantastic food options and you will never get bored. When you order say GF only. More details.

Carrabba's Italian GrillCarrabba’s

A familiar place also with excellent food selection. Did you know most large chains have GF menus. All you have to do is ask your server. More Details.

Nino's Italian FoodNino’s

GF pizza? Yeah, that is right! You can have pizza. With three Vero locations you are always near by a comfortable easy order menu. More Details.

· Kata 1306 20th Street

· Osceola Bistro, 2045 13th Avenue

· Tea and Chi, 2044 14th Avenue

· Bangkok In Downtown, 2227 14th Avenue

· Ay Jalisco, 1909 20th Street

· Outback Steakhouse, 1475 US Hwy. 1

· Sake Sushi Bar & Grill, 42 Royal Palm Pointe

· Chili’s, 940 U.S. 1

· Lobster Shanty, 1 Royal Palm Pointe

· Elizabeth’s, 350 Us Highway 1

· Rio Coco Cafe, 3300 43rd Ave, Ste 3

· Faith, Hope, & Chocolate, 2101 IR Blvd

· The Boardwalk, 4069 Ocean Drive

· Citron Bistro, 6260 N A1A

· CoCo’s Village Bistro, 4700 Highway A1A

· The Club at Pointe West, 7500 14th Lane

· Countryside Citrus, 3300 Ocean Drive

· Olive Garden,  5945 20th Street

· Cravings, 3149 Ocean Drive

· Ocean Grill, 1050 Beachland Boulevard

· Ruby Tuesday, 1825 58TH Street

· Shutters, 9250 Island Grove Terrace

· Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

· Amalfi Grille, 398 21st Street

· Tides, 3103 Cardinal Drive

· Smokehouse BBQ Grill, 685 US Hwy 1

· di’ Mare, 1517 Ocean Drive

· Cobalt, 3500 Ocean Drive

· Patisserie, 1910 Old Dixie Hwy

· Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 5001 – 20th Street

· Fillin’ N’ Chillin’, 2015 9th Street SW

· Cork and Tapas , 2101 Indian River Blvd

· Jersey Mike’s Subs, 628 21st Street

· Maria’s Organic Fountain,1880 37th St Ste 5

· Trattoria Dario, 1555 Ocean Drive

· Kelly’s at the Surf Club, 4700 Hwy A1A

Vero’s Best Dog Photo Contest

Vero's Best Dog Photo ContestSubmission deadline is August 15th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. They will be given away for the most “likes” each photo receives on our Facebook page. Contest ends August 31st. Prizes will be awarded on September 1st. Not to worry for our feline friends, they will have a photo contest all their own to follow.

Facebook Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/1658314831059889/

Prize Description

Vero Vine has teamed up with local businesses to keep the free contest entry ball rolling! We are going to be calculating likes on each post and a single post share from the pet owners account to select 3 winners in this contest. Double likes by same user on a shared post will be ignored.

1st: $200 Training – Off Leash K9 Training, $60 Pet Sitting and Day Walk – Pat Sitting Plus, $50 Grooming – Grooming Tails Pet Grooming

2nd: $50 Training / Care – Lisa’s Dog Training & Pet Care, $45 Pet Sitting – Pet Sitter Plus, $25 Bath – Grooming Tails Pet Grooming

3rd: $15 Day Walk – Pet Sitter Plus, $12 Nail Trim – Grooming Tails Pet Grooming

Contest Rules

You must respond via e-mail to stacy@verovine.com to claim your prize within 48 hours of being selected.
You must be located in the United States.
You must be at least 18 years or older to participate.

Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these
terms, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that
the results of the contest, as determined by Vero Vine and its agents,
are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal,
state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by
law.

2014 Contest Submissions

Fun Food Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Red, White and Blue StrawberriesThis is a quick party pleaser and is relatively inexpensive, the kids can help make them and most everyone will enjoy. All you need is fresh strawberries, white frosting, or even cool whip will work, and blue colored sugar found in most groceries. If you are using icing it helps that it has been warmed to slightly heated. If you wanted to be make these easier on you for your get together you could let your guests make their own.

I saw another similar holiday treat that used small wood skewers with mini marshmallows, blue berries and cut strawberries. The ones in the photo above have to taste better. Both are fun, delicious and holiday spirited.

New ‘Planet Yum’ (Hero Pops) of Vero Beach

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Read the Planet Yum Food Review

Raspberry Lemon Planet YumWhile traveling to St. Augustine, FL, Savannah, GA, Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC, I began to notice a trend in that each of these historic cities has their own local popsicle company. It made me realize that in these port cities and beach towns just how much a part of the culture it is, and what a treat to have this in our own community. Especially a popsicle maker with such a health conscious mind.

If you are a foodie like me you will appreciate they are all natural and organic. There are even super food encapsulated pops, Pond Yum. There are even  supplement products available.

image05This new product line has been so popular. In fact, the company is now changing it’s name to “Planet Yum”.

The ingredients are simple and we especially liked the raspberry lemon flavor and the orange cream which tastes EXACTLY like a creamsicle from our youth, minus the artificial flavor, color and the dairy.

Sold in various stores around the Treasure Coast.

Pond Yum

Nerd Out:  Did you know that the “Pond Yum” logo was created by a street artist from Atlanta, R Land. He also does work for TV on Adult Swim network on the show Squidbilly. He is similar to Bansky from Exit Through the Gift Shop movie but he has been doing it longer and is not as famous. I love street art. They are all getting famous now due to the film spreading awareness. The Obey street artist with the Andre the giant images, which I saw a top a building in Charleston, SC just a few days ago. “Planet Yum” is bringing street art into their freezers on pop packaging.

Kilted Mermaid – Vero Beach

Kilted Mermaid

Do you like Fondue? I do. I also like beer and the weekly new selections of craft beers in this very relaxed atmosphere. They always keep it interesting and fun. I ordered steak, chicken and vegetable swiss fondue platter for two. Not sure what you like? Let the expert staff help you find the right beer or wine to complement your tapas. Excellent food, excellent staff and excellent good times. – Matt D. More Details.

If you have a Buggy Bunch Family Discount Card, The Kilted Mermaid listing is: 15% off your entire bill Sunday thru Thursday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

The Kilted Mermaid Pub, is giving away Gift Certificates for a once in a lifetime 4 day cruise over Veterans Day Weekend. Special guest on the cruise will include Celtic Thunder, Chloe Agnew (former Celtic Woman star), Gaelic Storm, Young Dubliners and the Killdares along with other exciting artists!These gift certificates are almost 80% off the normal cost of the cruise. Come in today to claim your Celtic Thunder Gift Certificate. This is a limited time offer and are on first come first serve basis. More Details.

Vero’s Heros

Meghan told me about Vero’s Heros and asked me if I’d grab her a sandwich. She claims they make the best in town and I was skeptical. Then she told me it was in a gas station. I didn’t believe her, so I went as she asked, I ordered, I ate and my mouth remained closed. They can make anything you want. It will be delicious. More Details.