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What was Overtown? What is The Rosemary District?

Sarasota’s Rosemary District In the early 1890s several African American families settled in an area that was called Overtown and today is known as The Rosemary District. The district dates back to 1885 and is located between Tenth Street to Fruitville Road (North to South) and North…

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1920’s Food Delights!

As Sarasota was developing during the early 1900’s, so were some favorite foods. The most popular foods were Deviled Eggs, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Jell-O Salad Molds, Johnny Cakes (a flat cornmeal cake), Tomato Soup Cake, and Ambrosia Fruit Salad, just to name a few. Ambrosia was known as the food…

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It’s all about Owen!

  Owen Burns and the Burns Court Historic District Named by the prominent developer and builder, Owen Burns, Burns Court is located off South Pineapple Avenue.  It was constructed 1924/1925 and the winter cottages there were for wealthy northerners to escape the brutal winters.  Owen who was an avid fisherman, often visited…

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Legacy of Mable Ringling during the Roaring Twenties The Roaring Twenties 1920-1929 before the Great Depression in October of 1929, was a ‘roaring’ time for Mable Ringling and her husband John. In the early twenties, they brought life to Sarasota with the building of their home, the Ca’ D’Zan, Venetian dialect for the…

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Grilled Summer Squash – YUM!

Summer squash are harvested when immature while the rind is still tender and edible. They have a short storage life and should be used within two to three days from purchased.  You should store them in the refrigerator, but wash when ready to use and not before. Handle them with care. More »

All about Mangos!

Mangos (or Mangoes) Mangos, a stone fruit, are in the cashew family and from a tropical tree. It is a native of South Asia and worldwide is the most widely cultivated fruit in the tropics. Mangos are the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines, and the national tree of…

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What is the world is a Jackfruit?

We recently discovered jackfruit at our Sarasota Farmers Market and were quite amazed at the wonderful taste of it. Jackfruit a native to Southwest India, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asian countries is known as the “miracle” crop because of its many health benefits and rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, electrolytes, and high fiber. It is…

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Lychee nut fruit sure are pretty but what can I do with them?

While the lychee nut fruit is called a nut, it is actually a fruit with a seed. It originated in provinces of China dating back to 1059 AD. Once you peel off the hard shell, you have a sweet, crisp, and juicy flesh with a “signature scent” of floral perfume. The seed is not edible…

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Come to the dark side …. Ghosts & Gruesomes – our newest tour!

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We love how so many of you are always wanting to know about and try out new tours. We have a great one to tell you about today – our new evening tour Ghosts and Gruesomes! Now this one isn’t a food tour but it IS 75 minutes of fun, interesting stories and creepiness all…

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Have you heard about our ‘Gods, Goddesses & Myths Tour’?

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Gods, Godesses & Myths is a 90-minute walking tour is for art, history, and legend lovers! Join our tour guides as they share the intriguing stories of many of the statues located around St. Armands Circle along with what they are made of, where they originated, and why we love them! Many of the pieces date back…

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