Organica World – Groveland, FL

Just never know what you’re going to find in Central Florida.

Located in Lake County, this place was in the middle of nowhere. They obviously had enough open land to build some greenhouses .and a market, along with a restaurant attached. The last part was what initially drew us.

After parking, these picnic tables were under cover with plants for sale along the edges.

I use the term ‘restaurant’ loosely, it was more like a food truck – which is still acceptable. We both ended up with BBQ. I chose the quarter chicken with Eric selecting the brisket.

The food was fine – nothing special, but filling. The market inside was interesting. Some produce was displayed on these tables.

Along with produce being in these coolers.

Another cooler had fresh eggs and canned fruit. We got a jar of peaches and Y.U.M. I made a peach tart later in the week and the only thing missing………..ice cream – we were out. 😦

There was your basic jelly, jams and preserves.

A few other jams…………typical Florida.

Way south, Scuppernong fruit can be found.

So just what is a scuppernong????

~A large variety of muscadine grape, native to the Southern U.S.

~greenish or bronze in color outside, white inside, larger and rounder than a white grape.

Couldn’t resist a shot of these jams. What???? Are you kidding me?

Bear Jam – made with blackberries, elderberries, apples and raspberries.

Frog Jam – Fig, raspberry, orange and ginger. (get it?)

Traffic Jam – Strawberries, raspberries, cherries and cranberries.

Lest you think it is all about the sweets, these canned tomatoes looked awesome!

Next to them were these salsas. I’ve had a kumquat salsa, and it was delicious. I was skeptical at first but the taste won me over. Maybe our next visit we will try one of these.

And then there was this in a cooler by the register. Hmmm. What were those greenhouse really being used to grow?

When we first pulled in, there was several RVs parked in their large grassy field. What? Really?

There’s a group/club called Harvest Hosts. For a yearly membership fee, you’re given access to a map with 3220+ wineries, breweries, farms and more across North America. This is one of those places. Really.

What’s so special about this RV? They had a donkey tied to the back of their RV. Who knew.

Ginny

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