Author: Sharon Fletcher Jones

February 1, 2018

The Parramore Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the East side of the Orlando City Soccer Stadium, across from City View. Visitors can walk among the natives and purchase high-quality, fresh and healthy food grown by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers. The market, a new addition to the Parramore neighborhood, features more than 30 local vendors. Be sure to buy your Black Bee Honey – a startup run by the Parramore Kidz Zone mentoring program youth.

This weekly farmers market is part of the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant received by the city. With this grant, the city is working to provide access to quality, fresh and healthy food in the West Orlando neighborhoods that have been deemed as “food deserts.” In addition to providing neighbors and visitors alike the opportunity to get out and interact, this program will also provide residents the opportunity to start or grow their own business by encouraging entrepreneurship.

On Sundays you can venture further into downtown Orlando to Lake Eola. There you’ll find a variety of fruits and vegetables, beer, bread and wines at the Lake Eola Farmers Market. You’ll also be within walking distance to Thornton Park, a quaint community with a small but eclectic collection of boutiques and eateries to match both the discerning pallet and the adventurous one.

If you’re seeking southern comfort and evening shade check out Soultry. This lounge and whisky bar is located at 2295 South Hiawassee Road. The aesthetics alone will change your game whether you’re seeking after work solace, whetting your appetite before or after dinner, or seeking a happier hour. This ‘premiere drinking destination’ boasts impeccable, attentive and friendly service, warm colors, fresh flowers, carefully selected soft music, dim amber lighting, sumptuous leather chairs and elegant drinking glasses. Soultry features an extensive selection of wines and spirits. Their well-crafted signature cocktails (Why Don’t We Fall In Love with Apple-infused Scotch, for example) and classic mixed drinks are utterly delicious. The food menu is a collection of exquisitely prepared delights. Lamb Lollipops, Margherita Flatbread, Portobello Burger, and Bourbon Bread Pudding are just a few of my favorites. Soultry’s warm, relaxing ambiance and perfect appointments provide a chic, world-class experience. Call them at 407.286.1609 or email info@soultrylounge.com. Their hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Reservations are highly recommended.

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