Spring is here and I think the temperature is not going to drop anymore, which means no more wood for our fireplace will be needed. Yes we do have a fireplace in Daytona Beach, why, because it is cozy and for those ten days that it got into the forties, turning on the heater is just too boring.
What have we been up to here in Midtown EcoVillage? You mean what have we not been up to. We recently joined up with the Junior League again and participated in
2nd St Farmers Market Holly Hill
“Kids in the Kitchen” event, which was amazing. I taught a family cooking class and what was supposed to be one interactive demo turned into 4 because people kept wanting to make the tofu, tabbouleh, and hummus wraps. An entire kid-friendly vegan meal had the parents in shock and lining up and begging me to teach cooking classes. More on that later. Of course my husband and Mamma Barbara were turning out the smoothies left and right as usual. Goodbye milk mustache and say hello to a yummy and nutritious green mustache.
The Zora Neele Hurston Festival was not what we expected and did not have the previous huge turn out as it had in the past, but we still had a great time and considering we were the only really healthy food option there, we exposed people to green smoothies. Mission Accomplished!
We have spoke at a cancer support group at a church and will be doing an event at Halifax Hospital for Lab week next week.
We also recently teamed up with Florida True Blue to present another free Smoothie Mammas workshop at the Chiles Academy, where we happen to live if you did not know, which is also where the community garden is that we always tell you about is located. Nope, it’s not Disney world folks, you gotta take I-4 West to go there, but it’s Utopia, or the closest thing to it. We introduced a lot of young ladies and homeschoolers to juicing and green smoothies. We gave away 3 blenders to get those girls making smoothies at home, and gave them produce to go with it. HOORAY, I love giving away blenders. Then as if that was not exciting enough, we threw in a free vegan lunch sampler plate with all the goodness that had folks saying. “this isn’t real meat?” CLASSIC, I love that response.
Additionally, we did BIKE WEEK!!! It was crazy, bikers on the whole are beer and burger types, you know BBQ and brew. However, we managed to still be a beacon of light in a food desert with or loud Blendtecs cranking out three amazing smoothies, while we jammed to Sly & Family Stone and Bob Marley. Somehow, there were an abundance of European tourists that loved our smoothies, having lived in Glasgow, Scotalnd with not much vegetarian food, I understand the smoothie addiction they were getting. It was fun, it was ten days in a row, it was freezing and raining some days, and I told Omar that if we still wanted to make smoothies after bike week and open up a place, we were truly born to do just that. LOL
Recycled Art Class is an ongoing collaboration with the Reign Homeschooling Academy that takes place at the Chiles Academy that I teach. My children in tow, we love making beautiful creations. We also just finished up another successful run at the Wholistic Health Fair that was at the Sunshine Mall. Again, “this is not chicken??” comment is my favorite thing that people say when they try our food for the first time. Other comments include, “are you from Jamaica, I been there” and “Do you all have a place?”
DO WE HAVE A PLACE?
Dream Shipping Container Store with Windows
Yes and no, we have a place that we live and that same place is where we will open our juice bar and cafe sooner than you think. Have you ever seen those shipping containers, well, we are going to convert one of those into a hip swanky juice bar, tricked out with all the eco-friendly stuff you can think of. We are currently needing to raise $15,000 to get it up and going. We are a non-profit and your donations are tax deductible. Just think if 150 people can donate $100, it is a done deal.
WE ARE AT 2 MARKETS A WEEK!!!
We are still going strong at the Daytona Beach Farmer’s Market mostly every Saturday from 8am-1pm. We will be introducing our new Spring/Summer menu in May. So long heavy foods, and hello more light and raw foods. Yes, of course we will continue with our smoothies and will begin doing more juices as well as raw nut milks so be excited.
How do I know if you are going to be at the farmer’s market? If in doubt call us, our regular customers, you know who you are and we love all of you and just about know everyone’s name, be patient (we have 4 little kids and we call them each other’s names, LOL)!! Call us the night before, no worries or anytime that week and we will let you know. My personal cell is 347.661.7179 and office phone is 386.227.7393.
Check us out at the following events, which means we will not be at the Saturday market. These are activities we enjoy brining our family to, you know we homeschool, so we gotta branch out of Daytona from time to time. We learn a lot and only get better for you!!
UPCOMING EVENTS :
CENTRAL FLORIDA EARTH DAY April 20, 2013 10am-6pm
Lake Eola (East Side), Orlando Florida 32801 Free Admission
Halifax Oyster Festival April 27, 2013 11am-9pm
Manatee Island Park Downtown Daytona Beach
Admission $6 (Children under age 7 free)
I know what you are saying, but wait. . .your entry fee gives you a $5 voucher to spend at any restaurant, therefore, voila, you paid a buck to get in and bought your smoothie. HOORAY!!! Also, the entry fee proceeds go to restoring oyster beds, yadda yadda. So it’s for a great cause, so see you there folks.
SCHOOL CARNIVAL May 10, 2013 a Friday evening 4:30-7:30 we will be at Turie T. Small giving away free smoothies at the school carnival again, tons of fun, bring the kiddies. We will have ours there too.
HEALTH FAIR May 11, 2013 Allen Chapel AME Church in Daytona Beach on George Engram at 9:30am I will do a juicing and kale salad demo, free admission.
Last but not least we want to say a special shout out to our volunteers, young and seasoned. You all are fantastic, each person so kind and committed to helping us get our community healthier. Do you know how many people tell us what a big difference we have made in their lives? How many people make my famous kale salad at home, or how many folks juice and make green smoothies because of meeting us? Well, lets just say this., raising four children and homeschooling is hard enough. Working from home and running a non-profit is not simple either, but it the great folks we meet and our customers that fuel us to not only keep this going but to dream even bigger.
We love you and see you soon with a green mustache .
Camille Takes Green Smoothie from The Baby
Love The Browns & Midtown EcoVillage Family