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What is Hogtown HomeGrown?  Well, obviously it is a newsletter and website full of local and seasonal recipes, but it is more than that - I want you to get away from the processed fast food mentality.  I want you to get together with friends and family to enjoy local fresh food, lovingly cooked and eaten with laughter.  Gather around the table every day – get to know each other – become a family!

Why the name “Hogtown HomeGrown”?  When I moved to Gainesville, I was new to vegetarian cooking, but immediately began working at Hogtown Granary – a co-op on University Avenue that sold fresh local produce, dried grains and beans and natural products at a discount to members.  To me, Gainesville has always been Hogtown!  Historically, Gainesville was never Hogtown – the Hogtown Settlement and then Hogtown Fort were located in and around what is now Westside Park, at the corner of Northwest 34th Street and 8th Avenue.  The city of Gainesville, the county seat, was 4 miles to the east, and eventually expanded its borders to include Hogtown.  Did you know that Toronto is also nicknamed Hogtown?  Their name refers to the muddy road conditions after severe Canadian winters – I’m glad we didn’t earn the nickname that way!

Why “HomeGrown”?   Think about all the businesses that originated in and around Gainesville – including this newsletter and website!  Think about all the local farmers who provide us with everything from fresh produce to honey, meat and milk.  Would you rather have items trucked in using lots of natural resources or local goods and services made available from people that live and work near you?  Most of the money spent at a big box leaves our community, but money spent in a “homegrown” locally owned business stays in our community.  What a difference we could make if we made a point of buying locally and seasonally!

So that’s the Hogtown HomeGrown philosophy – buy local and seasonal food, support our community’s businesses and Save the World – One Dinner at a Time!

                                                                                                Stefanie Samara Hamblen


Hogtown HomeGrown is supported in part by these sponsors

Ward’s  Supermarket 
We Make it Easy to Eat Local
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Monday - Saturday  8am-8pm   
Sunday 9am-7pm   

515 NW 23rd Avenue     352 372-1741



Specialty Coffee
Local Music
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Glades Ridge
Goat Dairy

Raw Milk and Cheese
Hormone / Antibiotic Free
Available Fresh or Frozen
ACFM/441 Farmers Market
Saturdays 8:30am - 1pm

Union Street Farmers Market
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm

Wholesome Food - Animal Consumption Only
Lake Butler
386 266 7041

Henderson & Daughter
Plants and Produce

  Booth #4 - 441 Farmers Market
Grapefruit: white (Marsh seedless), pink
sour oranges
*all grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides
Sweet Potatoes and Boiled Peanuts
Pretty Caladiums

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Beautiful succulents and arrangements
for everyday, holidays,
special events and weddings

Haile Farmers Market          Saturdays
Oaks Mall   Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

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Your Neighborhood Bakeshop

Traditional breakfast and dessert pastries
handmade with quality ingredients

407 SW 4th Avenue
(East of UFs Innovation Plaza)
7-11am Mondays-Thursdays

Available at Opus Coffee in Shands/UF and Saturdays at Haile Farmers Market

Haile Village Farmers Market Haile

8:30am - 12pm

             Haile Village Center

Alachua County
Farmers Market

Saturdays 8:30-1pm
5920 NW 13th Street
Sunflower Health Foods
3424 W University Ave, Gainesville
352 372 7482
225 NW Commons Loop, Lake City
386 758 5511
Monday ‐ Saturday 9am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm


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Fresh — Local — Organic
Vegan and Gluten-free Options
Juice Bar       Sunday Brunch

436 SE 2nd St      226.8288

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Local Beer, Local Wine, Local People
The Most Unique Entertainment
Experience in Downtown Gainesville

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112 SW 1st Avenue


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Original Website Design - Zachary Hamblen ©2006
Website Contact - Jeffrey Hamblen