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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

Alachua County
Farmers Market

Saturdays 8:30-12pm
5920 NW 13th Street
         8:30am - 12pm

Haile Village Center

Glades Ridge
Goat Dairy

Raw Milk and Cheese
Hormone / Antibiotic Free
Available Fresh or Frozen
ACFM/441 Farmers Market—GNV
Saturdays 8:30am - 12pm

Union Street Farmers Market—GNV
Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm

Riverside Arts Market—JAX
Saturdays 10:00am - 3:00pm

Wholesome Food - Animal Consumption Only
386 266 7041         gladesridge.com

NW Seafood Logo
Fanatics Of Freshness

Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-6:30pm

Millhopper       (352) 371-4155
Tioga Town Center   (352) 333-3298


Knife Sharpening
Knives: $2 per inch
($10 minimum up to 5”)
Scissors: Tailor, Kitchen, Pruners
1 pair $7 / 2 pair $12 / 3 pair $15
Scissors: Hair

1 pair $30 / 2 pair $50
Mon‐Fri 10‐6 Sat 12‐4
Scissor Warrior

1105 NW 13th Street     352‐672‐2488
Blue Highway Logo

Tioga - Micanopy - Ocala

East End Eatery Logo Greyscale
East End
Breakfast at 8:30am   Lunch at 11am
Sunday Brunch 9:30am-3pm
Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Friendly
1202 NE 8th Avenue 378-9870


Root & Pecker logo
Now Serving Breakfast
Open Daily 7am-3pm
We believe in the power of good food
5408 NW 8th Ave.   352 301 3309

The ONLY ROCK SHOP in North Central Florida
Crystals, minerals and gifts
High Springs Emporium Logo
Mon-Sat 11-6 Sun 12-5   386-454-8657
19765 NW US HWY 441   High Springs, FL
Working Food Logo

219 NW 10th Ave
352 260 4458

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

Personalized Cooking Classes
Taught by Hogtown HomeGrown’s
Stefanie Samara Hamblen

Individual or Group lessons
Dinner Party classes
Family Classes with children

352 374 8561               hogtownhomegrown@gmail.com

Copyright © 2007 Stefanie Samara Hamblen
Original Website Design - Zachary Hamblen ©2006
Website Contact - Jeffrey Hamblen