Category Archives: Locally Made

Tampa Bay Idol Auditions in Wesley Chapel August 12

Winners to sing for American Idol producers during bus tour The next musical superstar could be right here in the Bay Area! Tampa Bay Idol will give local singers a special opportunity to audition for American Idol producers. Winners of Tampa Bay Idol will receive a “Front of the Line” Ticket to audition for American … Continue reading Tampa Bay Idol Auditions in Wesley Chapel August 12

Hernando County Cannery temporarily closed for maintenance

Hernando County’s Little Rock Cannery, located at 15487 Citrus Way in Brooksville, is currently closed for planned maintenance through July 30, 2017. The cannery is a place where Florida residents can prepare their fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to be jarred. It has the capacity to pressure can up to 96 jars at one time, … Continue reading Hernando County Cannery temporarily closed for maintenance

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters opens 3rd Location

James and Heather Cook import coffee beans from all over the world and roast them fresh at our Hernando location – and now at the Inverness location. Cattle Dog offers drip coffee, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, and tea. Their fresh roasted coffee is available for purchase by the pound. Coffee by the pound can be shipped … Continue reading Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters opens 3rd Location

Florida Estates Winery offers Wine Class June 25

Join Florida Estates Winemaker, Vineyardist, Cellar Master, and tasting expert, Ron Hunt, as he shares his experiences and educational knowledge of wine in a detailed wine class. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to learn something new about wine. Topics Covered: Brief History of Wines Wine Grape Varietals Wine Grape Diseases Wine … Continue reading Florida Estates Winery offers Wine Class June 25

Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Pulling up to the wide farm gate on Hayman Road, anticipation of the sweet, yet slightly tart flavor of fresh, juicy blackberries has a grip on me. This is my second year visiting Bramble Creek Farm and I have a vision to fulfill – and a bucket! It is an idyllic scene; slowly touring the … Continue reading Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

At 10 am the gate opens and customers begin their semi-annual trek for what has been called, “the sweetest gold on earth”: Frazier’s sweet corn. David Frazier owns a 25-acre farm several blocks north of Jefferson and East Avenue in Brooksville. Twice each year he harvests the crops and people flock to the quaint locale … Continue reading A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

May 13 San Antonio Farmer’s Market celebrates Mothers

The May 13 Farmers Market in San Antonio will celebrate Mothers Day.  All mothers will be given a free chance drawing ticket for a special Mothers Day Basket containing items chosen to relax and please the lucky winner. In addition, a number of the vendors will offer Mothers Day specials at their booths. The Farmers … Continue reading May 13 San Antonio Farmer’s Market celebrates Mothers

Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida’s Nature Coast has a cornucopia of fresh farm produce available throughout most of the year. While the local grocery store may carry Florida fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year, a local produce market can provide foods that have been grown closer to home, and a trip to the farm provides the freshest food … Continue reading Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Bountiful Blueberries make Tasty Fun in Brooksville

You can almost taste it, right? That cool blue sensation that awakens the pallet this time of year. Spring is nearly upon us and with it, the bountiful harvest of Florida blueberries. On April 22 and 23, Brooksville will celebrate Florida’s fastest growing specialty crop of edibles by hosting the Sixth Annual Florida Blueberry Festival. … Continue reading Bountiful Blueberries make Tasty Fun in Brooksville

Try The Taste: Food Competition & Craft Beer Festival April 8

The Taste of Inverness began as a way to showcase local restaurant and catering offerings and raise funds for local nonprofit and educational needs. Over the years, it has grown to a signature event for the City of Inverness and has contributed to the betterment of thousands of NatureCoasters through its philanthropic efforts. “2017 is … Continue reading Try The Taste: Food Competition & Craft Beer Festival April 8

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Friends of the Hernando County Library

How can you sample some fabulous wine and help support your Public Libraries at the same time? Come to The Friends of the Library of Hernando County Wine Tasting Fundraiser at the Strong Tower Winery in Spring Hill on Saturday, March 25! The event will take place from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will … Continue reading Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Friends of the Hernando County Library

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

If you are a coffee connoisseur, you need to know about Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, Citrus county’s first and only coffee roasters. They have state-of-the-art home brewing kits, on-site roasting of over 30 varieties, delicious breakfast, lunch and bakery treats and are soon on their way to Nashville to compete in the Coffee Fest Cold … Continue reading Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

Starting a Home-based Food Business Workshop May 1-15

Thinking about opening a Home-based Food Business? Are you interested in selling food products that you make in your own home? Do you want to sell your home-made baked goods, candies, preserves, and more to the general public? If so, you don’t want to miss this workshop! This workshop will be held from 6:00 pm … Continue reading Starting a Home-based Food Business Workshop May 1-15

Big Storm Brewery, Zephyrhills Brewing Company and Craft Life Brewing Release Collaboration Beer

Big Storm Brewing Co announced today the release of a collaboration beer with other Pasco County brewers, Zephyrhills and Craft Life called “Open Spaces Porter.” The Pasco breweries will unveil the limited, draft-only brew at the “Meet the Pasco Brewer” event scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Big Storm’s location in Odessa as … Continue reading Big Storm Brewery, Zephyrhills Brewing Company and Craft Life Brewing Release Collaboration Beer

Recycled art graces West Pasco Government Center

Pasco County Recycling is proud to announce the wildly popular Art of Recycling contest is back for its 21st year.  Pasco County high school students have been diligently creating art from trash since the beginning of the semester and now the public is invited to see these impressive pieces in person. The recycled artwork is … Continue reading Recycled art graces West Pasco Government Center

Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Kumquats are fun to eat and the word kumquat is fun to say, so it stands to reason that the Kumquat Festival January 28 in Dade City is going to be a fantastically fun event for all! Today, NatureCoaster explores all things kumquat to help prepare you for the 20th Annual Kumquat Festival. Read on. … Continue reading Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Dade City Community & Business Expo Nov. 10 from 4-7 pm

Come out to the Dade City Community & Business Expo and visit with many local businesses under one roof – FREE – at the Pasco County Fairgrounds Dan Cannon Auditorium tomorrow, November 10 from 4 – 7 p.m.. Win prizes, visit with your neighbors and friends and stop by NatureCoaster.com’s table to let us know … Continue reading Dade City Community & Business Expo Nov. 10 from 4-7 pm

Crafting Wines for the Florida Lifestyle in the Nature Coast

In 2001, Ron Hunt began creating some of the best Orange, Key Lime, Plantation White, Plantation Red, Blush, Spice & Port wines available at Florida Estates Winery. How does he do it? First, Ron and his team clean everything used to create the wines. Any dust, dirt of debris in the equipment thwarts the process. … Continue reading Crafting Wines for the Florida Lifestyle in the Nature Coast

Fresh Roasting with Culinary Creations: Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters in Hernando

James Cook was born and raised in “The Golden State.” He was fortunate to experience country life in northern California, as well as city life in southern part of the state. In search of a new career path, James moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he attended the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Program. Upon graduation, he was hired … Continue reading Fresh Roasting with Culinary Creations: Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters in Hernando

Pearl in the Grove and Rebecca’s Closed: Local Public House to grow

Hello All! Focus is a good thing.  After a tumultuous few weeks, Rebecca and I have arrived at the difficult decision of closing Pearl in the Grove and Rebecca’s at City Market.  We are going to focus on making our largest, most profitable location perform as excellently as possible. The Pearl was a labor of … Continue reading Pearl in the Grove and Rebecca’s Closed: Local Public House to grow

A Corny Obsession at Frazier Farms

At 10 am the gate opens and customers begin their semi-annual trek for what has been called, “the sweetest gold on earth,” Frazier’s sweet corn. David Frazier, and his wonderful wife, Sharon, own a 25-acre farm several blocks north of Jefferson and East Avenue in Brooksville. Twice each year they harvest their crops, and people … Continue reading A Corny Obsession at Frazier Farms

Wildlife Park Volunteer Creates Stained Glass Portrait of Rosie, the Manatee

Nills Anderson, a transportation volunteer at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and stained glass artist has created a beautiful portrait of Rosie, the much-loved manatee who passed away in December 2015 after a long life of 50 years or more. He wanted to memorialize Rosie who was known as the Matriarch of the … Continue reading Wildlife Park Volunteer Creates Stained Glass Portrait of Rosie, the Manatee

Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

Looking for an approach to eating that’s so fresh you can taste it? Fresh-to-Table restaurants are making waves in the culinary industry, including some on the shores of the NatureCoast. Chefs worth their salt always pick top-shelf ingredients as the first step in creating a truly remarkable meal, and freshness is the most important factor. … Continue reading Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

NatureCoaster Partners with WYKE TV: Gems of the Nature Coast

One of our goals with NatureCoaster is to unite the people, places and things of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. One of our challenges is a limited staff. To overcome this, partnerships should both unite and expand toward the goal. We have an exciting partnership announcement to share with you In the second quarter of … Continue reading NatureCoaster Partners with WYKE TV: Gems of the Nature Coast

Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup

Sugar cane is a tropical perennial grass that has three main varieties – chewing, crystal and syrup. In Central Florida, the sugar cane crop is planted in January and harvested in November. Cane syrup has been a part of the Nature Coast region for generations, with pioneer families in the 1800s and early 1900s traditionally … Continue reading Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup