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  1. Make your Money Count

    The Audubon Park Community Market has been occurring every Monday since 2009. Market Director Gabby Lothrop ensures that the market offers only the finest of foods that have been grown, raised, caught, or carefully made right here in Florida, emphasizing freshness and encouraging sustainable practices through touring each farm or facility.

    If you have had a chance to visit, you have experienced how this gathering transforms a parking lot into a celebration with all of the sights, smells and sounds of a lively community. While the market has an obvious impact on the community’s wellbeing, we wanted to know the less obvious impacts of the market on the local economy. With Market Umbrella‘s SEED (Sticky Economy Evaluation Device) Study, we were able to measure the financial impact of the Audubon Park Community Market on the vendors, local businesses and the greater municipality. 

    In October and November of 2012, A Local Folkus and some helpful volunteers completed two nights of surveying market goers about their spending habits.  Taking the average of the two reports, we found how much money is spent on average at the market and at nearby businesses. Using those numbers, the SEED measurement tool determines the impact of successive rounds of re-spending the initial dollars within a region, or the multiplier effect. The larger the multiplier, the “stickier” the economy. See how the market is impacting our region’s economic development below! Click the image to enlarge.

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  2. Think Outside the Box Stores this Father’s Day

    If your dad is like the majority of men out there, he is mighty hard to shop for, which always makes showing your appreciation on Father’s Day a creative effort! To offer you some local shopping ideas and to help you think outside of the box stores, read on.

    This Monday (6-10pm), you can find lots of unique and delicious gifts at the Audubon Park Community Market. Rain or shine, the market’s vendors always have a great selection of things your father should fancy- edible and fruiting plants, sweets & chocolates, farm-fresh veggies, and local seafood at Wild Ocean Seafood, and meats from My Yard Farm and Smiling Bison. Whether you plan on grilling out or arranging a daddy’s day brunch, you can find all of your ingredients at the market!

    Weather permitting, you can pack up your ingredients for a picnic in the park! Two of Central Florida’s most beautiful parks are offering free entry for all dads this Sunday. Harry P. Leu Gardens in Audubon Park will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, and Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Whales from 8am to 6pm.

    Finally, if your dad is a handy man, consider refreshing his tool collection with some garden gadgets or a potting bench. Miller’s Hardware in Winter Park has lots of great deals for dad this week too!

    What do you plan on doing for your dad this weekend?

  3. March Update

    Audubon Park is home to some of Central Florida’s unique hangouts, including Stardust, Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux, Redlight Redlight, Blue Bird Bake Shop, Sushi Lola’s, Park Avenue CDs, and more! As we prepare to bring some of the best up-and-coming food artisans to the area, we hope to inspire a new appreciation for Orlando’s food and art culture. Enjoy Orlando Live‘s March video update of East End Market’s development and please share your comments below!

  4. The Month of Merchants

    It’s March, the Month of Merchants! In just about a month, the merchants will begin building out their shops in the market hall. We can’t wait to share the creation of their spaces with you. Before the shops begin to blossom this spring, we’ll be introducing all of our merchants on our blog.

    First up is Freshly Picked! Jenn Aquilia has a serious love affair with flowers and a deep appreciation for her native Floridian terrain. She uses an array of the highest quality blooms from local and regional farms to create the most beautiful floral arrangements for all types of occasions.

    Freshly Picked pops up every week at the Audubon Park Community Market at Stardust Cafe from 6-10pm, and at the Winter Park YMCA on Tuesday mornings from 9am-noon. You can also pick up or place an order for flowers and arrangements. With her creative inspiration and vast variety of flowers, Jenn will help you pick the perfect blooms for your occasion. At East End Market, Freshly picked will also have locally made gift items in store, including whimsical paper products and elegant chocolates. Treat your eyes to her beautiful photography and stay updated by liking her Facebook.