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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. Breaking for Bees

    Although we are busy as bees preparing for the Winter Garden Harvest Festival and East End’s opening, I took a break to talk with local Audubon Park artist and bee steward, Pam Treadwell.

    Honey is just one of the visible and tasty benefits of bees! However, there are many other reasons why bee conservation is so important, including pollination and biodiversity. Pam believes that backyard beekeeping is one of the best ways to practice bee conservation. Unfortunately, when many people come across feral hives, they resort to pesticides to kill the swarms. As an alternative, Pam collects and relocates the swarms to domesticize the colonies. She is on her way to becoming a certified Master beekeeper, and has relocated over 200 feral colonies for the City of Winter Park.

    Bees are also in danger from monoculture, loss of habitat, and agricultural pesticides. But above all, Pam fears that the public’s lack of understanding is the greatest threat to the survival of bees. If someone stumbles upon a wild swarm in their backyard, it is likely he or she would be scared for their safety and would attempt to terminate the colony. Pam hopes to replace that fear with a better understanding of bees’ natural processes. Then, when one sees a swarm, he or she will know that it is not a threat, but rather a colony simply preparing to split. And as you can see in the video, bees are not agressive creatures at all (unless you provoke them!). I was standing within a foot of the hive with no protective gear and didn’t get bothered once! So, if you are interested in having your own bee box or just learning more, buzz on over to Pam’s Facebook page, Scout Bee, for more information!

    (originally posted on East End Market’s Blog 4.10.13)

  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. Market Merchants Partake in Progressive Happy Hour

    Help keep Audubon Park unique and funky! Ticket sales for the Progressive Happy Hour benefit the Audubon Park Garden District.

    What do chicken eggs, blueberries, baguettes, butter, charcuterie and fish dips all have in common? About as much as apples and oranges, right? Actually, these products are all grown or produced locally, and more excitingly, you can get a taste at this week’s Farm to Table Progressive Happy Hour in Audubon Park’s Garden District. From 6-8 pm, stroll up and down the business district, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and fine wines, selected by wine expert Sarah Matthew.

    Get a sneak peek of the new Redlight Redlight!

    At this “Farm to Street” celebration, you can visit both new and established shops along the business district. Redlight Redlight will be opening its doors for tours of their beautifully revamped space. Built in the 1950’s, the old “Carrier” building was redesigned by Brent Hernandez and his team of brewmasters, creating yet another one-of-a-kind establishment in Audubon Park.

    Sample bites from East End Market merchants, like Cuts & Craft Artisan Meats

    On the other end of Corrine Drive, an adaptive reuse project of a different kind is underway at East End Market. The abandoned church building will become home to a “producer-only” market hall, incubator kitchen, farm-fresh restaurant, event space and urban garden. Although the market won’t open until February 2013, some of the future market merchants will offer samples on Friday. So, register here, and come meet your neighborhood butcher, seafood specialist, Italian cook, baker, and local produce purveyor! Advance tickets are $25 ($22 for APGD and Slow Food members), or $30 at the door. For more information: click here.

     

     

  5. East End Sparks a New Beginning

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    In the lively Audubon Park Garden District, an abandoned 14,000 square foot two-story is an unharmonious site compared to the eclectic and funky shops along Corrine Drive. The building was constructed in 1962 as a church and stood as a sturdy place of worship until 2007. With the downturned economy, the building has stood vacant for the past five years, creating an odd void in the otherwise active community.

    East End Market hopes to transform this space into a gathering place with a unique environment to nurture the neighborhood’s distinct culture. Other redevelopment projects have been known to revitalize communities, like a repurposed Wal-Mart turned into a Texas public library. As East End adapts the building into a bustling community food hub, the area’s economic, social and environmental health are at the core of the developers’ motivation.

    The adaptive reuse project is not only economically viable, but environmentally as well. East End will extend the lifecycle of the structure, meanwhile minimizing Orlando’s sprawl, preserving virgin materials used in new construction, and conserving energy in general. As updates are made to bring the existing building up to code, energy efficiency is ensured by reinsulating the ceilings and replacing single-pane windows with double-pane windows. Sustainability is also incorporated by ethically and regionally sourcing building materials. As for the waste materials, like those from an old house on the back of the property, they are sorted and recycled appropriately.

    An Urban Garden will take the space of a 1,300 square foot lawn off of Corrine drive. Edible plants and Florida-friendly varietals will be used for additional landscaping, rather than the irrigation-needy, non-edible alternatives. The market will also bring the outdoors in with creative planters made from reclaimed wood. Future phases will allow East End to incorporate other green designs like solar panels, a cistern for harvesting rainwater, and perhaps even a green roof.

    The producer-focused market hall, incubator kitchen, farm-fresh restaurant, office/retail areas, and event space are slated to open February 2013. Aiming to support the food entrepreneurs and local business of Central Florida, East End also sourced their contractors and construction company locally, using Barefoot Brothers Construction and Schmidt Design and Architectural Resource Group (of Altamonte Springs). Just as Seattle, New York City and D.C.’s public markets have drawn national attention with their redevelopments, East End aspires to provide a comparable experience for visitors and residents of Audubon Park.