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Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Festival

  • Jun 28, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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This festival is being sponsored by the University of Florida's IFAS Lee County Extension and the Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange. For an admission fee of only $2 (free for kids under 12), you can taste a wide variety of unusual locally grown fruits and vegetables, and freshly caught seafood. The fruits include lychee, longan, papaya, grumichama, jaboticaba, canistel, gooseberry, macadamia, mamey, different varieties of mango, akee, roselle, jackfruit, elderberry, plus micro-greens, wheatgrass, etc.

You can also buy what local farmers and your neighbors are growing. Farmers and fishers will bring their edibles for sale, including cheese, honeys, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Tropical fruit trees and other trees and plants that can thrive in southwest Florida's gardens will be offered by local nurseries at affordable prices. Also available are ice cream, baked goods, punch, sauces, etc.

Master Gardeners and other experts will be at the festival to answer all your gardening questions. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can also attend classes to learn how to grow plants, preserve foods, raise tropical fruit trees, harvest other edibles, and more. The parking is free, and raffles are held every hour. For further information you can call (239)[masked],[masked], or 543-9910.

This festival will be a good gathering place for members of our garden club. Because the club's individual name tags won't be distributed there, members will have to recognize one another by their profile photos on the club's web site. To indicate whether you'll attend or not, just scroll up to the top right corner of the screen to click on the link to RSVP.

Normally our get-togethers are held in the gardens of local members of the club. At those events we share lots of snacks and drinks, and bring our excess plants for the free plant-exchange table. If you'd like to host such an event so that members can admire your own garden, please contact club leaders Peter and Suzanne at [masked] or (239) 331-2858.

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  • Lisa O.

    Loved going and sampling fruits that I am growing. I was able to try Jackfruit, which I put in two trees, different delicious mangos, leechee, and some really bizarre fruits. I was happy to run into Vicki there as it was so packed.

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Missi

    Got a bunch of herbs, 2 more moringa trees & some fancy gingers. Tasty mango & passionfruit icecream. Delicious juices. Lots of generous fruit samples. The textures of many were a bit much for me. Wish there was dragonfruit. Looked all over for it a few time but didn't see any to sample :( The place was packed tight by 930.

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • frany

      missi, there was dragon fruit they put it out about 9ish. you didn't miss anything. wasn't tasty. I had some from Bonnie's home and that was dragon fruit!!! I actually went to see if it was like bonnies. nope

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • frany

    packed

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful event. Got to taste a lot of new fruits. Learned a bit more about my Moringa tree. Didn't meet up with anyone from the group which was a bit dissapointing because it was my first event. Hope I get to meet members next time.

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • Mary W.

    Sorry you missed it Peter and Suzanne

    1 · June 28, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      No one missed this festival more than we did, Mary. We hope members who attended will post reviews and photos of the event for those who were out of town.

      June 28, 2014

  • Mary W.

    I got some of the Asian ginger too. Trying to figure where to put it. The line was Hugh to try food. Echo was very good ,did classes and they are non.profit

    1 · June 28, 2014

  • frany

    can anyone give me directions? please!!! heading north on I75. thanx

    June 28, 2014

    • Suzanne and P.

      Driving directions from I-75 are written just below the church's address, Frany. You can also click on the church's name to access a Google road map, type in your own address where indicated as a starting point, and get turn-by-turn directions from your home to the church.

      1 · June 28, 2014

  • Mia A.

    I am going and bringing my 2 girls.

    1 · June 27, 2014

  • Leah R.

    Oh, I wish I could go! I am moving this weekend. Glad our little group is still up and going. I was a bit concerned. Have a great time, everyone☺

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Suzanne and P.

    We can't attend because we'll be visiting our children in New York City. But we hope those who attend will then post photos of the festival on this page so the rest of us can see what fun we missed.

    June 24, 2014

  • frany

    Hi all. have not seen my gardening friends in a while. Look forward to seeing everyone and tasting some new fruits.

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Eileen M.

    Sounds wonderful wish I could attend but will be away. Next time

    1 · June 22, 2014

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