August is normally a tough time for local food in North Central Florida. But somehow we were able to snag two kinds of fruit for a dual Harvest of the Month. We offered end-of-season Asian Pears early in the month, and followed up with delicious muscadine grapes which are in season now. Dan Doran, of St. Johns Oaks Vineyard, grows for local wineries but graciously set some aside for us at a price the school district could afford.
While muscadines are an acquired taste for folks accustomed to the California varieties, their sweet muskiness is the taste of late summer for North Florida natives. We (and the wild turkeys) are enjoying them warm off the vine here at the Farm to School Hub. You can find them at farmers markets and grocery stores that sell local products. You can also find the wild variety growing in the woods nearby.