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    Welcome to February! It's the shortest month. It's the coldest month (normally). It’s also a HUGE month in food production in FL.

    WHAT'S YUMMY RIGHT NOW?
    Ask for locally grown favorites such as these in your markets. If you see an imported non-specialty item similar to this list in your markets this month ask why they didn't buy from Florida or USA growers, or ask when they're getting it in. Consumers are so powerful, flex those muscles and help strengthen Florida Ag!


    SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: February
    Special Thanks to our February Small Business Spotlight, Oakwood Natural Living
    Osceola County: You simply can not go wrong with Christine's huge range of apothecary and self care products. Her website lists pages and pages of incredibly luxurious products for men, women, kids, babies, household, pets and more! If you participated in our Winter Warmth crates you already know how great her Rescue Balm, Beard Balm and/or Raw Honey Body Butter is! Jillian is also huge fan of her Arthritis Massage Oil and Cara's #1 pick so far is the Mint Lime Lotion Bar. Local no contact gate pickup is available in St. Cloud, or she ships all over. Christine's also really great to her fans, there's always a "how it's made" or a giveaway or a Freebie Friday going on over on her page! Check out her website: https://www.oakwoodnaturalliving.com

    NEW TO THE GROUP?
    LOCATION
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    If you post, please tell us where you are. You're in the Witness Protection Program? No worries, just your County or region is fine, preferred actually. Also maybe include how far you're willing to travel.

    After you are added, there may be a slight delay in some of the group features. Sometimes making a new post, or the search box, or the Invite Friends box needs 24 hours or so to start working. We don't know why this happens, but it’s not a group setting of ours. It is frequently resolved on its own after 24 hours.

    BUSINESS OWNER?
    Want to post on behalf of a business? Here’s a great “tips and tricks post” to boost your impact here in Big Dill and on Facebook in general. https://www.facebook.com/groups/floridafarmfinder/permalink/407726113812573/
    If you'd like to connect with Florida Farm Finder for an opportunity or to learn more about how to increase your ag-related business page impact, please join us over at Brand Building by Florida Farm Finder: https://www.facebook.com/groups/389257258778481

    LOOKING FOR FOOD/FARMS?
    We request that you use the magnifying glass search field near the top of the page/app once you've joined our group. This will allow you to search all of our posts by your county and scroll at your convenience to "Like" new pages around you and follow along on their efforts. You're also encouraged to reach out to those pages via the Message button and tell them you found them on Big Dill! ❤ Searches of surrounding counties are also very beneficial. If you need help please feel free to make an ISO post once you've tried a search.

    Here’s where to find local bulk meat:
    ORLANDO TO NORTH FL https://www.facebook.com/groups/floridafarmfinder/permalink/346087586643093
    ORLANDO TO SOUTH FL https://www.facebook.com/groups/floridafarmfinder/permalink/346218403296678
    #MEATMEET
    If you’re on a budget or lack freezer space, we have a Meet Meat. You can find other ranches and farms and people from your county to split orders with for bulk beef, meats, poultry, and produce. PLEASE scroll and see who's already posted and if they've made any connections before posting your own request. You can also request information from ranchers who have provided their info in the comments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/floridafarmfinder/permalink/345369136714938

    Need a Hot Cocoa Bomb?https://www.facebook.com/groups/floridafarmfinder/permalink/381469569771561

    Dairy is a hashtag, click and scroll #FLMooJuice.

    You can also search for FLmooJuice or any other keyword and your county to help narrow it down.
    Other hashtags to browse by item all over the state:
    #MeetFLMeat
    #FLMooJuice
    #SeaFLFood
    #ChooseFLChicken
    #FLPorkPlease
    #FLElderberry
    #FLSunnyHoney

    REVIEWS:
    GOOD: If you have a good experience with a vendor or buyer in Big Dill, we’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to post pics and tell stories about your adventures in Florida Ag.
    BAD: If you have a negative experience with a vendor or customer you found in Big Dill, we would definitely like to hear about that as well. Please send Jillian or Cara a private message with your concerns. We can absolutely recommend our Favorites Vendors for those new to purchasing direct from the farm, they have pledged to help out our group's members with the sometimes confusing pathways toward farm fresh goods. We're happy to provide a list of those vendors, just send us a message.

    EVENTS:
    February:
    This Saturday! Central Florida Peach Blossom Festival Feb 6th, we will be in Umatilla, Lake County at Graham's U Pick Peaches for a vendor market drenched in peach blossoms. Cmon out, take some pro photos with our expert photographers, get some amazing local goods, get some tasty fresh produce, see some handcrafted pottery made on site, plenty of other great vendors, a ton of which you see featured in our group! https://www.facebook.com/events/4895637150509480

    March:
    Backwoods BarnRaisin' & Hootenanny in Groveland Lake County! Yup. We said Hootenanny. Come celebrate the Backwoods brand new barn, check out the new organized petting/feeding area for all the animals, and Shop Small with a huge range of local vendors! Saturday March 27 10-4 https://www.facebook.com/events/832192367329928

    April:
    Spring Fling and Homesteader Festival April 17 Hillsborough County we will be at Bob's Berries in Riverview for their seasonal open and local berry Upick! Vendors, great BBQ made on site, always a whole bunch of fun, they've been hosting this event for a half decade now and are happy to back after last year's cancellation. https://www.facebook.com/events/2653503841533786

    If you’d like to be a vendor at any of these events please message the Florida Farm Finder page or join us over at Brand Building by Florida Farm Finder.
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    FUN STUFF:
    New Website Launched 12/31/2020!
    💻 FloridaFarmFinder.com
    SHOP:
    Ambassador keychains, magnets, shop placards and QR code stickers all available at FloridaFarmFinder.com

    SHIRTS:
    Check out our Threadless shirt campaign! Pick your design then pick your shirt or hoodie color! Lots of new fabrics and styles available, prices start at just $20.
    https://floridafarmfinder.threadless.com/designs

    CRATES:
    March Quarterly Crate Orders are still open, available for $35, $55 & $75, theme is Spring Fling and the retail values go all the way up to $103! https://floridafarmfinder.com/collections/crates

    February Local Discovery Crate NOW OPEN! (Theme: Afternoon Tea, $48 Value for $40!)
    https://floridafarmfinder.com/products/local-discovery-crate

    FLORIDA FARM FINDER FAVORITES via Patreon
    If you enjoy what we do here at Florida Farm Finder, Big Dill, Brand Building, and all over the Internet, we'd love to offer you the chance to save on Florida Farm fresh goods all over the state in return. Our Patreon VIP's receive access to our growing database of Favorites Vendors who have provided an incentive (discount or other benefit) to those who choose to support our efforts monthly. Favorites Access is offered to any tier $3/mo or more and we have five tiers to choose from with lots of fun, contests, giveaways, behind the scenes content and more! Sign up here -> https://www.patreon.com/floridafarmfinder

    OLD BUSINESS:
    We don't argue about masks in Big Dill.

    We try and keep real estate posts to a minimum by containing them to the "Acreage" thread.

    No animal rehoming unless its a food animal and you are providing shares in that animal. Facebook is still pretty vigilant about rehoming pets & similar posts and we can't risk it. Sorry!