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Spirits of the Heartland By Grace Hirdes


Lakeland Downtown Farmers Club Market By Rebecca Maglischo



Nutritionists Reveal 5 Tips for Smarter Grocery Shopping By Lisa A. Beach


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CONTENTS Volume 9 | Issue 5 | October & November 2020

noteworthySTORIES 72 'Tis the Season to Vote By Bridgette Waldau



Celebrating Thanksgiving with Your Kids By Cindy Sebring Adams

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Southern Chef By Layne Prescott



12 Letter from the Publisher 16 Behind the Scenes 18 From Our Readers

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etter fromTHE PUBLISHER Hello FALL… well, as fall as it gets here in Florida! I wasn’t going to mention the craziness going on in our lives in 2020, but I didn’t think we would be continuing to live like this. I have been praying that life would have returned to normal by now, whatever normal is. Life isn’t quite back to normal, but we’ve taken a turn learning how to work from home, parents juggling digital learning or homeschooling and sadly others some have lost jobs. Whatever your challenge is or has been, we got this together. Seriously though, in the wake of a worldwide monumental change, a good thing happened. Families are spending more time together, our focus shifted from the insignificant to what is truly important. I have seen our communities come together to support local businesses, but most importantly we are taking care of each other’s needs.

As we have spent more time at home, we’ve been able to see our homes in a new light. Many have chosen to dedicate time and resources to upgrading our indoor and outdoor living spaces. I have seen some of you have added a home garden and tried to master new dishes in the kitchen. We would love to hear from you some of your new projects or maybe a new dish you mastered in the kitchen. Please share on our Facebook page. If a home garden isn’t for you we have included in this issue where you can find fresh produce at your local Farmer’s Market as well as tips for shopping smarter in your local grocery stores. Thanks, Rebecca Maglischo for spending your Saturday morning at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market with Jim Luna interviewing vendors and sharing the history of the neighborhood market. If you live in Lakeland or close by you really should plan a Saturday morning of shopping. Our local vendors and businesses would love and appreciate your support. For the first time in my 10 years publishing we bring you a story on how important it is to vote. Yes, every vote counts and it is important for us to voice our opinion, whoever your choice is. Something we are looking forward to is Thanksgiving this year. This is always a chance for families and friends to get together and enjoy a nice feast. But mostly the day is a meaningful time to reflect on our blessings and remember how God has been so faithful in our lives. As life returns to normal, even though a slightly new normal, it makes us proud to live in a community that supports one another through these trying times. Communities in the Heartland are stronger than we think. I want to thank all my advertisers for your support. I also want to thank my readers for your support and please keep sharing with me your thoughts on how we are doing here at Heartland LIVING.

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Published by CEO | Publisher Cindy Sebring Adams Editorial Director Jessica Pleger Creative | Art Director Bridgette Waldau

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Writers Lisa A. Beach Grace Hirdes Rebecca Maglischo Contributing Writer Layne Prescott Photography Director Rafael Pacheco Feature Photographer Caroline Maxcy Fox Contributing Photographer Abby Lawson

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BRIDGETTE WALDAU has been a graphic and fine artist for over 30 years. She received her A.A. from the Ft. Lauderdale Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Stetson University. She moved to Okeechobee in 1994 where she opened her art studio. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as art director since 2011, winning eleven Florida Magazine Charlie Awards (20152018). She is Arts & Culture Alliance Director (13 years) for Okeechobee Main Street. Bridgette is married to James Waldau, a retired firefighter from the City of Hialeah.

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LISA A. BEACH is a freelance journalist and copywriter. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, USA Today Back to School, Parents, Edible Orlando, and more.





LAYNE PRESCOTT Layne was born into a military family, has lived overseas but did most of her growing up in Arcadia. After meeting and marrying Mike Prescott, she moved to Wauchula in 1979 and now calls it her home. She and Mike raised their three children there and now are reaping the benefits of their labor with six sweet, beautiful and perfect grandchildren. Her cooking style is eclectic and best described as “Southern comfort cuisine”. Her greatest joy comes from three things: her faith, loving on her family, and getting in the kitchen and “whipping” up something good.

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JESSICA PLEGER is a wife, mother, editor, writer, and caterer. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Before working full-time at Heartland LIVING, Jessica was a paralegal for over 15 years. She is also the owner and operator of Pink Pineapple Catering. Jessica enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and participating in community events throughout the Heartland. A lifelong resident of Florida, Jessica was raised in Hardee County and now resides in Avon Park with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Finley Grace.

GRACE HIRDES is happily married to her wonderful husband and is a fulltime teacher at Winter Haven Christian School. She received her diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature and has been pursuing her passion as a freelance writer for the past 5 years. She has also published her first children’s book and loves anything outdoors.

REBECCA MAGLISCHO is a wife and mother of two boys. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Human Movement with an emphasis on Corrective Modalities. She has completed a two year study in Full Body Systems through the Holistic Nutrition Lab and a certification in Functional Range Condition through the Functional Anatomy Systems. Rebecca opened Haka Fitness in Lakeland, FL.

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RAFAEL PACHECO I am a Pisces and was born on the island of Puerto Rico. My dog thinks I am crazy for locking the door so many times in 10 seconds and my cats think I am made of catnip. Everything I wear is black, gray or blue. If I put on something colorful I must have been in a hurry. Photography is how I have let my artistic visions come to life since the early 90’s. Patience, kindness, sharing, sacrifice, love and not to judge I saw my mother practice these and they stayed within me. We are collective energy and all from the same Source. I don’t see the world through my eyes. I see it through my soul.


CAROLINE MAXCY FOX was born and raised in Central FL. She decided to be an artist at the age of five. After achieving her BSA from Florida State University, she practiced in the field of design for six years and then received a Masters in Graphic Design from NC State University. She honed her artistic craft and developed a "way of seeing" that fuels her work. Caroline is a full time photographer and lives with her husband in the heart of Sebring, FL. Together they run the day-to-day life at The Great Commission Bible Institute as the Site Coordinators and Dorm Parents. Naturally, adventure abounds.

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ith year-round Peanuts specials airing on TV, the Peanuts gang is still teaching us life lessons after 70 years. This made me reminisce about my childhood love affair with Charlie Brown, dubbed America’s lovable loser. Despite his hairless, pumpkin-size head and a penchant for wearing zigzag shirts, Charlie Brown had me at “Good, grief! Since 1950, that endearing blockhead taught me how to keep getting up when life knocks me down. Brilliant cartoonist Charles M. Schulz channeled his inner Charlie Brown in every comic strip, breathing life into an Everyman character that captured common struggles and imparted kick-ass insights. From the classic holiday TV specials to the weekly Sunday comics, here are six life lessons I learned from that resilient, round-headed kid.



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So it is official that America loves craft beer and distilled spirits. Small-shop and large breweries alike are making an impact on local economies and businesses by creating jobs and getting involved in communities. The growing breadth of craft beer and distilled spirits producers is astounding, but in an era of discerning drinkers, it takes creative flair and a competitive edge to flourish. Florida is at the forefront of this beverage boom and the Heartland offers some of the most accessible, palate pleasing imbibing opportunities around! Our local businesses are ready to serve, greeting you with a smile. Restaurateurs and business owners have worked tirelessly to change processes and physical spaces to operate safely. As we begin to move forward responsibly, plan an hour (or day) to get out of the house and enjoy our resilient culinary scene. „

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Located in Lake Placid, Sugar Sand Distillery is the only estate grown sugarcane farm distillery in all of North America and Hawaii. Nestled in the middle of a 10-acre Sugar Cane Farm, Sugar Sand Distillery is a true Farm-To-Bottle operation. Born of a desire to truly incorporate the love of farming with the love of producing a true handcrafted small batch spirit. In 2017, Don Davies, founder of Sugar Sand Distillery, began experimenting with the processes of making mash and home distilling with sugarcane. When shared with friends and family, they all raved about his product and Don discovered a deepening love for the process as well as the finished products. Therefore, Don began researching craft distilleries and found that there was a growing market for his product and the dream of Sugar Sand Distillery was born. All of their spirits are handmade from scratch on site. They offer 9 different liquors. White Rum, Aged Rum, Spiced Rum, Vodka, Lemon Crane Vodka, Gin, White Moonshine, Aged Moonshine, Appleshine, and their seasonal drink, Watermelon Shine, which is flavored with fresh watermelon, making it especially refreshing. If you're looking to learn more about their distillery, they offer tours of their facility on Saturdays for $7.50 per person. During this tour, you’ll get to experience a tasting of all handcrafted fine spirits, a complimentary cocktail, a full look around the distillery including the cane farm and fermentation process. At the end of the tour, you’ll receive a $5 off of $25 coupon for your next purchase. For more information, visit their website at www.sugarsanddistillery.com or give them a call at 863-873-4725.


Michael Noel, owner of Wet Dogs Brewing in Lake Placid, tells us “We’ve always loved our Irish heritage, beer and wet dogs, so we decided to combine them into what would become Wet Dogs Brewing. Our ‘happy place’ is on a dock with a beer, a dog and a tennis ball. We wanted to bring this feel to a local gathering place.” In the beginning of 2020, they were ready to open ahead of schedule and were looking forward to their St. Patrick’s Day Grand Opening but due to COVID-19 plans were changed. Michael tells us “we have been starting and stopping since then as the State restrictions allowed. We operated at times with take out only and again as a restaurant when we partnered with a food truck license.” If you get a chance to visit, Michael tells us they use a unique 4 in 1 brewing system which allows them to operate with a very small carbon footprint. They have five 5-barrel systems (10 kegs), a ½ barrel system (1 keg) and a 5-gallon pilot system. Because of this, they are able to take any recipe they come up with and scale it to any production size. Michael also tells us they currently produce ales and stouts, which use top fermenting yeasts that are active around 74 degrees, and generally ferment for 2 weeks. They also have the ability to produce lagers, which utilize bottom fermenting yeasts at lower temperatures, but are waiting to make sure the virus environment is stable as lagers take longer to ferment (4-8 weeks). If you’re looking for a specialty brew, they have created seasonal and specialty beers for holidays and special events. Michael tells us that they recently produced a guava orange double IPA for a wedding, complete with a customized label for the occasion. In addition to their beers, they brew their own nitro cold brew coffee and kombucha. They also offer guest taps, wine, ciders and seltzers. For more information visit Wetdogsbrewing.com. They can also be found on Facebook or Instagram @WetDogBrewing or at 863-410-2010


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Located in Lakeland, Brew Hub was founded in 2012 by a team of industry professionals led by Tim Schoen. The craft brewing industry was exploding and Brew Hub’s primary goal was to help craft brewers grow their brands. Unlike traditional contract brewers, Brew Hub was designed to offer more than just production. They also offer Partner Brewing, where they offer their partners multiple services beyond just production to include marketing, lab services, distribution expansion, and so much more. Because of this, their partners could achieve their maximum growth potential without the risks involved with capital expenditures or geographical constraints. They opened their doors in 2014, and Jeni Overton, Digital Content Manager, tells us that during the past 6 years, “Well-known award-winning Partners have graduated from our services include Cigar City Brewing, Toppling Goliath, and Green Man Brewery. We have also expanded our capabilities beyond craft beer to include hard seltzers, kombucha, and canned cocktails.” They also have their own line of beers under the Brew Hub name that are distributed throughout Florida. Each year they have a few specialty releases that are exclusive to the Tasting Room. Overton shares, “Our Tasting Room is amazing because it gives our visitors the chance to experience not just our own beers, but beers from all over the country that are produced in our Brewery on behalf of our Partners. Our beers and our Partner's beers are all made with high-quality ingredients, at a scale much larger than your typical brewery, with consistent quality control. We help your favorite local breweries make it from their small taproom to your nearby Publix!” They also produce some limited releases that you can find out in the market. Overton tells us, “Recently we had a special release of Barrel Aged Diver Down exclusively for the Tasting Room. In the past we've made small-batch holiday beers like Pumpkin Spice Dunkelweisse for fall, classic German lagers around Oktoberfest time, and more.” High quality, professional expertise and scalable growth are the cornerstones of Brew Hub, and they’re great about letting their consumers know when they’re launching something special on their social media, so for anyone looking out for what's next follow along with them there or give them a call at 863-698-7600.

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Christian Lugo, Co-Founder and Vice President of Lugo’s Craft Spirits in Lakeland tells us, “We are a family-owned and operated business that began this year. We started distilling in July so we’re fairly new to the scene in Lakeland. Our Craft Rum Distillery specializes in bringing true craftsmanship to Rum that hasn’t been seen. We lived in Kentucky and grew inspiration from the Bourbon industry and wanted to bring that to the Rum industry. As a Puerto Rican family, we wanted to also bring our native Rum moonshine from Puerto Rico called Pitorro. It is traditionally aged with real fruits and enjoyed during celebrations. I have taken a family recipe and with quality ingredients and a pure distillation technique have made a purer Pitorro and it can now be enjoyed in cocktails and also be aged with fruits.”


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They have 3 specific products that will be out in October. Their Original Pitorro, which is a sweeter, higher proof rum, is out now at a few liquor stores and restaurants. Their spiced rum, Libertalia, is aged with real fruits and spices which makes our rum unique because typically a spiced rum is flavored using natural or artificial flavors. They also have Rhiskey, which is a 4 times distilled rum aged in New Charred American White Oak barrels, the same used for Bourbon, which gives it a unique whiskey taste. Hence the name, Rhiskey! Lugo also tells us that All of their products are distilled 4 times in a hybrid copper still that takes any impurities out of the rum and produces a pure product. The flavor and color all come from the aging process, so nothing is added to enhance the color nor flavor which makes these Rums unique. According to Lugo, their Coconut Pitorro will be out this fall and they will have new and unique products coming out in the following months! So be sure to visit them and give it a try. If you are interested in seeing where all the magic happens, distillery tours and tastings are available. Visit them at 2500 Drane Field Road Suite 208 Lakeland. For more information, they can be reached at 863-816-3330. „


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The Florida Brewery (TFB) in Auburndale has been in operation since 1983 and is the 2nd oldest brewery still in operation in Florida. In the 80s there were many brands of beer produced at TFB. The brewery changed ownership multiple times and added nonalcoholic beverages along the way. Today TFB is owned by Empresas-Polar but is run locally by Julie Williams and Stacey Oakley alongside their amazing team of 46 others!


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Their hand-crafted local beverages are designed for taste, smoothness, and quality. Fun Fact: Stacey Oakley tells us “All of our beers are made with the theme, A Taste of the Florida Lifestyle. We create our beverages to bring joy and create long lasting memories, similar to your favorite song.” Stacey also stated that “Our brew master, Daniela, was trained in Germany for a year so she is very traditional with her brewing style. We have added some awesome creative brewers to balance tradition with flavor, which makes for great beer!” Today’s beer options include Gator Lager, Polar Pilsen, and Beach Me Up. Stacey tells us, “Beach me Up is our number 1 beer and has become wildly popular due to its high drink ability and perfect balance of beer and pomelo grapefruit.” If you have any questions, feel free to contact them at 863-965-1825.

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Grove Roots in Winter Haven, started in 2016 as a small microbrewery with a focus of being a community centric gathering place. They wanted to be all things Winter Haven with a place focused on crafting a delicious beer. Even their branding shows the Winter Haven spirit with a focus on the rich history of the citrus industry. Their open concept and outside space help customers feel as if they are sitting in a park when they visit. They are known for being dog friendly and family friendly. Owner, Joseph Dunham, shares that during the course of the year they hold multiple community events including Oktoberfest, Halloween, night markets, Christmas parties, biking events, etc. Dunham says, “We are always focused on bringing people together.” Dunham, tells us, “Our product line brings diversity in beers to Winter Haven. At any given time, we will have roughly 16 different beers on tap. We have a variety of flavors from hoppy, dark, citrus, sour, and light. We want people to have a flavor experience every time they step foot in the brewery. Those styles also will have local ingredients from Florida such as honey, citrus, and coffee.” Their brewing starts with 4 ingredients: Water, Hops, Malted Barley, and Yeast. First, they mix malted barley with hot water. The hot water activates certain enzymes


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in the barley to start converting complex starches. After roughly an hour they drain this liquid into the boil kettle, while sparging hot water on top of the grains to rinse them and halt the enzymatic activity. Once all the liquid is collected, they bring it to a boil and add hops for bittering and profile. After an hour they cool the liquid and transfer it to the fermenter vessel. In this vessel, they pitch the yeast which will start feeding on the sugary liquid and produces alcohol. Dunham tells us, “This process takes anywhere between 10-21 days. After this process you move the beer into another vessel called the Brite Tank to carbonate.” Grove Roots offers many specialty products with new releases every season. They currently offer Oktoberfest Lager and a Pumpkin Ale for the fall season. For more information on their brewing process, hours of operation, or products on tap, give them a call at 863-291-0700.

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LaBelle Brewing Company is the first and only brewery in Hendry County and was founded by a local Southwest Florida citrus-growing family with a passion for the simple things in life, like great beer and great food. They’re a community-focused craft brewery and taproom in the heart of LaBelle, Florida. They were founded to create a space for their local community to enjoy delicious home-craft brews, and to hang out, relax, and have a good time with friends and family. The brewery houses a local farm-to-table restaurant, as well. Susan Franz tells us, “Our beers are inspired by local ingredients from our farming community and made on-site. It’s part art, part science, and part unbridled obsession that makes our team devote their lives to beer making. Peak flavors always rule: our beers do not sit around for months in bottles or kegs. After years of brewing throughout Southwest Florida our Brew master brought an elite skill set to our brewhouse.” When you're in the area, check out their different beers based on what local ingredients are available. Brew master, Corey Purcell, tells us that they like to keep their inspiration local and since LaBelle is an Ag community, they have lots of good ingredients. Don’t forget to try their best seller, Belle of the Barn. If you’re interested in getting to know more about their brewery, try taking a tour and getting a first-hand glimpse into their mastery of the brewing process. For any additional information, they can be contacted at 863-230-7991.


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The hallmark of craft beer and distilled spirits is innovation, and successful brewers possess a passion for authenticity. Their brand reflects local culture. Different from bars that serve wine, beer and spirits, breweries and distilleries feature varying experimental versions and brands. Classified as an “attraction,” they still fit in with a town’s food and bar scene. No matter the location, breweries and distilleries are on a mission to share their passion for quality craft beer and spirits to their community. So make a plan, get together with family or friends and discover the "spirited" flavors of the Heartland.

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By Rebecca Maglischo Photos Courtesy of Lakeland Downtown Development Authority

By 9:30 am on a Saturday morning, the streets of Downtown Lakeland are filling up with people. Groups of sweaty runners gather around tables at the local coffee shops comparing training plans and sipping coffee. Young couples push strollers along Kentucky Avenue. Friends catch up over a hot breakfast watching the passersby, and children giggle as they chase each other along the sidewalk. This scene has played out in ebbs and flows over the decades since Abraham Godwin Munn donated the space to the city in 1889. This plot of land would become the centerpiece of the business district of Lakeland, a social gathering spot for generations of friends and families, and a site for commerce throughout the evolution of markets over more than 100 years. „

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Jim Luna waves from the far side of Mitchell’s Coffee Shop. “Let’s walk and talk,” he says. “I need to deliver papers to several of the vendors.” Jim is contracted by the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) as the market manager for the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market. He actually pitched the idea for this market and has been its manager since day one. By trade, he is a landscaper. “I was doing the downtown landscaping. You have to do that stuff after hours, ya know?” He shrugs his shoulders. “When you are down here watering plants and everything is quiet, your mind wanders. I could just see it; I could picture a market and all the families and vendors. It just seemed so perfect!” Nothing is ever perfect. While the concept of an open-air market seems simple, many farmers markets fail. Markets are complex, blanketed in policies and procedures. And that’s to say nothing about marketing, vendor relations and garnering community support. The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market wasn’t a quick and easy success either. The LDDA supported the market for a full decade before it finally turned a profit. Today, LDDA's full time staff of 3 each have duties related to the Market. LDDA staff manages all marketing and administration. Jim is contracted annually as the Market Manager.

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Julie Townsend took the position as Executive Director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority in 2014 with a top priority “to reorganize administration of the market so it could be more successful and a financially self-sustaining program.” A long-term successful market creates interest and activity in the heart of the city. It benefits downtown businesses and creates a viable business option for new ventures! It also cultivates an amazing culture of care in the community connecting farmers, crafters, and creators to a diverse population in a relationship as old as time…commerce. The Farmers Market opens doors for vendors. It also opens possibilities for consumers to have access to goods to which they might not otherwise.

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Jim and I stop at a tent where 3 vendors have congregated for a quick chat. He distributes papers and one vendor asks about his back. It’s quickly clear that these vendors have all formed strong relationships. Jim does the introductions in the style of a proud parent, tossing in little tidbits about their successes. “Benjamin runs Honeycomb Bread. He sells amazing breads and people line up to buy out his gluten free options! I bet he’s already sold out for the morning…” Benjamin smiles and nods. His morning started hours ago. It takes a lot of work and an early morning to bring high quality, fresh bread to his customers.

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Handmade, Homegrown, Homemade, Heartfelt… Every vendor here has a story. These people really care about the things they grow, craft, and sell, and it’s obvious. But starting a business is hard. The initial investment can be financially restrictive. The market has “categories” and only allows a few vendors to sell in each one. Vendors must apply online providing forms, photos, and proper permitting. Some vendors need insurance, some require permitting by the US Department of Agriculture. Others fall under Cottage Food Laws and the labeling regulations are the biggest requirement. Vendors who only sell at the market can function under the umbrella of the Market’s Business Tax License. The Farmer’s Market has been a blessing for many of these vendors, an easy entry point as they define and refine their concept and grow their customer base.

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“We are the business we are today because of the Farmer’s Market,” raves Wendy Johnson from Krazy Kombucha. She dreams of having a brick and mortar business, but the regulations are almost insurmountable. Kombucha, a fermented beverage known for its tangy flavor and gut healing benefits falls under the restrictions of the USDA. To sell her 18 flavors in a stand alone building requires a commercial kitchen, 3 compartment sink, air gap, refrigeration, and a grease trap with a 900-gallon tank. Many vendors can sympathize with these issues. The Farmer’s Market is a savior for these businesses.

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As Jim and I hand over the last of his papers, I see a young family sitting on the curb sipping ginger beer slushies. The youngest child gleefully offers a sip to his father. A dog on a leash strains his neck to the child for attention. The father and the man share a smile. A vendor shakes hands with a customer. A woman waves across the street to another woman. People slip out of the sun into the permanent businesses that line the streets. Right here, on this one street, a community has come together to support each other. If downtown is the heart of Lakeland, the pulse here is strong. The ghosts of decades of commerce walk along these same streets and a community of care has flourished along the edges of Munn Park. “You get to know your customers,” Jim points out. “The exchange is personal and meaningful. We have many businesses that started on these streets and have been able to grow because of relationships made right here!" He begins rattling off businesses. "Patriot Coffee, Born and Bread, The Nectary, Swan Brewing, The Salty Cow.… Even businesses who don't have their own location have expanded offerings inside of other established Lakeland businesses. Ethos Coffee is inside several coffee shops and restaurants. Honeycomb Bread is featured on some menus, too. There are plenty more."

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863-991-5903 The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market became a SNAP authorized market in 2015. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is administered by the USDA and serves as the nation’s largest domestic hunger safety net. A SNAP Farmer’s Market has the capability to accept EBT cards and also provide fund matching to be used for local grown fresh produce. A customer can visit the SNAP tent and swipe their EBT card to receive red tokens that work like money with participating vendors. The customer is then given an equal number of green tokens. They literally double their benefit when they shop at the Farmer’s Market. While red tokens can be used for any eligible food item (bread, honey, coffee, etc), the green tokens are only used for the purchase of locally grown fresh produce. Customers and farmers both benefit from the program. Healthy fruits and vegetables feed families that might not otherwise prioritize these items and farmers increase sales with new customers. Currently, the SNAP program matching is unlimited through December 31, 2020. But these numbers are renegotiated annually and pre-COVID19, the weekly matching had stabilized at $40 for several years.

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WITH YOUR KIDS By Cindy Sebring Adams Digital Art Graphics by Bridgette Waldau

Thanksgiving is a chance for families to gather together, to feast and to enjoy being with one another. But the day can also be a meaningful time to reflect on our blessings and remember how God has been faithful in our lives. Family, gratitude and thankfulness are the true meaning of Thanksgiving. It is also a good time to help children understand why this holiday is important. Heartland LIVING would like to share a few tips on how you can teach your children Thanksgiving lessons. „



Begin the celebration the night before with a simple meal such as pizza that kids love. Or make a meal off everyone’s favorite appetizers.



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Connect your celebration to the original story of the fall harvest celebration that brought together Native Americans and Pilgrims for a feast.

Talk to children about where food comes from and how it was prepared. Everyone can share what their favorite food is and why. You can also involve your children in the preparation of the food, as well as setting up the table and serving the food.

Reach out to those without family close by and invite them to share Thanksgiving with your family. A family with kids, singles, college students, widows and widowers will be thankful to have people to celebrate the holiday with. „

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TURN THE TELEVISION OFF DURING Yes, there are the parades, football games and specials, but try to keep most of Thanksgiving about the importance of time spent with loved ones.



If your celebration involves multiple generations or multiple families, talk about family traditions, the good “old days" and your own childhood memories. Stories teach children about life and history of their own family

BE Focus on the things you are thankful for; ask everyone at the table to say what they are thankful for.


Thanksgiving is a celebration of sharing and abundance. Develop a tradition of sharing with those who have less and involve children in contributing or serving food at a shelter or donating to other charities.


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Whether you're cooking with your children or creating a craft, involving kids in the preparation or an activity is a great way to celebrate and enjoy family time. „

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Sometimes children spend long hours at the kid’s table while grown-ups talk and talk. Be sure family activities and enjoying one another is a top priority on Thanksgiving. Maybe you can start a new tradition like going outside and playing a family game of football or even creating a Thanksgiving Trivia activity. And don’t forget that breaking the turkey's wishbone is a fun part of the celebration.

Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays of the year – but it can also be fraught with things that take the focus away from gratitude, such as sibling rivalries, and stress. Make this year a little more special by adding a new tradition to the mix. Any activity that brings your family closer together will ultimately enhance your celebration and set the tone for the holiday season. From our family here at Heartland LIVING to yours, however you spend your day, we hope you have a blessed, healthy, and delicious Thanksgiving with family, friends and neighbors.



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Main Street Wauchula is Open for You Main Street Wauchula is the place you want to be! Whether you are looking to start a business, expand or find the perfect gift, Main Street has just what you are looking for.

Main Street is Open to Shoppers

“Our outdoor event series kicks off in October with Movies in the Park every third Friday and Open Mic Night every third Monday. The free, family friendly events run through March,” explains Jessica Newman, Main Street Wauchula, Inc. Director. Main Street Wauchula, Inc. hosts numerous events throughout the year to encourage shopping and dining in downtown Wauchula. “One of our most successful shopping events of the year is just around the corner! Shop Small Saturday and Brunch in the Park brings the Main Street businesses together to offer the best sales and promotions,” Newman details. “Shop Small Saturday is my favorite event,” gushes Shannyn Robertson. “I haven’t missed one yet! I love catching up with friends over brunch in the park. Then strolling Main Street and getting a jump start on Christmas shopping. I always sneak in a few purchases for myself.” Shop Small Saturday is a nationwide campaign that encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, November 28th. Main Street Wauchula, Inc. adds to the day by offering Brunch in the Park. Tickets go on sale November 1.

“Shop Small Saturday has become an all day event. The day starts with a delicious brunch of waffles, eggs, and mimosas. Then shoppers spend the day in our downtown businesses and finish off with a meal from one of our Main Street restaurants,” Newman explains. “While everyone is invited to shop, Brunch in the Park is a ticketed event. Make sure to get your tickets early because they do sell out each year!”

Main Street is Open to Businesses

Main Street Wauchula, Inc. doesn’t just attract shoppers; they attract businesses too. In the past 10 years the organization has awarded over $40,000 in facade grants. Additional incentives offered to established downtown businesses and new ones include Continuing Education Grants, Business Assistance Grants, and Rental Assistance Grants. Main Street Wauchula has the opportunity, customers and incentives for start-up and expanding businesses!

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Proven Effective Leadership Kevin has over three decades of management and administrative experience right here in Highlands County. As an established servant leader, he will use his knowledge, skills and abilities to represent all residents of our community!

Leadership Experience • Founder and CEO of the Champion for Children Foundation of Highlands County, Inc. This non-profit, tax-exempt organization was first established in 1994, and since inception, thousands of children and families have been helped. www.championforchildren.org • Chairman - Champion for Children Foundation - since 2017 • Director of Human Services for Highlands County for sixteen (16) years, from 1991-2007. Kevin gained tremendous insight into the inner workings of county government.

Fiscal Conservative While serving as CEO of the Champion for Children Foundation for twenty-three (23) years, many initiatives were established including the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Safehouse for battered women, and the Circle Theatre. The Foundation always lived within their means, and never borrowed money from lending institutions.

Leadership Awards and Honors • 1995 Humanitarian Award - Men of Vision • 1997 Child Advocate of the Year - Children’s Home Society • 1997 Citizen of the Year - Avon Park Chamber of Commerce • 1999 Voted Top Citizen - News Sun • 2005 Peace at Home Award, First Place - Governor Jeb Bush • 2007 Citizen of the Year - United Way of Central Florida • 2014 Historic Preservation Award - Daughters of the American Revolution • 2014 Soaring Eagle Award - Boy Scouts of America • 2015 Citizen of the Year - Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce • 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award - Champion for Children Foundation

Dedicated to Family and Community • Happily married to Debbie Allison Roberts for 47 years. • Three daughters and son-in-law: Hollie Roberts, Kati Pippin, Amy and Eric Zwayer. Their six grandchildren live in Sebring. • Active member of Bible Fellowship Church in Sebring - 15+ years • Bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University in 1972, and Master’s degree from Rollins College in 1981 • As a hobby, Kevin teaches American History to his grandchildren • Moved to Highlands County in 1975


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Make your voice heard … Every Vote Counts! By Bridgette Waldau THE IMPORTANCE OF VOTING Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have. About 150 million American citizens are qualified to vote. Unfortunately, many don’t. They give up on a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them. WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE? Nobody can force a citizen to vote. But many citizens do vote, because voting lets them tell the government what they want it to do. If citizens think they’re paying too many taxes, they can vote for a person who promises to lower taxes. If citizens want more services, they can vote for someone who will promise to spend funds to gain more services. EVERY VOTE COUNTS It’s also important for citizens to know how to work the voting machines or to mark the ballots they’ll be using when they vote, so that their votes will be counted. Why is that so important? Because every vote counts! An election might be decided by a single vote and history would be changed because a person got…or lost…that one vote ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, raising minimum wage, or funding local schools. This is your life: take the time to help decide what’s best. NOT VOTING IS GIVING UP YOUR VOICE Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. Take some time and learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote, someone else will make the decision for you. Your power is in your vote. IT'S YOUR MONEY You pay taxes, but do you know how that money is being used? Most people don’t. Voting is your chance to choose how your tax dollars are spent – such as funding for health care and social services. VOTING IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE Do you want to make a positive impact? Voting gives you that chance! Support the candidates and ballot measures that can help your community, state, and even the nation for the greater good. Make your voice heard in these elections. THE COMMUNITY DEPENDS ON YOU! Our communities are made up of friends, loved ones, neighbors and children. Some may not know how important voting is, while others don’t have the privilege. Make the decision to vote for yourself and those around you. 72

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How you can Vote in Florida! Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Florida allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person and Florida also offers early voting.


You can find the deadline to register to vote through your local Supervisor of Election and on the Florida Department of State's website.

TO REGISTER IN FLORIDA, YOU MUST: éBe a citizen of the United States of America éBe a Florida resident éBe at least 18 years old éNot be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored éNot have been convicted of a felony without your voting rights having been restored. NOTE: More information about Constitutional Amendment 4/Felon Voting Rights can be found on the Florida Department of State’s website.


Three Ways to Vote in Florida


Check with your local Supervisor of Election office for your precinct location.


Florida voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live, so check with your local Supervisor of Election office.


éYou will be asked to show a valid photo ID with signature to vote in Florida. éVoters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if the signature on your ballot matches the signature on your voter registration record.


3. VOTE BY MAIL éRequest your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application. éFill out the application completely. éSubmit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Saturday, October 24, 2020. éWhen your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it. éAllow enough time for your ballet to arrive to your local Supervisors of Elections office.

Note: You can also drop off your mail in ballot in person at the Vote-by-Mail Drop boxes. Check with your local Supervisor of Elections office for location(s) of the Vote-by-Mail Drop boxes.


Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax and state online portals.


You Can Make a Difference! éPlay a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting. éIf you’re 18 or older, vote in every federal, state, and local election. éLearn about the candidates and issues before you vote in any election. éKnow what’s going on in your country and community. éWrite letters to public officials about issues that are important to you. éRemind everyone 18 and older to vote.


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It is now fall and these recipes are hearty, easy and prepares your taste buds for the Holiday Season! Our Southern Chef shares these recipes that are exactly what you've been looking for.

PUFF PASTRY LAYERED BAKED BRIE 3 wheels Brie 1 tbsp. Apricot Preserves 1/4 cup shredded provolone 1 tbsp. honey 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans 1/4 cup shredded pepper jack 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese 3 oz. prosciutto slices Egg & water mixture for top 1 sheet Puff Pastry thawed and flour for dusting, if necessary Toasted baguette slices Preheat oven 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and unfold and lay flat pastry sheet in center of parchment sheet. From center of pastry, lay prosciutto slices in circular (flower like) design. Begin layers of brie: 1st – place one wheel of Brie in center of pastry/prosciutto. Spread 1 tbsp. of apricot preserves on brie and sprinkle provolone over preserves. 2nd – place next wheel of Brie on top of provolone. Spread honey, pecans and pepper jack on brie. 3rd – place last wheel of Brie on top of pepper jack. Spread Dijon mustard on top of Brie and top with Monterey Jack cheese. Carefully fold prosciutto slices over all three layers of brie; overlapping on top. Use egg wash mixture to seal. Fold pastry over tower. Lightly pinch together and use egg wash mixture to coat entirely. Cut several slits in top of puff pastry to allow steam. Place in preheated oven; bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers. 81

VINTAGE CHICKEN A LA KING IN PUFF PASTRY SHELLS 1 pkg. Puff Pastry shells 4 tbsp. butter 1 cup sliced fresh button mushrooms 1 small Red pepper, finely diced 1 rib celery, finely chopped 1 small sweet onion, finely diced 4 tbsp. AP flour 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream Salt & Pepper to taste 1/4 tsp. Paprika 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 cup frozen peas 82

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Bake pastry shells as directed. Prepare Roux: In a large skillet, melt butter. Add vegetables and sautĂŠ until tender. Sprinkle in flour and stir until incorporated. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and returns to boil. Cook for two minutes. Turn down burner and add heavy cream, seasonings, cooked chicken and frozen peas. Stir until bubbly then turn off heat. Serve over Puff Pastry shells.

ROASTED ONION SALAD 3 large Vidalia Onions (sweet onions) ¼ cup plus ½ t. olive oil, divided 4 garlic cloves 8 cups torn mixed salad greens 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced. Dressing: 2 T. white wine vinegar 2 shallots, quartered ¼ cup minced fresh parsley ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes ½ t. sugar 2 T. Lemon Juice 2/3 cup olive oil S & P to taste Place onions in a baking pan. Line with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil spray. Drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil; toss to coat. Place garlic on a double thickness of foil. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Wrap foil around garlic; place on baking pan with onions. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until onions are lightly browned and garlic is tender. Can turn onions occasionally. Cool slightly before assembling salad. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, cheese and walnuts and pears; top with roasted onions. Dressing: Place vinegar and shallots in a blender; squeeze softened garlic into blender. Cover and pulse until blended. Add parsley and pepper flakes and S & P. Cover and process, gradually adding oil in a steady stream. Serve with salad.

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Nutritionists Reveal Tips for Smarter Grocery By Lisa A. Beach

As a savvy grocery shopper, you already follow basic food-buying rules. Don’t shop hungry. Always bring (and stick to) a grocery list. Buy what’s in season. Support local farmers. Take advantage of weekly sales. Use coupons. You’re trying to both save money and eat healthfully, which sometimes feels like competing goals. Navigating the food aisles has become a complicated, almost daunting process that sometimes leaves even the most health-conscious consumers second-guessing themselves. For example, should you still wash that prepackaged bag of spinach even though it says, “triple washed”? Should you really ditch all packaged foods or are some of them healthy options? And when is imported produce a better option than buying local?

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THE PERIPHERY. “That’s where supermarkets typically stock real foods—the healthy ones you have to cook or prepare yourself,” says Marion Nestle, PhD, Professor of Nutrition Emerita at New York University and author of What to Eat.

ORGANIC…SOMETIMES. “You don’t have to buy everything organic, says integrative nutritionist Maria Marlowe, CHC, author of The Real Food Grocery Guide. “To choose which ones to buy organic, look at the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list to see produce with the highest levels of pesticides.” (See page 93 for complete list.)

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FROZEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. They’re just as healthy as fresh and a great option in winter. (Make sure only whole foods are on the ingredient list. “They were picked at peak ripeness and lose very little nutritional value in freezing,” points out Nestle. Marlowe adds, “Frozen produce is 25 percent cheaper.”

IN BULK…SORT OF. To save money when buying from the bulk section (think beans, rice, and grains), only get what you’ll need in the short-term. “If you use something regularly, buy in small amounts weekly to ensure freshness,” Marlowe notes. Nuts, for example, go rancid quickly, and beans start to change in color and taste as they age.


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A LABEL DETECTIVE. To figure out if a packaged food is healthy, read the ingredient list. “Choose foods that have ingredients you’d stock in your own kitchen,” advises Marlowe. This differs from the advice to avoid ingredients you can’t pronounce. Marlowe notes that you can pronounce red dye #5 and high fructose corn syrup— unhealthy ingredients that you wouldn’t stock in your pantry.

for that pre-bagged, triple-washed spinach? While it’s probably safe to eat, a general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to produce is “wash before you eat.”


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of fruits and vegetables to determine levels of pesticides on foods. Produce on the Dirty Dozen list contains the most pesticide residues, while produce on the Clean Fifteen contains the least amount. The EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. However, because organics are not accessible or affordable for everyone, their lists will help you make the healthiest choices relevant to your circumstances. If you can only buy a few organic items, buy those listed on the Dirty Dozen list.

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Cattle Drive Sculpture Project Presented by Okeechobee Main Street’s Arts & Culture Alliance

Okeechobee Main Street’s Art and Culture Alliance is raising funds to bring a bronze cattle drive sculpture to Okeechobee. The project will consist of ten bronze sculptures and will include a horse with rider, calf, dog, six head of cattle and cowboy on a fence. The sculptures will celebrate the ranching lifestyle in Okeechobee County as well as celebrate the 500-year anniversary of the first cattle brought to Florida. In 1521 the earliest Spanish explorers and seven Andalusia cattle arrived on Florida shores. The project will be installed in the City of Okeechobee at Flagler Park in the Fall of 2021. The cattle sculptures will graze on the grass along side of the sidewalk with native plants added for authenticity. Visitors will be able to walk along the sidewalk and feel like they are in the middle of a cattle drive and will also be able to read about the history of Okeechobee ranchers. The OKMS Arts and Culture Alliance’s mission is to connect people to the arts and to each other. We want our art projects to celebrate the uniqueness of our community. This exhibit will not only be a celebration of Okeechobee ranchers but will also be an interactive installation containing historical content within the exhibit. This sculpture project will preserve the legacy of Florida heritage for many generations to come, allowing the essence of the Florida Cowboy to come alive here in the Heartland. Sponsorship opportunities available for everyone! If you would like to be a part of this project please contact Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. (863)357-6246 55 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, Fl 34972 Email: art@okeechobeemainstreet.org

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