Chef Art Smith Announces The Southern Sustainable Food Center

Jubilee Orchards partners with Chef Smith to promote sustainable farming practices.

 

Tallahassee, Florida – April 11, 2017 -  Jubilee Orchards announced today its partnership with local celebrity chef and humanitarian, Art Smith, to promote sustainable farming practices with the opening of the Southern Sustainable Food Center in Jasper, Florida. The SSFC will feature state-of-the-art Old Florida Bakery and Kitchen, online learning center, farm to table school, farm stores, and other cultural resources.

 

In 2014, Chef Smith founded a similar program in nearby Madison, Florida called the Reunion Garden and Kitchen School. The non-profit school provides free educational and mentorship programs focused on farm-to-table and sustainable living practices programs. SFFC and Old Florida Bakery and Kitchen builds on Chef Art Smith’s mission to accelerate the burgeoning trend for local and organic foods by inspiring students and community leaders across Florida and Georgia to adopt sustainable farming practices.

 

Lawton “Bud” Chiles, owner of Jubilee Orchards, says, “Local and regional growers require new approaches to brand and sell their desirable local produce, and to develop opportunities to create value added products.” Jubilee Blues blueberries will be one of the many Florida-grown featured ingredients at the SSFC bakery. Through Jubilee Orchard’s partnership with the SSFC, the bakery will bring to market Jubilee Blues’ brand muffins, scones, pies and cakes to be sold regionally.

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About Jubilee Orchards: Located in Tallahassee, Florida, Jubilee Orchards, growers of the Jubilee Blues, is a 50 acre organic blueberry orchard. The orchard is located on Jubilee Plantation, founded by Governor “Walkin’” Lawton Chiles. Through sound environmental farming practices, Jubilee Orchards believes in offering quality fresh, locally made and healthful products. For more information, visit jubileeblues.com.


Chef Art Smith is the former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and Florida Governors, Bob Graham and Jeb Bush, and owner of signature restaurants in Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, and Disneyland. A Florida State University alumnus, Chef Smith has been named the Culinary Ambassador for the university’s new dining-services agreement with Sodexo that will focus on bringing locally-sourced foods to campus dining facilities. In 2003, Chef Smith co-founded Chicago-based Common Threads to bring health and wellness to communities through cooking and nutrition education. The program now engages over 100,000 children in 9 states. In 2014, Art Smith founded Reunion Florida Garden and Kitchen School in Madison, Florida. The 501c non-profit was created to provides free educational and mentorship programs focused on farm-to-table and sustainable living practices programs.

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Local Blueberry U-Pick at Jubilee Orchards

Pick fresh blueberries right off the bush at Jubilee Orchards April 1st - May 14th.

 

Tallahassee, Florida - March 14, 2017 - Jubilee Orchards, Tallahassee’s local organic blueberry orchard, announces its 2017 Jubilee Blues U-Picks! Every Saturday (10am - 2pm) and Sunday (1pm - 4pm) from April 1st to May 14th, Jubilee Orchards will be open for weekend U-Pick Jubilee Blues events.

 

Entry to Jubilee Orchards is free to the public and kids are welcome! Choose from eight different blueberry cultivars, including USDA certified organic and organically grown (non-sprayed). Blueberries are $6-$8 per pound. Jubilee asks that you please bring cash for quicker checkout (credit cards accepted). Containers will be provided for you collect your berries. Jubilee’s friendly staff will be onsite to help answer any questions about the berries and the orchard.

 

It is recommended to bring sunblock, bug spray, and closed-toe shoes that you do not mind getting dirty. For food safety purposes, please no dogs or pets. Jubilee Orchards is located at 12008 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309.

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About Jubilee Orchards: Located in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, Jubilee Orchards, growers of the Jubilee Blues, is a 50 acre organic blueberry orchard.  The orchard is located on Jubilee Plantation, founded by Governor “Walkin’” Lawton Chiles. Through sound environmental farming practices, Jubilee Orchards believes in offering quality products that are fresh, locally made and healthful. For more information, visit jubileeblues.com.

 

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Jubilee Orchards Announces U-Pick Jamboree

Locally Grown Blueberry Fun!

 

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – May 12, 2016 – Jubilee Orchards, growers of the delicious Jubilee Blues, announces its first annual U-Pick Jubilee Blues Jamboree to be held Saturday, May 21st, from 9am-5pm. The Jamboree will feature new blueberry varieties including the Susie Blue, Emerald and Farthing berries! 

 

For organic berry lovers, Jubilee Orchards will offer the first ever U-Pick for our organic varieties! This is your only chance this season to pick and experience the amazing flavor of our special organic berries! The organic field will only be open between 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday!

With a mission to create discerning blueberry palates, Jubilee Orchards provides a fun, family and community friendly environment for visitors to pick…and eat. The day’s schedule for festivities is as follows:

 

9am - 5pm               U-Pick Blueberries

10am - 2pm             Pony rides, stilt walkers, and balloon crafters 

10am - 3pm             Food truck vendors onsite offering BBQ, ice cream and drinks

11am -                      Registration for Blueberry Bake-Off opens

12pm -                      Judging for Blueberry Bake-Off

2:30pm - 3:30pm   U-pick Organic Blueberries

 

For Bud and Kitty Chiles, dreamers, blueberry farmers, and the founders of Jubilee Orchards, the Jubilee Blues Jamboree places an exclamation point on a successful blueberry season and a roaring start to fulfilling their mission to bring the true meaning of Locally Grown Happiness to Tallahassee. Kitty shared, “Our first Jubilee Orchards Family Day was such a huge success! Seeing the families and friends in the fields with big smiles (and many full blueberry bellies) brought us much happiness as well.” Bud added, "Every weekend since our season began has been filled with blueberry lovers! The Jamboree will be very exciting, and in addition to the events of the first family day, we are going to experience the creativity our new friends have in making their favorite blueberry dishes for the Blueberry Bake-Off!"

 What better way to join the blueberry revolution to overcome the bland berry and further the discerning palate, than U-Pick Weekends! Jubilee Blues are also available during the season at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. For more information about our Jubilee Orchards events, recipes, and more visit www.jubileeorchards.com.

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About Jubilee Orchards: Located in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, Jubilee Orchards, growers of the Jubilee Blues, is a fun, celebratory environment that promotes a sense of togetherness and community for both our friends and staff. Through our sound environmental farming practices, we believe in offering quality products that are fresh, locally made and healthful. For more information, visit jubileeblues.com.

 

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Jubilee Orchards Announces U-Pick Weekends

Pick a Pint of Locally Grown Happiness!

 

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Apr. 12, 2016 – Jubilee Orchards, growers of the delicious Jubilee Blues, announces the start of their U-Pick season for the real blueberry - unique North Florida blueberry cultivars. Every Saturday and Sunday from April 16th to May 22nd, visitors can choose to purchase pre-picked berries or fill up a carton, or more, of berries that they pick themselves! Refreshments will be served, and our staff will be onsite to help answer any questions about the berries and our orchard.

 

With a mission to create discerning blueberry palates, Jubilee Orchards provides a fun, family and community friendly environment for visitors to pick…and eat. To highlight the U-Pick season, Jubilee Orchards will host a day of family fun on April 23rd in Tallahassee's local blueberry orchard! We'll have fun activities for kids, refreshments, and of course, u-pick blueberries!

 

For Bud and Kitty Chiles, dreamers, blueberry farmers, and the founders of Jubilee Orchards, the U-Pick season is not only the culmination of a year of caring for the orchard; but also, the season is one of exuberance, family gatherings and celebration – the true meaning of Locally Grown Happiness. Kitty shared, “We experience joy in building and tending the Orchard here in Tallahassee. But, providing our friends and neighbors a place to come together and experience the pleasures in picking and eating blueberries provides a real sense of peace.” Bud adds, "I wish my Dad and Mom, (former Governor Lawton Chiles and First Lady, Rhea Chiles ), were still with us to see the amazing harvest we are enjoying this year- I know they would be happy to see families enjoying berries at their beloved farm, Jubilee."

 

 What better way to join the blueberry revolution to overcome the bland berry and further the discerning palate, than U-Pick Weekends! Jubilee Blues are also available during the season at local farmers markets and grocery stores. For more information about our Jubilee Orchards events, recipes, and more visit www.jubileeorchards.com.

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About Jubilee Orchards: Located in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, Jubilee Orchards, growers of the Jubilee Blues, is a fun, celebratory environment that promotes a sense of togetherness and community for both our friends and staff. Through our sound environmental farming practices, we believe in offering quality products that are fresh, locally made and healthful. For more information, visit jubileeblues.com.

 

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The Real Blueberry Thrives in Tallahassee, Florida 

 Locally Grown Happiness

 

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Mar. 31, 2016 – Jubilee Orchards, growers of the delicious Jubilee Blues, announces open season for the real blueberry - unique North Florida blueberry cultivars. With a mission to create discerning blueberry palates, Jubilee Orchards provides a fun, family and community friendly environment for visitors to pick…and eat.

 

Bud and Kitty Chiles, dreamers, blueberry farmers, and the founders of Jubilee Orchards, want to spread the word that blueberries typically found in grocery stores are a mishmash of blueberry varieties because distributors cannot separate blueberry types. As Bud puts it, “Mass distribution of blueberries creates no incentive for many growers to cultivate the sweetest, best berries. Many growers produce berries with the highest yields which tend to be bland and common.” Kitty likes to add, “We are out to create a blueberry revolution!” 

 

Bud, Kitty and the growers at Jubilee Orchards are forging a new path that allows consumers to choose among several great blueberry types, all fresh and locally grown. One favorite blueberry variety is called Georgia Dawn, a luscious, sweet berry with a crisp mouth feel. They’re so delightful you can't stop eating them! Another favorite is called Farthing, a large mouthful, bursting with flavor! 

 

Join the blueberry revolution to overcome the bland berry and further the discerning palate – but hurry. The fresh real blueberries are only available for a limited time from Jubilee Orchards. However, we’ve perfected the process for freezing these delicious morsels, so you can enjoy them year ‘round from your home.

 

Jubilee Orchards invites guests out for “You Pick” Events during the months of April and May or guests can stop by to pick up freshly picked pints. Jubilee Blues are also available during the season at local farmers markets and grocery stores. For more information about our Jubilee Orchards events, recipes, and more visit www.jubileeorchards.com.

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About Jubilee Orchards: Located in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, Jubilee Orchards, growers of the Jubilee Blues, is a fun, celebratory environment that promotes a sense of togetherness and community for both our friends and staff. Through our sound environmental farming practices, we believe in offering quality products that are fresh, locally made and healthful. For more information, visit jubileeblues.com.

 

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