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I woke up this morning like most any other day. It was dark, Tank (age 2) had crawled into bed with Heather and I. Margot (4 months), who wasn’t here a year ago, was snoozing away. No one was nervous, excited, or anxious to see what/who the day would bring. Maybe it’s because it’s a cold, sleepy Sunday this year… definitely nothing like Friday, December 15th last year.
That Friday was special. It was the first official day that Florida Farmers Market was open to the public! The first faces I saw come through the door were friends; the smiling faces of Caleb and Jennifer Davidson and their boys Mitchell and Maddox were the best way I could have started my day. They made a point to be there when we opened the doors, to show us the love and support that they show everyone they touch in their lives. Their presence was like a green light from the community saying “GO!” …we haven’t stopped since.
Many other friends and family members, as well as other people who were just curious, came to help us christen FFM to set sail on an adventure based on the ideas that Heather and I came up with in many late night conversations. They got to see the result of all the long hours of cleaning, painting, building, renovating, plumbing, electrical work, and more that took 9 months of our lives to reach. A few things are still on the shelf that were here the first day, but very few. We’ve had visitors from all over stop and have a cup of our gourmet coffee on their way to somewhere else. Nearly every person that’s walked in the door has said, “This is bigger/nicer/fancier than it looks from the outside.” The TV fish tank still surprises new visitors and still captivates regular customers. There is a lot to see and do here.
I’m proud that we stuck to our guns and our hours (9-5 became 7-7 daily when we opened the cafe), and we only closed 4 days of 365 (Christmas, New Years, Easter, & Margot’s birth). We’ve built on to the building to expand our ability to entertain more guests, covered up the mud with asphalt, put a roof on the pergola for the outdoor market, built shelves and displays, arranged and rearranged countless times, and even installed a projector and screen for 100″ of TV in the cafe. We’ve opened early and late for community events like outdoor market sales, parties, trick or treating, Santa even came for photos with the kids. It’s been a BIG first year!
To all of our friends old and new, we thank you for your support! If I made a list, it would take forever to write all of your names down, so I won’t do that. I do have one person to thank specifically that many of you might not know is involved. Bill Smith and his family have provided us with the property and building to accomplish this community building effort for Paxton. Without Bill’s generosity and the cooperation of the educational trust, the Meghan Burkhart-Smith Foundation (in memorial of his daughter), we would be set up in an old house without the capacity to reach the community like we have here. So the next time you see him, thank him. He put it out there that he wanted someone to do something with his building and land to benefit Paxton’s community, and we took him up on the offer. This day would just be another day if we hadn’t. Thank you, Bill. We really appreciate you! Thank you employees old and new… Jenn, Haleigh, Danielle, Robert, Karlie, and Emily. You help us keep it going! Thank you Paxton and the surrounding areas for taking part, for shopping and eating locally, and for helping us build up the community for everyone’s benefit!
So who wants some gourmet coffee? (I got freshly roasted coffee yesterday) … It’s on the house today :)
At FFM Cafe we strive to be different. Most of you are probably thinking, “Y’all don’t have to try that hard! *snicker*”, and you would be correct. We are sometimes just plain weird, but that’s not a bad thing! Feel free to blame Dave… He’s used to it.
Speaking of Dave… He has been tinkering with the menu lately, and some delicious combinations have come from it. Enter: Chicken Pancetta Ciabatta! It’s a mouth-watering combination of grilled Italian chicken, grilled onions, crispy thick-cut bacon, melty monterey jack cheese, all piled high on a rustic Italian ciabatta loaf. It may be hard to say, but its name isn’t the only thing that makes it a mouth-full.
Keeping in the chicken mode of things, the “Summer Snow” salad was added to the menu due to its extreme popularity during the Christmas in July promotion. It’s just called “Grilled Chicken Salad” on the menu now, and it is exactly the same aside from an improvement in the preparation of the chicken. It’s now marinated to keep it moist and delicious even after a little grill treatment… Mmmmm!
We also expanded our breakfast menu to include sausage. Just say “no” to rubbery, hard, hockey-puck-like patties! Our sausage is tender and tasty like it ought to be. Coupled with scrambled eggs and real cheddar cheese on our buttermilk biscuits, you will find our hot breakfast hard to beat at a price you can afford. Forget the heat lamps at the fast food joints and gas stations. You deserve to have your breakfast prepared fresh for you!
Haleigh and Dave have been mixing it up in the kitchen and creating milkshakes you can’t find elsewhere. Next time you are in, check out our new milkshakes: Root Beer or Orange Creamsicle. Our milkshakes are made from hand-dipped real ice cream and flavored with real ingredients rather than sugary syrups and powders in soft-serve. Old fashioned, yes. Outstanding, also yes.
Coming soon… We will be breaking out the barista skills and whipping up lattes and cappuccinos reminding Paxton that you don’t have to drive out of town to get a gourmet coffee drink. Get ready!
We’ve missed you! Welcome back teachers, students, and parents!
A big part of our business and impact in our community is tied to our close proximity and involvement with Paxton School. Teachers have the ability to order ahead for carry-out AND dine-in orders, and parents have a place to grab a cup of gourmet coffee and some breakfast after dropping the kids off. Kids, we know what you want… MILKSHAKES!
Everything is better when you are here with us! Welcome back to school!
Breakfast: (Dine-in only)
Snowman Puddle & Toast $2.25
Fried Yard Egg surrounded by Sourdough Toast with a Honey Drizzled Toast Medallion.
Yellow Snow Platter $2.50
Two Fried Yard Eggs with Cheese and Two Slices of Crispy Bacon.
Over Easy… Nice and Cheesy!
Dine-In for a Dollar! $1
One mug (and one free refill) of our gourmet coffee.
Lunch & Dinner:
Santa’s Little Helper $3 (Kids 10 and under. Dine-in only.)
Half-sized grilled cheese with watermelon & grapes fruit cup and a small glass of milk.
The Grinch $4.25
Smoked Ham, Fried Yard Egg, and Cheddar Cheese on Sourdough Bread
(It’s not green, ‘cause that would look gross!)
Gift Wrap $6.00
Roast Beef, Tomato, Cucumber, Lettuce, & Goat Cheese in a Tomato Basil Wrap. Sauce it with Red Wine Vinegar for a little zip!
Summer Snow Salad Full Size $7.00
Grilled Chicken, Dried Cranberries, Pecans, & Goat Cheese on a bed of spring mix lettuces
It’s a Christmas in July Miracle… Jingle Bell Java is BACK! (Supplies are limited.)
It’s Christmas in July at Florida Farmers Market, and we are celebrating all month long! Here’s our calendar of events… come one come all! This calendar will expand as the month progresses, so keep an eye on it!
Monday, July 1st – The celebration begins with the first brewing of Jingle Bell Java at 7 AM… It’s a Christmas in July Miracle!
Tuesday, July 2nd – It’s Tutu Tuesday! Come in wearing a tutu (or buy one while you are here) and you get to draw for a special surprise treat!
Wednesday, July 3rd – Watermelon Wednesday begins… We’ll have ice cold watermelon sliced and ready to eat every Wednesday this month!
Thursday, July 4th – Picnic Time! Get 10% off all carry out orders. Current members of our armed forces and veterans get an ADDITIONAL 10% off!
Friday, July 5th – Happy Hour… We’ll have Milk & Fresh Baked Cookies available for an afternoon snack from 2-4 PM only $2!
Saturday, July 6th – Go GREEN! Wear Green to FFM and get “The Grinch” sandwich for only $3!
Sunday, July 7th – Get your RED on! Kids wearing red get a FREE “Santa’s Little Helper” kids’ meal with an adult combo meal purchase.
Monday, July 8th – Milkshake Monday is here! Beat the heat with one of our new handmade milkshakes or jitter-shakes at a special price of $2.50
Tuesday, July 9th – It’s Tutu Tuesday again! Come in wearing a tutu (or buy one while you are here) and you get to draw for a special surprise treat!
Wednesday, July 10th – It’s Watermelon Wednesday… We’ll have ice cold watermelon sliced and ready to eat every Wednesday this month!
Friday, July 12th – Happy Hour… We’ll have Milk & Fresh Baked Cookies available for an afternoon snack from 2-4 PM only $2!
Saturday, July 13th – Super Saturday means 25% off all music CDs! We have a collection of independent musicians’ CDs that are sure to please your ears. Listen to something new today!
Tuesday, July 16th – It’s Tutu Tuesday again! Come in wearing a tutu (or buy one while you are here) and you get to draw for a special surprise treat!
Wednesday, July 17th – It’s Watermelon Wednesday… We’ll have ice cold watermelon sliced and ready to eat every Wednesday this month!
Saturday, July 20th – Ho, Ho, Ho-Down… The Deadfields are LIVE at FFM! We’ll be staying open late to host a very special concert. Come ready to party with the Rock-a-cana (rock, country, & americana with a bluegrass flair) group, The Deadfields! (Check ’em out on Facebook) BYOB… The kitchen will be open late as well! Details to follow.
Tuesday, July 23rd – It’s Tutu Tuesday again! Come in wearing a tutu (or buy one while you are here) and you get to draw for a special surprise treat!
Wednesday, July 24th – It’s Watermelon Wednesday… We’ll have ice cold watermelon sliced and ready to eat every Wednesday this month!
Thursday, July 25th – Merry Christmas in July! Special treats TBA
Friday, July 26th – Black Friday SALE, SALE, SALE! Get ready for the best deals you may ever see at FFM!
Tuesday, July 30th – It’s Tutu Tuesday one last time! Come in wearing a tutu (or buy one while you are here) and you get to draw for a special surprise treat!
Wednesday, July 31st – It’s Watermelon Wednesday for the last time… We’ll have ice cold watermelon sliced and ready to eat… Live it up!
Merry Christmas in July!
FFM Cafe is officially open for business and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner! We are now also open 7 days a week from 7 AM to 7 PM. This is exciting news, and we have already served a lot of sandwiches and salads to locals!
Paxton hasn’t had a restaurant for many, many years (I’m not totally sure they ever had a proper restaurant), so it’s taking locals some time to get used to the idea of going out for a meal here in town. Being right in front of Paxton School, we see a lot of morning traffic, but breakfast really hasn’t caught on… yet. We have a few “regulars” already that pop in for coffee and a bagel or biscuit. You’ll just have to taste our offering yourself, and you too might become a regular at FFM. We are here at 7 in the morning with the grill and our signature gourmet coffee hot and ready for you.
Lunch is our most popular meal. We start serving our delicious grilled sandwiches and fresh salads at 10:30 (for teachers that have early lunch breaks). You will find a hearty offering of made-to-order entrees, and an assortment of sides and beverages to go with them. For anyone who needs their lunch ready for them to grab and go, we offer call-ahead ordering. Order early, and you’ll be put in line at the best time for you!
Dinner is essentially the same as lunch, but we do have a few nights that are busier than others. Wednesday nights, you might want to get that order to go. Our cafe fills up quickly because Weight Watchers meets at FFM starting at 5 PM. You are welcome to sit in the cafe if there is an open table, but often we reach maximum capacity, so plan accordingly. We are working on an outdoor eating area that will help with overflow issues soon.
We’re excited to be serving our community as well as anyone else who comes along, and we look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you for supporting our local small business… Come on down to Paxton, FL for good eats and good times!