Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
12:01 pm
26 April 2018

Citrus tips, dishes to be shared Saturday by extension agents

In addition to its succulent citrus, Mia Wilchcombe, family and consumer science agent for UF/IFAS Extension Lake County, says Central Florida is the ideal locale to grow fruits at home.

The public is invited to learn more about Caribbean crops, how to plant them in your yard, and eat them at your table or right off of the tree, during a program being offered 10 a.m. Saturday at UF/IFAS Lake County Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

Mia will be joined by Extension Agent Brooke Moffis and some Master Gardeners as they discuss produce hailing from the islands and their proper cooking techniques.

Registration is $15 and includes the “Simply Florida: A Taste of Flavors from the Sunshine State” hardcover recipe book and food samples. Those interested may register online at, call 352-343-4101, ext. 2719 or visit the Lake County Extension Center to pay by cash or check. Registration closes on Thursday, July 13.

The class is part of the Extension’s year-long “Roots Up” series, which explores the journey that food takes on its way from the farm to the fork. Each session provides an overview of agricultural production, selection tips, and cooking techniques and will conclude with an opportunity to sample some tasty recipes.

Future presentations in the series include “Creature Cuisine” at 11 a.m. Aug. 19; “Fall into Veggies” at 10 a.m. Sept. 9; and “Sweet as Can Bee” at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.

Those with food allergies should be aware that food items prepared or distributed as part of UF/IFAS Extension events may contain milk, egg, gluten, wheat, soybean, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish; and could be prepared in a facility that may be exposed to any of these ingredients.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Mia, via email or call 352-343-4101, ext. 2721.