shrimp and mango skewers


Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Cook time: 6 to 8 minutes
Serves 6 to 8

shrimp and mango skewers

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 mangoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
Salt and pepper

1. Mix lime juice, olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a bowl.  Add shrimp, mangoes and pineapple. Toss well and season with salt and pepper.     
2. Prepare a charcoal fire and let burn to a gray ash (or preheat a gas grill to medium).  Drain shrimp, mango and pineapple and pat dry, reserving liquid.  Thread on metal skewers, alternating shrimp and fruit.  Brush with reserved liquid and season with salt and pepper.     
3. Grill until shrimp is cooked through and pineapple is lightly browned,  about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm.  

These grilled kebabs are a perfect summer meal accompanied  by a green salad with a citrus vinaigrette or served on top of
coconut rice…


Planting Seeds in a multitude of ways

ENGLEWOOD — Lee Perron, Englewood Farmers Market manager, wanted to incorporate an idea in which kids could get more involved at the farmers market and benefit from participating at the same time. The goal is to focus on nutrition and educational health.

  contest-picsPerron contacted Englewood Elementary School to inquire if fourth- and fifth-graders would be interested in participating in a logo design contest that would use the farmers market as the design criterion. Students were encouraged to draw a creative logo design using farm produce or a food theme from the market. The entries would be reviewed by a committee with a winner being chosen and used on a number of items at the market when it reopens in October.

   “The winning design will be printed along with our original logo on items like recycled shopping bags, T-shirts and aprons, which will be for sale in October,” said Perron. “Proceeds from the sales will be given back to Englewood Elementary School to use in their programs.”

   Perron said the project was originally thought of by Mango Bistro co-owner Marie Laforge.

   Laforge partnered with Englewood Elementary School art directorEnglewood Farmers Market Dawn Hinck and the idea was introduced to fourth- and fifth-graders at the school.

   “Marie’s background and knowledge of art helped structure the program at the school,” said Perron. “She created guidelines and rules for the kids to follow for the contest.”

   A total of 91 entries were submitted.

   “And there are quite a few excellent ones — it’s going to be very hard to determine the winner,” Laforge said.

   The entries will be judged this week, and the winner will be announced at the April 12 Farmers Market with a tentative time of noon.

   Besides the honor of having his work displayed, the young artist will win a basket full of goodies courtesy of all the market vendors, including produce, baked goods, cupcakes, pastries, kettle corn and fudge, as well as some other items.

  The top 25 entries will be posted on the website for the public to view. In addition, the winning entry, along with all of the finalists, will be on display at the Elsie Quirk Public Library for two weeks following the announcement of the winner, with the assistance of Elsie Quirk Librarian Jennifer Perry, according to Perron. 

“The market vendors love to get involved with the local schools, and a number of them donated a variety of plants and herbs for all five grade levels at Englewood Elementary,” Perron said. “Each grade now has a little garden to show off to the community.”

   For more information, visit or check out Englewood Farmer’s Market on Facebook.



The committee is currently reviewing 91 student entries for the contest. The top five will be recognized at the Farmer’s Market on April 12. The winner will take home a “goodie bag” filled with tasty treats courtesy of the vendors.

Englewood Farmer’s Market committee members Marie Laforge and Ricardo Ruggiero, (owners of Mango Bistro on Dearborn Street) Mike Hutchinson, Lee Peron and Don Mussili stand in front of some of the art entries from Englewood Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders. Students were invited to participate in an art contest to help create a logo for the Englewood Farmer’s Market for next season.

mahi mahi lettuce wrap


Preparation Time:

20 Minutes
Serves 4

mahi mahi lettuce wrap


1 mango, diced     
2 plum tomatoes, diced     
1 red onion, diced     
1/2 jalapenos, diced     
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves    
2 limes, juiced     
Salt and pepper     
2 mahi mahi fillets     
Olive oil, as needed     
Lettuce leaves (recommended butter or romaine)

Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
Combine the mango, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice in a medium mixing bowl  and season with salt and pepper.
Season the fish with salt and pepper and brush with  olive oil. Grill for roughly 3 to 4 minutes per side, until just opaque in the center.  
Set aside to cool When slightly cool, chop into large chunks.  Add to the reserved salsa and fold carefully as to not break up the fish.  
Add mixture to the middle of the lettuce leaves and roll.

This is a perfect meal for a summer get together.
You can easily use other fish (salmon, swordfish, etc…) or even chicken (you would need to cook the meat a little longer)..
Add a crisp cool white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc.


Englewood Farmer’s Market Logo Contest

When it comes to creative ideas some of the biggest come from some of the smallest…people. Creative ideas are not new to Englewood. Since November of 2011 a very creative venue known as the Englewood Farmer’s Market has created a huge buzz in our community. In a very short period of time the market has grown from 15 vendors to 43 vendors and has the notoriety of being one of the best and most creative on the South West coast of Florida.

veggie-heads-pumpkinSo when the Farmer’s Market committee decided to have a contest for a new logo to be used on some of our special promotional items for this next season starting in October they immediately thought of the creative minds that occupy the halls of Englewood Elementary School.

Mr. Lee Perron, the Englewood Farmer’s Market manager contacted the Principal of Englewood Elementary and asked if their 4th and 5th graders would like to take part in a logo design contest that would use the Englewood Farmer’s Market as the design criteria. The best and most creative logo design from these future artists using farm produce or a food theme from the market will be chosen this April and then used on a number of items at the market this October when it reopens.

The students know this is a special opportunity to both show their art skills and show the people of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties that Englewood is truly a special place. The 4th and 5th graders have taken this contest to heart and it is believed the Englewood Farmer’s Market committee may have to judge over 140 entries. A task they are looking forward to with great anticipation.

The entries will be judged during the week of April 1st with the winner being announced at the April 12th Farmer’s Market. Besides having their art work become part of the Farmer’s Market logo themes the young artisan will win ( along with his or her parents) a large basket full of goodies from all the market vendors including produce, baked goods, cup cakes, pastry, kettle corn (maybe two bags), popsicles, fudge, and some seafood and special meats for Mom and Dad.

All of the finalist’s entries will be posted on our website at: for the public to view. In addition, the winning entry along with all of the finalists entries will be on display at the Elsie Quirk Public Library for two weeks following the announcement of the winner. Comments from the community on the various entries are encouraged.

The market vendors love to get involved with the local schools, so a number of them donated a variety of plants and herbs for all five grade levels at Englewood Elementary. Each grade now has their own little garden to show off to the community. The vendors will tell you that Englewood and the Farmer’s Market hold a special place in their hearts.

The Englewood community has been extremely supportive of the market and we invite them to come down to the market on Thursday, April 12th to meet the logo contest winner. A photograph of the winner along with their entry will be posted on both our website and Englewood Farmer’s Market Facebook page.

apple orange


Prep Time: 15 Minutes – Serves 6 to 8  

apple orangeINGREDIENTS:

4 navel oranges
4 blood oranges
3 tbs honey
1 1-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
2 firm apples, thinly sliced


Cut the ends off oranges, cut away the peels and white pith. Use a paring knife to remove segments and drop them into a bowl. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into a small bowl (you should have about 1 cup of juice). Bring the reserved orange juice, honey and ginger to simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely; discard the ginger.Toss the syrup with the oranges and apples  


This refreshing “fruity” salad can be eaten as an appetizer with grilled rosemary foccacia bread, or can be used as a side dish for grilled fish (grilled salmon would go perfectly!!).