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Just follow that crunchy sound to the farmer’s market, Granola and yo-yos are the newest offerings at the Kissimmee market

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

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By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
Spring is in the air at the downtown Tuesday Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market.
There were a lot more shoppers and a few more vendors at the market on Dakin Street compared to my last visit in January, including a husband and wife couple who specialize in granola and yo-yos.
Amy and Joe Rogan are relative newcomers to Kissimmee, having settled in Central Florida about a year ago. Tuesday was their first week at the market.
Wife Amy has been making her organic granola for friends and family, but after bring a batch to the office recently, she was encouraged to market the stuff.
And it is pretty darn good.
Tree Zen granola comes in three different flavors — tropica, original and apple walnut, and you get a niced  size bar for $3.
Even though Joe can be seen yo-yoing behind the scenes at their booth, (he designs yo-yos for the serious yo-yo enthusiast) he is a partner in the business, including making those sweet, crunchy bars.
“I decided to eat healthy,” said Amy Rogan, “and like to make things from scratch,” which led to the creation of the granola enterprise.
It’s an all organic granola bar, using all the things you normally find in a granola bar (nuts, oats, butter, honey and other grains), and it certainly has a lot fresher taste than anything you will find out the grocery store.
The couple were making large batches of granola at home, just prior to their market debut.
It took about 11 hours to make 200 bars, she said.
In addition to individual bars, you can buy a case of 14 bars for $36.
And yes, there are free samples if you want to taste that crunch for yourself before you purchase.
You may like the taste so much, you just might want to buy a yo-yo from Joe. His top level yo-yos sell for about $100. But other models are $85. He also has an entry level yo-yo (which he doesn’t create himself, but it is made in Florida) for $15.
“This is our first in business,” said Amy Rogan, “so we are just getting into the flow.”
The couple accepts all major credit cards and, of course, cash.
The Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market is open each Tuesday night, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Doughnuts
It’s new doughnut flavor of the month time at the local Krispy Kreme.
This month’s limited edition doughnuts are Mocha Kreme and Caramel Coffee Kreme, with, according to the release, a hint of coffee  flavor in every bite.
The complete release description:
Mocha Kreme Doughnut- A moist yeast doughnut filled with a tasty blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and a chocolate coffee bean accent.
Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut- A decadent glazed treat topped with smooth caramel and coffee flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme.
Krispy Kreme area locations are:
Kissimmee
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5).
Open 24 hours
Winter Park
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92).
Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday) and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).
Millenia
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando. Open 24 hours
Yogurt cafe
There’s a new fresh yogurt stand in south Orlando, YoFresh Yogurt Cafe.
I haven’t made the trip to the just opened cafe (Feb. 14) at 13651 Hunters Oak Drive, but this looks to be another one of those nice fresh yogurt places where it’s self-serve and you choose from large selections of toppings and flavors.
The frozen yogurt is available in low fat, fat-free and sugar free versions. And the menu also includes organic smoothies and pastries.
Customers dispense their own frozen yogurt, scooping as much as they like, then choose toppings including fruits, nuts, sprinkles, cereals, candies and sauces. Using YoFresh’s ‘Weigh & Pay’ formula, customers pay by the ounce. YoFresh calls it ‘lots’o toppings.’
Offerings may be different on each visit, ranging from red velvet to cheesecake, salted caramel, sweet coconut, mango sorbet, etc. Customers can request a free flavor tasting cup before ordering,
Seavin wines
Seavin, Inc., which owns Lakeridge Winery in Clermont and San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine, just won some more awards at the 26th Annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, held February 1-3 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Sweet Ride Wine was awarded its first ever Best of Show gold medal for Sweet Ride Red in the Florida Red category. Sweet Ride White was also recognized, earning a silver medal.
Lakeridge Winery and San Sebastian Winery also had an impressive showing, earning a combined 18 medals. Lakeridge won a gold medal for Southern Red, two silver for Pink Crescendo and muscadine grape juice, and five bronze for Cuvee Noir Reserve, Cuvee Blanc, Chablis, Southern White and Sunblush. San Sebastian took home two gold medals for Vintners White and Blanc du Bois Reserve, four silver for Vintners Red, Port, Port Ruby and Reserva, and four bronze for Blanc de Fleur, Castillo Red, Rosa and Cream Sherry.
To date, the medal count for Lakeridge Winery totals 650, while San Sebastian Winery has 525 and Sweet Ride Wines have 14.
Food & Wine fest
This also is the Downtown Food & Wine Fest weekend in Orlando.
The event attracts more than 20,00 food enthusiasts with the lure of local cusine paried with wines from around the world.
The two-day festival around Lake Eola, features selections from more than 40 area restaurants, wine and live entertainment.
Tickets: Admission is $15 per person, per day with advance online purchase.  Admission at the door is $20 per person, per day. Admission for children under age 12 is free.
Food and beverage tickets are available at the Fest for $2 each; food and beverage offerings range from one to four tickets.

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