Though most vintners have made their wines from grapes, the Shook family turned their focus to other fruits. Starting in 1991, they began fermenting batches of juice from mangoes, red raspberries, limes, and oranges. In 1997, they opened their farm winery—a small barn-shaped building shaded by trees—where licensed winemakers and distributors ferment and bottle dozens of varieties of exotic wines stamped with the Sunshine Tree, the Florida Department of Citrus's mark of quality. Their eclectic selection encompasses citrus, tropical-fruit, berry, stone-fruit, and vegetable wines, each made entirely from the juice indicated on the label. The winery also makes and distributes wine-smoothie mixes and wine pouches, sherries, ports, and champagnes.
Open since June, Messineo's burgeoning stock of upscale market goods and natural health foods saves shoppers from having to harvest wholesome fare the hard way, such as hoarding a winter's worth of cage-free chicken eggs for spring planting. Messineo's departments service each block of the food pyramid with delectable precision, from its full, fresh bakery to a produce section filled with local fruits and veggies, many of which are grown no more than 10 hours from the shop. Local dairies provide the milk and eggs, and artisan cheeses comprise a model U.N. of cheese-making traditions. The butcher counter is a carnivore's paradise of fresh, sometimes organic meats and poultry, including boneless, skinless chicken breast ($4.99/lb) and beef tenderloin ($12.99/lb), and pescatarians can grin with Captain Ahab's vengeful delight at Messineo's deep-sea delicacies, including the fresh tuna loin ($15.99/lb) and the snow-crab legs ($4.99/lb).
Vitamin Discount Center maintains its moniker by offering high-quality, health-boosting products at low prices. Cold sufferers can stave off a winter sniffles with Emergen-C (30 packets for $8.90), or bolster liver health with Solaray milk thistle (60 capsules for $18.69). Opt for innard peace with a soul-scrubbing CleanseSMART kit by Renew Life ($21.75) while finding outer satisfaction with hair-restoring Viviscal (60 tablets $45.41). Sporty shoppers can browse an array of bulk boosters like Jack3d ($26.65), which helps build muscles so that you'll never again need to search for your keys in order to move your car. Vitamin Discount Centers also carries a line of bath agents from Kiss My Face, Naturally Fresh, and more to match hearty insides with outer beauty.
There are few online reviews for the Earth Origins Market (formerly Mother Earth Market) East Silver Springs Boulevard and 76th Boulevard locations, but there are some for the 13th Street location. Nine Google Mappers give it a three-star average, and five Yelpers give it a four-star average:
One of the most unique things about Working Cow Homemade Ice cream is that the company delivers its many quality ice-cream-shop flavors straight to customer homes. Each tub brims with hand-blended ice cream chilled in batch freezers, giving it a smoother texture than is even possible from beating it with a mallet. Since 1993, Working Cow ice cream has been crafted from ingredients procured from local vendors, including dairy from cows that are raised without hormonal supplements. Each of the 25 flavors is also sweetened without high-fructose corn syrup and some have chunks of their flavor—such as cheesecake or coconut flakes—folded right in. Another popular flavor, Crazy Cake, is a dessert trifecta with chunks of yellow cake, blue icing, and sprinkles that tastes even better when you use a birthday candle as a spoon.