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Pompano Beach Food History: Stringbeans
Local farmer and civic leader, W. B. Cheshire, stands in one of his bean fields, 1935. For many years the local high school’s nickname was the “Beanpickers,” as stringbeans were an important local product. Many students worked for the farms after school and on vacations.
Odd Florida Food References: Pompano High School Beanpickers
Pompano High School was founded in 1928, in Pompano Beach, Florida, to address the growing need for secondary education in northeastern Broward County. The first class to graduate from Pompano High was the class of 1928, which had only twelve students.
"The school’s sports teams were called the Beanpickers after the part-time job that many of the school’s students had in the formerly agricultural area of the time. The Beanpicker was also the name of the school’s yearbook, which was first published in 1943.
In 1947, following the merger of the towns of Pompano and Pompano Beach, the school changed its name to Pompano Beach High School. In 1957, construction began on NE 6th Street to create a new campus to facilitate the growing community. In 1958, the student body changed the name of the school’s sport teams from the Beanpickers to the Golden Tornadoes.
Alumni from the school’s earlier days continue to meet for reunions. they also still have a school bench with the word “Beanpicker” instead of the name of their new mascot, the Golden Tornadoes.” Source
Florida Fruit Trees: Deerfield Beach’s Tree Zoo
The Deerfield Beach Arboretum, also known as the Tree Zoo, is an arboretum and botanical garden located at 2841 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA. It covers 9 acres (3.6 ha). The Arboretum contains more than 200 different species of trees and palms from around the world, with more than 50 different species of flowering trees.
The Arboretum was founded by Zeke Landis in 1995 with a selection of 22 trees and palms, and has since grown to 325 species (excluding native) of palms, tropical fruit trees, exotic flowering and canopy trees, bamboos, and miscellaneous exotic trees. Arboretum areas currently include: Bamboo, Butterfly garden, Children’s Garden, Exotic canopy trees, Flowering trees, Native canopy trees, Orchid Display, Palm trees, Spice and Herb Garden, Tropical fruit trees, and a Wetlands demonstration area. Read more
Sea Turtle Heritage: Gumbo Limbo Center, Boca Raton
They used to eat sea turtles in Florida. Read about the efforts to protect and educate the public about them.
“Founded in 1984, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Friends of Gumbo Limbo. Each year, more than 100,000 local and tourist visitors receive valuable environmental education while enjoying respite from the city bustle.
As a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation, Gumbo Limbo’s 20 acres of protected barrier island not only provides refuge to many varieties of plants and animals - some rare or endangered - but represents a commitment to protect our natural resources by our Members, Volunteers, and the organizations that comprise the Center.
Delray Beach Food Landmark: Orange Grove Rescue House
According to the 1879 “Annual Report of the Life Saving Service” these houses of
refuge along the east coast of Florida “contemplate no other life saving operations
than affording succor to shipwrecked persons who may be cast ashore, and who,
in the absence of such means of relief, would be liable to perish from hunger and
thirst in that desolate region. Crews of surfmen are not needed here, but the
keepers and members of their families are required to go along the beach, in both
directions, in search of castaways immediately after a storm.”
Station consisted of four rooms downstairs and an upper half-story dormitory.
One of several built by Treasury Department between Cape Canaveral and Cape Florida for rescue and sustenance of shipwreked. Named for the wild sour orange grove nearby. H.D. Pierce, first keeper arrived with family May 1876. Here August 15, 1876, was born the first white girl between Jupiter and Miami-(Mrs.) Lillie Pierce Voss.
Boca Raton Food History
The Boca story begins with its first residents, the Calusa Indians, for whom the Everglades and Boca Raton represented a bounty of natural resources. The name Boca Raton, although first associated with a Biscayne Bay inlet, was attached to the present site by 1838. In 1895, in stark contrast to the prized real estate that was to come later, the first house was built by civil engineer Thomas Moore Rickards. With the completion of Henry Morrison Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway in 1896, families arrived from Georgia and South Carolina, and the fledgling settlement was born.
Life for these early pioneers was hard work. The small community, which included several ethnic groups recruited by railroad magnate Flagler, tackled the backbreaking work of growing crops of Florida oranges, pineapples and vegetables to ship to Northern market.
With daily train deliveries, a grocery store in nearby Delray Beach, a general store opened by Rickards, and a bit of trading with their Seminole neighbors, the first settlers had no shortage of basic food supplies. They lived on deer, rabbit and fish, as well as the fruits of the native palmetto, guava, cocoplum and sea grape trees. Although in many ways the location was idyllic, 10 years of hurricanes, crop failures, freezes and infestation eventually sent Rickards and his family to North Carolina.
Boca Raton Food Heritage; Boca Burger
The Boca Foods Company began in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1979 with the vegetarian “Sun Burger”. Over the next decade, more burgers were introduced, as well as meatless versions of ground beef, chicken nuggets, various toppings on pizza, chili, lasagna, and sausages. Organic versions of some Boca products appeared in 2001.
Kraft Foods, the nation’s largest packaged foods company, announced in early 2000 that it had reached agreement to purchase Boca Burger, Inc., a privately held manufacturer and marketer of soy-based meat alternatives. The announcement was made when Kraft Foods was represented by Gordon James and Clifford A. Wolff. The products are sold nationally through retail grocery and club stores, natural foods stores and food service channels nationwide. Boca Burger, based in Chicago, Illinois, had 1999 revenues of about $40 million, almost double the previous year.By 2002, sales had grown to $70 million per year.