For more information about this meeting contact the Jackson Extension office @ 850-482-9620.


Hope you are all having a good start to the week! I am trying to find things locally that will help you where you live and where you are looking to live. I saw this and thought I would pass it on for those living in the Florida Panhandle and are farmers. There will be a meeting to explain the Disaster Bridge Loan program and the Sales Tax Refund Program. This will be a great opportunity for farmers to learn about the programs from the agency representatives who will administer them. The meeting is going to be held at the UF IFAS Extension Office in Jackson County. It is located at 2741 Penn Ave suite 3 in Marianna. Wednesday May 22nd at 7pm.

The TA in Marianna

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. I am not sure I sat except for when I was driving from point a to b. I missed this when I was posting about all the events in the area but luckily they are doing it today as well. The TA travel centers of America in Marianna is having fun for the whole family. Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. Games, prizes, and food. I also heard the VFW auxiliary will have a table set up and is asking for you to stop at the table for a free gift!

Let’s plan Saturday~May 18th

There are SO many things going on Saturday in the area I thought I would post about it tonight so you could plan accordingly. Not sure what all I will be attending except for sure I will be at the Tractor Supply in Marianna. Be sure to read under each photo for more about that event. You can also find more information about each of them on FB or possibly by googling it. If I have a website I will be sure to post it as well. I love our area. All these things to do and so many more that I haven’t heard about!

9am- 1pm at 155 Research Rd. in Quincy. This is one you don’t want to miss. They are having a plant sale and FREE trees. Gardening friends of the Big Bend is assisting the Arbor Day Foundation and Florida Forest Service in offering free trees to help folks re-green their homes and communities. The young saplings that they will be giving for free include pond cypress, bald cypress, southern magnolia, and a few more. Off exit 181 from the 10 freeway and it is 3 miles south of Quincy.
Lynn Haven United Methodist Church provides a monthly Mobile Food Pantry for anyone in need of food assistance. Food is one box per family on a first come first served basis. Anyone is welcome no proof of address or income is needed. If they are ready before 9am they will start. If they run out of food before 11am they will close up early. Food is provided by Feeding the Gulf Coast and will be in the church parking lot at 4501 Transmitter Road, Panama City.
HUGE outdoor community yard sale with vendors who will have things from home based businesses, antiques and collectables and those just cleaning out the garage! Cash only, rain or shine at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach from 9am to 3pm. This is hosted by 103.1 The Blaze!
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this show! It starts at 6pm at the Citizens Lodge Park in Marianna. It looks like it will be in the high 80’s with no chance of rain. So maybe sunglasses and a hat since the sun doesn’t set till about 7:30pm.
This one is in Greenwood and the Union Grove Community Center. They will have 4×4 relay race, vendors, bouncy house, car & bike show, live music and more! It is from 10am – 3pm. This Emancipation Day Celebration Festival is sure to have something for everyone!
This one is going to be at Lake Alice in Wewahitchka from 9am to 4pm. This is a family fun festival with art’s & crafts, food, live music, face-painting, duck pond for the kids, train, pony rides, petting zoo, and of course honey! A few things the vendors will be selling: various types of soaps, chalk, leather items, home sewn items, candles, salts, scrubs and a lot more. Looks like a fun day for the whole family!
Tractor Supply Co. Market Day Event! I hear that a lot of the TSC are hosting in there city. So if you live near a TSC be sure to check them out. This one is in Marianna. I know Partners For Pets will be there with dogs and cats that need fur ever homes and many vendors from farm raised animals, fruits, and vegetables to home made crafts. BOSH and Time Farms will be there with chickens, bunnies, and chicks. The Ice Cream Man will be there at 8:30am and have 2 scoops for $3. Heavenly Grace Soap and so many more.



Gallery Night in Pensacola tonight!

I wish I didn’t have plans already tonight. This looks like so much fun! They will have booths with over 28 painters, glass-blowers, creators, jewelry-makers, photographers, and more. They will have live bands as well as a classic car show. Over 50 hot rods and classic cars will be available for you to see as you walk among the booths tonight from 5 – 11pm. Be sure to check them out. From what I have heard it is a monthly event in downtown Pensacola. Held on the 3rd Friday of every month. Their mission is bringing arts to the streets. Click the link below for more information.

Jeep Beach Jam

It seems like a day doesn’t go by here in the panhandle when something fun isn’t happening. Jeep Beach Jam is officially kicking off tonight in Panama City Beach, however they have been there since Tuesday with fun activities. You don’t need a jeep to attend the events that are happening till Sunday. They are expecting 3,000 to 5,000 people this year. And it looks to be a beautiful weekend for it. If you are heading out don’t forget the sunscreen! The have a day at the beach planned where you can learn to surf. They have a scavenger hunt, poker run, beach bonfire, jeeps-only drive in movie, an obstacle course, and live music to name a few things they have going on. I have included the website below so you can check out times and location. Have fun!   

Saturday~May 11th~Another busy day around the Panhandle

If you are like me you need a reminder to put those non perishable food donations out for your mail carrier this morning!  I remembered at 11 last night to collect the food, but thankfully I was awake and working for my clients like usual! Today I am going to make my first stop at the Marianna farmer’s market. It is open from 7am to noon at the Madison Park. Then I think I will swing through some yard sales and look for some great deals. Enjoy your Saturday and don’t forget tomorrow is Mother’s Day, not to late to grab a card if you haven’t done so yet. It looks like a lot of us are in for a chance of rain this afternoon, so if you have yard work like me I hope you get it done before it gets to you!

Leisure Lakes Community yard Sale in Chipley. They plan to have complimentary maps to guide you through the community and people will also be set up at the Pavilion.
De’France Indoor flea market Antiques & Collectibles in Fort Walton Beach at 230 Eglin Pkwy SE. from 9am to 2pm. Be sure to join the local vendors, artists and crafters as well as display one-of-a-kind creations.
This Open House and Plant sale is going to be from 9am to noon in Tallahassee at615 Paul Russell Road at the UF/IFAS Leon County Extension. Be sure to bookmark this because I see they have a lot of great events in the coming months.



Mom & Me Party~Tonight

Not to late to register for this FREE event. It is in Chipley at the Trinity Martial Arts. It is open to all mom’s and kids in the community. They plan on celebrating mom with fun games, arts & crafts, a memory keepsake photo, food, and lots of love, hugs, and making memories. Tonight Friday, May 10th from 6-7:30. If I didn’t have plans already this is where I would be! If you go be sure to let me know how it was. Tickets are available at

Teacher Appreciation

It’s teacher appreciation day at the Marianna Zaxby’s. Today May 7th show your faculty id and buy 1 get 1 free Big Zax Snak Meal. This is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Our teachers, aids, administration, and all those who work in the schools deserve a huge THANK YOU for all they do daily. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart!

Marianna City Farmers Market

One of the many things I love about living in the Panhandle is all the local, fresh produce I can get. Marianna has a Farmers Market open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7am to 12pm till July. It is located at the Madison Street Park. This season they have yellow squash, new potatoes, lettuces, green beans, cabbage, onions, and so much more! They also have bakers with yummy jams, jellies, honey, and breads. They also have the Panhandle Arts and Crafters(for sure on Saturdays, not sure about during the week) who bring home made crafted items. I know I am planning to go this week, maybe I will see you there!

Music and Art in the Park

The weather today in the Panhandle is going to be much nicer then the weather last night. Local thunderstorms lite up our skies last night for a few hours. This afternoon from 3pm – 6pm at Lafayette Park in Apalachicola they will have free Jazz and artists. Students from the FCHS Seahawk Band begin singing at 4pm. Be sure to take lawn chairs, blankets, and your own refreshments. What a relaxing way to end this busy weekend!