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First Annual Persimmon Festival at Eat Your Yard Jax

Eat Your Yard Jax, in Jacksonville, invites folks to attend their first annual Persimmon Festival on November 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2021, and discover a North American native fruit that is both underrated and underutilized, along with an Asian version, Fuyu, which is as crispy as an apple. There will be many fun cooking demonstrations, health talks and food tastings, as well as activities for the kids.

The mission of the Persimmon Festival is to raise awareness about this underappreciated fruit, which is not only sweet, versatile and full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and beneficial plant compounds, but can also be easily grown in one’s North Florida backyard. The festival was inspired by Ohio’s annual Pawpaw Festival, which Eat Your Yard Jax founder Tim Armstrong had the pleasure of attending.

Eat Your Yard Jax is a family-run farm-nursery specializing in edible landscape and garden plants. They firmly believe in practicing organic principles and sustainable agriculture. Visit on Fridays and Saturdays and pick up some plants to “eat your yard”.

Cost: $20. Location: 6500 Utsey Rd. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit EatYourYardJax.org.