Jacksonville Public Library Teaches You How to Grow Your Groceries 

October 24, 2019  
JPL Presents Grow Your Groceries with Man in Overalls - photos of raised bed vegetable gardens and veggie illustrations

You want to grow your groceries, but there are so many questions: Where should I put my garden? What should I grow and when? How much space does everything need? The Jacksonville Public Library is hosting a free class on how to take the first steps toward growing fruits and vegetables in your own back yard. Urban farmer and educator Nathan Ballentine (aka Man in Overalls) will be on hand to teach attendees how to grow food for self and neighbor in raised bed food gardens.

Grow Your Groceries - First Steps

Join Man in Overalls for a family friendly, interactive intro on how to grow your groceries the easy way.

Saturday, October 26
Main Public Library
12 p.m. (Noon) | 2nd Floor Courtyard
303 N Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Whether you're purchasing your produce at the store, or procuring it from your own private garden, put your ingredients to work with one of these fun recipes:

celery snails and crunchy caterpillars recipe cardCELERY SNAILS

  • Celery stalks
  • Peanut butter or cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Sliced apple
  • Sliced orange
  • Sliced kiwi
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced tomato
  • Cashews
Fill celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese. Top with an apple, orange, kiwi, cucumber or tomato slice for the shell and a cashew for the head. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to glue on candy eyes (found in the baking isle of your grocery store). For a healthier alternative, use chopped raisins for the eyes.


  • Celery stalks
  • Peanut butter or cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Candy eyes (or chopped raisins)
  • Celery or radish cut into matchsticks
Fill celery stalks with peanut butter or cream cheese and top with grapes, blueberries or grape tomatoes for the body and head. Use peanut butter or cream cheese to glue on candy eyes or chopped raisins. Use julienned celery or radish for the antennae.

Download Celery Snails & Crunchy Caterpillars recipe card.

cheesy veggie bean sprout wraps recipe cardCHEESY VEGGIE BEAN SPROUT WRAPS

  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cucumber, in round slices, then in halves
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/8 cup diced red onions (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella, low fat monterey, or low fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup spread of choice, such as hummus or guacamole
  • 1 large whole wheat or spinach wrap
Lay out wrap and evenly spread with hummus or guacamole. Make sure to leave 2 inches on one end free of any ingredients for folding. Sprinkle with sprouts, then add an even layer of veggies and cheese. Fold over and tuck in on the bottom, then roll up up tightly and slice in half. FEELING ADVENTUROUS? Substitute or add some veggies you’ve never tried before, like mushrooms, radish, bell peppers, broccoli, or asparagus.

Download Cheesy Veggie Bean Sprout Wraps recipe card.

Visit the Jax Mayorthon Kids Club page for more healthy recipes and activity downloads.