Yeehaw, August is galloping into your mailbox now! This issue is all about land, specifically Floridian land that is being both endangered and staunchly protected. In Ranch Life, we take an in-depth look at modern ranching in Sarasota and Bradenton as Senior Editor Jacob Ogles goes on a ride-along at three working ranches—Hi Hat Ranch, the Longino Ranch and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch—to get a taste of the farming world, from cattle to citrus. Take a drive to the point of the state in Headed South, where Contributing Editor Michael Adno unpacks the tenuous relationship between the Big Sugar industry and the fate of the Everglades, begging the question of who is responsible for the quick-approaching toxic algal blooms currently making headlines.
Foodies won’t be disappointed with August either—flip through our four gastronomically inspired sections and remember why you love the Sarasota culinary landscape. In The Cool Kids, you’ll find an arctic roundup of incredible artisanal ice cream creations: chill out with buttermilk basil custard at Indigenous, wild ice cream sandwiches at The Table Creekside, sweet corn-infused scoops at Beach Bistro and an out-of-this-world ice cream salad from Michael’s on East. Garden of Eden enters the lush wonderland of the garden at Shoogie Boogies while Notorious Egg Cream packs a Brooklyn punch with an NYC-style egg cream from Sol’s NYC Deli. Round out the sweets with a clean, healthy acai bowl from Island Organics or the Green Zebra Cafe, showcased in All I See is Acai.
Our culture stories are explosive this month, following along with Kevin Kohler, better known as the Backyard Scientist in Do It Yourself as he spices up the educational science game, and shining the spotlight on Italian artist/sculptor Massimo Meda’s new gallery space in Maximum Meda. And who could forget the ever-radiant Katherine Harris, who in To the Races invites us into her home to talk about her passion for plant life, her role in bringing the Modern Pentathlon to Sarasota and her beloved Bouvier des Flandres pup.
Pick up the August issue and feel the heat! We can’t wait for you to be blown away by the incredible stories within.
The SRQ team
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