It’s October which means it’s time to get outside and plant those vegetables! For this issue, we spoke with Residential Horticulture Extension Agent for the UF/IFAS Extension of Polk County, Anne Yasalonis. She gave us so much information on growing a successful garden that we couldn’t even fit it all into one story.  Whether you’ve got a large backyard or just a couple of containers in a small space like I do, we give you the information to be successful.  Please send us pictures of what you grow!

We also celebrate the Polk Emerging Leaders Awards. Congratulations to the five winners of this prestigious award given to young entrepreneurs and leaders of our community!

This month, we visit with the owner of the new sushi restaurant in Downtown Winter Haven, Tsukiyomi. We check in with Adler’s and see how their opening is going, and we take a walking tour of Winter Haven complete with ghost stories and cocktails. Thank you to the Winter Haven Public Library for giving us some seriously spooky book recommendations for October!

I’d also like to introduce Kelly Sanford Brown as a new contributing writer! This month, she’s partnered with Confection to pair some candies with cocktails.  She’s even given us three recipes to try, and take my word for it, they’re delicious! We’re so happy to have Kelly join us as a writer!

The calendar is growing! October is full of events, check out our Top Ten lists for all of Central Florida and maybe I’ll see you out and about. Have an event you’d like to list? Send me the details! Continue to tag your Instagram and Facebook posts with #kindachill and you just might see them in the November issue. Have a very happy October, be safe & I’ll see you around town!

P.S. Haven turns five this month! They grow up so fast… Five years ago, we published our very first issue of Haven Magazine in an effort to tell compelling stories, inform and entertain the community, and shine a spotlight on all things local. Today, we remain firm in those efforts and want to thank you, our readers and advertisers, so much for supporting this labor of love. Here’s to five more!


Amy Sexson


Haven/LKLD Magazines


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