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Maybe something else Marianna can be known for



The word association (at least for me and I don't think I'm alone) is the Florida School for Boys. In the current issue of Garden & Gun, though, the overall winner of the magazine's fourth annual Made in the South Awards is ...

There's local, and then there's Southern Craft Creamery, in small-town Marianna, Florida, which takes the food world's current scratch-made ethos to a whole new level. Not only do ice cream makers Lauren and Zach O'Bryan look to nearby growers for the ingredients that flavor their gelato-style cream, but they also help run the dairy and tend to the hundreds of cattle whose milk anchors their product.The O'Bryans aren't just making pints of standard-issue vanilla, either. Serrano chiles, blackberries, bay laurel, satsumas, and sweet corn plucked from the garden (both their own and area farmers') translate into vibrant flavors that speak to the agricultural bounty of the Panhandle.

More from the Sunshine State in the mag? Alligator handbags and a wedge salad with a Gulf Coast flair in Cortez. Plus these two sentences from Jeffrey Thrope: The idea of American wilderness is dominated by mountains, thick forests, grizzlies, and pristine lakes. But the Everglades are a different kind of wild, a marshy frontier that has attracted adventurers, naturalists, writers, scientists, outlaws, and free-spirited wanderers since before Florida was Florida.

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