Bring Us Your Bags! (03/09/2017)

Help! We really need your clean, used plastic grocery bags (no garbage, please!) as we are presently resorting to new bags: Reuse, Recycle–keep the bags out of the landfill!  Thanks!
~~Big Plant Sale in Munn Park this weekend–and spilling over into our market! Spring Obsession is always a fun and fruitful event.  Come early and make a day of local small business shopping in beautiful downtown Lakeland. 
~~We’ll have more great produce this week from Ecofarm: the spinach you’ve all been asking for is here–for a short time–so don’t dilly-dally on this one; sweet potatoes (3 types), beets, rutabagas, daikon radishes, red radishes, green onions, colorful Bright Lights swiss chard and more. The only lettuce available this week will be dark red Cherokee (maybe a few small romaines?). Bundles of mixed Kales and Lacinato Kale have been going fast every Saturday–and even the heirloom collards are disappearing quickly–early birds get the goodies.  We have spent two days harvesting and bagging a ‘ton’ of our luscious carrots to make room for more new crops; we’ll be selling them with tops & bagged in one & two pound bags. A few things are finished–for now at least: we’ve removed most of the cherry tomatoes (more in a few weeks); the arugula has been cut back and there are only a few bags left; and the mustard greens are plagued by beetles and drought. As the weather gets warmer and drier insects and microscopic mites will continue to be a problem, and we’ll have another set of problems in hot and humid weather; but luckily there will always be something good to eat from Ecofarm!
 
~~Heard of homemade marshmallows? If you missed out the past two weeks, Halimat (Hal-lee’-ma) will be making another batch for this Saturday. Homemade marshmallows, made with our yummy cane syrup tomorrow–check it out!
~~Have you tried our Farmers’ cheeses? We are trying to do better with consistency and have come up with several delish cheeses that work well on sandwiches, pizzas, casseroles, etc.  Each week there may be a couple tubs of different flavors, for your dining pleasure. * Since these raw products have to be labeled for pet consumption we regret that we cannot legally give out samples (see below).
~~Are you lactose intolerant? Have you tried Raw Water Buffalo milk products? Ask our farmer Bill about his experiences with raw milk products as a ‘former’ lifelong lactose intolerant person.

~~Raw Water Buffalo Milk & other ‘Pet Consumption’ *;) winking products (ask us if you don’t know what this means):  Right now we have good farmers cheeses, Kefir, buttermilk (best for cooking; the fluffiest pancakes ever!), unsalted creamy white butter, Whey  http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2014/05/36-ways-to-use-whey-and-5-ways-to-make-it/

and of course Raw Milk, which is still on sale for $8/half gal. (reg. $9) or $15/gal. It’s always helpful to pre-order the raw dairy products if possible (ecofarmfl@yahoo.com).

~~For our complete availability list (except for last minute items) and information on where to find eggs and home-raised pork, check the bottom of this email.

~~Thanks for your support!!  See you at the Market Saturday *:) happy If in doubt about the market being open when you’re ready to come text or call me at 813-763-4893 (please, this is for market days only, this is a personal phone).

 
~~We are always happy to take your used, clean plastic bags and green pint baskets that strawberries come in…Please remember to bring them to us this week…Thanks!

~~ Italian ischia sourdough starter http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkadvice/10638629/Pizza-recipes-how-to-make-artisan-pizza-in-your-own-home.html

and Pizza dough, ready to use right away–active and ready to use (please pre-order this a week before so it can be activated) $9. Also, let me know ahead of time and we can have a Kombucha ‘mother’  available for making your own brew (also $9).

 

 
~~Raw Water Buffalo Milk sales: We have decided to stick with the plastic half gallon containers @$9 and a convenient quart size plastic container for $5. If you would prefer quart or half gallon wide mouth glass containers there will be a $1& $2 deposit to cover the cost of the jars and you will need to let us know ahead of time by email. Kefir only comes in quart sized jars ($8 or $7 with a wide-mouth quart jar). Butter comes in 8 oz. plastic containers for $8. Remember, this is for ‘Pet Consumption Only’ by Florida law. Your ‘Pet’ will be eating like royalty 🙂

 


~~We grow everything organically; all ‘chemicals’ are OMRI approved for Organic growers and our fertilizers consist of composted manures (buffalo and more) and fish emulsion. We are not Certified Organic as the cost and ongoing paperwork is prohibitive for ‘real’ farmers–and there are too many variances allowed for Corporate Organic farms.

 
Ecofarm is currently able to participate in only one market with super fresh, organically grown produce (not Certified) and other farm products for your convenience:

 

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curbmarket Saturdays 8AM-2PM all year except August. We are located on Kentucky Avenue in front of Crispers restaurant. Check out the market website at www.ldda.org/home/farmerscurbmarket.aspx

 and sign-up for the market e-newsletter. Dogs, children and fun galore!

Temple Terrace Farmers Market – Saturdays 9AM-1:00PM – A true Farmers Market – For more information check it out at:http://www.ttfarmersmarket.com/

or https://www.facebook.com/ttfarmersmarket 


Note: We have been providing some of our produce to this market and will continue to increase our support whenever possible. 

 

~~The Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curbmarket is now taking your EBT/SNAP cards; and you can double your dollars by purchasing Florida grown produce & honey!! There are about 25 of us selling honey, cane syrup, cottage industry foods, produce, breads, seeds, edible plants and more that qualifies for SNAP; and about six of us that can double your money with our produce, thanks to the Fresh from Florida program. There will be a booth set up somewhere in the market to explain the process and where you can purchase tokens. Vendors participating in the program will have a sign in front of their booths. In addition, you can ride the bus free in Polk County to come to our market and participate in this program. Please pass the word!

We regret that we cannot currently take pre-orders (unless/until we get more help!) except for pickups here at the farm, and for raw milk products. We are located just north of Plant City. Email us at ecofarmfl@yahoo.com

 for information on farm pickups.

 

 

Following are some of the products we may be bringing to the market this week:
Super-Nutra Loaf – Fresh weekly; full of seeds & nuts 
Pesto! Various Seasonal ingredients – great for seafood, pasta, potatoes and more!
Florida Red-Bay leaves – use like other dried bay leaves in soups, beans, etc. Misplaced, so we have to dry more
Sweet Potatoes – 3 types available!
Spinach!!! – come early for our wonderful spinach bundles/bags
Strawberries! – our own organically grown, luscious strawberries -small supply
Tropical Pumpkins – A few huge and small pumpkins are available
Green onions – Nice!
Swiss Chard –  colorful Bright Lights variety
Daikon radishes – ready this week–with edible tops
Rutabagas/greens – some this week–no wax!
Lettuces – only some gorgeous dark red Cherokee this week; more varieties next week
Parsley – a few nice bundles
Nasturtium flowers – beautiful, tasty & nutritious; for your salads & more!
Arugula – almost gone for the season
Cilantro! – currently not available; but will be soon!
Carrots – beautiful, with or without tops–which are also good to eat
Beets – small beets with nice tops; it’s all good
Savoy cabbages – new crop later in spring
Red Radishes –  radishes for your salads – more nice bundles

Kale – Mixed varieties, large beautiful bundles this week; and some ‘dino’ kale

Mustard Greens – probably done for the spring season
Cherry tomatoes – Watch for new supply later in spring–plus some new cherries
Heirloom Turkish Tomatoes – watch for a new supply in late spring–plus new large fruited varieties
Collards – heirloom varieties; Alabama Blue, Florida Variegated, and ‘Morris Heading’ – tender & delicious!

Homemade jams made with very little sugar (organic)   cattley guava, Loquat/ginger, strawberry/basil, peach & Fig

Pure Cane syrup – Yes!  Give our own local, sustainable sweetness a try; not just for pancakes
Luffa seed packets – not currently available
Luffa sponges & Ornamental Gourds-
Java Planet Coffees (whole bean, Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown & Bird Friendly!)

 


~~If you’ve been looking for Peg Campbell, Barefoot Creek, she is still hosting many gardening and other classes at their farm, so drop her a line at pegjeffcamp@yahoo.com.   AquaOrganics is at the market  with their produce and a great variety of other produce for resale,  Erendiera always has a nice selection of produce for resale, often has eggs, and has been a cornerstone of the market since the get-go.
~~Have you been looking for some reasonably priced, farm-raised Pork? Let me connect you with Tara at Green Eggs ‘N Ham!  We’ve been eating her sausage, porkchops, pork steaks, have some ribs in the freezer, and recently ate one of her smoked hams for Christmas dinner–Awesome!  I made an amazing meatloaf with her sausage and our ground water buffalo meat last month, and we enjoy her sausage for breakfast regularly–simply the best! Tara says that when she runs out of pork it can take a couple of weeks to re-inventory, so it’s best to place orders ahead of time.  You can reach Tara attara@greeneggsnham.com or 813-716-6030.  Texting will get a quicker reply than email…enjoy!
~~Becky’s Organic Eggs – You can call or text Becky at 863-669-6559 to preorder. Note: Please call Becky regarding location & time of pickups; apparently the Dixieland market has not found a new place yet; but she is still delivering.


Thanks for supporting local farmers, artists, musicians and craftspeople!

Debbie, Jon, Halimat, Omah & Billy plus C.J. & Hayley–the kiddies that inspire us
Ecofarmers do it in the dirt!