~Nice weather this week–but getting very dry–don’t forget to water, water, water! The slightly cooler temps the past two weeks has been great in prolonging winter crops, however, the forecast for coming weeks is pretty hot during the day. We’re a bit behind in seeding our okra and longbeans; it’s definitely time now. We finished digging all three types of Sweet Potatoes and will have them until they run out. A new crop will be planted asap. Most of the beets will be removed to sell without tops (we have some with tops this week), except for a crop that hasn’t formed bottoms yet and we had to remove the oldest, small planting of heirloom collards and dino kale so we could plant corn (multipurpose for a cover crop and to eat!). Bill got 21- 1 lb. bundles of collards from that small area! We’ll be bringing some bundles of mixed kale (just 2 types this week) and dino kale. There are still nice Bright Lights Swiss Chard, baby Spinach, several varieties of lettuces, Red Radishes, daikon radishes, carrots and more. There will be a smaller number of our fabulous green onions as the weather gets hotter, but we’re hoping they hold out for another month or so. More wild Lambsquarters (wild herb that tastes like spinach) too. Geez, we’ll be sad when the winter greens are all done; at least the dino kale should be around longer, as it tolerates the heat better and we planted a late crop of that variety. Last minute news: we’ll have some cilantro this week, yay!
~~You’ve seen us trying to peddle our water buffalo cheeses, butter, buttermilk and other fabulous products for a couple of years to no avail, so we’ve been eating so much cheese and butter in our recipes and meals that we will no longer have much available to sell–in fact we’re having a hard time keeping up with our consumption, so if you are interested in some of these products please ask ahead of time so we can save some for you. The raw milk shouldn’t be a problem, but we get sick of lugging too much of that to the market every week too.
~~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’ 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 (email@example.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
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).
Check this out from the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curbmarket Newsletter:Text to Win!
Keep up with Market news via text message!
- Just to make it fun, we are running a weekly contest. Text Keyword CURB to 51660 to join our text program and enter to win $10 worth of Market Bucks, which can be spent with any Market vendor. Winners will be notified via text each Saturday.
- What happens if you don’t win the week you joined? No worries! You can try again week after week. Just text CURB to 51660 each week (Sunday–Friday), and you’ll be entered for that week’s drawing!
~~We are always happy to take your used, clean plastic grocery bags (no garbage please) and green pint baskets that strawberries come in…Please remember to bring them to us this week…Thanks!
~~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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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! All have been dug and will sell until they run out. Time to plant a new crop
Spinach!!! – come early for our wonderful spinach bundles/bags
Strawberries! – our own organically grown, luscious strawberries -small supply–Only organic berries at the market!
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 – several beautiful varieties available this week
Parsley – a few nice bundles
Nasturtium flowers – beautiful, tasty & nutritious; for your salads & more!
Arugula – almost gone for the season; maybe a few bags
Cilantro! – currently not available; but will be soon!
Carrots – beautiful, with or without tops–which are also good to eat; large bagged carrots & baby carrots with tops
Beets – small beets with nice tops; it’s all good
Savoy cabbages – new crop later in spring
Red Radishes – radishes for your salads
Kale – Some nice bundles of a 2-kale mix this week, and larger bundles of just dino kale
Mustard Greens – probably done for the spring season; but may have some ‘holy’ ones
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! Big Supply this week
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 email@example.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, 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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, & Billy plus C.J. & Hayley–the kiddies that inspire us
Ecofarmers do it in the dirt!