Summer is Upon Us! (04/28/2017)

~~Whether we like it or not summer is already upon us–minus the cooling rains–so please adjust your schedule and come out to the market early tomorrow.  We’ll have the very last of our yummy lettuces and romaine, some huge savoy cabbages, nice bundles of wild lambsquarters (they will also succumb to the heat), Kales, maybe the last of the Bright Lights Swiss Chard that has been wilting down everyday now, and more!  More Sungold and mixed pints of other cherry tomatoes, three kinds of squash, maybe some mostly green larger tomatoes (they won’t cooperate on timing of ripening, so we’ve had to eat most of them), maybe a few bundles of our heirloom collards, mulberries, etc. It looks like we’ll be just a little short of having cucumbers this week; but should have some next Saturday. Don’t forget to let us know asap if you need any raw dairy products.  See you tomorrow, bright and early!
~~ What’s up at Ecofarm? We’ve been picking a lot more of our tomatoes this week!  Got more funky looking ‘Italian Heirloom’–some as large as 26 oz. (I had an super delish tomato/cheese sandwich for breakfast), ‘Rosella’ Cherry tomatoes,‘Garnet’ Cherry tomatoes, ‘Pear’ Cherry tomatoes–and a slew of Sungolds. The plants are so large they have formed a tunnel inbetween the two rows and we practically have to crawl through to harvest and maintain. Our favorite large tomato, Kopek Hayasi, has loads of green fruit that will ripen probably next week. The squashes look amazing and are starting to produce; Cukes are beautiful and putting on lots of bloom and small fruits and the Savoy cabbages are getting huge!  Besides all of that we still have the last lettuces & romaine to finish harvesting today, a smaller amount of winter produce–especially Dino Kale–and harvested 30 pts. of Mulberries last Friday for Saturday & Sunday (Halimat made two pies out of the leftovers).
**  For the time being we may not be able to sell value added (jams, pesto, nutra-loaf, etc) and raw dairy products (raw milk, butter, cheese, etc.) OPENLY because of the restrictive Cottage Food Act, labeling, taxes, licenses, fees–and just typical government harassment and interference into the affairs of small businesses–especially those that challenge BIG AG.  We will bring a cooler of our raw dairy stuff, but won’t be advertising it at the market. In the future we may have to sell from our farm. Please understand that this is not coming from the market management, but they have to follow the rules and enforce them, even if it means losing vendors. Also, this is not because of anything we did in particular; it was a notice going to all market vendors. Unfortunately, downtown markets are in the public and government eye and as they grow rules get more restrictive, which means it will get even harder for you to get good locally produced foods in the future.

~~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).
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~~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!

 

~~ 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. may not be available; please ask.
Pesto! Various Seasonal ingredients – great for seafood, pasta, potatoes and more! Ask us, we might have it in a cooler
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
Mulberries – Messy, but delish!  An Ecofarm Exclusive
Tropical Pumpkins –  just planted in the garden
Squash! – a few Patty-pan, Alexandria (lg. light colored zucchini) & ‘Nimba’ Turkish zucchini
Green onions – Still getting some nice bundles
Swiss Chard –  colorful Bright Lights variety–good supply this week
Daikon radishes – ready this week–without tops; they will soon be gone for the season!
Lettuces – last crop this week!
Parsley – a few this week
Potatoes – just dug last week, red-skinned potatoes!
Carrots – beautiful, with or without tops–which are also good to eat; large bagged carrots & baby carrots with tops
Beets – small-large beets with nice tops and bagged bottoms; it’s all good
Savoy cabbages –Good Supply this week–get ’em while you can!
Kale – Some nice bundles of mixed kale mix this week, and just dino kale; small supply this week

 

Cherry tomatoes – starting to ripen! We have some Sungolds and other cool Cherry tomatoes
Heirloom Turkish Tomatoes – may be a couple available for sale this week
Collards – heirloom varieties; Alabama Blue, Florida Variegated, and ‘Morris Heading’ – tender & delicious! Almost gone for season

Homemade jams made with very little sugar (organic)   cattley guava, Loquat/ginger, strawberry/basil, peach & Fig Not Currently available

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 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 tara@greeneggsnham.com or 813-716-6030.  Texting will get a quicker reply than email…enjoy!

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