Running Low on Buffalo Milk, Carrots, and More (05/19/2017)

~~Quick one this week; life has been super hectic with school almost out for the grandkids (Friday the 26th in Hillsborough County) and the relentless heat. Jon and I may be gone next weekend, but will likely send Bill and Halimat to the market with a smaller load; we’ll let you know more next week.
~~The raw water buffalo milk supply is waning as we are only down to one milking cow right now, so we have to take it off of the long running sale and when available it will be back at $9/half gal or 2 for $17.  We ran out early last week and still had requests, so make sure to let me know ahead of time or get to the market early this Saturday. We’re quickly running out of beet bottoms, but will sell them until they are gone; same with the Carrots and sweet potatoes. We still have a small supply of sweet potatoes, mostly the purple type. Also will have mixed Kale, Dino Kale, Heirloom Collards, Bright Lights Swiss Chard and Savoy Cabbages and we’ve been lucky to still have all of this.  The supply of Sungold and heirloom Cherry tomatoes has been overwhelming and we’ve sold lots to chefs and other markets.  Halimat has been dehydrating cherry tomatoes (esp. Sungolds) and putting them in olive oil with seasonings, to use later. Fresh cherry tomatoes are good cut in half on sandwiches and in pasta dishes and on pizzas as well. Cucumbers, pattypan and other zucchini type squashes are producing great right now. To check out what we may also be bringing to the market please check the list below.  Please try to come to the market early to avoid heat and possible RAIN, which we sorely need.  We’ve been very depressed to see so many oak trees and other plants dead from drought, so even if the market gets rained out early it will be for a good cause. Have a great weekend!

 


**  From time to time 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 every week.  Please understand that this is not coming from the market management, but they have to follow the rules and enforce them. 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

 

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!

 

~~ 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. The Market booth is set up at the south end of the market and they can explain the process and 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!


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! Please ask if you don’t see it on the table.
Florida Red-Bay leaves – use like other dried bay leaves in soups, beans, etc. Not currently available
Sweet Potatoes – 3 types available but mostly the purple type.  The rest are almost gone
Mulberries – Messy, but delish!  An Ecofarm Exclusive -will be gone for the season anytime now
Tropical Pumpkins –  starting to fruit
Squash! – Patty-pan, Alexandria (lg. light colored zucchini) & ‘Nimba’ Turkish zucchini
Green onions – Still getting some nice bundles
Swiss Chard –  colorful Bright Lights variety–still producing despite the extreme heat!
Potatoes -red-skinned potatoes!
Carrots – beautiful, now without tops
Beets – small-large beets bagged without tops; They are almost gone for the season
Savoy cabbages –Good Supply this week–get ’em while you can! We have to harvest & sell all in the next couple of weeks
Kale – Some nice bundles of mixed kale mix this week, and just dino kale; still producing beautiful bundles

Cherry tomatoes – We have lots of Sungolds and other cool Cherry tomatoes
Heirloom Turkish/Italian/New Zealand Tomatoes – Now a couple available for sale each week
Collards – heirloom varieties; Alabama Blue, Florida Variegated, and ‘Morris Heading’ – tender & delicious! May be last week for these

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. Not always brought to the market
Luffa seed packets – not currently available
Luffa sponges & Ornamental Gourds-
Java Planet Coffees (whole bean, Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown & Bird Friendly!)


~~ 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!

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!