June Is Heating Up (6/02/2017)

~~Hey Everybody; are you enjoying the summer heat yet??!! A big thanks to Bill and Halimat for working the market last week so we could spend one night at the Florida Folk Festival–great music, crafts, food and camaraderie–but I could do without the chiggers and ticks!!  Back at it this week and we are taking out more cool season crops…sorry to say that includes the cherry tomatoes and tomatoes; it’s just too hot and buggy for them now.  Please come to the market early this Saturday to get the last of our old crops and some of the nice summer stuff that is starting to produce.  We’ll have the last of the tomatoes (all types), carrots and beets; low supply of sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes and kale (it’s looking kinda’ ugly, but still good).  The first batch of cucumbers are about gone; we’ll see if the new crop makes it to production in this weather. Okra and eggplant (Thai, Indian & Chinese) are producing better this week and the yardlong beans are at least blooming. Just in: White Sapote fruit is now available again!! This is a distant relative of citrus, but tastes like mixtures of pear, mango and banana depending on the type–and the person tasting it.  The skin is hard and thin like avocado; easy to peel. Don’t forget; during the months of June and July the market will be closing at 1:00PM instead of 2PM.
~~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. Please pre-order when possible.

 


**  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):  When milk is plentiful we’ll 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 regularly priced at $9/half gal. or $17/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 (SundayFriday), 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 – 2 types available but mostly the purple type.  Almost gone!
Tropical Pumpkins –  starting to find a few ripening
Okra – just starting to fruit; better supply this week
Mixed eggplants (Thai, Indian & Chinese) – just starting to fruit; better supply this week
Potatoes -red-skinned Irish potatoes!
Carrots – beautiful, now without tops, low supply
Beets – small-large beets bagged without tops; They are almost gone for the season
Kale – Maybe just a few bundles before they are gone for the season

Cherry tomatoes – Maybe a case available; we are removing the plants due to heat & insects
Heirloom Turkish/Italian/New Zealand Tomatoes – Last week; only a few available

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!) New Order this week


~~ 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!