The Rains Have Come! (06/09/2017)

~~What a week!! All of the rain that we needed for the past couple of months in one week…and I see more on the horizon for next week. Not many edibles are wild about this weather, but a few are growing great.  While the Okra is growing good, it’s not blooming as well in the rain, so it is limited again this week.  Chinese, Indian & Thai eggplant look good and are fruiting well, though a few fruit that touch the ground will rot.  We’re washing up the last of the Red-skinned Irish potatoes(Red Pontiac variety) and mostly purple sweet potatoes (some red-skinned, sweet, sweet potatoes).  The Yardlong beans are growing gang-busters and starting to put out beautiful, crunchy, long pods. They go really well with the cherry tomatoes we dried and put in olive oil (with garlic *:x lovestruck)…sorry, we can’t sell it, but everything is great with Karen’s seasonal Pesto (this time made with lettuce-leafed basil). Tropical pumpkins (Calabaza) are back!! They love this weather, so we already have many sizes, from less than 2lbs to 7 or 8 lbs., organic and very good used like traditional pumpkins or squash….And some of that great tropical fruit is back, White sapote (see description in list below). We also have the small trees available for sale–and they are cold hardy for our area (pre-order).
~~Although there is a good chance of rain tomorrow many of the summer vendors do plan to be there–we can’t just give back our produce to the plants!  If the weather is iffy when you plan to head to the market you may call my cell phone to check (Debbie @ 813-763-4893), hopefully I’ll hear it in time.  Best bet is to get there early; Don’t forget; during the months of June and July the market will be closing at 1:00PM instead of 2PM. Thanks for supporting our great summer market!!
~~As promised, we removed the tomatoes and some of the other cooler weather stuff from the garden; but by the end of July it will be time to plant seed for the fall crops of tomatoes (the plants take about 6 wks from seed to start fruiting), and they fruit much longer in the fall-winter months, especially if we don’t get really freezing weather.  If you’re thinking about planting a garden this time of year–and I wouldn’t recommend it–you could plant okra, sweet potatoes (for a late crop), yardlong beans, malabar spinach and some of the perennial edibles used in permaculture (i.e., chaya, or tree ‘spinach’, longevity ‘spinach’, tropical fruit trees, etc.). This IS a good time to start preparations for a fall garden, by adding lots of leaves, compost, manures, etc. to your garden area and just letting it rot.
~~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; have small to large sizes available again!
Okra – just starting to fruit; small supply this week–okra likes sun!!
Mixed eggplants (Thai, Indian & Chinese) – just starting to fruit; good supply this week
Potatoes -red-skinned Irish potatoes!
Carrots – maybe a couple of lbs. left?
Beets – sold out!  Gone until next winter
Cucumbers – almost gone….
White Sapote fruit – really yummy tropical fruit that tastes like pear/mango/peach/banana blend, depending on variety
Kale – Maybe just a few bundles before they are gone for the season
Yardlong Beans! – aka Chinese longbeans – just two bundles this week; but much more next week

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!) Good Selection of single, blends, dark & medium roasts


~~ 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!