~~Happy 4th of July folks!! The summer is half over (well, technically, though the oppressive heat will be with us for some time). We’ve been lucky dodging rains at the market; the earlier closing helps – Remember that the market closes an hour early–at 1PM–in June & July. A few vendors will be taking July off, but barring any disaster we plan to be there except for August, when the entire market closes for a month.
~~Sad news–for us–Halimat will be leaving us next Friday, July 7th, to return home (Portland, Oregon) to work and go back to school. We’ve been so lucky to host her for so long…she will be sorely missed! She has been part of our family since early December; a fantastic cook, artist, athlete, and all around member of Ecofarm. Please join us in wishing her the best of luck ever (I don’t think she will be at the market tomorrow as she will be with a friend)!!
~~Tomorrow at the market we will have loads more Passion fruit and a small amount of White Sapote…so refreshing in the summer heat. Our Florida bunch/muscadine grape cross are ready too! As with most Florida grapes, they do have some seeds; but these grapes are great for juices and wine–and the only grapes tolerant enough for our wet weather (all of the other Florida grapes declined and died during our past few years of no winter and too much standing water). There have been some award winning Florida wines produced from these grapes; alas, we had to sign an agreement to only sell the fruit–no propagation or sharing of plants.
~~If you missed out on Karen’s wonderful seasonal, vegan Pesto last week, we’ll have more this week–great for grilled meats & vegetables, pasta and more! Also, some of her healthy, hearty Super-Nutra loaves too. We’ve taken out the last batch of cucumber (until later in the fall), so there will be a small supply of cukes for early birds. Plenty of Yardlong beans(though they are slowing down a bit), Okra, tropical pumpkins and Chinese eggplant too. Last week we ran out of our sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes; we have many more sweet potatoes planted, but they won’t form the ‘potatoes’ for several months, and Irish potatoes are a spring crop. Let’s be thankful for our wonderful summer fruits and vegetables!
~~Have a safe, happy Independence Day [long] weekend! See you at the Market!
~~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.
~~Raw Water Buffalo Milk & other ‘Pet Consumption’ 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 (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
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. 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. New Supply this week!
Pesto! Various Seasonal ingredients – great for seafood, pasta, potatoes and more! New Supply – Lettuce-leaf Basil base
Florida Red-Bay leaves – use like other dried bay leaves in soups, beans, etc. Not currently available
Sweet Potatoes – All gone until next crop
Tropical Pumpkins – starting to find a few ripening; have small to large sizes available again!
Okra – Good supply, but it goes fast
Mixed eggplants (Thai, Indian & Chinese) – good supply of mainly Chinese eggplant this week
Potatoes -gone until next spring
Cucumbers – a few, until later in the fall
White Sapote fruit – really yummy tropical fruit that tastes like pear/mango/peach/banana blend, depending on variety
Passion fruit – mixed varieties, so refreshing
Yardlong Beans! – aka Chinese longbeans -good supply this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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!