Last Market Until September (07/27/2017)

Have a wonderful August…take heart, we’re about half-way through the extreme heat! “See you in September….”
~~This is it folks–last market until September!  We still have a good number of vendors, so you’ll want to stock up on your favorite things–early in the day, as we ended up packing up a bit earlier than 1PM (summer end time) last Saturday due to the threatening storm. We will be bringing a good supply of two types of Avocadoes; Brogdon and Winter Mexican–preferred by most avocado lovers–another fresh load of Passion Fruit, a few Star-fruit (Carambola) and maybe a few pints of Figs. No surprises for the veggies; we’ll have more yardlong beans (Chinese longbeans), Okra, tropical pumpkins (Calabaza) and a very few Chinese eggplant. Don’t forget those yummy Super Nutra Loaves and Seasonal Vegan Pestos that are so good for lighter, summer meals…And, Java Heads can pick up a pound of Java Planet Organic Coffee Beans at a sell-out price of $12 (reg. $14 and will be $15 in September), but we only have about 10 bags left, several types.
~~We have so much beautiful Israeli Basil in the garden that we can cut 8 oz. bags for you ($5) if you want to make your own pesto or dry some.  Just let me know by tomorrow afternoon (early).  We’ll also bring a few sandwich bags of basil to the market.  This variety has been incredible this summer; looks great in the full sun heat and rain, and smells soooo good!
~~Our crops will still be growing, we’ll still have to harvest produce and milk the buffaloes during August, so let us know if you need something before the market re-opens (email us at ecofarmfl@yahoo.com or text at 813-763-4893). Also, The Temple Terrace Farmers Market will be open for 3 hours every Saturday morning during August and we also sell to them. Billy and I might hang out over there a bit–just because we love this little market so much!! Check it out (info on the market below, highlighted in yellow).  See you at the market Saturday!
~~We’re getting ready for fall crops: Tropical pumpkins will soon go in the ground for a late fall, Halloween/Thanksgiving crop. It’s time to plant seed for tomatoes and eggplant so they can be good sized plants when the weather moderates a bit and it’s safe to plant them in the ground.  We seeded more heirloom tomatoes, and of course, Sungold Cherry tomatoes–the best ever! They should last better into winter than they did in the spring/summer heat. Squash and cucumbers grow quickly, so we’ll have to wait for better weather before planting those–and still cooler weather before we even think about our beloved cool season veggies…we just have to play it by ear; climate change is real!!


~~The raw water buffalo milk supply is still small as we are milking 2 cows right now.  We will be bringing a couple of fresh butters, in addition to milk to the market this SaturdayPlease pre-order if possible.

 

~~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 Saturday8AM-2PM Summer Hours 8AM-1PM 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 Summer Hours 9AM-Noon – 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. New Supply this week!
Pesto! Various Seasonal ingredients – great for seafood, pasta, potatoes and more! New Supply
Florida Red-Bay leaves – use like other dried bay leaves in soups, beans, etc. 
Tropical Pumpkins –  have small to large sizes available again!
Fresh Rosemary – We usually bring a couple of small bags
Israeli basil – very heat tolerant; tastes and smells wonderful!
Lemongrass culms/leaves – may be available most weeks
Okra – Good supply, but it goes fast
Mixed eggplants (Thai, Indian & Chinese) –  very small supply of mainly Chinese eggplant this week
Avocadoes – Brogdon and Winter Mexican; preferred by those that like Haas

Passion fruit – mixed varieties, so refreshing – 
Yardlong Beans! – aka Chinese longbeans and Turkish longbeans!

Homemade jams made with very little sugar (organic)   strawberry, strawberry/basil, peach & Fig 

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 – Check out the real thing–and no, they don’t come from the ocean!
Java Planet Coffees (whole bean, Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown & Bird Friendly!) Good Selection of single, blends, dark & medium roasts


~~ AquaOrganics is usually 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 attara@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 & Billy plus C.J. & Hayley–the kiddies that inspire us
Ecofarmers do it in the dirt!