~~This Saturday (Oct. 21st), only, Ecofarm will not be at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curbmarket, but will instead participate in the fall season celebration market at the Temple Terrace Farmers Market (see info below). This market is producers only, meaning that most of the time the market does not offer all of the extra, crafty, things that many markets rely on (except one Saturday a month), but has all kinds of farm raised meats (Trail Bale Farm), eggs, fish, produce, artisan baked goods, all kinds of moringa products, fruit trees & edible plants and much more! Starting this week it is back to the busy season schedule of 9:00AM – 1PM. Easy to get to from I-75 and Fowler Avenue, the market is located on 56th Street south of Fowler on the west side, in between the Outback Steakhouse and City Hall.
~~Ecofarmers will be at the Temple Terrace Market this Saturday with Lacinato Kale, Heirloom Collards, Mustard Greens, Wild Purslane, Arugula, Red Radishes and more! We will bring a good supply of our pure Cane Syrup (which is popular with some of the vendors there) and Raw Water Buffalo Milk (for ‘Animal Consumption Only’ Woof, woof!). Some of my very best friends live in the area and support this great little market. If you want to try something different this Saturday, head on over and check it out; but if you can’t make it, all of the other vendors will be there for you at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curbmarket, along with the annual Classic Car Show at Munn Park. We will be back in Lakeland next Saturday for our annual Halloween celebration, pumpkin carving, costumes, our great fall produce AND the Munn Park Garden Extravaganza. It’s beautiful weather–see you at the market soon!
~~Mark your calendars for Saturday, October the 28th for the 33rd Annual Munn Park Garden Extravaganza. Not only will there be many wonderful things to buy in the Park, but the market is always full of good things from our vendors. Karen Elizabeth will be helping me at the Ecofarm booth and offering tasting samples (Bill will be in the N.C. Mountains that weekend).
~~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. However, we have been eating/drinking all of this ourselves and other than the Raw Milk can only make it for you if you order ahead of time(Please give us a week – firstname.lastname@example.org).
~~For our complete availability list (except for last minute items) 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 normally sell milk in 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 to trade). 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.
Pesto! Various Seasonal ingredients – great for seafood, pasta, potatoes and more!
Florida Red-Bay leaves – use like other dried bay leaves in soups, beans, etc.
Tropical Pumpkins – Finished for the season (I have some damaged ones in the cooler; contact me if interested in using asap)
Fresh Rosemary – We may bring a couple of small bags
Sweet potatoes – not available for a few weeks until new batch ready to dig
Dino kale! – a few bags/bundles
Heirloom collards – a few bags/bundles
Mustard greens – a few bags/bundles
Arugula – decent amount, nice large leaves
Red radishes – good supply
Israeli basil – very heat & rain tolerant; tastes and smells wonderful!
Lemongrass culms/leaves – may be available some weeks
Powdered Moringa – just a teaspoon in your breakfast or other meals does wonders
Okra – Good supply, but it goes fast
Starfruit – Not this week; making starfruit pies out of the ones that you didn’t buy
Persimmons – Not this week
Homemade jams made with very little sugar (organic) – strawberry, strawberry/basil, peach
Pure Cane syrup – Yes! Give our own local, sustainable sweetness a try; not just for pancakes.
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
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!