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Show Some Love. Give a Different Type of Sweet

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 2/8/2019 to Backfourty
Let's talk about Sweet Gem Lettuce.  Sweet Gem is a cross between romaine and bibb lettuce and it is delicious grilled.  The heads are small and elongated.  I love to cut it in half or do a bias cut, brush on a bit of olive oil and place on a flat top grill for a minute or two until lettuce is slightly charred. Plate lettuce cut side up and drizzle with dressing, top with feta cheese, sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes.  Simple and delicious.  We will feature this lettuce this weekend and give you a chance to try.   We think you will love it.  

We also just received some Japanese Sweet Potatoes, grown by a favorite sweet potato farmer, Grant King.  Japanese sweet potatoes are purple on the outside and white on the inside.  They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  The potato starch in the Japanese sweet potato is higher in amylose which is a "good starch".   It raises blood sugar slowly and this makes it a healthy food choice for diabetics.   I actually think the Japanese sweet potato is sweeter than most other sweet potatoes.  You can make baked sweet potatoes, or cube them up and fry them, or even mashed sweet potatoes.  They are delicious any way you want to prepare them. We highly recommend.

Florida Strawberries are a natural for Valentines.  Did you know that Plant City, Florida is recognized worldwide as the WInter Strawberry Captial? We will have plenty of Plant City Strawberries on hand for you to get and share.  They are in peak season. 

These are just a few ideas, we have much more. Just in from Carl Stewarts Farm out of Bay Minette,  Baby beets with tops, carrots with tops, radishes, and baby turnips with tops.  

Come join us this weekend. 

Happy Valentines

Barbara

Enjoy January Before it is Gone

Posted by Barbara Williams on 1/26/2019 to Backfourty
Don't blink! January will be gone.  My dad use to tell me not to wish my life away. As a child I found it hard to wait for an event like the weekend or Christmas.  I would wish it be here sooner.  Now time comes and goes too soon.  I now am my dad, wishing life would slow down. Just a little bit.  

January is almost gone.  We are diligently working on our new website.  We are taking the time necessary to do it right.  We want it to be a great experience. We are getting more excited as it is coming together.  We hope to be previewing it next week. We are targeting the first week in  February to have it up and running. 

Our market is open Thursday thru Saturday 9--5 and Sunday 10--5.  We are holding these hours through the winter.  

Just in for this week:

Durden Kale out of Summerdale, Alabama. Small, tender deep, dark green.  Ricki uses organic practices only.  

Carl Steward also uses organic practices.  He brought us a new delivery of broccoli, and turnips this morning.

Local Appetite-- Nice heirloom tomatoes, Swiss Chard, and rainbow carrots with tops. Matt and Karl believe in sustainability and grow responsibly. 

Billy Bird is keeping us in a steady supply of Collards out of Elberta, Alabama.  

We have Palmetto Tomatoes arriving 2 times a week here at Flora Bama Farms.  Quality is good.  

Along with the Tomatoes we have plenty of Florida Citrus from the same growing area.  Pineapple Oranges, Honeybells,  Grapefruit and Navels.  

We hope you will take some time to visit us this weekend.  Enjoy the cool but sunny weather we are having this weekend. 


Barbara




  

Annual January Maintainence is Underway

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 1/4/2019 to Backfourty
We are working hard cleaning and fixing up our market for when we reopen Friday January 11, 2019.   It is hard doing certain repairs and upgrades while we are open. Each year we close during the first week or so of January to take care of these maintainance needs.    We are also going to be giving our website a new look.  We apoligize for any inconvience and we hope you understand that we are working to make this a great 2019.   

Our website will be down starting this coming Monday.  I am not certain how much time will be needed to complete this process.  We will be working diligently  to get this process completed.  It won't be long. 

Our newsletter will continue to keep you updated.  We look forward to showing you what we have been up to. 

Thank you for all your support.  

Barbara



Looking Forward 2019

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 12/28/2018 to Backfourty
Pause and take a deep breath. You have made it through another Christmas season and are about to embark on a brand new year. The gifts have all been given, and the food has all been eaten. The decorations will soon be put away. For all of us, this is a time of new beginnings. What are you looking forward to in the New Year?

We are excited about our black garlic project which you will hear and lean more about in 2019. Sandy and Mathiew have been making small batches of black garlic and are testing out a larger proofer to be able to produce more.  Recently they collaborated with "The Hummus Lady" and together they perfected a black garlic hummus which we now carry at Flora Bama Farms.   It is also available at the Palafox Market on the weekends.   We are really proud of it and hope you will give it a try.  

We will be closing the market on Januargy 1, 2019 thru January 10, 2019 to do our yearly maintanence and deep cleaning for the New Year.  Please come see us before then and pick up some greens, seasonal citrus. local pecans or perhaps take advantage of our limited supply  of local peas.  We freeze some of the local purple hull and creamer peas to have avialable for the New Year celebrations.  Come early they are selling fast.  

Thank you for all your support in 2018.  We look forward to sharing  all the wonders and possiblities of 2019.  

Happy New Year
From all of us @Flora Bama Farms

Merry Christmas to All

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 12/22/2018 to Backfourty
Christmas is coming and the end of year is near.  We have many blessings.  One of them is you, our customer.  We are thankful everyday for the customers who choose Flora Bama Farms.   You make everyday a good day.  Thank you for your support, your smiles, your feedback, funny stories, reviews, recipes and so much more.  

Our retail  hours of operation for the Holidays:

We will be open until 3 pm Tuesday,  Christmas Eve Day,  December 24, 2018.  Our farm hands will be back on the job Wednesday, December 26, 2018.  

 We are closing 3pm New Years Eve Day, December 31, 2018 and will be returning Friday, January 11, 2018 on our retail.  

Online ordering schedule  will remains the same. Feel free to place online orders for delivery.  Yes we can do pick up orders .   We ill be here,  we are just doing our yearly maintenance.  

For folks who want to grab some great citrus we are  getting new Delivery of Florida Navel Oranges this Sunday.  We currently have in stock Red Navel Oranges, Florida Tangerines,  Florida Hamlin Oranges, Florida Grapefruit and Blood Oranges.   We are also expecting our Florida Grown  Pineapple Oranges in this Sunday.    We hope you will come and see us. 

Merry Christmas for all of us
@ Flora Bama Farms

Farewell to A Family Tradition

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 12/14/2018 to Backfourty
Happy Friday,  Christmas is coming. If you have some last minute gifts you would like some help with come by and see us.  We have a variety of items you can put together to make a special fruit basket for that special friend.  This weekend Florida grapefruits, blood oranges, cara cara red navels, Florida navel oranges, local satsumas and local kumquats are due to arrive Saturday.  You can put these fruits together along with other small batch and specalty items.   Some favorite items to add :

Local pecans, Walnuts or Roasted Peanuts
Amish Jams, Jelly's, Butters, Pickles and Cheese
Hummus Lady Hummus
Sandy's Sweet Breads
Cane Sugar Sodas ( Pumpkin Spice, Cherry Cola,  Ginger Beers, Rootbeers, Sasparilla, Grapefruit plus much more)
Local Honey and Syrups
Smokehouse Cracker
Salsas and Salad Dressings

Collard greens, turnips, kale, have been hard to get as some of you may have discovered.  We have been trying to stay ahead but we are experiencing  a much stronger demand on these items this year.   I do have it on good authority that we will have fresh just picked collard greens in the morning.  Billy BIrd has promised to be here early for those of you who are interested in some fresh  collard greens.  

Carl Stewart is suppling us with kale, turips and radishes.  I am hoping he will make it tomorrow.  Due to the rain there has been delays.  It is hard to pick greens in the mud.  Hopefully the feilds will drain and make it easier to get to the product.  

Last month David Youngblood and his family got together to celebrate a long standing family tradition, making cane syrup.  I am sad to say after 65 years,  this is the last year.  To commemorate the event alot of great pictures were taken.  David allowed me to put together a short movie, using these pics and I would like to share with you.  Below you will see the link to the short movie which is on our You Tube Channel for Flora Bama Farms.  We will also be posting this to our Facebook Page.   Hope you enjoy and be looking for David's Cane Sugar in our store and on our Website.  

Barbara

 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-DTy2EMJIA

Golden Spoon Award Winners

Posted by Barbara Williams on 12/8/2018 to Backfourty

Recently Florida Trend Golden Spoon Awards were announced. This year Pensacola has the largest number of recipients in the panhandle.   The Golden Spoon award is the oldest and one of the most coveted dining awards in our state.  There is generally only 100 restaurants awarded throughout Florida.  The award is given to fine dining restaurants that have demonstrated consistency in high standards and longevity, usually earned after three years in business or more.

    We are very proud that 5 of the 6 Golden Spoon award winners are part of our Farmily!!   The winners are: 

 Global Grill - International  --Chef Frank Taylor
• Grand Marlin - Seafood  ---Chef Gregg McCarthy
• Restaurant Iron - New Southern  Alex McPhail
• Union Public House - Gastropub  

Hall of Fame Winners ( these have won multiple Golden Spoon Awards)

*Jackson’s Steakhouse - Southern Influence American 
McGuires Irish Pub —Brew Pub 

    Diners and restauranteurs help nominate restaurants in the various categories, these categories are judged by the Editors of Florida Trend.   We are proud to be affiliated with these talented professionals,  they all incorporate local vegetables, fruits and herbs into their menus.  Best of all, we don't have to travel far to enjoy a great meal.   Congratulations to all! 

How long will lettuce prices be up? A popular question. Short answer: after the Holidays.   Produce markets are a supply and demand industry.  When you have low supply the prices trend upwards.  Since the Ecoli outbreak, with the California Romaine, the industry is experiencing shortfalls on all lettuces.  The holiday demand will likely hold the pricing up until the New Year.  In case you were wondering, all of our  western lettuces are coming from Yuma Arizona.  This area has been tested by the CDC and deemed "safe."

We are getting in some nice watermelon radishes, Tuscan Kale, turnips and collards from Carl Stewarts Farm out of Bay Minette, Alabama.  Carl using only organic prices.  All of his greens are beautiful this time of year.  

Soon  we will be getting some Florida Red Navel Oranges, blood oranges and grapefruits.  Stay tuned.

I hope everyone has  a great week.

Barbara



What's Available WIth Cold Weather

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 11/16/2018 to Backfourty
The weather has abruptly turned cold this week.  Our first freeze for 2018 happened this morning.  Despite the cold we did receive one last delivery of local corn both white devotion and bicolor from Steve’s Farm.  Steve also brought us butter beans, creamer peas, pink eye peas, as well as, some mustard greens, turnips and a few collards.   We received our last delivery for the year of local okra from Ray Flowers.  It is really quite amazing to still have available a few of these items in November.  

The cold weather is affecting the tomato and vegetable markets.   We are going to see some price spikes due to low availability.  Tomatoes are coming out of Palmetto, Florida and they have been slow growing.  Strawberries are steady coming in out of Florida. I also expect to see pricing spike up on them as well due to the challenges of cold weather.   

Did you know citrus is actually helped by the cold weather?  As long as it doesn’t drop below 32 degrees for lengthy period.  Something goes on inside the fruit with a little bit of cold weather that makes it sweeter.  This is also true of strawberries and blueberries. 

We do have some nice local pecans available  at the market.  We currently have the Surprise Variety of pecans.  We should be getting in some Elliots and Giffords from Price’s Pecan Farm in time for Thanksgiving.  All of the  varieties of fresh local pecans taste outstanding.  They all have slightly different flavor profiles.   The Elliots are smaller  and have a bit more oil for example.   Giffords are long, moist nuts.   Some people have their preferences and  we love taste testing all of the varieties. 

Sandy Thomas of Sandy’s Sweet Breads brought in a fresh delivery today of her wonderful breads.   She is featuring a Cranberry Nut Bread for the holidays.  We will be updating our selection  of Sandy’s Sweet Bread on the website so you can have access to all 7 varieties of breads she makes.  Many folks like to enjoy and give Sandy’s Sweet Breads for the holidays.  We can ship Sandy’s breads out anywhere in the United States.    People relocate from our area but they miss the taste of home and we often can oblige them. 

We also are preparing to make our holiday fruit baskets.    We pack our baskets with  local Satsumas, Kumquats, Florida grown Tangerines,  Grapefruit, Oranges, Pears,  Grapes, Bananas, Honey Crisp Apples, Jazz Apples, Granny Smith,  and Red Delicious Apples. We can customize the baskets with your choice of fruits.  We can add Jams, Nuts, Cane Sugar Sodas, Chips, Breads, butter or any of our small batch items.   We get our share of complements on our basket.  We will also be featuring some of them on our website.

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a nice Thanksgiving with family and/or friends.  We will be closed Thanksgiving Day celebrating with our families.   We hope you will come and see us before then and let us help make your Thanksgiving special with something delicous for the table. 

Happy Holiday!

Barbara


World Food Championship brings Talented Chefs to Flora Bama Farms

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 11/9/2018 to Backfourty

 
  This week the World Food Championship is at " The Wharf "  in Orange Beach, Alabama. The event gives home cooks, pro chefs and professional cook teams from all walks of life a chance to be seen on TV and win a share of the largest prize purse in the Food Sport industry This has been a great opportunity for us to meet many talented and passionate chefs who are competing and hoping to win.   Last year, our own Chef  Sandy Veilleux, competed with a team.  She had an all around great experience.  This year she is not competing but she is helping many of the competators acquire some  special ingredients.  This event will be going on thru this weekend in case anyone would like to check it out.  You can learn about it by googlling "World Food Championship".  

 We were excited  to meet, Lynn Entrekin, of Spices Smokehouse Competition Barbecue Team.   Competition cooking is a hobby for Lynn and her husband, Robert.  They have been invited to compete at World Food  Competition for the past 4 years.   They always place high in the standings but this year they are  more determined than ever to make it to the winners table.  Lynn stopped by Flora Bama Farms for some special ingredients.  While she was here she also introduced us to her Smokehouse Crackers which are now offered in our market.  These crackers were awarded 2nd Place in the NATIONAL BBQ and GRILLING ASSOCIATION'S 2018 "BEST BBQ SNACK" category.  They are unique and we hope you will drop by and try a sample.  

Also available this week:  local pecans.  We will be getting our first delivery of local pecans from Price Pecan Farm near Lillian, Alabama.  

We also just received today our first fall delivery  from Steve's Farm of speckled butter beans and more pink eye and creamer peas.  We also recieved more local corn, eggplant, mustard green and turnips.  

We are getting okra and Satsumas from Ray Flowers Farm in Summerdale, AL.  

Tomatoes have transitions from Alabama to Palmetto, Florida.   We also are getting green bell peppers, and squash from the same area. 

Micro Greens were very popular this week.  We bring in a variety of micro greens from Lee Johnson (Lillian, Alabama and Jesse Carbolido Loxley, AL.  

We also recieved today our first Florida Grown Pumelos.  We also have florida grown  strawberries, grapefruit and tangerines.

Come check us out.

Barbara

It's Fall Ya'll

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 10/5/2018 to Backfourty
 Pumpkins, corn stalks,  sugar cane, and hay bales have all arrived.  Mr. Charlie Gibson brought us our first delivery of sugar cane and some beautiful Indian corn and corn stalks out of Walnut Hill today. 
Miss Duch has been assembling the corn stalks  into nice bundles ready to accent  any fall display.   She has also been schooling us on how easy it is to plant sugar cane.  Many people recall eating sugar cane in their childhood and they are excited to see it available.   It also is a beautiful addition to any fall display.   It is  an easy plant to start and grow if you get a healthy stalk.   We happen to have plenty.  A new plant can be sprouted from each joint.    You can get several new plants from one stalk!


   Chef Doug Janousek  is going to have to reschedule the demo this Saturday.  He is planning a surprise  dish utilizing some Alabama grown fall squashes, persimmons and apples.  He is a bit under the weather and felt it best to reschedule.   We look forward to seeing him when he is better.  

We have some purple hull peas available at the market.  We look forward to getting some cream peas and corn now from Steve’s Farm this coming Monday. I am sorry it won't be ready in time for the weekend.  Steve taste test his corn for sweetness.    It is almost there.   We do have eggplant in stock from Steve’s Farm.

  We always have a good variety of mushrooms which we get 3 times a week out of Quincy, Florida.  This week we added the oyster mushroom to this weeks selection.   We have oyster, crimini, shiitake, portabello and white domestic mushrooms available year round.  

We just restocked our new favorite hummus from the Hummus Lady.  Pumpkin Hummus,  you can get it two ways, sweet or savory.   These are seasonal  items.  We need to enjoy them  for the short time they will be available.  My favorite is the savory, but the sweet pumkin hummus is very popular.  

Ray Flowers has squash blossoms available.  We will be getting local yellow squash and zucchini through Ray very soon.  Some of our Chef’s like to stuff and deep fry squash blossoms.  Squash blossoms are delicate and we have them cut to order.  They are only available for a short period of time.    If anyone is interested please send us an email  and we will contact you and make arrangements. We  sell them for  $1.00 per blossom if anyone is interested.   Ray's Farm is located in Summerdale, Alabama.  He is also bringing us our local okra.

 We also have available  locally : 

Sand Mountain Tomato -Alabama
Green Peanuts-Alabama
Star Fruit (Florida Grown)
Muscadines( Florida)
Green Bell Peppers ( Florida)
Red Potatoes ( Florida)
Sweet Potatoes ( Mississippi)
Green Beans Florida
Mini Sweet Peppers Florida
Green Peppers Florida
Micro Greens Florida and Alabama

If you are ordering online don’t forget to check “Not From These Parts” for product that is not so local but loved.  

Thank you for looking,

Barbara