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The Farmily (our family of farmers and producers)



Bill Endfinger, one of our wonderful beekeepers who live in Pea Ridge, Florida. He has hives located in Berrydale, Blackwater, Pace as well as Pea Ridge. He retired in 1989 and wanted to begin a new page in his life. It was between Shrimping and Beekeeping. Lucky for us he picked the later. He supplies us with WildFlower, Gallberry and Tupelo Honeys. Here he is with Miss Duck.





Meet Karl Brantley and Will Mastin, owners of Local Appetite out of Summerdale, Al. These guys grow a variety of crops year round. They have heirloom tomatoes, heirloom baby carrots, a variety of root vegetables, wax beans plus a variety of baby lettuces and hardy greens. Also, this past year, they have been producing shitake mushrooms. Local Appetite grows responsibly. Karl and Will both hold down daytime jobs in addition to their farming responsibilities. Busy guys. This is their passion and commitment.



Carl Stewart's Farm is located in Bay Minett, AL. For the past 9 years, he has rotated his crops on a 10-acre plot. Back in the 1980's, as a younger man, he farmed 700 plus acres of row crops. He, like so many at that time, had to move away from farming to make a living. We are so glad he has made it back to what he enjoys doing and does so well. Carl grows beautiful vegetables all utilizing organic practices. Carl currently is providing chards, beets, carrots, collards, turnips and more to the local market.



Jimmy Fidler, pioneer peanut farmer since 1995. Jimmy is the only farmer in this area growing super jumbo peanuts. Fidler Farms is based out of Silverhill, AL. It is a little out of the way but well worth the drive to many. Flora Bama Farms carries Fidler Farm's Raw, Roasted, and Green Peanuts ( green is only available in the spring and fall). Flora Bama Farms uses Fidler Farms' Jumbo Peanuts exclusively for our boiled peanut recipe's.



Anita, Steve, and Micha Craine are the dream team behind some quality greens. They established Craine Farms in 2012, located in Loxley, Alabama. Craine Farms grows hydroponic, pesticide-free lettuces and herbs such as green bibb, romaine, sweet crisp, red oak leaf, escarole, sorrel, arugula and watercress for starters. When you step into their greenhouse you can't help being in awe of the picture perfect greens. http://crainecreekfarm.com/






Rickey Durden, The Kale Man, raises the best kale we have ever had. Rickey has farmed his entire life. You can see the pride he takes in every case of kale. Although Rickey is not certified organic, he uses organic practices only. He produces red and green kale that are mineral and vitamin-rich and possess a wonderful mild flavor. Rickey grows exclusively for Flora Bama Farms. One taste says it all!





Janice and her husband Ron, Sawer Farms, farm over 400 acres and operate a farmers market around Slocomb, Alabama. The Sawyers always grow more than they can sell at their market. They graciously provide their excess product to other small farmers outlets including Flora Bama Farms. They are known for their Slocomb County Vine Ripe Tomatoes, variety peas, and beans, watermelons, cantaloupes, rutabagas, cucumbers, and squash. Their tasty contribution to the local fare is always welcome.







Matt Carter, shown here with his proud parents, Lance and Mary, has been farming full time since 2008. The Carter Farm is located in Century, Florida. He grows a variety of vegetables, onions, red potatoes, cabbage, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant and cucumbers. The Carters were voted Escambia County " Outstanding Farm Family" in 2013. We are proud to be associated with them as they grow.



Steve's Farm located in Walnut Hill, Florida is operated by Steve and Lynett Hiebert. Steve and his family started out selling corn in 2002 on 6 acres. Now their farm is around 70 acres and they offer a variety of peas including English Peas, and butter beans, various local vegetables, and melons. Folks around here also enjoy going out to the farm to enjoy fishing for farm-raised catfish. Steve, this past year, has also expanded his retail store. We would highly recommend going out and visiting Steve's Farm for a family outing.






Spicy and Basic Mix, Kohlrabi, Wasabi, Basil, Arugula, Buckwheat Pea Shoots, and Radish are all "micro wonders" offered by Lee Johnson. Lee grows 12-- 15 varieties of microgreens right here in Pensacola, Florida. She creates very nice blends as well as single variety 1.5 oz. packages. Lees microgreens are vitamin and mineral rich and all pack a punch of flavor. Lee has bee growing microgreens for going on 3 years and business is good. We not only love Lees mixes for their flavor but they also have an excellent shelf life of up to 10 days.










www.orchidislandjuice. com

We proudly carry Orchid Island Fresh Squeezed Juices. Family owned and operated, and a big success story. Orchid Island ships juices all over the USA and abroad. I remember the first time I tried their product in the mid-1990's. I was so impressed with the flavor and over 21-day shelf life. I was blown away because there were no additives or preservatives. Unheard of at that time! I actually called and spoke to the founder, Marygrace. She surprisingly answered the phone. She took the time to tell me how they blended new crop oranges with the old crop to mellow out tart characteristics that the new crop brings. She also explained that they lightly pasteurized the juice, killing any bacteria. Hence, giving them that 21-day shelf life. The product is as amazing now as it was then. Nothing really compares to the quality. We love Orchid Island Juices out of Vero Beach, Florida, in the Indian River growing area.





Ole Homestead Jelly Company, known for their Pepper Jellies, is located in Gilbert, Louisiana. Crawfish, Muscadine, Fig, and Mayhaw to name just a few. The Smith family produces 48 flavors of Jams, Jellies, and Preserves. These old-time family recipes are brought to us by Robert and Rita Smith. They got started by taking their Jelly to a craft fair and sold out. "These recipes have been in their family over 60 years", they told me. They use few ingredients and taste like what our southern grandmas made. If you want to wander down culinary memory lane, you must try some!





Who is Sandy's, Sweet Bread? That would be Sandy Thomas of Robertsdale, Ala. Sandy is a favorite here at Flora Bama Farms. People come in regularly to see if we have their favorite sweet bread in stock. Every week Sandy drops by with freshly baked bread. Sandy creates Banana Pineapple Nut, Persimmon Nut, Blueberry Nut, Zucchini Nut also Chocolate Zucchini Nut and more. Sandy's signature bread is Persimmon Nut. Since she has several persimmon trees in her yard and access to local pecans, she started out making batches of persimmon nut bread and giving it away. She noticed people really loved it and would often request more. In 2010 she unexpectedly found herself in need of a job. It was through the desire to find a new career that Sandy's Sweet Breads was born. Sandy is an inspiration and she never goes anywhere without a smile. We look forward to seeing her every week at Flora Bama Farms. Our regulars know when she delivers.





We are privileged to be associated West Coast Mushroom, located in Quincy, Florida. They supply Flora Bama Farms with most of our domestic white mushrooms. Additionally, they supply Shitake, Portabellas, Crimini, Oyster mushrooms and other more exotic and mushroom blends. Their mushrooms are delivered to us 3 times a week, assuring the freshest quality possible. Unless, of course, you happen to be there for the harvest. Owners, Abel and Alvaro Gamboa, started growing mushrooms here in the Panhandle in 2010. They also have a mushroom farm in Maryland. The name West Coast is a nod to the location being in the Panhandle on the West Coast of Florida.

C&D Grits Cantonment, Florida

Locally owned and operated by Cloyd and Dorothy Bruton, the Cantonment couple has been making fresh grits and cornmeal from scratch for over 10 years. They acquired a 1927 "hit and miss" engine and grinder and have been hooked ever since. The gasoline-powered engine uses two 12-inch granite stones to grind yellow corn into tiny grains.

According to the Brutons "We're doing it the old-fashioned way. We buy our corn straight from the farm. We're trying to keep some heritage alive." Bruton said they produce a fresher product that has no added ingredients, compared to store bought grits and cornmeal ground from steel rollers that lose some of their flavor and nutrition from the mill to the store shelf.

Their grits and meal are produced here at Flora Bama Farms. If you are lucky, you can witness the creation of their product and marvel at the engine and grinder.






Meme's Poultry and Quail Sales is a family owned business run by a Mother /Daughter team. Rose McCurdy is the Matriarch. Her daughter Karen Rose is the co-owner, together they raise several breeds of chickens, ducks, and quail. They provide hatching eggs, fresh yard eggs, chicks, and juvenile birds. Going out to Meme's is delightful. They have some amazingly exotic birds. There are many varieties including Cemani, Rhode Island Reds, Silkies, Barred Rocks, Ameraucanas, Buff Orpingtons and many more. Flora Bama Farms offers Meme's yard eggs. We highly recommend if you are interested in starting a hobby farm to see Memes. They are NPIP Certified ( National Poultry Improvement Plan). The folks at Meme's are very knowledgeable and super helpful. Meme's is located down Hwy 90 approximately 10 miles past the Florida/Alabama line.
Check them out on Facebook, for more information.



The Tim White Family and Friends grow Red Potatoes and Gold Potatoes, primarily. Tim is a jet-setter literally. He travels overseas and around the US working on aircraft engines. When we call him, there is no telling where he is laying his head to rest. But when he is home, he is farming! He and his family love farming and take pride in growing some of the best spuds around. The attention to detail necessary for modern aircraft is evident in the crops they produce. He also occasionally grows sweet potatoes. They are so sweet they bleed sugar. Red potato season will be here in the late spring. We are all anxiously awaiting the harvest.





Tommy Van Horn, East Hill Honey

We make honey.

That’s it. Nothing else. No distractions. Nothing to steal our focus. No kidding ourselves that we can be good at everything. No trying to conquer the whole world. We just do our best to conquer our bit of it. So each day we head out, light our smokers and make the best honey we know how. Use the healthiest bees and the most natural practices. Find the perfect bee yards. And then let our bees do the rest.

There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from making something well, of such superior quality that you know it is going to stand the test of time. It makes the hard work and the obsessing over each and every detail worth all the effort. That’s our reward.

Bon Appétit. 

Thomas D. Van Horn
Proprietor & Beekeeper

East Hill Honey Co.
850.780.3499

   

There is a small vineyard of flavor- rich, grape-bearing vines in Baker Florida.   These grapes are only available for 2-3 short weeks in late summer, early fall. 
They are found on D. R. Youngblood's family farm.  D.R. is serious about muscadine and scuppernong grapes.  He planted and experimented with several varieties before
he committed to the vines he grows today.  Some are exclusively grown for winemaking but most are  "as is" eating enjoyment.   They are some of the best I have ever had. 
The skins are a bit tough but they are so delicious.

  D.R. also has a sugar cane press and furnace for processing the sugar cane he grows on the farm.  It is a family tradition harvesting the
sugar cane a week before Thanksgiving and processing it.  He processes everything in a day and jars it up.  We always look forward to carrying his cane sugar.
It is only available to us in the winter.  We try to buy a good supply to last us a while.


Herb and Pepper Farm, in Loxley, Alabama.  In a quiet little neighborhood, there is a modest backyard that has been transformed into a very productive farm of over 30 delicious herbs and vegetables.  Jesse refers to his massive number of sprouting plants as Nano Farms.   Jesse grows amazing micro greens.  He specializes in heirloom varieties of vegetables and herbs.  He has specialty items such as Carolina Reapers, chervil, squash blossoms and micro lemon basil to name a few.    What is really cool is he shows people how to grow their own nano farms. As he puts it he “grows farmers .” He has a real passion for what he does and he enjoys teaching.  You can learn more by visiting his Facebook.  Herb and Pepper Farms, Loxley Alabama.