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Pensacola's Paradise-- Check it out

Posted by Barbara Williams on 2/17/2019 to Backfourty
Recently I met Matt Jones of Keller Williams Real Estate.  A very nice guy, who has created a facebook page which celebrates the people, places, and things that help make Pensacola an enjoyable place to live.  He along with his videographer, Calub Cummings interviewed me and took nice shots of the market.   I was really honored that he wanted to feature our market and I wanted to share the link to his facebook if you would like to check it out.

His Face Book page is great way to learn about several unique small businesses and organizations here in Pensacola.  Also, if you need a great realtor,  Matt comes highly recommended.  Check out " Pensacola's Paradise"  and look under "videos."  

We just received Florida Tangerines on Saturday and they are delicious.  We also scored a good deal on them.  Taste delicious.

We have local baby beets, turnips, radishes, carrots, kale in for the weekend.  All just arrived Saturday.  I am sorry to report we are light on collards and will sell out this weekend.  Supply should be back by this coming week.    We have some, just not enough.  

George Miller has been supplying us with baby fennel, and leafy head lettuces.  George has a hydroponic operation here in Pensacola.  He also grows celery, cilantro, basil and mint.   George and his wife Rachel also are at the Palafox market on Saturdays, with their lettuces and homemade breads.  

Coming soon local Heirloom tomatoes out of Holt Florida.  I don't have an exact date yet but we will let you know when we begin getting them into the market. 

Hope you have a great week.  Our new website is getting close.  I am hoping it will be up this coming week.


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


Super Boiled Peanuts

Posted by Barbara Williams on 2/3/2019
Come and enjoy some of our super boiled peanuts, Cajun and Salty, both available.    Ours are some of the best you will ever eat.   

Open today til 5 pm.  Stay tuned for information regarding our new improved website.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday.

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. 



Learning About Your Food

Posted by Barbara Williams on 1/18/2019
We have been learning about the government shut down and how it has curtailed fresh food inspections.  None of us know how long this will last.   It is  good to know where your food comes from and how it has been handled.  The situation has made us more appreciative of our local farmers and suppliers who we have been working with for years.  All of our farmers and producers  undergo routine inspections though the FDA and/or the Department of Agriculture.     We personally visit our farmers to give us a good understanding.   It is always a great learning experience.  We have a great collaborative relationship with our suppliers and if you would like to learn about them check out "The Farmily" on our website.

 ATTENTION: THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS.  The Florida Agriculture Department made their routine visit this past week.  They took their usual cross section of fruits and veggies to test.  What do they test for?  OMG, it is like nine pages long! They are testing for pesticide and chemical residues to assure our food is safe.  We are pleased to participate and we appreciate the service the state provides.  Our products always test way under the radar at levels well below the tolerances set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   Our farmers tend to use natural components to ward off insects and organisms.  They are responsible growers, after all, they and their families eat their products too.  

We are very excited about our facelift coming soon on our website.  You will notice we will be offering more boxes of local items.   We will be rounding out the selection with organic fruits and veggies which are in season.  We anticipate unveiling this by the end of next week. We can't wait to show you.  We appreciate your patience.  

Arriving tomorrow Carl Stewart is bringing in organic broccoli!!  Next week we will have his turnips in time for the weekend.  We also just received Billy Birds local cabbage and collards.  We have loads of Florida Citrus.  

Please come by and check it out.  


We are back Open!!!

Posted by Barbara Williams on 1/12/2019
We missed you guys.  Come by and see us this weekend!!  We are open for business after our annual cleaning/repair holiday.  During the winter, through mid February our retail will  be open Thursday thru Saturday from 9 am till 5 pm, Sundays we are open 11 am until 5 pm.  We are CLOSED Monday thru Wednesday until Valentines weekend. .   We will return to our 7 day a week schedule after Valentines Day.

We are excited to be back open.  We have some delicious products to tell you about.  Just in Florida honeybell tangerines.  We also have Florida grapefruit, navel oranges, satsumas and  local kumquats
Also new Flora Bama Bell  Jams;

                      Toe Jam ( Tangerine, Orange and Elderberry) 
                      Monkey Butter ( Banana, Pineapple, Coconut)
                      Gator Jam ( Ginger, Red Apple, Tangerine, Orange, Raspberry) 

We are sampling these items all weekend at the farm.  
We also received first delivery of Ricky Durden's organically grown kale.  Finally,  we have had to wait such a long time.   The excessive rain and the lack of sun held it back.  We are happy to say it is here!  We also have been getting in local collards, parsley, and radishes locally.  Turnips are coming next week.  

It's National Sticker Day Sunday, January 13, 2019. Come by the market and get a free sticker showing your support for Flora Bama Farms. Go out, place it, shoot a pic then tag us. You will earn a free insulated bag for life!! Offer good for this weekend only. See you at the Market.

Have a great weekend.

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.  


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.