Shopping Bag

Cooler Weather Affects Local Crops as Predicted

Posted by Barbara Williams on 10/27/2017 to Backfourty
Cooler weather is on schedule.  Sand Mountain Tomatoes as predicted are finishing up.  We are getting one more delivery of  Sand Mountain Tomatoes to carry us through next week.   We will be starting to get Ruskin Palmetto tomatoes the following week. 

This cooler weather is holding back the local corn. I am hoping to get some White Devotion Corn early this coming week.  I will send a message to everyone on Monday to let you know the status.  There is a gap in the production of the bicolor corn, as well, due to this weeks cooler weather. 

Local okra is also going to be winding up soon.  We got a fresh delivery in today from Ray Flowers. 

We are getting our first delivery of Florida Navel Oranges tomorrow.   I can't wait to taste them.  They should be here tomorrow evening and available this Sunday.     We are also getting a second delivery of Florida Hamlin Oranges.   These have been nice and sweet but the first delivery was on the green side.  This one should be riper. 

For Halloween we still have pumpkins, sugar cane, some gourds and indian corn are still available.   We continue to have a good selection of Dead World Sodas and Avery's Sodas on hand.   For those not familiar, these are all natural cane sugar sodas created by  small bottlers who have very creative, festive labels and the sodas taste great.   We have over 20 flavors to choose from;  vanilla, root beer to morbid green apple.  Great for any Halloween bash.  This weekend buy 2-4 packs and get $2.00 off. 

We are expecting a new delivery of "Working Cows Dairy" cheeses and Milks on Monday.   We appreciate all the support this new product is getting.  They are the only Grass Fed Organic Dairy in the Panhandle. 

Had a gentleman come by this week with amazing Redneck Pickles made from old family recipes.   Sweet Fire, Bread and Butter, and Spicy Garlic.  They are pickle chips that have a nice crunch and would go great with any sandwich or dish.  We are sampling them in the store this week. Come by and check them out. 

The product line up remains the same this week for local product. 

Local Collards and Turnips: Carl Stewart's Farm, Bay Minette ,AL
Butter Lettuce, Mini Sweet Peppers, Eggplant, Kuri Squash, Buttercup Squash, Butternut squash  : Local Appetite, Summerdale, AL,
Green Peanuts, Persimmons Fidler Farms,  Summerdale, AL
Portabella Mushrooms and Crimini Mushrooms, West Coast Mushroom, Quincy, FL
Sweet Potatoes, (orange and white meat) Grant King's Farm, Vardaman, Mississippi
Okra, Ray Flowers Farm, Summerdale, AL
Tomatoes, Rounds, Roma, Grape, Cherry, Yellow , Steele Farms, Sand Mountain, AL
Peas Pink Eye-- Ed Franks Farm, Lillian, FL
Crowder Peas, Creamer Peas, Zipper Peas, Steve's Farm, Walnut Hill, FL
Bicolor Corn  ( available this Monday) Steve's Farm
Micro Greens, Lee Johnson, Lillian, Florida
Ellenburg Farms Eggplant, Green Peppers, Slocumb, AL
Florida Oranges, Country Side Groves,  Vero Beach, FL
Red and Gold Potatoes, Farm House, Birmingham, AL
Pumpkins, white and orange Graves Farms, Birmingham, AL


Have a great weekend!

Barbara

The First Week of the Pensacola Fair

Posted by Barbara Williams on 10/20/2017 to Backfourty
The Pensacola Fair is in town.  Did you know when you go to the fair that you are just a hop, skip, and a jump from Flora Bama Farms?   If you are in the neighborhood, why not come on by?  Check us out and say hello.  Sandy, Barrie or I will be there somewhere.   We really enjoy meeting people who are interested in what we offer.  If we are not handy Duch, Shannon, Lisa, Christine or Tasha are there taking care of the market.  They like opportunity to answer customer questions and are very helpful. 

We just received feed hay yesterday from Monte Crabtree in Molino, Florida.  We carry two types of hay.  One is golden straw, which is light in color and is used for decoration or to make a warm bed for your farm animal.  The other is Bahia Hay which many be used for decoration and  when you are finished with it, it can be donated  to the equestrian center or to a place that cares for horses, goats and cows.  I have a rather funny story.  I had customer buy 20 bales of Bahia from us last year to use at his place for a barrier for his target practice.  I learned later it disappeared over the weekend, the deer absolutely loved it!   They wiped out all 20 bales.  So, here's a good lesson, don't use good feed hay if you  live near wildlife and you don't want any uninvited guests.   By the way, we keep our hay dry.  We pull it inside the building to protect it from any wet weather.  Come by and check it out.  


Also, this weekend, we will be bringing in a new delivery of sugar cane.  Another item some people find of dual use.   Most people use it for decoration but some like to share their childhood experience and enjoy chewing sugar cane.  They bring in their children and show them how  to cut it and we watch their curios faces as they give it a try for the first time.    Some people share stories of how they pressed the cane, filtered it and cooked it to make the liquid cane syrup you see in stores like ours.  Sugar cane is fun experience many families share with their kids.

We also received a new delivery of pumpkins this week.  We have plenty of pumpkins to choose from. All sizes!  White pumpkins are available as well.  I am sorry to report the corn stalks are sold out.  The sugar cane is a good substitute to many.  It is only $2.95 stalk. 

Carl Stewart, from Bay Minette, Alabama,  brought us local turnip greens, collard greens and gold and red beets with tops.  We have them featured in this weeks local  selection on our website.  He will soon have some red and green mustard greens available.

Steve's Farm should be bringing us a load of bicolor and white corn this Monday.  It has had a slow start.  He has been picking some but has not had much to share.  We are shooting to get our first real delivery on Monday.  

I want to let you know that we are expecting  the first frost next Friday in the Sand Mountain growing area near Birmingham, Alabama.   That will signal the end of the growing season for Sand Mountain Tomatoes.    We are anticipating having Sand Mountain Tomatoes for a couple of more weeks.  We do intend to buy extra because we know how much people enjoy them. The quality is excellent right now.  They are full of flavor.  We hope you will take advantage of the window you still have to enjoy these quality vine ripe tomatoes. 

Ruskin Palmetto Tomatoes are going to be starting up next week.  They are a bit late, but that is understandable,  because of Hurricane Irma.  They did have to do some replanting of the crop.  We are still getting mountain tomatoes and we will let you know when we start getting into Ruskin Growing region. 

Here is the recap of what we have available locally for this coming week. 

Local Collards and Turnips: Carl Stewart's Farm, Bay Minette ,AL
Butter Lettuce, Mini Sweet Peppers, Eggplant, Kuri Squash, Buttercup Squash, Butternut squash  : Local Appetite, Summerdale, AL,
Green Peanuts, Persimmons Fidler Farms,  Summerdale, AL
Portabella Mushrooms and Crimini Mushrooms, West Coast Mushroom, Quincy, FL
Sweet Potatoes, (orange and white meat) Grant King's Farm, Vardaman, Mississippi
Okra, Ray Flowers Farm, Summerdale, AL
Tomatoes, Rounds, Roma, Grape, Cherry, Yellow , Steele Farms, Sand Mountain, AL
Peas Pink Eye-- Ed Franks Farm, Lillian, FL
Crowder Peas, Creamer Peas, Zipper Peas, Steve's Farm, Walnut Hill, FL
Bicolor Corn  ( available this Monday) Steve's Farm
Micro Greens, Lee Johnson, Lillian, Florida
Ellenburg Farms Eggplant, Green Peppers, Slocumb, AL
Florida Oranges, Country Side Groves,  Vero Beach, FL
Red and Gold Potatoes, Farm House, Birmingham, AL
Pumpkins, white and orange Graves Farms, Birmingham, AL


Peace, Love and Collard Greens
Barbara

Another Busy Week

Posted by Barbara Williams on 10/13/2017 to Backfourty
A busy October with the Seafood Festival, the Greek Festival, which is in progress, the Pensacola Fair,  as well as Halloween.  We are doing our best to keep up.  We sold out of corn stalks today.  We are looking to get more in from Kichler Farms in Elberta, Alabama.  We could have them as early as tomorrow, but it is not confirmed.  I will send out a message as soon as they arrive. 

We do have confirmed local sugar cane from Charley Gibson's farm in Walnut Hill, Florida.  We are expecting it mid morning, this Saturday.  We get the sugar cane in with the leaves on the stalk.   People can have the option to eat it or display it.  It is beautiful and can be used in place of corn stalks. 

Also coming later this week from Walnut Hill,  bicolor and white devotion corn from Steve's Farm.  We are expecting to receive our first delivery this coming Wednesday.  The fall crop of corn is usually short, only two to three weeks.  It is so good and sweet when it is first picked.  All local corn is sold  by the ear or by the  bushel (approximately 60 ears). 

I got a good question regarding the shelf life of the local milk from " Working Cows Dairy".   We just received this product this past Wednesday, October the 11th and the expiration is October the 25th.   It has a very good shelf life but it must be handled properly.  We want to caution customers to take your local organic milk straight home when you leave our market.  If that is not convenient bring a cooler with ice or cold packs to keep the milk cold while you run errands.   It is very important to the shelf life of the product that you keep it between 35- 40 degrees.   We also carry coolers with icepacks at Flora Bama Farms if you should need one.

For this weeks selection we have all the same items available as last week:

Local Collards and Turnips: Carl Stewart's Farm, Bay Minette,AL
Butter Lettuce, Mini Sweet Peppers, Eggplant, kuri squash, buttercup squash, butternut squash  : Local Appetite, Summerdale, AL,
Green Peanuts, Persimons Fidler Farms,  Summerdale, AL
Portabella Mushrooms and Crimini Mushrooms, West Coast Mushroom, Quincy, FL
Sweet Potatoes, (orange and white meat) Grant King's Farm, Vardamen, Mississippi
Okra, Ray Flowers Farm, Summerdale, AL
Tomatoes, Rounds, Romas, Grape, Cherry, Yellow , Steele Farms, Sand Mountain, AL
Peas Pink Eye-- Ed Franks Farm, Lillian, FL
Crowder Peas, Creamer Peas, Zipper Peas, Steve's Farm, Walnut Hill, FL
Micro Greens, Lee Johnson, Lillian, Florida
Elenberg Farms Eggplant, Green Peppers, Slocumb, AL
Florida Oranges, Country Side Groves,  Vero Beach, FL
Pumpkins--Graves Farms, Birmingham, AL
Red and Gold Potatoes, Farm House, Birmingham, AL
Pumpkins, white and orange Graves Farms, Birmingham, AL


Hope to see you at the Farm.

Barbara







This weeks Seletion

Posted by Barbara on 10/7/2017 to Backfourty
Several of our customers have been asking for local greens.  We received our first delivery of collards and turnips with tops yesterday.  Carl Stewart grows using organic practices.  His farm is located in Bay Minette, Alabama. We also look forward to be getting chard, mustard greens soon through Carl. 

We are moving a lot of peanuts, green, raw, roasted or boiled,  they are all good.   We just picked up today another load of jumbo peanuts from Fidler Farms in Summerdale, Alabama.  

Grant King also delivered earlier this week a new delivery of sweet potatoes out of Vardaman,  Mississippi.  Grant and his cousin, David King team up together using certified  GAP  (Good Agricultural Practices) to grow red and white meat sweet potatoes.  They also offer organic sweet potatoes. 

There is  a delivery due on Wednesday of Cheese from : Working Cows Dairy.   Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Aged Goulda, and  Young Gouda will all be available.   We hope to get our first delivery of milk this coming week as well.  There is a chance the milk might not make it due to some logistical issues.  I will shoot an email out this coming Wednesday to confirm if it made it this week.   The odds are that it will make it to Flora Bama Farms but please call first or wait for the email to confirm the arrival.

We received our first delivery of Florida Valencia Oranges this past week.  The first ones are on the small side but they are sweet.  I was really pleased with the flavor and I think our customers will be too.   

We are offering some festive gift baskets for the fall.  We have several unique items that are fun and adventurous.    You can order ready made baskets  online or utilize some of our unique items to put together your own special baskets.   We have witches fingers ,other wise known as,moon drop grapes, blood oranges, rambutan, ( custardy grape like fruit), persimmons, pie pumpkins, and our popular Dead World Sodas.  The sodas sport mummy's and goons on the labels, perfect for celebrating Halloween. They are all natural made with cane sugar. We carry 12 flavors.  Goon Bitters ( Cherry Cola), Grisly Swill ( Grape), Slow Decay ( Vanilla Root Beer), Morbid Mix ( Green Apple),  and Brain Sap ( Cream Soda) to name a few. 

  We get our sodas from a very special guy who delivers to us twice a month out South Florida.   When we opened Flora Bama Farms we wanted RC Cola made using the original recipe.  Ed, connoisseur of sodas, came to our attention and he provides us with RC Cola and over 400 other labels.   The companies he represents are all small bottlers.  Some of the bottlers have brought back old favorites (vintage) using the original recipes.   Some are well known regional favorites.  All are made with cane sugar as opposed to processed sugar.  All are in glass bottles.  I love that the flavors are true and not artificial tasting.   We bring in one or two new flavors on every delivery.   They are a real treat. 

Steve's Farm is providing us with peas.  This weekend we mainly have crowder, zipper and  creamer peas.  We should get more pink eye peas in this coming week.  There is a bit of a growing gap. 

Don't forget our nice selection of Alabama grown pumpkins, white and orange color.   We have all sizes. Plus we are getting in winter squashes, buttercup, butternut, acorn, carnival and spaghetti.  

We are still getting plenty of okra,  Sand Mountain Tomatoes, Florida red and gold potatoes, local sweet peppers, portobella mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, bell peppers,  and eggplant.

Check out this weeks local selection on our website, florabamafarms.com

Have good week.

Barbara