It’s already November and before you know it Thanksgiving is going to be here. We are starting to get in some delicious new items to help you get ready for the occasion.
This week we received our first delivery of Broccoli for the season. Carl Stewart out of Bay Minette uses organic practices on all the items he grows. He uses no chemical pesticides or fertilizers on any of his greens. Along with broccoli we also are getting some of our collards, turnips, radishes, and beets though Carl. Soon his swiss chard will be available as well.
George Miller and his wife Rachel grow hydroponic lettuces here in Pensacola. You can often find them at the Palafox Market on Saturdays. We like to get their Hydroponic Bibb when it is available. The Miller Family was the first hydroponic grower we had the pleasure to work with when we first opened Flora Bama Farms. They tell me their Bibb Lettuce production is to the point where they can share some with us. We will be offering their Hydroponic Bibb lettuce this week.
We are now getting Florida Ruskin Palmetto Vine Ripe Tomatoes here at the market. Since this is a new crop the sizing is running on the small side. We won’t have many jumbo tomatoes for this coming week, but we will have some large enough to cover a sandwich. The flavor is excellent.
We are also starting to get in more Florida Citrus. Navel oranges, juice oranges, and tangerines are available now. Next week we will start bringing in Florida Grapefruit.
Arkansas Black Apples grown in Alabama should be available tomorrow at our market. I had a hard time getting these apples and this will likely be the only delivery I will be able to get. These apples are widely grown in Arkansas but also grown in Alabama and the variety does well in warmer climates. They are related to Winesap apples, and have a sweet-tart flavor. Their skin color gets extremely dark in storage. I missed getting them in time for Halloween but better late than never.
We also received a new delivery of Mississippi Sweet Potatoes this week through Grant King. Grant has started to bring us some #2 sweet potatoes which we sell in 20# bags for $8.00. We got our first delivery yesterday and they look good.
We will also be bringing in some Alabama Sweet Potatoes this coming week. We have customers who are fans of both. Stay tuned for the details next week regarding our first delivery of Alabama Sweet Potatoes.
Coming soon… kale from Mr. Ricki Durden out of Summerdale, Alabama. Ricki is also growing baby bok choy and Napa Cabbage this year. We are very excited. He also uses only organic practices.
FYI –green peanut season is over. But we do still have plenty of raw, roasted and our own Flora Bama Style boiled Peanuts. All our Jumbo Peanuts come from Fidler Farms. We are also going to have shelled peanuts available for all who like to make their own peanut brittle for the holidays.
We are out of big pumpkins. We do still have plenty of pie pumpkins available for your holiday projects. We also have plenty of winter squashes available. Butternut, sweet dumpling, spaghetti, acorn and buttercup. All Alabama grown from Graves Farm around Birmingham.
Let's make it a good weekend. The weather is going to be great. I hope you can make a little time to come and visit us at the Farm.