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Happy Holidays!!

Posted by Barbara Williams on 11/23/2018

Happy Holidays!  We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  We celebrated a little early with our Farmily here at Flora Bama Farms this past Wednesday.   Chef Mathew Brown came by and we utilized the grill to make a nice spread of eats for our crew and friends.  

 This week is "Small Business Saturday."  We truly enjoy getting to know our customers.  We will have some nice warm apple cider waiting for you. Also we will  be sampling our fresh local pecans from Price Pecan Farms.

 A new shipment of Poinsettias will be here from Wente Farms out of Chamukla, Florida. William Wente and his family have been supplying us with Poinsettias for the past 6 years.  You will find that these are florist grade poinsettias, that are full and will look nice throughout the holiday with proper care.  They  like sun, so you can sit your plant in a window. They require water when the top is dry to the touch. Farm tip: don't  let your plant sit in water, poinsettias do not like too much water.   It could cause bloom drop.  Water the plant and allow the water to drain out through the bottom.   Poinsettias are easy to care for and they instantly brighten a room. 

I would like to give you some information regarding the romaine alert which we have all been hearing about on the news.   The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a broad advisory health notice regarding the possible contamination of all types of romaine lettuce.    The date ranges of the illnesses are from October 8th through October 31, 2018.  As of this morning the news is now stipulating the affected romaine lettuce was grown in California.  The California crops have finished harvesting.    All of our lettuce products which we supply, at this time, are being grown in the  Yuma, Arizona area.     Our lettuce products are safe and there has been no recall issued from the FDA or CDC.   The full advisory can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html.

We will be getting our last shipment of green peanuts from Fidler Farms today.  We know this is a favorite item which will be missed.  We do have raw peanuts available throughout the year.  Remember the raw peanuts are dehydrated (cured) and the green are the ones that just came out of the ground.  The raw are excellent they just take a lot longer to cook,  9-12 hours.  If you would like to cook up a batch of green peanuts come see us this weekend. 

We also have Greens coming in out of Elbert and Walnut Hill.    Satsumas and other Florida Citrus will be available this at the market this weekend.

Thank you for looking.

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

Daylight Savings Brings Cooler Temerperatures

Posted by Barbara Williams on 11/2/2018
It is Fall Back Weekend!  We all get an extra hour.  I am excited.  The weather is also going to take a dip in temperature this weekend.  We are starting to get in the early greens.  Mustard greens and  turnip greens are starting to arrive.   Collard Greens and Durden Kale will follow in the later part of November.   This Saturday we are expecting a delivery of greens along with local corn and eggplant from Steve's Farm.  This will likely be the last week of local corn.  Steve has been providing us with bicolor and sweet devotion ( white) corn.  He also has been bringing us peas and butter beans.  

We have a few white pumpkins, indian corn, hay and corn stalks avialable.   Sugar Cane as well.  I know some people like to wait for the cooler weather to make their fall displays.  It is  here.   

Yes, we do have JUMBO Green Peanuts avialable.  This is a popular question.  However, don't daudle if you want some.  Jumbo Green Peanuts will be  finished up by mid November, maybe sooner.    If you do not have time to cook up  your own batch of jumbo peanuts we recommend you come and try a cup or pound of our own Flora Bama Style Boiled Peanuts.  They're Great. 

Satsumas are not flowing in steady. Why is that ? Because the farmers are waiting for them to reach15 brix before they start picking.   The level of sugar content in fruit is measured in brix.   The  majic degree of brix for Satsumas is 15.   We look forward to having a good year for Satsumas as well as other Florida CItrus.   They are trickling in some and very soon it should pick up.   We are looking for a delivery this coming Tuesday.

Okra is also slowing down as the weather gets cooler.  We are still getting it in at this time.  

It should be a nice weekend to come  and visit. We hope to see you.

Barbara