Posted by Barbara Williams on 12/1/2017
Tis the season for giving. I particularly enjoy putting together gift baskets for the special people in my life. Gift baskets are so easy to customize for people. People receiving them love them because they can tell you put some thought into the gift. There is something about recieving a selection of goodies meant just for you. At Flora Bama Farms, we have nice offerings of local and Amish cheeses. We have a bounty of Florida Citrus, seasonal fruits, Sandy’s Sweet Breads, local honeys, fresh shelled pecans, jams, jelly’s, preserves, a really fun selection of cane sugar sodas, salsas, pickles and more. On our website, this week, we are featuring fruit baskets which you can purchase and add something extra for the special people in your life. We finish them off by tying a clear wrap around the basket with a festive bow. You can order them online at florabamafarms.com
and we can have the basket ready for you to pick up or we can deliver locally. Just click the holiday basket header to see the selection. For people who would like to be more involved in putting your baskets together come see us at the market and we will assist you in building the basket.
This week, we just received some beautiful poinsettias from William Wendts nursery in Chumukla, Florida. William grows florist quality poinsettias. With just a little care they will hold their blooms though the holidays. Their brilliant red color really makes a room brighter and looking like Christmas.
We have a nice supply of butter beans courtesy of Steve’s Farm. They are the last of the local beans and peas coming for the winter season.
We have fresh pecans courtesy of Price Pecan Farms. They are available shelled and whole. Local pecans are in short supply, but we do hope to have them through the holidays. We have been getting fresh shelled pecans in once week, such a treat. Price’s fresh pecans can be found under “ Just Nuts” on our site.
Sandy’s Sweet Breads are a popular item this time of year. Persimmon nut, pineapple nut, zucchini chocolate nut , banana nut and more. You can find Sandy’ Sweet Breads under something extra “small batch items” on our site.
Ricky Durden’s Organic Red and Green Kale is selling like wildfire. I really enjoy watching people's face when they taste his kale for the first time. I have yet had one person, who enjoys greens, not be pleasantly surprised. Many people like to cook some kale with their collards and turnips. Or some, like me, add it to their green smoothie or salad. It’s all good. We are featuring Durden's Organic Kale on this weeks local vegetable selection.
The vine ripe tomatoes we have been bringing in from Ruskin smell so good when you walk up to our tomato table. You know they have flavor when they smell, well, like a tomato. We have red, green and low acid yellow tomatoes available. We also have Whistle Stop Green Tomato Batter mix available, Whistle Stop has a delicate blend of spices which compliments the green tomatoes and lets the flavor of the tomato come through. Whistle stop products can also be found under “small batch items “ on the “Something Extra” heading.
Local honey’s, we got them! We have three beekeepers who support us at Flora Bama Farms. Morgan’s Honey, East Hill Honey and Golden Harvest all available in different sizes. Gallberry, Wildflower, Tupelo and more are available. You can find a list of our Honey’s under “Biscuit Dippers”. Look under the “Something Extra” heading.
I need to update everyone on our organic milk through "Working Cows Dairy" located this side of Dothan, Alabama. We have a bit of a gap on the whole and chocolate milk due to lack of rain. These are grass fed cows and lack of rain leads to the grass being dry and it reduces the milk production of the cows. I am placing an order today and it will be filled this coming Wednesday. I am sorry to report no local milk for the weekend but we will have it available for next weekend. I thank you for your patience and support.
Here are the other items we are promoting for this weeks local selection.
Plant City Strawberries
Crimini Mushrooms, Quincy, Florida
Shitake Mushrooms Quincy, Florida
Domestic White Mushrooms, Quincy Florida
Portabella Mushrooms, Quincy Florida
Pomelo, Plant City
Grapefruit, Vero Beach
Satsumas, Pensacola and Summerdale, Al
Tangerines, Vero Beach
Florida Navel Oranges, Vero Beach
Hamlin Orange, Ruskin
Broccoli, Bay Minette
Cabbage, Bay Minette
Turmeric, Bay Minette
Ginger, Bay Minette
Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce, Pensacola
Sweet Potato Red and White, Mississippi and Summerdale, Alabama
Alabama Grown Black Apples
Yard Eggs, Seminole, Florida
C&D Mills Grits and Corn Meal, Cantonment, Florida
Cane Sugar Syrup , Baker, Florida
Working Cows Dairy Gouda, Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese
Thank you for looking.