Shopping Bag

Happy New Year 2018!!

Posted by Barbara on 12/29/2017 to Backfourty
Happy New Year!!  Thank you for a great 2017.  We are excited about 2018.  Stay tuned for special farmer and chef events.  We are working on pairing-up farmers and the items they grow with chefs to demonstrate how they like to use and prepare dishes using our farm fresh produce.   This should be a fun way to  promote our local farmers, their crops, as well as  some of our talented local chefs and their restaurants. 

For the New Year, we are offering Fresh Access Bucks.   We introduced this on prevous week's blog.  We will be kicking it off on Friday, January 19, 2018

We also want to let you know that we do our yearly maintenance and deep cleaning will be on the first week of the New Year.   This year is no different.  We will be closed on our retail from Monday, January 1, 2018 through Wenesday, January 4, 2018.  We plan to open Thursday January 4, 2018, weather permitting.     Please come see us this weekend and then plan on returning soon. 

Just in:  We received some beautiful local cauliflower and  cabbage from Bengston Farms.  Nice size! Grown in Robertsdale, Alabama.  

Also in this week, Bibb lettuce through Local Appetite out of Summerdale, Alabama.

We are going to see an easing in the tomato prices.  New crop tomatoes out of  Immokalee, Florida have started producing and this is improving the supply.  The sizing continues to run smaller,  but the quality is superior.  

We have a limited supply of black eye peas, creamer peas, crowder  peas and butter beans in our freezer available for your New Years Meal.  Also available are local turnips, collards, and mustards.  Don't forget our C&D Mill  Corn Meal and Grits to go along with it!  Start the New Year off right and get you some.
 
Here's to a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Peace, Love and Collard Greens

Everyday is A Good Day

Posted by Barbara Williams on 12/22/2017 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.  

In honor of Christmas we will be closed this Monday, December 25, 2017 and resuming regular scheduled hours on Tuesday December 26th.  We hope you come see us this weekend.   Let us know that “ Everyday is a Good Day’ this weekend ( December 23-24, 2017) and we will respond with a 10% discount off your purchase.  Please tell one of our wonderful employees  at the time of check out.  

We have much the same items available this week as last week.  

Kumquats, Summerdale
Plant City Strawberries
Ruskin Tomatoes ( Green, Red, Yellow)
Cremini Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Shitake Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Domestic White Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Portobello Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Pomelo, Florida
Grapefruit, Florida
Tangerines, Florida
Florida Navel Oranges
Hamlin Orange
Broccoli Bay Minette, AL
Cabbage,  Bay Minette AL
Carrots w/ tops Bay Minette, Al
Turmeric Bay Minette, Al
Ginger Bay Minette, Al
Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce Pensacola, FL
Sweet Potato Red and White Mississippi/ Alabama
Alabama Grown Black Apples 
Yard Eggs Seminole, AL
C&D Mills Grits and Corn Meal Cantonment
Pecans, Lillian, AL
Working Cows Dairy Milk, Dothan AL
Red and Green Kale, Summerdale, AL
Mustard Greens, Bay Minette, AL
Turnip Greens Bay Minette, AL
Collards, Bay Minette Al

Thank you for looking!!

Merry Christmas.

This Week

Posted by Barbara Williams on 12/16/2017 to Backfourty
Several people tried  the crown cabbage and loved it.  We knew you would.   Ricky Durden, who is growing the crown cabbage is going to be planting it for the spring.  Please look forward to us having this item steadily when the spring crop arrives in March.  Drops in the temperature has slowed down availability of crown cabbage, and other greens.  We do still have these items but sometimes there is a delay in getting delivery. Everything is growing much slower.

 In stock this week,  Working Cows Dairy Organic Milk.  The cold slows down production for milk also  but we do have it available. It just arrived.

 We have the following available this week. 

Kumquats, Summerdale
Plant City Strawberries
Ruskin Tomatoes ( Green, Red, Yellow)
Crimini Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Shitake Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Domestic White Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Portobello Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Pomelo, Florida
Grapefruit, Florida
Tangerines, Florida
Florida Navel Oranges
Hamlin Orange
Broccoli Bay Minette, AL
Cabbage,  Bay Minette AL
Carrots w/ tops Bay Minette, Al
Turmeric Bay Minette, Al
Ginger Bay Minette, Al
Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce Pensacola, FL
Sweet Potato Red and White Mississippi/ Alabama
Alabama Grown Black Apples 
Yard Eggs Seminole, AL
C&D Mills Grits and Corn Meal Cantonment
Pecans, Lillian, AL
Working Cows Dairy Milk, Dothan AL
Red and Green Kale, Summerdale, AL
Mustard Greens, Bay Minette, AL
Turnip Greens Bay Minette, AL
Collards, Bay Minette Al

 In January we will begin participating in the Fresh Access Bucks Program.  Through a government grant the Florida Organic Growers (FOG) is helping us make local fresh produce more affordable to low income families.   This grant will help increase consumption of local fruits and vegetables.  It enhances local markets like ours and our local farmers.   Stay tuned for more details

Christmas is right around the corner.  Keep in mind our beautiful fruit baskets.  We have local cheese,  nuts, Sandy's Sweet Bread, Christmas Jam, craft sodas,  Pickles and more.    Come check it out.

Barbara 

New Item

Posted by Barbara J. Williams on 12/8/2017 to Backfourty
​We are very excited about a new arrival. ​
  It’s called crown cabbage
​.  It is ​
 grown locally using organic practices 
​by​
 Ricki Durden 
​from​
 Summerdale, Alabama.  Ricki grew up eating this cabbage.  He told me  how his dad would cut the crown cabbage in half
​,​
 stuff it with 
​seasoned​
 ground beef and onions
​.​
 He would finish it up by wrapping it in foil and cook in the oven. 

 
​That 
sounded so good I 
​had to try it.   I got home and found I had beef franks, onions, carrots and Yukon Gold Potatoes to work with.  ​I cut up all the vegetables except the crown cabbage and put them in the pot along with the franks  and covered with water. 
  
​After about 15 minutes ​
I added the crown cabbage which I had already rough chopped up.  When it was done, about 
​5 ​
minutes later, I plated it up.   Added some salt and pepper.  The cabbage has milder flavor than regular green cabbage
​.  My husband and I  thought ​
 it was very good.   I
​t's a very versatile.  
 I highly recommend trying it is easy to work with.  

We also are featuring kumquats
​. ​
   Ray
​ Flowers, from Summerdale, Al, has been providing us with kumquats for years.  He​
 is also bringing us some of our 
​s
atsumas and oranges.  I love how he leaves some of the leaves on the fruits.  They really set off any fruit basket of which we are making plenty.  

I was surprised to get a call from Steve  of Steve's Farm in Walnut Hill yesterday.  He brought us a small delivery of local bicolor corn.  It is very unusual to get  local corn this time of year and it is pretty.   We are lucky to be able to offer local bicolor corn for this  weekend only  at our market.   We are not featuring it on the web-site because we only received 5 cases.  

​This freezing weather is likely going to knock back some of our local crops.   I have my fingers crossed for the greens.   We are hoping everything will survive the cold snap.   

It has been so cold Working Cows Dairy is needing to hold off on our milk deliveries.  The cows are not producing enough to share with us this week.   We will try this coming week to get it back into stock 

Besides the items above we have available local the following :


Plant City Strawberries
Ruskin Tomatoes ( Green, Red, Yellow)
Crimini Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Shitake Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Domestic White Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Portabello Mushrooms, Quincy, FL
Pomello, Florida
Grapefruit, Florida
Tangerines, Florida
Florida Navel Oranges
Hamlin Orange
Broccoli Bay Minett, AL
Cabbage,  Bay Minette AL
Carrots w/ tops Bay Minette, Al
Turmeric Bay Minette, Al
Ginger Bay Minette, Al
Hydroponic Bibb Lettuce Pensacola, FL
Sweet Potato Red and White Mississippi/ Alabama
Alabama Grown Black Apples 
Yard Eggs Seminole, AL
C&D Mills Grits and Corn Meal Cantonment
Pecans, Lillian, AL
Working Cows Dairy Milk, Dothan AL
Red and Green Kale, Summerdale, AL
Mustard Greens, Bayminette, AL
Turnip Greens Bayminette, AL
Collards, Bayminette Al

We appreciate you check checking.  Stay warm.  

Barbara


Holiday Fruit Baskets People Love

Posted by Barbara Williams on 12/1/2017 to Backfourty
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
Molasses, Alabama 
Working Cows Dairy Gouda, Cheddar and Pepper Jack Cheese

Thank you for looking.

Barbara