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Rain, Rain, and More Rain

Posted by Barbara on 6/23/2017 to Backfourty

The sun finally started to come out yesterday but the above average rain we have had the last couple weeks has affected local crops.  The farmers had difficulty getting to work in their fields this past week with the tropical storm.    I called several of our local farmers to see how they faired. 

Sunny Side Farms out of Walnut Hill—The blueberry crop was done early on when the rain first started.  We are getting blueberries primarily out of Michigan, because there are no southern region blueberries to be found.   

 

Sawyer Farms out of Slocomb,--  Cantaloupes, squash and zucchini are done but she does still have tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.   Peas and butter beans, we are hoping the fields will be able to dry out a bit. We are hopeful they can salvaged most of what is left in the field.    They did pick some peas this past week between the rains.  It does not sound like they received as much rain as we did here in Pensacola. 

 

Wade Ellenberg, Dothan-  He brought us some nice watermelons this past week.  Wade is reporting losing some melons. Melons absorb the water and burst in the field when they get too much rain.   If the sun will come out and dry out the fields he should be ok.  I am also hoping Wade is going to be able to have some cantaloupes available for us. We will know something in the next few days. 

 

Tim White of Fairhope, Alabama—Tim has been supplying us with some nice red and gold potatoes. Tim harvested all his crop before the heavy rains.  He is currently grading them out and shipping.  Potatoes fortunately can be stored and if handled correctly can hold easily for a month.     

 

Steve’s Farm, Walnut Hill—Steve sounded positive when I spoke to him yesterday.  We are expecting to get some butter beans and peas this coming week through his family farm. We are currently getting our bicolor and yellow corn through Steve’s.

Ed Frank, Lillian—He has been bringing us Silver Queen Corn and we just received a new delivery this morning. He has some squash available.

Local Appetite, Robertsdale—They helped supply us this week with assorted lettuces, heirloom tomatoes and multicolored finger peppers.   Much of their crops are grown in greenhouses.  They did not get affected as much.  Heirloom tomatoes I am told are done after this week.   We are going to be getting Red Cherokees out of Sand Mountain in July.    We just got a delivery yesterday of heirloom tomatoes from Local Appetite to get us through the first part of the new week.

Craine Farms out of Loxley, Al—They supply us with beautiful hydroponic lettuces.  The crop has been growing slower with the humidity and heat rising.   We are still able to get a consistent supply from them each week. 

 

Ray Flowers out of Robertsdale, Ala—Ray is bringing us plenty of okra.  It is beautiful.  We hope to have okra coming into the fall.  Okra loves hot weather and evidently did not get distressed by all the rain.  Only problem Ray reports is having trouble getting out in the field due to all the rain. 

 

Chilton County Peaches are coming in steady.  I keep hearing the crop is not going to be around much longer.  We do have some nice peaches available.  They are steadily getting larger as each delivery comes and we expect many of these to be freestone. 

That is the highlights for the farmers we have been working with.  I hope you have a good week and don’t forget to come see us at Flora Bama Farms.

 

Another Busy Week

Posted by Barbara Williams on 6/16/2017 to Backfourty
Hi all, this is what we have in locally  this week

 Just in our first delivery of local okra from Ray Flowers Farms in Summerdale, AL.

 Saturday morning our first load of local watermelons from Wade  Ellenburg Farms out of Slocomb,  Alabama arrived.  ​ These melons are the sweetest so far.  They are huge.   

Also we will have plenty of Silver Queen Corn in stock .  Our silver queen is coming out of Lillian, Alabama from Jack's Farm.  We are also anticipating getting in more corn from Steve's Farm on Tuesday. 

We have creamer peas, Speckled and Green Butter Beans,  Pink Eye Peas all shelled and ready to cook.  These peas are also coming out of Slocomb, Alabama from Janice Sawyer's Farm. 

Heirloom tomatoes have been selling exceptionally fast, from Local Appetite.  Unfortunately they will not be available it sounds like after this coming week.   But we are able to get this product for now.  We will soon be getting Brandy Wines out of Sand Mountain in July.  At this time our  Vine Ripe Tomatoes are coming out of Slocomb, A;.  New delivery due in the morning, we will also be bringing in green tomatoes.    Bell pepper, squash zucchini, eggplant, pickling cucumbers also coming in bright and early tomorrow through Sawyer Farms. 

Tim White out of Fairhope is bringing us some red and gold potatoes tomorrow. 

 Craine Farms we have been brining in hydroponic bibb, 24 ct assort case as well as some sorrel. 

 Looking to get in some local green plums in on Monday.  These will not be around for long.  Along with the plums will be a new load of Chilton County Peaches.  Freestones should be starting to come in next week. 

Hope you all had a good weekend.  Here's to another busy week.

Thank you,

Barbara 

Happy Father's Day

Posted by Barbara Williams on 6/9/2017 to Backfourty
Happy Fathers Day weekend to all Dads.  You are pretty important guys!   To help celebrate your special day we received  some special items we think you will love. 

Due in early tomorrow, Saturday morning our first load of local watermelons from Wade  Kings Farm out of Slocomb,  Alabama.  ​Wade tells me these are going to be large melons both seeded and seedless.  For folks who are coming in to get a good watermelon for dad please ask for the Father's Day Special Deal $5.00 a melon your pick.  If you would like us to slice the melon in half for you we will be happy to cut and wrap it up. 

Also we will have plenty of Silver Queen Corn in stock 5/$2.00.  Our silver queen is coming out of Lillian, Alabama from Jack's Farm.  We are also anticipating getting in more corn from Steve's Farm on Saturday. 

We have creamer peas, Speckled and Green Butter Beans,  Pink Eye Peas all shelled and ready to cook.  These peas are also coming out of Slocomb, Alabama from Janice Sawyer's Farm. 

Heirloom tomatoes have been selling exceptionally fast, from Local Appetite.  Unfortunately they will not be available it sounds like after this coming week.   But we are able to get this product for now.  We will soon be getting Brandy Wines out of Sand Mountain in July.  We are also starting to get Vine Ripe Tomatoes from Sawyer Farms.  New delivery due in the morning, we will also be bringing in green tomatoes for some fried green tomato dishes.     We carry Whistle Stop Fried Green Tomato Batter to make it easy. 

Bell pepper, squash zucchini, eggplant, pickling cucumbers also coming in bright and early tomorrow through Sawyer Farms. 

Tim White out of Fairhope is bringing us some red and gold potatoes tomorrow. 

Local Update

Posted by Barbara on 6/2/2017 to Backfourty
Good Evening,

Here is what we have coming in through next week:

Barrie Rolins-- Blueberries from Walnut Hill.  Large and sweet, we just got our second delivery yesterday.

Tim White brought us his first delivery of the season of red" B" size potatoes and a few gold potatoes out of Fairhope, Ala.  

Ed Frank is bringing us second delivery of silver queen tomorrow, Saturday. 

We will be starting to get Steve's Farm Peas and Corn in about 10 more days.  He provides yellow corn, bicolor as well as  white.
 
Fresh eggs from Meme's Farm due this coming Tuesday. 

Watermelons are coming from Barstow, Florida.  Seeded and seedless.

Sawyer Farms today brought us green tomato, yellow squash, green beans and zucchini.  We are also getting bell peppers and Athena Cantaloupes through Sawyer Farms.

Chilton County Peaches taste amazing.  Medium size and getting a bit larger each week. 

Come and try our new Amish butters,  Strawberry Rhubarb Butter, Cherry, and Peach Butter.  We also have the Apple Butter, and Pumpkin Butter.

Cucumbers are starting to come in from Robertsdale Kerpenski Farms. 

Florida Tomato pricing is starting to level out and we are looking to see some decreases next week. I have noticed the sizing running smaller than usual but we have some nice sized flavorful Vine Ripe Tomatoes.

Lee Johnson is brining us steady supply of spicy and sweet mix micro greens.

Craine Farms, are very reliable supplier of local lettuces and herbs.  We are getting in new delivery on Monday of bibb and assorted case lettuce. 

Local Appetite-- More kale and heirloom tomatoes due this coming Tuesday. 


Thanks for looking.  Hope you have a wonderful week. Come and see us at Flora Bama Farms.


Barbara