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.