I want to thank Hannah Mackenzie for featuring us in a segment on Channel 3 News regarding all the rain we have experienced in our area and how it has affected the availability of several local crops. Farmers and all who work around the produce industry learn to deal with weather setbacks. It is just part of it. We always look for the silver lining because good things can come from challenging situations. Good communications always goes a long way in helping folks understand what to expect and what to look for in our market. Thank you, Hannah, for the opportunity.
I mentioned in a previous blog that several local farmers started planting their fall crops earlier than usual since their summer crops wound up early. We are expecting to see fall crop items sooner than later. In the meantime, we manage to keep your favorite items available by going to different growing areas that are a litter farther away. We still can provide ultra-fresh produce because we pick up direct from the farms in most cases. Through our newsletters and blogs, we keep you abreast of where the items are coming from and the quality.
Also keep in mind crops migrate. In the summer when things are hot here we tend to go north to acquire some items that are out of season in our area. Our customers still want to be able to get these items. They appreciate the freshness and the flavor of being able to get it fresh picked. We also carry items which are “must have” that are not from these parts. Items such as bananas, coconuts and table grapes do not grow at all in our region but folks like the convenience and the quality of what we provide.
This week we started getting Fidler Farms Jumbo Green Peanuts. You can get them by the pound and we also have them available in an 8LB bag. Fidler Farms is in Summerdale, Alabama.
Also, just coming in Muscadine and Scuppernong Grapes out of Baker, Florida. D.R. Youngblood’s Farm. He has been providing us with these beautiful grapes for last four years. We believe his are some of the best you can find. I am going in the moring to pick up a fresh load. I hope to get some pictures and we will post information about his farm under “The Farmily” our family of farmers and producers on our website.
Grant King from Hickory Hill Farms is bringing us Mississippi sweet potatoes both orange flesh and white. We just got a new delivery yesterday. They are starting to dig new crop sweet potatoes but they need some time to cure before they can distribute them. We are receiving last season’s sweet potatoes (harvested between this time last year and frost). Sweet potatoes are a stored crop and Mississippi Sweet Potatoes are known for their sweetness. We have some customers that prefer them over any other. We will also be getting some Alabama sweet potatoes in when they become available.
Ray Flowers is steady bringing us in new deliveries of okra at least twice a week. Ray’s farm is in Robertsdale, Alabama.
Sand Mountain Tomatoes have been tight lately but we are still receiving Sand Mountain Tomatoes though Steele Farms.
Micro Greens are coming through Lee Johnson out of Lillian, Florida. Lee delivers us twice a week and you can also find Lee often at the Palafox Farmers Market on the weekend. She grows a variety of Micro Greens and she supplies us with nice aloe plants. We always try to have available a spicy mix with wasabi, turnips and arugula . Also available is a sweet mix with kale, broccoli and cabbage.
We will be getting some Alabama Peaches back into stock on Sunday or Monday of this coming week. Claude, who has been supplying us with peaches for years, has some Autumn Prince (that’s the variety of the peaches) coming our way. These Peaches are from Blount County which is 100 miles from Chilton County. They could get the number of chill hours needed to produce this past year. We are one of the very few places you will be able to get Alabama Peaches now. Nothing compares. They are sooo good.
For this weekend, we have Jersey Peaches which have a different flavor profile of course than the Alabama. They are good peaches and they have their own unique sweetness. They are a bit less in price, a great value.
West Coast Mushroom Farm, out of Quincy, Florida, supplies us with most of our mushrooms. We are featuring the medium portabellas, medium white button mushrooms on our site the week. We also carry crimini, shitake, and oyster mushrooms.
Eggplant, mini sweet peppers and hydroponic lettuces are available to us through Local Appetite out of Summerdale, Alabama.
We do still have nice seedless watermelons in stock out of Georgia. The seeded watermelons did not make it this week. We just could not get the quality we needed to put on our lineup.
You can check out many of these items under our “Shop Local” heading on the website. Each week we take a photo of what we have coming in locally and we post a picture. Of course, we have more items coming in daily and new items show up after we have posted the latest picture. By each Friday we have an updated line up of what is available. We always carry a full line of fresh fruits and vegetables.
I hope to see you at “ The Farm “ this weekend.