10137 Preston Rd
just off Mondon Hill Road between Hwy 41 and Hwy 50.
Produce Barn is open Sunday Monday Tuesday & Wednesday Farm Phone 352 799 6752 When we're busy in the field, our cells keep us available 352-232-3381 & 352-232-0294
For our Produce Stand locations, dates, and hours please click here.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hi, Veggie Lovers! Rolo and Joann visit the Farmers Market in Plant City twice a week to bring you the freshest, most locally harvested produce available! The weather has been crazy this summer - all along the Eastern Seaboard. Some items did well, and others didn't, but somehow, Joann and Rolo manage to find healthy food for all of us to enjoy.
As they unpacked the trailer today, we sampled fabulous juicing carrots, which are sweet as can be! These will be great cooked side dishes, or shredded into any cake mix for extra fibre and firmness (if you don't tell, who will know?). There were yellow and purple onions, scallions, jalapeno peppers - all great for creating special flavors in meals, dips, and soups.
Beautiful head cabbage and that dark, luscious green color, perfect for steaming, sauteing or stuffing! Have you tried stuffing cabbage leaves yet? Lightly steam, and roll the leaves with any sort of stuffing - traditional bread or cornbread stuffing, rice, meats, cheeses, and leave plain, or top with sauces like spaghetti sauce or alfredo! Whatever pleases your family.
Fragrant and firm Red and Green Bell Peppers and WONDERFUL Sweet Cubanellas! Our salad is fabulous tonight! There is some Florida sweet corn, eggplant, bakers & sweet potatoes.
On Saturday at the Hernando County Farmers Market on Hwy 19/Commercial Way, Joann and Rolo will have a New Crop of Florida Cucumbers and some of the first Florida JUMBO Tomatoes!
Not enough? Lovely, crisp Romaine Lettuce, Butternut Squash and Yellow and Zucchini squashes.
And in the meantime, lots of goodies growing at the Beasley Farm - just growing their little hearts out, so they may make their debut in your home in the next 60-90 days!
Green Bean U-Pick which is going on right now! Also available from our summer-harvest on the farm are fresh-frozen, pesticide-free, Zippers, Pink-Eyes and Black-Eyes Peas - at the Produce Barn, or please phone ahead to reserve your peas for one of our satellite locations.
Rolo will be at the usual Friday location in Spring Hill (see right column for address). Joann and Rolo present an extra large booth this Saturday at the Hernando County Farmers Market. On Monday, Joann will be at the Cloverleaf location in north Brooksville. As always, the Produce Barn is open every day until 6PM.
I hear dinner calling, so I'm off! In the meantime, enjoy life, and make meal preparations fun for the whole family with those yummy veggies!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sautéed Green Beans (some call it Stir-Fried)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Cauliflower and Birthdays - what do they have in common?
Drop on over to the Beasley Farm Produce Barn to wish Joann a Happy Birthday and see the nearly 4,000 Cauliflower plants she and Rolo will be planting today!
It's a hurry scurry day to make time for birthday celebrations AND to spend a little family time this evening whooping it up.
While you're there, pick up some of the great produce finds they made at the Plant City Farmers Market - and some of the first (or maybe second, now) pickings of the sweet, tender, pesticide-free green beans!
Happy Birthday, Joann!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Keeping the beans weeded is a full time job, but it means more nutrients are available for the bean plants, which is transferred into the beans themselves.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Hi! Thanks for stopping by. To our newest members, we extend a HEARTY WELCOME. We hope you will enjoy this blog. There is a tab at the top of this page "How to Use this Blog". It will briefly explain all the features so you can enjoy using it for finding recipes, specials, and nutritional information.
First the GOOD NEWS! The Hernando County Farmers Market has a new permanent location with lots of parking and more vendors than ever! Sixty plus and counting! How fun is that? MORE GOOD NEWS - The new location will be convenient for those who live in northeast Pasco county as well as Hernando County! (details below)
In addition to our Produce Barn, we now have three satellite locations, bringing our produce to two places in Brooksville, and two places in Spring Hill!
1. See Joann and Rolo in at the Hernando County Farmers Market every Saturday from 10AM - 3PM in Spring Hill at 2450 US 19 (Commercial Way) where the old K-Mart used to be.
2. On Fridays see Rolo at our Spring Hill location from 6A-6P. 13045 Spring Hill Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34609 (at the Chevron Station - corner of Spring Hill Drive & Linden Drive) Please phone ahead for special orders. Rolo will be happy to bring whatever you want!
3. On Mondays (8AM-1PM) we are at Cloverleaf Farm Mobile Home Park Just off Hwy 41, across from the Hernando County School Compound. Turn into Cloverleaf Farm's main entrance, on the right side by the golf driving range. We're delighted to bring fresh produce to Cloverleaf folks and others in the neighborhood!
Now, on to MORE good news! Our green beans are trickling in! No, it's not time for the Big U-Pick yet, but the beans are maturing. BUT... If you will be at the New Farmers Market on Saturday, Joann and Rolo will be offering their first-pick, pesticide-free, young-and-tender, delicious-and-nutritious green beans! How's that for a mouthful?
And if that's not good enough, they will have pesticide-free okra and zucchini fresh from the farm!
From the Plant City Farmers Market, Joann and Rolo visited two days in a row to bring you the freshest, best quality produce available at reasonable prices, and as close to Florida as possible.
How about a fruit salad with some fresh Walnuts or Pecans tossed in? Perfect for Breakfast or Lunch, Dessert or a snack!
Rolo and Joann trudged the market faithfully and found:
Red and Golden Delicious Apples
Lemons and Limes
Or maybe a salad, whether it be a traditional tossed salad or a cucumber and tomato salad?
Regular and Pickling cucumbers
Red and Green Bell Peppers
A great side to go with dinner tonight -
Eggplant (grilled, fried, baked or roasted)
Cabbage (raw, stir-fried, boiled or in a slaw?)
Carrots (braised, boiled, raw, or roasted)
Sweet Potato (a healthy alternative to traditional bakers)
Peppers (grilled, friend, baked, stir-fried or sauteed)
Also available are lots of other goodies! Let's not forget the hot peppers! Maybe some stuffed jalapeno pepper boats?
Want more good news? We love our customers, and appreciate all your efforts in supporting us. Please never hesitate making suggestions for how we might better serve you.
At the bottom of this post are the tiny words "comments". Let us know what recipes you would like us to add. We're slowly moving all our recipes into the blog. They may be found in the right column. Just scroll down to the section called LABELS, and click on a recipe!
Always Veggie Hugs,
Monday, October 17, 2011
They are such whiners - only a few days and they were planted, but like all babies, these need coddling. It takes a few weeks for them to adapt to their new home, and then begin growing.
We lovingly nurture each plant, using sustainable farming techniques.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
This came from the "My Recipes" website.
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Cooking spray
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Place first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes). Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Gradually add 1 cup flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gently press two-thirds of mixture (about 1 1/3 cups) into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; set remaining 2/3 cup flour mixture aside. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until just beginning to brown.
- 3. Combine 2/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add lime juice and eggs, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Pour mixture over crust. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Remove pan from oven (do not turn oven off); sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup flour mixture evenly over egg mixture. Bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
- 3 cups unsifted flour (all purpose)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (approx 3 lemons)
- Zest 3 lemons
- Saran Wrap
- 1 c confectioners sugar
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp water
- Combine flour, baking powder, zest of 3 lemons, sugar and soda into large bowl and mix.
- Melt butter. Squeeze lemons.
- Add butter & lemon juice to dry mixture, placing in mixer until thoroughly blended.
- Divide dough in half. Place each half on sheet of saran wrap, adding another sheet on top. Press gently so that the dough is sandwiched between saran wrap, and is slightly flat (about 8” round).
- Chill dough 1 hour (or longer if more convenient).
- On floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
- Cut cookies out using cookie cutters or biscuit cutter.
- Place on ungreased baking sheets and bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes.
- Mix sugar and lemon juice together.
- Gradually add water until obtaining desired thickness.
- Once cookies have cooled, top with glaze.
- Let set before eating.