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

E-mail us , we prefer phone calls rather than emails,beas9781@bellsouth.net

For our Produce Stand locations, dates, and hours please click here.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tasty and Healthy - April 5, 2012

Psst! Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Hello! and welcome to this week's newsletter! 

Spring on the farm is showing itself full of promise, just as it is everywhere. Migrating birds share their melodious magic, and vibrant colors appear everywhere as bulbs emerge, bees get humming, seeds germinate and flowers blossom!

Whether it's with or without paprika, Deviled Eggs are always a hit at get togethers. Click here for a tip in making traditional deviled eggs Eastery!

Swiss Chard in Compost Pile

It's always fun finding surprises in the compost heap. A few weeks ago, Swiss Chard prolifically grew all over this 8' wide pile. Just after these photos were taken, some night creatures treated themselves to "delectables" found inside the compost heap. They visit regularly, so we seldom get to harvest the volunteers growing in the compost pile.

Have you planted an herb garden? Lots of lush bunches cut fresh from the garden will bring those wonderful aromas to your kitchen  throughout the summer and autumn months. Joann and Rolo pick up a nice assortment of potted herbs each week from the Farmers Market.

Basil and Caladiums
Herbs are fantastic container growers. They are fast growers and quickly fill whatever size pot they may sprawl in. Herbs give off rich aromas, and complement one another with their textures and colors. Even more, herbs can help out in the garden, as well. Just click here to learn more about how helpful herbs are, and how to grow them in Florida heat.

Pesticide-free Spinach is trickling in (at this time, you might want to phone to reserve it). We also have a very small field of Flat Leaf Kale. Reservations are suggested for this pesticide-free crop as well. Usually we plant only the curly leaf. We have found that the Flat Leaf wilts a little more quickly. When you get it home, please plop it in cold water. It will come back as vigorously as our other greens, ready for cooking or back in the refrigerator.

We're still busy harvesting cruciferous vegetables! To read all about Cruciferous Veggies and see our farm photos, just click here.

Please phone ahead if you are interested in canning tomatoes. We will purchase your produce when the prices are best.

Please phone if you would like us to bring greens to the satellite locations. It's our way of ensuring the freshest, best quality produce available.

Time's Moneyland Magazine suggests freezing meals in advance - for convenience, nutritional value, and to save money. "Food-Skills-for-Self-Sufficiency.com" has some great tips. Click Here to get started.

Let's talk about roasting (or oven baking) vegetables. This is one of our favorite ways of preparing veggies. Jack enjoys roasting to obtain rich flavors, and then integrating into our meals. When it comes to oven-baking veggies, Experimenting is what it is all about. Find the right "doneness" for your taste. Utilize a number of spices and herbs - or do it plain. Try slicing the veggies in a number of ways - cubing, diced, sliced, slivers. Olive Oil enhances the flavors, but sometimes I like the vegetables without anything else added. We've been experimenting the past few weeks, adding photos and ideas to get you started. Just click here for more information.

Thanks for always brightening our days by visiting one of our locations every week. It's so good seeing familiar faces, sharing recipes, and hearing about your lives. Please feel free to phone the farm for special requests or special orders. We'll do everything we can to accommodate you. If you need something from the Farmers Market in Plant City, it is best to phone by Wednesday afternoon.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regularly makes "surprise" visits to our farm to test our soil and plants. Tests always reveal no trace pesticides. For more information about our farming techniques, and the testing we undergo, please click here.

Gran'ma Angie thanks you for the bags! She hopes you will keep on bringing 'em. Thanks for "recycling" your plastic bags with us! It helps us keep prices down.

From the Farmers Market:

Florida tomatoes
Beautiful HUGE Red Peppers 
Red and Green Bell Peppers
Red and Green Jalapenos (be sure to remove the seeds!)
Sweet Cubanella Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Baking Potatoes
Florida Red Skin Potatoes
Red and White onions
Romaine (sweet and super fresh!)
Yellow Squash
Honey Tangerines
Wonderful Fresh Herbs in 4" pots

From the Farm:

Beasley's Pesticide Free Spinach
Beasley's Pesticide Free Flat Leaf Kale
Beasley's Pesticide Free Savoy Cabbage
Beasley's Pesticide Free Beets
Beasley's Pesticide Free Swiss Chard
Beasley's Pesticide Free Collards

Where we will be this week:
NOTE: We will not be at our Sunday location in observance of Easter. The Produce Barn will also be closed on Easter Sunday.

Monday - we will be at the Cloverleaf location. If you would like any of the pesticide-free greens, please phone to reserve them, so that we know to bring them with us.

Friday - Rolo will be at the Spring Hill location. If you would like any of the pesticide-free greens, please phone to reserve them, so that we know to bring them with him.

Saturday - Rolo and Joann will be at the Hernando County Farmers Market on Hwy 19 with nearly 80 other vendors! Come browse, shop, and visit with your neighbors - it's an all 'round enjoyable time. You'll also be supporting local businesses by visiting their booths. If you would like any of the pesticide-free greens, please phone to reserve them, so that we know to bring them with us.

Saturday and everyday - Gran'ma Angie, Nana Phyllis, Joann and Rolo will be at the Produce Barn until 6PM. Fresh Cut Pesticide-free Greens will be eagerly awaiting you in their little wading pool.

Easter Sunday - Rolo will NOT be at the Towne Square Market Place in Spring Hill near Chili's on Hwy 19 from 8AM-3PM.  He will return the following Sunday.

For our Calendar of Locations, and special times and dates for Aprilplease click here, or click on the Calendar Tab at the top of this page.

Quotes for this week:

Today I bent the truth to be kind, 
and I have no regret, for I am far surer 
of what is kind than I am of what is true.  
~Robert Brault

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - 
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

As always, thank you for your encouragement and support. Without you, we wouldn't be able to do what we love most - FARM!

Happy Easter!

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