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, June 7, 2012

Tasty and Healthy - June 7, 2012

Welcome to this week's newsletter. 

It's already June, and the rainy, summer days are here! I thought you might enjoy some before-and-after photos of our fields.

Weather conditions have been "feast or famine" here with quite an abundance of Mother Nature's cleansing washes. In the past two weeks, we have "enjoyed" at least 10 inches of rain, making for soggy, unmanageable fields which we cannot wade through.

Our pesticide-free Traditional Southern Field Pea crops were planted and growing, but many have been underwater for days and days. It's a wait-and-see if they will make it, or if the fields require planting again.  Thanks to all of you who have placed reservations. 

Last year we sold out of these hearty, versatile peas, so be sure to phone your reservation early! If you'll want unshelled bushels of peas, please phone ahead. They should be ready at the end of July and throughout August.

Still being harvested are our Eight-ball Zucchini Squash and Regular Green Zucchini Squash ( eight-ball shown at left).

Our other specialty squashes are nearly sold out. Due to early summer-like weather, our harvest was limited this year.

There are still some beautiful fresh beets (perfect for juicing, canning, roasting or boiling). Please phone if you are interested in canning beets. These are our pesticide-free, small-to-medium size beets without the green tops - available for a short time.

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 visits to our farm to test our soil and plants. 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
Pickling cucumbers
Red Bell Peppers
Green Bell Peppers
Green Jalapenos (be sure to remove the seeds!)
Sweet Cubanella Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Baking Potatoes
Florida Red Skin Potatoes
Bicolor Corn (perfect for grilling!)
Yellow Onions
Vadalia Onions
Seedless Valencia Oranges
DeAngelo Pears

From the Farm:

Beasley's Pesticide Free Beets (no tops-perfect for canning)
Beasley's Pesticide Free Eight Ball Zucchini
Beasley's Pesticide Free Zucchini
Reservations being taken for our specialty Traditional Southern Field Peas.

Where we will be this week:
please note: due to demands on the farm, the Sunday and Monday locations are temporarily suspended. Produce Barn will be open as usual. Thanks for understanding.

Friday - Rolo will be at the Spring Hill location. If you would like  pesticide-free collards or swiss chard, please phone to reserve them, so that we will know to bring them.

Saturday - Rolo and Joann will be at the Hernando County Farmers Market on Hwy 19 with 40 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  pesticide-free collards or swiss chard, please phone to reserve them, so that we know to bring them.

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

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

This week's recipe suggestion:

Quotes for this week:

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
- Rumi -

Simplicity, patience, compassion. 
These three are your greatest treasures. 
Simple in actions and thoughts, you 
return to the source of being. 
Patient with both friends and enemies, 
you accord with the way things are. 
Compassionate toward yourself, 
you reconcile all beings in the world.
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Chi

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

Looking forward to seeing you,

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