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, September 27, 2012

Tasty and Healthy - September 27, 2012

Greetings! We hope this week's post finds you and your family doing well. 

Have you noticed a slight change in the mornings? Our dew points were lower, making for cooler mornings without the heavy humidity. A brief respite, our normal summer patterns have since returned. Still, it was nice opening the doors for a few hours to enjoy fresh air, and recognizing that Fall is just around the corner!

Currently planted on the farm, but not yet ready for harvest:

  • Zucchini
  • Eight-ball Zucchini (our speciality)
  • Yellow Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Green Beans
  • Pole Beans
  • Yellow Beans
  • Red and White Swiss Chard (another specialty)
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • 5,000 collard plants! (biggest seller)

It will be 60-90 days before these are ready for harvest.

Pesticide-free Okra is currently being harvested on the farm. Try it in casseroles, soups, fried, baked, roasted and grilled (Recipes on the right).

Featured Vegetable - Carrots!

Carrots, like many root vegetables, are very sweet, and may easily be incorporated in side dishes, snacks, baked goodies, stews, soups, puddings, pies, juice drinks, enjoyed raw and may be used in just about anything else you can think of.

They seem to be most effective when slightly steamed. Because most recipes call for cooked, baked or boiled carrots, we have provided nutrient information based on carrots already having been processed accordingly. Just click here to see our web page with this information.

High in fiber, Carrots are actually tap roots which contain minerals, anti-oxidants, Vitamins A, C, B and K. Carrots contain beta carotenes in abundant amounts! Carotenes are cancer-fighting nutrients which are converted into Vitamin A by the liver. Carrot flavonoids help protect us from lung, skin and mouth cancers. Scientists at University of Newcastle have discovered that a substance called "falcarinol" in carrots may help fight cancers by destroying  pre-cancerous cells located in tumors. Fresh Carrots are good sources of the anti-oxidant Vitamin C, and contain many of the B-complex vitamins like folic acid, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and B6 to help with the body's metabolism. As with all roots, depending on soil content, Carrots are high in assorted minerals.

If interested in SHELLED black-eye peas please phone the farm to place an order. Peas are in our standard two pound bag. $8 per bag.

As always, 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 regularly to test our soil and plants. For more information about our farming techniques, and the testing we undergo, please click here

A big thanks from Gran'ma Angie for recycling your shopping bags with us. Please keep them coming!

From the Farmers Market:

Pickling Cukes
Poblano Peppers
Green and Red Bell Peppers
Red and Green Jalapenos (be sure to remove the seeds!)
Carrots (recipes below)
Sweet Potatoes
Baking Potatoes
Red Skin Potatoes
White Skin Potatoes
Yellow Squash
Zucchini Squash
Butternut Squash
Yellow Onions
Scallion Onions
Purple Onions
Red Radish
Head Lettuce
FLORIDA Avocados
Limes (recipe below)
Navel Oranges
Johnny Golds Apples
Golden Delicious Apples

Where we will be this week:

Friday -  Rolo will be at our Spring Hill Drive location next to the Chevron location. Be sure to phone the farm for any special orders! 

Saturday - Joann and Rolo will be at the Hernando County Farmers Market on Hwy 19 with 40 other vendors! Come and 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. Be sure to phone the farm for any special orders!

Saturday and everyday - Gran'ma Angie, Nana Phyllis, Joann and Rolo will be at the Produce Barn until 6PM. 

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

Recipes for the Week:

Quotes for this week:

Never underestimate the pain of a person, 
because in all honesty, everyone is struggling. 
Some people are better at hiding 
it than others. 
~ Will Smith 

The only way love can last a lifetime is if it's unconditional. 
The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.
- Stephen Kendrick -

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,

10137 Preston Rd
just off Mondon Hill Road between Hwy 41 and Hwy 50.
Produce Barn is open daily until 6PM
Phone 352-799-6752
When we're busy in the field, our cells keep us available:
352-232-3381 and 352-232-0294
For our Produce Stand locations, dates, and hours please click here.

Please phone the farm to special order Southern Field Peas if you would like them brought to one of our satellite locations.

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