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, December 20, 2012

Tasty and Healthy - December 20, 2012

Greetings! Less than a week 'til Christmas. We hope the preparations for your holiday celebrations are enjoyable and relaxing.

To see which Winter Crops are currently being harvested, please see the highlighted areas below. 

'Christmas, my child, is love in action.
 Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.' 
-Dale Evans

Joann and Sharon visiting Santa at the Hernando County Farmers Market.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it's nice to enjoy easily "rustled up" meals. Prepare sauces, chilis, stews, and soups in large quantities. Freeze some for future meals, or refrigerate leftovers to use 3 or 4 nights into the future. Use all the fresh vegetables in your produce drawer, and even the opened bags of frozen veggies which were not completely used at a previous meal. 

Another time saver: 

Place seasonings and meat in the crock pot for slow cooking all day. Prepare vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, or regular potatoes into bite sizes or shaped like french fries. Place in sealed baggie. For dinner, turn the oven to 400F, line cookie sheet with parchment paper, and roast the veggies for 30 minutes (give or take). In this way, you have time to kick of your shoes, set the table, get the meat out of the crock pot, and the veggies will be ready just in time. This insures that the vegetables are not overcooked, and that they retain their nutrients and flavor.

Holiday gift giving

Our friends and family enjoy receiving home made zucchini and banana breads, yeast rolls, herbal and sourdough breads, cookies and even refrigerated "sides" for meals during the week like potato salad, mac 'n greens, and chicken enchiladas. Gifts of breads and sides are particularly appreciated during the holiday season, and are perfect for the family members who already "have everything".

We also try to share "hand-made" gifts as much as possible. These are made throughout the year with specific people in mind.

Our Greens are in! 

Because Mustards and Collards belong to the Cruciferous Family, they are extremely healthy and versatile, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Please click here for information about Greens.

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

  • Red and White Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Beets

The New Year is coming in ten days! Do your family and friends celebrate with the Traditional Southern "Hoppin' John" recipe for good luck? 

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!

Being Harvested on the Farm:

Pesticide-Free Turnips
Pesticide-Free Mustard Greens
Pesticide-Free Collard Greens
Pesticide-Free Kale
Phone for fresh-frozen Black Eye Peas

Because Greens are extremely perishable, we ask our customers to special order them if picking up at a satellite location. At the farm, we keep them in children's swimming pools of water.
From the Farmers Market:

Florida Tomatoes
Florida Grape Tomatoes
Florida Green Tomatoes
Pickling Cukes
Green and Red Bell Peppers
Cubanella Sweet Peppers
Poblano Peppers
Jalapenos (be sure to remove the seeds!)
BiColor Sweet Corn
Sweet Potatoes
Baking Potatoes
Red Skin Potatoes
White Skin Potatoes
Yellow Onions
Scallion Onions
Purple Onions
Red Radish
Green Cabbage
Purple Cabbage
Florida Romaine
Florida Head Lettuce
Limes (recipe below)
Red Navel Oranges (Extra Large!)
White seedless Navels
Fuji Apples
Florida Avocados
Fresh Oregano - Beautiful!
Fresh Mint

Where we will be this week:

The Produce Barn will be closed Tuesday, December 25, for Christmas.

Everyday - until 6PM Gran'ma Angie, Nana Phyllis, Joann and Rolo will man the Produce Barn. NoteThe Farm will be closed on Christmas Day to celebrate with our family.

Monday - 9AM - 2PM We are now serving our north Brooksville customers in the Cloverleaf Farm Mobile Home Park - just off Hwy 41, across from the Hernando County School Compound and south of Croom Road in North Brooksville. Turn into Cloverleaf Farm's main entrance, on the right side by the golf driving range. 

Friday  -  7:30AM - 5PM 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 - 10AM-3PM Joann and Rolo will be at the Hernando County Farmers Market on Hwy 19 with 40 other vendors! Enjoy live entertainment, wonderful food, 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!

Sunday - 9AM-2PM Rolo will be at The Tarpon Springs Sunday Morning Farmers Market in downtown Tarpon Springs (Corner of Alt 19 and Tarpon Ave). A great Pinellas County addition to our satellite locations. Be sure to phone the farm for any special orders!

For our Calendar of Locations please click here, or click on the Calendar Tab at the top of this page.

How about some colorful, festive, comfort food for holiday meals?

Quote for this week:

Say thank you for second chances. 
Say goodbye to past injuries. 
Reach for the future with a hopeful heart. 
Say you're sorry when you need to... 
Say I love you when you need to... 
Don't let petty things become big things. 
Remember the heart of the matter... 
Remember to love and be loved is the greatest gift.

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

Beasley Farm

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 GREENS or Southern Field Peas if you would like them brought to one of our satellite locations.

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