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Farm Report – June 1, 2015

Farm Report – June 1, 2015

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Week of June 1, 2015

Abbreviated Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

http://www.fffsite.org/

A Community Service To the Local Farming Community

For the full Farm Report, go to:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/643592_b6eb8caee6294702b7d13d210eb9f2bc.pdf

Seedings: none

Garden Starts: okra, peanuts, Lima Beans

Harvest Notes:  cucumbers eggplant, okra

Third Sweet Potato Shipment Expected This Week

269 slips planted

Our third and final order of sweet potatoes is expected this week. This will be our last order for the season. If you’d like to acquire some of our slips, please let us know. We are requesting a donation of .50 per slip.

We are holding steady at 269 in ten beds:  the two new south beds (East and West), the Old South bed, and old beds 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, and 12.

The next set of slips will arrive in the first week of June.  This will be our last order for the season.   If you’d like to acquire some of our slips, please let us know.

Red Malabar Spinach

Our experiment with Red Malabar Spinach is going well.  We have several plants installed in the south garden, and all are thriving. Here is a good site for information on this fine summer green from South Asia:

http://www.bbg.org/gardening/article/red-stemmed_malabar_spinach

Taste tests have been very positive.  The leaves have been enjoyed raw and cooked.  Although this is not a “true” spinach, it does taste a bit like traditional cool-weather spinach, with a somewhat earthier flavor.

Okra

3 ¼ pounds

We harvested 1½  pounds of okra this week, bringing our total to 3¼ pounds.

We continue to plant okra, filling in more open space in the north and south gardens.

If you read this far in the newsletter, let us know if you would be interested in attending an Okra Festival.  We are doing some advance planning for an event in mid-June, 2016.

Collards

The collards are still with us – but they are starting to show their age. They are wilting every day due to the unseasonable heat.  The beautiful and gigantic collard we included in images last week was blown over in one of last week’s storms.

Blackberries

Ouachita Family

The blackberry vines are producing berries.   There are only a few available at any one time.  Order if you like, and we’ll fill as many requests as possible.

Habanero Peppers

Habaneros are coming back very nicely now, and bearing abundant blossoms – and the first fruits.

Order if you like this week.

Eggplant – 36

Eggplants are now flourishing, producing flowers, and first fruits!  We’ve harvested 5 more this weeking, bringing our total to  36 so far.

You may order eggplant this week, but we may not have any that large enough to harvest.

Purslane

Purslane is a thriving, and there are many healthy plants throughout the garden.

3F, Ecology Florida, and Market Off Main Offer Seed Savers Exchange Seeds in New Port Richey

Good gardens require good seeds, and Tampa Bay now has access to the highest quality seeds. These are Seed Savers Exchange heirloom, organic seeds.  Your CSA has joined other groups committed to sustainability in sponsoring a Seed Savers Exchange seed kiosk in New Port Richey.

Through a cooperative arrangement with Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida, the Market Off Main, in New Port Richey, now offers a wide range of organic, heirloom, non-GMO seeds exclusively from Seed Savers Exchange.
This is a trend-setting achievement for the Market Off Main, and another verification of New Port Richey’s leadership in ecological stewardship, sustainability, and resiliency.   Market Off Main in New Port Richey will be the only location on the West Coast of Florida offering these high quality packaged seeds.

Ecology Florida News carried a feature article on the kiosk by your 3F Farmer, which you can read at this link:

http://www.ecologyflorida.org/2014/12/on-the-lighter-side-the-story-of-the-seed-kiosk-in-new-port-richey/

Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to regenerate a sustainable world

http://www.ecologyflorida.org/

The Market Off Main is a meeting place, a community hub, and an entertainment center.  It features local produce, a delicatessen, and a cafe.

http://www.marketoffmain.com/

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners.

http://www.seedsavers.org/

3F Produce for General Public

Non-Members may order items for $5.00 each, shares for $20 per week, or $50 per month. For this amount, contributors may request any and all items they desire from the weekly Share. Although we will assist with transmissions, it is the responsibility of the contributor to make arrangements for pick up of the share.

As always, non-CSA Members may request single items from the share list for $5 per item.  A full share for one week (any/all items) is $20, and $50 for one month.  Annual shares are recommended, at $300 per year.  Five-month shares are $200.

Just reply using the website contact link if you desire anything on the list.  We suggest non-shareholders start an account to cover costs of items.

EGGS

Prices are $6.50 a dozen, and $4.00 a half-dozen ($3.00 for shares). These prices are a bit higher than prices for organic eggs at commercial grocers. Acquiring eggs from local farms keeps resources in our community, supports local farming, and directly benefits a local farm family.

As required by our policies, our suppliers are local, follow organic principles, practice compassionate husbandry, and allow chickens free range.

Farm Tours (Local Urban Gardens)

If you would like to schedule a tour of local urban gardens in New Port Richey, please let us know, and we can make arrangements.  Our tours are experiential, informational, educational, and fun.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

Typically, and depending on the season, participants will spend an hour or so in two or more gardens, learn about organic farming in an urban environment using permaculture philosophies and practices, observe and learn about urban wildlife and helpful plants, and enjoy samples of live produce.  Tours are structured on the basis of participants’ interests and background.

Please note that an appropriate contribution for the tours and learning sessions will be suggested when tours are scheduled.

There are four categories of tours:

* Urban Farming, Permiculture and Soil development

* Urban wildlife and helpful plants

* Seasonal produce, from seed to harvest

* General (including two or more categories)

Please note that an appropriate contribution for the tours and learning sessions will be suggested when tours are scheduled – typically, $100.

Please buy your seeds and seedlings from local growers or suppliers committed to organic, heirloom seeds.

See this story on the damage caused by “big box stores”:

http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/smart-growth-working-families/harms-big-box-retail

See also, 10 reasons to support local commerce:

http://ilsr.org/why-support-locally-owned-businesses/

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Visit the Friendship Farms & Fare website for the Weekly Farm Report:

http://www.fffsite.org/#!report/c1tuh

Friendship Farms & Fare is a branch of Ecology Florida, a not-for-profit corporation.  Contributions to Friendship Farms & Fare and Ecology Florida are tax deductible.  To learn more about Ecology Florida, please visit the website:

http://www.ecologyflorida.org/

If you would like to support our mission and individual projects, you may share donations through our website (above) or at our mailing address:

Ecology Florida

PO Box 596

New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596

Friendship Farms & Fare reaffirms, restores, and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture

http://www.fffsite.org/

Natural, Economic, Cultural…bringing three ecologies together to regenerate a resilient future for all.

PO Box 596 ● New Port Richey, Florida 34656-0596

www.EcologyFlorida.org

Ecology Florida advances the harmonious integration of healthy natural, cultural, and economic ecologies to regenerate a sustainable world

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