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Agriculture Report – May 23, 2016

Agriculture Report – May 23, 2016

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Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

Week of May 23, 2016

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A Community Service To New Port Richey’s FarmNet

&

West Pasco’s Urban Agriculture Community

Brief Highlights

Current Farm Report Posted

This week’s Farm Report is now posted on the 3F website. For the full report, go to:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/643592_a0a2141196a44cd7833db1a0405cb7c4.pdf

(see Mr. Tag and his okra)

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LOCAL ORGANIC OKRA AT ROSE’S BISTRO OFF MAIN
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

Good news for locavores and okra lovers in New Port Richey!

Through exclusive agreement with Friendship Farms & Fare, Rose’s Bistro Off Main (6238 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey, 34652) will feature fresh, organic, locally-grown okra throughout the summer.


Rose’s Bistro Off Main will receive fresh okra twice a week from New Port Richey’s Community Gardens (Grand Gardens and East Madison Gardens). Okra will be available on Mondays and Thursdays – first come first served.  The okra will be packaged in quart bags and offered for sale at $3 a bag or two bags for $5.

Bags will contain a medley of organic heirloom okra, including: Hill Country Red, Silver Queen, Star of David, Red Burgundy, and Rouge Lance.


Okra deliveries to the Bistro will be twice a week, availability will be based on sales – call in advance to confirm availability, (727) 849-4940. While you are there, enjoy a wonderful meal and before you leave you can purchase heirloom organic okra seeds, and grow your own this summer.

This is a great way to support local agriculture, the local economy, sustainability initiatives, and cultural resilience.
Rose’s Bistro Off Main
6238 Grand Blvd. New Port Richey 34652
(727) 849-4940

Sweet Potatoes Doing Well

We have about 650 slips in the ground at both gardens, and by mid-July we should have our first sweet potatoes – early August at the latest.  We’ll should have sweet potato leaves by early June, and then through the rest of summer, until September.  Vines and leaves are wonderful warm-weather leafy green vegetable – one of the few available through the summer in Florida.  If you have not tried them, please do this year.

HOT Peppers

If you like hot peppers, this is your season in this part of Florida.  Besides okra, our most abundant crop right now are hot peppers.  These are not just a little spicy, they are very very hot. If you like your peppers hot, include with your share request.  We have Scotch Bonnets and Habaneros – and plenty of both.  

Be advised: these peppers should be used with caution and in small amounts.

Habaneros and Scotch Bonnets are rated at 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units.  For comparison: Banana peppers come in at 100-1,000, Jalapenos at 3,500 to 10,000, and Tabasco peppers at 30,000-50,000.

Peaches Mostly Lost

Sorry to say, our first peach harvest was mostly lost. The fruit was a bit overripe, and spoiled within a day of harvesting.  By eating around the spoiled portions we did get some tasty morsels, but for the most part the harvest was lost.  

This again brings home the rather incredible production of the loquat trees. Small trees are producing 10-20 pounds, medium trees close to 50, and large trees 100 pounds or more.  Even if all the peaches were perfect, we might have had 5 pounds.   

Our rule is to find what grows were we garden, try a little of everything, find what grows best for you, and then plant those crops heavily.  For us, that’s the loquat when it comes to fruit trees.

Loquat Preserves

We have locally sourced and locally produced loquat preserves.  Suggested donation is $6.00 per jar and 2 for $10.00.

Pull Cool Weather Crops

Plant Summer Crops

It is time to pull any of the remaining cool weather crops (e.g.: kale, broccoli, lettuce, and swiss chard)  and get going on your warm-weather gardens.

For gardens in the New Port Richey Farm Network (Friendship Farms & Fare and Grand Gardens), we are recommending the following vegetables for warm-weather gardens (Spring and Summer):

Cucumbers (Spring only – plant now, and not much later)

Peppers (Spring best – plant now, and not much later)

Tomatoes (Spring best – plant now, and not much later)

Beans (Lima and string/bush and pole)- we recommend lima and bush

Eggplant

Okra

Peanuts

Sweet Potatoes

We recommend these vegetables on the basis of their suitability for our area, our history of growing them, their high-yield, and because they are relatively easy to grow.  Folks are welcome to try other warm-weather vegetables.

We are offering seeds and seedlings of these vegetables to folks in the New Port Richey Farm Network (Friendship Farms & Fare and Grand Gardens) for a contribution.  If you have a plot at Grand Gardens we will gift you seedlings – you can share a donation if you like.  

Folks who desire seeds can acquire them for a donation (suggested $2 per pack).  If we don’t have what you desire, go to Seed Saver’s Exchange website, pick the items you want, then give us your order.  Seeds are offered with suggested donations of $3 or $2 for 3F and GG participants (CSA members, plot holders, and contributors). See the SSE website: http://www.seedsavers.org/

Links to Key Parts of the 3F Site
 
This week’s Farm Report is now posted on the 3F website. For the full report, go to:

http://media.wix.com/ugd/643592_a0a2141196a44cd7833db1a0405cb7c4.pdf

SHARE REPORT  http://www.fffsite.org/#!share/c5hi

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MAIN REPORT SITEhttp://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.
 
Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture

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.

Friendship Farms & Fare affirms and advances

agrarian ideals to reestablish a sustainable culture

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

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

www.EcologyFlorida.org

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