Week of August 10, 2015
Abbreviated Weekly Farm Report
From Friendship Farms & Fare
A Community Service To West Pasco’s Urban Agriculture Community
August 10 Farm Report now available. Go to:
You’ll find the full Farm Report at the link. As always, you’ll find the Share Report within the Farm Report, and also at that part of the 3F site titled, “The Share.”
Seedings: Lacinato Kale (54)
Garden Starts: none
Harvest Notes: okra, eggplant, herbs, red malabar spinach, sweet potato leaves, sweet potatoes
Fall Seedings Continue
We seeded Lacinato Collards last week. All Vates Collards from last week have germinated – 100% germination.
We are early on the Collards and Kale, especially with the new climate realities, but collards have done well in warmer temperatures, and Lacinato also has done well for us in the heat. So, we will see.
We’ll try start broccoli next.
(less than a festival but more than an ordinary day)
New Port Richey Library
August 24, 6:00
All are welcome to join the New Port Richey Environmental Committee for an “Okra Occasion” (less than a festival but more than an ordinary day!) on August 24. Friendship Farms & Fare is joining with other growers and citizens to share the magic of okra – one of Florida’s forgotten vegetable treasures. There will be samples of okra dishes, a film, a brief lecture, an okra recipe book, and some fresh okra for sale by local growers.
Sweet Potato Update
21 ½ pounds harvested
We harvested 5 pounds this past week (one more bed). This is again light for the size of the bed harvested. Our total is now 21 ½ pounds.
We are running well behind expected numbers at this point. We’ve done three beds and were expecting at least 10 pounds per bed – 30 total. We are only at 21 ½.
We should be able to include SPs with all shares. We have various sizes (medium to fingerling). We’d like to move the fingerlings, so let us know of those are okay. Most are good quality (A), but not excellent/fancy (AA). There is a little scaring on some.
We will try to harvest more this week – with Sunday looking like the best day to start.
53 ½ pounds
We harvested 7 ½ pounds of okra last week, bringing our total to 53 ½ pounds..
This was another good week. In previous years, our best weeks have been 10-11 pounds. We’ll probably reach that in an upcoming week, and would have come close last week, if we had included our Friday harvest.
If you read this far in the newsletter, and like Okra, come join the New Port Richey urban agriculture community for an okra mini-fest on August 24.
We are doing some advance planning for a larger event in mid-June, 2016. Let us know if you are interested.
If you did not get our okra slide show, and would like to step-by-step sequence of images of okra preparation, let us know and we’ll send the images. As the slid show shows, even large/long okra can be tender.
Some folks want only small and thin okra, and we are sharing accordingly. Everyone else will occasionally receive larger pods. Some may be woody, but we have found many (even up to 12 inches) that are quite tender.
Eggplants are flourishing. We harvested three more this week, bringing our total to 125 so far. The size and appearance is not consistent, and some would not be acceptable at a commercial market. All appear to have good texture and favor.
3F & Urban Agriculture in New Port Richey
Friendship Farms & Fare is working with several local property owners and some local not-for-profit organizations to develop community gardens (and hopefully, urban farms) at least three sites in New Port Richey.
We’ve been a leader in urban agriculture in New Port Richey and we look forward to again pioneering new opportunities.
If you’d like to know more about urban agriculture in New Port Richey, drop us a line at: http://www.fffsite.org/#!contact/cl4l
Arugula: First Samples
One of our fall favorites, Arugula, is now available in limited (sample) sizes. We seed-tested some of last year’s seeds, and after 100% germination, we put a few of the seedlings into pots – just for fun. Wonderfully, they took root, continued to mature, and we’ve now transplanted some into open spaces in the gardens. Samples are available this week.
Sweet Potato Leaves
For A Few More Weeks
We are harvesting sweet potatoes now, so the leaves are gradually on their way out. Sweet Potato leavers are our oldest summer greens, and beloved by many. Shares that request are getting 2 gallon bag of these delicious and nutritious dark green leafy vegetable. A number of shares have tried the sweet potato leaves, and most have come back for more. Try some, if you have not yet Some folks prefer the flavor and texture of SP leaves to more well-known greens, like spinach or kale. Here is a site with nutritional information on SP leaves and links to recipes: http://www.epicurious.com/archive/blogs/editor/2012/08/cooking-with-sweet-potato-greens.html
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