Posts Tagged 'starts'

Missed GrowFest! 2012? Here’s a second chance to get your seedlings…

seedlings

What: Heirloom tomato (and other) seedlings for sale, and a few other goodies plus Rachel’s eggs, smoked eggs, Fruits of Summer dried fruit mix, honey, the new book Field to Feast, feed for your plants…

When:  THIS Saturday, November 3rd

Hours: 10am-2pm

Where: at the farm  (note the farm is not normally open to the public, so if you miss out, please don’t come another day-your next chance will be Dec 2nd when we return to Pinecrest Gardens market)

Directions to the farm: go West on Bauer Drive (SW 264th St) to Redland Road (187th Ave). CONTINUE on Bauer Drive across the intersection, for 1/3 mile.  Look for the flags and signs. Watch for a 7′ coral rock pyramid on your left (driver’s) side. You’re here! You’ll see our farm sign hanging on the fence. Park along the swale, and enter by the West gate, on the gravel driveway. Proceed all the way to the big metal building at the rear. (don’t bother asking for the address-you won’t get here with it-trust me-just follow the directions above. For you GPS addicts, look for zip code 33031-1787, and FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE!

See you there!

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

We’ll be at the 70th Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Ramble festival this weekend! Come enjoy arts, music, food, shopping, amazing scenery, cooking demos, kids activities, and shop for your organic goodies all in one place.

Fill up on fresh, local, organic veggies, herbs and fruits, our own guava shells (yum), (dried)Fruits of Summer, and, doing a test run, brine pickles & ferments. Pick up some starter plants too (some tomatoes, some veggies, some flowers)-all certified organic! And we’ll have items you’ll see used in some of the demos – allspice and roselle (Jamaican sorrel)

We’ll hold your purchases for you until you’re ready to go home. And, we’re proud to announce that we now take credit & debit (MC,Visa,Discover), and EBT/SNAP benefits! Of course, we do love cash!

Look for our booth in the GreenMarket area. See you there!

PS: If you’re not a Fairchild member, you may think admission is too expensive. It’s worth springing for it, since, once you’re a member, you get in free to ALL their events for an entire year (except for the moonlight tours)

Heirloom Starts – Part One

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

This weekend (Oct 24 & 25) we’ll be at the Fairchild Edible Garden Festival with the first of our CERTIFIED ORGANIC heirloom tomato and veggie starts! These baby plants are ready for transplanting in to your own garden plot.  We’ll have lots more varieties ready for RAMBLE on November 20-22.

Here’s a list of what we’ll have this weekend:

Heirloom tomato Starts:   Amish Gold (an awesome cross between Sun Gold and Amish Paste), Black Cherry, Black Plum, Black Zebra, Cream Sausage, Green Zebra, Large Red, Lime Green Salad, Orange Banana, Pink Lemon, Super Snow White Cherry, Power’s Heirloom, Pink Ping Pong, San Marzano, Czech’s Excellent Yellow, Podland Pink, Yellow Pear.

Veggie & Herb Starts:  Arugula, Chard (Orange Fantasia and Fordhook), Genovese Basil, Lettuce Leaf Basil, Russian Red Kale, Lacinato (aka Dino) Kale, Spigariello Liscia (leaf broccoli), Garlic Chives, Lemongrass.

We’ll also have some of the first local harvests- all certified organic, too! 

From our own Redland farms: Certified organic Avocados, Carambola, Rachel’s Eggs, Smoked Eggs (yum!). We’ll allso have our local Wildflower Farm Honey and Tropical Fruit Honey, and perhaps some last-minute add-ons.

From our Devil’s Garden (Clewiston) partners: Mountains of Organic Yellow Corn (yay!), Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

Come see us early Saturday for the best selection, but if you can’t make it then, we’ll see you Sunday!

A new season begins

Returning Farm Intern Muriel arrived two weeks ago (already?!) , along with increased responsibilities and a great attitude! She immediately got to work cleaning up the summer’s accumulation of spiderwebs, dust and debris in the barn, taking inventory of planting supplies, starting germination tests for our heirloom tomato seeds, posting CSA enrollments,  and a host of other startup chores.

In the meantime, I, Farmer Margie, was waiting to till under the cover crop… and waiting…and waiting…and waiting… Why? It was raining every single day, and not just a little. The soil has been soggy for weeks. You can’t work the soil when it’s so wet – you’ll destroy its tilth, and that’s something you want to avoid – even if it set you back a few weeks.

So what the heck is ’tilth’ anyway? Read more


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