August is almost over promising to end the sweltering summer heat that restricts growing greens and many of our favorite vegetables in Central Florida. There may not be much in the way of veggies at our farmers market table but I am getting out in our fields as much as I can every day to prepare my beds. I have learned how quickly the soil can dry out in September and then scorched sands can lead to dune like seeding conditions (most unfavorable!) I have tried to rototil only when necessary and have quite a few beds covered with Sudan grass crops which can be pulled up fairly easily and used for compost building leaving behind a manageable bed for tiny seeds. The Sudan grass shades the soil and retains moisture while out competing some of the summer weeds I would rather not have to tangle with!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It's not even December yet but today we will be pulling row covers over many of our veggie beds to keep the greens from getting damaged as we expect temps to be at freezing tomorrow morning. Yes we do get frosts in Central Florida especially inland most winters although most often in January and February. We hate to lose a week of harvesting greens or anything for that matter! We have found that using light weight row covers over our peas, letttuces and even kales makes a difference and prevents most of the leaf damage we would find by not doing anything. When we see a forecast with temps 36 f or lower, on go the covers!
Monday, November 17, 2014
It's a busy week as we prepare to welcome the public for a brief visit 11:45-12:30 on Friday Nov 21, as part of the 2014 Volusia County Farm Tour. This will be our third time participating and we are excited about this opportunity to give those who come a glimpse of our small farm lifesyle and how we operate our mini farm. We are getting ready for a big crowd, setting up things we think our visitors might be interested in. For those who wish to buy our farm fresh veggies on site, we will have a tent with tables of our seasonal specialty veggies (whatever is plentiful and ready for harvest) on sale. This year we will also have jars of our very popular Beauty berry syrup a new cottage food that we began to make in our farm kitchen this summer. We enjoy sampling it out at our farmers markets. So many people recognize the branches with their vibrant purple berry clusters that we display next to the jars of syrup and but are surprised to find out about their culinary uses! And who knows there may be some seasonal sweet treats to be had as well. My Mom who is from Germany keeps insisting we should bake some real German Gingerbread hearts, big ones! I am sure I won't be able to resist!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Hey veggie eaters! Nicki here, youngest intern at Lucky Market Garden. Pauline asked Audrey, Allie, and me to tell y'all about anything we found interesting, so click on the Intern Adventures tab to read all about it! Read more
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Farm interns from Stetson UniversityIn the fall of 2010 we had our first intern at our farm. Lauren became like a member of our family, spending many hours out in the fields doing various farm activities, taking photos, counting squashes, transplanting and seeding. A member of the Stetson Hatter Harvesters, she encouraged us to join the Stetson Farmers Market that eventually provided the seed of inspiration which grew into the Artisan Alley Farmer's Market. Lauren got a taste of farming and a college credit, we got helping hands. It was a big win win and we still are in touch with Lauren. Thanks to that very positive experience we have continued to offer intern positions and have been extremely happy with all of our interns since: Kristina, Maria and Audrey. 2014 has given us 2 new very promising interns: Nicki and Ali and we are really excited about having them. Stay tuned for posts by them sharing a slice of farm life from their eyes!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
As another hot summer simmers to an end, so comes the beginning of fall my favorite farming time. High temps in the low 90's are going to transition into the 80's. Lettuce seeds will break their dormancy and germinate again. We can begin to seed all the cool season veggies. Yes I did say "all" . For years we have stuck safely to our specialty greens. We have grown a few other veggies, green beans and cucumbers mainly, but stayed away from trying to manage a large diversity of crops. We have worked hard to build our expertise and a steady customer following focused on a few high demand cash crops with no regrets but now we are ready to offer more veggie choices. So we have stocked up on seeds to try....spinach, beets, radishes, carrots, broccoli, parsley, snow and English peas for this fall. We even put in a small planting of tomatoes which are beginning to fruit! The plan is to keep our local wholesale customers happy with the same great spring mix, pea tendrils, baby arugula etc that work well for them and to expand our offerings at the farmers market booths (we retail at 3 markets on the west side of Volusia county) with veggies that are difficult for our wholesale customers to keep from wilting on their shelves but hold up well for the durations of our fresh markets. We are extremely grateful to our steady customers on the east side of the county and are excited about our first baby arugula deliveries of the fall which will begin in several weeks. These small local businesses are our roots! You can find out more about them on our FIND OUR PRODUCTS LOCALLY TAB. We will be listing our 3 farmer's markets there as well with dates and times. Stay tuned for more posts, delicious recipes, and updates as our harvest season begins!