Holiday decorations, lettuce, sweet potatoes, grains, honey and more!
Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who came out to one of the Thanksgiving markets last week. This was our first year doing them and we hope they'll become a yearly tradition!
December is upon us and the vegetable season is winding down. We plan to go to the Pike Central and Olney Farmers Markets through 12/19 and 12/20 respectively. I'll let you know if we change those plans.
For these final three weeks, we'll have holiday swags and centerpieces from Tanglewood Flower Farm, dry beans and grains from Purple Mountain Grown, honey from Charlie's Bees, and sweet potatoes. Beyond that, the vegetable selection will be modest. The peppers we picked before the freeze are holding up well in the refrigerator - they remain crispy and delicious. We're harvesting salad greens and bunched greens from the field, but the short days and cold temperatures limit their growth so when they're gone, they're gone.... On a positive note, some of the luffa are finally dry enough to peel and wash! With any luck, we'll have them at the markets this weekend. Failing that, we'll definitely have them next week. And now for the weekly harvest!
Your business supports several local, sustainable farms and a vibrant community of people who take great pride in growing nutritious food. All items are grown in Maryland - most within 20 miles of the markets. Everything is grown according to the rules of the National Organic Program. Honey is raw (not heat pasteurized) from bee hives in Silver Spring, Ashton, Laurel, and Brookeville. Grains are from fields in Ashton, Beltsville, Newburg, and Leonardtown (Leonardtown is furthest away - it's ~60 miles south of DC). Here's what you'll find at the farm stands this week:
- Cut Flowers (Tanglewood Flower Farm in Ashton)
- Holiday centerpieces and swags - they'll last several weeks!
- Grains (Purple Mountain Grown in Takoma Park)
- Dry black beans, buckwheat flour, old fashioned rolled oats, rye berries, wheat berries, rye flour, hard and soft wheat flours, and brown rice.
- Honey (Charlie's Bees in Silver Spring)
- Raw (not heat pasteurized) honey from hives at small farms in Ashton, Brookeville, Laurel, and Silver Spring.
- Bunched greens (Blueberry Gardens in Ashton and Somerset Produce in Ashton)
- Chard - smaller leaves than usual
- Collards - limited quantity, not available for pre-order
- Kale - limited quantity, not available for pre-order
- Salad greens (Somerset Produce and Blueberry Gardens)
- Lettuce heads - green and red heads
- Tokyo bekana - a very mild mustard, similar to romaine lettuce
- Peppers (Somerset Produce)
- Hot peppers: cayenne, habanero, jalapeno, and lemon drop
- Green and purple peppers
- Sweet peppers: mini and full sized varieties in red and orange
- Sweet potatoes (Somerset Produce)
- Beauregard - classic sweet potato with moist orange flesh
- Covington - similar to beauregard
- White bonita - sweeter and drier than beauregard
- Treats from the kitchen (Local Growers Alliance)
- Tomato sauce
- Peach jam
- More to come....
I think that's everything!
You can find this bounty at one of our markets and you can order online!
I hope you're well and to see you at the farm stand :)
Thank you for your support.