Two more weeks! Luffa, holiday decorations, honey, greens, and more!

Hello Friends,

Happy Friday! Here at the farm, it's been the week of the luffa! I love luffa. Before I launch into my luffa praise, a quick scheduling note: Barring any unforeseen events, we have two more weeks of markets! We plan to be at the Pike Central and Olney markets this weekend (12/12 and 12/13) and next (12/19 and 12/20), and then to take a break from markets until spring. During the winter months, feel free to email me if you need honey from Charlie's Bees or dry goods from Purple Mountain Grown. I'll do my best to find what you need!

And now back to the luffa. Nature's terrestrial sponge! Have I mentioned that I love luffa? They're in the squash/cucumber family and make excellent scrubbing sponges. Choose softer ones for the face and body, rougher ones for dishes and household cleaning, and cut them to whatever size suits you. They're naturally antimicrobial, completely biodegradable, machine washable, dishwasher safe, and surprisingly durable. They have natural color variations (I didn't bleach them), and are different shapes and sizes. Come see!

And now for the non-luffa items :)

This is the last week for peppers! We have a limited quantity of green and partially ripe peppers, and a medium quantity of hot peppers. Get them while you can! For greens, we have head lettuce, tokyo bekana, spicy mix, loose chard, and bunched lacinato kale. Here's the full scoop:

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 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
  • Luffa (Somerset Produce in Ashton)
  • Vegetables
    • Greens (Blueberry Gardens in Ashton and Somerset Produce in Ashton)
      • Spicy salad mix - probably the last week!
      • Lettuce heads - green and red heads
      • Tokyo bekana - a very mild mustard, similar to romaine lettuce
      • Tender chard - a bagged mix of baby and medium sized chard leaves. Use them raw in salads or smoothies or cook them as you normally would. No need to de-stem. Excellent flavor.
      • Collards - limited quantity, not available for pre-order
      • Lacinato kale - narrow leaves, 15+ stems per bunch
    • Peppers (Somerset Produce)
      • Hot peppers: cayenne, habanero, jalapeno, and lemon drop - final week!
      • Green and partially ripe peppers - final week!
    • Sweet potatoes (Somerset Produce)
      • White bonita - buff skin, white flesh, drier texture
      • Mixed seconds - these are sweet potatoes that we damaged during harvest. You'll need to cut away a bad part (usually a broken end), but they're in good shape and taste great. A mix of classic orange-fleshed varieties, white bonita (see above), and a few Murasaki (purple skin, white flesh, drier texture, less sweet flavor).

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 :)

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