FPP News: October 14, 20015

It’s a Spooky Good Time in Florida

Here at FPP we are getting into the Halloween spirit with pumpkins in our store and activities at the farm! You are bound to have an a-MAIZE-ing time!

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Photo courtesy of Sykes and Cooper

Cowart Ranch Corn Maize & Pumpkin Patch: The 4th Annual Maize Dayz includes huge corn maize and pumpkin patch. In addition, the farm has added many more fun activities for all to enjoy this year. For more information visit http://cowartranchandfarms.com/

Long & Scott’s Corn Maize: It all started with just a 7 acre corn field… Now it has become a tradition with many of our guests. It’s a maze, it’s a game, it’s educational, and it’s FUN! Year after year each corn maze has a unique design, with twisting pathways, questions and answers, and picture rubbings. Get LOST! Bring friends and family to see who can navigate the maze the quickest! For more information visit www.scottszellwoodsweetcorn.com

Roger’s Farm Pumpkin Patch: Fun filled entertainment for the whole family, no matter your age! Take a pleasant stroll down the spooky trail where you will encounter the things you only thought existed only in your imagination. There is a full 12 acre corn maze, with a theme and map to help you along your journey.Test your fear level by trying to outwit the ghouls and creatures lurking within the maze. For more information visit http://rogersfarm.webplus.net/page10.html

Sykes & Cooper Corn Maize: Combine a 9-acre corn maze full of “cornfusing” twists and turns, “live” entertainment including, Jack, the loudest hee- hawing donkey around and some more good ole  family fun… And what do you have? “Agritainment”! You don’t want to miss it this year! With a ton of new and exciting things to do, including  a “Jack and The Cornstalk” kiddie maze, new furry friends, corn cannons, duck races and more! For more information visit www.sycofarms.com


Seasonal Items You Should Not Miss

We had the pleasure of meeting up with Mike Bradley of Teagan Farms to receive our first round of freshly milled grits. We’ve been waiting all summer to get our hands on them. If you haven’t tried these grits, you don’t know what you’re missing.

What makes these grits so special? First of all the corn is grown, harvested, and milled with love by Mike and his 9 year old grandson, Teagan (whom the farm is named after). Second, it’s made from an heirloom flint corn dating back in the Bradley family nearly 100 years. Flint corn is known for a grittier, more granular texture. In Italy, it has been the choice polenta corn since the 16th century! Polenta is simple to make, low in fat/calories and nutritious!  Last but not least, the corn is grown pesticide free.


Featured Items This Week

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The Week’s Harvest

Our Local Producers: Brown’s Farm, Frog Song Organics, Hoover Organic Farm

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Local Box (Mini):  (Organic Green Beans, Local Organic French Breakfast Radish, Local Organic Arugula, Local Pickling Cucumbers, Local Corn), NC Apples, Butternut Squash

Organic Box, (Mini): (Organic Lemon, Organic Anjou Pear, Organic Green Beans, Local Organic French Breakfast Radish, Local Organic Arugula, Organic Beets with Tops, Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Organic Yellow Squash, Organic Pomegranate

Grab & Go: Organic Cherry Tomatoes, Local Pickling Cucumbers, Local Fall Glo Tangerines, Organic Bananas, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Baby Carrots, NC Apples, Organic Anjou Pears, Organic Lemon

Salad Box: Local Pickling Cucumbers, Organic Romaine Lettuce, Organic Lemon, Local Organic French Breakfast Radish, Local Organic Arugula, Organic Broccoli, Organic Alfalfa Sprouts, Local Corn, Organic Haas Avocado

Fruit (Add-on): (Organic Banana, Organic Red Grapes, Organic Pomegranate, NC Apples, Local Fall Glo Tangerines, Organic Seckle Pear, Organic Pineapple

Smoothie Box: Organic Carrots, Local Ginger, Organic Haas Avocado, Local Pickling Cucumbers, Organic Pineapple, Organic Grapes, Organic Baby Spinach, Organic Kale, Organic Lemon, Organic Bananas, Organic Apples

**please note that items may change due to weather or supply issues.


Veggie Unearthed: Zellwood Sweet Corn

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Your corn came to us from Long & Scott Farms in Mount Dora, FL — Less than 100 miles of most our customers’ homes.

If corn spikes your GMO fears, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to Zellwood Sweet Corn! Eating non-GMO has it’s obvious health benefits, but growing non-GMO corn has it’s disadvantages for the farmer. It’s much more difficult to fight bugs and it has a higher risk of crop failure. But at Long & Scott Farms, they run their business according to the idea “The farmer is the original environmentalist.” They grow hybrid seed varieties (Please read again…No GMO’s!), utilize beneficial insects in addition to their integrated pest management system, and scout their crops often for any issues. We are lucky to have this farm here in Florida!

Now don’t be disappointed in the size of the corn. It’s just matter of Mother Nature! This tender crop will be smaller than the spring crop due to the shorter days. Basically, the corn has less time to soak up the sun and grow as large. But you’ll get past the littler ears when you bite in!

Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Corn Recipes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Returning your produce box clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps our carbon footprint smaller. Boxes that aren’t returned will incur a $5.00 replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!
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