I have written about the small local farmer’s market, Tasty Tuesday Market in front of the New Port Richey library, nearly every winter for about 5 years. February, March, April, and May are a great time to buy fresh leafy greens and other veggies grown in yards without chemical sprays. My favorite grower Cyndi retired from farming two summers ago, but I still have Jim offering loads of vegetables during the winter.
By May, it is hot like summer here in Florida and the leafy greens will disappear. Jim will clear his front yard field, plant sweet potatoes, and drive north for the summer to Maine to his grandfather’s farm. There he will plant another season of produce. Jim says a Maine summer is similar to our winter. Next October he will return with Maine autumn produce, like apples. During the “season” (winter months and early spring), there weres always tables of fresh produce from multiple growers and lots of buyers. Then the pandemic hit the world. During lockdown there was no market. When restrictions were removed, I went to see the little market in front of the library. It was sad with just a few tables and few patrons. We obviously didn’t have the normal number of snowbirds coming to Florida for the winter. I personally think that it is better for all of us, but I am sad about the market. Today’s photos are from several years ago. Pardon me if you have seen them before.
Most days in central Florida are bright with blue skies. Add fresh produce fresh from the garden and I feel like it’s heaven. A few Florida cool weather crops are a beautiful big cabbage, baby carrots, and a handful of spinach. I think fresh cabbages are gorgeous like a big green flower. They’re gone by April as the temperatures rise.
May used to mean other crops were available like squash, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even berries. Of course, I always loved real free-range eggs too.
Wishing you blue skies and warm days.
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