Enter my fabulous local produce farmers Jon and Debbie Butts.
Jon and Debbie own and operate EcoFarm, a sustainable, organic, biodynamic farm in the Tampa Bay area. I am fortunate enough to have access to the bounty of their produce on a weekly basis.
Jon and Debbie really have a knack for growing produce even under the extreme conditions of a Florida summer.
Yesterday, I got some figs, grapes (yes, they grow in Florida in the summer!) and sand (pineapple) pears from them.
The picture above showcases the vegetables I purchased last week. As I type this, I have the calabaza (tropical) pumpkin in the oven. My kids cannot wait until I bake some pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie with the 4-5 cups of delectable pumpkin puree I will get from baking this gorgeous speciman.
Who says pumpkins are to be enjoyed just in the Fall?
I also have 3 different kinds of eggplant which make for an amazing eggplant parmesan casserole consisting of all the varieties baked together.
The long white thing at the back of the picture is a cucuzza squash. They are divine sauted in butter and garlic. It tastes a bit like a cross between cucumber and zucchini.
Hopefully, next week I can get some okra so I can make a nice, spicy pot of gumbo!
Are you particularly adept like Jon and Debbie at growing seasonal produce under extreme weather conditions? Please post the photos of your bounty on the Seeds of Change Facebook Wall (you need to become a fan of their page first) for inclusion in the super cool Virtual Garden photo album.
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.