It’s Squash Season at the Farmers Market


JD-Beef-Fernandina-farmers-market-053015-cropThe available produce at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is changing with the season as the weather warms up and we transition from spring to summer-like weather patterns.

On May 30th you can expect Cabbage Creek Farm to bring plenty of bright sunflower cuttings and a wide, and unique variety of summer squash.

Boatright Farms have plenty of squash and the blueberries will be in season through June. Al and Anna’s field peas and beans are doing incredibly well, and their corn on the cob is fabulous!

Kings Kountry Produce’s strawberry season is calming down, while the melons and squash are coming in fast… we may need to call June, “Squash Season” as every farmer I spoke with said the squash crops are in abundance this season. I’m sure Jane will have Mason jars full of pickled squash soon.

JD Beef is bringing their Angus beef to the market and Steve is expecting a fresh supply of beef that is free of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, and vaccinations. Their farm owns their own bulls and they operate a closed herd; they do not share their borders with any other cattle operation. The herd grazes on Bermuda and rye grass, and there is plenty of hay, minerals, and fresh water available to keep them on a healthy diet. According to the USDA, beef from cattle that is less than 30 months is ideal and JD’s beef comes from cattle less than two years of age. Once their beef is processed, they let it age for two weeks to ensure beef that is tender and tasty. Remember, they follow the “Happy Cow” program and their animals are treated with the utmost respect. They are never handled poorly or mistreated.

Music this week is toe tapping and friendly; Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band do a number of sing along songs that are fun for kids of all ages.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic Fernandina. The market is open form 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, every Saturday, rain or shine.

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