2024-02-10 Newsletter

Greetings from 12 Seasons Farm,
We are anticipating the next crop of tomatoes to begin ripening with this warmer weather. We hope the same for a rebound with the zucchini, peppers, and the damaged cucs from the rabbits. Usually, when there are successive days in the 80s, the tomatoes and other warm season crops begin to really push new growth and fruit. We have been shy on tomatoes for about 2 weeks so we look forward to meeting demand in the near future.Today we had a brilliant farmers market in Bonita and also hosted the cooking class by Anna Klein and salt and health talk by Don Slinger. Both were well attended and seemed to be greatly appreciated. Thanks to those who attended either of those!Last week we began a new market in south Naples on Tuesdays. It was a much more quiet market than certainly Saturday in Bonita and Captiva on Tuesdays. We look forward to returning this coming Tuesday. The market is located on the corner of Park Shore Dr. and Crayton Rd., south of Pine Ridge Rd.
We plan to be back at the Captiva Farmers market again this Tuesday in addition to the new market in Naples. For those wanting to preorder for Tuesday, as mentioned before, we are only doing preorders for Sanibel and Captiva customers due having a smaller vehicle for the Naples market.Here is our updated schedule this week:
TUESDAY CAPTIVA MARKET: Tuesday, 9am-1pm at South Seas Island ResortCaptiva. Buy directly from the stand or place a preorder online by Sunday, 8 pm and pick it up at the market. 
TUESDAY NAPLES ST. JOHN’S FARMERS MARKET (NEW!): Tuesday 9am-1pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Naples. The St. John’s Farmers Market is located at 500 Park Shore Dr., Naples, FL 34103, just south of Pine Ridge Rd. Due to vehicle space and staff limitations we cuhavingrrently don’t plant to do preorders for this market.
THURSDAY FARM PICK-UP & HOME DELIVERY FOR SW FL (NOT INCLUDING SANIBEL ANoD CAPTIVA): Please place an order online before TUESDAY, 8 pm. For farm pick-up on Thursday, please come to 14840 Old Olga Rd., Ft. Myers, FL 33905.
SATURDAY BONITA FARMERS MARKET: Saturday, 8am-noon at the Promenade Shops at Bonita Bay. Buy directly from the stand or place a preorder online by Thursday, 8 pm. If possible, please pick up after 10:30 for pre-orders as this will reduce the long line that often forms early in the morning. When picking up, you are welcome to skip the line and go down the south side of the tent to the back of our van where Annika will help you get your order and grab any add-ons you might want.
Orders can be placed online at 12seasonsfarm.comThis is what we are harvesting:
Strawberries,Summercrisp, Lettuce,Baby Butterhead, Lettuce,Large Leaf Butterhead, Lettuce,Romaine Lettuce,Arugula,Curly Kale,Flat Kale,Mixed Kale (multiple varieties),Swiss Chard,Green Beans (crop over), more hopefully in a couple weeks,Zucchini (limited),Cucumbers (very limited),Eggplant,Sweet Italian Bull’s Horn Peppers (limited),Broccolini,Cabbage,Cauliflower,Carrots, Green onions, Celery,Cherry tomatoes, Campari tomatoes,Heirloom/Specialty tomatoes,Red Slicing tomatoes,Round radish,Daikon radish,Cilantro,Dill,Curled Parsley (limited),Flat Parsley (limited),Lemongrass,Avocado (2 to 3 weeks more),Pummelo,Lemons,Papaya,Starfruit (just about over),Banana,Sunflowers,SW FL Saw Palmetto Honey,SW FL Wildflower Honey,Strawberry ButterHere is a photo from last week Tuesday’s market in Naples. Anthony and I were there together. Our tent is right near the entry of the church building.We try to bring much of the same as our larger market in Promenade.Here is a photo of Ann and Chris, both wwoofers volunteering on the farm this season. We are grateful for their wonderful help! Wwoof stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms and is an organization connecting organic farms/farmers (wwoof hosts) with individuals (wwoofers) seeking a meaningful volunteer work experience. A number of our workers come through the Wwoof program. We have been a wwoof host site for a little over 7 years.Here is an observation trial of 9 different varieties of bush green beans. It is a small trial to evaluate which cultivar of green bean performs best under our conditions. They are small plots about 6 ft in length. There are some obvious differences already in height and color of the leaves from the middle bed that has 8 of the 9 different varieties. We repeated this planting again just in the past few days to replicate the trial several weeks later. Experimentation is a key practice toward sustainable and improved food production!This photo is from this morning’s market in Bonita. Stacy was back at market today while Vicki was back at the farm helping host the cooking workshop. Stacy is now a mother of 2. Many of you may remember her from years of helping us sell at the Promenade market in Bonita.Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve you fresh,healthy, and delicious fruits and vegetables. We hope you all have a great week!

Danny, Vicki, the kids, and the 12 Seasons Team






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