2024-03-11 newsletter

Greetings from 12 Seasons Farm,

It is encouraging to see so many crops producing bountifully at the moment. We
have generous crops now of strawberry, zucchini, cucumbers, broccolini, onions,
tomatoes, cauliflower and more.

We have a good diversity for the Tuesday Captiva and St. John’s Naples Farmers
mkts. Both markets run 9am-1pm. 

The Captiva Market runs through April and the Naples market runs through the
first 2 Tuesdays in April. It was great to have both markets bustling last
week. Thank you to those who came out!

The Promenade market in Bonita Springs is scheduled to run through May. We had
a very busy day there last Saturday. Even with 4 sellers it is hard to keep up.
Thank you for your patience. Remember if you place an order, you can skip the
line and head to the back of the Ford Transit where Annika will be glad to
serve you.

Our schedule remains much the same this week:

Tuesday, 9am-1pm at South Seas Island ResortCaptiva. Buy
directly from the stand or place a preorder online by Sunday, 8
and pick it up at the market. 

: 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 currently don’t plan to do preorders for this

: 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, 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

Orders can be placed online at 12seasonsfarm.com

This is what we are harvesting:

  • Strawberries
  • Summercrisp Lettuce
  • Baby Butterhead Lettuce
  • Large Leaf Butterhead Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce (starting to get limited in the heat)
  • Arugula
  • Curly Kale
  • Flat Kale
  • Mixed Kale (multiple varieties)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Green Beans
  • Zucchini 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Italian Bull’s Horn Peppers 
  • Broccolini
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots 
  • Green onions 
  • Large onions (pre-order only)
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Campari tomatoes
  • Heirloom/Specialty tomatoes
  • Red Slicing tomatoes
  • Round radish
  • Daikon radish
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Curled Parsley 
  • Flat Parsley 
  • Lemongrass
  • Turmeric (by pre-order only)
  • Pummelo
  • Temple Tangor
  • Ray Ruby Grapefruit
  • Papaya
  • Starfruit (just about over)
  • Banana
  • Sunflowers
  • SW FL Saw Palmetto Honey
  • SW FL Wildflower Honey
  • Strawberry Butter

Justine at the Captiva market showcasing the broccolini she picked and bundled!
We have had great broccolini as of late.

Enoch helping me harvest green beans from a trial I am doing involving 9
different varieties. 

Here is a closer up photo of the beans that include the bicolor Dragon’s tongue

We had a spring break work group come out for an afternoon from Hellenic
College in the Boston area. One of our workers Anthony Linderman is a graduate
from that college and helped arrange the group to visit 12 Seasons Farm for the

We are harvesting beautiful tomatoes at the moment!

The children last week helped me make a delivery to Rooster’s Produce on Rt.
80. They have been selling our tomatoes at their produce stand in Alva, Fl.

After the Saturday market and cooking class at the farm, Vicki and the two
older kids did Irish step dance at the Lee County Ag Expo. Simeon is on far
left with Vicki 4th on left and Annika 5th from right. Elena Watkins, one of
the dance school’s lead dancers also works for 12 Seasons Farm and is 7th from
right in red sash. From what I hear, the cooking class went well. We received a
lot of positive feedback from people who attended. Thank you to Anna Klein who
led the workshop. She is a great gift to this SW FL area and to our family and
farm team!

We hope you have been enjoying the tomatoes from 12 Seasons Farm this season.
The team works hard to bring you vine-ripened tomatoes that are growing in
healthy soil along with a host of other fruits and vegetables. 

Last night we had the joy of seeing Cate and Elisha again. Elisha is visiting
Cate and helping her on her farm in Orlando. They came south to our farm and
picked up a bunch of tomatoes so she could have them at her farmers market in
Winter Park that happens on Monday evenings.

We strive for bringing you the best. Whenever we fall short and you have a
disappointment, please do let us know. We want to make it right. Thanks for
your kindness to us. It is a hard, demanding, and good life; your affirmation,
gratitude, and kindness makes the hard side more pleasurable!

All the best to you this week! 

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

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