Our Hours Shorten, But There is Still Plenty to Do!
With the heat of summer upon us, we will cut back our hours and only be open in June and July on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. We will close in August but may still have eggs available (check back). This is due to several reasons:
- Most produce does not grow well in Florida summers. We will have a few things, but not much.
- People aren’t wanting to do a lot of landscaping when it’s so hot.
- We have projects we need to get done to improve the marketplace. It is hard to work on these when we are open, plus it is generally dirty, sweaty work. Some key projects you will see are the fencing of the pasture, a new chick tractor, new irrigation in the nursery, and some new landscaping.
- We all a need a break and hopefully a vacation!
- We will host some summer day camps.
So as you can see we will still be busy trying to make the Green Marketplace a better experience for everyone but we will try to focus our efforts in the cooler part of the day.
If you need to shop for plants on a day that we are not open, you can schedule an appointment in advance with Kari by calling her at 321-536-1410
So we will plan to see you on Fridays and Saturdays. We will continue to have:
- Eggs (until the heat slows the hens down too)
- Raw cow dairy (sold not for human consumption per FL Stats.)
- Kombucha and Kefir
- Produce as available (summer fruits, possibly tropical greens, peppers, okra…)
- Local honey, jams and jellies
- Hypertufa art (leaves), hand painted pots
- plenty of plants (native, edible, butterfly attractors…)
- Heirloom vegetable seeds
- Handmade and natural skin care
- Nutrition products
If you are interested in volunteering to work on various projects on our to-do list, please contact us.
It’s a chilly day here at The Green Marketplace and we’re digging out old sheets and string lights to keep the sensitive plants from freezing. We’ve had several customers over the last month ask us why we don’t have tomato plants for sale yet. Well, this cold is why! We traditionally get our last chance of frost in the middle of February, so we wait to put out tomato plants for sale until the end. We want your gardens to be as successful as possible and while it may be warm in January, it doesn’t mean the warm will last!
So if you’ve already planted, you’ll be getting out your sheets too. If you’ve waited until this cold passes, then we’ll hope to see you out here at our green market in Cocoa in a couple of weeks!
Join us for some festive cheer, meet our new talented crafters and growers, and shop for some truly local and green gifts this holiday season!
A Board Game That Teaches Families About Healing Herbs!
A friend of mine just told me about a game their family enjoys that actually teaches players how and when to use different herbs for situations that they land on during the game. The game aims to connect kids to nature while teaching them skills they could actually use in real life.
The game is even made with the earth in mind! “Made in the U.S.A. Game box and board are made with 100% recycled chipboard Printed with vegetable oil based inks Water based coating on paper, no varnish Forest Stewardship Council certified paper All material is 100% recyclable” (Learning Herbs.com 2014)
I’m excited to try this game myself!
Seed starting class this weekend! It’s time to start tomato and pepper seeds (and a few others). Here’s your chance – all supplies provided!
It is time to start certain warm season fall vegetable plants, like tomatoes, peppers, NZ spinach, okra, and eggplant. Participants will be given a seed starting tray, instructions, soil, and access to at least 20 varieties of heirloom seeds to plant and take home. Get an easy and timely start to your fall vegetable garden!
Please note that we will be closing Friday July 4th and Saturday July 5th for the holiday weekend!
Here’s more information in our newsletter update.
Counties and cities along the Indian River Lagoon have
enacted ordinances banning the use of fertilizers during the raining season to prevent fertilizer from running off and polluting the lagoon, which has been declining in quality due to pollution from fertilizers, wastewater, and other chemicals and toxins. This has led to the death of thousands of acres of seagrass, and countless fish, birds, dolphins, and manatees.
Help protect our waterways and comply with this ban, and better yet, replace some or all of your turf and ornamental landscaping with native plants that don’t need chemical fertilizer!
Find your municipalities ordinance here: http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/ordinances.shtml