Category Archives: Agriculture

July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Wild Edibles Participants will learn which plants have been used for food sources, and how they’ve been prepared. Presenter: Master Gardener Rita Grant Date/Time/Location: Wednesday July 26 @ 10:30 AM at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608 Fall Vegetable Gardening Participants will learn the basics about Fall vegetable gardening … Continue reading July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Blackberries available tomorrow, 7/8 at Bramble Creek Farms

Good news for blackberry fans: Bramble Creek Farms will be open for one more upick this Saturday, July 8 from 8 am – noon. This lovely farm is located at: 23031 Hayman Rd, Brooksville, Florida, FL 34602, just west of Batten Road, on Hayman, and their phone number is 352-796-5473. They grown only thornless berries and … Continue reading Blackberries available tomorrow, 7/8 at Bramble Creek Farms

Blue Crab Trap Closure from July 10-20 & 20-29

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Palm Beach-Broward county line must be removed from the water before July 10, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to … Continue reading Blue Crab Trap Closure from July 10-20 & 20-29

JG Ranch final Picking Day is 7/2

It is that time of year when I have to tell you this will be our last picking of the season. We will close at the end of the picking day, July 2nd. Blackberries are available for $4.00/pound u-pick Thursday – Sunday 9am-1pm. Strawberry season should start sometime in November as long as Mother Nature … Continue reading JG Ranch final Picking Day is 7/2

Upicktopia to cut back to Saturday only hours for summer

Blackberries, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, onions, basil, a little bit of this and that. This will be the last weekend that we will be open all three days. Beginning July 1, we will be open Saturday only for u pick. The winery will be open as for its normal hours through the summer though. Don’t forget to … Continue reading Upicktopia to cut back to Saturday only hours for summer

New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market at Habitat for Humanity

Now Open from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon New Port Richey FarmNet enjoyed a successful opening on June 3 and is now preparing for its regular weekly schedule where people who want to buy organic produce can do so through the New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market located at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity … Continue reading New Port Richey FarmNet Farmer’s Market at Habitat for Humanity

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 6/9

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. Blackberries, Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, blueberries, Eggplants, peas and more this week. Here is a list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. We have Blackberries 4.00/lb u pick watermelons 3.50 each cantaloupe 1.00 each blueberries picked 3.50/lb tomatoes picked and u pick 1.89/lb small … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 6/9

Hernando County Extension Classes for June

Goodness- Snakes Alive! Friday June 9 @ 10:00 AM Master Gardener Leslie Derrenbacker Participants will learn the natural niche that snakes fill, how to tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake and how we can co-exist with our slithery friends. Chinsegut Conservation Center 23212 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville, 34601 Alien Invaders- An Update on … Continue reading Hernando County Extension Classes for June

Hernando County Extension Piloting a New Master Gardener Class

Hernando Extension Master Gardeners are planning on offering  Master Gardener training this coming August, but trying something new this time. Because it is difficult for many people to take off from work during the week for training, they will be offering this class on-line. Students will meet one evening a week for a few hours … Continue reading Hernando County Extension Piloting a New Master Gardener Class

Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Pulling up to the wide farm gate on Hayman Road, anticipation of the sweet, yet slightly tart flavor of fresh, juicy blackberries has a grip on me. This is my second year visiting Bramble Creek Farm and I have a vision to fulfill – and a bucket! It is an idyllic scene; slowly touring the … Continue reading Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 5-26-17

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. Blackberries, Watermelons, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Gladiolus, Peppers, Eggplants, Cucumbers and more this week. See the image below for a complete list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9am to 6pm 19125 Phillips Rd. in Masaryktown, Florida 34604 Call … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update 5-26-17

Blackberries come in early at Bramble Creek

Ann and Gene Altman opened their well-established blackberry farm early this year, due to the weather. For local blackberry lovers, this is good news – Tuesday evenings from 5 – 8pm, you can pick your fill of huge, delicious, thornless blackberries at 23031 Hayman Road, Brooksville, Florida 34602. They are also open on Saturday mornings … Continue reading Blackberries come in early at Bramble Creek

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. This weeks harvest includes Gladiola Flowers, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Italian Broad Beans, Cukes, Eggplants and more! See the image below for a complete list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9am to 6pm 19125 Phillips Rd. in Masaryktown, Florida … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update

New Port Richey FarmNet to open Farmer’s Market 6/3

New Port Richey FarmNet will open a new farmer’s market at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison, New Port Richey, 34652). Official opening is Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will also be online, with ordering throughout the week and pick up on Saturdays. This is a great … Continue reading New Port Richey FarmNet to open Farmer’s Market 6/3

JG Ranch May Update: Sweet Corn, Berries & More

It’s May and we have a little over 2 months left for this season.  Jeff has all ready started working up the strawberry beds and putting in a new irrigation/sprinkler system.  Forty thousand plants have been ordered for October 1st delivery and we are looking for a pre-Thanksgiving strawberry opening. Sweet corn is now available … Continue reading JG Ranch May Update: Sweet Corn, Berries & More

A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

At 10 am the gate opens and customers begin their semi-annual trek for what has been called, “the sweetest gold on earth”: Frazier’s sweet corn. David Frazier owns a 25-acre farm several blocks north of Jefferson and East Avenue in Brooksville. Twice each year he harvests the crops and people flock to the quaint locale … Continue reading A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in May 2017

Irrigation efficiency Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 9, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Landscape irrigation is supplemental, but often uses 50-70 % of total residential water consumption. Irrigation practices such as seasonal scheduling, catch can calibration and selection of drought tolerant plants are essential to creating a … Continue reading Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in May 2017

May 13 San Antonio Farmer’s Market celebrates Mothers

The May 13 Farmers Market in San Antonio will celebrate Mothers Day.  All mothers will be given a free chance drawing ticket for a special Mothers Day Basket containing items chosen to relax and please the lucky winner. In addition, a number of the vendors will offer Mothers Day specials at their booths. The Farmers … Continue reading May 13 San Antonio Farmer’s Market celebrates Mothers

Florida-fresh Blueberries in the Nature Coast: Picking and Grinning

Picking blueberries throughout Florida’s Nature Coast is one of my favorite things to do in April-May. I easily pick 10 pounds at a time and they keep a long time in the refrigerator. I give some to the neighbors, some to my friends, and I eat a lot of blueberries while picking because they taste … Continue reading Florida-fresh Blueberries in the Nature Coast: Picking and Grinning

May Hernando County Extension Class Schedule

Plan now to attend spring lawn and landscaping classes (Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program and Extension Service offers classes year-round to help residents learn how to save time, money and water when maintaining their lawns and gardens. No registration is required for most of these classes, but you may call (352) 540-6230 … Continue reading May Hernando County Extension Class Schedule

Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida’s Nature Coast has a cornucopia of fresh farm produce available throughout most of the year. While the local grocery store may carry Florida fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year, a local produce market can provide foods that have been grown closer to home, and a trip to the farm provides the freshest food … Continue reading Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida Loquat Festival offers a Variety of Loquat Trees in NPR 4/8

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the fourth annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653) in New Port Richey. The festival is a learning and sharing event … Continue reading Florida Loquat Festival offers a Variety of Loquat Trees in NPR 4/8

Nature Coast Agri-Summit to be held April 22 in Lecanto

Are you looking for a way to make money with your small farm or acreage? Then the Nature Coast Agri-Summit is a must attend event! Nature Coast Agri-Summit is a regional small farms conference to share practical ideas for making a profit off the land. This one-day event is hosted by Citrus County UF/IFAS Extension … Continue reading Nature Coast Agri-Summit to be held April 22 in Lecanto

San Antonio Farmer’s Market 4/8

The April 8 San Antonio Farmers Market will be a Spring Market featuring a Basket Chance Drawing with more than a dozen baskets containing everything from gift certificates to chocolates to Irish Coffee ingredients. The Market will be held in the San Antonio City Park from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Vendors will be selling … Continue reading San Antonio Farmer’s Market 4/8

Florida Loquat Festival 4/8 to feature a variety of Loquat Trees

Ecology Florida and Friendship Farms & Fare, with the support of the City of New Port Richey, will host the fourth annual Florida Loquat Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frances Avenue Park (6156 Louisiana Avenue, 34653) in New Port Richey. The festival is a learning and sharing event … Continue reading Florida Loquat Festival 4/8 to feature a variety of Loquat Trees

Fruits & Veggies U-PICK+ Update from JG Ranch

There will be plenty of strawberries to pick for the next 2 or 3 weeks and then it will be a hunt for the good ones..  The blueberries are starting, but this cold snap will stop ripening till we get back into the eighty’s.  There should be plenty in a couple of weeks and berries … Continue reading Fruits & Veggies U-PICK+ Update from JG Ranch

Upicktopia Strawberries are at their Peak

There are so many big sweet strawberries that it will only take a few minutes to fill a bucket. There are carrots, broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, lettuce, herbs, Swiss Chard, collards and cabbage for u pick. We also have tomatoes, and peppers already picked from the green houses along with other fruits and vegetables for sale. … Continue reading Upicktopia Strawberries are at their Peak

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 4-H holds County Events Day

Each year Citrus County 4-H members compete at the county and district level to demonstrate what they have learned through their 4-H work.  Through this demonstration of knowledge and skills, 4-H youth reflect mastery – one of the essential elements of 4-H youth development. This year over 100 youth participated at 4-H County Events Day … Continue reading UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 4-H holds County Events Day

Upictopia Produce Update: Strawberries expected to run out this weekend

The good news is that, in 2 to 3 weeks we will have lots and lots of our really great tasting strawberries. We also have kale, kohlrabi, collards, mustard greens, lettuce, oregano, thyme, cilantro, Swiss Chard, cabbage and more for u pick! We also have tomatoes, cucumbers, and banana peppers from our green houses, already … Continue reading Upictopia Produce Update: Strawberries expected to run out this weekend

Free Trees to celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day 1/14

Hernando County Extension Service is giving away 600 free trees to celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day. Nichole Howard, Hernando County Forester, has made her selections for the annual tree giveaway at the master gardener nursery, 19490 Oliver St. in Brooksville, scheduled for 9 AM on January 14, 2017. An informative presentation about planting and caring for the … Continue reading Free Trees to celebrate Florida’s Arbor Day 1/14