SEASONAL Produce Sales to the General Public:
Limited Summer Hours, June through August: Thursdays and Saturdays from 10AM until 1PM
Read on to learn more and for other produce buying options!
all produce sold at Shadowood Farm is
100% certified organic!
Though we’ve always grown using organic practices, in October of 2018, our devotion to organic agriculture became official and we received our Organic Certification from the USDA. To our knowledge, we are one of two Certified Organic growers in Martin County (Lakeside Ranch of Indiantown is the other) and the only Certified Organic grower headquartered in Martin County (USDA records show Lakeside’s location as Palm Beach county).
SUMMER MONTHS- Things are different here. Some local farmers and home gardeners plant and enjoy more tropical veggies during the summer months. From May through early September at Shadowood, we say a sad "goodbye" to our typical annual veggies, focus on planting a few summer suited plants and operate a Buyers Club scenario for our most devoted customers. We do have limited Shadowood grown foods, as well as certified organic produce from other farms around the US available in limited quantities during the summer months.
Summer means the bulk of our growing beds are planted with cover crops (things that both re-nourish and rest the soil in our garden beds).
Because we are constantly expanding our perennial, agroforestry areas on the farm, should any tropical fruits become available over the summer months, they will be sold here at the farm as well.
FALL, WINTER & SPRING: Here in South Florida, most of the annual vegetables that people typically want to eat, grow best from late September through April/early May. We start planting our fall crops in early to mid September and generally will not have vegetables or herbs ready until late October/early November. Not all crops are planted at the same time and not all crops are ready at the same time. Mother Nature ALWAYS dictates!
Each season we grow a wide variety of annual vegetables, herbs and some perennial fruits. We always try to grow heirloom and/or unusual varieties. In August, we are planting seeds like crazy to create baby plants that will placed in our gardens come September. Once we start planting, we’ll share the what varieties are being planted here and on social media!
As a very small farm, it can be difficult for us to grow the volume and variety of produce that our customers want and need. For this reason, in addition to the items we grow here at the farm, we also broker in produce through a supplier that buys from other certified organic farms in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Though we try to limit our purchases of outside produce to regional US farms, our customers desires always dictate our purchases. We firmly believe in full food clarity, so our customers are always told what is grown here on the farm and what is brought in from other sources.
We fully acknowledge that bringing produce in from other areas of the country is not in keeping with the image people have of the local food movement. Every food choice that each of us make impacts our carbon footprint in some way. Many of our customers only purchase Shadowood grown food. Some of our steady customers who are devoted to certified organic food for health reasons, environmental reasons, or both- have requested a greater certified organic selection than local farms or chain store groceries can supply. We have responded to their requests accordingly. Each season we encourage our shoppers to try new, local food varieties that can enrich their nutrition and expand their food horizons!