SEASONAL Produce Sales to the General Public:
thursdays, fridays from 10-6; saturdays from 10-1.
Read on to learn more and for other produce buying options!
all produce sold at Shadowood Farm is
100% certified organic!
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 late 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. As a very small farm, it’s 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 can supply, so we have responded to their requests accordingly.
YES! Our 9th season of gardening is certified organic!
Though we’ve always grown using organic practices, last October our devotion to organic agriculture became official and we received our Organic Certification from the USDA. 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).
Our 9th season of collective gardening has been the most perplexing growing adventure ever. We’ll spare you the long, winding details and simplify things by saying that for a full eight weeks the fire ants and the moles created total chaos in Garden #1 (our largest production garden area where we grow food to sell). We’d plant a crop. They’d destroy it within 24 hours. We attempt to solve the problem, but they kept coming back. This theme was repeated five times and it wasn’t until early November that we started to see some real progress.
Our current produce sale days here at the farm are Thursdays and Friday from 10AM-6:00PM, as well as Saturdays from 10AM until 1PM. We also sell our produce most Sundays at The Stuart Green Market from 9AM until 1PM in downtown Stuart. We are very excited to now offer a few items at Healthfully Yours , located in the Mayfair Shopping Center on US 1 in Stuart. To see what we have available each week, be sure to follow us on Facebook.
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.
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, we will advise when and where you can purchase these items.