Thursday, June 19, 2014

Today at the 326 Market: Japanese Persimmons! Dwarf Pomegranates! Native Blueberries! Goji Berries! Pawpaws! Coffee!

We got rained out last week so I'm hoping this week we have more luck.

I've got a nice assortment of non-astringent Japanese persimmon trees right now, some of which are already bearing fruit. If you don't have one, I highly recommend them. The cold doesn't bother them, they're able to grow even in lousy sand, they look attractive... and the fruit tastes like honey and sunshine. Nothing like one of those nasty under-ripe native persimmons you may have tasted as a kid.


I now have a very limited number of young pawpaw trees for $20.00 each. These aren't the shrubby native types with the small fruit (though I love those); these are Asimina triloba, the large-fruited type with delicious flavor. We're near the bottom of their range here but I've seen a lovely one growing locally and I know they'll thrive. It took me a long time to get these babies going (don't ask me about the germination time... my goodness...) but they're finally ready to follow you home.

In addition to those, I have a limited number of Florida native blueberry plants for just $15.00 each. These guys have the most amazing blueberry flavor packed into tiny berries. Take a look:

Tiny fruit with huge flavor.

Another fruit I'll bring tomorrow: dwarf pomegranates! These attractive little shrubs bloom prolifically and bear tart edible fruit in the summer and fall. I carry them for just $12.00 a pot.


Along with these, I finally have a very limited number of goji berries for $8.00 each, at least one of which is already in bloom:

Goji berries: a superfruit that thrives in Florida.

Another thing that took me a long time to grow but I finally pulled it off: coffee. That's right - I now have some adorable little coffee trees for sale. They can't take the cold but they love living in containers and will even happily live indoors - and set fruit - in a pot next to a sunny window.

Get a coffee plant and grow your own caffeine. Bonus: coffee cherries tast like sweet red bell peppers.

Sound like fun? Come on down to the 326 Market in Ocala today and pick up a few plants. There's a lot going on in the nursery and I'm finding more rare edibles each week.

By the way, if you ever want something really weird, like jackfruit, dragonfruit, canistels or other odd tropicals, I do carry a few in my nursery. Let me know in the comments and I can bring them with me. They're just not suited to this climate so I don't usually sell them except to hardcore masochists gardeners.

Also, for those of you that have been asking: I'm sold out of mulberries right now but should have some more in a month or so.

Some of my wonderful selections include:






APPLES (Anna, Dorsett) $20.00 

PEARS $20.00



POMEGRANATES (Various) $20.00

FIGS (Various) $20.00

MULBERRIES (Black and Everbearing) SOLD OUT - BACK SOON

JAPANESE PERSIMMONS (Various non-astringent) $29.00

MUSCADINE GRAPES (Black and Green) $9.00

Coming soon: garlic chives, shell ginger, native milkweed and chufa!

The 326 Community Market runs every Thursday from 3 - 7PM and is really easy to find.

Google map is here. Their Facebook page is here (with lots more photos and info):

My prices are good and my gardening advice is free.

Beyond what I carry, there are also folks selling melt-in-your-mouth Florida peaches, goat milk cheese and soap, handcrafts, recycled pallet wood furniture, fresh lemonade, delicious ice cream (from actual hand-milked cows), dolls and lovely homemade greeting cards, crafts, vegetables, baked goods, homemade jams and jellies (really good), local raw honey, homemade birdhouses and more.

It's a great group of people and very friendly... the way a local market should be.

Come on down!

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At June 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

The picture with the potted plants. What's the plant in the foreground? Looks like a cactus of sorts.

At June 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes! Thornless nopale cactus. Delicious pads... taste a bit like green peppers, a bit like green beans and a bit like okar. Somewhat mucilaginous but amazing in chili. I also like to eat the new pads raw on hot days. Very refreshing vegetable.

At June 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Interesting. I bought an assortment of cacti from a lady that was moving to Utah, honestly not knowing what most of them were. (She practically gave them to me). I have started planting them in the front corner of my lot know as the wasteland. Nice to know at least one of the is edible.


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