Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today at the 326 Community Market: Japanese Persimmons! Water Chestnuts! Blood-Pressure-Fixin' Salad Greens!

Last week was a blast... I got to meet a long-time reader (Hi, Wendy!) and talk with dozens of people about plants.

I also sold ALL of my Simpson Stoppers (Hey Louise!) and my dwarf pomegranates. My daughter and son also sold a pair of their carefully tended potted roses (thanks, Julie!).

I love sending plants away to good homes with loving people.

So... onwards! Let's see what I have today at the 326 Community Market...


We're almost sold out again: I'm hoping to pull at least one I can bring, though.

Chinese Water Chestnuts

Now this is a GREAT edible:

Chinese water chestnuts like old bathtubs. So do mosquitoes. I added mosquito fish to the tub - problem solved!
Do you have a pond? A swampy spot? A kiddie pool? Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious root crop that loves the heat and will produce abundantly. It's also perennial! I figured out how to package them up for sale (regular pots don't work) and I'll have some with me today - give 'em a try!

Japanese Persimmons

Simply one of the best fruit trees for this area. Sweet, luscious, non-astringent fruit... and my price of $29 per tree is really hard to beat. I mean... look at this beautiful tree:

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Even if it wasn't delicious... I'd buy it. And I have. I've got three in the yard and I'm trying to figure out how I can cram in more.

Quick! Buy them before I exceed maximum plant density! ;)

Longevity Spinach

Also known as Gynura procumbens, this is a delicious perennial green from the tropics that's excellent raw or cooked. It's reportedly REALLY good for you as well, like magically super-duper good.

Visit 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.

Some of my other wonderful selections include:


APPLES (Anna, Dorsett, Tropic Sweet): $20.00 

GINGERS (Various)

PEARS: $20.00

CHAYA: $5.00




POMEGRANATES (Various): $20.00


FIGS (Various): $20.00

MULBERRIES (Dwarf Everbearing): $20.00

JAPANESE PERSIMMONS (Various non-astringent): $29.00

MUSCADINE GRAPES (Black and Green): $9.00

Coming soon: herbs, moringa, hot peppers, katuk, edible-leaf hibiscus, goji berries!

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, chickens, delicious ice cream (from actual hand-milked cows), crafts, vegetables, baked goods, homemade jams and jellies (really good), local raw honey, ornamental plants, homemade birdhouses and more.

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

Come on down!



At July 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you have more Simpson Stoppers in the future?
--Ivy Mae

At July 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes - I might even have some this next week.

At July 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I see on your list that you have Pawpaw trees. I live in South Texas near Victoria and our winters are very mild. I have to grow low chill fruit trees. I have been unable to find out if Pawpaw trees will produce down here. I know they grow, but will they fruit? Also, how big do dwarf mulberries get? Thanks

At July 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Dwarf mulberries can be kept below 6' without much work. You can even do 3-4'. My best guess is that they won't get much bigger than 8' if you leave them alone.

From my reading, Asimina triloba, the northern pawpaw, needs 450 chill hours to produce fruit. However, you could easily grow one of these instead:

The fruit is smaller, but some of them are worth growing. Shrubs, mostly.


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