You guessed it right, this low calorie and carb vegetable is known as OKRA! Our okra vegetables has many benefits. Not only is BUFA's okra free of pesticides but it also has many antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. According to Healthline okra contains vitamins A, C, and K1. Eating okra will enhance your heart health and you will have a lower risk of blood clots. Okra can also be used in many recipes and prepared all kinds of ways. From sauteing, boiled, fried, and to even putting them in the famous gumbo. Okra is the way to go!
Black Urban Farmers Association (BUFA) is located at 580 W Bowman Rd. French Camp, CA 95231. Our free of pesticides, locally grown, fruits, vegetables, and herbs are raised with love and handled with care. Our organic products does not only excite your mouth but your health also. Organic products have many benefits including richer nutrients, more HEALTHY fats, a lower risk of cancer, better taste and so much more. Eating organically will make you have a better overall health. BUFA is a farmers market that will help you to sustain your wellness. We are here to provide and educate you with the best fruits, vegetables, and herbs that we have to offer. Call or email us to pre-order our products.
What's green on the outside and yellow in the middle?
Believe it or not, it's a watermelon! There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelons around the world, but the popular red watermelon found in the US actually originated from Africa and had yellow flesh. This delicious melon has a sweeter, honey like flavor and actually contains more nutrients than its red-fleshed counterpart. Watermelon seeds are packed with antioxidants which can prevent or slow cell damage in our body. Men may also be interested to know that studies have been conducted on how eating watermelon can help their ED (the results are astounding). Luckily, if you've been hooked and would like to taste this delicious melon, it can still be found from select farmers. Stockton's BUFA has a batch soon to be harvested! We pride ourselves on learning more about the food we grow and sharing it with our community. Healthy eating doesn't have to be a secret, known only by the wealthy. We encourage you to keep eating locally grown fruits and vegetables while learning about what they can do for your bodies. This passion is what keeps BUFA growing. Please check out the references listed below to read more about our beloved watermelon and what it can do for you.
Greger, M., & Stone, G. (2018). Other Fruits: Watermelon. In How not to die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease (pp. 299-300). London, England: Pan Books.
Ever wonder How To Eat More Local & Fresh Produce? If so and you live in the Stockton, CA or French Camp area BUFA has something to offer that you will absolutely love.
One of our core crops is greens of all kinds. We currently have 2 types of mustard greens and Georgia Collards. Our greens have advantages of other greens that you can buy at local or big box stores.
What We Don't Do To Our Greens
What We Do To Our Greens
Check out where your greens come from and what they look like:
Farming is hard work and even with technology and machinery, there is no getting around it. Early hours, long hours and work conditions that include everything from rain, cold to sweltering heat. But, there are many reasons to bring joy to this work and we had a "JOY" experience yesterday.
Partners were building raised beds to prepare for summer planting; while others were prepping produce for a local pop up farmers market. "JOY" arrived in the person of Ida Mae Oliver. Ida Mae walked onto the farm and said she had been trying to locate us to buy some fresh produce. She was a mature Black woman, dressed in a long skirt, cotton top & sporting a wide-brimmed straw hat worn with swag. Ida Mae told us she wanted to buy some produce but mostly wanted to know when and how she could volunteer to help us.
All but one of our farmers are senior citizens ranging in age from 62-78. I guessed Ida Mae was probably in the high end of that range. She explained that she was born in Texas, but came to Stockton at 3 months old. Why did she want to join us? In her words, "So I can stop killing things" (namely plants/vegetables.)
We arranged for Ida Mae to meet us at the farm on Friday morning, 9 a.m. to tour the farm and assist with harvesting and getting ready for our Saturday Farmers Market. Ida Mae was excited and we got excited that we could share our knowledge and the "JOY" of farming with her. Looking forward to connecting with her on Friday and sharing her experience with BUFA. Pictures to follow in next post.
Ida Mae told us she absolutely loved collard greens so she left with a bag full of 4 large bunches of collards and a 4-5 pound green cabbage. She was on her way home to prepare the greens and spread some joy to her loved loves.