The Gulf Stream is a fascinating geological phenomenon. A warm, strong, fast-moving ocean current, it influences climate from the Caribbean Basin to western Europe. Without it, Jackie Gleason could not have called Miami Beach “the sun and fun capital of the world.” Show biz aside, the Gulf Stream has also made southern Florida the winter vegetable capital of the eastern United States and Canada. At a time when shivering farmers in other parts of the country peruse their seed catalogues, farmers in our corner of the nation are busy raising an impressive assortment of popular vegetables.
Richard Lyon’s Nursery is heavily involved in growing winter crops, and they are beginning to ripen this month. Among the vegetables raised here are bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese winter melon, collard greens, cucumbers, daikon, eggplant, kohlrabi, radishes, squash, sweet potato, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and tropical pumpkin. Chives, a year-round crop, fill out the list. We also grow a number of herbs, including basil, dill, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
Spend a while at our farm on a nice winter’s day and take home your favorite selection of fresh, tasty vegetables and herbs. We’re open every day but Thursday.