Monthly Archives: May 2013

Scented Geraniums: Beautiful, Fragrant, Edible

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I love scented geraniums!  A lot of folks have never even heard of them, or so they think!  If you’ve ever seen a “mosquito plant” at the garden center, then you have seen a scented geranium!  I talk about these amazing plants whenever I give a presentation on edible landscaping.  I am also incorporating them into an edibles program I am doing for some nature camp kids at Crosby Arboretum next month!
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The leaves and flowers are edible and highly perfumed making them perfect to use in mixology, preserves and desserts!

Here are some Scented-leaf pelargoniums and their flavors:
Almond – Pelargonium quercifolium
Apple – Pelargonium odoratissimum
Coconut – Pelargonium grossalarioides (Pelargonium parriflorum)
Lemon – Pelargonium crispum
Nutmeg – Pelargonium fragrans (Pelargonium x fragrans)
Old Spice (sort of a nutmeg)- Pelargonium fragrans ‘Logees’
Peppermint – Pelargonium tomentosum
Rose – Pelargonium graveolens (Pelargonium roseum)
Rose – Pelargonium capitatum
Rose – Pelargonium radens
Lemon Scented – Pelargonium citronellum
Southernwood (camphor-woodsy scent) – Pelargonium abrotanifolium
Strawberry – Pelargonium scarboroviae (Pelargonium x scarboroviae)

Cultivars
‘Attar of Roses’
‘Attar of Roses’ – a cultivar of P. capitatum
‘Crowfoot Rose’ – a cultivar of P. radens
‘Dr. Livingston’ – a cultivar of P. radens
‘Grey Lady Plymouth’ – a cultivar of P. graveolens
‘Prince Rupert’ – a cultivar of P. crispum

Hybrids
‘Ginger’ – P. x torento
‘Lemon Balm’ – a hybrid: P. x melissinum
‘Lime’ – a hybrid: (P. x nervosum)
‘Prince of Orange’ – a hybrid: P. x citrosum

Have you included scented geraniums in your edible garden? The leaves and flowers are edible and highly perfumed making them perfect to use in mixology, preserves and desserts! 

Here are some Scented-leaf pelargoniums and their flavors:
Almond - Pelargonium quercifolium
Apple - Pelargonium odoratissimum
Coconut - Pelargonium grossalarioides (Pelargonium parriflorum)
Lemon - Pelargonium crispum
Nutmeg - Pelargonium fragrans (Pelargonium x fragrans)
Old Spice (sort of a nutmeg)- Pelargonium fragrans 'Logees'
Peppermint - Pelargonium tomentosum
Rose - Pelargonium graveolens (Pelargonium roseum)
Rose - Pelargonium capitatum
Rose - Pelargonium radens
Lemon Scented - Pelargonium citronellum
Southernwood (camphor-woodsy scent) - Pelargonium abrotanifolium
Strawberry - Pelargonium scarboroviae (Pelargonium x scarboroviae) 

Cultivars
'Attar of Roses'
'Attar of Roses' - a cultivar of P. capitatum
'Crowfoot Rose' - a cultivar of P. radens
'Dr. Livingston' - a cultivar of P. radens
'Grey Lady Plymouth' - a cultivar of P. graveolens
'Prince Rupert' - a cultivar of P. crispum

Hybrids
'Ginger' - P. x torento
'Lemon Balm' - a hybrid: P. x melissinum
'Lime' - a hybrid: (P. x nervosum)
'Prince of Orange' - a hybrid: P. x citrosum

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)

USDA’s Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides matching funds on a competitive basis to State Departments of Agriculture to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. Eligible agricultural categories include livestock, livestock products, food and feed crops, fish and shellfish, horticulture, viticulture, apiary, and forest products and processed or manufactured products derived from such commodities. Reflecting the growing diversity of U.S. agriculture, in recent years, FSMIP accepts proposals dealing with nutraceuticals, bioenergy, compost, agroforestry products, and products made from agricultural residue.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) will be accepting applications for the FSMIP program. MDAC will submit qualifying proposals to USDA on the applicant’s behalf. Applications must be submitted to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce by the 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2013. (Please note that this is earlier than USDA’s deadline date listed on the Guidelines). Applications should be submitted to Paige Manning, MDAC, P.O. Box 1609, Jackson, MS 39215 or  paige@mdac.ms.gov.

For additional information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Paige Manning at (601) 359-1163 or paige@mdac.ms.gov.

Vegetable Field Day

Save the Date for the Vegetable Field Day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Beaumont, MS on June 13, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference

The 2013 Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference will be held November 14-15 at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS.  More details to come.

Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Annual Conference

The 2013 Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference will be held November 14-15 at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS.  More details to come.

USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a 4 week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20, 2013 and ending on June 14, 2013.  The restart of sign-up for the continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives will began on May 13, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2013.

For more information about this press release, click the following link: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-7adcd7 or contact your local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov.

 

USDA Webinar Series for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry

The Agricultural Marketing Service’s  Fruit and Vegetable Program invites you to take part in a series of free, interactive webinars on our many programs and services.  At each webinar, you’ll hear a presentation from a USDA expert on a specific topic, be introduced to our staff, and take part in an interactive question and answer session.

These informative webinars are designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers and retailers of all sizes.  All of the webinars are free and available to anyone with Internet access.  Registration is, however, required and space is limited.  Log on today to register – it’s your first step to gaining a competitive edge and learning how we can work together to meet your unique business needs.  If you miss a webinar, just visit our Webinar Archive to watch it online.

Take a look at all we have to offer.  Follow the links next to the webinar titles below for full information on each session and to register.  We’ll see you online!

Coming Up!

 

How to Sell Fruits and  Vegetables to the USDA June 27, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time To register. http://bit.ly/145Arm2

 

Market News: 

New Custom

Average Tool Explained

July 25, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 

To register.

http://bit.ly/13xKKLm

The PACA* Complaint Process – An Interactive Discussion August 22, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time To register.

http://bit.ly/13l0pNP

I Love My Farmers Market

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I Love My Farmers Market Celebration works to raise the national awareness about our glorious farmers markets. Farmers markets provide the vital link between eaters and where our food comes from and as such highlight the importance of protecting farmland.

Since 1980, American Farmland Trust has championed family farmers and helped permanently protect more than 5 million acres of farmland. We have been losing more than an acre of farmland every minute to development, this celebration works to halt that trend.

I Love My Farmers Market Celebration starts May 28, 2013 at noon EST and will close on September 9, 2013 at midnight EST. Pledges will be cast atwww.lovemyfarmersmarket.org.

Participants pledge dollars they intend to spend at their farmers markets. One pledge = A commitment to spend $10 at your farmers market that week. In 2013 we plan to secure at least $1 million dollars in pledges to support family farmers and local farmers markets nationwide.

Everything Local Expo Invites Local Farmers to Participate

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USDA Grant Allows Free Booth for 40 Farmers

 

 

On July 15, 2013, the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association will be hosting the EVERYTHING LOCAL EXPO at the Hilton Jackson.

>From 4pm until 7 pm, the EVERYTHING LOCAL EXPO will showcase food producers from all over the state. Because of a USDA GRANT, the first 40 growers to respond will be eligible for FREE BOOTH SPACE.

The EVERYTHING LOCAL EXPO will be attended by restaurant owners/managers and the general public. Farmers are encouraged to use this as a selling event.

Set up at the Hilton must be complete by 3pm on July 15. Doors open to the public at 4pm.

In addition to the Expo, we will be having the Mississippi’s Best Tomato Sandwich Competition. The MHRA will recruit restaurants to compete.

Participating growers can also showcase their tomatoes in this event. The grant will also provide a product stipend to growers to provide their ‘best in class” tomatoes.

If you would like to take advantage of this FREE opportunity to showcase your product. Call Mike Cashion at 601.608.0223

 

 

Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association
130 Riverview Drive, Suite C
Flowood, MS 39232
P: 601.420.4210 or 800.898.0343
F: 601.608.0226
info@msra.org
http://www.msra.org