community day at usda chapman field

adielMay 17, 2011

For all those who are interested and live(or want to drive to) South Florida:

Hi all:

Chapman Field REVISED date for COMMUNITY DAY AT USDA SUBTROPICAL HORTICULTURE RESEARCH STATION (LOCALLY KNOWN AS "CHAPMAN FIELD") will be held BEFORE our next meeting. Please pass this info by e-mail, verbally and by phone asap.

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Luscious Lychees will be featured at the USDA Chapman Field Open House (revised date) on June 4, 2011

The loveable and luscious lychee is the featured plant at this years USDA-ARS Open House at Chapman Field. Come join us and taste different varieties of lychees grown at this USDA research facility. Also see how agricultural research and experiments are done during lab tours, and take an air-conditioned bus tour of the experimental groves and extensive plant collections.

Over the years , this station has been responsible for the introduction and/or development of many of our favorite plants and fruits here in South Florida, and this is an opportunity to learn more about the many contributions that scientists at this facility have made, and continue to make, for the benefit of our community and our nation.

Also included in this event are plant sales, food vendors, and educational booths that will reveal many more resources that are available to you!

This open house is FREE and open to the public!

When: Saturday, June 4, 10 am - 3 pm (The Friends of Chapman Field, a local support group, will have its annual meeting at 9 am)

Where: USDA-ARS, 13601 Old Cutler Rd, Miami, Florida Located between Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay.

Website: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=10134

Adiel

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fruit_guy

Thanks for posting this. I couldn't figure out how to send it as an attachment with the emails provided by this forum. The original has a pictures of a bunch of lychee for enticement!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 11:52AM
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marinfla(10 South Florida)

I am planning to attend this event. It looks like a great day!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 8:57PM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Marin, I wish I lived closer I would have hitched a ride with you! Have fun!!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2011 at 8:00AM
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marinfla(10 South Florida)

Nancy You should come down on Friday night... I have space for you to stay here. You could drive back on Saturday after the event.....Life is too short to make excuses when you don't need to make reservations LOL

    Bookmark   May 18, 2011 at 10:39PM
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adiel

I hope to see some of you there. I will be there too.

Adiel

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 8:11AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Hi Marin, Wish I could...thanks for the invite though, that was such a nice offer! I don't drive out of my zipcode,lol...DH is working.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 7:24AM
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pj1881(10a PBC Fla.)

How is the parking down there? I am really thinking of making the trek down there with my little one (she loves lychees!)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 2:03PM
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fruit_guy

The last time I was there, you just parked at the USDA station. There really isn't much else in the area for parking. I'd recommend getting there early just in case.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 2:41PM
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marinfla(10 South Florida)

I am planning to go as well. Will they be selling large size lychee trees? That will determine whether I drive the SUV or car. Anyone else going?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 10:23PM
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pj1881(10a PBC Fla.)

What a great day! Thanks for posting this event! I would have missed it for sure!!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 5:27PM
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squam256

Really enjoyed Chapman Field. Had never been to the facility before. Tried 8 different kinds of lychees and took a bus tour of the facility. Awesome place, will definitely go back.

Also got to meet Dr. Ray Schnell, who did the pedigree analysis on the Florida mango cultivars 6 years ago.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 8:13PM
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simon_grow

Hey squam256, can you list the varieties you tasted? Which one was your favorite?
Simon

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 2:35AM
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squam256

Tasted:

Mauritius
Bengal
Calcutta
Peerless
Early Large Red
Brewster
No Mai Tsze
another Thai type

My favorite of the 8 was Calcutta.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 11:07AM
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simon_grow

Hey squam256, thanks for the list. I'm surprised that you liked the Calcutta more than the No Mai Tsze. I've tasted No Mai Tsze in Hong Kong, China and at Exotica Nursery and the No Mai Tsze grown in the USA tastes completely different than the NMT grown in China. The ones grown in the US are much smaller with a larger seed and pretty tart. The ones in Hong Kong and China are larger, smaller seeded and very sweet with no tartness at all. Can you describe the No Mai Tsze characteristics and taste?
Simon

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 12:36AM
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