Jason "Pepe" owner of locally based Pepe's Fruit Trees is a man on a mission. He wants more people to start planting and harvesting subtropical fruit and growing herbs and vegetables.
"Pepe" wants people to know that growing fruit trees is not very difficult so long as you understand some basics. He is eager and pleased to share his knowledge with anyone who has an interest in edible gardening.
His experience is extensive. In the late 1990's he and his family managed 7.5 acres of land with a wide assortment of tropical fruit trees and exotic palms. His grove and nursery was located in Southwest Ranches near Griffin Road and 178 ave.
He also managed his father in laws 2.5 acre orchid and herb nursery in Jupiter Florida and his younger brothers fruit tree nursery in Miami.
He often has local exotic fruits like Atemoya, Ilama, Pitaya, Rollinia and new varieties of fruit hybrids to share with customers when in season. The Ilama is a fantastic fruit with complex flavors. Illama is a rich sweet fruit and a real special treat.
Pepe's also draws traffic for "miracle fruit," a berry that temporarily alters taste perception from sour to sweet. Beyond the novelty, he says, some people believe it may benefit diabetics and chemo-therapy patients.
"Pepe" hopes that farmers' markets can one day come full circle - customers buy and grow fruit trees and the following season sell their local harvest at Farmers Markets near them.
"Everyone should look at backyards & vacant lots, no matter how big or small, as micro farms for fresh fruits and vegetables. By thinking this way and taking action, we'll increase the local food supply available to our community," he says.
"Pepe" Recommends several methods of growing herbs and vegetables. Some great products he offers are space saving organic vertical growing systems.
According to "Pepe" we should all be grateful that we live in a subtropical climate. We can always grow food here, so long as we work with the seasons.