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Saturday, July 25, 2015:More apologizes…

Yesterday we had problems accepting credit, debit and EBT cards apparently because we had legally changed over the operation of Magicland Farms from a Sole Proprietorship operation to a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) one.  We had understood, from the organization that we work thru, that everything was in order a month or so ago but we found out recently that wasn’t the case.  Things seemed back to normal by the end of yesterday when we were again able to accept Credit and Debit cards but we then found out that EBT cards didn’t work…someone, someplace neglected to add the EBT cards to the mix.  We had a rush order put in and hoped it would be done by the time we opened today but it wasn’t so we are unable to accept EBT cards today–I am reasonably sure we will be Monday morning.  Sorry for this inconvenience. BTW, despite the problems, yesterday was extremely busy, for which we want to thank you.  We especially wish to thank those who, who wanted to use Credit/DEbit/EBT cards, for their extraordinary patience. Today, Credit and Debit Cards should be OK.

Keep in mind that we will be going thru a heat wave the next few days at least until the end of next week.  Humidity levels will build up quickly as well and light winds will make it seem even more uncomfortable when you are in the sun and not in a lake or pool.

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What we will be having today:

Very sweet and tender bi-color (yellow and white) Sweet Corn

Sweet, juicy, super flavorful peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender green and yellow beans

GREEN BEAN BUSHEL SALE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

1 bushel: $30

1/2 bushel: $16

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Great News, our limited time SPECIAL 36 for 6 bucks pickling cucumber sale has begun!

36 pickling Cucumbers for $6

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions by the pound

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled sweet carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

SunSugar cherry tomatoes: Very limited supply!

Green Bell Peppers

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES:

$20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013: Back online!

It’s great again having the chance to write the blog and be able to send it out! We lost power at 3:33AM Monday and got it back at 9:30PM Monday.  (BTW we drove around a bit between the farm and Fremont on Monday and didn’t see any damage, not even many twigs down.  However, M37 was closed for a while south of Grant on Sunday evening.  Apparently, a weak tornado (EF0) went thru the area.)  While our internet service (we use Comcast) returned a bit on Monday night, it went out again during the night and didn’t return until late yesterday.  As mentioned in Monday’s and Tuesday’s blog posts, Catherine sent out short posts saying we will be open those days.  You see Catherine has a smart phone, and as many of you know I am Bohemian by heritage–that should explain why I don’t have one of those gadgets…Catherine is only half Bohemian so she does have some Bohemian characteristics (she says she got a good deal on her smart phone, for instance).  Talking about good deals here, we still have a good supply of apples and in addition to 10% off on ALL produce we are continuing to run specials on Jonathan, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious as well as acorn, heart-of-gold and Celebration squash for $6 a half bushel.  We are now adding a  quantity incentive — You buy 4 half bushels or more of Jonathan, Red and Golden Delicious apples or the squash just mentioned (and they all can be mixed), they are only $5 a half bushel–that’s $20 for four half bushels and you still get to take 10% off!  Keep in mind we again will be on the honor system off and on during the day so please bring correct change or a check and drop it in the slot located on the back wall of the stand.

Here are a few things people should consider before changing their landline phone service from AT&T to Comcast or Charter–AT&T has their own power source so it almost never goes out because of storms or anything.  While the cable companies try to keep as good phone service as possible, it does go out about a half hour after the power loss.  (They must have a bit of battery backup).  After the battery’s discharge there is no phone service (or internet or TV) until they get a guy to put out generators) this sometimes takes half a day or more.  Then they often let the fuel run out and you again lose service about 12 hours later. Of course if the actual cable out there is damaged it usually isn’t repaired until after the power company restores power.  In other words, cable’s phone service is not reliable; while AT&T’s is very reliable.

Sunday looks to be a day when the daytime temperature is below 33F all day.  This is the criteria we would use for keeping our stand’s door closed all day.  However, it won’t affect us this time since we always keep our stand’s door closed on the Sabbath anyway!  Saturday looks iffy but we will try to stay open all day.  Now Monday looks like it will get a few degrees above freezing during the day so that looks OK too, so does Tuesday and so does our official last day of being open (Wednesday, November 27).  BTW Thanksgiving, right now, looks sunny with temps in the mid 30s.  I am formulating my winter forecast and plan on releasing it in my newsletter.  To get it right off the press sign up for the newsletter.  The easiest way to do this is online CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP FOR MY FREE NEWSLETTER

We plan on opening at 10AM today, like usual, and we will likely be again on the honor system, off and on during the day, so I recommend bringing change or a checkbook.  If you plan on using a Bridge Card, please call 924-2761 before coming to make sure someone will be there to help you.  To make arrangements to use the Bridge Card call 652-2368. Keep in mind about our November Special of 10% off all produce!

When we open today at 10AM we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • Hardy Pecan Seed Nuts (Wisconsin Strain)–start your own pecan trees!
  • Potted and bearing Citrus trees @ $10 each
  • Green bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, Butternut, Blue Hubbard
  • Freshly dug parsnips and carrots
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including:  Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious,  Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Fuji, Granny Smith, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, Braeburn, Gold Rush and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our new YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!) Remember you can even take the 10% November discount off these special low prices!!

Red and Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples,-1/2 bushel $6

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn howto cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Quantity Discount — buy 4 half bushels or more of Red and Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples, or squash (these all can be mixed) for $5 a half bushel. 10% off also applies here!

Learn how to keep winter squash by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

 Jalapeno Peppers — 1 peck for $5

Photo Below was taken shortly after Sunday’s (November 17, 2013) storms  Rainbow appeared to be over north end of Pickerel Lake

Thursday, November 7, 2013: Eskimo summer coming…

Looking back at Fremont’s weather records this past fall I noticed we did have an Indian Summer, I just didn’t recognize it as such at the time.  In fact, I actually denied on this very blog, that the warm sunny weather we experienced the first half of October was Indian Summer.  Why?  Because basically we didn’t have a killing frost yet at Magicland Farms.  However, on September 23 there was, as many of you know, a killing frost in other areas, mostly to our north and east.  However, when I traveled to Muskegon in early October to take one of my daughters for another math test at MCC, I noticed that starting about 2 miles west of Fremont, that there was definite frost damage to much of the corn–I even saw scattered damage all the way down to Apple Avenue… Looking back at the records one could say we had an unusually long Indian Summer–Starting on September 24th and continuing to October 15!  What does this mean?  Simple, the legend of Indian Summer will live on in my heart and mind!

What do I foresee for next week?  A couple days of clear sunny skies with chilly temperatures and an east wind along with cold, freezing nights that we haven’t yet experienced this fall!  But then I see a mild spell coming which I call “Eskimo Summer.”  Unlike Indian Summer, “Eskimo Summer” is typically cloudier and has temperatures mostly in the 50s, possibly the low 60s, instead of the upper 60s to near 80 experienced by most Indian Summers.  When will it start and when will it end?  It looks to start around the first day of Hunting season and should last at least through Thanksgiving.  (It has lasted, in some years, to Christmas, but that is unusual.)

Today will be a cold one with the chance of a few rain showers (don’t be surprised if you catch the sight of a few flakes floating down).  Since we will be off and on with the honor system at the stand, I would advise you bring correct change.  Tonight looks like there might be a hard freeze so we must take precautions to protect our produce sitting outside.

When we open at 10AM we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • SunSugar Cherry tomatoes
  • Hardy Pecan Seed Nuts (Wisconsin Strain)–start your own pecan trees!
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers. (You will find sale specials for all the peppers.)
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, Butternut, Blue Hubbard
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck, and 1/2 bushel)
  • Freshly dug parsnips
  • Freshly pulled Beets
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including:  Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious,  Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Fuji, Granny Smith, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!) Remember you can take our 10% November discount off these special low prices!!

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — reduced price of only $8 a half bushel (that’s about 69 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $5

Ancho Peppers — 1/2 peck for $2.50

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Red Delicious apples 1/2 bushel $6

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013: One rainy day…

Today will be what one refers to as a garden variety rainy day.  No thunderstorms, and while the rain will be nearly constant, there doesn’t look like there will be flooding rains.  Also, while it looks like it will rain most of the day, it might let up a bit in the afternoon.  Since we all have things we have to do which we have put off AND it looks like a rainy day which means no field work, we plan on being on the honor system at the stand for most, but not all, of the day, so please use a check or bring correct change if you stop in.  Keep in mind our 10% discount when figuring totals!

Minneapolis snow update:  It looks like the forecasters were fairly close but didn’t win any accolades for accuracy.  While they were forecasting 3 to 7 inches of snow for the metro area, at most 1.8 inches fell, and this looks like it will be all gone by tomorrow… BTW the most snow fell in the southwest corner of Minnesota.

When we open at 10AM we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • SunSugar Cherry tomatoes
  • Hardy Pecan Seed Nuts (Wisconsin Strain)–start your own pecan trees!
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers. (You will find sale specials for all the peppers.)
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, Butternut, Blue Hubbard
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck, and 1/2 bushel)
  • Freshly dug parsnips
  • Freshly pulled Beets
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including:  Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious,  Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Fuji, Granny Smith, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!) Remember you can take our 10% November discount off these special low prices!!

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — reduced price of only $8 a half bushel (that’s about 69 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $5

Ancho Peppers — 1/2 peck for $2.50

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Red Delicious apples 1/2 bushel $6

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

Freshly Dug Carrots — half bushel $8

 

Monday, November 4, 2013: Blue Skies, The Day Before Thanksgiving, and 10% OFF Special

While it looks like Wednesday may be a rainy day, unlike last week it looks like that will be the only rainy day of the week.  Although today and tomorrow looks to be sunny and mild, yesterday also promised to be sunny but by afternoon the sun mostly disappeared behind clouds.  We shall see how much the sun shines today…One must keep in mind here that November, December and January are the cloudiest months of the year in West Michigan.  Happily, this cloudiness occurs on the three months with the shortest days anyway.

The latest 6 to 14 day weather forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is for warmer than normal temperatures for Newaygo County.  This means the chances are fairly good we will be able to stay open for at least two more weeks.  Keep this in mind though.  No matter how warm November and December are, we will be closing for the season on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.  Also, for the rest of the month, we will have a 10% off sale on all produce–including items we have on special.  (For more on this see our last blog post dated November 2.)

Notice: While we continue to welcome Bridge Card users, 2013 Project Fresh and Senior Fresh/Market Fresh coupons expired on October 31 so we CANNOT accept them! Keep in mind our 10% November discount on all our produce!

When we open at 10AM (hopefully with the sun shining) we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Hardy Pecan Seed Nuts (Wisconsin Strain)–start your own pecan trees!
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, Butternut, Blue Hubbard
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck, and 1/2 bushel)
  • Freshly dug parsnips
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including:  Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious,  Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Fuji, Granny Smith, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!) Remember you can take our 10% November discount off these special low prices!!

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — reduced price of only $8 a half bushel (that’s about 69 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Red Delicious apples 1/2 bushel $6

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $5

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

Freshly Dug Carrots — half bushel $8

Saturday, November 2, 2013: Ten Percent off on all our produce!

As you probably have heard, Bridge card benefits (the Food Stamp Program) have been reduced by 5%.  We have decided that for the rest of the season (if weather permits, we plan on staying open until the day before Thanksgiving, which is November 27) we will be reducing our produce prices by 10%, this includes our specials!  By the way, I want to remind our readers of this blog that this is the third year we have welcomed the Bridge Card and we continue to do this.  I also want to make it clear here that this 10% incentive is for all customers, not just Bridge Card Users!

Notice: 2013 Project Fresh and Senior Fresh/Market Fresh coupons have expired on October 31 so we cannot accept them!

When we open at 10AM (hopefully without it raining) we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, Butternut, Blue Hubbard
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck, and 1/2 bushel)
  • Freshly dug parsnips
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including:  Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Fuji, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, tan, yellow, green, and of course orange! A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!)

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — reduced price of only half bushel $8, (that’s about 69 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Limited Time Special — Jonathan, Red Delicious and Cortland apples 1/2 bushel $6

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $5

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

Freshly Dug Carrots — half bushel $8

Monday, October 28, 2013: Is this the week we will see Indian Summer?

Despite the major warm-up the TV weather gurus have been talking about, I don’t think Indian Summer will make its presence known this week.  Why not?  Well although Wednesday and Thursday might feel a bit like Indian Summer, I think it will lack mostly sunny skies and there is a chance we might get some significant rain during this period of warmth.  Nonetheless, it does look like next week, starting on Monday, we just might experience this famous historical and romantic period of the year.  However, next week will be November already and while Indian Summers do occur in November, they are a bit rarer than October Indian Summers.  But then, I never ever remember gorgeous fall colors hanging around just three days before Halloween!

This past Friday night was a very windy night  and many areas, especially in Muskegon County, were out of power for several hours.  This same wind shook our Wisconsin strain of pecan trees so much that some of the pecan seed nuts fell to the ground and we picked them up on Saturday. Our pecan trees (some are 70 feet tall now) were planted with seed pecans that came from wild trees found growing wild along the Mississippi in southwest Wisconsin. (Click here to read a short article I wrote several years back for the Mother Earth News Magazine.) As we did in 2011, we are again making available these seed nuts for planting.   We will have packets of 3 seed pecan nuts available for $2.  One packet should produce at least 2 pecan trees–more likely 3 trees. Growing instructions are included in the packet.  Keep in mind this fall is a good time to plant these seed pecans.  An even better time was the Fall of 2011! (We didn’t have any pecan seed nuts for sale in 2012.)

As many of you know, while we have an excellent crop of apples this year, our winter squash crop, except for the spaghetti squash, was rather poor. (We had an exceptional spaghetti squash crop–both in quantity and quality).  Our acorn, Heart-of-Gold and our Celebration squash was less than half of last year, our butternut was poor and our buttercup was basically a crop failure–we didn’t get enough buttercup to pay for the seed! As you would expect, our supply right now, compared to other recent years, is low.  However, at present we are continuing to sell our acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and Celebration squash at the special price of $6 a half bushel. We might withdraw this special price after Halloween and only sell the squash at individual prices of (50 cents each for small, 75 cents each for medium and $1 each for large.)

While we have had a killing frost, we are still picking our cherry tomatoes that are in our high-tunnel (which is basically an unheated greenhouse with 12 foot high ceiling).  Also, we have very limited supplies of slicing tomatoes since we picked them green and are ripening them on our special ripening bench.

When we open at 10AM we will have:

  • Slicing and cherry tomatoes
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers
  • Sweet onions
  • Beets without tops
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration (see Special 1/2 bushel price for selected squash types and green peppers below), Spaghetti squash, Butternut, and Blue Hubbard.
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck, and 1/2 bushel)
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious, Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • LARGE selection of pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, tan, yellow, green, and of course orange! A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!)

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — half bushel $10, whole bushel $18 (that’s about 79 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Cortland apples 1/2 bushel $6

Limited Time Special — three pints of cherry tomatoes (red Jasper and/or SunSugar) for $6.

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $6

Spaghetti Squash– half bushel $5, whole bushel $8 (that’s about 16 cents a pound!)

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash for a year by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

Freshly Dug Carrots — half bushel $8

 

Friday, October 25, 2013: Fall Color at its peak–best in years!

A glorious sunrise silhouetting three sugar maples overlooking the still, tranquil water of Pickerel Lake.

This fall not only had one of its latest first killing frosts in many years but also the peak fall color is much later than normal AND, surprisingly, Jack Frost has done an extraordinary good job on the leaves this year.  In addition, most leaves are still on the trees and roughly half of them have turned glorious colors of startlingly crisp reds, pastel yellows along with a splash of brilliant oranges here and there.  We have been busy taking photos of this gloriously beautiful treat of nature and have posted some of our photos here.

View on our farm. Notice the long rows of corn to the left that are still green in color – those were our last patches of corn.

Another view of our farm, this time a view of both our woods and tree line.

A close-up view of one of our large maples all in red.

A view from our orchard looking into our woods.

Sugar maple tree in bright yellow.

Three sugar maples.

Can you spot the woodpecker? One of many feathered friends that frequent our large sassafras overlooking Pickerel lake.

A tranquil view of Pickerel lake.

Sunrise on Pickerel Lake.

A Maple and a Willow tree.

Reflecting the Beautiful Fall Color. :)

 

Yesterday I mentioned in my post about the fact that the sun exploded a M9 flare.  Well just a little while ago another, even larger explosion took place which resulted in an X1 flare!  Pay attention to the news since no doubt these explosions will be reported on, and possibly even be making headlines, within 2 days!

When we open at 10AM we will still have slicing tomatoes, green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, acorn squash, Heart of Gold Squash, Celebration squash (see Special 1/2 bushel price for selected squash types and green peppers below), spaghetti squash, butternut squash, blue Hubbard squash, broccoli, carrots, pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper), Asian pears, Royal Riviera Pears, and apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious, Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel. Large selection of pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, tan, yellow, green, and of course orange! A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot.

Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!
SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!)

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — half bushel $10 (that’s about 79 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Limited Time Special — Jonathan 

Limited Time Special — three pints of cherry tomatoes (red Jasper and/or SunSugar) for $6.

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $6

Spaghetti Squash– half bushel $5, whole bushel $8 (that’s about 16 cents a pound!)

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) — Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

 

Learn how to keep winter squash for a year by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013: Official Killing Frost in Chicago, most of Illinois and Indiana.

While it doesn’t look like we had an official killing frost (32F or below) at Magicland Farms, most of extreme southern Michigan and nearly all of Illinois and Indiana did.  In fact, it got down to at least 27F at West Chicago’s Du Page airport and at least 31F at the official Chicago reporting station of Ohara airport.  Midway airport, which is the airport I lived next to, is on the on the south side and was a relatively mild 32F at 5AM.  BTW, Midway airport is now surrounded by a huge metropolitan area– you must drive for about a half hour to the west before you see your first corn/soybean field!  The only reason we didn’t freeze here was due to the fact that the air was coming off the warm waters of lake Michigan.  Also needed here was that there had to be some sort of temperature inversion or all that mild, moist air from the Lake would just shoot up to the stratosphere and never be seen again!

Well what does all this mean, if anything?  As I mentioned in earlier blogs it means the first prerequisite for Indian Summer was fulfilled last night–a killing frost over much of the central part of the country.  As I mentioned in my Saturday blog post, I found that 85% of the years Indian Summer starts from 1 to 5 days after a killing frost.  While there has been a big shift in the last 24 hours for the weather forecasters next Monday’s forecast (from the mid 40s they were calling for just 2 days ago to the mid 50s some are calling for now) they still aren’t calling for weather that anyone could call Indian Summer.  It will be interesting to see what plays out… One thing that worries me about my forecast for Indian Summer is that this year Halloween would have to be included as a day in Indian Summer.  Everyone knows it always rains on Halloween so I see a little problem with my forecast!

Here is an interesting note about apples. My wife Annemarie takes her blood sugar levels daily.  The other day she ate a huge, sweet Jonagold apple–her favorite.  After taking the apple she tested her blood sugar level–it didn’t seem to change at all.  She has done the same thing after she ate a small piece of brownie or other baked delectable and found her blood sugar level had shot up like crazy!

Yesterday we started to pick our Mutsu (also known as Crispin apples).  This year the Mutsu aren’t only huge in size, but they are real nice looking.  They also seem to my taste to be exceptionally sweet this year (personally I have found most of the apples are sweeter than usual this year–even the Court Pendu Plat).  We also picked more Golden Delicious and this year we also have a very nice crop of these.  We also again filled up the stand with half bushels of Jonathan.  They have been going fast for one reason they are a great general purpose apple that has more real apple flavor than any other.  The other reason, of course, is that we are still selling them at our sale price of $6 a half bushel for tree-run Jonathans, which are mostly of top quality!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, and in my October 20th newsletter, a pdf file of our booklet that describes most of our fall and winter apple varieties is now available.   When time permits, we will expand this booklet to include our summer and early fall apple varieties.  The apple descriptions and photos in this booklet are copyrighted, although feel free to download it and even print it out for your own use.  Obtain your copy by clicking Magicland Farms Apple Booklet.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR APPLES CRISP

If you leave your apples sitting out in the kitchen they will become soft in a few days.  In order to keep them crisp, either keep them in a refrigerator or, when its cool outside (below 50F), in a plastic tote in an unheated garage or similar area.  Don’t worry about them freezing until it gets really cold (high temperatures below 30F), sometimes this doesn’t happen until after Christmas.

When we open at 10AM we will still have slicing tomatoes, green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, acorn squash, Heart of Gold Squash, Celebration squash (see Special 1/2 bushel price for selected squash types and green peppers below), spaghetti squash, butternut squash, blue Hubbard squash, pie pumpkins (remember to take home our free “How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree” paper with your purchase of any pie pumpkin), Asian pears and apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious, Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat and SunCrisp. Large selection of pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, tan, yellow, green, and of course orange! A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot.

SPECIALS

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Cortland apples $6 a half bushel

Limited Time Special — three pints of cherry tomatoes (red Jasper and/or SunSugar) for $6.

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $6

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — half bushel $10 (that’s about 79 cents a pound).

Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) — Take one of our “How to Freeze Winter Squash” papers home with you.

Spaghetti Squash– half bushel $5, whole bushel $8 (that’s about 16 cents a pound!)

 

 

 

Friday, October 11, 2013: What is happening at Magicland Farms.

Another gorgeous day today.  While it has been a beautiful Fall this year, in recent years we have had even warmer stretches (but not really nicer) of weather. For instance in 2007 we had a four day stretch of temps in the mid 80s, with high humidity, around Columbus day.  One night I remember we had the fan blowing on us all night and it was still uncomfortable sleeping weather.  I do not call that beautiful weather!

Tomorrow it looks to be in the 70s with a short period of rain sometime in the afternoon or evening. Most weather models show less than an eighth of an inch, which is just enough to settle the dust. Gorgeous weather will then return for both Sunday and Monday.  It looks like average October weather returns for the rest of next week.

While our weather looks fairly tranquil, the Sun’s weather appears to be getting stormy with several M-class flares and bursts of X-rays and shortwave radio waves.   The Sun has been quite quiet the past few months.  So quiet in fact, that it puzzled those who have studied the Sun all their life.  Well, things are getting back to normal on the Sun as well.  Now we have to keep an eye out to watch out for X-class flares since those could take out satellites and cause even more damage.  We shall see…

Late yesterday we harvested our largest giant pumpkin – 208 pounds worth of pumpkin! It is located in our stand right in front of the red picnic table. Besides the gigantic giant pumpkin when we open at 10AM we will be having slicing, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, watermelon, sweet bell (green, red and orange), Ancho and Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, acorn squash, Heart of Gold Squash, Celebration squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, blue Hubbard squash, pie pumpkins, Asian pears and apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Baron, Snow, Spartan, Jonathan, Empire, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, RedGold, Jonagored, Northwest Greening, Hawaii and a sampling of Jonalicious.  (Note: For descriptions of Tolman Sweet, Hawaii, Candy Cane, Kandil Sinap, RedGold, Jonagored, Red Delicious and Jonalicious apples scroll down to the end of this blog post.) We also have a large, colorful selection of Indian Corn as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot.

 

PUMPKIN PATCH IS OPEN!

Keep in mind our Pumpkin Patch is open and it is nearly full with pumpkins of all sizes — from tiny ones smaller than a baseball to huge monsters over 100 pounds!  While pumpkins have been selling well this year, we continually stock our patch with freshly picked pumpkins since we still have quite a few out in the fields yet.  In addition to Jack-O-Lantern types we have a good supply of pie pumpkins as well as small decorative gourds and corn stalks in this patch.  This is a great place to take photos!

SPECIALS

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!)

Spaghetti Squash– half bushel $5, whole bushel $8 (that’s about 16 cents a pound!)

I am in the process of writing descriptions of our apple varieties.  In order to get this description out as soon as possible, I am leaving out the summer and early fall apples and starting with Jonamac. Since we will be selling over 40 apple varieties that ripen after Jonamac this is quite an undertaking at this busy time of the year.  To help out here I will be listing in the blog the more unusual apple varieties as we pick them.  See below for a start.

Apple Descriptions For Some Of Our Unusual Apples You May Never Have Heard About

Tolman Sweet Appearance: Fruit is medium-sized and round with yellowish-white skin  sometimes with a faint red blush. Qualities: The firm, fine-grained white flesh is juicy and very sweet with a distinctive “candy sweet apple” flavor.

History: A very old American apple believed to have originated in Dorchester Massachusetts.

CANDY CANE (a.k.a. Surprise): Appearance: A very small apple, the size may be compared to our Whitney Crab Apple. It is pale yellow, sometimes spotted with rust, and it may have a little red blush. Qualities: The flesh is crisp, flavor has a nice tart snap, and as we tell our customers – you need to bite into it to know the Surprise! Hint: Think pink! Uses: Fresh eating Harvest time and availability: October – November Storage: Good keeper. History: An obscure apple of European origin. Historical records show this being sold by southern nurseries from 1824 to 1870.

HawaiiWhen at its prime, this is an exceedingly crisp apple.  It also is quite juicy with a very sweet flavor.  The scent and taste of pineapple has been repeatedly claimed for Hawaii.  I have had quite a few Hawaii apples and found that some seem to be missing the pineapple scent (although most have the same tang found in pineapples) but I also have tasted Hawaii apples that had a definite pineapple flavor. However, you may find the only thing tropical about this apple is its name! With or without the pineapple taste this apple has consistently ranked near the top of many unbiased taste tests.

History: Hawaii was developed in California in the 1940s and is likely a cross of Golden Delicious and Gravenstein.

KANDIL SINAP: This unusual apple has a very picturesque long narrow shape with a snow white flesh that is crisp but very tender, fine grained,  juicy and moderately sweet. Kandil Sinap means “sweet apple of Sinope” and it is apparently named after the Sinop peninsula in Turkey, which juts into the Black Sea.  This variety probably arose in the early 1800s and by 1890 was a favorite in Turkey.  Its parentage is unknown. Uses:  Fresh eating.

RedGold –  Medium, school box-sized apple with gorgeous rose color overall and russet dots. Its tender flesh is yellowish-white with wonderfully sweet flavor. Especially for those who prefer low acid apples.

History: RedGold is believed to be a volunteer cross of Red and Golden Delicious.  It was discovered in 1946 in Washington state.

Jonagored Jonagored is an early ripening strain of Jonagold.

History of Jonagored: Jonagored was discovered in 1980 by Mr. Morren in Belgium, and he began propagating them in 1981. The original Jonagored arose by accident, with one branch on a Jonagold tree giving fruits that seemed to ripen a few days before the regular Jonagold, and this branch was then propagated to give more of the same.

(FYI, In a poll of nineteen apple experts in nine countries, Jonagold scored as the overall favorite.  It is a sweet-tart dessert apple (as all top dessert apples normally are) and its creamy yellow flesh of marvelous flavor is noticeably crisp and juicy and dissolves into luscious liquid in the mouth.  Its flavor and aroma comes very close to Jonathan (which has more good old fashioned apple taste than any other apple). History of Jonagold: Jonagold is a relatively new apple being released in 1968 by New York State’s Geneva Station.  It is a Jonathan and Golden Delicious Cross.)

Jonalicious   — A cross between Jonathan and one of the Delicious apples (could be either Golden or Red although most experts lean toward Golden). This apple is crisp, juicy with a delightful pronounced tartness along with a definite hint of sweetness and lots of flavor. The primary problem with this variety is that it is a very shy bearer.

History: This apple was originally developed as a seedling in Abilene, Texas and is one of the Boss’ favorite fresh eating apples, although he hates that it seldom has a good crop and despite a good crop of most varieties of apples in 2013, there were very few Jonalicious!