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Wednesday, June 3, 2015: Another beautiful day…

Beautiful day out on the lake!

Beautiful day out on the lake!

Our absolutely gorgeous weather continues!  Bright sunny days, which seem to last even longer than the 15 and a half hours from sun-up to sundown (if you add twilight, the days are now 18 hours long and still lengthening!), warm air, low humidity and light winds all add up to exceptionally pleasant weather for most outdoor activities!  Today, we hope to finish putting plastic on our new third-of-a-block-long high tunnel.  Tomorrow we hope to show some photos of it.

Sunset today is 9:19PM       Sunrise tomorrow is 6:05AM


Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!

Rhubarb are half price this week! That is only $6 a plant.

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree, Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc.

Peach trees: Early Red Haven

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing)

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance

Rhubarb: Victoria SALE!

Everbearing strawberries: Fresca (white flowers), Frisan (pink flowers!)

Slicing and red cherry tomato plants


Sweet bell and Jalapeno pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, etc.

Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut

Zucchini and yellow summer squash





Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes: They are about to bloom!

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix



Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

Sedum Groundcovers


Vinca Minor

Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White)

Angel Trumpets

Balsam Impatiens

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)


Because of the extended relatively mild temperatures (daytime highs above freezing) and mostly clear conditions, we will be reopening our market at 2PM today.  We also hope to open our market between 10AM and 5PM for the rest of the week thru Saturday.  However, it is best to check this blog before you come in case there is a change in this plan.

We still do have a good selection of not only apples but red potatoes and sweet onions..  Because of the cold weather we have brought all our apples that are in large (abut 22 bu capacity) apple boxes from the orchard.  We placed these boxes, which contain Jonagold, Mutsu/Crispin, Red Deligious, Empire, Jonathan and RedGold apples,  to the front of the stand and are selling these apples for $6 a half-bushel.  We have 1/2 bushel bags there for you to fill up.  Of course, you can mix and match them.  We have many more varieties of apples inside the stand with prices marked.   Since we are in and out of the stand during the day make sure you bring either change or your checkbook since much of the time we will be on self-serve.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Opening again today at 10AM!/New YouTube Video

Unlike yesterday, the air temperature will rise above 33F so we have decided to open our stand door at 10AM.  There is an even bigger warm-up coming.  While yesterday if you were out of the sun and in the shade it felt a bit like January, by the weekend it should feel more like a taste of spring, although I would rather refer to it as Eskimo Summer!

For some reason, probably because it didn’t frost until October 23rd and yesterday was the first hard freeze near the inland lakes, the leaves have stayed on the trees longer than in most years.  Well now that many leaves have fallen, my crew (my kids) have to start working on their fall cleanup business –and they have lots of jobs lined up!  Because of this we will often be on the honor system so it is wisest that you bring correct change when you come–don’t forget we now have 10% off all our produce!  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.

Yesterday I uploaded a new YouTube video to my coolcontraptionguy channel  the video can be seen by clicking here.  See if you notice a cameo appearance of an unexpected helper!  The video itself was taken while I was building a project for my Workshop Column on Boys’ Quest/Fun For Kidz magazines.

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 today at 10AM we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • freshly picked 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)
  • 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, 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!!

LIMITED SUPPLY 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!

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

Jalapeno Peppers — 1 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.”


Today We are in the Heart of that short January Thaw I Mentioned in My Last Post

It’s 7:13AM on January 12 and its 50F outside.  Tomorrow (Sunday) it is forecast to be in the 20s all day as the thaw quickly comes to a halt.  But then what.  In many years we would be talking about below to much below normal temperatures for at least a week, normally longer.  Well, it looks like we will have normal to a tad warmer than normal temps for at least a week starting on Monday.  Well, is something up?  Right now it’s indeterminate.  We should have a better idea in a few days…

Thursday we started pruning our apple trees.  We don’t touch the peaches before late March since pruning seems to make peach trees more susceptible to low temperatures.  We have purchased most of our seeds for the year but we still need growing mix (potting soil) so we can start planting our onions fairly soon and then our peppers–peppers germinate and grow slowly so they need to be started early.

The following link is to my article in Make Magazine on the construction of a light stand we built that helps with our starting plants. This is the second light stand we built and if we can find more room for it, we will likely make another one soon.  BTW, while I wrote the article, took most of the photos and did the drawings, my son Matthew designed it and did most of the construction.  These light stands have been a great help for us.


BTW, if you are a do-it-yourselfer and into making just about anything, from a wood box to an advanced robot, I recommend that you subscribe to Make Magazine.  Make magazine only comes out 4 times a year and has a durable binding which makes it perfect for putting on a bookshelf and use as a reference.  I have written several articles for Make and you can be assured they really do a great job in editing–they actually check out just about everything.  This is unusual for magazines today.  Make is a great magazine!  No doubt about it!