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Saturday, September 19, 2015: Rain is done, Sun is now shining!… canning tomatoes and Honeycrisp apples and lots more

It looks like a nice sunny fallish day.  If there was a killing frost (32F or below) in any official reporting station in Michigan during September  we could say that the next two weeks looks to be Injun Summer, at least where it frosted.  For nearly all other areas, however, all we can say is that today will be a taste of fall and summer returns tomorrow.  That just ain’t as romantic sounding but that’s the way that it is…

While there was some rain last night (a bit less than a half inch, I don’t believe the ripe tomatoes were cracked severely, will know more later today) AND we had picked a large supply of tomatoes yesterday before the rain so we will have a fair supply of canning tomatoes today and a good supply of slicers and cherry tomatoes.  The only crops that the rain could have hurt, by the way, were the tomatoes.  We do have a good supply of most of our summer vegetables as well as winter squash and pumpkins. (More info on what we have is given after the photos!) While we still have a supply of late summer/ early fall apples like Gala, Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, Wealthy and Earliblaze we have started harvesting our Honeycrisp, Snow and Macs(small crop)

Beautiful and large, crisp and sweet honeycrisp apples just picked yesterday!

Beautiful and large, crisp and sweet Honeycrisp apples just picked yesterday!

View of our field of sweet corn we are currently picking.

Morning view of the field of sweet corn that we are currently picking.

SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Canning tomatoes: $12 a 1/2 bushel

Bartlett Pears: $12 a 1/2 bushel or $20 a bushel

Bell Peppers: $6 a peck

Sweet Onions: $3 a 1/4 peck

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot (Fall is a great time to plant fruit trees!)

Blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and rhubarb prices have been reduced. All blueberries, raspberries and grapes are $8 a pot. Rhubarb are only $5 a pot.

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Young and Tender green and yellow beans

Apples including Honeycrisp, Snow, Gala, Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, McIntosh, Wealthy, Earliblaze and much more coming very soon…

Bartlett Pears by the 2-qt box and half bushel

Apple juice and cinnamon poached pears with ice cream and whipped cream. :)

Apple juice and cinnamon poached pears with ice cream and whipped cream. :)

Yellow summer squash

Slicing cucumbers and pickles

Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, blue hubbard and buttercup. Read up about our squash in our recent newsletter! Info sheet in Tuesday’s post!

Sugar Pie Pumpkins: Info sheet in Tuesday’s post!

Our pumpkin patch now has a wide selection of fall decorations including large and small jack-o-lantern type pumpkins, white pumpkins, our classic miniatures, Giant pumpkins, decorative and colorful gourds, green gourds, and corn shucks!

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Large, beautiful slicing tomatoes

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel: See our new YouTube video of the making of our family’s spaghetti sauce, a step by step recipe.

Roma tomatoes by the half bushel later in the day

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint “Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers by the pound and peck basket

Colored peppers including bell, super sweets, and Sweet Banana

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb. Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

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Friday, September 18, 2015: Canning tomatoes, Sweet Corn, Beans, many varieties of apples and much more…

While we did get some rain late last night and very early this morning, it wasn’t much…yet.  The forecast seems that the main rainy period will come overnight and will be over by tomorrow morning.  We did spend quite a bit of time and effort picking tomatoes yesterday afternoon before the rain and have a very good supply on hand of top quality,field grown canning tomatoes as well as big beautiful, tasty slicing tomatoes.  While we have been stressing tomatoes in our blog the last few days this is primarily because we have made a special effort on picking tomatoes just in case the rain in the weather forecast proved accurate. Most of our other crops aren’t hurt by heavy rain, like ripe tomatoes are, so we haven’t talked about them as much.  However, we still have excellent supplies of most of our summer vegetables and are now into picking our fall apples, winter quash, pumpkins and more.  For more details of what we have available see the description after the photo showing half bushels of canning tomatoes…

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SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Canning tomatoes: $12 a 1/2 bushel

Bartlett Pears: $12 a 1/2 bushel or $20 a bushel

Bell Peppers: $6 a peck

Sweet Onions: $3 a 1/4 peck

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot (Fall is a great time to plant fruit trees!)

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Young and Tender green and yellow beans

Apples including Honeycrisp, Snow, Gala, Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, McIntosh, Wealthy, Earliblaze and more coming very soon…

Bartlett Pears by the 2-qt box and half bushel

Watermelon – Limited Supply!

Yellow summer squash

Slicing cucumbers and pickles

Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, blue hubbard and buttercup. Read up about our squash in our recent newsletter! Info sheet in Tuesday’s post!

Sugar Pie Pumpkins: Info sheet in Tuesday’s post!

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Our pumpkin patch now has a wide selection of fall decorations including large and small jack-o-lantern type pumpkins, white pumpkins, our classic miniatures, Giant pumpkins, decorative and colorful gourds, green gourds, and corn shucks!

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Large, beautiful slicing tomatoes

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel: See our new YouTube video of the making of our family’s spaghetti sauce, a step by step recipe.

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint “Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers by the pound and peck basket

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb. Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015: Ready to can Canning Tomatoes by the half and visit our Pumpkin Patch!

While today looks to be another beautiful day, heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow and tomorrow night. This rain might cause severe losses in our tomato fields due to cracking.  We plan on picking as many ripe tomatoes as possible today.  Similar heavy rains in the past has brought an untimely end to our canning tomato harvest.  The rain should be over Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend looks good.  After this rain a lengthy spell of pleasant dry weather appears to be in the offing.  The heavy rain tomorrow shouldn’t bother our other crops but it can decimate our ripe tomatoes.  We shall see…

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SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Canning tomatoes: $12 a 1/2 bushel

Bartlett Pears: $12 a 1/2 bushel

Bell Peppers: $6 a peck

Sweet Onions: $3 a 1/4 peck

Pickling Cucumbers: 36 pickles for $6

Earliblaze Apples (great fresh eating, cooking/baking and sauce) are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot (Fall is a great time to plant fruit trees!)

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Young and Tender green and yellow beans

Apples including Honeycrisp, Snow, Gala, Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, McIntosh, Wealthy, Earliblaze and more coming very soon…

Bartlett Pears by the 2-qt box and half bushel

Watermelon – Limited Supply!

Yellow summer squash

Slicing cucumbers and pickles

Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup. Read up about our squash in our recent newsletter! Info sheet in Tuesday’s post!

Sugar Pie Pumpkins: Info sheet in Tuesday’s post!

gourdspumpkinpatch

classicminiatures

Our pumpkin patch now has a wide selection of fall decorations including large and small jack-o-lantern type pumpkins, white pumpkins, our classic miniatures, Giant pumpkins, decorative and colorful gourds, green gourds, and corn shucks!

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Large, beautiful slicing tomatoes

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel: See our new YouTube video of the making of our family’s spaghetti sauce, a step by step recipe.

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint “Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers by the pound and peck basket

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb. Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015: Big, beautiful, ripe tomatoes! Peppers now by the peck or pound!

The beautiful weather with mild to warm temperatures and dry conditions are ripening tomatoes and peppers to near perfection! These conditions are forecast to last until Friday when rain might enter the picture.  Longer range outlook indicates the rest of September looks to be warmer than normal.

We are going into another new patch of sweet corn today.  We still have around 5 patches to pick!  Our very last patch of sweet corn was planted where our first planting of sweet corn was planted, which we finished picking around July 18 and disked under as soon as we were done picking it.  It looks like that patch will ripen this year. This doesn’t happen often but seems to be worth the gamble.

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SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Canning tomatoes: $12 a 1/2 bushel

Bell Peppers: $6 a peck

Pickling Cucumbers: 36 pickles for $6

Earliblaze Apples (great fresh eating, cooking/baking and sauce) are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Young and Tender green and yellow beans

Apples including Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, Wealthy, Earliblaze and more coming very soon…

Bartlett Pears by the 2-qt box

GreenGage plums

Muskmelon and Watermelon – Limited Supply!

Yellow summer squash

Slicing cucumbers and pickles

Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup. Read up about our squash in our recent newsletter! Info sheet below!

Sugar Pie Pumpkins: Info sheet below!

Pumpkins of many different sizes and colors for decoration: Our Pumpkin Patch is open!

Decorative Gourds

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Eggplant

Large, beautiful slicing tomatoes

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel: See our new YouTube video of the making of our family’s spaghetti sauce, a step by step recipe.

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint “Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb. Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

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How We Freeze Winter Squash

(This method works for all varieties of Winter Squash)

1)    Wash squash well.

2)    Take off stem and cut in half.

3)    Remove seeds with spoon (seeds can be roasted for a special treat)

4)    Cover a cookie sheet with foil

5)    Place squash skin side up on sheet.  Placing the squash with its skin side up will harden the skin and make it possible to quickly pop out the flesh.  Add a small amount of water to the cookie sheet.

6)    Cook in a 350 oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until the skin turns lightly brown. 7)    Turn squash over and scoop out the soft flesh and put in a freezer container and will keep at least a year.

Time and Money Saving Idea Why not make as much squash as you can fit in your oven (usually at least two cookie sheets) and then eat all you can at a meal and then freeze the rest?  It works for us and it saves time, money and makes filling your freezer with squash nearly painless.  The fact that squash should keep for several weeks sitting right in your kitchen makes life even easier since you don’t have to cook/freeze all the squash at the same time.

How We Make Pumpkin Puree

from “Pie” Pumpkins

(Pumpkin puree is used to make pumpkin pies,

cakes, muffins, cookies, bread, soup, etc.)

1)    Wash pie pumpkin well.

2)    Take off stem and cut in half.

3)    Remove seeds (seeds can be roasted for a special treat)

4)    Place pumpkin half, skin side up, on a cookie sheet that has an eighth   inch of water in it.  (Hint: For easy clean-up, first cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil.)

5)    Place in 350 oven for 90 minutes, or until pumpkin flesh is soft.

6)    Scoop out cooked pumpkin flesh and puree until smooth using a blender or a hand mixer.

7)    Use finished pumpkin puree in your favorite pie, or other recipe.

8)    Keep in mind when figuring how many pumpkins you need. One of our 75 cent or $1 pie pumpkins should make one 9″ pie. We also have larger pie pumpkins priced from $1.50 to $2 ea. which will make you 2 pies at the least. The exact amount is really hard to know.  However, if you make too much puree it is a “piece of pie” to freeze the excess.  We freeze a lot every year! (For how we do it, see below.)

Using a Microwave? While we don’t use a microwave, many do.  If you want to cook the pumpkin in a microwave, follow the first three steps above and then instead of using a cookie sheet and baking in regular oven put pumpkin halves in a microwave safe dish and cook on high for 15 minutes. Repeat cooking in microwave for smaller increments of time until the flesh is soft.  Normally takes about 30 minutes.  Next, follow steps 6 through 8.

Freezing Pumpkin Puree After pureeing the cooked pumpkin as mentioned in Step 6 above, place pumpkin puree in clean plastic freezer containers and place in freezer. That’s it!  Pumpkin puree keeps over a year in a deep freeze.  A quart of pumpkin puree will make about 2 pies.   

Monday, September 14, 2015: A large selection of winter squash and still have beautiful canning tomatoes!

A beautiful sunny day awaits us.  The sky is so dark blue it must mean that the wildfires in Canada and/or the northwest US have subsided, at least somewhat. Thank God for that!

Right now we are still into our peak tomato harvest and continue to have beautiful canning tomatoes available for $12 a half bushel.  We also have good quantities of most of our summer produce and have started harvest in earnest of our fall produce.  See below for details on what’s available today.

It looks like the Climate Prediction Center was right about their forecast for September’s temperature in the Great Lakes States.  They had forecast warmer to much warmer than normal temperatures and despite the chilly Saturday it looks like they will be right.

As I have mentioned before the strong El Nino is usually associated with mild Michigan winters but doesn’t seem to be a good indicator, one way or the other, of the Fall weather.  If anything, the El Nino is strengthening rather than weakening.  Perhaps that means something about the Fall weather. One reason we are interested in this fall/early winter weather has to do with my kids fall cleanup business.  It is almost impossible to cleanup leaves when more than a quarter inch of snow is on the ground.  When snow does fall you must wait until it melts before cleanup can continue to take place.

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Excerpts from this week’s e-newsletter:

I have noticed that red maple trees in the area haven’t had those branches sparkled with red leaves that usually occurs during the first 10 days of September.  Does this mean we will have a warmer than normal September? The extended forecast does indicate this…READ MORE After summer was over my mother again took me to Dr. Ruda for a checkup.  The doctor, as I remember my mother telling me, was absolutely astounded in the improvement in my health.  Well, the next summer and for many, many  summers to follow…READ MORE

SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Canning tomatoes: $12 a 1/2 bushel

Bell Peppers: $6 a peck

Pickling Cucumbers: 36 pickles for $6

Earliblaze Apples (great fresh eating, cooking/baking and sauce) are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel Young and Tender green and yellow beans Apples including Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, Wealthy, Earliblaze and more coming very soon… Bartlett Pears by the 2-qt box GreenGage plums Muskmelon Watermelon Yellow summer squash Slicing cucumbers and pickles Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup. Read up about our squash in our recent newsletter! Info sheet below! piepumpkin Sugar Pie Pumpkins: Info sheet below! Pumpkins of many different sizes and colors for decoration: Our Pumpkin Patch is open! Decorative Gourds Cut Sunflowers Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh). Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck and red onions by the pound. Fresh stiff-neck garlic Broccoli Eggplant slicingtomatoescloseup Large, beautiful slicing tomatoes Canning tomatoes by the half bushel: See our new YouTube video of the making of our family’s spaghetti sauce, a step by step recipe. Heirloom tomatoes by the pound SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint “Little Red” tomatoes by the quart. Green tomatoes by the pound Green Bell Peppers Super sweet colored peppers Jalapeno Peppers Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb. Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

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How We Freeze Winter Squash

(This method works for all varieties of Winter Squash)

1)    Wash squash well. 2)    Take off stem and cut in half. 3)    Remove seeds with spoon (seeds can be roasted for a special treat) 4)    Cover a cookie sheet with foil 5)    Place squash skin side up on sheet.  Placing the squash with its skin side up will harden the skin and make it possible to quickly pop out the flesh.  Add a small amount of water to the cookie sheet. 6)    Cook in a 350 oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until the skin turns lightly brown. 7)    Turn squash over and scoop out the soft flesh and put in a freezer container and will keep at least a year. Time and Money Saving Idea Why not make as much squash as you can fit in your oven (usually at least two cookie sheets) and then eat all you can at a meal and then freeze the rest?  It works for us and it saves time, money and makes filling your freezer with squash nearly painless.  The fact that squash should keep for several weeks sitting right in your kitchen makes life even easier since you don’t have to cook/freeze all the squash at the same time.

How We Make Pumpkin Puree

from “Pie” Pumpkins

(Pumpkin puree is used to make pumpkin pies,

cakes, muffins, cookies, bread, soup, etc.)

1)    Wash pie pumpkin well. 2)    Take off stem and cut in half. 3)    Remove seeds (seeds can be roasted for a special treat) 4)    Place pumpkin half, skin side up, on a cookie sheet that has an eighth   inch of water in it.  (Hint: For easy clean-up, first cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil.) 5)    Place in 350 oven for 90 minutes, or until pumpkin flesh is soft. 6)    Scoop out cooked pumpkin flesh and puree until smooth using a blender or a hand mixer. 7)    Use finished pumpkin puree in your favorite pie, or other recipe. 8)    Keep in mind when figuring how many pumpkins you need. One of our 75 cent or $1 pie pumpkins should make one 9″ pie. We also have larger pie pumpkins priced from $1.50 to $2 ea. which will make you 2 pies at the least. The exact amount is really hard to know.  However, if you make too much puree it is a “piece of pie” to freeze the excess.  We freeze a lot every year! (For how we do it, see below.) Using a Microwave? While we don’t use a microwave, many do.  If you want to cook the pumpkin in a microwave, follow the first three steps above and then instead of using a cookie sheet and baking in regular oven put pumpkin halves in a microwave safe dish and cook on high for 15 minutes. Repeat cooking in microwave for smaller increments of time until the flesh is soft.  Normally takes about 30 minutes.  Next, follow steps 6 through 8. Freezing Pumpkin Puree After pureeing the cooked pumpkin as mentioned in Step 6 above, place pumpkin puree in clean plastic freezer containers and place in freezer. That’s it!  Pumpkin puree keeps over a year in a deep freeze.  A quart of pumpkin puree will make about 2 pies.    

Saturday, September 12, 2015: Canning tomatoes by the 1/2 bushel, peppers by the peck and pickler’s special!

We are now into the peak of our canning tomato harvest.  This means it won’t be long before it becomes harder to find top quality tomatoes in the field.  We are also picking good quantities of peppers and our pickling cucumber field is holding on so we can continue our 36 for $6 special on pickling cucumbers today. Right now I am unsure if we will still have that pickling cucumber special going on Monday.  I do know this, our pickling cucumber harvest will come to a screeching halt sometime next week. Despite the sunshine, the next few days will be cool which makes warm kitchens more pleasant.

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SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Pickling Cucumbers: 36 pickles for $6

Earliblaze Apples (great fresh eating, cooking/baking and sauce) are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

 

Bi-color Mirai, all-white Mirai, and bi-color Essence sweet corn – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Young and Tender green and yellow beans

Lots of apples to choose from including Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Jonamac, Wealthy, Whitney Crabapple, Tydeman’s Red, Earliblaze and more

Bartlett Pears by the 2-qt box

GreenGage plums

Muskmelon

Watermelon

Yellow summer squash

Slicing cucumbers and pickles

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Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup

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Sugar Pie Pumpkins

Pumpkins of many different sizes and colors for decoration: Our Pumpkin Patch is open!

Decorative Gourds

sunflowersandminiaturepumpkins

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck and red onions by the pound.

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Broccoli

Eggplant

Large, beautiful slicing tomatoes

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel: See our new YouTube video of the making of our family’s spaghetti sauce, a step by step recipe.

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Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint

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“Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb.

Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

A little peek at what you'll find in our Arts and Crafts room!
A little peek at what you’ll find in our Arts and Crafts room!

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

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Click photo to be directed to our website for directions!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015: Summer Leaves More Than Memories…

While summers often leave many pleasant memories, it also leaves many delicious and healthful foods like apples, tomatoes, late planted sweet corn, winter squash, potatoes, onions and much more.  This year is no exception since we have an excellent crop of these and much more.  While we are starting the day with just two half bushels of tomatoes, we will be picking more this morning and by noon should have a fair supply since Tuesday’s rain, while it was heavy, didn’t last long which is really what cracks ripe tomatoes. We also still have a good supply of pickling cucumbers so are continuing our 36 for 6 bucks special today.  This special will end as soon as our pickle patch succumbs to downy mildew which will likely be before Monday of next week.  Happily, our slicing cucumbers will last a bit longer since they have been bred to have some resistance to that nasty strain of downy mildew that hit Michigan a few years  ago. We have now started picking a couple of new patches of sweet corn and will continue having good quantities of nice sweet and tender corn thru the weekend and into next week. Keep in mind we are also starting to harvest our winter squash and it looks like while we won’t have a huge crop, it will be better than last year.

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SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Pickling Cucumbers: 36 pickles for $6

Earliblaze Apples are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai, all-white Mirai, and bi-color Essence sweet corn – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Young and Tender green beans

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Zestar, Mollies Delicious and Summer Treat apples (three of our favorite fresh eating apples)

Whitney Crabapple, Tydeman’s Red, Paulared, and Earliblaze apples (all excellent fresh eating, cooking/baking, all-purpose apples) – SPECIAL: $6 a 1/2 bushel for Earliblaze

Muskmelon

Watermelon

Yellow summer squash

Slicing cucumbers and pickles: Pickler’s SPECIAL 36 pickles for $6

Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup

Sugar Pie Pumpkins

Pumpkins of many different sizes and colors for decoration: Our Pumpkin Patch is open!

Decorative Gourds

sunflowersandminiaturepumpkins

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck and red onions by the pound.

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Eggplant

Large slicing tomatoes – SPECIAL: $5 a 2-qt tray

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel

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Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

“Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb.

Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

All plants in greenhouse are on sale. Most plants are under $2 each including hanging baskets and all herbs are just 50 cents each.

Craft Room is Open! Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses.

SPECIAL NOTE TO SENIOR PROJECT FRESH, WIC PROJECT FRESH AND BRIDGE CARD (EBT Card) CUSTOMERS REGARDING PUMPKINS:

We strictly follow the guidelines put out by the officials of these helpful organizations.  This means we can only accept Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons as well as EBT cards for pumpkins that are sold explicitly for food (Sugar/Pie Pumpkins).  While we do sell Giant Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, it is assumed these pumpkins will be used for decorations AND NOT FOR FOOD so we cannot accept payment for these decorative pumpkins with Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons or the Bridge (EBT) Card.  For more details please contact the organizations from which you received the coupons or EBT card.  Thank you.

Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2015: YES! WE ARE OPEN TODAY!

WE ARE OPEN AS USUAL TODAY — 10AM TO 5:30PM!

We just missed a little rain that went to the north, which was good since we didn’t need it right now! Tonight and tomorrow the forecast is for the possibility of heavy rain which means, if it occurs, cracked ripe tomatoes so one of our primary harvest goals today will be to pick ripe tomatoes.  However, we will start, like usual, picking sweet corn. beans and many of our other crops.  Some crops, like potatoes, onions, garlic and apples, were picked several days ago so this saves some time.

The rest of the week looks nice with comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

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Excerpts from our weekly e-newsletter:

While the Saturday before Labor Day is usually our busiest day of the summer season, Labor Day itself tends to be less busy than a regular summer Monday.  This means less parking problems and even more personal help than… READ MORE

The story that I heard (even the locally famous Kimball and Pickerel Lake fishermen Ernie Iacovoni told it) that the walleyes ALL came from the Muskegon River where they were netted during the 30s and early 40s and transferred to the lakes.  The problem is… READ MORE

SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Earliblaze Apples are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai, all-white Mirai, and bi-color Essence sweet corn – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Green and Yellow Beans

Zestar, Mollies Delicious and Summer Treat apples (three of our favorite fresh eating apples)

Whitney Crabapple, Tydeman’s Red, Paulared, and Earliblaze apples (all excellent fresh eating, cooking/baking, all-purpose apples) – SPECIAL: $6 a 1/2 bushel for Earliblaze

Muskmelon

Watermelon

GreenGage Plums

Yellow summer squash

Eggplant

Slicing cucumbers and pickles

Winter Squash: Acorn, spaghetti, butternut, and buttercup

Sugar Pie Pumpkins

Pumpkins of many different sizes and colors for decoration: Our Pumpkin Patch is open!

Decorative Gourds

Cut Sunflowers

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck and red onions by the pound.

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Freshly pulled sweet carrots

Large slicing tomatoes – SPECIAL: $5 a 2-qt tray

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

“Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various artisan heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb.

Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the Bridge CARD!

All plants in greenhouse are on sale. Most plants are under $2 each including hanging baskets and all herbs are just 50 cents each.

Craft Room is Open! Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses.

SPECIAL NOTE TO SENIOR PROJECT FRESH, WIC PROJECT FRESH AND BRIDGE CARD (EBT Card) CUSTOMERS REGARDING PUMPKINS:

We strictly follow the guidelines put out by the officials of these helpful organizations.  This means we can only accept Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons as well as EBT cards for pumpkins that are sold explicitly for food (Sugar/Pie Pumpkins).  While we do sell Giant Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, it is assumed these pumpkins will be used for decorations AND NOT FOR FOOD so we cannot accept payment for these decorative pumpkins with Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons or the Bridge (EBT) Card.  For more details please contact the organizations from which you received the coupons or EBT card.  Thank you.

Thursday, September 3, 2015: Report on Sweet Corn and much more…

As I mentioned in the blog starting late last week, this Labor Day weekend will be very warm and mostly sunny.  While there is a slight chance of a brief shower or TShower sometime in the period Friday thru Monday, it shouldn’t last long and it will remain quite warm throughout this period.

This weekend we will be starting to pick from four new patches of Bi-Color and all White Sweet corn so we should have an excellent supply of nice and tender sweet corn available.  Two of these patches are of the Mirai type. While we hope to have nice tender sweet corn all thru September, our late  patches get smaller and there are less of them so the quantity of sweet corn available will start to diminish in about a week or ten days. Bean lovers should be pleased to know that we will be starting to pick Friday from our next patch of beans which has both green and yellow beans in it!

While we should have a good supply of muskmelon thru the Labor Day weekend, we only made one planting of it so our supply of muskmelon will rapidly be depleted late next week.  Keep in mind muskmelon can be preserved by freezing.  Here is a link that shows one way of doing this FREEZING MELONS.

 

A look at our cherry tomatoes... yes, the plants look big because they are that big! :)

A look at our cherry tomatoes… yes, the plants look big because they are that big! :)

Early morning at the farm

Early morning at the farm

SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Earliblaze Apples are $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai, all-white Mirai, and bi-color Montauk sweet corn – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Green and Yellow Beans

Zestar, Whitney Crabapple, Summer Treat, Viking, Tydeman’s Red, Chenango Strawberry, Paulared, and Earliblaze. – SPECIAL: $6 a 1/2 bushel for Earliblaze

Muskmelon

Watermelon

Starkrimson Pears

Zucchini and yellow summer squash: Limited Supply!

Eggplant

Slicing cucumbers and pickles: Limited supply!

Winter Squash: Acorn, spaghetti, butternut, and limited Heart of Gold

Sugar Pie Pumpkins

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck and red onions by the pound.

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Broccoli

Freshly pulled sweet carrots

Large slicing tomatoes – SPECIAL: $5 a 2-qt tray

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

“Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb.

Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the EBT CARD!

All plants in greenhouse must go this week! Most plants are under $2 each including hanging baskets and all herbs are just 50 cents each.

Craft Room is Open! Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses.

SPECIAL NOTE TO SENIOR PROJECT FRESH, WIC PROJECT FRESH AND BRIDGE CARD (EBT Card) CUSTOMERS REGARDING PUMPKINS:

We strictly follow the guidelines put out by the officials of these helpful organizations.  This means we can only accept Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons as well as EBT cards for pumpkins that are sold explicitly for food (Sugar/Pie Pumpkins).  While we do sell Giant Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, it is assumed these pumpkins will be used for decorations AND NOT FOR FOOD so we cannot accept payment for these decorative pumpkins with Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons or the Bridge (EBT) Card.  For more details please contact the organizations from which you received the coupons or EBT card.  Thank you.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015: What we are having today

It still looks like a very warm and sunny Labor Day weekend.

Our muskmelon are peaking and at their prime.  This is the time to freeze them.

For one way to freeze them go to FREEZING MELONS.

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http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/melon.html#top

Lots of big, beautiful slicing tomatoes!

Lots of big, beautiful slicing tomatoes!

 

http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/melon.html#top

Found a four leaf clover while picking apples yesterday. :)

Found a four leaf clover while picking apples yesterday. :)

SPECIALS for today:

Sweet Corn is $10 a bushel

Earliblaze is $6 a 1/2 bushel

Slicing tomatoes are $5 a 2-qt tray

All herb pots are 50 cents each

All other plants located in greenhouse are under $2 each

Fruit trees are $20 a pot

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai, all-white Mirai, and bi-color Montauk sweet corn – SPECIAL: $10 a bushel

Green and Yellow Beans

Zestar, Whitney Crabapple, Summer Treat, Viking, Tydeman’s Red, Chenango Strawberry, Paulared, and Earliblaze. – SPECIAL: $6 a 1/2 bushel for Earliblaze

Muskmelon

Starkrimson Pears

Zucchini and yellow summer squash: Limited Supply!

Eggplant

Slicing cucumbers and pickles: Limited supply!

Winter Squash: Acorn and spaghetti

Pie Pumpkins

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

Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck and red onions by the pound.

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Broccoli

Freshly pulled sweet carrots

Large slicing tomatoes – SPECIAL: $5 a 2-qt tray

Canning tomatoes by the half bushel

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

“Little Red” tomatoes by the quart.

SunSugar (orange), Black Cherry (dark purple), Sweetie (red), SunPeach (pink), and various heirloom cherry tomatoes by the pint

Green tomatoes by the pound

Green Bell Peppers

Super sweet colored peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Peach and apple trees – SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, and rhubarb.

Keep in mind that fruit trees, blueberry bushes. raspberries, grapes and rhubarb plants CAN be purchased using the EBT CARD!

All plants in greenhouse must go this week! Most plants are under $2 each including hanging baskets and all herbs are just 50 cents each.

Craft Room is Open! Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses. New pieces  have been added today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO SENIOR PROJECT FRESH, WIC PROJECT FRESH AND BRIDGE CARD (EBT Card) CUSTOMERS REGARDING PUMPKINS:

We strictly follow the guidelines put out by the officials of these helpful organizations.  This means we can only accept Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons as well as EBT cards for pumpkins that are sold explicitly for food (Sugar/Pie Pumpkins).  While we do sell Giant Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, it is assumed these pumpkins will be used for decorations AND NOT FOR FOOD so we cannot accept payment for these decorative pumpkins with Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons or the Bridge (EBT) Card.  For more details please contact the organizations from which you received the coupons or EBT card.  Thank you.