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Wednesday, June 24, 2015: What’s happening today at Magicland Farms

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Thinning peaches yesterday and took a panoramic photo of the orchard.

Yesterday evening I sat out on my outdoor Lazy-Boy lawn chair in our yard.  What was interesting is that while I saw several toads, I DID NOT SEE A SINGLE MOSQUITO!  We don’t spray insecticides at our home or have any type of bug repeller!  That is odd, me thinks! Also, we have received plenty of rain this June so the lack of squitters is even more puzzling.  I do notice this year we hear bullfrogs all night long.  I think this is unusual.  The frogs get so loud and noisy that my oldest daughter complains about the noise!

Today looks to be sunny and beautiful!  The rain we had on Monday is gone–the ground is drier than just before the rain right now!  Not that we need rain because the soil seems to have enough for awhile.  We are about done thinning peaches–in February we really wondered if we would have a crop at all and we wound up having to thin them–who’d guess?  We all must keep in mind that the size of a crop is really unknown until after the harvest!  For instance, while we knew our strawberry crop would be significantly smaller than last year, we wound up not even having enough strawberries for our own needs!  This surprised even the most pessimistic in our family!

 

What we are having Today:

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

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Red Norland potatoes

RedGold potatoes

RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants, and veggie plants.

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

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Sunset today is 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow is 6:03AM

Notice as we near the summer solstice there is little change in sunset and sunrise times from day to day.

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

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

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

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

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

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Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

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Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

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Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

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

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Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Watermelon

Cucumbers

Pumpkins: Jack-O-Lantern and Giant Pumpkins

Savoy Cabbage

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

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

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

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

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Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

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

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

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Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

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Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

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Sedum Groundcovers

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Sempervivum

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Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

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Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

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Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

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Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

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Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

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Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!

 

Friday, May 15, 2015: Summer-like weekend

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Blooming Redbud

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Showers have ended for today although clouds remain.  Warm and humid this weekend and nice, sunny weather next week although there seems to be another slight chance of a frost Tuesday night, so keep this in mind when planting tender vegetable plants like tomatoes and peppers or some tender annual flower plants.  To me, it looks like the chance of frost has diminished somewhat for Newaygo County on Tuesday night.

Sunset today May 15 is 9:01PM  Sunrise tomorrow is 6:18AM

WHAT WE ARE SELLING TODAY: (Newly added today are in Italics at bottom of list.)

We will be having trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual plants including:

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

Peach trees: Early Red Haven

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora

Red Raspberries: Latham

Seedless Grapes: Reliance

Rhubarb: Victoria

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

Tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, yellow and red sweet onions

Pawpaw trees

Ostrich ferns

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

Hydrangea

Hollyhocks: O’Hara, Chater’s Double, and Queeny Mix

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

Sedum Groundcovers

Sempervivum

Vinca Minor

Cactus (thornless houseplants)

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

Angel Trumpets

Dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs

Flowering Dogwood

AND MORE!

Any questions please call or text: 231-303-0412 or leave a message on Facebook.

Thursday, May 14, 2015: Another beautiful day today! The sun doesn’t set today until 9:00PM!

Click on photo to learn more about growing rhubarb!

Good News: No frost last night!  It didn’t even come close! 

Yesterday afternoon was beautiful–mild temperatures, bright sun and light winds!  Today is also starting out beautiful and is quickly warming up!  It looks like this weekend will feel more like the middle of July than the middle of May!  By the way, today the sun doesn’t set until 9:00PM and it will continue to set after 9PM until August 7th!

RHUBARB PLANT SALE TODAY!!

Buy 3 pots for only $20! (Originally $12 each!)

 

WHAT WE ARE SELLING TODAY:

We will be having trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual plants including:

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

Peach trees: Early Red Haven

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora

Red Raspberries: Latham

Seedless Grapes: Reliance

Rhubarb: Victoria — SALE!! — 3 pots for $20 — SALE!!

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

Tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, yellow and red sweet onions

Pawpaw trees

Ostrich ferns

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

Hydrangea

Hollyhocks: O’Hara, Chater’s Double, and Queeny Mix

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

Sedum Groundcovers

Sempervivum

Vinca Minor

Cactus (thornless houseplants)

Morning Glory

Angel Trumpets

Dianthus

AND MORE!

Sunset today May 14 is 9:00PM  Sunrise tomorrow is 6:20AM

Magicland Farms, Monday, December 22, 2014–Also, the Earth has been getting closer to the sun for over 5 months now!

Right now it is raining–that’s right RAINING–thru much of Minnesota even some northern parts of that state!  Despite this there is still a fair chance of having a white Christmas here since it looks like our rain will turn to snow late on Christmas Eve.  While we will likely then have a couple of weeks of typical cold January weather, it seems like we will have an early January thaw starting in mid-January instead of the end of January which is more typical.  Those who have been calling for a severely cold winter should think of revising their forecast soon.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, tomorrow Tuesday December 23 will be the last day we will be open all day until next spring sometime.  Right now we plan on closing things up on Wednesday unless the weather looks too bad on Wednesday and then we will likely close up for the season tomorrow!  Right now we still have a good supply of a variety of nice crisp, naturally chilled apples as well as sweet onions and red potatoes.

Oh yes, that headline teaser…while the average distance from the earth to the sun is 93.24 million miles, on January 3 this distance is only 91.65 million miles.  On July 4 the distance increases to 94.82 million miles!

The Eagle and Pike, also: What we plan on picking today, Friday, September 12, 2014

This morning Matt and I saw something interesting through our large dining room picture window.  It was a large Bald Eagle flying low over Pickerel Lake carrying a fish. The interesting thing was that the fish was a Northern Pike and looked larger than the eagle–the pike was over 2 feet long and weighed over 4 pounds (these are estimates, of course, but they are reliable estimates since we have seen many, many pike in this size range.)  Apparently, the eagle had too hard a time with the pike and we did see it finally drop the fish.

The sweet corn we will be picking today is bi-color Mirai and white Mirai.

Today we will also have for sale peaches, Zestar, Earliblaze, Gravenstein, Wolf River and Summer Treat apples, a new patch of green beans and starting a new patch of yellow beans, acorn, buttercup, butternut, Heart-Of-Gold and spaghetti winter squash, watermelon, muskmelon, zucchini and yellow summer squash, pickling and slicing cucumbers, Newaygo Sweet Onions, SunSugar cherry tomatoes, Canning and slicing tomatoes, Little Red Tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, sweet green bell and Jalapeno peppers, yellow and orange Super-Sweet peppers, new red potatoes and new Yukon Gold potatoes!

Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

EARLIBLAZE APPLES : $5 a half bushel

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

SLICING/CANNING TOMATOES: $10 A HALF BUSHEL (about 26 pounds)

NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $3, 1/2 peck for $5 (this is a great savings over buying them by the pound)

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS (NOT QUITE AS SWEET AS NEWAYGO SWEET ONIONS BUT LONGER KEEPERS): Whole peck for $7 and 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $12

JALAPENO PEPPERS: 1/4 PECK FOR $4

PECKS OF GREEN PEPPERS: $6

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All perennial and annual Flower Plants in Greenhouse are Half Off!

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain) NOT INCLUDED IN SALE

Perennial Hollyhocks SALE

Perennial Foxglove SALE

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks SALE

Sedum SALE

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets SALE

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets SALE

Pink and Red Dianthus SALE

Red Leafed Heuchera SALE

Hardy English Lavender SALE

Hardy Salvia SALE

Begonia SALE

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower SALE

Moonflower SALE

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass SALE

Oxe-Eye Daisy SALE

Visit this link to see photos: http://www.pinterest.com/bfcreations/flowers-and-plants-available-at-magicland

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

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013: Many more huge explosions on sun–shortwave reception blacked out on earth!

It wasn’t really that long ago, say just a month or so, some solar scientists were saying they believed the sun’s 11 year sunspot cycle was over and they were wondering why the sun was so inactive when, according to past cycles, it should be quite active.  What does this show?  Don’t rely on any long range (earth or solar) weather forecast!  It’s hard enough to forecast what’s coming up tomorrow!  The forecast of a month from today is nearly worthless.  Right now the sun has become so active so fast one wonders what is going on.  Solar scientists think right now huge rumblings are taking place deep, deep within the sun since huge flares have shot up from the sun in areas  100,000 of miles apart–at the same time!

Getting back to earth…we have been asked numerous times when we will be closing.  Our policy, which has been in effect for several years, is to state we are committed to being open through Halloween, October 31.  Then how long we stay open depends upon the weather.  We close any day there is enough snow to make the roads hazardous and we close any day the temperature isn’t expected to rise above 34F.  This year, no matter how nice the weather is, we will be closing for the season on November 27, which is the day before Thanksgiving.  However, we may close earlier because of weather, low supplies of produce or for any other reason we decide upon.  We plan on notifying the readers of this blog, at least the day before we close for the season.

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 still have slicing and cherry 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 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.”

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013: Warmer weather ahead, massive explosions on the sun and more..

While it still didn’t reach 32F near Pickerel Lake, it did obviously freeze last night at Magicland Farms since it dropped to the upper 20s at the Fremont airport. While I didn’t notice any snow at Pickerel Lake, the usual suspects got some (perhaps an inch or more) such as in the Holland area. Today will likely be the coldest day for some time–perhaps even for at least 10 days! Whether it will get warm enough to call it Indian Summer is a question I do not have a definite answer for.

The big weather news right now is what is happening on the sun.  At around 8:30 last night the sun exploded with a M9 class X-ray flare.  This is just a shade short of the big ones– the X class flares.  Since the explosion happened when the sun was facing earth this means the earth might have an intense magnetic storm in a day or so which can cause real problems (on the funner side it also means we might have a fantastic display of the aurora borealis (northern lights) showing up in a day or so!)  The sun seems more active right now than it has been for quite some time and so we can expect more solar explosions to occur in the weeks, perhaps even months, ahead.

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.”

 

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013: New Magicland Farms YouTube Video Out! Also, what is happening today at Magicland Farms

We just published a new video on YouTube.  Its title is “Fall Harvest at Magicland Farms 2013” and can be viewed by clicking here.

Well it is likely we had a killing frost at Magicland Farms this morning.  Here at Pickerel Lake it got down to at least 36.8F and it was 31F at 6AM at the Fremont Airport.  This is one of the latest first freezes in recent memory.

Yesterday morning was the first day this fall I was cold at the farm.  It was cloudy, sort of windy and the temperature was around 41F.  However, in the afternoon the sun came out, the wind died down and the thermometer was pushing toward 50F and it felt nice out–especially in the apple orchard.  Apparently other people also felt this because in the afternoon our Pumpkin Patch was quite busy.

Does the weather models now sense the onset of Indian Summer?  As I mentioned in my last post, the weather forecast for next week has suddenly changed–the meteorologists have added about 7 degrees to the temperature forecast for next week.  Now I see something else.  The NWS’s 8-14 forecast on Monday was for colder than normal across central Michigan and on Tuesday suddenly it changed to normal temperatures.  One other thing.  The Nationwide forecast is showing a sudden warmup next week across the entire country.  However, this warmup across the northern plains is for temperatures to rise only from the 30s to the 40s–one still needs an additional 20 degrees of temperature to be able to call it Indian Summer–however the direction of the change in weather models is significant.

Yesterday we spot picked our Splendor apples and we now have them up for sale.  Splendor is a nice looking apple that is quite firm and crisp and very sweet.  From past experience they also seem to keep for a long time.  Our stand is now brim full of many varieties. Read up about all our varieties in our new apple description booklet: CLICK HERE.  Yesterday we also picked broccoli and dug carrots.

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 (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, Splendor 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!)