Monday, September 21, 2015: Beautiful late summer weather this week despite the calendar showing that astronomically Wednesday will start Fall (Economically and Meteorologically Fall has been going on for sometime)

While we were a little concerned about the heavy rain forecast last week thinking if the forecast was correct a large percentage of our ripe tomatoes would be cracked, we are grateful that we received as much as we did and to top off the good news the rain wasn’t only less than forecast but didn’t last as long as originally forecast which means few ripe tomatoes were cracked by it!  It is likely that will be the last measurable rain for this September and we are going into October which is the driest or second driest month (on average) of the year!

Excerpts from our weekly e-newsletter:

For the last few weeks I have been keeping an eye on the changing colors of the tree’s leaves, the weather trends compared to other Septembers I remember, and the many mathematical weather forecast models that are around (primarily the US, European and Canadian ones).  All of this information has me wondering a bit about what is going on this year.  As Sherlock Holmes said to his doctor friend “Something is afoot Watson” or something like that. To start it off, the leaves are not changing like they usually do… READ MORE
As I remember my mother telling me, I was 2 or 3 when her and my dad first started taking me and my sister to the cottage on Pickerel Lake.  I remember for the first 2 or 3 years we got water from a hand pushed pitcher pump that was on a concrete slab about 15 feet from our kitchen door… READ MORE

View of our last corn patch which was planted over our very first corn patch!

View of our last corn patch which was planted over our very first corn patch!

What we will be having today:

Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai

Young and tender Green and Yellow Beans

Honeycrisp, Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze,  Jonamac, McIntosh, Gala, Wealthy, Stark Jumbo, and Snow. We will start picking our Spartan Macs, Cortland, and Baron a little later this week.  (We wrote a PDF booklet about all the fall and winter apples we grow. Check it out HERE.)

Bartlett Pears: We will start picking our Asian pears a little later this week.

Slicing cucumbers and pickles: Our last patch is almost done for year!

Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti, Heart of Gold, Blue Hubbard and Celebration. SPECIAL: Select varieties are $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel

Pie Pumpkins

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!

Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh). We will be having potatoes by the half bushel a little later this week.

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

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Cut sunflowers

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

Canning tomatoes – $12 a half bushel!

Roma paste tomatoes – $15 a half bushel (Limited supply)

Heirloom tomatoes by the pound

“Little Red” salad-sized 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 by the pound – SPECIAL: $6 a peck

Colored peppers including bell, super sweets, and Sweet Banana

Jalapeno Peppers

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

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, rhubarb. SALE: All are now $8 each and rhubarb are $5 each.

All plants in greenhouse are on sale! Prices range from $2 to 50 cents each.

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