Another beautiful late summer day is ahead today as well as the rest of the week including the weekend, although it is now completely and officially Autumn. Today is the first day of astronomical Fall when the earth’s tilt causes the sun at the equator to appear directly overhead at solar noon. My dad, who was stationed in the south pacific during WW2 never could get use to the fact that the sun would set so abruptly in the evening–5 minutes before sunset it was bright and sunny and 10 minutes later it was pitch dark! As I mentioned even more times than I like, meteorologic Fall starts on September 1 and economic Fall on the day after Labor Day.
While it is now FAll, no matter which definition you are going by, and we have a long spell of late summer weather ahead, it is not Injun Summer yet since there hasn’t been a killing frost –in fact it didn’t even come close, at least at Magicland Farms. Because of this we have a wide range of produce available, from sweet corn, beans, tomatoes and other warm season vegetables to fall apples, winter squash, pumpkins and other fall/winter fruit and vegetables.
SPECIALS for today:
Canning tomatoes: $12 a 1/2 bushel
Roma paste tomatoes: $15 a 1/2 bushel
Bell Peppers: $6 a peck
Winter Squash (select varieties): $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel (Winter squash can be stored to Christmas and for some varieties they will last through most of the winter. Check out this link here on how to store winter squash: http://migarden.msu.edu/uploads/files/wintersquashPreservation.pdf)
Pie Pumpkins: $12 a bushel (can also be mixed with winter squash or vice versa!)
Red Norland Potatoes: $10 a 1/2 bushel for field run (Potatoes can be stored all the way till next planting season! Here is an excellent article about storing potatoes: http://www.potatopro.com/news/2009/how-to-store-potatoes-at-home)
Sweet Onions: $3 a 1/4 peck
Slicing tomatoes: $5 a 2-qt tray
APPLES by the half bushel: Stark Jumbo $12, Cortland $12, Spartan Mac $10 and Baron $8
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, and grapes are all $8 each.
Rhubarb are $5 each
Hardy Mums are $5.50 each
What we will be having today:
Bi-color Mirai and all-white Mirai Young and tender Green and Yellow Beans
Many varieties of apples including, Honeycrisp, Zestar, Mollies Delicious, Earliblaze, Jonamac, McIntosh, Gala, Wealthy, Stark Jumbo, Snow, Spartan Mac, Cortland, and Baron. Select varieties are also sold by the half bushel. (We wrote a PDF booklet about all the fall and winter apples we grow. Check it out HERE.)
Ready-to-eat Bartlett Pears Sweet and Juicy Asian Pears
Slicing cucumbers and pickles: Our last patch is almost done for the year!
Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti, Heart of Gold, Blue Hubbard and Celebration.
SPECIAL: Select varieties (pie pumpkins included) are $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel Pie Pumpkins can be mixed with winter squash.
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).
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. Apple trees, including Honeycrisp. 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.