To be honest, I have been at this growing stuff racket for over 30 years and have never, ever seen a September like it! Except for the ripening apples, orange pumpkins and the ripe sweet winter squash, one has to search hard ton’t tell, by looking at nature’s signs, that in just a couple of days we will be into October! It is so strange I just can’t come up with how this fall is going to turn out although there are strong indications from the staggering warmth of the Pacific equatorial region it does look like it may turn out to be one of the warmest winters in the Great Lakes region since records were kept. However, the weather is so strange who really knows! The smart thing here is to take advantage of the weather right now and stock up with fruits, and especially vegetables, that normally have either almost disappeared this late in the season or their quality has deteriorated. Right now, for instance, our tomatoes, beans and peppers still think it is mid-summer and are relishing the warmth and less intense sun which does cause them problems during the heat of mid-summer.
SPECIALS for today:
CLASSIC MINIATURE SPECIAL (Perfect for weddings, reunions, parties, school projects, camp projects!) 50 pumpkins for $15
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 or $18 a 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: 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: Last week for cukes and pickles!
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
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). SPECIAL: Red potatoes are $10 a 1/2 bushel or $18 a bushel
Sweet and mild Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound and 1/4 peck
Fresh stiff-neck garlic
Large, beautiful, vine-ripened 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.