Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Market at the Montessori

Jubilee and Cloud 
Saturday December 9, 2017
Tower Grove Farmers Market
Montessori School 
1618 Tower Ave 
St. Louis 

Thursday  Dec 21st 2017
Eureka Farmers Market
Coffey Lane, The Timbers
Eureka, Mo

Market List Saturday
Swiss Chard, Chicken Eggs, 
Missouri Pecans, 
Salad Mix,
Lots of amazing Holiday Gift Ideas
We'll have a few tomatoes




 Saturday is the last Tower Grove Market of the year. Come and see us inside the Montessori School for Eggs and Pecans for your holiday baking. Those chickens picked up from Three Rivers Farm are still laying like crazy. Pickled eggs will be offered at the Market again. Several Spicy offerings for those who have friends who like it hot. Pickled Hot Peppers, Spicy Pickles, Garlicky Chile Sauce and Smoked Tomatillo Salsa all would make a Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas present.
Granola makes a great and healthy stocking stuffer, an Antique Ball Jar filled
with Pecans will please almost anyone.

It's cold here on the Farm and where you are too. but our hoses froze last night even though they were unhooked and supposedly drained every time they were used yesterday. So I've carried water for 30 sheep, 35 ducks, 60 chickens and 4 dogs. Tomorrow doesn't look to be any warmer. But we will be cleaning the last of the roasting ducks we will be providing for the market this Season. Thankfully.
Four Days before Christmas, we will be at the Eureka Farmers Market with many of the same items as well as another opportunity to shop Local.

We'll see you Saturday. Dress warmly. Winter is finally here.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Artisan Farmers Market at the Montessori School

Saturday there will be a Market at the Montessori School at 1618 Tower Grove Avenue. It will not be like a regular market and there will some different vendors. We will be bringing lots of our usual, yet unique hand made items which would make perfect gift items for the upcoming holidays and Pecans for baking and snacks.
We also will be bringing lots of chicken eggs and several of you will be picking up roasting ducks from us too. As you know, we recently acquired Three Rivers chickens and they seem to be very happy here as they have been giving us about 3-4 dozen eggs a day. So many that I made pickled eggs for this market too.

Next week we will be again at the Montessori School for the last market of this year. This one will be a regular market with both grown and handmade items. 

So put us on your calendar. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill

TTFN 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

MidTown Farmers Market Thanksgiving Weekend

High tunnel Pic from Monday

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatoes, Missouri Pecans, Salad Mix, Swiss Chard and  Egyptian Walking Onions.

This weekend we have been invited to join the MidTown Market on the Delmar Loop. Deb Henderson, Market manager has invited us many times but I was always committed to Schlafly and Tower Grove. Now that we are no longer doing Schlafly, I am free to join them. The market runs from 9-1:30.
The address is 6655 Delmar Blvd.  This is a Holiday Market on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Instead of going to the Mall, come out and spend your dollars locally. For 5 -8.00, you can find a unique and Space Saving Holiday gift of Blueberry, Black and Blueberry or Cherry Serrano Pepper Jelly, Pear Butter from pesticide free pears, Smoked Tomatillo Salsa or for that Spice Lover in your life, Garlicky Chili Sauce, Pickled Hot Peppers or Spicy Pickles. A little more can get you a bag of Local Pecans. None of these items will clutter up anything but your loved ones tummy. 

So this Winter's projects include FINALLY getting some serious work done on our barn. Many of you followed the progress of our Pyrenees Pups. Two of them went to some local farmer friends of ours who train horses. One of the pups were bartered for a load of this rough sawn barn wood. This particular farmer couple are tearing down a old farm house and these lovely boards were taken from the inner walls and most likely milled here in Beaufort at the lumber yard that was here until about 30 years ago. Rough Sawn Oak is like Concrete, these boards still look pristine and the house dates 1906.



Our barn looks pretty rough but does the job. The interior and foundational things like beams etc. are stable but the exterior needs some serious TLC.


When we first moved to the farm, we acquired some Clapboard at an Auction and closed the spots with the most open walls from the inside. We have been saving boards that we have gotten from here and there until we could get enough to do the outside. To keep the animals comfortable, we hang tarps inside every Fall and have heated buckets for water. It's a pain but it works. Finally we will be able to restore it to some of it's grandeur. The battered sunflowers seen here were gotten at an auction when Gilberg Perennials closed their doors. They looked pretty cool when we put them up but have taken a beating since, total wind tunnel up the drive in front of the barn. Last winter we installed windows in all of the casings from again, salvaged materials.

So hopefully everyone is planning a family yet fun filled Thanksgiving. We have acquired a local suckling pig and have about 20 people coming. Friday we are picking up 3 Rivers chickens as they are not equipped to over winter them ...and we need chickens Lol. So soon we will be having more eggs. Amy feeds Non GMO feed as we do so no need to worry about that.
Unfortunately it looks as if all of our roasting ducks are sold. The last 2 were reserved by Kitchen Kulture for their New Years dinner. We have a couple of possible young ducks who's voices and plumage have not been identified but it's iffy, so that's probably all for this year.

Hopefully we will see you out and about at the MidTown Market at the Loop Saturday.

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Bill and Sam



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eureka Farmers Market Today

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we are at Eureka Farmers Market today. the Address is 1 Coffey Park Lane at the Timbers, Eureka, Mo. 
The Market WILL BE INSIDE. There is generally good signage. It is near the New Spur in Eureka. 

We will be bringing- Tomatoes, Missouri Pecans which a lot of you look forward to every year, Swiss Chard, Dill and Spearmint along with Salsas, Jams and Jellies. We will not have lamb with us unless you would like to email us with a request. Right now we have some shanks, chops, organ meat and I think some boneless. Don't forget the Cherry Pepper Jelly for your Turkey, Ham or over Cream Cheese for an appetizer or party dip.

Hope to see you there. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Last Summer Market

Market List; Lamb, Egyptian Walking Onions, Tomatoes, Missouri Pecans,
Bright Lights Swiss Chard and Salad Mix

So for a few of you we will be bringing Slow Food Cayuga ducks for roasting and for more of you, you can order for the December 2nd Market. It's time again for the Missouri Pecans that we bring every year from my hometown in Dunklin County Missouri. 
It's the last Summer Market and it will be cold but come anyway, you won't see us again until December 2nd and then the on the 9th. That will be the 13th of January until we see each other again. We will be at the Eureka Farmers Market this Thursday too. Stock up on stuff for your Holiday meals...and don't forget to order your duck. 


See you Saturday. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Bill 








Thursday, November 2, 2017

Indian Summer


Market List: Grass Fed Lamb, Slicing Tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Mix Tomatoes,
Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Sassy Salad Mix, Egyptian Walking Onions and Tomatillos,

After a freezing weekend and a cold start to the week, we are back to comfortable temps again. It was 26 degrees for 11 hours here. We lost almost everything in the Garden. The tomatoes, greens and peppers in the high tunnel survived, some herbs, most of the chard and all of the onions.

It's just as well, the cucumber beetles were destroying everything. We have had so many tomatoes that we pulled in, just rot from the inside out from the damage caused by them. Here is a pic of a stray bushel gourd they attached themselves to last week.

As you can see, they chew holes in the fruit and then crawl inside and spread bacteria which then breaks down the tissue inside. It's pretty destructive.

Next week we will be processing ducks for Thanksgiving. We have a limited number so reserve yours now. We already have 2 orders. These are our Cayuga, Slow Food Ark of Taste ducks. We have an overabundance of males that must go. They are fat and will be tasty. Slow Food fact, until the Pekin duck was introduced to the US, the Cayuga was the meat bird of choice. Get your order in now.

Saturday we will have Lemonade. I feel so bad when the kids cry because it's too cold for Lemonade. It will be 75 on Saturday it will be there along with us, Cortney and I. So we'll see ya there.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Bill and Sam              


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Last Dance

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb, Salad Mix, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes,
Bright Lights Swiss Chard. 

This looks like the last week before the fall frost. We're going to cover a few rows and what's in the high tunnel but most will be gone. This will probably be the last week for salsa and possibly tomatoes. There are still quite a few still on the vines but the cucumber beetles are ruining much. Two more outside markets after this but this is the end of the summer season as we know it. Next month we will be doing the market indoors, most likely at the Montessori school. 
It's going to be freezing on Saturday, so bundle up but I bet most of us will be there...waiting for you. 

See you there!

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Falling Fall


Market List;

Grass Fed Lamb, Egyptian Walking Onions, 

Sassy Salad Mix, Bright Lights Swiss Chard,

Slicing and Salad Tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes,

Tomatillos, Lemon Cucumbers

and Dill


Wow, I looked up this week and realized that there are 4 weeks left of the summer season. Still lots of tomatoes coming on for eating and salsa too. As usual this time of the year, we are overran with cucumber beetles. For some reason though, they are incredibly bad this year. These are some of the worst garden pests. Ask any farmer what their worst insect issues are and they all will say they Squash Bugs and Cucumber Beetles. They are killing the plants, stunting the fruits and drilling holes in the tomatoes. You walk through and they fly out in waves, a cracked tomato will sport about 20. Talked to Vicki Lander down the road at Flower Hill Farm and they are having the same issue.


Ugh, disgusting cucumber beetles. 

Some of the ducklings that we have raised up this summer are laying right on schedule so we will have a dozen duck eggs this week annnnnd...some of them, probably about 15 are males so we will have some to process for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Little known Slow Food fact, until the Pekin duck was introduced to the US, the Cayuga was the meat bird of choice. The Pekin being a white bird, making it much easier to clean took it's place. However, the black Cayuga, no matter how difficult it is to make it look clean because of the black oil in the feather ducts, they have amazing rich tasting meat. So we have that to look forward to. 
Also we are already lambing. 
After the Summer Season is over, we probably as a Market will be going to the Montessori School for the Winter Pantries. They are looking for a larger space, but as of now our first Winter Market will be on December 11th. We also will be doing a Thursday Winter Market with Eureka on the last Thursday of the Winter months ...and we will be there this Thursday also. 
So that's all the news this week. Next week we'll have a real Slow Food talk about the project that we were awarded the grant for this year. 

See ya Saturday!

God's Blessings on you and yours

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill...and the pups


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Festival Week



Market List
Tomatoes; all colors, shapes and kinds,
cherry, salad, paste and slicing, we've got them all
Lemon and pickling cucumbers
Sassy Salad Mix
Red Burgundy and White Velvet Okra
and of course-
TOMATILLOS!
We will have 3 Salsas too


This week is the Harvest Festival at Tower Grove Market
we start at 8 and go until 3. A LONG Festival. There will 3 bands and beer, over 100 Vendors and many artisans.


This week we have had 3 new Volunteers at the Farm. Rayven's younger sister and 2 brothers are here while there mum is in Houston helping with the hurricane clean up.
They have been mostly on Tomatillo and Puppy duty.



We have been harvesting, peeling and picking up Tomatillos off of the ground and on the plants all week. The dry weather is causing them to fall off  and as usual they are everywhere. The kids have made this week a whirlwind but have been a big help sorting the bad from the good, feeding the former to the sheep and putting the latter in to crates to sell.

It's going to be really cool this week end. Don't forget that we will not be at the market next weekend. The following week, catch me on Friday at the Farmer's Formal held by Earth Dance at Union Station and Saturday, one of us- probably Bill will be at the Market. See you Saturday at the Festival, Don['t forget that we will be bringing Windy Lake's Puppy. Stop and see her.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill, Ember, Finn and  Steel






Thursday, September 21, 2017

We're Almost Done?

We will also be at Eureka Market next Thursday

Market List: Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Wood Sorrel, Lemon and Pickling cucumbers, Pesticide Free Pears, Bright Lights Swiss Chard and Egyptian Walking Onions

So we're counting down to our last weeks to the Summer Markets. Eight to be exact. Now lets think about the events leading up to the end of the season. Next weekend this is the Harvest Festival at the Market. This is the fundraiser for the season. It goes from 8-3 and there will be 3 bands. Then the next week, we are taking the week off for our anniversary. On the 13th, our lamb will be featured, along with yours truly at Earth Dance's fundraiser, the Farmers Formal. Many of you are probably aware of how Molly Rockamann of Earth Dance is so involved with the Ferguson community. The Farm is used for education about growing food and outreach for the community. We are all so proud of Molly for all that she has achieved at Earth Dance. I remember when she first started the Farmer Apprenticeship program. How far she has come from then. The Farmers Formal will be held this year at Union Station. Here's the link to get your ticket. https://www.501auctions.com/farmersformal 

Well this warm weather has really brought the tomatoes on again. We will be bringing a bunch! Maybe not as much as some of the stands but I can guarantee that our taste better than you can imagine. We'll even have some Blue Beauties this week, lots of Vintage Wines, Pork Chops, Mortgage Lifters, Black from Tula, a few Paul Robesons and Arkansas Travelers just to name a few. Oh yes, and finally we have some Purple Carbons. They were the last ones planted.
The Fall has brought the Lady Bugs back too. I know they drive some people crazy but we have been overran with Thrips, White Flies and Aphids and the Lady Bugs eat them by the hundreds, those and other soft bodied insects. I was so glad to see them show up and all their little larvae offspring vacuuming the bad bugs off the leaves and stems. Yay!
Lots and lots of tomatillos here, banner year!






The pups are getting SO big and active.
Next weekend stop by the booth and see the one I'm bringing to Windy Lake Sarah.
Also Whisk is considering this one.
So far 3 are going for pets and 3 for Livestock...I have a feeling that Sarah's will be a bit of both.



I guess that's all the news here for now.


As you can tell, even though the Tower Grove summer Market is almost over, there is still lots to look forward to. . . and this winter we will be at the Winter Market once a month. Location to be determined. I hear that we may be getting a new location.

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Bill, Sam and the pups (for a bit longer)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back to the Heat

Market List;

Grass Fed Lamb

TOMATILLOS

Slicing tomatoes
Rainbow Cherry Mix Tomatoes

Pesticide Free Pears,

SuperFood Salad Mix,

Lemon and Pickling Cucumbers





Thankfully we are back to some heat, 80's to 90's for the next 10 days. This should really spiff up the hot weather crops, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and hopefully some more purslane. It's coming on but slowly with these cool nights. The tomatillos however are coming like mad, we've already picked a bushel this week.

The pups are coming along fine. It's going to be so hard to see them go. We have finally sucked it up and decided to not keep one.

My mom is keeping the one in the back of this picture. Sarah at Windy Lake is getting the one closet here facing the camera. A horse farm down the road is taking the other all white here as well as one more and of course, Rayven's family is taking yet another. They're so cute.

We'll see you Saturday at Tower Grove. Don't forget, in 2 weeks we have the Fall Festival at the Market. It's an extra long market, going until 3 with Bands and Local Beer. I've heard whispers of
Bloody Marys too. It's a fundraiser for the market. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam, Bill and the pups










Thursday, September 7, 2017

It's not Really Fall


                                 Market List:
Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatillos,
Lemon AND
Pickling Cucumbers, 
Slicing Tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Mix Tomatoes, SuperFood Salad Mix,
Egyptian Walking Onions, 
Refrigerator Dills and Salsa

It's been pretty nippy and I can't believe that I'm actually wearing a sweater. Of course I've still been swimming almost everyday but ...maybe that's why I need the sweater. Still this unseasonably cool weather has brought out some of the more bothersome insects such as aphids and White Fly sucking the life out of the tomato blossoms, just like for no particular reason the house flies have a last hurrah when the temps are like this. 



We will have some tomatoes this week, probably about as many as last. So if you didn't get any, send me an email and we'll try and hold some back for you. The cool nights really slow the ripening down but the cucumbers are finally coming in, it's a constant battle with the cucumber beetles, thrips and squash bugs but I've been staying on top of it and they are finally doing well. 

The pups are finally waking up and getting acquainted with the other livestock.
They've been in the barnyard most of the week and today they went into the field with everybody running in and out. I posted some video on Instagram of them playing investigating the ducks playing in the water and sheep walking up to check them out. We are on Instagram as SunflowerSavannahFarm. On the weekend we try and open it up to the public and the rest of the week it's on Private. So if you want to Follow us, I usually post different pics of our farm life everyday. If it's on Private, just hit me up with a request.

So another cool weekend at the Market. The hurricane I think is responsible for some of the weird weather. Rayven and Jade's mom was deployed this week to help out with the disaster in Texas. Generally we get rain along with the hurricanes when they move out but so far, just a few drops. It detoured around us and hit Indiana as well as Kentucky. We'll see you Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill and the Pups



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Two Markets this Week

Tomorrow at Eureka Farmers Market we will have;
Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatillos, Green Beans and Sunflower Bouquets

Saturday at Market we will bring;
Grass Fed Lamb, some Tomatoes, Tomatillos Cucumbers, Sunflower Bouquets, Purslane, Lambsquarter, Wood Sorrel,
Egyptian Walking Onions, Rainbow Swiss Chard and perhaps some Kale

Yes 2 markets this week. Eureka has started a monthly Market that we have attended a couple of times and hope to be there also this winter. 


AND 


Speaking of being somewhere in the future, I am really up in the air about being an email which I received a couple of days ago from Crystal of
Earth Dance

So maybe I will see you there! Many people have tasted my lamb from buying it at the Tower Grove Farmers market and now it will be featured at The Farmers Formal. This is such an honor to be invited. It's a great cause too. Molly Rockaman has made Earth Dance such a success and has withstood all the fuss at Ferguson with such a positive approach. I remember her first event, the Pesto Festo and now she has many years of teaching people about food under her belt. I can't wait to be a part of this. It's a great cause. 


It has been an experience with these pups. They get cuter every day! Already we have several promised out. I think we only have one left that's not spoken for.

We will see you tomorrow in Eureka maybe and Saturday at Tower Grove Farmers Market. Another beautiful Saturday, only 80 degrees. Tomatoes will still be a little low but they are making a come back and we will have a few.

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and the Pups

Four of the pups




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Silence

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatillos, Purslane, SuperFood Salad Mix, Tomatoes and Bright Lights Swiss Chard and Rainbow Cherry Mix tomatoes.



Very quiet around here, all the volunteers are gone. Our last Wwoofer (for awhile) left Wednesday. While I will miss the help, sometimes it's just good to be just to yourself. While teaching people about how to grow food and how our idea of what food is not necessarily all that food is important to me, sometimes its just good to recharge.



So we had a great time at the Solar Siesta here. We had a few customers from the market who came and we all had a great time. So amazing. We started taking pics with the glasses over our phone cameras and we got some great shots. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

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While we have some tomatoes this week, we will have even less than last. SO many cracked. They are making a come back though and we still have 2 good months left of the season before we have to worry about a frost. We will still have Salsa though. That's one good thing about cracked tomatoes, you can still make Salsa. Lots and Lots of tomatillos though, they love this weather. I'm already freezing tomatillos and made Smoked Tomatillo salsa for the second time this week.

Salad mix will be back this week with Kale, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Beet, Lambsquarter, Purslane and
Wood Sorrel.

AND
we will have a French Rack of lamb with all the other cuts available. 


I dunno if you all noticed, but we added Bloody Mary mix to our retinue last week. It's based on our Salsa, it's been coming for a while but I finally got it done. Come by and try some out, let me know what you think.

We'll see you at the market on Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours,                          

TTFN

Bill and Sam - alone at last- with the puppies





                   

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Still Eclipsing

Market list;
Grass Fed LAMB, Tomatoes, Purslane, Tomatillos, Wood Sorrel, Bright Lights Swiss Chard,  Lemon Cucumbers, Green Beans, Kale


The Solar Eclipse event is still going on at the farm in an attempt to raise money for Vesterbrook Farm who has lost everything but the actual Farm due to Chemical drift from a conventional farm. There are still plenty of spaces left. Fifty Five Percent goes to the Brabos'. If it's a good turnout, we can do more. 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3057442


Certified Naturally Grown put out a page for the farms that are in the path and we are in a Prime Location for the fullest effect. 






So we have a new Wwoofer this week. Deb arrived Wednesday evening. Sorry that there is no pictures, She arrived in the rain and today we had some issues with the pups that kept us busy. We'll have some next week. 


Lamb is back at the market probably for a long time to come. The new grazing on pastures from Slow Food are helping as is the rain which helps the fields grow. On the opposite side of this, there will not be as many tomatoes this week and probably not next week either. So many have cracked from the everyday rains that we have been getting and the cooler nights have caused some powdery mildew as well as slowed down the ripening process. Farming is such a balancing act. Just when you think you are home free something new gets thrown in... too much rain in August, really? 

87 degrees on Saturday, feeling more like August again instead of October.  Come prepared to shop and drink lemonade. 


God's Blessings on you and yours 

TTFN, 

Sam, Bill and Deb-til Wednesday