Thursday, August 30, 2018

So Busy I can't Remember all that We Did

Market List
Grass Fed Lamb, Swiss Chard, Egyptian Walking Onions, SuperFood Salad Mix, Awesome Tomatoes, Awesome Rainbow Mix Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans and 
of course Tomatillos

I canned again; Refrigerator Dills, Cherry Serrano Pepper Jelly and Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Last week, there were 5 baby chicks born. I was really tired of all those broody hens, so I let a couple sit and that's what we got. They are pretty cute walking around and it's amazing how ferocious those mother hens are. You should see them attacking any duck who dares to look their way.
On Wednesday we had a new lamb. I know it's out of season, even for Hair Sheep but when you have a ewe born late towards the end of lambing, by the time that she is sexually mature, the normal season is over and she will lamb off time of everyone else and the next year, she will catch up. Sometimes it has something to do with lack of forage , as we had last year and it will take them even longer to mature, which is okay too as they need to be fully developed. We have another due pretty soon, maybe 10 days to 2 weeks.



It seems like I had no time in the garden since last we talked. It was treatment week, I had to take a lamb to processor, I had a flat, my Uncle Jack has been promising to come out all summer with his Kubota Tree Puller and clear some pasture for us. The cedar trees were totally taking over and as our Flock grows, so does our need for pasture.

Most of you know that we have been working on our fields since our Slow Food Grant last year. He was supposed to come out on a Saturday so Bill could run the tractor and make things go faster but he decided on Sunday to come out on Wednesday and Thursday which of course required supervision and direction on my part so that was more time away from the growing spaces. However it was an amazing thing to behold and I sowed Winter Rye, Winter Peas and Crimson Clover where he was opening up the soil with his tread and from where the trees were removed. He cleared an amazing amount of trees from 3 Pastures. I am truly grateful. Now we need to have multiple bonfires.


I did finally get into the garden this afternoon. We will have a large amount of goodies to bring to you this weekend. 90 degrees again. All next week in the upper 80's, perfect tomato weather, still good swimming too. Which is awesome because I was so busy that I only was able to swim twice this week. Oh yes, an my laptop died, another thing that slowed me down...funny I don't remember slowing down lol.

So we'll see you Saturday at Tower Grove Park

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cooler Nights but No Rain

It’s beginning to be the norm for Missouri to be in drought in the growing season now. The last 3 years, the crops have gone begging and the sheep have went into the fall with all the possible forage consume, right down to the acorns. That makes for a rough winter for them and us. This means that instead of beginning to feed bay in December or January, we start in October and carry through until May when the grass is finally high enough to support grazing. Sometimes we have plenty of warm days October and November but if there is no rain, which there wasn’t to speak of last year,  but if there is no moisture,nothing will grow. This week we had the forecast and radar telling us that we would get almost an inch on Tuesday. Wednesday morning we awoke to damp ground but it is so dry that you couldn’t even see that it had rained by 9 a.m. Luckily we grew that field of sunflowers and we turned the sheep out in that field while we wait for the fields to grow from the rain that we had 2 weeks ago.


We will have more grapes this week, nicer ones than last.


Grapes are difficult in Missouri, they may be in other states too, I don’t know, I’ve never tried to grow them anywhere else but we do have a problem here with Black Spot. The reason it’s called Black spot is not difficult to figure out, the grapes get black spots in them. It’s a fungal disease. Where ever the spots are, the grapes shrivel up and ripen unevenly. The shriveled grapes look like dried up raisins but are not sweet. The clusters have to be snipped apart to enjoy the unaffected fruit. It’s a total pain and makes them harder to eat, harvest and sell too because they are not as enticing. We have really been working on getting rid of the Black Spot. Organic Copper, and the new Arbors raise the vines up and give them more circulation. It was too late for the Mars grapes, the seedless table grapes we sold the last 2 weeks. They were already starting to turn when Bill got that Arbor finished. But the Concords are later and we got that Arbor finished first.

This is what the Black Spot looks like, but you can even see one of the yucky and bitter "raisins" on the picture above.




We got quite a few clusters off of the Concords that we only had to snip off one or 2 bad ones. We did have a scare today though, the sheep figured out how to open a gate and were tearing through the yard. Luckily we were coming up through the field so they came running. Whew. They only got  a few tomatoes. It' could've been so much worse.




Another gorgeous weekend at Tower Grove. High of 87, with only a 20% chance of rain. We'll see you there.

God's blessings on you and yours.


TTFN,


Bill and Sam

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Terrible Week but a Happy Day

Market List; Basil, Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatoes, Free Range Non GMO Eggs and Concord Grapes


Usually I spend much of my posts describing how hard we work bringing food to you but this week, I will be complaining about not working or the reason therefore. As many of you know, the dogs here in the picture are Cloud(on top) and Jubilee (the under). They are my Sheep Guardians dogs. We have 3 dogs that guard but up until this week, Cloud is the only one who could be trusted to stay home. The other 2 girls, Bumblebee is one, runs around the neighborhood taking up with anyone who will pet her, she does her job but her interpretation of what she is guarding is a broader area than we've agreed upon so much of the time she is on a run. Jubilee stays right around the boundary, sometimes in and sometimes out but not too far. Cloud however, has been content to stay home...until this week. Sunday she disappeared and could not be found. A neighbor from over a mile away came down to find out if we were missing a dog. As the other 2 troublemakers were here, I said no...but I was wrong. You may remember that I hand picked Cloud out of the litter we had last summer from the day that she was born. I tried to tell myself that we wouldn't keep her, but I just couldn't let her go.
Cloud at 2 weeks
She has a docile temperament which she inherited from her papa but is ferocious towards anything threatening her flock of her food from the flock. I spent the entire week knocking on doors, posting Flyers, handing out cards to anyone who answered their door, driving up and down the road calling her name out the window. I don't Facebook but my mom joined a group that does Lost and Found animals in Franklin County. Over 200 people shared it and then people who I stopped at their house, they shared it on their page. It got to the point that 3 out of 4 people would say when I stopped that they had seen Cloud's photo on Facebook and the 4th person would promise to post it themselves on their page. So it was pretty disheartening not to have any sightings of her for 3 days. This morning I said to my mom, during the first time in the garden all week, "someone either has to have her or someone shot her, there are just too many people who know about this for her not to have been seen". I don't mind telling you that as silly as it seems to pray about a dog, I was. It's not just a dog and not just a companion, but a year of training and having to start over with a new dog and what do you do when the predators start closing in while you are training a new dog. A few minutes later, my phone rang and it was someone telling me that they had seen her in their yard minutes before but by the time they got their dog in, she was gone. So I ran out of the garden and jumped in the car, went down there and walked around calling her name, then drove up and down doing the same. Went back and worked awhile, then went back to the spot again and repeated. Came back, canned some Smoked Tomatillo Salsa and then repeated again. I was encourage by the fact that she was near the original spot that she had been sited the first time and I am thinking it's because they had goats.TonightI was just getting ready to go back again and about 7:30, my neighbor texted and said a dog had just crossed his yard and was headed for my fence. I went out there fully expecting Jubilee and her shenanigans but playing out in my head how cook it would be if it were Cloud and over the fence she hops. AWESOME! So I fed her and took some selfies of us. She was very hungry but happy to be home and Jubilee was excited to see her.
She is tied up for a few days, hoping we won't have to keep her that way. All's well that ends well.

So Concord Grapes this weekend and probably next. 93 degrees this weekend. We'll see you at Tower Grove Market.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill, Jubilee, Bumblebee and thankfully Cloud

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Running Hard







Look Closely 
Market List: Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Walking Onions, Swiss Chard, Purslane, Grass Fed Lamb, Free Range, Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Mars Table Grapes


This is the time of year that I say every week, "I'm staying home from Market this week and getting some stuff done, I need to plant, I need to weed, the garlic must be harvested and I can get a lot done in the 2 days that Market takes up and I'm tired" - then I go to Market. 
For one thing, every week, I make promises to some customer or another about something they want or are going to buy the next time they come to Market. Last week it was Gayle and her eggs, this week it's the last of the grapes and lamb that someone wants and the new guy I'm training. I want to keep him used to being there. In any case, I'm glad when I finally get there and you are all happy to see me. It makes it worthwhile to crawl out of bed at 5 a.m. btw I am
a Night Owl and not a Lark.

We have gotten a lot done the last 2 weeks. We've had a volunteer named Jasmine who is from China by way of Georgia. Interestingly enough, She was born in China and adopted by a Georgia female farmer who I became friends with on a Homesteading message board. She has been here for 10 days and is a little workhorse. Its an arrangement like Wwoofing. I give her food and a place to stay and an awesome lake to swim in and she helps out. With some people, this arrangement is taken lightly. With this girl it is not. While she has been here, we have gotten almost the entire garden weeded, the raised beds cleaned out, I was able to harvest the Garlic, Bill built a frame for the shade cloth so that we can have shade to work in in the garden and some of the plants a break from the intense sun. She helped set it up and Bill's sister came over and together they got the cloth over the frame which is no easy feat. Jasmine filled beds with compost, pulled out gigantic sunflowers that were blocking the pathway and the light, drove fence posts for tomatillo netting, helped put the tomatillos in the netting, watered animals, moved feed, she is a little dynamo.
We also had another volunteer last Saturday while I was at the Market, A Wwoofer came out for the day and they cleaned out a huge section that was overgrown with Lambsquarter. So much space to plant Lemon Cucumbers.





It's been so dry here. Finally today, we got some rain. But last week, I turned the sheep out into the sunflowers just so they could eat something besides dirt. Seriously, they were coming in with dirty noses from eating so close to the ground. The sunflowers had finished blooming but either way, there was nothing else for them to eat.



Another cool Saturday. Hopefully it will only rain at the farms and not at Market.

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Jasmine


Tomatillo Volunteers


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Busy July





Finally a Sunflower Field
































Also last Sunday was my birthday and this is what Bill gave me for the dock. It's Metal so it won't blow into the water when we get a bad storm. It will be harder anyway. That's my granddaughter Skyler in the background.










While they were here, Bill and Chris my son in law, and Andrew my Gra
ndson finished the front of the barn. Chris tore out the last of the bad boards and then they replaced them with the rough sawn oak which we traded for the Pyrenees pups. It was the inside walls of an old house on a dairy farm about the age of our own farmhouse. They will ask about another 150+ years. Here they all are at the ladders. It's so cool to have whole front enclosed. This has been one of our goals for 18 years.



So Saturday it's 96 degrees again. Dress in loose clothes and come see us for lemonade and our unique spin on farming. Pick up some Purslane and try it out. Say hi to our new worker Tom.
See you there.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Bill and Sam

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Thankfully it Rained

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Purslane and Free Range and
 Non GMO Eggs

Sunday I was able to make Sam's Salty Dills and today I will be making my first batch of Salsa for the season.

A lot of projects going on around here. As you know, we make a practice of using things that people are going to throw away to build things we need around here. I have been needing a couple of grape arbors. The old Concord vines that were here when we moved in , the fence they were on, mostly collapsed a couple of years ago and as you can see from this photo, many are laying on the ground. Some have grown along the surrounding yard fence and which allows the sheep access and they take total advantage. Behind the High tunnel, 2 years ago, we planted Mars table grapes. They too have gotten so crazy that we can barely squeeze through the walkway   between them and the raised beds.

 A couple of months ago, I was driving by a building that was being refurbished and saw some hand railings lying on a scrap pile. You know the kind that you see when you are walking into a restaurant. So I stopped and asked the owner if I could have them. Bill and I went down and got them. By driving metal posts into the ground and hollowing out 2X4's to snug the posts into, he was able to raise the 2x4's off the ground while keeping the whole thing stable and exactly the height I need...which as you know is not very tall...but tall enough to keep the grapes off the ground. This is the finished result. You can see the railings we have left for the arbor behind the High Tunnel.



As you know, most of us have been needing some rain, the sheep had cleared most of the pastures. It has just been so hot and no rain, grass just won't grow. Three Rivers has just been gasping for some. We finally  got about 3/4 inch last week and as with Missouri, its always in excess, More than 3 inches this week. Thankfully the garden has the shaped and raised beds so the tomatoes won't suffer. Everything is lush now. This has also lowered the temperatures. Last night I reached for a blanket on the couch. After being hot for so many weeks in a row, 79 degrees seemed like 50.
So tomorrow will be a perfect, 82 degrees. We have some of our promotional cups left. Rayven and I will see you there. This is her last week here this summer. Hoping she gets to come back next year for a bit. We are sad to see her go and will miss her greatly. She is a ray of sunshine and helpfulness and she so appreciates the farm and everything she learns. I don't know what I would've done without her, especially after Cortney leaving us in the lurch.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Sam, Bill and Rayven

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Midsummer Bites Festival

Market List

 Grass Fed Green Onions, SuperFood Salad Mix, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Non GMO Chicken Eggs and it's
 the LAST week for Tomato Plants
There will be 3 kinds of Granola,









Midsummer Bites Dream Festival at Tower Grove this Saturday. We will be there from 8-3- your time. Really we will be there from 6-4 but that's just what it takes to get ready for you. Besides the regular set of vendors, there will be many Food and Beer Trucks, Crafters and all total, I hear over 100 vendors. As I posted last week, we will have a promotional cup with our logo on Saturday. 5.00 will get you 2 fills and 1.00 lemonades for the rest of the Season when you bring your cup back. It's a great deal.
We are shooting next week for Salsa. It's not for sure yet but that's the plan.

So Rayven and I will see you Saturday. Bill will come later with Jessie. So we'll have the full crew.

Until then,

God's Blessings on you and yours

TTFN

Bill, Sam, Rayven and Jessie


Friday, June 8, 2018

In the Ground

Market List- Green Onions, SuperFood Salad Mix, Purslane, Grass Fed Lamb, Chicken Eggs from non GMO and Local Feed and Swiss Chard
This will be the last week we bring all the tomato plants. Here is our remaining list; Black from Tula, Paul Robeson, Black Plum, Arkansas Traveler, Bradley, Pantano Romanesco, Mortgage Lifter, Caspian Pink, Black Krim, Purple Carbon, Sun Sugar, Washington Cherry, Sugar Plum, Chocolate Cherry, Tommy Toes, Japanese Black Trifle, Lemon Boy, Pink Girl, Amish Paste, Green Zebra, Cherokee Green and more. We also have Anaheim Peppers, Tomatillos and Parsley

We have been putting these tomatoes into the ground here at the Farm. So far we have about 450 planted. The earlier ones planted outside the growing spaces are producing already. Yesterday we got our first ripe tomato and we have more on the vines. I would say 2 or 3 weekends before Salsa time. 

SO next weekend is the big Festival at Tower Grove Market. It will be a long day for us Vendors but it will probably be a flash for you all with the fun that they have planned. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
 A Midsummer Bites Food Dream 
Lots of Food Trucks, Beer, Juices... I still haven't gotten my Bloody Mary yet though. I can keep dreaming right? Bands too. We will have a Promotion ourselves. We have ordered 100 cups with our logo and the Festival date and name on it. It's 5.00 but you get 2 free refills that day and 1.00 lemonade for the rest of the summer when you bring the cup back to the market. 

Tomorrow, another chance of a storm and 90 degrees again. We'll see you there. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam, Bill and Rayven




Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tomato Planting Time



Market List:

SuperFood Salad Mix, 
Purslane, Swiss Chard, 
Green Onions, Tomato, Pepper and Herb Plants, Grass Fed Lamb, Lambsquarter for cooking,

GARLIC SCAPES AND
 SNOW PEAS











So last week I came home from the Market to the raised, shaped beds in the garden and Monday we started putting up the tomato fences. We grow the tomatoes on cattle panels and rolled rebar. It keeps them up off of the ground and the vines are ran through the squares. It takes a little bit of time to get them up but once they are, it's smooth sailing. The beds are 40 inches wide. Each side of the bed, the tomatoes are planted 2 ft. apart and 2 ft. across from each other. Weed fabric goes in between the rows which is opposite of the way most farmers do it. Most like to lay the fabric over the beds and cut holes into it to plant the tomatoes into it. I tried it 2 years that way but I was just not satisfied with this. I like to grow Flowers and Herbs in between my rows and I just didn't think that I was able to get the tomatoes in deep enough. So last year we started reversing it. 
At this point, we have Early Girl, Lemon Boy, Japanese Black Trifele and Cherokee Green in the blocks and beds around the Greenhouse with fruit on them. In the new garden rows we have Azoychka Russian, Bradley, Pink Girl, Rutgers, Pork Chop, Vintage Wine, Pantano Romanesco, Chocolate Chestnut, Sugar Plum, SunSugar and Snow Fairy. Still left to plant we have Arkansas Traveler, Black from Tula, Paul Robeson, Purple Carbon, Caspian Pink, Violet Jasper, Chocolate Cherry, Washington Cherry, Black Plum, Black Krim and more. I can't think of all of the rest. 
I think this will be a fab tomato year. I know all you salsa fans are hoping this will be the case. We've got some tennis ball size tomatoes already. This is super unusual for this time of the year and outside to top it off. 

Saturday will be 90 again. It's for sure a crazy Spring. We'll see you @tgfarmersmarket. Don't forget that in 2 weeks we will have a long Market, a Festival on June 16th. We will probably be having a Lemonade promotion at our booth but I personally am hoping for Bloody Marys. I know that there will be beer and food trucks, way more than normal. There should be over 100 vendors I hear. 
So we'll see you at the Park on Saturday. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam, Bill, Rayven and Jessie




Thursday, May 24, 2018

Heated Up and Headed Out

Market List:

LAMB: Chumps, Shoulder and Leg Steaks, Chops, Shanks and Ribs. 
SuperFood Salad Mix, Scallions, Purslane and Arugula


Rayven has flown in again for a few weeks but I am sad to say that it is on the way to her family's new home in Vermont. Our lives will really change not having them within a couple of hours of us. No more the kids just running out for a week or weekend. I am very happy for them and so proud of their mom; Dana but I will so miss them. 
I am hoping the distance won't keep us apart but it is a really hard idea to wrap my mind around. Many of you know that Rayven and her sister Jade have volunteered around here for 3 Summers. Ember helps out but was jealously awaiting her turn. The boys are still too young but add a lot of joy around the farm with all of their excitement of all the animals and things happening. It's a great thing in this day and age to be around kids who are interested in more than their phones and touching those lives with your way of life. Seeing them taste and enjoy food you've grown and helping you grow it. 


So the goose just hatched out the one gosling. She did not do such a great job at her first try, but it's very cute. We have tomatoes on the few vines we have planted.
Saturday while I am at Market Billy will be using the bed shaper so we can put the rest of the garden. 90 Degrees again. Another hot one, it's such a pain having to go get the van and load up after everything is over instead of as we go along. Ugh. So hot after all of that. Still I will be so excited to get home and see that the garden is dry enough and ready to plant.

That's it for now. We'll see you Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Sam, Bill, Rayven and Jessie

  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cracking,Quacking and Honking and Hissing








Market List- Purslane, Arugula,
 SuperFood Salad Mix and
Scallions, 
25+ varieties of Heirloom tomato plants and 3 Hybrids. 
Everything grown by Certified Naturally Grown standards which are higher than Organic. 





Wednesday we had a little excitement in the henhouse. Jessie who is staying with us, was helping to gather the eggs when she reached into the nesting box and pulled out this;


















Thursday, May 10, 2018

Straight into Summer

Market List
Sassy Salad Mix with the following;-Mixed Lettuces, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Mustard, Arugula, Kale, Wood Sorrel, Chickweed and Mache'.
Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs and Free Range Chicken eggs- both fed Non GMO Feed
Scallions, Mustard Greens and Arugula

Tomato Plants this week-
Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Sun Sugar, Cherokee Green, Pink Girl, Golden Jubilee, Black Plum, Purple Carbon, Paul Robeson, Vintage Wine, Japanese Black Triefle, Green Zebra, Arkansas Traveler, Caspian Pink, Bradley, Sugar Plum, Violet Jasper, Washington Cherry, Amish Paste, Black Krim, Tappy's Heritage and I'm sure I've forgotten 1 or 2. 

Wow, straight into summer which shouldn't be too surprising I guess. In the 90's all week, most of the greens have bolted, we had to pull the early Radishes as they also went straight to seed. We have a second sowing up and hopefully we get something out of them instead of just feeding them to the sheep. There are some tomato plants we have stuck in odd protected places around the Greenhouse and growing spaces that already have fruit on them. Bill is preparing the main garden this weekend to make room for the rest of the warm weather crops. I know you all are waiting for cucumbers, tomatoes and I'm ready for some more pickles and salsa. 

A couple of weeks ago, we posted pictures of the Meech's Prolific Quince blossoms. I hand pollinated and we saw some bees and hummingbirds working on them. Today, I took these shots. 




We have about 20 I think if they all make it. Very exciting and Prolific. They've only been in the ground a season. 


Thanks to everyone for their well wishes last weekend. Bill and I took it easy and we both are feeling much better. We appreciate how you all treated the girls and stopped by our booth even though we weren't there. They did a pretty good job too. 
We'll see you Saturday at the park for another warm one. Dress cool but come to have some fun and get some great and local food. 

God's blessings on you and yours

TTFN, 

Sam, Bill and Cortney

Thursday, May 3, 2018

It's All Ducky

Market List
Sassy Salad Mix with Lettuces, Spinach, Arugula, Chard, Beet,
Lambsquarter, Mache',Mizuna and Kale, 
Egyptian Walking Onions, Scallions and Tomato Plants
Non GMO Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs

So here's the shot I promised of the ducklings that my Hen hatched out. They are still a little hard to see but she is doing a really good job and they are already getting big. 


It was a strange week for ducks around here. First the hen hatched out these guys, then the goose broke all the duck eggs that we put under her. They just didn't mesh with her goose eggs she had planned and laid out. 
But then, I was standing at the store and the cashier was complaining about someone dumping some ducklings at the city park in Union. It really caught my attention because she said they were black ducks and as you know we raise black ducks. There are only a couple of breeds of black ducks really. So I got some particulars from her. She they had been dumped out the day before and one had already disappeared. I legged it down to the park just to see and there was for sure a little black duck, probably 5 weeks old, not even feathered out yet, nearly still all down swimming around by itself. I took a piece of bread out there which it ate out of my hand on the second bit and I dropped a couple of more bites and snagged it up.

Poor little guy, it was really tame. The extra strange thing about it was that it was the same kind of duck that we raise, it's a Cayuga. It's strange because they never sell those ducks in the farm stores, you have to special order them. A few weeks ago a couple customers brought some ducks out to us that they had raised as a treat for their granddaughter. Responsibly, they knew that they wanted her to have this experience but they knew they needed to find a home for them when they were done. They arranged with me ahead of time to take these ducks in and if it hadn't been me, they would've found another home for them not just dumped them out like what happened with this duck and it's sibling. So I put this one with those, they're probably 2-3 weeks difference in their ages and they are all younger than the rest of my flock. They were happy to let it hang out with them and they are all enjoying the rain today.


We've got about 3 or 4 more varieties of tomato plants coming Saturday. Cherokee Green, Black Plum, and Paul Robeson. Maybe a couple more, all grown in Organic Potting mix.
I probably am sending Becca my niece who used to work the booth before and Cortney. Bill and I have been so sick, I'm going to try and take a week off from the public, just stay home and plant some stuff. Stop by the booth though and make sure that the girls are behaving themselves. That's the plan anyway. We'll see how it will pan out. That's the plan anyway. Supposed to be a beautiful day Saturday which is why I'm sending them. Come get some of St. Louis' best Lemonade. 


Gods' Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill, Becca and Cortney

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 28 Market at Tower Grove

Market List; Egyptian Walking Onions, Radishes, Scallions, Sassy Salad Mix, Free Range, Non GMO, Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs, Chicken Eggs and Tomato Plants. 

It's been a busy week but I feel like we are spinning our wheels. It's the last time for Tomatillo Salsa until the Tomatillos are back in season. We had a full freezer but I've cooked every single one. We did something  little different this time and threw in some Chipotle Peppers. Yum

Last month I had a chicken who wanted to set so I put some duck eggs under her and low and behold she hatched out some ducklings. She and they are happy as a lark. We posted some pics on Instagram but they weren't very good and confused a lot of people (I don't know why) so I'm going to wait until next week to have some better pics on here when they are walking around the yard. But don't forget, we are on Instagram; @sunflowersavannahfarm. I open up every weekend during Market but through the week, our account is private. If it is, just make a request. I let everyone follow who will let me follow back. We post a lot of the things that happen on the farm and just have a good time. 

As many of you may remember, about 3 years ago we got a grant for some rare Heirloom Fruit trees, mostly focusing on an almost extinct in North America Fruit call Meech's Prolific Quince. Even after we received the grant. I had to wait 9 months for the tiniest whips which I grew on my window sill for 4 months and then put them in the high tunnel to allow their roots to form while watching their water. It's a good thing that I did because last summer and fall were so dry. We left them to overwinter in there again because there was still no rain to speak of all through November either. It's a good thing we did because half way through the winter there were warnings on the news that trees and shrubs planted during the summer, while dormant, would still need some additional watering. Yesterday I went out into the high tunnel and this is what I saw.
We had a couple of blooms last year but this is what is on just one of the trees this time. We have 5.
I will probably need to hand pollinate as I haven't seen any bees in there yet. These trees are so rare that they are only found in the USDA Germosphere and 1 nursery grows 15-20 whips a year. We are so hoping to get a few fruit from these 2.5 year old trees this season. After this they will be moved out with the Black Republican and Tartarian Cherries. 

So we'll see you Saturday with Organic Green tea with Robin's Local Honey and our voted number 1 in St. Louis by River Front times lemonade. See you at Tower Grove Park. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill