Friday, February 10, 2017

Finally Back to Market

Saturday at the Montessori School on Tower Grove Ave                                                                                                                                                              

Market List;
Winter Salad Mix w/Spinach, Mache', Pak Choi, Kale, Mustard and Lettuce
Free Range, Non GMO Chicken Eggs,
Smoked Tomatillo Salsa,
Pecans and Pickles- but not together
3 varieties of Granola
Grass Fed Lamb

I've been very busy, sowing trays, ordering seed, potatoes and onions and working on our Slow Food Grant. This week I managed to find some time to pull some of the stuff  that I froze last summer out and made more Garlicky Chili Sauce and some jam that I call Summer Sweetness. It has grapes, wild and prune plums, strawberries, cherries and raspberries. It's delicious, tastes like what you would put into a cobbler. The ducks have started laying but so far, we only have a few eggs from them. I will bring them tomorrow.
Cortney and I are looking forward to going to market. It has been 2 months since we have seen your hungry, local food loving faces. The Market is from 9-1  but you know we will be there earlier.
God's  Blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill
Citrus project
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What we have been Doing

So it has been awhile since there has been an actual blog. It has been an event filled time off. Firstly Bill's mom Bessie who was on hospice since last winter died the 10th of January. It was a long stress filled time but we managed to keep her home until the end.
Almost immediately my dad went into the hospital. He is home now recovering.
We've had sick sheep, pregnant sheep and some new lambs. This is Belladonna's new ram lamb and yes he is as small as he looks.

We have 13 more sheep that are due to lamb in the next couple of weeks. Several of them are the St. Croix sheep that Slow Food gave us a grant for 2 years ago. The green stripes are marking the sheep who have yet to deliver. It makes for a lot of trips to the barn to make sure everyone is faring okay.

Even with all of this going on, we managed to get more done to the greenhouse. Our final wall of the greenhouse has been finished with sliding glass doors. We found our last set on Craigslist last weekend. So now all the side walls open up for ventilation and are more efficient in transmitting light.

                                        This end is the greenhouse side of the structure a 12x12 space that was the first section that we built. We used semi clear corrugated plastic roofing to make the walls. It worked, but they were not very efficient for keeping the heat in or for light. Now that this end is done, we are working on Solarizing the entire thing. The other end is our High Tunnel where we planted the citrus.

This was a pic that we took early December immediately after the installation of the infrared heat cables were installed. The trees are all still alive but were stressed from the -5 degree temps that we had here We had them covered along with the heating the soil.

Along with this, we are still eating tomatoes that we pulled from the High Tunnel. This picture was taken Sunday and posted on Twitter and Instagram.                                           So it wouldn't take much more to have fresh tomatoes year round.                                                                                     On that end, Dana Roark, mother of Rayven who worked here all summer started a Go Fund Me account called Sunflower Savannah Year Round, for the purpose of collecting what we need to make the high tunnel more efficient and Solar Powered so electricity is not necessary. We still need the Power Station, Pex tubing, Solar Panels, and we want to put a more air tight cover over the whole thing. Remember this was part of a Slow Food grant project. What it will take to make this work in a sustainable manner would also make it possible to produce other crops during a much longer season extension.
Here is the link;

You can also Follow us on Twitter @SunflowerSavannah and Instagram  SunflowerSavannahfarm
The Instagram is a private account but just make a request.

For 2017 our goals are to start food Plots for the sheep using organic ground covers and root crops that will feed the sheep and the soil as well as loosen it. we're hoping to get the lamb to market more quickly this way.
We have started seeds and greens already. Bringing back some tomato favorites and of course there will be some new varieties. Keeper varieties from last year are thanks to Mike Brabo of Vesterbrook Farm cleaning out his seed box; Cherokee Green and Arkansas Traveler. I am also going to try Bradley as it is also one of the Original Arkansas tomatoes. We'll see which one we like best. Let us know if there is any special varieties that you'd like to see at the market.

So that is some of what we have been up to. Let us know what you have been up to.

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill

Angelica- How many lambs do you think are in here?


Friday, January 13, 2017

Wintery Weather

As many of you know already, the Tower Grove Farmers Market has been cancelled for tomorrow. We are iced in here at Beaufort. Sheep are all snug in the barn and we cannot get anywhere. Pretty bummed out as I have not seen you all since early December. Soon it will be Spring again but for now we are still dreaming over our seed catalogs.

God's Blessings over you and yours,


Bill and Sam

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays to All

To all of you who made the year bearable, who made our service a gift, Bill and I wish you a Peaceful and Joy filled holiday time with your loved ones.

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill

Friday, December 16, 2016

December Tomatoes

December Tomatoes

It's been very cold but still lots of tomatoes, Pak Choi and greens. The heated soil cables are keeping the greenhouse at least 12 degrees above freezing even at such continuous low temps.
Around us, other farmers are now starting to try it.
Unfortunately I have no where to go with these lovelies. At this point Schlafly is still saying that there is no longer space for me unless someone cancels. This has been hard dealing with this as I don't know whether to prepare or not and just to be frank, this has kind of hit me where I live. Not only financially because many of you know how Bill and I live separately because I care for my dad who has dementia while Bill works out of state at a job that provides insurance. The farm is what we depend on to fill in the gaps. Also, it's hard to start over with a different market when so many of you follow the Tower Grove and Schlafly Markets so faithfully. Basically I would have to leave you- those who depend on us to provide the clean, nutritious food behind. Growing and providing clean food is literally a calling for me. I have finally gotten to the point of having extended season produce but now it doesn't have value. Some are saying to me, "join our buying club" some are saying "Farmers Markets are out of vogue now, they're only entertainment" or  "just find a different way to sell your stuff". In fact, that's pretty much the message from this Market, "find another venue, find a different market". Really? After years of this being the only Market in St. Louis which focuses on Farmers who grow everything they bring, suddenly this doesn't matter? They always been know for supporting their farmers and strongly backed by Slow Food. I know this, I have been one for 12ish seasons. Now I am not. I guess we are being forced move on.
The problem with this of course is that not all of you will join these clubs or be able to get to the new market. This matters to me but it seems to others, not so much. Suddenly the food is not important, the way the food is grown is not an issue.  Me, I love the joy of introducing someone with a new food source, be it Slow Food duck eggs, a different amazing Slow Food tomato variety, lemon cucumbers or an old thing like my grandmother's pickle or pickled peppers recipe or Pecans from the place that I was born. Each thing, perfect in it's time. You can't get them regularly, each thing is in it's own season, available for what seems a moment. Our Cayuga duck eggs are only about 7 months of the year, the Lemon Cukes only 3. Even December tomatoes aren't ripened the same way as the ones hanging in the 80 degree garden. That's what fresh is all about and I love being in touch with all of your faces when it's introduced to you.

For those of you who ordered eggs, I have almost 2 dozen. But again, without a venue- I'm at a loss. I'm going to reach out again and see if I can set up outside where some of the vendors set up at the Thanksgiving market. I'll let you know if anything changes.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

Sam and Bill

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reuse to Renew

We will be at the Montessori School for Tower Grove Farmers Market
1618 Tower Grove Ave
Market List:
SuperFood Salad Mix,
Pecans, Pak Choi

Lots of Holiday gift ideas for 5 -7.00.
A bag of Granola or a Jar of Jam will fit perfectly into a stocking. Pickled Hot Peppers or
Salty Dill Pickles will make you a Star during the office Secret Santa exchange.
Don't forget Hanukkah is soon also.

So this is a picture of the Citrus taken yesterday after several nights in the Low 20's. The trees are fine in their heated soil and have even put on more fruit. Last night's temps were in the teens with a wind chill of 5 this morning so I threw a frost blanket over them and had a space heater as a back up. . The trees are still doing fine. Whew it's cold already, I hope it's not a sign of what is to come.

We've had a guy here for awhile now, working for room and board. Another Bill and he's quite the carpenter. Not so crazy about Farm work, for instance the Citrus project. He does his share but he'd rather be fixing stuff. For years, we've been salvaging barn wood, flooring and old windows for the day that we could fix our barn. The barn, around 100 years old is in decent shape structurally but aesthetically- not so much. While it is serviceable, all the walls are missing boards and windows. He just redid the doors you see pictured. Two weeks ago, the other Bill and the trusty Rusty who scored us some tin, covered the back of the barn with said tin. This week, both Bills put windows in the back and this side and replaced boards. If you look closely, you can see which boards were replaced. I have spent several hours sorting out the wood so it will be easy to see what works as we go.  

So other than pulling in all of our greens and celery and transplanting into the greenhouse, that's about it for this week. Soon we will be talking about a new Slow Food Grant as that's another work in progress.

God's blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill ...and Bill

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Slow Food Citrus Project and More Market Changes

We WILL be at Schlafly this Saturday!

Market List;
Cherry Tomatoes, some Slicing tomatoes.
Missouri Pecans
SuperFood Salad Mix- 2 mustards, chickweed, kale, mache', 4 lettuces, beet, spinach, chard and sorrel.  
Non GMO Free Range Eggs

It's time to start thinking about Christmas and Hanukah gifts. Those - "I don't know what to bring to the office party" for  Secret Santa presents or Pot Lucks.
We have a lot of unique ideas for these situations. Garlicky Chili Sauce and Pickled Hot Peppers for those who you love who like it hot. Cherry Serrano Pepper Jelly and Smoked Tomatillo Salsa for that party dish sensation that will also slip right into a stocking-I would leave it in the jar for that purpose though. In any case, stop by for some suggestions.

Last weekend was slated for our Citrus Slow Food Project. The gist of the project was to use radiant heat cables to warm the soil enough to raise the temperature in the High Tunnel to make it possible to produce Citrus.

In the Long run, we intend to make this entirely Solar but now for now we are using a combination of electricity, water and passive solar.

First we marked off the spot and scraped off any weeds.

The area to be dug was 8X4X3. This doesn't sound like a lot until you start digging. The first foot deep was easy as we used a tiller to loosen the dirt so it would be easier to lift out. After the first foot it was pure Missouri Clay. Which makes sense because as many of you know, our lake comes from a Clay mine that was opened in 1948. This was enough for the first day. We were all sore from the digging anyway.

On Saturday, we laid in a large piece of Blue Board Styrofoam and on top of that, hardware cloth or as it is sometimes known, "rabbit wire" and then the soil heating cables.

Our original idea called for "water boxes" lined with pool liner but instead we used sealed barrels filled with water. You can see one of the barrels on the corner of the picture. The cables heat the water in the barrels and then the cables will shut off after it reaches a certain temperature under the soil. The purpose of the water in the barrel is to conserve and slowly release the heat after the cables shut off. This keeps the heat from running all the time and maintains an even temperature for a longer time period. In the photo on the right, you see Tek Foil; which basically is bubble insulation made with aluminum foil on one side. It's made to reflect and contain heat.
After the barrels were filled with water and placed in the hole, the Tek Foil was folded over to make the heat radiate in the pit. Now here, we might have made an error that perhaps could be a bit more efficient if we had put the Tek Foil under the entire project and around the sides. Still...

After we buried the water tanks and filled the pit, we began planting the Citrus trees over and around the site, and yes I was involved in all of this, but someone had to take the pictures.  

As you may remember, we received the trees on March 31st. I ordered 5 Meyer Lemons and a Dancy Tangerine. I already had a Satsuma orange and a Lime Kumquat that I kept in the house. I had this idea about Radiant heat flooring in the soil and then I read about a couple of other projects being done that were very similar. When I started reading up on how to install it, I found soil heating cables being sold in Greenhouse catalogs for less cost, that's what we went with. Except for digging the hole it was pretty easy.
Really the whole thing took about 7 hours. We turned the cables on and waited. At first it didn't seem like it was doing anything. Yesterday, on the 4rth day, it seemed as if the soil was warmer but I wasn't completely sure. I need to get a new soil thermometer to gauge difference between the soil over the pit and in other sections of the high tunnel.
The trees didn't even shock from transplanting into the cool soil, after 5 days, they still look like this;

Thus far we only have had 7 Lemons but this was with the trees still in the pots over the summer and pot bound. They bloomed 5x and are still in bloom now.
This morning when we went out to the Greenhouse about 8, the air temp was 60 degrees. In case you didn't know last nights overnight temp was 32 and yesterday the high was 43.
So it's early days yet but it 'seems promising. If you look in the pics, you can see my tomato plants in the background.

We'll see you at Schlafly on Saturday.
For all of you who posted and emailed in support. Not sure if it was what turned the tide but I know a lot of you responded. Thanks so much.

God's blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill


Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Thanksgiving Market at Schlafly

Market List

Celery- That's right I said it! Pesticide Free Celery
Pak Choi
Egyptian Walking Onions
Coriander bunches for seasoning or decoration
Fresh Dill bundles
Shelled Missouri Pecans
Cherry Tomatoes

We did not get a frost so we will have some slicing tomatoes for a bit yet. There will probably be one on Saturday but we shall see.
There is a some lamb but sure not as much as normal for this time of year. Ironic as we have had so many lambs this season but the boys sure are growing slowly. We should have some for Christmas though.

I understand from the new Market Master (Mistress?) that we will not be in our normal spot that we have been in for the last
10 years, but will be on the patio instead. I will miss being by Ozark Forest Mushrooms but hopefully there will be more room out there.  

We decided to name the lamb Quince after what I think are the prettiest of the Spring flowers and of course the focus of one of our grants.

Don't forget to stop by our booth to stock on the Pecans that we get from my hometown in the Missouri Bootheel.
Mom spent the day shelling after they were picked up from the Cracker.

It seems to be a particularly good crop. Maybe not quite as moist as it is a dry year but nice, sweet and plump pecans. This year they will be packaged in 11 oz. as well as 1 Lb. bags.

By the way, this beautiful light Golden color is how you tell this year's pecans from last. The Pecans that are showing up in Wal-Mart and your Chain Groceries are dark brown and are from last year. The color deepens as they cure.

So we'll see you on the Patio Saturday. Next week we are off for Thanksgiving,
then we will be back at Schlafly and next Tower Grove at the Montessori School and then Schlafly again for the Holidays market. Don't forget we have lots of 5-10.00 items for those office parties, Hanukkah and Christmas Gifts. 

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam, Bill and Bill

Happy Jubilee

Friday, November 11, 2016

What Happened While I was Gone

Market List; Salad Mix, Pak Choi, Tomatillos, Rainbow Cherry Mix Tomatoes,
Some slicing/salad tomatoes.
Lamb bones still on sale and stew meat
Non GMO Eggs and I have garnered enough tomatoes to do a small batch of Famous Salsa

The formatting is not working right on BlogSpot today so if it looks off...

Thanks to everyone who sent me condolences for my Aunt Carlotta, my dad's oldest sister. I really appreciate it.
Since I talked to you all, we had a couple more lambs born. This one above is Chrysanthemum's first lamb. It's a little ewe. As you know, we name all our sheep after flowers and sometimes farm stuff. I named this lamb Passion for of course the Passion Flower.
Another darling colored ewe was born last Sunday thanks to our black ram Indigo, we have never had one this shade. She is so beautiful that I haven't settled on a name yet.
I thought of Apricot, Saffron and Quince, I even considered Jersey as she looks just like a little cow. What do you think?

I got quite a bit of canning done this week, Smoked Tomatillo Salsa and Garlicky Chili Sauce but today I am picking almost everything in the garden except the smallest stuff that won't be affected by frost. We have not been hit yet but there is a strong possibility tonight. It's a shame as our tomatoes as well as tomatillos are gorgeous and loaded. That's the way it goes this time of year.
Last week, one of the Bill's put up another glass wall in the Greenhouse. Now I can pick tomatoes from the outside without walking in the beds.

We have one more 12 ft. wall to do to be all glassed in on the greenhouse side. So if anyone is getting rid of sliding glass doors, we need 4 more.

Tomorrow we will be outside. It will be cold so bundle up. There is a lot of good stuff still at the market for healthy eating as well as those holiday gifts. Next weekend we will be at Schlafly.

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill and Bill


Friday, October 21, 2016

Success and Slow Food

Market List;
                 Last week for Salsa-Really
Probably - Last week for Tomatoes,
                Super Food Salad Mix,
                    Lamb Stew Meat and
     Sale on Lamb Bones-2.00-3.00 a pack.
           Cleaning out the Freezer folks.
    Processing next on 10/31

It's been an eventful family crisis packed summer. I haven't blogged as much as I usually do about Slow Food but that doesn't mean that things have not been Slowly happening. Two years ago, our Slow Food Grant was on Heirloom fruit. The focus was on Quince. As many of you who follow this blog know, through a Slow Food Grant, we purchased some Black Republican and Black Tartarian Cherries, a Russian Quince and after a long involved search and a 10 month wait, the rarest of all quince, the Meech's Prolific Quince arrived. 

When the whips arrived they looked like this;
                                                        But after a season in the high tunnel, this is what the 5 looked like.

This year I wrote a grant for raising Citrus in the High Tunnel.  Only part of the money needed was available for what is going to be a pretty involved project. Eventually we want to heat the high tunnel by Radiant or Infrared Floor heating powered by Solar. I ordered 5 Meyer Lemons and a Dancy Tangerine. They came in great shape and have bloomed several times and set fruit 3 times. They are still in pots so they aren't able to support much fruit production yet but we intend on taking the next step and putting them in ground soon. I am encouraged by how many times they have blossomed already. The trees that have fruit on them are also blooming simultaneously while the fruit is growing. Truly, it's pretty amazing.

Speaking on the High Tunnel, the tunnel was built using mostly recycled materials. When we first started, it was made from corrugated clear roofing on a lathe arbor. Slowly over the years and after our first Slow Food Grant, Bill has expanded and slowly replaced all that with  double wall Thermoclear and recycled glass doors, windows, tarps Etc.
       Last week, Bill and worker (Bill also) replaced another long wall with yes...doors.

Already this Fall we are lambing again. Some of you know that we are breeding for size and color. We have mostly white females with a couple of black and white. We bred 2 years ago with a Hamp lamb for bulk in size, St. Croix Sheep-thanks to our 3rd Slow Food Grant for increased multiple births as well as a lower bone to meat ratio. Last year an almost entirely black, large bodied ram was born. We called him Indigo and are using him for a sire this year hoping for some distinction in color to make it easier to tell them apart at a glance. The lambs at the top and these are some examples of this gene pool.

We have had a few black and white sheep but they are almost always males. This is our first brown and white spotted and she's a female so we get to keep her.  
It must be mentioned that part of our grant for St. Croix sheep included fencing that allowed us to enclose the back part of our property which bordered by all the other fences that we have put up, makes it safe for our sheep to graze on an extra 10 acres of grass.
This has lead to a healthier all around flock which gains weight faster.

Finally I'll mention our favorite grant, my Cayuga ducks which supply the market with eggs and a couple of times meat. I love my ducks. The Cayuga's are a breed of duck named after Lake Cayuga in New York. They are thought to be descendants of the Wild Black duck and Mallards. At one time they were the favored duck for meat until the Pekin duck became readily available in the US. a white duck of course being easier to clean. There are only a few breeding flocks in the country but my assertion, everyone should have a few Cayuga ducks. They are funny, fairly quiet ducks which do not fly. Their eggs are delicious for plain eating and will give your baked goods a lift you won't believe. They lay well and as fierce mothers as well as good brooders. They eat bugs and grass and are hard for a predator to spot because of their color.
This is them making a picture of my farm look like a painting.

That's it for now, the update on Slow Food on Sunflower Savannah. We'll see you Saturday. Stop and get the last of the season's Heirloom tomatoes which was another part of the subject of our first Slow Food Grant.  

God's Blessings on you and yours


Sam, Bill and Jubilee who is doing a great job.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Back in the Garden

                                                                         Market List

Some Grass Fed Lamb-
We are a bit low for another week or so and then we will have some again. Just about out of Bratwurst too. Will be having a sale though on Bones; Dog, Marrow or Soup, 2.00 per bag.
Just trying to clean out my freezer folks.
Tomatoes -
Rainbow Cherry and some for slicing.
Lemon and Apple Cucumbers
Probably the last of these as cucumbers don't like these cool nights.
Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans
Same as above.

I bet some of you are wondering if we made it to Tybee Island last week and the answer is no, thank God. We did have a few days off of just relaxation and are back to work again.
We're running out of weeks on Famous Salsa. The tomatoes are having their last hurrah and you know when they go, so does this addictive nosh. Next week we will have a blog on how the Slow Food Citrus Grant is doing with High Tunnel improvement photos. Until then-
We'll see ya Saturday.


God's Blessings on you and yours,

Sam and Bill

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall of Jubilee

Jubilee at the Tractor
Market List; Grass Fed Lamb Cuts and Bratwurst, Rainbow Cherry Tomato Mix, Lemon and Apple Cucumbers and Red Burgundy Okra.

So Jubilee really is fitting in well. She is most likely not full Pyrenees but she certainly knows the job. At almost 6 months, she will round the sheep up if she feels they are being threatened and

brings them to the barn.
She stands there until she is sure she has their full attention and then sits down. It's pretty cool. She doesn't want to be petted but she is happy following me around in hopes of a treat and runs straight into the barn at night for her food, which she defends from the sheep. Minus the parentage issue, she's pretty much perfect. Bumblebee however keeps trying to go back to the pasture...jumping over the gate and running around to jump back in. Crazy Bumblebee.

Well it certainly cooled down this week. I haven't given up on the swimming, but I didn't manage it today for sure. Socks and long sleeves nearly the whole day. Tomatoes have slowed down but we will still have some this week and salsa too. Better grab some this week, because all things being equal, we are taking off next weekend. First time in Seven years. It being October, there's no telling how long we have until frost. Salsa time is running out.
I did manage to get some Smoked Tomatillo Salsa made this week.
Billy will be at the market with me Saturday. Stop and say Hi and Happy Birthday to him.
Wear a jacket- high of 72.

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam, Billy and Jubilee

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Week after Week

Market List- Lamb; Steaks and Stew Meat, Bratwurst for a short time only.
Rainbow Cherry Mix Tomatoes, Slicing Tomatoes, Egyptian Walking Onions,
Basil, Lemon and Apple Cucumbers.

The new pup has warmed up quite well and has not looked at any of the fowl which is very unusual especially for a youngster. We finally came up with her name - Jubilee.

We'll see you Saturday. Looks like a warm one, the last one for awhile. In the 70's next week. No more Swimming...sigh.


God's Blessings on you and yours

Sam, Bill and Jubilee  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dog Days of Savannah

Lamb; Brats and Cuts. Tomatoes, Basil, Cilantro, Salsa and Pickles.

As if we didn't have enough going on, we have been playing musical dogs lately.
Bumblebee, a great perimeter dog but will not stay with the sheep and Paris while a great yard guardian was bored from being alone most the time. Some of you may remember that we got Paris from the Mexico Auction yard where she had the run of the place and at least 3 kids around all the time, sometimes more. She loves us but you could just tell when kids came around, she just soaked up the attention. When Rayven and her family left here on Labor day, they took her with them. I had told them they could have her but when the time came, I was really kinda anxious not having a dog in the main yard. While I knew it was the right thing, 
I sort of hoped they would call and tell me that it wasn't working out.
Instead, this is the communication that I got.

So, Fat chance right.? We wanted to move Bumble bee to the yard and get a new Guardian for the sheep, a dog like Rosa. Every time Bumblebee was loose in the field, she jumped over the fence and came back up to lay in the drive, unless of course she could hear the neighbors, then she would go over to their house and they would bring her home. 
 Finally someone came up with a dog and we ran down to farm in Troy to pick up this beauty from a field full of sheep.

My instructions and intentions were to keep her up for several days with some sheep and let her get used to the fact that I am where her food comes from as she was raised with sheep not people. She was just friendly enough with her owner, for him to walk up to her and grab her but not for her to stand there and be petted. After being carried through the field and put into this cage, then driven 100 miles, she was totally disoriented. We put her into a pen with 7 sheep and moved Bumblebee to the front yard but... the next morning she was gone. A few hours later I spotted her in a field across the road and she was still here the next morning. I spent 3 days dribbling canned dogfood up and down the fence line and trying to head her off from going any further. Finally yesterday after loosening the fence at an adjoining section, she showed up in the pasture. A couple of failed attempts, last night and today, she finally gave up and let me catch her,

                                                                                  We don't have a name for her yet.
We are considering, Meadow, Prairie, Shelter, Solace and others. We're open for suggestion.

So that's a part of what went on this week. Come to our booth and find out about the rest while you sip some lemonade and pick up some Salsa. The tomatoes are doing a bit better and after stopping in at Schlafly on Wednesday, it seems like it's the same for everyone else. A small resurgence before fall.

We'll see you Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill and....

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bonding and Bugs

Market List; Lamb Bratwurst- 3 Varieties; Garlic Butter, Rosemary and Thyme and Regular.
Lamb Chops, Steaks and Kabob Meat.
         Green Apple, Pickling and Lemon Cucumbers, Rainbow Cherry Mix Tomatoes,
             Egyptian Walking Onions. Red Burgundy Heirloom Okra and Tomatillos.

So Rayven's second stay is drawing to a close. This week she has spent a lot of time top dressing tomatoes and peppers with aged compost from the barn. Here in this photo she is planting Red Russian and Dinosaur kale, pulling out weeds and spent plants from some greenhouse beds.

We have been having trouble in the High Tunnel with Thrips this summer and if I am honest, part of last summer. They suck the life out of certain plants, especially cucumbers and leave little yellow spots on tomatoes. Plus when you are working in the cucumbers, the little devils crawl down your shirt. As you all know, Sunflower Savannah is committed to higher than the Organic standard of growing. Being Certified Naturally Grown, we never use any chemicals, either for growing or Pest Control. Most of our insect monitoring is done by hand picking or sometimes Biological controls and/or Beneficial Insects. This particular beneficial insect; Ambylseius Cucumeris which came airmail from California this morning is a Thrip eating monster or should I say "Mite". At sunset today, we went out and distributed these predatory mites in the 3 areas that we are growing cucumbers. This is mainly what they are attacking. As fast as they begin producing, the Thrips move in and literally the vines shrivel up to nothing. Fifty thousand mites are supposedly in this canister. However, it's a bit like the "Emperor's Clothes". I mean, in this case and in the case of some nematodes that I once ordered, you can't see the bugs at all. These were in some granules that you shake out. The nemotodes were in a sponge that you wet and wrung out into a bucket of water which you then dispersed into the soil. Hopefully they will get busy eating and save the cucumbers which are seriously suffering.
So this weekend is Labor Day. We have plenty of lamb for your grill. Pick up some Salsa or pickles or some cucumbers to make your own. We have been making them with those Green Apple cucumbers and they are A- MAZING.
Markedly cooler this weekend but no chance of rain for a change. Come and stock up for your BBQ or party.

God's blessings on you and yours,


Sam and Bill and Rayven who's flying out again,