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.  
Tomatillos
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,

TTFN

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,

TTFN

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,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill and Bill







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Friday, October 21, 2016

Success and Slow Food


Market List;
                 Last week for Salsa-Really
Probably - Last week for Tomatoes,
                Super Food Salad Mix,
                               Basil
                    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

TTFN,

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.

TTFN

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,

TTFN,

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.

TTFN,

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,

TTFN


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,

TTFN,

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


Friday, August 26, 2016

Too Fast to Write About

Barn Cats?


Market List: Grass Fed Lamb Cuts and Brats, SuperFood Salad Mix, Green Apple Cucumbers, Lemon Cucumbers
and Tomatoes

Busy, Flyby week. Still lots of family stuff going on and canning, canning, Smoked Tomatillo Salsa, other salsa and Pickles. The moths have been busy laying eggs in our tomatillos and tomatoes which has put a definite crimp in our crop.  More rain in the forecast for Saturday as per usual. Looks like we might get lucky again and have it blow by. We will be there either way of course. Make us part of your market tradition.

TTFN,

Sam, and Bill who did not get whisked away by the tornados in Kokomo and Rayven.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Finally Pictures


Sheep over the Lake

Market List- Lemon, Apple and Pickling cucumbers, SuperFood Salad Mix, Rainbow Cherry Tomato Mix, Basil, Cilantro AND Grass Fed Lamb cuts; Steaks, Chops organ meat and 3 kinds of Bratwurst-Garlic Butter, Rosemary and Thyme and Regular. We will have some salad and slicing tomatoes but not as many as last week. We are not running out, just in a lull between the rain and the bugs. We have a new crop coming on and new varieties too.
The ducks have stopped laying pretty much. We didn't even really get a hatching season this year, it was so weird. But we have a chicken that went broody so we stuck the last 4 eggs that we got underneath her. We'll see what happens.



 I finally figured out the photo editor on my new laptop so finally a picture or two. We worked hard all week in the garden and Rayven got another lesson in Pickle Making.
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We finally are getting some of our specialty cucumbers. I planted almost 2 oz. of  Lemon cucumber seed but everyone I know had trouble with lemon cukes this year. They vined out but the vines were spindly and virus ridden even with the pickling and English cucumbers doing fine right next to them. I planted Apple Cucumbers too and they took a long time to start setting fruit but they finally are. They are really cool looking. Kinda like the lemon ones in shape and texture but a beautiful striped apple green. I am getting a few lemon ones along with them in a different spot outside and the National Picklers are doing well too. Last week I talked about how we are putting in cool weather crops. Today I planted Giant Red Mustard and Earlier in the week we cleaned out the High Tunnel of weeds and old Greens and we planted Pepper Cress. We have some celery in the raised beds and hoped to get parsnips in again for Spring.

It's been Sultry all week and rain at night. Saturday of course they are calling for Rain AGAIN but we will be there Rain OR shine. Personally, I am hoping for shine.

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Rayven





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Thursday, August 11, 2016

On the Other Side

You guys don't think about it, but before the season starts, we Farmers are counting the days until the season is over, before we even get the first plants in that are waiting until the last frost to happens. Mid Season, we are thinking, June, July, 30, 60, 90 days left, yep- I still have time to plant X or no I don't have time to plant -Y. We're on the other side already. I can't believe it. It seems like last week that I was saying "I can't believe that it's time for the summer market already and here we are only about 65 days from the first average frost date. No more left to plant hot weather crops, its all cool from here. In many ways of course, it's a good thing. I'm kinda tired. It's that time of year when I'm not only weeding, picking and planting but now the canning is coming on hot and heavy-like the humidity around her. Putting up Pickles and Charred Tomatillo Salsa, tomato juice and other items for winter. Still right now it's still Summer, and we'll see you Saturday for Grass Fed Lamb, Tomatoes and Concord Grapes.
God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN

Sam, Bill and Rayven who learned how to make pickles this week.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Going Fast

Market List: Grass Fed Lamb cuts and Brats, SuperFood Salad Mix, Purslane and some tomatoes. Not as many as last week but a few for slicing and Rainbow Cherry Mix. 
There just aren't as many pretty ones this week with all the rain and insects that came along with it.
Non GMO fed Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs.

Finally I have had the opportunity to make some Smoked Tomatillo Salsa. Next week Charred.

It's been a busy time here keeping up with the weeds and as we are weeding, I am replacing the space they are taking up with Fall crops.
Bill's 3 weeks home are already drawing to a close. It seems like 3 days and we did not get the
To DO list done. We didn't even go fishing. Still, many people would do much to have our lives and so we will see you at the Farmers Market on Saturday.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill- Rayven flying in soon.

Friday, July 29, 2016

SO Many Tomatoes

Market List: Tomatoes, we have like 20 varieties this week of slicing and salad tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Mix, SuperFood Mix, Purslane, Sunflower Bouquets,
Grass Fed Lamb; Bratwurst- 3 kinds.
Shoulder Steak, Chump Steak, Leg Steak and 2 types of Lamb Chops

Some of you may have noticed that there was no blog last week. Bill has been home for 12 days and it always seems like we should have more time but there are all these projects that we are trying to get done and things just get away from us. We have been picking tomatoes, tying up tomatoes, fencing tomatoes, running cucumbers, weeding, weeding, weeding tomatoes, making salsa, eating tomatoes...well you get the picture. Next week, I will be making Tomatillo Salsa FINALLY. The tomatillos are coming on beautifully. Just the right amount of rain this season. I know we were a little dry in June but then this nice shift of over 85 degree days with a nice steady shower every week. It's made everything easier except for the weeds. They of course love it too. We spend 2 hours every morning weeding and have yet to conquer them. I really tried hard to get to the tomatillo salsa this week but the collection is slow when you are tying them up and staking them also. SO many things to do and in so many differing directions. We managed to get the breeding area in for the ducks so they are safe, while nesting from predators. Other than that, many of the things on our list were not gotten to yet. We have another 9 days to get the list done. I want to put a big laugh here.
Many of you were on vacation this week and we did miss you. We'll be glad to see you back Saturday.
Off to weed, sorry there are no pics today.

God's Blessings  on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Visitors and Visitors

Market List; Grass Fed Lamb Cuts, Lamb Brats, Purslane, Superfood Salad Mix,
Some Black Plum Tomatoes
It has been a summer for visitors on the Farm-
Rayven was here for 5 weeks and then Wwoofer Colleen here with William who is from Shanghai, China. Bill is teaching them how to plant fruit trees.
A long time friend Karen has been hanging out this week with her granddaughter, Dad has been in my office for the last month and in 2 weeks Rayven will be back again.
Bill has vacation coming up and this is what our
TO DO list looks like;
Work on Duck Blind for breeding area
Finish putting up tomato fences
Weed, Weed, Weed the growing spaces
Clear Orchard Paths
Plant Strawberries between Orchard Trees
Plant Raspberries and JostaBerries
Trim Sheep Hooves
Fix Porch Steps
Cut down Extraneous Scrub trees and bushes

Blah, Blah, Blah

We're finally getting enough tomatoes to eat and for Salsa, this is the first week we will have some Black Plum and Juliet to sell. We had a huge Cherokee Green today and I have to say I like it better than the Cherokee Purples, a nicer acid balance and firmer fleshed. Thanks to Mike Brabo who donated the seed. We also picked some Black from Tula that had cracked and Sweet Carneros as well as a couple of Mortgage Lifters. The best time of year is when you have enough tomatoes to eat.
We may have some tomatillos this week and cucumbers are coming hot and heavy...but we are almost out of Pickles again.

Cortney and I will see you Saturday,

God's Blessings on you and yours

TTFN,

Sam and Bill