Thursday, October 15, 2020

Cooler Weather and Sad News

Market List; Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (Lotsa Beans), Yard Long Red Noodle Beans, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Perpetual Foragers Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Kale Bunches, Zinnia Bouquets, Red Arrow and Crimson Giant Radishes, Carrots, Basil and Dill 

There's a frost predicted tonight but the temperature will be so close, that it will probably miss us again. We are kind of in a little microclimate at the top of a hill with shrubs bordering us on 2 sides and the buildings on the other side. It has to get to about 29 and stay there for it to generally do any damage. Looking at the weather on my phone, the hourly keeps showing 34 as the coldest between 4 and 7 a.m. Just to be safe, I pulled some of the green tomatoes and picked another 2 bushels of Kentucky Wonder beans today. It's hard to know what to do when it's such a close call. If you pick everything and it doesn't frost, then you've lost growing time and if you don't and it does, then you've lost everything. 


As usual, even though it's cold we're still fighting the bugs. The Cucumber beetles and stink bugs just never say die, even though we squish and step on hundreds each time that we harvest. The cucumber beetles are pretty innocuous looking for all the damage that they do. They are responsible for distorted fruits and beans, the shriveled up vines on your cucumber plants. 

A sad report yesterday from 3 Rivers Farm, Amy has been diagnosed with COVID. Segue says so far, he and the kids are fine. They will of course be out of the Market for awhile. We will have a donation jar for them at the Market on Saturday if you wish to help out, drop by.
 Of course our prayers and hopes are with them. They are such a vital part of the Market and are
 also more to us, of course. 

We will see you at a cooler market on Saturday. There's even some rain in the forecast for Sunday. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill 






 

Friday, October 9, 2020

We're Back

Market List; Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Chinese Yard Long Beans, Red Arrow Radishes, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Egyptian Walking Onions, Swiss Chard, Basil, Dill, Zinnia Bouquets and Slow Food Free Range Non GMO Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs.
We desperately need Jars. If you have some canning jars (the canning jar lid fits and tightens) large or small- please return them at our stand at the Market. 

So we took a little break, which of course we always pay for with extra work getting ready and having to hustle when we return, no projects being done while Bill is off- but one really needs time away. We came home about 2 O'clock, had a lovely customer/friend drop off some new grape vines. I went to pick tomatoes and beans but UPS stopped by to tell me that the sheep were out down the road. So I was chasing sheep and Bill was fixing fences before we got to the garden. It cost me some zinnia harvesting time. Speaking of Zinnias, I'm happy to report that the frost that came(the night that we left) completely missed us. My neighbor got a bit but as usual, our set up allowed us a couple of extra weeks.. 

The latest news on the Winter Market is that they want us to have Market in our normal spot twice a month all Winter. I'd like to hear from you all to see if you'd like us to come to Market or do Food Drops again. Of course it's because of the COVID but I just don't know about standing out in the cold for 6 hours in undependable weather. I don't mind being cold or wet but cold and wet together...not my bag. I have considered just parking near the Market on those days and you all could order and pick up at the same time that you go to Market. Just some options. 

The prediction is for some lovely weather tomorrow Some GREAT NEWS; Kitchen Culture will be back for 4 weekends starting tomorrow! They will be right next to us on the square. You can grab your sandwich and some Green Tea with Jasmine or Lemonade to enjoy with it.  

We'll see you tomorrow. God's Blessings on you and yours. 

TTFN, 

Bill and Sam 



 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Of Beans and Bugs

 


Market List: Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Yard Long Beans Purslane, Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, French Sorrel, bouquets and hopefully Grass Fed Lamb. Its at the processor but they are having problems with their packager and being repaired this morning. I will know later today. 

We are picking tons of beans, literally nearly a bushel every other day. Wednesday it took Mom and I two and a half hours to pick them. Of course that includes finding and squashing as many Red Shouldered Squash bugs and we can along the way. They surely do love the beans, both the Kentucky Wonder and the Yard Long beans. This is a picture of their eggs on a bean. When we find an eggs, we destroy them,

 


I usually wash them down the drain in the house or grind them into the mud . If they are just hatching like this other image, the same happens and to the adults I catch. They are faster than other squash bugs and make a racket when they fly off. This does give them away. They are almost as loud as a hummingbird but a shorter flight. 

As always, it's a constant battle for what we bring to Market. Oh, and we are freezing these for purchase this Winter. See you tomorrow. 

Gods Blessings on you and yours. 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill




Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Beans are Here

 

Market List
Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans; 
Yard Long Beans, Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Foragers Salad Mix, Tomatillos, Many Sunflower Bouquets

No Lamb this week, every piece went last week. We will have more in a couple of weeks. I have one scheduled at the processor next week. 

There are a lot of Pole beans, all 6 rows are finally producing. It takes about 2 hours to pick them. Therefore there will be more in your bag for the same price. 
I planted a lot because in April we heard that they plowed up the Bean and other vegetable fields in Florida and that there would be a shortage of Frozen vegetables this Winter. My plan is to put some in the freezer for our customers. I also blanched Purslane and put some of that away too. 


We've had a couple of good volunteers here lately. Two from the Wwoof program and one from an advertisement that Known and Grown put on Instagram. Honestly, I don't know how I would make it with out them. 
This week we ordered a load of topsoil and the Wwoofers refilled the beds eroded from all the rain this season. 
On Fridays, Caitlin comes and washes coolers and produce, packs those coolers with eggs she gathers, loads the van with tomatillos that she helped pick and everything else that we bring to the market. She doesn't realize it but she's saving my life. She thinks she's having an adventure. Today she chased and tagged ducklings. 

So that's about all that's going on around here.
We'll see you tomorrow at
 Tower Grove. 



God's blessings on you and yours, 


TTFN, 

Bill and Sam 


Thursday, July 30, 2020

A Better Week

Market List; Perpetual Forager Salad Mix
A mixture of Perpetual Spinach, Lambsquarter, Wood Sorrel, Kale, 
Swiss Chard, Lettuce, French Sorrel and Violet leaves. 
French Sorrel by the bunch, Tomatoes, Yard Long Beans, Lemon Cucumbers and Tomatillos
Grass Fed Lamb, Free Range Chicken Eggs and Cayuga Duck Eggs
We may have some Kentucky Wonder Pole beans

It's been a better week. We've had a great volunteer start and return 3 times and another starting tomorrow. 
This is Ginger helping to lay Flower Netting in the Tomatillos. We use this to hold up the tomatillos to make them easier to pick. After you weave them through, they stay higher up off of the ground. She's helped with weeding, tying up tomato plants and laying Landscape fabric. 



Also something exciting; Kim Carr Photography has been taking pics of our Cayuga Ducks and St. Croix sheep for her book on Endangered Livestock Species. We've been all over Instagram and you can view them on her website. It's been pretty amazing. Here are some of the pics that she's forwarded on to me. 





We should have about 3x as many tomatoes this week but that being said; if anyone has any of my jars that they'd like to return, that would be amazing. It's been almost impossible to find jars out there. I guess there's still an issue with the Pandemic and people being afraid there won't be any food this winter. All the canning supplies have disappeared in the stores. So if you have any cluttering up your shelves, now would be a great time to bring them back. 

So speaking of the Pandemic, I understand that the market will be reorganized again this weekend. Some of us will be facing the grass and some will be facing the Square. Seems pretty crazy to me but that's the newest word. So we'll see you Saturday. Cooler weather and more variety. Look for us on the grass or off. Who knows? Not me. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN,

Sam and Bill 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Things are Coming Up


Market List; 
Mixed Lettuce Heads, Radicchio Lettuce, 
Lemon Cucumbers, Tomatillos, Leeks,
 Bouquets, Yard Long Beans,
 Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Duck Eggs


We finally had some ducklings hatch out this week. They are Cayugas but a Blue Swedish brooded them. There will be less duck eggs for awhile as every duck and it's sister wants to sit on eggs. We have 6 Cayuga hens on nests. You don't know they made a nest until they've been sitting for a few days and by then it's too late, not only are the eggs started, but they've stopped laying too. We have 2 in woodpiles, 1 in a cage, 1 under a shed, 1 in a building and 1 in the barn. In any case, this translates to less eggs. If they hatch, it's worth it but many times a predator will get them, including our own dogs. 





















We finally are getting a decent amount of Lemon Cucumbers and we have several types of lettuce. The Romaine is surprisingly sweet. We still aren't getting many tomatoes yet. It's pretty embarrassing. They are coming but slooooooowly. It's just as hard on me as it is you. 

So don't forget that the Vendors are really spread out at the Market and we are on the Square. We'll have drinks Saturday too and Pickles. Projected hotter than last week so dress accordingly. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN 

Sam and Bill - who has returned to work 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Balancing

Market List; Bunched Kale, Purslane, Forager Salad Mix, Grass Fed Lamb, Free Range and Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs.

So much of Farming is a balancing act; how many tomato plants to start for selling and for putting into the ground, which ones to offer for customers to grow and which to keep for you to sell the fruits to at Market. Should you sell the biggest plants at the Market OR put the biggest ones in the ground so you have tomatoes faster for sale? If you work one more hour, will you have enough salad mix for the customers AND yourself? But if you don't stop and cool off in the lake, will you feel like going on- what about the time you wasted walking down there and the swimming? Seriously, there are dilemmas. Should we have people out to swim on the 4th as we have previously. It takes up so much time not only getting ready but you want people to see the farm at it's best- while you are trying to plant, weed, prepare meals, take care of animals and get enough rest. Can the mailing list just be what we are bringing to market or do I need to say what's going on here? Balance.



I don't know if we are balanced or not but this week we got our first Lemon cucumber of the season and the first sunflower. The Chinese, Yard Long, Red Noodle beans have put on their first beans. Not quite a yard long yet but they will be here soon.


We will have a lot of lamb steaks at the Market on Saturday, Shoulder and Leg steaks, 2 types of Chops, Shanks, a neck roast, ribs and boneless meat. We raise the most delicious lamb.
See you Saturday. and if I don't - have a Happy and Safe Independence Day.

God's Blessings on you and yours,
TTFN,

                                                               Sam and Bill




Friday, June 26, 2020

Market List; Forager Salad Mix, Purslane, Red Head Lettuces, Leeks and Bouquets, 
Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs

Plant List; Genovese and Thai Basil, Cilantro, Italian Parsley, Scarlet Bee Balm, Tomatillos and Hardy Hibiscus and a few tomato varieties. 

We did get a few Sun Sugar tomatoes this week but not enough to bring to market. Honestly, we will have tomatoes soon. I beg you all to remember that we usually have tomatoes until about Christmas to make up for not having them earlier. Pictured here is one of the luscious blossoms on our Vintage Wine tomatoes. Literally, the blossom is almost as big as a quarter. 

Next week, we will have lamb for the Fourth of July Market and some beets...but I haven't decided yet whether I will bring them in bunches or pickled in jars. 

The Market is looking a bit more normal and a bit more unusual. Many of the produce Vendors were back on the Square - including us but in a different spot and many other Vendors stretched out all over the Circle. These are still strange times. We hear that we are now allowed to sell Food and Drinks at the Market but - we are supposed to warn you not to eat or drink at the Market. Sigh....
Still we shall go forward and see where this leads us. 

See you Saturday!

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Bill




Friday, June 19, 2020

Market List; Sour Cherries, Spicy Forager Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Garlic Scapes, Red Romaine Lettuce, Purslane and Bouquets. Not sure whether the radishes will be People or Sheep food until I start pulling them, also Free Range Chicken eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs. 
Plants; I am bringing a few of the tomato varieties for anyone who needs to fill in a gap as well as Thai, and Genovese Basil, Cilantro, Italian Parsley, Spearmint and Scarlett Bee Balm.
I will have some Pickled Cauliflower this week.

This will be the last week for the Cherries, we seriously had to fight the squirrels for them, Even with the netting, they still got more than I felt was fair. The ducks have been laying like crazy, the chickens -just so so. No snakes this week -so far, which is good because we have 2 more ducks still on nests and the Muscovy is more than 2 weeks into her brooding.
I have almost finished planting tomatoes. I got about another 100+ in this week and Bill has one more fence to put up so I can get in another short row. We have ended up with a lot of extra plants due to the oddness of the market with the virus issues. I put them on eBay which is a pain, but I have gotten rid of some of them that way. This week, I got in more Yard Long Beans and yes, more Kentucky Wonders, Malabar Spinach, Cardinal Basil, Italian Parsley and Dill. We have blossoms on the cucumbers and I hate to speak the name, but we haven't seen a squash bug yet. Cucumber beetles are present and accounted for but they seem to be staying on the Pigweed trap crop and the tomatillos. The viruses they carry, don't affect those plants, only cucumbers and squash. So far, so good.

So Saturday's Market will look different again. The park is opening up to traffic and some of us will be on the Square and some on the circle. They are letting some of us on half of the circle. I have asked to be on the Square but we haven't received our marching orders yet. Also just an FYI, Patrick is negotiating with the Baptist Church on Magnolia to see if we can finish out the season there. After next week they will start making us move our vehicles again and of course this will affect parking and traffic in the park as we are trying to set up and break down- especially break down and it blocks up traffic in the park while we are in line waiting to get into the Square.
This is a small section of info this week if you would like to weigh in with the park

We are just in the initial talks with the church and our best guess is it will be a few weeks before we know whether we can make the move or not. In the meantime, we have to work with the space we have in Tower Grove Park. I will distribute a layout map with vendor locations in the next few days as well as new set up instructions. Vendors will not be able to keep their vehicles with them starting next Saturday.

I understand you may have concerns about this move within the park. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to convince park management that we would like to stay where we are. If you would like to discuss these concerns directly with the park, Liz Hickox is the point of contact and her email is lhickox@towergrovepark.org.

We'll see you Saturday. It's supposed to be hot so dress accordingly. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Cherries and Snakes

Market List; Sour Pie Cherries, Garlic Scapes, Leeks,
 Forager Salad Mix, Radishes, Slow Food Non GMO Cayuga Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs.
This probably the last week for tomato plants. I will have a few of most of these varieties; 
 Early Girl, Sweet 100, Caspian Pink, Pantano Romanesco, Yellow Pear, Tommy Toe, Green Zebra, Violet Jasper, 
Black Plum,
 Amish Paste, Jet Star, Arkansas Traveler, 
Golden Jubilee, Mortgage Lifter, Purple Carbon, Azoychka Russian and Cherokee Green- This week new; Garden Peach, Paul Robeson, Blue Beauty and
 Black from Tula 
along with Genovese, Thai and Red Basil, Cilantro, Dill and Italian Parsley, Okra and Zinnia plants, Perennial Hibiscus and Scarlet Bee Balm. 


Last week we were surprised to find Cherries on our trees. They were already planted when we moved here and they are in a very bad place; nowhere near the house, well behind the barn and near the woods. We hardly ever get any-the birds and squirrels however, feast. Generally they are gone by Memorial Day and they are usually picked over before they even finish turning. I'm just guessing but maybe it was all the cloudy days last month that slowed them down but we caught them as they were starting to turn and after we harvested some, we were able to get both trees covered with Shade Cloth. We've been here 20 years and this is the first time we've had a prolonged harvest.

Several people commented on the snake in the barn story. Well on Sunday Bill called me to come look at another snake that he caught IN the DUCK'S NEST. The one that we got 2 weeks ago was 6 ft., this one, even though it doesn't look it in the picture, was 5'9". I still think that there's another one. Tuesday, we only had 22 chicken eggs and we've been getting 30-40 eggs every other night for the last 4 months. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

More Rain and Visitors in the Barn

Market List 
Garlic Scapes, Radishes- Lots of Radishes, Spicy Foragers Salad Mix,
Spring Onions, Bouquets, Non GMO and Free Range Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs
Grass Fed Lamb this week!

Plant List
 Tomato Plants- Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Sweet 100, Pork Chop, Japanese Black, Caspian Pink, Pantano Romanesco, Yellow Pear, Tommy Toe, Green Zebra, Violet Jasper, 
Black Plum,
 Amish Paste, Jet Star, Arkansas Traveler, 
Golden Jubilee, Mortgage Lifter, Purple Carbon, Azoychka Russian and Cherokee Green- This week new; Garden Peach, Paul Robeson and Black from Tula
Herbs- Italian Parsley, Genovese Basil, Cilantro, Thai Basil and Dill 

Others- Okra, Scarlet Bee Balm, Hardy Hibiscus and Mixed Zinnias 

I'm not sure how much you all pay attention to the weather but one thing that Farmers use their phones for is their weather Apps. Many of us text each other what is coming, radars and complaints in Spring about the coming rain and in Summer- "do you think that we will get this or will it miss us?" messages. This week most of us breathed a sigh of relief to see that the projected rain levels were fairly low. There was a little rain in the forecasts but most of it was .06, .02 , the highest projected was .17. So it seemed like it would be okay but of course as you know, it was another week of deluges. The day for .17 promptly changed to .40 and we actually got 1.75 inches. Today we received 1.5 and from the last couple of days, more than 3 inches was in my rain gauge when I emptied it at 10 this morning. The above picture is the flood in the high tunnel on Monday. The aforementioned day. I had just planted a row of Cherokee Green Tomatoes in there about an hour before. It was wet of course but no standing water. The rain came in and there is just nowhere else for it to go. Everything is saturated. Luckily the plants didn't wash away and my lettuce is thriving. I'm a little worried about the tomatoes and peppers that I have put in to take place of the lettuce and radishes that will soon be moving out. They do not like continuous wet feet but only time will tell.

Sunday we had a visitor in the barn and I was not happy about it. In the afternoon, the Chickens started raising more cane than usual and soon the ducks joined in also. Usually it's nothing, someone knocked someone off a nest, the roosters are fighting, maybe the sheep got into their section. The birds roam in and out of the barn all day, laying eggs, pecking around, going back into the pasture. Sometimes though it can mean a snake...this time it was; When I ran into the barn one of the ducks that had been on a nest was standing a few feet away from it, quacking and inside of the nest was this snake. I will tell you that I was fed up. I ran and got a shovel and Bill. Between us we were able to take care of it. Luckily it only got one of the eggs, but I broke 2 trying to get it and I can't believe it but about and hour later the duck got back on the nest. The last time this happened a friend talked me into taking it off to the lake and the time before, it got away after consuming 13! eggs. Not again. This baby was over 6 foot long. We laid it out and measured.

 So the next morning, I go out to let the ducks out of the barn and the duck is again standing out of the nest complaining so I go to the nest and what do I see but another black tail disappearing into a crack in the barn wall. So instead of working in the garden, we pulled apart the wall, I ran to Lowes and got some concrete and we spent a few hours making it at least harder for the snakes to get through to the nests. Yes, I know snakes kill mice but so do the chickens(and the cats). That duck had been sitting on that nest for 2 weeks. By the time the the 2nd visit happened, she was not getting back into that nest. Luckily one of the other ducks took her eggs. We don't kill all snakes but these huge snakes in the barn had better take notice!
So each week there are more vendors at the Market. It seems really different with the set up, it's almost like we are starting a different market and not as easy for the vendors to have their usual comradery but the set up is definitely easier in and out. Probably cuts almost an hour off of our set up and break down. I'm grateful to be up and running but it seems weird to be stepping away from how we've done things for the last 14 seasons. So it seems like they are just allowing vehicles on Magnolia and no further. Since I am not a customer, I'm not sure whether this is harder to get to us at Center Cross than it was walking across the Grass to the Square with the lack of parking or easier.
Maybe some of you could weigh in on that.

See you Saturday!
God's blessings on you and yours

TTFN

Sam and Bill who is still home



Thursday, May 21, 2020

Muddy, Damp and Planting

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Market List; 
Spicy Forager Salad Mix, Spring Onions, Radishes, Cilantro, Pea Shoots, Non GMO Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs. 
This week's Plant list;
 Tomato Plants- Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Sweet 100, Pork Chop, Japanese Black, Caspian Pink, Pantano Romanesco, Yellow Pear, Tommy Toe, Green Zebra, Violet Jasper, Black Plum,
 Amish Paste, Jet Star, Arkansas Traveler, 
Golden Jubilee, Mortgage Lifter and Sun Sugar and new this week; Purple Carbon, Azoychka Russian and Cherokee Green- Next week we will have Garden Peach
Herbs- Italian Parsley, Genovese Basil, Cilantro and Dill 
Others- Okra, Scarlet Bee Balm, Hardy Hibiscus and Mixed Zinnias 




We have been super busy around here. An interesting thing happened Monday- Bill reported for work on Monday and they told him there was a mistake, that he's still laid off - so he came back home. So he's still here to help and we have a weekend Wwoofer coming tomorrow. 
Here is a section of our high tunnel planted with red Romaine type lettuces, radishes and some new peppers that we are trying, Tawny Port and Lemon Jalapeno. This week I also got in about another hundred tomato plants despite the rain and mud. Our Sun Sugar tomato Plants have blooms on them as well as our Pink and Early Girls. I put in a new variety of Kale this week called Redbor, 103 Kentucky Wonder Pole beans were planted and our Yard Long Pole beans are up out of the ground. Next week we should have a lot of radishes finally and lamb too. The French Sorrel that I put in, needs to be divided but is showing it's red veined leaves. We can see the carrots too and of course, the tomatillos are coming up like crazy. 
This weeks additions to the Salad mix are more Beet greens, Red Amaranth and Mache'. 

Another interesting thing happened yesterday. 
I have been looking for seed potatoes for weeks. They've been gone everywhere because of the food scarcity worries. Coming back from the city, 
I thought that I would check a feed store near 
Valley Park. 
When I walked in, there were surprisingly 3- 50 lb. bags with only a bit taken out of one bag but there was no price on them. I asked the clerk how much they were and he replied "free". I assumed it was the old joke about things that aren't priced being free but no, he said " seriously, I was getting ready to throw them out, you can have the whole bag if you want". I told him if he was throwing them away, I would take them all. So they loaded them in my car, 140 lbs.(maybe dried down to less) of Irish Cobbler potatoes. I already planted about 25 Lbs. of them. 

So all and all it's been a pretty good if dirt filled week. We've gotten to where we just take off our jeans at the door. 

We have 3 Ducks on nests and so are hopeful, especially since we added a Muscovy to the mix. They are supposed to be super great brooders. They want to nest all the time so we hear so we thought that we'd try it. There are about 40 eggs between the 3 of them. 

So I guess that's most of what's going happening here. Looks like they are still blocking traffic in the park. I thought that it was supposed to be lifted by now but we're still hearing that we will be let into the park. Hopefully we will see you there. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Bill - still at home

Monday, May 18, 2020

The New Normal

Market List; Spicy Salad Mix, with Pea shoots, Various head Lettuces. Pea Shoots for stir fry, Spring Onions, Non GMO Chicken and Cayuga Duck Eggs.
Plant List;
 Tomato Plants- Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Sweet 100, Pork Chop, Japanese Black, Caspian Pink, Pantano Romanesco, Yellow Pear, Tommy Toe, Green Zebra, Violet Jasper, Black Plum,
 Amish Paste, Jet Star, Arkansas Traveler, 
Golden Jubilee, Mortgage Lifter and Sun Sugar,. I probably missed 1 or 2. (Next week we will add, Black From Tula and Purple Carbon.) 
Herbs- Italian Parsley, Mammoth Dill and a couple of Tarragon. 
I have a few 4 packs of Okra, a mixture of Clemson spineless and Red Burgundy.

Pictured above is a frame put up by Bill and some friends from Kentucky, last week while I was at Market. This will hold up the shade cloth that we put over the bulk of the tomatoes to protect them from scalding during the hottest days. The frame runs East to West which is how we will plant the tomatoes. It won't cover the entire amount but enough to keep any of them from burning while still allowing access to sun and air. 

So Market this week; The Park is still not allowing vehicle traffic off of Magnolia. As silly as it seems, you will still have to park and walk. We will still be sporting masks and gloves and it is requested that customers do the same. They are not allowing Food vendors yet either. They did say previously that more vendors would be allowed in this week but this changed yesterday. I just want to say how much we appreciated everyone who came out last week and supported us. I know it's been difficult and inconvenient but the commitment from our customers has completely shone through. 
It looks like the rain will be sparse during the Market hours. 
We'll see you Saturday !

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Bill




Thursday, May 7, 2020

and Finally...Market

Market List; Non GMO Free Range Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs, Egyptian Walking Onions, some Mixed Head Lettuces, Mesclun  Salad Mix and Radishes. For the Tomato Plants, we will be bringing the Hybrids; Early Girl and Lemon Boy, Heirlooms; Pantano Romanesco, Japanese Black, Caspian Pink, Violet Jasper, Black Plum, Amish Paste and Pork Chop, maybe a couple of others.(We still have about 15 more varieties that are kinda small.) Herbs; Parsley, Dill and Scarlet Bee Balm.
Value Added; Smoked Tomatillo Salsa, Granola and Cherry Serrano Pepper Jelly. You will need to ask for these items, they will not be displayed.

So it's going to be a unique experience at the Market this weekend. No handling of product. We will have a sample of what we have for viewing but none of the usual perusal. It's very sad really but at least we are able to be there and share our bounty with you. It seems that they will still have the park blocked off so you will have to park and walk to us. It's all very hard to imagine but thems the rules folks. Lets hang in there though, we'll get through it.

We have about 100 tomato plants in so far. Yesterday, I planted Schronce's Black Peanut plants. There are beets, 5 kinds of sunflowers, zinnias, parsley and Mache. It's been amazing what a difference Bill being home has been as far as getting stuff in early. There is still too much to do but at least there is less of it. Lol.

We'll see you Saturday in the park. Let's give it a chance.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Bill and Sam

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Last Drop Off

This Sunday afternoon, We will be doing another Drop Off @Hixson Middle School

Here is the availability List;
Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs $7
Chicken Eggs $5
Both eggs types are Non GMO
Egyptian Walking Onions $3
Granola $8
Smoked Tomatillo Salsa $8


Heirloom and Hybrid Tomato Plants;
$3 each or 4 for $10
Non GMO grown in Organic Potting Mix Varieties available this weekend;
Lemon Boy, Japanese Black Trifele, 
Amish Paste, Pork Chop, Violet Jasper, 
Pantano Romanesco, Caspian Pink     
Kentucky Beefsteak



We had some more produce that was planned for this weekend but the sheep got into one of the growing spaces and ate the radishes and all of the spring onions(scallions), some of the lettuce that was slated for next weekend's market. Luckily they missed almost all of the new, small heads that are a few weeks out. Not crunchy enough for them, I guess.
Speaking of next weekend, Tower Grove Market is finally starting on the 9th. The first week will only be produce vendors. So we will be there with Lettuce, Salad Mix, Onions, Duck and Chicken Eggs, Tomato and Herb Plants(Italian Parsley and Dill) and a couple of Perennial choices(Hibiscius, Scarlet Bee Balm and Orange Sunset Agastache). Ask for some of your Value Added favorites also.
Time 8 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

So that's the Scoop on the Drop and the Market. Email me by 8 P.M. on Saturday with your order and any further info needed.

God's Blessings on you and yours,
TTFN,

Sam and Bill- still home for Covid