Friday, April 20, 2018

Changes at the Market


Market List;
Spicy Salad Mix, Egyptian Walking Onions and Radishes. Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs and Chicken eggs,
both fed non GMO feed from
Meadowlark Farm Be Well in Cuba, MO
3 Granolas, Salsas, Jams and Jellies


So last week everyone was so excited about the new layout at the market. Although it was a little confusing finding the vendors who's spots had changed, there was more room for shopping and the flow out of the Market for loading at breakdown was definitely better. However, due to the rain last week and a vendor who was careless, none of the farmers are allowed to have our vehicles parked next to the square ever again. We will have to pull in, unload and then pull off the square. This will make setting up and breaking down a much longer process. Also we will have to set up our tents on the pavement until the grass grows back next to the square and so, there goes the extra room. This will be a huge inconvenience for those of us with a lot to unload especially people like Amy of Three Rivers, who brings all of her CSA boxes, she will have to unload her entire truck before she can begin to set up her booth. I'm not sure how we will all pull this off when the tomatoes and other warm weather, space necessary produce is ready. So just an FYI, the Market will look very different tomorrow and will probably not be ready quite as early. 

We will have our Organic Green Tea and Lemonade tomorrow, several people asked for the tea last week and others were so excited for the Lemonade. When the temp is below 65, it's kinda hard to gauge sometimes but we sold out of Lemonade and so many asked for the tea that we are bringing it tomorrow. 

We'll see you there, 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill



P.S. April 1, Sunflower Savannah Farm was 18 years old 




Thursday, April 12, 2018

First 2018 Tower Grove Market

Market List
We're back at the Tower Grove Pavilion Square

Non GMO Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs,
Chicken Eggs, Sassy Salad Mix, Egyptian Walking Onions, Scallions and Tomato Plants

It's our first Market of the season. We are a little behind due to a lot of health issues this winter but we have a big season planned. Next week we should have radishes too and soon chard. We have many tomato varieties planned, grass fed lamb, multiple varieties of cucumbers and of course tomatillos. 

It was a pretty rough Winter. No forage for the sheep due to the drought so we've been feeding hay since October. This caused low lamb birth rates. Lots and lots of eggs from the chickens that we got from 3 Rivers Farm but only 1 market to sell them at, so we did a few pop ups. Yep, it was a rough Winter but I am looking forward to a fun and fruitful 13th season at Tower Grove.

Many beautiful female lambs this year. Usually all the pretty ones are males which is a bummer because they are the ones that get processed. Not this time, almost all of the girls were multicolored. I am especially enamored with this beauty below. Gold ear, eye and stripes. All of the ones in the photo above are gals too. 


It is supposed to be 66 degrees on Saturday so we are starting the season with our Famous Lemonade. There will also be the 3 Kinds of Granola that you all have loved since opening day and Smoked Tomatillo Salsa. Lots to turn out for so we'll see you there bright and early 8:30 -12:30. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill




Thursday, March 8, 2018

Last Winter Market



           Tower Grove Market @
The Montessori City Garden - March 10th
          1618 Tower Grove Ave.
                             Market List;
Chicken and Slow Food Cayuga Duck eggs, Pear Butter, Smoked Tomatillo Salsa and
3 kinds of Granola and Spinach
Don't forget, our ducks and chickens are fed with locally grown, Non GMO food, 
Milled and Grown by Meadowlark Farm be well

Hard to believe that after this Winter Market, in 4 weekends, we will be back in full time 2018 Season. What with illnesses and conferences, it seems like we should definitely have more time. Still we have many things planted already. There were so many requests for Arugula that we planted several raised beds with it, also Mesclun, that sweet and spicy mix of lettuces that we all love.

Of course, I already have about 30 varieties of tomatoes going in the greenhouse for Spring Market sales, with more still to plant. Holy and Genovese Basil as well as Red Freddy will be available as herb starts, along with Thyme and Italian Parsley. Our new varieties of tomatoes include, Black Zebra, Snow Fairy and Tappy's heritage.











We're lambing again, so far 6 on the ground but we lost one due to a breech delivery last week. We have 9 more ewes getting ready to lamb at any moment.


We'll see you Saturday at the Montessori School. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Bill




Friday, February 9, 2018

While We were Apart

Market List; Montessori City Garden,
1618 Tower Grove Ave
Slow Food Cayuga Duck and Chicken Eggs NOW Proudly Fed with locally raised and Milled Meadowlark Farm Feed.
Chipotle Salsa, Pecans, Smoked Tomatillo Salsa, Four Kinds of Granola


It has been 5 weeks since we have seen you, some of you longer than others(Kathy) but it has flown by with projects, visitors and conferences.
We had a Wwoofer here for a couple of weeks, my friend Jeff has arrived back and is staying until April.




This is what the barn looked like 3 weeks ago.
This is what the guys have done since. 

 We drilled Mushroom Logs with Cauliflower Mushrooms this week and we will see you tomorrow at Tower Grove Farmers Market.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill and Jeff











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Market List-
Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs, NOW Proudly fed by Meadowlark Farm locally raised and Milled Non GMO food.































Its been 5 weekends since I saw you and some of you (Kathy) way more than that. it has just flown by with so many projects and visitors.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Eggs and Cold

Market List; Non GMO Chicken Eggs, Grass Fed Lamb, Missouri Pecans.
So sorry, no Chard. It was not happy with -11 degrees. It's still alive but it is not pretty.

 This week I have been pulling stuff out of the freezer and canning up a storm;
Smoked Tomatillo Salsa, Blue Strawberry Preserves, Blackberry Watermelon Marmalade an Garlicky Chili Sauce(probably the best that I have ever made).



Holy cow, the chickens have been laying like crazy! We gave away eggs in our Christmas baskets,
sold eggs at church and Billy's job, ate quiches, omelets, and eggs anyway you can think of but we still will have about 40 dozen to bring to market and none of them are over a week old. We are getting between 35 and 49 eggs everyday. The ducks were not happy with that cold snap though and we had to take their light as with all the heated water items going, we were throwing breakers. They have the light from the room the chickens go at night and a window but it's not enough to encourage them to lay as the days are so short. They stopped for a bit a few days ago. I'm sure that they will start soon with these 3 gorgeous days that we have enjoyed. The thing about having livestock is that any day that it is over 33, you are a happy camper. Speaking of that, everyone wonders why our chickens are laying so great. We have a light in their night enclosure, heated water and dry bedding. Comfy chickens are productive chickens. When the days are below zero, they have free run of the barn but they don't go outside. They wouldn't anyway if there is a cozy barn with food and warmed water. So we keep the barn more comfortable on those times by keeping the exterior doors closed. As soon as it warms up a bit, they are out running around getting into trouble as they are today and most days. The dogs have a doggie door so they can go in and out. They don't really mind the cold. In fact, I see them laying on the ice quite often.




This week we have a volunteer, my longtime friend Jeff is here helping out. This is he and Bill breaking down the tomato fences in the garden. Long overdue, so glad to get some help.

I will be representing Certified Naturally Grown at the Sustainable Ag conference on Jan 21 in Chattanooga so we will not be doing Eureka Farmer Market this month, EXCITING News though, I will be teaching a class on Shepherding at the Missouri Organic Association on February 1st. I can't wait to share my tips on Sheep Care with like minded people.

That's about it. Hoping to see you all at the Montessori City Garden on Saturday for the Tower Grove Farmers Market.




Cloud in the barn

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Eureka Holiday Market

Tomorrow, Thursday afternoon Bill and I will at the Eureka Farmers Market, 3:30-7 on Coffey Lane The Timbers. Follow the signs. It's behind the plaza with Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant. We will be inside so don't worry about the cold or the weather, they've pulled the rain out of the forecast...again.

Market List- Missouri Pecans, Salad Mix, Non GMO Free Range Chicken Eggs, Some Salad Mix, Tomatoes, Lamb.

Holiday Gift or Meal Ideas; Cherry Serrano Pepper Jelly, Pickled Peppers, 3 Granolas, Homemade Bloody Mary Mix, Antique Blue Ball Jar filled with Pecans, Sugar free Pear Butter and Garlicky Chili Sauce. Have you finished your shopping?

Bill and I have been enjoying some time off catching up on projects and not having to rush everywhere. Still it seems like the days just fill up. We're trying to get some fun time with our fellow farmers but it seems like we all are still playing catch up from all the things neglected while wrapping up the season.
Stop by and see us tomorrow, it's a long time until the next Tower Grove Market. By the way, thanks to those of you who came out to our little mini pop up at Chipotle last week. I know it was last minute but you made it worth it.

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Market at the Montessori

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

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

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




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

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

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

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam and Bill

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Artisan Farmers Market at the Montessori School

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

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

So put us on your calendar. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill

TTFN 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

MidTown Farmers Market Thanksgiving Weekend

High tunnel Pic from Monday

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

God's blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Bill and Sam



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eureka Farmers Market Today

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

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

Hope to see you there. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Last Summer Market

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

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


See you Saturday. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Bill 








Thursday, November 2, 2017

Indian Summer


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

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

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

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

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

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

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Bill and Sam              


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Last Dance

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

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

See you there!

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Falling Fall


Market List;

Grass Fed Lamb, Egyptian Walking Onions, 

Sassy Salad Mix, Bright Lights Swiss Chard,

Slicing and Salad Tomatoes, Rainbow Cherry Tomatoes,

Tomatillos, Lemon Cucumbers

and Dill


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


Ugh, disgusting cucumber beetles. 

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

See ya Saturday!

God's Blessings on you and yours

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill...and the pups


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Festival Week



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


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


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



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

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

God's Blessings on you and yours,

TTFN,

Sam, Bill, Ember, Finn and  Steel