Thursday, July 7, 2022

Fourth of July Market

Market List: Purslane, Grassfed Lamb, Salad Mix, Non- GMO, Free Range Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs AND SALSA!


Elizabeth, my friend's granddaughter has been staying with us, and we've been seeing the farm with new eyes. 
Here she is planting sunflowers for us.
We have pretty much finished the tomatoes and are now laying landscape fabric and trying to control the tomatillos, planting cucumbers and weeding. Even working for ourselves, the day is pretty regimented. We're up super early, especially when it's going to be hot. We water the animals, weed, plant and water for 3 or so hours, make lunch, run errands and work in the shade until it's time to swim, jump into the lake, then make dinner and before you know it. it's time to feed the animals, get the eggs and clean up for bed. It's a little easier as the days shorten. Before the solstice, we don't get the animals bedded up until after 9:15 P.M. We feed at dark and that's when it gets dark. So as much as I enjoy the longer day, it is a relief to get done a little earlier. 
Billy and Mom weeding

So, we're doing a couple of events on the farm on the 17th and the 31st at 2 P.M. We'd love to see you all. Please let us know which you will attend. 

If you guys could bring back our Styrofoam egg cartons, we would really appreciate it. They are getting more and more scarce and the store that carries them near us, switched to paper ones also. We pack our egg coolers the night before with ice so we don't have to get up earlier(5 is early enough)So thanks in advance for returning them and any extras you have hanging around. 

We'll see you Saturday. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy


 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Wild and Wwoofer Week


Market List: Garlic Scapes, Purslane, Wild Garlic, Foragers Salad Mix, Purple Pea Pods and Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs

Whoa, this week went fast. We had a Wwoofer come in on Saturday night after Market, and she was here until Wednesday. Emma and our local Wwoofer, Raven and our new guy Tyler all were here on Tuesday and we were laying landscape fabric, planting tomatoes, putting up fences and making rows. Billy has been working with another of our volunteers, Tom to make an implement that goes behind our tractor to make these beds for tomatoes and other vegetables. They've been making several adjustments to it but they're getting pretty good at them. It's pretty intense when we have a bunch of people here, or even one staying in the house for several days, I myself, don't get much done, because I am running from project to project directing everyone and cooking for several diets but when everyone leaves, there is a marked progression. 

So we're kinda in between crops though right now. The heat tolerant lettuce that I planted and of course the chard has made it through this crazy heat wave and will go in the Foragers Salad.  The purslane is in but no tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers yet. Our vines look great in this field that we've been altering with minerals and microorganisms for the last 3 years. So much difference in the sturdiness. 


This is a Japanese Black tomato. I think that this will be a very good year for tomatoes. We were struggling with Aphids and Whiteflies but ordered in a bunch of Lacewings and Ladybugs and they are clearing a path. I guess that we have in about 800 or so plants and we're still waiting to plant the ones that don't sell this weekend. 


As some of you might already know; we were in the Digital Feast Magazine this week. It's a great article. If you get the chance, you might want to read it. 

https://www.feastmagazine.com/farmers/article_79c69878-e760-11ec-a7c8-831c223030b9.html#tracking-source=mp-homepage


Don't forget about our 2 events in July. Friends of the Farm is on the 17th and Known and Grown STL is on the 31st. Both are of course for Friends of the Farm but anyone is welcome to one or both, but try and give me a heads up to which you are attending for planning purposes. I am working on a flyer. 

Okay, so I'm wiped out with all this activity, so we'll see you Saturday. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

and as Tigger says, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy

Thursday, June 16, 2022

A Dry Spot in Time

 Market List: Forager Salad Mix, Grape Leaves, Garlic Scapes, Spearmint, Free Range and Non-GMO Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs, Basil and Wild Garlic.  

I'm still bringing plants. We still have quite a few tomato plants left, Basils - Genovese and Thai and some Okra. We are running out of Pepper plants though. Truthfully if I didn't have so many plants, we'd stay home and finish planting the tomatoes. Some of you may have noticed, I've been wearing a knee brace, I tore a ligament in my knee and the doctor said to "rest". Well, I can pull off some rest during the week but on Friday and Saturday, it's all systems go and pulling myself in and out of the van doesn't help. Even so, we got a couple hundred more tomato plants in since last week. Bradleys, Chocolate Cherry, Cherokee Purple, Pork Chop, Paul Robesons, SunSugar, Pantano Romanesco, Amish Paste and Mortgage Lifter and some more Long Beans, Cucumbers and Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans...sitting on the ground or bending straight over, trying not to use my knee of course. Thankfully, we've had a lot of volunteers lately. We have a new every Tuesday volunteer named Raven and a wellness coach named Elizabeth Freeman has been dropping by the last few Fridays, as well as our faithful, every other Tuesday Carolyn and Tom AND the Sisters from the Washington Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints church on Thursdays and my mom, Betty is here every Weekday for 3 hours and all day on Friday. We have also hired a highschooler named Tyler who works once a week and we have a Wwoofer coming this week for 4 days. So we are getting things organized and spiffed up while trying to get all the warm weather crops in the ground. All things considered, it's getting there. As usual the tomatillos are popping up like crazy. Next week we will have Purslane. It seems really early to me but with all this rain combined with the heat, it is coming onward.  Monday and Tuesday were looking at 99 Degrees! But Saturday is promising another clear and temperate day. We'll see you at the park. 

Don't forget to schedule us in for one of our Farm Tour Days on July 17th or the 31st. I will have some flyers with directions as we get closer to the date. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Crazy Markets and Curses

 Market List: Spicy Greens Mix, Arugula, Foragers Salad Mix, Kalettes, some Grass Fed Lamb and Eggs from Non-GMO fed, Free Range Chicken and Ducks. 

Tomato Plants: Violet Jasper, Sun Sugar, Super Sweet 100, Black Plum, Barry's Crazy Cherry, Tommy Toe, Rutgers, Pantano Romanesco, Mortgage Lifter, Early Girl, Pink Girl, Lemon Boy, Amish Paste, Cherokee Green and Purple, Bradley Pink, Paul Robeson, Blue Beauty, Purple Carbon, Azoychka Russian, Pork Chop, Chef's Choice- BiColor and Green, Caspian Pink, Japanese Black Trifele, Striped German and I'm sure that I missed some...but we have a ton left of these large strapping plants, along with Basil, pepper plants, Spearmint and others. 

Some of you may have heard, during the terrible storm last week, 2 vendors were touched by lightning; CJ from Biver farm must have been really grounded in his rubber boots because he was zapped on the hand and George from Sedara was hit while he was in his car headed out I believe because the firetruck that was going to him hit my plant table and ran over a whole bread tray of my tomato plants. I mentioned this to Katherine who said they were trying to get to George who had been struck by lightning. Now, Sedara sets up across(almost) from me and the firetruck was at Magnolia, so it seems he was leaving. He was coherent so I am hoping that he was okay. The crack of thunder that sounded at the same time that the lightning struck CJ was instantaneous and so scary. They are after all right next to us.  I'm not afraid of storms but at that instance, I was thinking of that line between guts and stupidity that I tend to walk- and was I on the wrong side? Lol. But anyway, it really cut into all of our sales and we came home with a lot more plants than normal. 

A few of you have heard me talk about the Strawberry curse that my dad put on me when I was just a kid. We're from the Southern-ist point of Missouri, from what I like to call the Fruitheel. My parents grew up in the cotton and watermelon fields, my dad was pitching watermelons the day that I was born. They worked in the fields all day in the summer and after school and Saturdays during the school year. They picked and "chopped" cotton, picked peaches and strawberries on the farms that they lived on for the owners. It was a hard life for kids and parents alike. My grandpa was a traveling carpenter, which left my dad as the oldest male of the 6 as head of the family. They literally all worked in the fields to survive. Although my parents moved to Jefferson County when we were small, my mom and my aunts would sometimes go down there and "Chop" cotton to earn money for our school clothes and other extras. Once when we were down there visiting my aunts and my cousins were going to pick strawberries for the same reason. I asked my dad if I could go pick strawberries. He sternly replied that "no daughter of his would ever pick strawberries for money". I cried at the time, not understanding that he wanted an easier life for me. However, many times, I have tried to grow strawberries for the market only to have something happen to them. Once they succumbed to weeds, another time, they were doing beautifully and were fully fruited, we had an early frost so I covered them with hay, not realizing that the hay had to be removed when the sun got hot. They burned up. Two years ago we had a nice stand and- the sheep got into them and pulled them out. This year, some of you know, my dad passed so I thought maybe the curse was broken. The plants have just lushly multiplied. Just to be sure, I've let my mom pick them-but most of them are rotting due to so much rain. So no strawberries for money this year either. Maybe the next one...

Saturday is supposed to be really nice; the rain is supposed to give us a break and the moon will be right for planting above ground crops all next week. If you know anyone who needs plants, have them come and see me at the Tower Grove Market. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Some Tomatoes in between Raindrops and Farmer Friends Days

 

Market List: 

Foragers Salad Mix, Arugula, Spicy Mixed Greens-Radish, Purple Mustard, Bok Choi and Arugula-, Radishes, Kalettes and a small amount of Purple Podded Snow Peas and Grass Fed Lamb, I still have A LOT of Tomato Plants left for sale and while I'm not going to list them all, we do have a new variety this week- Vintage Wine. 

Billy finally got some beds shaped for the Tomato plants and fences put up for them to grow onto. While it doesn't seem like much, I did get 3 rows with 6 varieties (Pink Girl, Rutgers, Purple Carbon, Japanese Black Trifele, Azoychke Russian and Cherokee Green) and a total of 204 tomatoes planted. There was more room - but of course-it rained AGAIN and AGAIN. But still, we managed to plant celery, more lettuce and Redbor Kale. Crazy weather, Tornados today, 90 degrees tomorrow and 77 on Saturday but eventually we will get the rest of those tomatoes in the ground. By the way, the tomatoes in the Greenhouse and High Tunnel, which are Black from Tula, Sunrise Sauce, Jet Star, and Chef's Choice are all blooming. 

In July, we are doing 2 events, July 17th is Friends of the Farm Day. That day we will be doing a Pig Roast, tours of the farm and of course, swimming in our amazing lake is included. On July 31, Known and Grown, an organization that we proudly belong to which documents that the local farms that they represent actually grow all the food that they bring to Market in a clean and natural way, is sponsoring another Farm Day here. It will be similar, Tours, our Famous Salsa, drinks and swimming. We would love you to see how we do things here on the Farm. 

See you Saturday!

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN


Sam and Billy



Friday, May 13, 2022

Only in Missouri

 

Market List:

 Forager Salad Mix, Grass Fed Lamb, Arugula, Green Onions, Spicy Greens, Kalettes, hopefully some Radishes and Free Range and Non-GMO Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs

Many, MANY varieties of Heirloom and Hybrid Organic Tomato plants: Sun Sugar, Mortgage Lifter, Pantano Romanesco, Cherokee Green and Purple, Pork Chop, Violet Jasper, Black Plum, Caspian Pink, Pink Girl, Early Girl, Lemon Boy, Japanese Black Trifele, Bradley, Striped German, Tommy Toe, Rutgers, Super Sweet 100, Green Zebra Cherry, Green Zebra, AND Paul Robeson, Azoychka Russian, Barry's Crazy Cherry and Blue Beauty are in the Collector's Corner, if you're into the really unattainable. 

Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Borage and Cardoon. Pepper plants too!

My wool sweater was still laying on a chair from last week, when I had to put it on to stay warm when I went outside. This week it was hard to get enough clothes off to be comfortable and efficient, even as much as I love summer- it got hot too quickly. I'm hoping that the Purple Podded Snow Peas survive this temporary strike as temps were pretty stressful for these cool loving plants. They are blooming and hopefully they hold on until next week's cooler ones. 

We have been trying to shape the beds for more tomato plants and of course cucumbers. Everyone is already asking me for Salsa and Pickles. But today, even after all the heat and wind this week, the lower field and the rows near the greenhouse were still damp. Still if we had gotten the rows done- our goal was one today with a fence for the tomatoes, running the length- with the unbearable heat, we couldn't plant tomato starts with this heat. Also, our Great Pyrenees, Jubilee needed to go to the vet so that was several hours. We did get a new raised bed in and a couple of trays of tomatoes and peppers planted but still nothing in the field. Here's a snap of the newly moved High Tunnel which is attached to the Greenhouse that we put up last year. 

There are some blooms on these plants and as you can see through the opening there, another entire building planted with Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions and the Snow Peas. I'm so excited for fresh tomatoes. So far, I've planted Chef's Choice; Green and Bicolor, Sunrise Sauce, Blue Beauty, Sweet 100, Black from Tula, Jet Star and Lemon Boy.

So, Saturday will be marginally cooler, come buy some plants or tell your friends where to buy some plants, some and get some lamb or lemonade. Should be a perfect day. 

See you at the park. In the meantime, checkout this recipe below. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN 

Sam and Billy 

Southern Style Spicy Greens 
1-2  LB. Mixed Spicy Greens 
1 Tbsp. Garlic chopped, minced or dried
Smoked Meat of your choice and amount(I like pork, less than half of the greens amount)
Good glug of Apple Cider Vinegar
Tsp of Hot pepper or Hot pepper oil 
Cook until Greens and meat are tender
Serve with Cornbread, sliced onions and tomatoes. Campari are good when there aren't fresh. 
Salt and Pepper to taste



Thursday, October 28, 2021

After the Fun


Market List
Chinese Long Noodle Beans, Thai Soldier Beans, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, LOTS of Slicing Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Kohlrabi, Radishes, Spicy Green bunches, Swiss Chard, Foragers Salad Mix and maybe Green Onions depending on if I get everything done. 
Non GMO Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs and Free Range(Really)Chicken Eggs, 

It's a lot and maybe the last week for a few things like beans. We're expecting 3 days of pretty cold weather. The first few frosts usually miss us, my neighbor already had 2 small bouts, but Wednesday we're expecting 30 degrees, Thursday 29 degrees and Friday 32 degrees. That's a pretty good chance that we will get some. We will cover stuff with frost fabric and plastic but continuous hours of below freezing weather will hurt us anyway. we'll pick all the tomatoes smaller than a golf ball and that will usually survive all but the worst freezes. The tomatoes in the high tunnel will probably be okay but there aren't that many. Either way we'll have tomatoes for a few more weeks. 

                                                         



Many of you already know that we were on vacation last weekend. Above is the rare siting of a "Bill' at rest. One hardly ever sees this. While we were gone,(and more)all of these tomatoes were ripening. Unfortunately, even though the vines are loaded, most of the branches are falling off due to White Fly and Aphid damage. It doesn't matter so much right now since we are about to get a frost but still it's kinda depressing considering all of the things that I've done this season to get rid of these sap sucking pests. Just look at how different these tomato plants look just from 2 weeks ago. It's the same row that I previously photographed. Now you can see through all seven rows. 







The field that we planted of Turnips and other cold weather plants is doing well. They should be big enough to withstand the freeze and be around for future harvests, some for sheep food. We have trays of spinach for planting in the high tunnel. So weird to be heading into the cold season. On days like this, it seems as if it will never be warm again but remember, The Sun also Rises and it will be. 


We'll see you Saturday at Tower Grove Farmers Market with all this stuff and more. 


God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy 



Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sometimes it's Like That





                               Market List

Chinese Noodle Beans, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes, Rainbow Mix Cherry Tomatoes, Port Wine Tawny and Pasilla Peppers, Genovese Basil, Tomatillos and Zinnia Bouquets

We still have Sam's Famous(the fresh) Salsa for a few more weeks. I got in trouble last week for not putting it on the list, lol and it's the 3rd week for the Smoked Tomatillo Salsa. It will be around for awhile. 


 It seems like living on a farm, I should be able to spend the day in my tomatoes. While I do spend the bulk of what time I get to be working in the garden on the tomatoes, its really not as much as one might think and its not usually doing what I want. In reality, with the Farmers Market, we just get 4 days working on growing stuff. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays we get ready for Market, part of Thursday too. Saturday we're at Market, gone about 10 hours, then we unload, eat lunch and try and relax a bit before we take care of the animals. Sunday, we go to church and take it easy, except for the animals of course. That leaves Monday to Thursday, minus, meals, bank, doctors visits, chasing sheep, making salsa, granola etc. My favorite thing to do is work in the tomatoes, tying them up, picking them, taking off dead branches. This is a shot of one of our seven tomato rows of our newly improved field. They look great compared to last year. Lately we've been fighting off White Flies and I spend a lot of time squishing them. They're very tiny and like to congregate on the blossoms and suck the sap out of them so that they fall off before they set fruit. Also they cling to the leaves and spread disease that eventually kills the plant. So I go back up and down the row, pressing these minute soft bodied bugs against the stems, trying to keep from breaking the blossoms off. They seem to favor the Purple Heirlooms, but they're pretty fond of the Cherokee Green too. Still, all and all they look pretty good considering the bugs. 


Another thing that takes time away from growing is the animals misbehaving. Wednesday I sorted the sheep. We we pulled them off the pasture for a few days and put them on hay to give the fields a break. It's been so dry, they have eaten everything and I have to worry about them picking up parasites, going back over the same ground again and again. I wanted also to mark some ewes to sell for breeding stock as our St. Croix flock has gotten pretty big and to separate the boys from the girls to see how many rams we had coming up for processing, how many ewes to sell and to make sure that there was no fighting between the smaller rams and our gigantic registered ram, Reggie. It went pretty smoothly, took about an hour to pull the rams out and mark the chosen ewes with red paint. It lasted however, about 36 hours. The young rams busted through the new fence and everybody went every which way. It'll be several days before I find the time to do it again. Sigh. Sometimes it's like that. 

Well it's cooler and we actually got about an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday morning. It should be a beautiful market this weekend. We'll see you Saturday @ Tower Grove Farmers Market. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy

Photo courtesy of Kim Carr Photography 


 




Thursday, September 2, 2021

Head Deep in Sunflowers, Knee Deep in Lambs


Market List; 

Tomatillos, Lemon Cucumbers, 
Crystal Apple Cucumbers 
Slicing Tomatoes, Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, 
Yard Long Beans, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Buckets and buckets of Sunflower Bouquets and Foragers Salad Mix
Sam's Famous Salsa and Salty Dill Pickles 

 
Boy howdy, the girls in the field have been throwing out some big lambs. This hefty boy was born just the day before this pic to Sunny- well lets just say that I'm surprised that he didn't walk out. What a chunk!

 If you look behind them, you'll see his father, the reason why; our registered St. Croix Ram, Reggie but I call him The
 Big Cheese- Reggiano that is. Here is         another picture of him, believe me, he was bigger, He's been on a diet. 



We will have Smoked Tomatillo Salsa the week of September 4th. Sorry it's not sooner Folks but I can either cook or I can Farm but sometimes not both, We have a Wwoofer this whole this week so we worked on Farm projects, most specifically getting the rest of the tomatillos in hand and finishing an Asparagus bed that we started early this Spring. 





So the tomato patch is looking great,



but there are a lot that look like this; 




It's from the dratted cucumber beetle. They cause distortion in all kinds of vegetables. You might recognize it from those funky looking cucumbers where one end is very small and the other is large. Cucumber beetles are the worst for spreading disease and destroying crops. They also eat holes in your green beans and chew up your sunflower petals. We try and stay on top of them but nothing really works except the stronger pesticides like Pyrethrum. It's organic but it's hell on bees so we tend to stay away from it. Mostly it's hand picking and killing them. We could spray the Pyrethrum at night but when they are the worst is in the Fall. Many Fall mornings after a previous hot day, we wake up to a heavy dew and this would liquidize the Pyrethrum again. Bees love the cucumber blossoms which are entwined with another of their favorites the tomatillo flowers, It's just not worth the risk to me. I'll just keep squishing them and planting extra. They still taste amazing though, we never refrigerate our tomatoes. It does make a difference in the flavor. There is a flavor component that shuts down at around 55 degrees that is not recovered when they are back at room temp. Our tomatoes are stored at 70 degrees. 

So we made it through another desperately hot week and there is another hot Market forecasted.  
We'll see you there, with yummy food and refreshing drinks. . 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Billy

Monday, August 16, 2021

Sunflower Time


 
Harvest and Feathers
Market List - Grass Fed Lamb, Lemon Cucumbers, Tomatillos, Yard Long Asparagus Beans, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Forager Salad Mix, Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Slicing Tomatoes and 
LOTS and LOTS of SUNFLOWER bouquets!
 Sam's Famous Salsa and Salty Dill Pickles too.

Wow what a busy, busy week. 
Weed, weed weeding, one of the ewes got sick and 
we finished another side of the barn. 
Three sides done, only one to go. The tomatoes are looking great, finally. 

Last week I was on the Earthworms Podcast on KDHX. If you want to listen to it, here is the link;
 There's quite a bit of info about the Farm on it. Jean Ponzi does a great interview. 

So thankfully we are getting some cooler weather that brought in some welcome rain. I'm hoping that this brings the Indigo Milky mushrooms in with it. It's  has been so hot that the moisture needed for good fungi production. 



We'll see you Saturday for that cooler Market. Only 85 degrees, what a change right? See you there, 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy



Thursday, June 24, 2021

It's Like Summer, Baby

 

Market List - Grass Fed Lamb, Forager Salad Mix, Garlic Scapes, Blood Sorrel, Kalettes and Spicy Greens Bunches. Pasture raised Chicken and Slow Food Duck eggs. We'll have some Pie(sour)Cherries, but not as many as last year. There will be a few of each of the tomato plant varieties. It is getting pretty late in the season but just in case there are those still needing them. Eggplants, Tomatillos, Cilantro, Borage and Basil plants too. 
More Ducklings hatched this week. We've been swimming almost everyday and still planting by the moon. Earlier this week, we planted more potatoes and it changed, we started on tomatoes again. 
Here is one of the tomatoes that we planted a few weeks ago.







Lots of Cherry tomatoes and Cucumbers coming on in the new Greenhouse. They already have runners too.
























Hot, Hot this whole next week. Good for the vegetables we all have been waiting for, swimming and float trips. It all goes too quickly but we'll see you Saturday at the Market. We'll have lots of Lemonade. Come and see us in our soon -not to be new anymore spot. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Bill

And don't forget about the Scapes! Only here for a short time each year. 


Stepping Up


Market List; Bunched Spicy Greens, Purslane, Pie Cherries, Garlic Scapes, Free Range Chicken Eggs and Duck Eggs, maybe a little Foragers Salad Mix. it's pretty hot. 

We get so many requests for our Lemon Cucumbers but after growing on the same ground organically for so many years, it's a tough battle to beat the cucumber beetles and stink bugs. So this year as Bill has been home more, traveling less and we have a little more wherewithal, we invested in some Insect barrier for them. This is the partial row, with a walk way through, the other side is about twice as long as this. About 100 ft. total. This row represents our second cucumber planting. The first being of course, in the new greenhouse.  

Below is a sample of what it looks like under the cloth. The idea being to keep the cucumber beetle from finding the plants before they need to be pollinated. And just a point, almost every other plant that can be seen in both picture are TOMATILLOS. 

We do have some baby cucumbers in the Greenhouse. Hopefully by next weekend. 


Also, as we are planting by the Moon, today was supposed to be a good day to PLANT cucumbers, so while Mom was hilling up the ones under the cloth, I planted another, probably 75 ft. row. The last of the tomatoes will go into the ground this Monday. We had 2 ripe cherry tomatoes today, and all the vines look fab! As long as the blossoms don't drop in this heat, we'll be fine. So HOT. We're getting up at 5 to harvest the greens. Yes, I am frequently up by then but not by choice. 
The heat affects so many things: egg production has dropped from 45-60 eggs a day to tonight's 30. For some reason, it makes the hens broody. You'd think that the last thing on their minds would be sitting in a hot nest inside the barn but more and more are wanting to sit every day and 5 new ducks nests. I would like to move that trailer eventually. 

I'm hoping that everyone is finding us who wants to. Our new location is actually more accessible but we see only a few of our regulars each week, so in many ways, it's like starting over at a whole new market. It may be hot this Saturday(it will be) and we may be at the tail end of one sort of crop and the beginning of another but we will be there. I hope to see you soon. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy


Thursday, June 3, 2021


Market List: 
GRASS FED LAMB, Garlic Scapes, Purple Podded Snow Peas, Leaf Lettuce , Forager Salad Mix,
 
Blood Sorrel and Spicy Greens Bunches 
 Free Range Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs

Tomato plants available for 2 more weeks

   SunSugar, Violet Jasper, Sweet 100, Chocolate Cherry, 
Black from Tula, Purple Carbon, PAUL ROBESON, Black Seaman, Norman Meiners, Blue Beauty, Pink Girl, Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Green, Sweet Carneros, Green Zebra, Japanese Black, Better Boy, Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Tommy Toe, Pork Chop, Azoychka Russian, Caspian Pink -which has the flavor of Brandywine but way more productive, Bradley-one of the original Arkansas tomatoes, Amish Paste, Black Plum, Rutgers, Yellow Pear and Chef's Choice.
 I'm also bringing Cardoon, 2 Eggplant, Basil, Cilantro and Borage




Lots of ducklings hatching out since we last talked. Above is the duck that was under the plow. She hatched 9 babies. The Muscovy hatched 2 and another showed up with just one. We have 4 more nests going at least. 
Below is a pic of the plants in the new greenhouse. We already have tomatoes on the vine, mostly Cherries but still impressive, Poblano Peppers too. 


Saturday will be warm, thankfully. Don't forget, we're in a new spot. 
Cattycornered from the Food Trucks, at the North edge of the Circle.
 Please if you have any egg cartons, we sure could use them. See you soon. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Planting by the Moon

 Market List; 
GRASS FED LAMB, Garlic Scapes, Leeks, Spring Onions, Purple Podded Snow Peas, Forager Salad Mix, Blood Sorrel, Free Range Non GMO Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs
                    Tomato plants to choose from; SunSugar, Violet Jasper, Sweet 100, Chocolate Cherry, 
Black from Tula, Purple Carbon, PAUL ROBESON, Black Seaman, Norman Meiners, Blue Beauty, Pink Girl, Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Green, Sweet Carneros, Green Zebra, Japanese Black, Better Boy, Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Tommy Toe, Pork Chop, Azoychka Russian, Caspian Pink -which has the flavor of Brandywine but way more productive, Bradley-one of the original Arkansas tomatoes, Amish Paste, Black Plum, Rutgers, Yellow Pear and Chef's Choice. I'm also bringing Cardoon, 2 Eggplant, Basil, Cilantro and Borage

This year we are trying to pay more attention to planting by the moon signs so this week when it was dry enough to make the beds in the garden we were down to one day left to plant above ground crops before the moon changed. Tuesday we planted 285 tomatoes, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, 3 kinds of peppers, a 200 ft. row of  Lemon, Crystal Apple and Salt and Pepper Cucumbers, Sunflowers and Zinnias, It was a profitable day. Today we put up tomato fences and Monday we will plant potatoes again. 
The temperature is really going to drop tomorrow and Saturday is going to be kinda chilly. I hope that everyone is finding our new spot. We are cattycornered from the food trucks on the corner of North and the Circle. It's a good spot.  We'll see you there. 

God's Blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN

Sam and Billy 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Still in a New Space and Ducks Everywhere

 Market List; Leeks, Spring Onions, Kale, Forager Salad Mix, Kalettes, Leeks and French Sorrel. 
Chicken Eggs and Slow Food Cayuga Duck Eggs. I have some Chickens but they must be pre-ordered. 

Still plenty of Tomato plants to choose from; SunSugar, Violet Jasper, Sweet 100, Chocolate Cherry, 
Black from Tula, Purple Carbon, PAUL ROBESON, Black Seaman, Norman Meiners, Blue Beauty, Pink Girl, Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Green, Sweet Carneros, Green Zebra, Japanese Black, Better Boy, Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Tommy Toe, Pork Chop, Azoychka Russian, Caspian Pink -which has the flavor of Brandywine but way more productive, Bradley-one of the original Arkansas tomatoes, Amish Paste, Black Plum, Rutgers, Yellow Pear and Chef's Choice. I'm also bringing Cardoon, 2 Eggplant, Basil, Cilantro and Borage.

Last week I mentioned that we have ducks on nests everywhere. Here are some examples of where they are sitting; 

These 2 are sharing a nest on the gangplank that runs between the front and the back of the barn. Everyday, they steal the eggs from each other, back and forth, over and over. Of course, this is not good for the eggs. 



This one's nest is IN FRONT of the trailer tire. So if we were to hook up and take off, she would of course be toast. There's another one UNDER the trailer. 



 



This Cayuga hen is under the plow. 

There's also another one in a woodpile so Still, I have managed to collect several dozen this week. 

More tomatoes were planted this week and I thought that we would have Purple Podded Snow Peas but there's not quite enough to bring yet. The first round of Yard Long Beans are up and there are blooms on the SunSugar tomatoes. (Yes, that's how you spell it.) If the rain holds off until Tuesday as projected, we should be able to start planting in the field instead of wherever we can find a spot for something. 

And speaking of planting, don't forget to ask the vendors that you are buying from; "Did you grow this?" Not everyone who is selling produce is growing it themselves, several vendors are buying their produce from the Auctions and those who are selling salsa at the Market, year round with no let up or shortage are not growing their own produce for their product. Just something to think about. 

I hope that everyone who wanted to found us last Saturday. Just some more tips on how to do this; we are cattycornered from the food trucks on the corner of North and the Circle. It's a good spot, As Kakoa Brian "said his his video last week; it's Prime Real Estate", but it did feel very strange. This week's Market is supposed to be 85 degrees. FINALLY ! We'll see how the new spot is in Full sun. We'll see you there. 

God's blessings on you and yours, 

TTFN, 

Sam and Billy