July 20th, 2012
You’ll grin from ear to ear while enjoying our marvelous sweet corn, picked fresh daily! It’s sweet, tender, and oh-so-delicious! We got about 3″ of much-needed rain here in Hart over the past few days, which will really help the later corn develop to maximum potential! Sweet corn and pumpkins are two of the only crops that we do not have trickle irrigation on, so the rain was essential for us.
July 11th, 2012
A few apricots escaped the frosts (& escaped detection early in their development–big green apricot leaves do a good job at concealing little green apricots), & are at the market today. We also have the earliest of our sweet, juicy peaches, our own bell peppers (first picking), zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, summer plums (Methley, Early Magic, Early Golden), tart cherries, & Honeycrisp while they last, and local blueberries. We hope to start harvesting our fresh sweet corn on Saturday.
July 10th, 2012
Our own peaches are now being carefully picked. Early varieties of peaches tend to have a lot of peaches with split pits, and today’s variety is no exception. These peaches will be lower priced, but just as tasty and sweet as the first quality peaches; just take extra care when slicing, to be sure no pieces of pit get past you. We also have some summer plums right now at the market, but the earliest varieties won’t last long. Methley plums are sweet-fleshed (with a more tart skin), and the Early Magic and Early Golden plums have more of a tart, zippy flavor. Coming next will be some Shiro, the sweet yellow plums.
We still are harvesting some tart cherries. We are nicely into our zucchini, summer squash, & cucumbers, and the West Michigan blueberries. We still have some Honeycrisp apples.
Next week, we should have some tomatoes and sweet corn. (The raccoons are already ripping open some of the sweet corn. It’s a good thing we plant a lot of it!)
June 29th, 2012
We are still hand-picking our black sweet cherries and light sweet cherries, but there aren’t too many left to harvest. We are saving a few tart cherry trees to pick through next week, but the rest are getting mechanically harvested for processing. Dave and the crew are finishing up the shaking season today. It is the earliest harvest ever, for us.