Archive for May, 2010

Sidewalk Sales this Friday & Saturday!

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

We will have our first ever “Sidewalk Sales” this Friday and Saturday at our market in Hart!  It’s an opportunity for you to save some major green, and for us to move out some items to make room for the new season!  Stop on by from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to check out the deals on display outside–and come inside to get your apples and asparagus, and to see what’s new this year!   We have added some great new Michigan-made products.  We have plenty of our own Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu, and Ida Red apples, and fresh local asparagus.  If you have a hankering for rhubarb, call the market at 873-7523 a day ahead, and Tim will pick some fresh for you.  (No wholesale quantities.)

Soft rain for thirsty crops.

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Today we’re getting some much-needed rain here in Oceana County.  It’s been very dry in the orchards and fields; this will really help the sweet corn take off and grow!  We have irrigation under the mulch for most of our vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash), but our famous sweet corn needs to get moisture from the clouds!

Dave has been irrigating the orchards to keep the trees healthy and to get the newly planted trees off to a good start.   Our trickle irrigation systems have the added benefit of targeting specific locations and amounts of water.  They are buried, so we don’t lose much to evaporation, either.  Dave really works at doing the right things and doing them well, to have a farm that will sustain crops for generations.

Website Home Page Photos

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Our updated home page photos show tasty fresh asparagus and apples (including Honeycrisp), a selection of gift baskets, lovely flower baskets, and a series of apples:  The trees which produce SweeTango(R) apples in glorious bloom (taken earlier), Dave checking the same trees for frost damage (taken May 16), and a photo of the apple orchard behind our home in Hart, Michigan (photo taken today, May 18).  

There were so many blossoms on the young trees which will produce SweeTango(R) apples, that the frost damage we received appears to have thinned them down just about right.  When young branches are covered with apple blossoms, having 19 out of 20 blooms frozen is not so bad; the tree would not be able to support the fruit if they all came to maturity.  The frost may have scarred the surface of the remaining fruit; it is too early to tell.   (It’s amazing to cut open the newly developing apple, maybe 1/8″ diameter, and to see the five seed compartments filled with teeny tiny white seeds!)  Now, if we lost 19 out of 20 blooms on cherry trees, that would be a devastating crop loss.  Each type of fruit has its own individual parameters.

Tasty Michigan-made mixes

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

A rainy Tuesday in Oceana County meant a good opportunity for a quick trip to northwest Michigan to pick up some new products for the market!  Check out the new bread mixes and cookie mixes from Creekside Grains.  Would you believe you can make cookies that taste like root beer?  It’s true!  Brand new cookie mixes include Chocolate Chip Cherry Chipotle Cookies, Double Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Cookies, and for the less adventurous, Mega Mint Chocolate Cookies.  They’re made with care in Michigan!

Spring is just starting in northwest Michigan.  We passed some woodlands near Empire that were thickly carpeted with trilliums, and forsythia are still blooming up there.

Freezing Causes Some Damage

Monday, May 10th, 2010

As forecast, last night was even colder than the previous one.  Dave, Jeremiah, and the Frost Fan Fraternity spent a long, cold night trying to protect the fruit from damage.  It got down to 26 degrees F on our farm, which was cold enough to cause some damage.  Of course, it’s still a long time until harvest, so we’re still talking about crop potential.

Dave checked a number of spots on the farm.  The frost fans did a commendable job, with no apparent damage showing in the areas protected by the fans.  So far, Honeycrisp seem to be okay, showing no damage.  Our SweeTango(R) apple crop potential has been reduced by perhaps 10 to 20 percent.  It’s clear where it got too cold for them; the lowest (coldest) spots totally wiped out the fruit.  As far as cherries go, tart cherries have perhaps ten percent damage, and sweet cherries, perhaps 20 percent damage.  We’re hoping for favorable weather from here on out!

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