Archive for July, 2010

Tomato season is here!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

You say “toe-may-toe”, and I say “toe-mah-toe”–but we all say “Hooray!”  because tomato season has arrived here in Oceana County!  Our vine-ripened tomatoes are now available at our market.  Just a tip–the very ripest ones get snagged right away, so pick up some today for this weekend’s BLTs, and let them get that much riper on your counter at home.  Oh, boy, we’ve been waiting for this farm fresh flavor!

Photos on home page

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The photos on our home page were taken July 11.  They are of early sweet corn, peaches, apricots, black sweet cherries, tart (Montmorency) cherries, and our tomatoes which are not ripe yet.  We are growing all of these right here in Hart!

Perk up your ears–our ears (of sweet corn) are great!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The plentiful rain and abundant sunshine we’ve had this spring and summer have made this year’s sweet corn absolutely delicious!  Even our earliest variety is very sweet and tasty, and tender, of course!  Here in Oceana County (and Hart, specifically) we have received rainfall when other parts of West Michigan have not.  If you take a drive north, you can see the telltale signs of insufficient rainfall–cornstalks that are yellow and brown, and leaves on the cornstalks that stick spikily up instead of flopping over.  Be sure to enjoy the best crops of summer–and that includes corn on the cob!   We start picking our sweet corn early every morning, so you get that fresh flavor!

We start picking sweet corn Saturday!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Saturday, July 17, will be a special day at the market for two reasons:  First, our very first book signing will start at 1 p.m. with local author Mary Beth Crain and her Knack! Vegetable Cookbook.  The cookbook is a dandy one for beginners and experienced cooks alike; gourmet recipes will entice the experts, while plenty of photos show food prep techniques (as well as the finished dishes) for the novice.  Come out for this special event with this special lady who has embraced living here in Oceana County, even though she used to love living in the big city.   

Second, our first day of our famous sweet corn will be this Saturday!  The guys start picking early in the morning, and continue picking throughout the day, so you get just-picked corn at the peak of freshness!  Oh, yeah, we’ve all been waiting for this!  :-)

Busy on the farm

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Life on the farm is NOT kind of laid back at this time of year!  (Sorry, John Denver!)  Dave has been busy shaking cherries with his crew this week.  (I hand-pick the Montmorency cherries we are selling at the market.)  Oceana County is one of the USA’s top producers of tart (Montmorency) cherries.  The cherries Dave shakes are processed into cherry pie filling, dried cherries, tart cherry juice concentrate, etc.

Meanwhile, other jobs on the farm continue:  Training tomato vines, summer pruning peaches and nectarines, harvesting cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash, hand-picking black sweet cherries, picking apricots and peaches as they ripen, caring for sweet corn as it grows, monitoring for pests, maintaining equipment, keeping up with paperwork. . .

However, there is still time for a few special moments with grandchildren!  Thanks to Amie Van Amberg for shooting a photo of Dave with grandson Theo, and for sharing it!  This was at the end of a long day of cherry shaking for Dave, and Amie was taking 6-month photos of Theo.  Our daughter Zekara put her son on Grampy’s lap, and Amie caught this sweet moment on film.  

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