Archive for August, 2010

SweeTango(R) Harvest Starts!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Yippee!  The harvest of SweeTango(R) apples begins todayon our farm in Hart!  These are the great new apples you’ve been waiting for!  We are pretty excited about them, as you might guess from our home page–three of the six rotating photos feature them!  One photo shows an orchard, one shows the top of a tree with apples on it, and one shows Dave enjoying a nice ripe SweeTango(R) apple!  Mmm-mmm!  The other photos show our fall plums, peaches, and sweet corn, all available & tasty!

Enjoy the fruits of summer while you can!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Peach season is moving right along.  We currently have our tree-ripened white-fleshed and yellow-fleshed freestone peaches at the market.  The white-fleshed variety has a tropical flavor; it’s both lovely and tasty when combined with blueberries and/or traditional yellow-fleshed peaches.  We still have plenty of our own vine-ripened cantaloupe and watermelons, and we currently have local blueberries, but the season will end soon.  Our vine-ripened tomatoes are now tasty and looking good!   We now have some late-summer apples from our orchards; Zestar! (the father of SweeTango(R)) and Gingergold are now ripe.  Look for our SweeTango(R) apples by September 1!

New photos on homepage

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

You know it’s getting toward the end of summer when local melons are ripe!  The photos of our farm in Oceana County on our homepage include some of our melons (we have both orange-fleshed and green-fleshed melons, sweet and juicy), one of our watermelons (we grow several varieties), a close-up of apples showing the typical freckling of SweeTango(R) apples that are turning red (we hope these will make the grade to earn the name!), one of our young orchards which will produce some SweeTango(R) apples around the first of September (the apples will be nice and red by then!), and two photos of peaches ripening.  You may notice the stubs of branches near a couple of the peaches.  Summer pruning is done on peaches; branches without fruit (often growing straight up) are removed to prevent them from shading the fruit.  Peaches need to see plenty of sunshine to develop their beautiful color and juicy sweet flavor.

Enjoy our own watermelon and cantaloupe!

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

We’ve just started harvesting some of our watermelon, grown right on our farm in Oceana County!  The early and hot weather has brought them to the point of sweet and juicy ripeness!  We have personal-size (about the size of a soccer ball) as well as the traditional size watermelons.  We also are well into our cantaloupe season, and they are aromatic, sweet, juicy and flavorful!  You can select personal-size (about the size of a softball) or traditional size melons; all are good!  Dave loves melons, so he selects the best varieties to grow, and nurtures them with care.  He trains our workers to pick the melons at their peak quality and ripeness, so you know you’ll get a good one, whichever you select!  If you try to shop local, it doesn’t get more local than this!

New Variety Sweet Corn!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Dave & I just enjoyed the new variety of sweet corn that we started picking today.  Wowee!  It’s a keeper!  This is a mid-season variety that is extra tender and sweet.  (Dave says, “It’s so sweet you’ll want to have it for dessert!”)

We cooked some extra, so I could cut it off the cob and freeze it.  Eight ears of this corn produced seven cups of corn to put in freezer bags for the long cold winter!  This is the corn that we’ll have fresh at the market all of this week and well into next week (Dave put in three plantings of it this spring).  If you want to freeze a bunch, buy ten dozen ears for a 50-cent discount per dozen.

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