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Grin from Ear to Ear

Friday, 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.

Our own Apricots, Today until they’re gone!

Wednesday, 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.

First day for Peaches!

Tuesday, 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!)

Cherry Harvest Will End Soon

Friday, 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.

Photos on the Home Page

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I just took some photos around our farm in Hart, and they are now on our home page. You will see some big leaves and blossoms and a teeny little summer squash (soon we’ll be harvesting some. We have some zucchini getting ready now, but summer squash seem always to lag behind.). The three bright red cherries are Montmorency (tart/”sour”/ “pie”) cherries, ready to be harvested. We’ve been hand-picking some for the market since June 22, and will probably have some through the week of the 4th of July. Light sweet cherries and black sweet cherries are the next photos. We are hand-picking them currently, and will certainly have them through this weekend. Dave hopes we will still have some through next week (the week of July 4th) as well, but that depends a lot on the weather and demand. The next photo shows some apples sizing up; we hope that these will make the grade to be called SweeTango(R) in mid-August. The final photo shows our earliest sweet corn, in tassel and growing nicely. We expect to be eating some in mid-July!

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