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Monday, June 20th, 2011

We (Dave & Joann Rennhack) took a farm tour on Sunday, June 19 to check out our crops.  I took a camera along, so you can see, too.    On the photos on our home page, our earliest sweet corn is pictured with Dave kneeling, showing that it is knee-high by Father’s Day in 2011.  The next photo shows some of our light sweet cherries, with bright yellow mustard (Dave uses special seed; it’s a natural biofumigant) in the background.  Can you guess what Dave is doing amongst the apple trees?  He is counting apples on a young tree, to make sure the fruit load is appropriate for the size.  These lush-looking apple trees will be producing SweeTango(R) apples around September 10 or so.  In the next photo are some early black sweet cherries, which will be much riper and darker in a couple of weeks.  The photo with the tall posts & wires shows some small, young sweet cherry trees that Dave is growing on a tall spindle system; right now they are supported by bamboo poles.  The sixth photo shows some little tomatoes coming along nicely.

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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