News and Blog
It is very encouraging to hear from so many people who have wanted to know the dates for the Fall events. Your expressions of how much you have enjoyed these days means so much to us. It is no small thing to be able to make good times that turn into valued memories. We have desired to make the days an environment for family interaction.
This year Farm Heritage Day is October 4
Pumpkin Day is October 18
PYO pumpkins is open on both of the event days. It is open on Saturday mornings all through October. Night time hay rides are by reservations ( see website for details).
This year Jack be Quick ( the boar ) and Esther ( Essie the sow) have produced another litter of racing pigs. At this writing they are about five weeks old. They have had some good preparation for training. Of the five weeks they spent most of it on the dirt. Almost two full weeks on pasture. One of the keys to winning in Stockpig racing is to be able to figure out quickly. Sometimes pigs get confused which way to go on the track or lose their routine of running and get distracted by the crowd. Being out on the pasture figuring out how to get through this hole or get around the fence back to that hole that they came through actually helps pigs on the track. In the early training is when you need to help pigs learn and figure out how to run instead of just loafing on the track. This year's STOCKPIG Racing is looking very good. Stay tuned on facebook ( Indigo Farms market ) to follow the 2014 series and see who wins the championship.
It is that special season for grapes. Many people who grew up in the South have strong remembrances of eating Muscadine grapes. Some who have moved in from other areas find their thicker hulls very different from table, concord or northern type grapes. If you are in the latter group I suggest you try our grape juice. The health benefits of fresh grapes and juice is definitely there. Flavor test have shown that Muscadine juice is more preferred than Welches grape juice. Our juice is made from certain varieties of grapes that are higher in bric values and make excellent flavorful juice.
We have grapes by the pound or in larger volume as well.
If you like to discover new things with food I suggest you try Grape hull pie. This is a true southern dish from the Carolinas. It is different from any other pie in texture and taste. It also is made from the grape skins which is full of antioxidants. You can search on line for recipes or go to Nancie McDermott website for her recipes.
We also have unpasteurized apple cider now as well.
It is fig season and this week has been heavy with figs. I hope you got some if you are wanting volume. We will continue to have figs but will be changing varieties perhaps by week's end. Some of you have put up fig preserves which is a southern favorite.
Our watermelons have been on the move. This year we have a seedless version of the yellow fleshed watermelon that many like. In the past the yellow doll watermelon would be excellent but after two or three days it would tend to over ripen easily. We hope that these seedless varieties will not be so inclined. We have had a crop that looked super but this constant wet weather is working hard against reaching the potential. Check out the different watermelons. There have been some very good Crimson sweet and Sangria watermelons. Both are seeded.
The tomatoes have been super good. the heirlooms have made many people happy. It is still not too late to get some of that happiness.
The peppers and eggplant are both good. If you need a volume of eggplant ask about a volume discount.
We are continuing to plant and sow. There are many things going on this time of year. Preparing next year's strawberries, getting ready for the Fall event days, PYO pumpkins , NIght time hayrides , school tours, planting small grain and very importantly the fall and winter crops.
The blueberry PYO has ended for this year. we still have a limited amount in the market.
Important reminder! Make sure you get peach pound cake while the season is still here. same with tomato pie and other good pies. Enjoy these wonderful smells and tastes of summer. It is a good excuse to put some real farm goodness in you.
The blueberry field will likely not be open until Wednesday. Please check for certain.
Now is a great time for tomatoes, especially heirlooms. We have some really nice tomatoes. Our cantaloupes are coming out of the field. This crop looks good.
If you are an eggplant lover take note. we have a wonderful crop. Enjoy the summer and fill it with good healthy things.
Tuesday morning Blueberry field is open ( 8-11). Wednesday it looks like rain? Thursday , Friday and Saturday we will try to be open. The weather may change our plan.
The Blueberry Field will be open Monday,( 8 to 10:30). We expect to have PYO blueberry picking several mornings this week.
Heirloom tomatoes are now coming in very nicely. The tomato crop looks very good. German Johnson, Cherokee Purple, beef stakes, and other varieties look really good.
If you haven't tried one of the tomato pies from the bakery now may be a good time!
The farm market will close at 4 pm July 4th. It will be open Saturday regular hours.
The blueberry field will be open 8 to 10:30 am Friday. Saturday it may be open a little longer.