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Posted 9/20/2012 2:31pm by Sam Bellamy.

Farm Heritage Day is October 1. That means the whole month of October is under way. I must say it begins with full momentum.

Please help spread the word by telling your neighbors, by face book or twittering your friends.

The schedule for Farm Heritage Day looks like this.
9am hay rides begin when enough people fill the wagon.The exhibits will be available during most of the day.

Exhibits include
 Indigo dyeing, Indigo dyeing and the history of indigo are particularly interesting for this area.

Meck Hartsfield, a true master black smith who loves to interact with people about his art is back this year. Here is an opportunity to ask questions and learn a lot!

Indigo Dyeing is sone this year by Cathy Sweatt & friends. WIth a background in schooling they are prepared to introduce you to colorful world of indigo and it's deep rooted history. If you have never seen indigo turn color before your own eyes it is something to witness.

Walter Hill and the Horry County Museum will be on hand to operate teh 1915 vertical engine & 1920's grst mill. The museum can introduce you to even more information on the region's past. Be sure to check this out.  

 

Paper making, Barbara Fyre has been making paper for quite some time. Some of her work may interest you as stationary, cards, etc.

Weaving

 Beth Miller , Barbara and Cathy have encouraged each other for many past event days. So even with Cathy Perry moving away we are thankful to have Barbara and Beth to help continue the quality the three of them have given in the past.

Becky Long will be sharing her families deep roots in the area and helping people see how profoundly our past heritage is woven into the character of the people in the area.

Old tools display by Mr. Horace Butler. Mr. Butler is a bit of a living legend. A man whose life is tied closely with the trees and woods of southeast NC. He and his dad were on the last of the logs to be sent down the Cape Fear river. His first hand knowledge of the history of timber, logging trams and the network of rails feeding virgin trees to large lumber mills is something to learn about. Such timber companies as the Jackson Brothers and the Hammer Lumber Mill in Little River neck.. After ninety years his experiences and his strong faith are quite worth hearing. We just learned that Mr.Butler wil not be able to be with us this year due to health reasons. We will certainly miss him.

The

1920's grist mill being demonstrated by the Horry County Museum. This grist mill was owned by Mr. Otha Ploughton Bellamy who milled grain for the community.

The mill is turned by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks hit & miss vertical "t" engine. Learn about the history of this engine from the Horry County Museum. Mr. Walter Hill is an incredible source of experience and knowledge for his age. Not only is he the director of the Museum but a first class blacksmith whose work graces many of the plantations such as Brookgreen Gardens and Weymouth plantation in Georgetown. But that is not all, his roots tie into some of the most interesting histories of the Horry and Georgetown Counties. From knowing people who ran barges of fertilizer up the Waccamaw River, to hunting wild hogs, to working tobacco, to local lore and interesting individuals that have given the area it’s flavor; there is much you can learn from him.The area is very fortunate to have a passionate museum director whose roots go hand in hand with the history of the area.
The Waccamaw Tractor club will be exhibiting some of their restored tractors. More important than their tractors are the stories they can tell that go with the tractors. Along with the time and energy to restore these tractors are the memories of using tractors like these. As a club they enjoy sharing their experiences with one another. But you will find new interesting things as you talk with them.

Wayne Skipper and his mother, Mrs. Skipper will be doing horse drawn demonstrations and making sugar cane syrup, respectively. He will be turning the sugar cane mill part of the time as well. Wayne’s experience with horses has taught him many life lessons. He shares a strong belief as Walter Hill does that young people miss out so much because they don’t have this kind of relationship with "real life" interactions. Learning the "how to" from a mentor and then learning to respect and learn from horse or mule to create a harmonious working relationship changes a person. Just ask Wayne Skipper or Sam Bellamy. Sam Bellamy hopes to be able to do some Horse demos as well, hopefully, enabling some youngsters to put their hands to the plow themselves.

STOCKPIG Racing, The Stockpig racing series at the STOCKYARD 600 will be getting the season off to the 2012 start.  Look for updates on the series and learn a little about the inside life of a STOCKpig racer and how the point system works. The races are scheduled throughout the day. Most likely 10:00, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00 .

Hay rides, pony rides, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Hay maze will be on going throughout the day.Many thanks go out to these folks and many others who have volunteered to help. Special recognition to the Horry County Museum, the N C Forestry Museum, The NC Cooperative Extension. We encourage you to visit and be involved in helping bring out the history of the area by discovering the ways local museums are seeking to do this.

Posted 9/2/2012 4:38pm by Sam Bellamy.

If you are interested in peaches this may be the last week to get them before the quality begins to turn more on the mealy side. Take advantage of the peach pound cake while it is still available. The weather has been difficult on many crops. The squash are becoming more plentiful. Hopefully the cucumbers will follow right behind. Okra is picking up and more beans and peas are on the way.

Grape juice is now being made. It is available in the store now. We will be making more soon.

Later this month persimmons and chestnuts will start being harvested.

                                                           

Meanwhile I recommend that you try two salad dressings if you have not already. The Carolina peach salad dressing and the Raspberry Vinaigrette. These dressings really stand out. People are telling us that they use them on grilled meat as well. We have a good supply of honey and different types of molasses, cane syrup and sorghum syrup.

It is time actually to think about Fall. We have some nice organic striped great neck squash., butternut and a good looking crop of heirloom pumpkins. Some of these are available now. The striped great neck is a winter type of squash.

We are getting ready for the fall season and the fall events. We have planted lots of pumpkins and even though it has been a tough August for growing them I believe you will find the pumpkin patch very interesting this year.

We switch in emphasis this year is in StockPig racing. To help ease the feelings of NASCAR we are using the StockPig identity. We believe it important to not create unnecessary stress on anyone and do not want the fine folks at NASCAR to have any fears. But StockPig Racing at Indigo Farms has a bright new season. This years little fellows are from the same stock of two years ago. Those pigs still have captured a memory that stands out as the model you want all pig races to have. The mental knack of racing was prominent. The intensity with which they lined up to race was at times a little hard to believe. Noses on the gate, eyes wide open scanning for that little clue, for a second the look would truly captivating.

                          

 

Posted 7/29/2012 8:20pm by Sam Bellamy.

     It is watermelon time! Our seedless watermelons are coming in with two surprises. First they have a wonderful flavor , the best flavor of any watermelons we have had all year. Secondly, they have some seeds. These are usually small and few but we believe you should be aware that you may have seeds. We don’t really know why.But if you love watermelon this is your time. Also we have a different new type of cantaloupe that has been well received. The flavor of this melon is rated very high as well. Our tomatoes are coming in well. The bean and pea crop is waiting on the next crop which should be in August. Peaches are finished on the farm but we are bringing in some very good quality peaches which can be purchased by the basket.
   If anyone is interested in learning to dye with indigo we may be able to teach you. Please contact us very soon.

Posted 7/16/2012 10:47am by Sam Bellamy.

Blueberry PYO may not be open again this season. There is only enough left for the market and bakery. I realize that this season is much shorter than we normally have. Meanwhile figs are coming in now and peaches are at their peak. The bakery is in it’s element with so much to work with; Peach pound cakes, peach milkshakes, creamy pies in blueberry, blackberry and peach. Watermelons are coming in strong as well. We have some really nice large tomatoes and more organic tomatoes and eggplant  than before.

Posted 7/1/2012 5:14pm by Sam Bellamy.

The Blueberry field is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday this week. This will be an excellent way to work some blue into your 4th of July. The Winblo peaches are quickly disappearing but Georgia Belle and Sun Prince are up next. We are bringing in some good peaches as well. We will be in a time when peaches can be purchased by the basket , box or pound. The peaches are full of sunburst yellow and red blush.  Have a colorful and joyful holiday, be safe, be grateful, value one another and give freedom some serious thought.

Posted 6/24/2012 2:43pm by Sam Bellamy.

Blueberry field is open Monday, 8 am to 12. Also on Thursday and Saturday. Strawberry field is now closed for the season. The dark small Garden Blue variety of blueberry is coming in at this time. If you are familar with this blueberry and know it’s rich sweet flavor you will be glad for this tip. Peaches and blackberries are not available for PYO. Yet we have them in the market. We will be picking Norman and Winblo peaches.

Posted 6/24/2012 2:22pm by Sam Bellamy.

Blueberry field is open Monday, 8 am to 12. Also on Thursday and Saturday. Strawberry field is now closed for the season. The dark small Garden Blue variety of blueberry is coming in at this time. If you are familar with this blueberry and know it’s rich sweet flavor you will be glad for this tip. Peaches and blackberries are not available for PYO. Yet we have them in the market. We will be picking Norman and Winblo peaches.

Posted 6/21/2012 11:37am by Sam Bellamy.

Blueberry PYO is open Friday 8am-11:00 and also Saturday 8 am to 12 noon. It is a good time to pick . We will be picking in Field two ( the back field) on Friday and on Saturday it will be field one behind the market. Don’t forget the string beans are really good now.

Posted 6/17/2012 1:21pm by Sam Bellamy.

Blueberry PYO is open Monday 8am-11:00 am. We are looking to have it open again either Thursday or Friday and Saturday. I apologize for not being more certain about the mid-week. We need to watch the fields as they ripen. This Monday we could have some PYO Blackberries.

If you enjoy beans, then check out the string beans at the farm. These are some of the best we have grown in years. The cool , low humidity weather has been good on the plants. We have good squash, cukes and other veggies as well. The Carolina Belle and Red haven peaches will not last long. The heirloom tomatoes are beginnig. I hope to have some Silver Duchess sweet corn soon if not this week very soon thereafter.

Posted 6/10/2012 1:48pm by Sam Bellamy.

Blueberry PYO is open Monday 8am-11:00 am. We are looking to have it open again either Wednesday or Thursday and Saturday.
This Monday we could have some PYO Blackberries, ask about it when you come Monday.
We are picking plums, peaches, sweet corn, squash and more. Our red tomatoes are not far off. We have been picking green tomatoes.
 Figs are coming later this month so pay close attention.

It is here! Peach Pound Cake! Check out the milkshakes and other seasonal specialities.

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Spring is Coming! 

We're excited about the changing season as we plant more lettuce, seed trays with warmer season crops, transplant tiny tomato plants into larger trays and protect the earliest strawberry blossoms from frost. 

We've harvesting a rainbow of crops from bright red radishes and dark green spinach to carrots and colorful chard. 

I've already seen a few red strawberries and can't wait for Spring to arrive with buckets of juicy berries!

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