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Special Feature this Saturday, April 30th
Cathy Perry will be at the farm demonstrating her skills spinning and available to talk about dyeing, dye plants, indigo and its history. Please come and take advantage of this really neat opportunity from 11 am to 2 pm.
Strawberry fields will
open this week, April 24-30th. See blog update ( APRIL 24) for details.
Strawberry update, April 24- 30
The fields are really productive and now is the time for picking. The fields should be open Monday through Saturday.
Many people look for the peak of strawberry season and we are there. I would encourage you to pick now. We hope the season will continue well into May and possibly into June. But we don’t have control over that. In looking at the plants it is my guess that production will slow down somewhat after this heavy crop of fruit in the next ten days. High temperatures will play into how long the plants stay productive. Strawberry blossoms can not tolerate temperatures in the mid 90s. Temperatures are higher on the plastic than the ambient temperatures 4 to 5 feet above ground. Strawberry plants have a strong propensity to reproduce themselves. They either make fruit or runners( new plants that grow from extended stems produced by the mother plant). So the challenge is to keep the plant juvenile and in a fruit producing mode. There are some things we can do to help but ultimately it is beyond our control.
Enjoy this moment in time!
Plan to pick quantities now.
If you pick and freeze them you can enjoy them all year!
Know that strawberries will still be available in May but maybe not as plentiful.
Know that May strawberries will likely be sweeter and perhaps not as large.
Realize that no one really knows for certain how the season will actually be.
Be thankful for strawberries and look forward to blueberries, blackberries, peaches, plums, figs ,etc.
Strawberry Time for Real!!!
It is here! The berries are really nice. The picking is easy and the berries are plentiful. That means it is time for strawberry shortcake, milkshakes, pies, jams, dipping strawberries and more.
You can spread some cheer as well by giving some berries to someone who can’t get out.
So don’t delay, come pick while the picking is good! Please help spread the word or bring your friends. The fields should be open every day this week except Sunday. We encourage you to come in the mornings if possible. If you can't come until after work, please call us we are trying to find a way to accomodate that need. Also, it would help so much to bring something to put your berries in after picking. Thanks, we hope to see you!
The price per pound is $1.20. Please bring a box or container to take your berries home in.
Don't forget to check out the asparagus and other farm vegetables. This is prime asparagus month.
Our geraniums, ferns and assorted flowering hanging baskets have arrived. We have several colors of geraniums, ranging from red to lavender. Calliope red is extremely popular because of it's intense red color and it's heat tolerance.
10" Hanging Baskets $16.69 10" Standing Pots $16.69
6.5" Standing Pots $8.99
FERNS 10"Hanging $17.99
ASSORTED 10" Hanging Baskets $15.99
Also, Some of our annuals and perennials are ready for sale. They can be purchased by the flat or individual 4 and 6 packs. Prices will vary, depending on size and variety.
If you're interested in purchasing large quantities of a particular plant, please call ahead to check availability.
Asparagus lovers, it is your time of the year! The asparagus is really coming on strong this year. So don’t miss out on enjoying fresh asparagus straight from the farm. By far most of the asparagus consumed in the US is grown in Peru. There is quite a difference in fresh asparagus and that which travels distance, not to mention how it is grown. Crops grown for shipping are often bred and harvested with a different set of priorities than that which is grown to be sold directly from the farm to consumers.
The asparagus crop usually lasts for about 8-10 weeks. This is ideal weather for asparagus and it is reflected in the quality. The warmer the weather the quality can suffer somewhat. So now and April is a great time to enjoy this unique veggie.
Check the web site for news about Garden Center, Strawberries and more! Thank you for our interest and support.
Thoughts while pruning peach trees. With so much to do it seems hard to slow down and focus on one thing. But pruning requires focus and thought. The refreshing part is that you have to focus on one thing. For me that is the beginning of really soaking in what is happening in a peach orchard. Besides the acute intimacy with the weather, the sky, the wind, which can vary from frigid ,wet, cold ,to balmy, pleasant, sunny, warm , colorful and filled with sights of birds, geese and rabbits, the trees have your attention. The trees have been in all the weather and you begin to notice just what the months have been like for the trees since the regular routine of frequent tasks of summer’s end. Many old pests have sought to leave their mark. Some more successful than you want. As you prune away unwanted wood and dead wood you realize just how the many pressures in the environment affect a delicate fruit tree. You are amazed that a fruit so tender, so impressionable can grow into a beautiful, sweet, juicy treat without having something ruin it before it’s prime. Even peach trees are fragile and keeping them vigorous and healthy is real work. But the simple beauty of the blossoms and the remembrance of last year’s peaches urges you to give it your best. Why, because you know that somewhere in it all are living fruit buds that have the potential to become peaches that put a sparkle in your eyes and draw a smile on your face!
Butterflies are one of the most fascinating and mesmerizing creatures on our planet. I could spend hours watching them drift from flower to flower. Most of us love having them in our garden and are happy to grow certain flower for their pleasure.
You can lure butterflies to your garden by planting flowers that bloom in succession. For early spring blooms, consider violas or pansies; for mid to late summer, purple coneflower, lantana, verbena and sunflowers are a few of their favorites.
Butterflies love variety. Think about planting feathery herbs, such as dill, fennel, and parsley. these herbs serve as host foods for larvae of the black swallowtail butterfly. Be sure to include all of them when designing your herb garden.