News and Blog
We will be both at Myrtles Market and the farm market here at the farm on Friday and Saturday.
Some of the vegetables from the farm look very good. We are picking strawberries from our smaller field even though we don't have enough for PYO. We have several typed of kale, lettuce, greens, kohlrabi, poc choi , chard. Hope to see you.
We will be selling strawberries outside at the market Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. We may do it again this Saturday but we will announce it if we do. The market should open in early April. $4/quart
We currently have strawberries for sale. Call 910-287- 3865 then if needed 910-287- 6794 or 843-399-6902. Mary will be happy to help you. The market is not open until we have other crops coming in. It should not be long but rather than set a date and miss it we are waiting to announce it. An email will go out a few days before so look for it.
The winter has been good in many respects and difficult in other ways. The deer have taken the strawberry PYO down to questionable. We will have to focus on the smaller field that had no deer pressure to provide most of what we will have.
We have been super busy working on getting a wide variety of other crops lined up and in place.
The produce market will be open Monday through Dec. 3. There are fresh mustard greens, winter squashes, butternuts, sweet potatoes, apples, chestnuts, pecans, apple cider, jams, honey and more.
Thanksgiving reminds me of the song about “over the river to grandmother’s house we go”. There are lots of memories in Thanksgiving. The fall season has been one of disrupted schedules and putting energy into getting back on track. But there are many things to be thankful for. One is the opportunity to be together and enjoy good food, catch up with each other and see some folks we don’t often enough.
At the farm we have some good fall items, blue hubbard squash, butternut of various types and sizes, kobacha, pie pumpkins, chestnuts, persimmons, a few mushrooms as well as greens, curly, slick, tender-greens, turnip-greens, turnips, beets, collards and more. We have a good selection of apples, some not so easy to get such as Arkansas black and, Macintosh.
We still have some nights available for night time hay rides.
The store hours may change so if you are coming from a distance before 9 am or after 4 pm it may be best to call ahead.
Meanwhile try to slow down and enjoy gratefulness at a proper pace.
A lot is happening in a short time since last Saturday.
Sarah will be back at Myrtle Market Friday and Saturday.
The bakery is making pumpkin rolls and pumpkin pies for Saturday’s Pumpkin Day. The garden center has lots of mums , pumpkins, fall décor. The produce market has lots of fresh okra, some of our own beans which have survived the storm, apple cider, perhaps some grape juice if it has not all sold, greens and lots of winter squashes. We have Blue Hubbard, Kobacha and several varieties of butternut. We also have a good apple selection., including Arkansas Black, Fuji, Staymen Winesap, Rome. We are little limited in volume until we can get restocked. It is time for Chestnuts!!
Organically we are waiting to see if cucumbers, peppers and eggplant will come back. Mushrooms should begin to have a good flush after this storm.
Saturday is pumpkin Day . 9 am to 3 pm.. Although it will be lacking some of the features we have had we will be as complete as we can. Pony rides in the morning, hay maze, hay rides, PYO pumpkins, paint pumpkins and Oh YES, Stockpig Racing!!! Here is the present standing: Name # points sponsor
Polar Bear #6 51 Chadbourn Feed Service
Rascal # 9 42 Faith PCA
Thumpkin# 7 36 Wilmington Road Runners
Half pint 3 33 Boar’s Tusk Grooming
Jill be Little # 1 12 Hay Loft Dining
Crystal Star # 5 6 Scott Feed & Family
Racing will go on at intervals during the day.
The market will be open Monday morning.
Thanks to all to help make Farm Heritage Day possible. With very wet conditions and an extremely difficult preparations it went well. It was great to see Wayne and Lavon making soap, the mule pressing cane and to hear the music. Wayne and Lavon play with the Crystal River and for two people playing during all that they sounded really good. The sound of the engine turning the grist mill made music to many ears as well.
The first day of the 2016 STOCKPIG SEASON go off to a good start. The young pigs had to be brought in only about 2.5 weeks ago. For so short a training period they did well. They actually improved as the day went on. Yes , there were surprises. Two of the pigs that were originally trained raced among themselves showing some good speed but also revealing a lack of concentration on running. I believe we can look forward to a good series of racing the next few weeks.
Polar Bear #6 comes through at the day's end to claim first place!! Polar bear earned 51 points and is sponsored by Chadburn Feed in Chadburn , NC. She won three of the last four races to take the lead away from Rascal # 9 who earned 42 points. Thumpkin #7 came in third with 36 points. Thumpkin is sponsored by Wilmington Road Runners. Half-pint #3 with 33 points was the biggest surprise of the day. She was ranked to finish last or next to last prior to Saturday. Jill be little #1 was next and Crystal Star #5 sponsored by Scott’s Farm & Family finished last. Before Saturday the rankings projected a tight race among Polar bear, Thumpkin, Crystal star with Rascal, Jill be little and half-pint considerably behind the top three racers.