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This Saturday is farm Heritage Day . The good folks who have for many years taken the time to make this day so special have once again come forth . How grateful we all should be to have them. There have been so many that have reached a point where they are not able to participate or have passed from our presence. If you have not met the people who make FHD I encourage yo to do so. The day has pony rides, pig races, hay rides, PYO pumpkins, grist mill. soap making and cane syrup making.
check out the apple cider , grape juice, chestnuts, winter squash.
Heads up! We are just on the edge of a huge mushroom flush. By the weekend and next week shiitake mushrooms should be available in quantity. You can freeze these mushrooms,dehydrate them or share them with others.
Winter squash, butternut is coming in also. Sarah will be at the Myrtle Beach Market Wednesday , Friday and Saturday.
Take advantage of the peaches while the season last. We have a very good selection of fresh apples for this time of year, cortland, Jona gold, mutsu, grany smith, golden delicious fuji and more. Grapes are coming in well.
This is grape season. It is also a time of transition from summer to fall. As most of you know my parents are facing having to make changes themselves. Dad is doing very well for one in his condition. He is pleasant and not frustrated which is a great blessing for one who is vastly limited from the lifestyle he has lived all his life. The picture is of him on stilts below.This has made a huge void to be filled in the farm. In some ways it opens the way for making improvements in growing fruits and vegetables but making adjustments are still required as our man power has been spread very thin. We are continuing to bring new ideas as we move forward. We will need to be patient and limit what we attempt to do. We hope you can bear with us.
One change is to scale Farm Heritage Day and Pumpkin Day down to a manageable size. After 25 years it is hard to not want to pursue the dream of making people aware of the rich roots that this area was built upon. Both were started as free events and using volunteers. The volunteers have been exceedingly wonderful and true treasures of this region. The cost and man power to make these events in a quality form is beyond what we currently can do. We will still have PYO pumpkins, hay rides, pig races , hay maze and things to do and see each Saturday in October. Night time hay rides will still be available.
School tours will still go on as we believe the next generations need to be connected to farms. These too take lots of man power, time and resources to do well. If you or someone you know is interested in helping with these tours or other activities please let us know. We could sure use help.
Meanwhile, winter squash, peppers, butternut , beans , peas, and squash , melons, radishes and more are now in season. Mushrooms may begin with this rainy weather. Have a meaningful labor day weekend.
With somewhat cooler weather picking blueberries is easier. The field will be open Wednesday and Friday mornings.7am to 11 am.
Some of the best watermelons are coming off the farm now. Lots of peppers and eggplants. Take advantage of heirloom tomatoes before they slow down going into the next crop. They may be less plentiful just before the next crop of heirlooms come in.
I enjoyed seeing and talking to several of you over the past days . Your support, feedback and thankful attitude makes serving people like you very rewarding. We thank you for being a part of us.
Yep, it is good news when you have the "Summer Sweet" corn to eat with any meal or try roasting some on a grill or fire. I am very fond of this variety of sweet corn. The company that bred and developed the Summer Sweet series went a different direction than most corn breeders have in the past decades. They put more emphasis on plant health and seed vigor rather than genetically modifying for insect and herbicide resistance. The results are a strong fast growing plant that lets all the energy, flavor and sweetness get to the kernels themselves. They did a fantastic job of getting the basics right. It shows in the corn you eat!
Our tomatoes are slowly working their way in along with the cantaloupes and melons. eggplant and peppers are not far behind.
Blueberry picking ( PYO) will open Thursday and Saturday mornings.
FYI everything we plant is non GMO and when buy produce we try to get non GMO if possible.
The field will be open Tuesday at 7:30 am to 11 am. We will see about Wednesday but Saturday is certain. Not quite sure about Thursday and Friday at this point but I think we will be open one of those days as well.