News and Blog
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.
If you want to get in on the spring tours we encourage you to plan early.
Indigo Farms Spring Tour 2012
Welcome to Indigo Farms! This tour is designed to provide an interactive and educational experience for children of all ages. Come enjoy spring on the farm!
The highlights of a tour are:
The hay ride around the orchards and fields. Your guide will explain what you are passing.
A walking tour of barnyard. Your guide will provide information about the various animals.
The experience of picking strawberries or vegetables.
A great opportunity to get out and learn about agriculture and our environment!
The instructional part of your tour will take 1 to 1.5 hours. Please allow extra time if you plan to eat lunch or a snack. Please let us know if you plan to eat lunch or a snack. We have picnic tables available and an on site bakery serving lunch and assorted baked goods. If you would like to place an order with the bakery, please call the week before your tour. See numbers below.
About the tour:
Enjoy a guided educational tour of the barnyard. You will see and learn about our horses, geese, peacock, turkeys, goats, sheep, pigs and Hershey the hinny . We usually have baby goats, spring chicks, and/or goslings.
In the greenhouse you will see dozens of plants, in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! Students will learn what plants need to grow and why we can't live without them.
On the hay ride you will see our blueberry, peach, grape, asparagus, and strawberry fields as well as various other seasonal crops. At frequent stops along the way your guide will tell you which crops you are seeing and some of their uses. As you ride around the farm you will have an opportunity to learn about some of the native plants that we protect and why they are important. You will see our bee hives and learn the reason honey bees are important to farms. At some point along the ride you will stop and pick either strawberries or a vegetable, preferably strawberries.
What you will take home: Each student will receive an Indigo Farms Spring coloring book that reinforces the information presented during the tour. They will also take home a cup of strawberries and get a flowering plant to grow. We have additional educational information available, just ask!
The cost is $7.00per person. This includes all parents and siblings over one year old. One teacher and assistant are free per class. Special ed. classes may qualify to have additional adults free.
Additional Strawberries: There will not be time for adults to pick extra strawberries during the tour. If individuals or groups want to order berries let us know in advance of your tour and we can have them ready. Call the day before your tour to place an order. 910-287-6794 or 843-399-6902
Weather: If the weather is questionable please call to inquire about the weather here, or to reschedule. Should you cancel for any other reason it is important that you let us know a week in advance of our tour date.
Parking: We encourage you to car pool as we have limited parking. Please park behind the Farm Market. Park with your group. We like to keep groups together so that no one gets blocked in. Please try to be at the farm 5 - 10 minutes early. It usually takes that long to get everyone paid and ready to start. We want your tour to be relaxing and enjoyable, not rushed. If you arrive late your tour may be shortened. CALL FOR RESERVATIONS: 910-287-6794 or 843-399-6902 and ask for tour reservations.
Web address www.indigofarmsmarket.com for summer tours, fall tours and more.
Other Activities for the Whole Family!
Available year-round:Visit the Barnyard; Birthday Parties for all ages
Available in the Spring and Summer:
Pick Your Own Strawberries and Blueberries; Ask about picking tomatoes, garden peas, and other crops. Please call for the days and hours our fields will be open.
Our Summer farm tours are a relaxing way to spend your morning! Groups pick blueberries, receive a guided tour of the farm and barnyard, and get a group watermelon.
Available in the Fall:
Night time hay rides and bonfires; Pumpkin Patch Hay rides (Certain days and times only, please call for additional information.)
Free Fun For Everyone!
We invite you to our Fall Event Days. There is no admission fee, so bring the whole family! (There are fees for some activities.) Hay rides, pumpkin patch hay rides, our hay maze and Naspig racing are ongoing during both of these days.
Farm Heritage Day, October 6, 2012, is a time to visit the farm and learn about local history. We have lots of different exhibitors at the farm to show how this were done in the past. In pervious years we have had a blacksmith; the Horry County Museum demonstrating a 1915 engine; spinning, weaving, and dyeing demos; basket making, and much more.
Pumpkin Day, October 20, 2012, is a fun day to enjoy the fall. Activities include pumpkin painting; corn shucking/shelling/throwing races; sack races, a special section with activities for young children, and more!
STOCKPIG Racing on both event days!!