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Wednesday, November 13, 2013: Opening again today at 10AM!/New YouTube Video

Unlike yesterday, the air temperature will rise above 33F so we have decided to open our stand door at 10AM.  There is an even bigger warm-up coming.  While yesterday if you were out of the sun and in the shade it felt a bit like January, by the weekend it should feel more like a taste of spring, although I would rather refer to it as Eskimo Summer!

For some reason, probably because it didn’t frost until October 23rd and yesterday was the first hard freeze near the inland lakes, the leaves have stayed on the trees longer than in most years.  Well now that many leaves have fallen, my crew (my kids) have to start working on their fall cleanup business –and they have lots of jobs lined up!  Because of this we will often be on the honor system so it is wisest that you bring correct change when you come–don’t forget we now have 10% off all our produce!  If you plan on using a Bridge Card, please call 924-2761 before coming to make sure someone will be there to help you.  To make arrangements to use the Bridge Card call 652-2368.

Yesterday I uploaded a new YouTube video to my coolcontraptionguy channel  the video can be seen by clicking here.  See if you notice a cameo appearance of an unexpected helper!  The video itself was taken while I was building a project for my Workshop Column on Boys’ Quest/Fun For Kidz magazines.

Notice: While we continue to welcome Bridge Card users, 2013 Project Fresh and Senior Fresh/Market Fresh coupons expired on October 31 so we CANNOT accept them! Keep in mind our 10% November discount on all our produce!

When we open today at 10AM we will have:

  • Free samples of Jonathan and Red Delicious apples
  • freshly picked cherry tomatoes
  • Hardy Pecan Seed Nuts (Wisconsin Strain)–start your own pecan trees!
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration, Butternut, Blue Hubbard
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck)
  • Freshly dug parsnips
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including:  Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious,  Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Fuji, Granny Smith, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, Braeburn, Gold Rush and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our new YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!) Remember you can even take the 10% November discount off these special low prices!!

LIMITED SUPPLY Sweet Green Bell Peppers — reduced price of only $8 a half bushel (that’s about 69 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Red and Golden Delicious and Jonathan apples–1/2 bushel $6

Jalapeno Peppers — 1 peck for $5

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

 

Monday, October 28, 2013: Is this the week we will see Indian Summer?

Despite the major warm-up the TV weather gurus have been talking about, I don’t think Indian Summer will make its presence known this week.  Why not?  Well although Wednesday and Thursday might feel a bit like Indian Summer, I think it will lack mostly sunny skies and there is a chance we might get some significant rain during this period of warmth.  Nonetheless, it does look like next week, starting on Monday, we just might experience this famous historical and romantic period of the year.  However, next week will be November already and while Indian Summers do occur in November, they are a bit rarer than October Indian Summers.  But then, I never ever remember gorgeous fall colors hanging around just three days before Halloween!

This past Friday night was a very windy night  and many areas, especially in Muskegon County, were out of power for several hours.  This same wind shook our Wisconsin strain of pecan trees so much that some of the pecan seed nuts fell to the ground and we picked them up on Saturday. Our pecan trees (some are 70 feet tall now) were planted with seed pecans that came from wild trees found growing wild along the Mississippi in southwest Wisconsin. (Click here to read a short article I wrote several years back for the Mother Earth News Magazine.) As we did in 2011, we are again making available these seed nuts for planting.   We will have packets of 3 seed pecan nuts available for $2.  One packet should produce at least 2 pecan trees–more likely 3 trees. Growing instructions are included in the packet.  Keep in mind this fall is a good time to plant these seed pecans.  An even better time was the Fall of 2011! (We didn’t have any pecan seed nuts for sale in 2012.)

As many of you know, while we have an excellent crop of apples this year, our winter squash crop, except for the spaghetti squash, was rather poor. (We had an exceptional spaghetti squash crop–both in quantity and quality).  Our acorn, Heart-of-Gold and our Celebration squash was less than half of last year, our butternut was poor and our buttercup was basically a crop failure–we didn’t get enough buttercup to pay for the seed! As you would expect, our supply right now, compared to other recent years, is low.  However, at present we are continuing to sell our acorn, Heart-Of-Gold and Celebration squash at the special price of $6 a half bushel. We might withdraw this special price after Halloween and only sell the squash at individual prices of (50 cents each for small, 75 cents each for medium and $1 each for large.)

While we have had a killing frost, we are still picking our cherry tomatoes that are in our high-tunnel (which is basically an unheated greenhouse with 12 foot high ceiling).  Also, we have very limited supplies of slicing tomatoes since we picked them green and are ripening them on our special ripening bench.

When we open at 10AM we will have:

  • Slicing and cherry tomatoes
  • Green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers
  • Sweet onions
  • Beets without tops
  • Winter Squash: Acorn, Heart of Gold, Celebration (see Special 1/2 bushel price for selected squash types and green peppers below), Spaghetti squash, Butternut, and Blue Hubbard.
  • Freshly dug Carrots (by the pound, 1/2 peck, and 1/2 bushel)
  • Pie pumpkins (Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree for pies and all sorts of baked goodies HERE: How to Make Pumpkin Puree Info Paper)
  • Asian pears and Royal Riviera Pears
  • MANY varieties of apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious, Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Splendor, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, SunCrisp, and Ashmead’s Kernel.
  • LARGE selection of pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, tan, yellow, green, and of course orange! A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot. Watch our newest YouTube video about Fall and Giant Pumpkin harvesting!

SPECIALS (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!)

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — half bushel $10, whole bushel $18 (that’s about 79 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Cortland apples 1/2 bushel $6

Limited Time Special — three pints of cherry tomatoes (red Jasper and/or SunSugar) for $6.

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $6

Spaghetti Squash– half bushel $5, whole bushel $8 (that’s about 16 cents a pound!)

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) – Watch our YouTube video to learn how to cook squash then read our info paper by clicking the link below!

Learn how to keep winter squash for a year by reading our info paper: “How to Freeze Winter Squash.”

Freshly Dug Carrots — half bushel $8

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013: New Magicland Farms YouTube Video Out! Also, what is happening today at Magicland Farms

We just published a new video on YouTube.  Its title is “Fall Harvest at Magicland Farms 2013” and can be viewed by clicking here.

Well it is likely we had a killing frost at Magicland Farms this morning.  Here at Pickerel Lake it got down to at least 36.8F and it was 31F at 6AM at the Fremont Airport.  This is one of the latest first freezes in recent memory.

Yesterday morning was the first day this fall I was cold at the farm.  It was cloudy, sort of windy and the temperature was around 41F.  However, in the afternoon the sun came out, the wind died down and the thermometer was pushing toward 50F and it felt nice out–especially in the apple orchard.  Apparently other people also felt this because in the afternoon our Pumpkin Patch was quite busy.

Does the weather models now sense the onset of Indian Summer?  As I mentioned in my last post, the weather forecast for next week has suddenly changed–the meteorologists have added about 7 degrees to the temperature forecast for next week.  Now I see something else.  The NWS’s 8-14 forecast on Monday was for colder than normal across central Michigan and on Tuesday suddenly it changed to normal temperatures.  One other thing.  The Nationwide forecast is showing a sudden warmup next week across the entire country.  However, this warmup across the northern plains is for temperatures to rise only from the 30s to the 40s–one still needs an additional 20 degrees of temperature to be able to call it Indian Summer–however the direction of the change in weather models is significant.

Yesterday we spot picked our Splendor apples and we now have them up for sale.  Splendor is a nice looking apple that is quite firm and crisp and very sweet.  From past experience they also seem to keep for a long time.  Our stand is now brim full of many varieties. Read up about all our varieties in our new apple description booklet: CLICK HERE.  Yesterday we also picked broccoli and dug carrots.

When we open at 10AM we will still have slicing tomatoes, green and colored bell peppers, Ancho and Jalapeno peppers, sweet onions, acorn squash, Heart of Gold Squash, Celebration squash (see Special 1/2 bushel price for selected squash types and green peppers below), spaghetti squash, butternut squash, blue Hubbard squash, broccoli, carrots, pie pumpkins (remember to take home our free “How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree” paper with your purchase of any pie pumpkin), Asian pears and apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious, Mutsu/Crispin, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Jonathan, Empire, Golden Russet, Tolman Sweet, Kandil Sinap, Jonagold, RedGold, Jonagored, Northwest Greening, Idared, Roman Beauty, Calville Blanc D’Hiver, Hawaii and samplings of Jonalicious, King David, Court Pendu Plat, Splendor and SunCrisp. Large selection of pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, tan, yellow, green, and of course orange! A large, colorful selection of Indian Corn, dried corn stalks, as well as nice quality straw bales made from oat straw for $5 each and dried corn stalks. Find all three in our greenhouse to the left of the parking lot.

SPECIALS

Limited Time Special — Jonathan and Cortland apples $6 a half bushel

Limited Time Special — three pints of cherry tomatoes (red Jasper and/or SunSugar) for $6.

Jalapeno Peppers — 1/2 peck for $6

Sweet Green Bell Peppers — half bushel $10 (that’s about 79 cents a pound).

Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Acorn, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash — half bushel $6 (that’s about 20 cents a pound!) — Take one of our “How to Freeze Winter Squash” papers home with you.

Spaghetti Squash– half bushel $5, whole bushel $8 (that’s about 16 cents a pound!)