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Tuesday, March 29, 2016: A Beautiful Sunny Day with Light Winds and Mild Air at Hand!

Today looks as if it will be a gorgeous late March day with bright sun and light winds and temperatures in the 50s!  It is interesting to note here that every long range forecast I have seen (including mois) is for a warmer than normal spring and a hot summer–this may be the year to purchase an air conditioner!

IMG_20160329_092054Today we will be on self-serve for the most of the day with apples for sale including Idared, Northern Spy, Fuji, Granny Smith, Crispin/Mutsu, Red Delicious, Splendor, and more. Make sure to bring correct change or check.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015: Please Check Email For the Revised Edition of Last Newsletter

Apparently I left out the graphics for the National Weather Service’s Winter Forecast from the December 20th newsletter.  I sent out this morning a revised newsletter with the graphics included.  Please check your email. I am also repeating the graphics here.

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YES WE ARE OPEN TODAY!

There still isn’t any ice on Pickerel Lake, even along the shore in front of our home.  Swan’s and ducks seem to be enjoying the open water.  While open water on Pickerel Lake on Christmas Day has happened before, I do not remember any year that skim ice never made any appearance near the shore by our dock, which is still out, this late in December.

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What we will be having today:

APPLES including Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Granny Smith, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Red Gold, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Hawaii, and Kandil Sinap.

Want to know what apples keep the longest? Here is a list of our best keeping apples we still have available, starting with the best keeper (and descriptions of each):

Fuji Fuji has firm, fine-grained sweet flesh. However, the outstanding characteristic of Fuji is that it keeps so well. Unlike most apples, you can put Fuji in a fruit bowl on your table and leave it there for up to two or three weeks and it still is nice and crisp. Another interesting thing about the tree itself is that the leaves stay nice and green well into November. I remember one sunny and mild November day when I was out picking Fuji and it seemed like it was the middle of summer with the sun glistening off the shiny green leaves! On the same day the Mac trees were practically bare and the few remaining leaves on the Jonathan trees were mostly yellowish-green. Fuji was developed in Japan and originally named Tohoko #7. Its parents are Red Delicious and Ralls Janet—both American apples

Idared A great keeping, good sized apple with a strong apple flavor. Idared is a Jonathan and Wagner cross that is great for sauce and pies. We especially favor this apple in late winter and early spring since it usually is still in great shape.

Splendor A New Zealand apple that is a cross between Red Dougherty and Golden Delicious. It is very sweet with good flavor. It is a dark pink apple with crisp, breaking, white flesh. The skin is thin and it can be fairly easily bruised, so is no longer available in food markets, but it does store quite well. You may well find Splendor included in fancy gift packs.

Blushing GoldenDiscovered by R Griffith of Cobden, Illinois and introduced in 1968 by Stark Brothers Nursery. It is believed to be a Jonathan and Golden Delicious cross, Blushing Golden has firm flesh and tastes similar to a Golden Delicious. It is, however, tarter than Golden Delicious AND keeps a lot, lot better. In fact, if you bite into a Blushing Golden in January, you’d swear it was just picked!

Granny SmithGranny Smith comes to us from “Down Under.” According to tradition, this apple originated in a pile of discarded apples Mrs. Smith threw into a pile. Since the original Granny Smith takes so long to ripen, we grow an early strain of the original Granny Smith called Granspur. The primary feature of Granny Smith is that it keeps unbelievably well. Of course, one simple reason for this is that it is usually picked in November, at least in Michigan. Many recipes in magazines, on TV shows and contemporary cookbooks often call for Granny Smith apples because, I believe, they find it really difficult to find Spy apples which are actually better for baking.

I first heard about the Granny Smith apple from my sister when she was living with her husband in England in the mid 60s. It was her recommendation that led us to plant our first Granny Smith apple. She told me that was the crispest and best tasting apple she could buy there. Apparently they received most of their Granny Smith apples from Australia and no doubt that during England’s spring and summer they are the freshest apples available (remember England’s and Australia’s seasons are reversed).

Here is a link to our info sheet that includes descriptions of all our fall and winter apples!

REMEMBER you can mix and match any apples for only $4 a 2-qt box or $10 a 1/2 bushel!

WE ALSO HAVE WINTER SQUASH: Buttercup (sweet and rich and can be substituted for pumpkin puree for your pumpkin pies!), Heart of Gold (a sweet dumpling hybrid), and Celebration (an acorn hybrid that is much sweeter than your normal green acorn). KEEP IN MIND that winter squash only get sweeter the longer they sit around. Their starches continue to turn to sugar and is one of the reasons why some squash can be stored well into the winter months. They are only 50 cents each/ 5 for $2 right now or if you are looking for larger quantities they are $7 a half bushel.

Here is a great info sheet from Michigan State University on storing and preserving winter squash!

Popcorn: By Christmas our popcorn on the ear should be ready to pop! See this link HERE for an interesting article on Michigan popcorn.

Here is another article from MSU with lots of interesting facts about popcorn!

SAND-GROWN POTATOES: Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh): We have them in quarts, quarter pecks, 1/2 pecks, and 1/2 bushels. The 1/2 bushels are only $10 each or $18 a bushel. Kennecbec (white skin, white flesh) are $6 a peck backet. Yukon Gold (yellow skin, gold flesh) are $6 a 1/2 peck. (See bottom of this post for potato salad recipe!)

Here is a great info sheet from Michigan State University on storing and preserving potatoes!

Stiff-neck garlic

Here is a great info sheet from Michigan State University on storing GARLIC!

Dried Gourds for crafting and birdhouses:

Check out Bernadette’s website where she shares many tips and techniques on gourd crafting, including how-to videos!

Handcrafted Christmas Gifts:

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Find unique home decor, watercolor paintings, and knitted items by Rebekah online at ArtandNeedlework.com/shop or on Etsy: artandneedlework.etsy.com

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Gourd art and ornaments by Bernadette can be found in downtown Fremont at the Arts Place as well as on Etsy: bfgourdcreations.etsy.com.

Both Rebekah and Bernadette do custom orders! Contact them through their Etsy shop or email them.

Rebekah: artandneedlework@gmail.com
Bernadette: bernadettesgourdcreations@gmail.com

Check out the ArtsPlace in downtown Fremont today! Hours today are 9AM to 5:30PM. Directions HERE.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015: Mild, perhaps even a partly sunny day today!

While we might see a few snow flurries on Friday and Saturday, the exceptionally mild December will continue to roll on after that.  In fact, temperatures relative to normal, will actually be increasing at least until Christmas and it really looks like when you wake up on Christmas morning you won’t see any snow.  The weather on Christmas Eve now looks like it might just set a record high with temperatures well into the 50s.  To be honest, this weather is so unusual it gets me a bit worried.  However, while global warming is likely taking place that doesn’t mean the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere has anything to do with it.  The one thing definite about an increase in CO2 is that it has increased crop yields and if we did not get an increase in CO2 food prices would be significantly higher and there would be a great increase in hungry people across the globe! As I indicated in my December 1st blog post, the sun seems to have gotten hotter, the past 30 years or so and this could be the sole cause of global warming. Please Click on the report  Trends in Solar Radiation

for information you won’t see in most news reports.

Keep in mind that we will be closed when there is snow in our parking lot or when the daytime temperature stays below 32F.  It looks like this may happen on Friday and Saturday but then warm right up on Monday.  So, we may close for Friday and Saturday and open up again on Monday.  I will let you know on Friday morning our plans.

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What we will be having today:

Many varieties of APPLES including Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Granny Smith, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Surprise, Red Gold, Northwest Greening, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Empire, Hawaii, and Kandil Sinap.

Want to know what apples keep the longest? Here is a list of our best keeping apples we still have available, starting with the best keeper (and descriptions of each):

Fuji Fuji has firm, fine-grained sweet flesh. However, the outstanding characteristic of Fuji is that it keeps so well. Unlike most apples, you can put Fuji in a fruit bowl on your table and leave it there for up to two or three weeks and it still is nice and crisp. Another interesting thing about the tree itself is that the leaves stay nice and green well into November. I remember one sunny and mild November day when I was out picking Fuji and it seemed like it was the middle of summer with the sun glistening off the shiny green leaves! On the same day the Mac trees were practically bare and the few remaining leaves on the Jonathan trees were mostly yellowish-green. Fuji was developed in Japan and originally named Tohoko #7. Its parents are Red Delicious and Ralls Janet—both American apples

Idared A great keeping, good sized apple with a strong apple flavor. Idared is a Jonathan and Wagner cross that is great for sauce and pies. We especially favor this apple in late winter and early spring since it usually is still in great shape.

Honeycrisp Widely publicized, Honeycrisp is a cross between Keepsake and an unknown apple variety. Originally thought to be a cross of Honeygold and Macoun, DNA testing has eliminated those apples as parents. This apple was developed by fruit breeders at the University of Minnesota. Until 2009, the university received royalties for every apple tree sold by any and every nursery in the US. This apple reaches its sweet, crisp perfection when grown in central and northern Michigan.

Splendor A New Zealand apple that is a cross between Red Dougherty and Golden Delicious. It is very sweet with good flavor. It is a dark pink apple with crisp, breaking, white flesh. The skin is thin and it can be fairly easily bruised, so is no longer available in food markets, but it does store quite well. You may well find Splendor included in fancy gift packs.

Blushing GoldenDiscovered by R Griffith of Cobden, Illinois and introduced in 1968 by Stark Brothers Nursery. It is believed to be a Jonathan and Golden Delicious cross, Blushing Golden has firm flesh and tastes similar to a Golden Delicious. It is, however, tarter than Golden Delicious AND keeps a lot, lot better. In fact, if you bite into a Blushing Golden in January, you’d swear it was just picked!

Granny SmithGranny Smith comes to us from “Down Under.” According to tradition, this apple originated in a pile of discarded apples Mrs. Smith threw into a pile. Since the original Granny Smith takes so long to ripen, we grow an early strain of the original Granny Smith called Granspur. The primary feature of Granny Smith is that it keeps unbelievably well. Of course, one simple reason for this is that it is usually picked in November, at least in Michigan. Many recipes in magazines, on TV shows and contemporary cookbooks often call for Granny Smith apples because, I believe, they find it really difficult to find Spy apples which are actually better for baking.

I first heard about the Granny Smith apple from my sister when she was living with her husband in England in the mid 60s. It was her recommendation that led us to plant our first Granny Smith apple. She told me that was the crispest and best tasting apple she could buy there. Apparently they received most of their Granny Smith apples from Australia and no doubt that during England’s spring and summer they are the freshest apples available (remember England’s and Australia’s seasons are reversed).

Here is a link to our info sheet that includes descriptions of all our fall and winter apples!

REMEMBER you can mix and match any apples for only $4 a 2-qt box or $10 a 1/2 bushel!

AND OUR HONEYCRISP are so delicious right now! (We have one every day, they are so good!) Honeycrisp are $5 a 2-qt box, larger quantities while supplies last.

WE ALSO HAVE WINTER SQUASH: Buttercup (sweet and rich and can be substituted for pumpkin puree for your pumpkin pies!), Heart of Gold (a sweet dumpling hybrid), and Celebration (an acorn hybrid that is much sweeter than your normal green acorn). KEEP IN MIND that winter squash only get sweeter the longer they sit around. Their starches continue to turn to sugar and is one of the reasons why some squash can be stored well into the winter months. They are only 50 cents each/ 5 for $2 right now or if you are looking for larger quantities they are $7 a half bushel.

Here is a great info sheet from Michigan State University on storing and preserving winter squash!

Popcorn: By Christmas our popcorn on the ear should be ready to pop! See this link HERE for an interesting article on Michigan popcorn.

Here is another article from MSU with lots of interesting facts about popcorn!

FRESHLY DUG POTATOES: Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh): We have them in quarts, quarter pecks, 1/2 pecks, and 1/2 bushels. The 1/2 bushels are only $10 each or $18 a bushel. Kennecbec (white skin, white flesh) are $6 a peck backet. Yukon Gold (yellow skin, gold flesh) are $6 a 1/2 peck. (See bottom of this post for potato salad recipe!)

Here is a great info sheet from Michigan State University on storing and preserving potatoes!

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Here is a great info sheet from Michigan State University on storing GARLIC!

Dried Gourds for crafting and birdhouses: more added to pile yesterday!

Check out Bernadette’s website where she shares many tips and techniques on gourd crafting, including how-to videos!

Handcrafted Christmas Gifts:


Find unique home decor, watercolor paintings, and knitted items by Rebekah online at ArtandNeedlework.com/shop or on Etsy: artandneedlework.etsy.com


Gourd art and ornaments by Bernadette can be found in downtown Fremont at the Arts Place as well as on Etsy: bfgourdcreations.etsy.com.

Both Rebekah and Bernadette do custom orders! Contact them through their Etsy shop or email them.

Rebekah: artandneedlework@gmail.com
Bernadette: bernadettesgourdcreations@gmail.com

Check out the ArtsPlace in downtown Fremont today! Hours today are 9AM to 5:30PM. Directions HERE.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Showers likely today then a long, beautiful stretch of mild, sunny December weather! Also, beautiful, excellent quality HoneyCrisp apples for sale today!

First keep in mind we will be open today and everyday this week from 10AM to 5PM!  Also, we still have free apple samples available of Mutsu (Crispin), Jonagold and Red Delicious. Plus, our HoneyCrisp are still just as sweet and crisp and good as ever and are $5 a 2-qt box or only $10 a peck basket! Many other eating and baking apples still available as well!

Why are we still open in December when we have told people we plan on closing the day before Thanksgiving?  It’s the weather–the unusual very mild and sunny weather that we are experiencing this early part of the winter season (December 1 starts the official meteorologic winter season).  While I thought this winter was going to be on the mild side I had little idea that we would be going thru not only pleasantly mild temperatures but copious sunshine as well.  By the way, please look at my December 1st (yesterday’s) blog post for my comments on what I think is the real cause of recent global warming.

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HoneyCrisp apples

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More Honeycrisp apples! :)

What we will be having today:

APPLES! Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Granny Smith, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Surprise, Red Gold, Northwest Greening, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Empire, Jonathan, Hawaii, Kandil Sinap, and King David.

SPECIAL: Mix and match any apples for only $4 a 2-qt box or $10 a 1/2 bushel!

SPECIAL: Honeycrisp are also sold in larger quantities starting at $10 a peck.

Winter Squash: Buttercup (sweet and rich and can be substituted for pumpkin puree for your pumpkin pies!), Heart of Gold (a sweet dumpling hybrid), and Celebration (an acorn hybrid that is much sweeter than your normal green acorn).
SPECIAL: $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel

Popcorn on the ear

Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

SPECIAL: Red potatoes are $10 a 1/2 bushel or $18 a bushel (field run)

Fresh garlic

 Handcrafted Christmas Gifts:


Find unique home decor, watercolor paintings, and knitted items by Rebekah online at shop.ArtandNeedlework.com or on Etsy: artandneedlework.etsy.com


Gourd art and ornaments by Bernadette can be found in downtown Fremont at the Arts Place as well as on Etsy: bfgourdcreations.etsy.com.

Both Rebekah and Bernadette do custom orders! Contact them through their Etsy shop or email them.

Rebekah: artandneedlework@gmail.com
Bernadette: bernadettesgourdcreations@gmail.com

Friday, November 20, 2015: Sun is out and we have SunSugar cherry tomatoes left! Also apples, winter squash, potatoes, garlic and popcorn!

I was shocked this morning looking over the weather maps, especially the three primary weather prognostication maps for the next 10 days and seeing something a bit unexpected.  No, it isn’t the snow forecast for the weekend since that looks to be a given for someplace in Michigan this weekend although it is too early to say if northern or southern Michigan will wind up with the largest total.  My shock was when I perused the prognostic maps starting on Tuesday and going into the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It sure looks like November will wind up with quite a warm spell and it also looks like this November will wind up with an average temperature that will be one of the warmest in the record books!

Keep in mind that right now, because of the likelihood of accumulating snow in our parking/sales area tonight and tomorrow, we will (as usual with an accumulating snowfall) be closed tomorrow and also possibly Monday depending if the snow is gone by Monday morning.  As it appears right now we will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

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What we will be having today:

SunSugar cherry tomatoes — These are the very last of the year. They sell out quickly so grab them while we have them!

APPLES! Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Jonalicious, Surprise, Red Gold, Northwest Greening, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Snow, Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, Macoun, Hawaii, Kandil Sinap, Tolman Sweet, Ashmead’s Kernel, King David, Court Pendu Plat, and Senator.

SPECIAL: Mix and match any apples for only $4 a 2-qt box or $10 a 1/2 bushel!

SPECIAL: Honeycrisp are also sold in larger quantities starting at $10 a peck.

Winter Squash: Buttercup (sweet and rich and can be substituted for pumpkin puree for your pumpkin pies!), Heart of Gold (a sweet dumpling hybrid), and Celebration (an acorn hybrid that is much sweeter than your normal green acorn).
SPECIAL: $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel

Popcorn on the ear

Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

SPECIAL: Red potatoes are $10 a 1/2 bushel or $18 a bushel (field run)

Fresh garlic

Notice: The Arts&Crafts room is closed for the season; however, you can find Bernadette’s art (hand-carved birdhouses and hand-painted ornaments) in downtown Fremont at the Arts Place. Also, she is taking custom orders now just in time for Christmas and the gift-giving season! Contact her for details: 231-303-0412 or email bernadettesgourdcreations@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2015: We still have our candy-sweet SunSugar cherry tomatoes! Also, many apples, winter squash, and potatoes!

While the second Junjun Summer this fall will be ending tomorrow, the temperatures are expected to be at or above normal for the foreseeable future.  El Nino, as it looks to me, is still strengthening!  This means in all likelihood we will have above normal temperatures for some time.  One must keep in mind though, that normal highs during the first week in December are only in the upper 30s!  While it will be several months before the boys of summer start practicingl down south, we will still be picking the taste of summer (SunSugar cherry tomatoes) that we grow in our high tunnels.  Quite soon, however, they too will succumb to the short days of fall and we will have to wait until after Memorial Day  to enjoy them fresh again!

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SunSugar cherry tomatoes are sweeter than ever!

SunSugar cherry tomatoes are sweeter than ever!

What we will be having today:

APPLES! Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Jonalicious, Surprise, Red Gold, Northwest Greening, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Snow, Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, Macoun, Hawaii, Kandil Sinap, Tolman Sweet, Ashmead’s Kernel, King David, Court Pendu Plat, and Senator.

SPECIAL: Many apples are sold in larger quantities starting at $8 a 1/2 bushel.

SPECIAL: Honeycrisp are also sold in larger quantities starting at $10 a peck.

SPECIAL: Apple Variety Packs (with at least three different varieties) for $12.99 a peck. (We wrote a PDF booklet about all the fall and winter apples we grow. Check it out HERE.)

SunSugar cherry tomatoes by the pint

Jalapeno Peppers

Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, buttercup, Heart of Gold, and Celebration.

SPECIAL: Select varieties are $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel

Popcorn on the ear

Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

SPECIAL: Red potatoes are $10 a 1/2 bushel or $18 a bushel (field run)

Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

Apple trees. SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, rhubarb. SALE: All are now $8 each and rhubarb are $5 each.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015: Injun Summer #2 continues to roll on! Will GR today set another record warm day?

When I first mentioned back before Halloween that we would have a second Injun summer this year I never could have guessed it was to be a record stretch of not only warmth but sunny skies and gentle breezes!  Yesterday GR tied a record high and today they are forecasting a record high–this along with sunny skies and light winds makes for a spectacularly beautiful day!  Somehow, describing a day in November here in West Michigan as a spectacularly beautiful day seems like an oxymoron!

Yesterday we not only finished planting our garlic but got a good portion of our winter rye in which we use as a winter cover crop and then green manure when we plow it down in the spring before we plant.  We found it especially good for heavy clay soils since it helps their structure as it decays.

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What we will be having today:

APPLES! Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Jonalicious, Surprise, Red Gold, Northwest Greening, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Snow, Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, Macoun, Hawaii, Kandil Sinap, Tolman Sweet, Ashmead’s Kernel, King David, Court Pendu Plat, and Senator.

SPECIAL: Many apples are sold in larger quantities starting at $8 a 1/2 bushel.

SPECIAL: Honeycrisp are also sold in larger quantities starting at $10 a peck.

SPECIAL: Apple Variety Packs (with at least three different varieties) for $12.99 a peck. (We wrote a PDF booklet about all the fall and winter apples we grow. Check it out HERE.)

SunSugar cherry tomatoes by the pint

Jalapeno Peppers

Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, buttercup, Heart of Gold, and Celebration.

SPECIAL: Select varieties are $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel

Popcorn on the ear

Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

SPECIAL: Red potatoes are $10 a 1/2 bushel or $18 a bushel (field run)

Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

Apple trees. SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, rhubarb. SALE: All are now $8 each and rhubarb are $5 each.

Thursday, October 29, 2015: Apples, winter squash, potatoes, and yes! the blog and website are back up! Prepare the return of INJUN SUMMER!

WE’RE BACK!!!

Hopefully, we won’t have more problems real soon with someone hacking into our blogs or website!

Today looks cloudy and cool with perhaps a few brief light showers.  Tomorrow looks to be a nicer day.  Next week looks like we will be blessed with another beautiful stretch of weather that the Native Americans told the first European settlers about and is commonly known as Injun Summer.  Some years Injun Summer only occurs once and lasts for only a day.  This year it looks to happen at least twice and last for at least a week the second time like it did the first time it occurred this year.

Beautiful Red Gold apples with golden, crisp, honey-sweet flesh.

Beautiful Red Gold apples with golden, crisp, honey-sweet flesh.

halfbushelsofwintersquashSPECIAL NOTE TO WIC PROJECT FRESH AND SENIOR MARKET FRESH CUSTOMERS:

All 2015 coupons will expire on Halloween (October 31)! We cannot accept coupons after this date. Look forward to seeing you today, Friday and Saturday! 

What we will be having today:

APPLES! Honeycrisp, Fuji, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Idared, Roman Beauty, Blushing Golden, Splendor, Calville Blanc, Jonalicious, Surprise, Red Gold, Northwest Greening, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Snow, Cortland, Empire, Jonathan, Macoun, Hawaii, Kandil Sinap, Tolman Sweet, Ashmead’s Kernel, King David, and Senator. More apples will be harvested later this week including Blushing Golden and Fuji.

SPECIAL: Many apples are sold in larger quantities starting at $8 a 1/2 bushel.

SPECIAL: Honeycrisp are also sold in larger quantities starting at $10 a peck.

SPECIAL: Apple Variety Packs (with at least three different varieties) for $12.99 a peck. (We wrote a PDF booklet about all the fall and winter apples we grow. Check it out HERE.)

SunSugar cherry tomatoes by the pint

Green Bell Peppers by the pound

Jalapeno Peppers

Freshly dug Parsnips

Eggplant

Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, buttercup, Heart of Gold, Blue Hubbard and Celebration.  SPECIAL: Select varieties are $7 a 1/2 bushel or $12 a bushel

Popcorn on the ear

We still have a few Jack-O-Lantern type pumpkins including white and miniature pumpkins as well as gourds and corn shucks.

SPECIAL: Miniatures: 50 for $15 and White pumpkins 30 for $15.

Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

SPECIAL: Red potatoes are $10 a 1/2 bushel or $18 a bushel (field run)

Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Riverside yellow sweet onions by the pound

Red onions by the pound

Fresh stiff-neck garlic

Find original gourd art and hand-carved birdhouses in our Arts and Craft Room.

Apple trees. SALE: they are currently $20 a pot

Other edible potted plants include: Blueberries, Fall and June bearing red raspberries, seeded and seedless grapes, rhubarb. SALE: All are now $8 each and rhubarb are $5 each.

SPECIAL NOTE TO SENIOR PROJECT FRESH, WIC PROJECT FRESH AND BRIDGE CARD (EBT Card) CUSTOMERS REGARDING PUMPKINS:

We strictly follow the guidelines put out by the officials of these helpful organizations.  This means we can only accept Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons as well as EBT cards for pumpkins that are sold explicitly for food (Sugar/Pie Pumpkins).  While we do sell Giant Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, it is assumed these pumpkins will be used for decorations AND NOT FOR FOOD so we cannot accept payment for these decorative pumpkins with Senior Project Fresh or WIC Project Fresh coupons or the Bridge (EBT) Card.  For more details please contact the organizations from which you received the coupons or EBT card.  Thank you.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015: What’s happening today at Magicland Farms

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Thinning peaches yesterday and took a panoramic photo of the orchard.

Yesterday evening I sat out on my outdoor Lazy-Boy lawn chair in our yard.  What was interesting is that while I saw several toads, I DID NOT SEE A SINGLE MOSQUITO!  We don’t spray insecticides at our home or have any type of bug repeller!  That is odd, me thinks! Also, we have received plenty of rain this June so the lack of squitters is even more puzzling.  I do notice this year we hear bullfrogs all night long.  I think this is unusual.  The frogs get so loud and noisy that my oldest daughter complains about the noise!

Today looks to be sunny and beautiful!  The rain we had on Monday is gone–the ground is drier than just before the rain right now!  Not that we need rain because the soil seems to have enough for awhile.  We are about done thinning peaches–in February we really wondered if we would have a crop at all and we wound up having to thin them–who’d guess?  We all must keep in mind that the size of a crop is really unknown until after the harvest!  For instance, while we knew our strawberry crop would be significantly smaller than last year, we wound up not even having enough strawberries for our own needs!  This surprised even the most pessimistic in our family!

 

What we are having Today:

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

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Red Norland potatoes

RedGold potatoes

RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants, and veggie plants.

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Also, we have dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses. Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

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Sunset today is 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow is 6:03AM

Notice as we near the summer solstice there is little change in sunset and sunrise times from day to day.

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

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Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

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Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

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Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

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Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Watermelon

Cucumbers

Pumpkins: Jack-O-Lantern and Giant Pumpkins

Savoy Cabbage

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

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We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

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Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

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Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

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Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

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Sedum Groundcovers

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Sempervivum

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Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

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Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

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Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

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Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

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Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

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Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!

 

Friday, May 15, 2015: Summer-like weekend

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Blooming Redbud

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Showers have ended for today although clouds remain.  Warm and humid this weekend and nice, sunny weather next week although there seems to be another slight chance of a frost Tuesday night, so keep this in mind when planting tender vegetable plants like tomatoes and peppers or some tender annual flower plants.  To me, it looks like the chance of frost has diminished somewhat for Newaygo County on Tuesday night.

Sunset today May 15 is 9:01PM  Sunrise tomorrow is 6:18AM

WHAT WE ARE SELLING TODAY: (Newly added today are in Italics at bottom of list.)

We will be having trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual plants including:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree, Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, etc.

Peach trees: Early Red Haven

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora

Red Raspberries: Latham

Seedless Grapes: Reliance

Rhubarb: Victoria

Everbearing strawberries: Fresca (white flowers), Frisan (pink flowers!)

Tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, yellow and red sweet onions

Pawpaw trees

Ostrich ferns

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

Hydrangea

Hollyhocks: O’Hara, Chater’s Double, and Queeny Mix

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

Sedum Groundcovers

Sempervivum

Vinca Minor

Cactus (thornless houseplants)

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White)

Angel Trumpets

Dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs

Flowering Dogwood

AND MORE!

Any questions please call or text: 231-303-0412 or leave a message on Facebook.