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.
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).
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!)