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

 

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