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Thursday, October 24, 2013: Warmer weather ahead, massive explosions on the sun and more..

While it still didn’t reach 32F near Pickerel Lake, it did obviously freeze last night at Magicland Farms since it dropped to the upper 20s at the Fremont airport. While I didn’t notice any snow at Pickerel Lake, the usual suspects got some (perhaps an inch or more) such as in the Holland area. Today will likely be the coldest day for some time–perhaps even for at least 10 days! Whether it will get warm enough to call it Indian Summer is a question I do not have a definite answer for.

The big weather news right now is what is happening on the sun.  At around 8:30 last night the sun exploded with a M9 class X-ray flare.  This is just a shade short of the big ones– the X class flares.  Since the explosion happened when the sun was facing earth this means the earth might have an intense magnetic storm in a day or so which can cause real problems (on the funner side it also means we might have a fantastic display of the aurora borealis (northern lights) showing up in a day or so!)  The sun seems more active right now than it has been for quite some time and so we can expect more solar explosions to occur in the weeks, perhaps even months, ahead.

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 (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, Royal Riviera Pears, and 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 (that’s about 79 cents a pound). Watch our YouTube video to learn how to freeze peppers!

Limited Time Special — Jonathan 

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.”

 

 

Monday, October 21, 2013: Squaw Winter, Indian Summer and What is happening today at Magicland Farms.

It looks like this week we will have “squaw winter”.  According to the unabridged Merriam-Webster dictionary: “squaw winter is a brief early period of wintry weather occurring in the autumn that often precedes Indian Summer.”

The following discussion on Indian Summer originally appeared in the Magicland Farms’ October 20, 2013 newsletter and is repeated here:

The National Weather Service defines Indian Summer  as weather conditions that are sunny and clear with temperatures above 21°C (70 °F), following a sharp frost (called “Squaw Winter” by Native Americans). It normally occurs in the late-September to mid-November time frame.
While the first two weeks of October this year fulfilled the weather conditions (sunny and warm) for Indian Summer, we did not yet experience “Squaw Winter.” This week it looks like we will have a good dose of the legendary “Squaw Winter.”  After the Squaw Winter, according to the Native Americans which have over a thousand years of experience watching weather in North America, we should expect Indian Summer, perhaps the following week (maybe starting next Sunday or Monday).  I’ve looked back at the September and October weather the last 10 years and I discovered something interesting.  Newaygo County has had an Indian Summer, as defined by the NWS, 9 out of 10 of the years.  The only year there wasn’t an Indian Summer was 2009.  In 2004 the Indian Summer was questionable so we can more accurately say that in the last 10 years Indian Summer has occurred 85% of the time.  Now, if you compare this average to the long range forecasting capabilities of the most advanced weather models around (BTW the European model seems the most accurate) the North American Natives through many, many years of experiencing the North American weather seem to be more accurate when forecasting the traditional fall warm stretch we call Indian Summer. Modern long range forecasting methods, even using super computers, has an average accuracy, at best, of between 60 and 65%.  Of course, the NWS short range forecasting (less than 7 days into the future) has greater accuracy.

Keep in mind today that while this morning it is relatively mild out–feels a bit like a September morning– colder air will be moving into the area from the west and it will feel more like early November by afternoon.

Good news!  I have completed the apple variety booklet I have been writing for the past couple weeks. It describes the fall and winter apple varieties we grow.  While I didn’t first envision it, my daughter Bernadette has added photos of some of the apples, which she has been taking as we picked them, to the booklet.  These photos add much to the booklet.  The booklet is in PDF format and you can view and even print it out by clicking the following link: Magicland Farms’ Fall/Winter Apple Variety Booklet

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, pie pumpkins, Asian pears and apples including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Stark Jumbo, Red Delicious, 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 and SunCrisp. Large selection of pumpkins from miniature to giant, including many different colors such as white, 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!)

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