It is that time of year again, the Strawberries are here, and the Festival is Coming up on June 16th. (Rain Date June 17th). The time is 11:00-5:00. I have been so busy getting ready! I talked to Robby and Kelly from Glenwood, and Kelly’s Cone Connection and they are all set to go. I gave Kelly strawberries last week and she is making our Ice Cream, and Robby is psyched to be cooking his famous Hot Dogs and Hamburgers. Nancy and Melanie will be doing Face painting from 12-4, and we rented a Baseball Toss and a Basketball Toss. Something new this year! Hamden Happy Tails Foundation will be having an adoption Event at the Festival. Should be interesting! Get some Strawberry Shortcake and bring home a Puppy! George will be doing tractor rides through the farm as well.
The Farm work is going well. The guys just picked a whole bunch of shelling peas and snap peas. They are delicious. I made Pasta and Peas the other night, and it was great. Jerry, my Mom and I froze 2 flats of strawberries last night, I was so tired, I just had Strawberry Shortcake for dinner. (It was a really good dinner). When I freeze strawberries, I just take the top off and cut in half, and put in freezer bags. They are great to make cooked sauces with and baking. That is what I use when I experiment with recipes in the winter. George is busy planting in between the raindrops. So far he is more on schedule than last year. It rained even more last year and it was tough to get in to plant. Hope to see you soon.
Hi everybody. We are super busy at the farm these days. Lots of planting now. Leroy, Stanley, and Ray are planting Tomatoes, then Peppers and Eggplant. Will is harrowing more ground for Tomatoes, and George is planting more corn. This will be his fourth field this year. The vegetables look great. We got hit a little with the frost on our fruit crops. You will not notice in the stand, but we probably will not wholesale much this year. We have to save all our goodies for our good customers! I took pictures of everyone doing their jobs this morning. It is great to be outside today. Our strawberries are coming soon. Super early. Check next week to see if we have some! I had a taste today. They are so sweet! Our Strawberry Fest is June 16th. Glenwood will be there and Kelly will make our Strawberry Ice Cream. Hamden Happy Tails Foundation will have an adoption event as well during the fest. Brian will be there making Ballo
on Animals, and we will have tractor rides.
The stand is going well. We have lots of our own Asparagus now, and loads of native Spinach. The Hangers and all the rest of the plants are doing Great. They love all this sun and warmth. Hope to see you soon.
Hi everyone. The opening day of our Farm Market is coming soon. We will open May 8th. I hope the weather cooperates better than this weekend, too chilly! Asparagus from our farm will be available, and loads of other fruits and veggies. There will be a great selection of plants, including Hanging Baskets, Annuals and Perennials. The stand is fully stocked with Gift Items, Preserves, Salsa, Cheese, Eggs, and more. There are a lot of great ideas to give Mom for Mothers Day!
I can not believe we are expected to get a Frost in the next couple of nights. George set up irrigation to protect our strawberries. When you water them during the frosty temps, it saves them from dying. Our corn, beans and peas are up, so we have to hope for the best. If not, we just replant. I knew we could not get away with some colder weather this year.
It was great to see everyone at the Chamber of Commerce Expo. It is always a great time. This year we were next to the dogs up for adoption. It is a miracle I did not take one home. They were adorable! I hope to see everyone soon.
The beautiful peach blossoms!
Hi everyone. The Farm looks so beautiful with the peaches in full blossom. This is about 2-3 weeks early. We dodged the “Frost Bullet” and the blossoms still look viable. Temperatures were in the 20′s some of the mornings. The Apples are not in blossom yet, but they are soon to follow. George planted peas, snap peas, beans about 2 weeks ago, and they are popping out of the ground. He planted corn yesterday, so we can look forward to an earlier season this year. We will open May 8th, and things should be a lot nicer this year than last. It was so cold last year for so long, the hanging baskets, and bedding plants were smaller than usual. This year they will be spectacular.
We are still busy pruning our peaches, cleaning up the stand and the grounds surrounding, there is so much to do! George plowed next to the stand, because we will be planting new peach trees this year on that spot. Every year we get new fruit trees to keep up our orchards. Fruit trees do not last forever! I think I have given up my idea to have a mini-donkey in that spot! Maybe someday. We should have an old fashioned barn raising. Happy Spring.