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The farm stand is open this afternoon from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. There are still lots of carrots, potatoes, squash, beets, cabbage, celeriac and more. The bulk food room is also stocked.
Even though it is still very wintery outside the tomato plants are growing nicely in our living room under a light. There are about 75,000 onion seeds here that we plan to plant next week. The resulting onion seedlings will be grown in the greenhouse for about 10 weeks and then set out into the field in late April. Most years we still have very cold weather after we start the greenhouse but not for long. By mid March it is common to see quite a few above freezing days. Spring will come and we are ready to start the cycle of seedtime and harvest again. With Gods rain and Gods sunshine we have hope for an abundant harvest and food for another year. Daniel

Free turnips or daikon radish today


The farm stand is open this afternoon from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. There are still lots of carrots, potatoes, squash, beets, sweet potatoes and more. The bulk food room is freshly restocked.
We still have a few hundred pounds of turnips and daikon radish. The expected storage life for these items ends sometime February or early March and I would rather see them used than just wasted. We will be giving a few of either of these items to any person the wishes for some. (No purchase required.) Come and get it. Daniel

Free winter squash today


The farm stand is open this afternoon from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. Matthew and Peter are setting the stand up now. There is a fairly extensive selection of produce to choose from. There are a few leeks, swiss chard from the greenhouse, kale from outside along with lots of carrots, potatoes and so much more. With this lovely mild weather it is warm enough that we are setting the stand up in the normal display areas for today. We are overstocked on winter squash. We will be giving one or two winter squash to any person the wishes for one. (No purchase required.) Come and get it. Daniel

Winter Hours


Winter is finally here to stay. We have been blessed with a mild winter so far. Negative temperatures have yet to find us and the snowfall has been mild. At this time of the year logging and splitting wood take up much of the farms time. The occasional get away or vacation takes the family far and wide, and thoughts turn increasingly towards spring. The momentary quiet is a calm before the flurry of activity in a new year and the coming plantings.
The stand will remain in operation on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We still have plenty of Winter root vegetables, potatoes and squash, as well as a stocked bulk foods room. We look forward to seeing our customers through the winter as we move into a new year.

The Farm stand is open today,


The farm stand is open from 12:30- 5 pm today. (This is the last open weekend before Christmas) We will also be open on Friday and Saturday afternoons. This morning Phillip cut a nice tub of swiss chard from the greenhouse. The stand is stocked with this along with kale, lots of squash, and other storage vegetables. We received another shipment of goodies for the bulk food room last evening so the bulk food room is also stocked.
This is the time of the year that we are planning for next year and doing the seed and plant orders. I enjoy growing flowers and we are thinking to offer the free u-cut flowers again this coming year. The plan is to do a little more onions, maybe 60-70,000 plants instead of 50,000. Many of the crops will have hardly any change but I am thinking of less of the oddball and specialty crops that normally sell mostly to the restaurants. Of course all planning is just that- this is assuming that God continues to give us health and energy and that the world does not get too bad turned upside down. For us 2020 was a wild year and a hard year in some senses with the drought etc however in the end the finances look ok and in general it was a good year. Thank you Lord for your mercies to us.
Winter schedule: In the month of December we will open the farm stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. We will be completely closed from Christmas till New year. After the new year till spring the plan is to be open every Friday (12:30pm – 5pm) weather permitting. (If the weather is very stormy or cold call ahead before coming during those midwinter days).

In early May when the asparagus comes up summer hours will resume ( Mon-Sat 10 am -6 pm.
Daniel

Farm stand is open today, rest of week.


We plan to open the farm stand from 12:30- 5 pm today. We will also be open on Friday and Saturday afternoon. This is an unusual year in many ways- I cut several bushels of nice spinach from the field on December 1st which is a first. This spinach is at the stand for sale along with kale, lots of squash, and other storage vegetables. The bulk food room is also stocked and open. Winter schedule: In the month of December we will open the farm stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. We will be completely closed from Christmas till New year. After the new year till spring the plan is to be open every Friday (12:30pm – 5pm) weather permitting. (If the weather is very stormy or cold call ahead before coming during those midwinter days).

In early May when the asparagus comes up summer hours will resume ( Mon-Sat 10 am -6 pm.
Daniel

Veggies for Thanksgiving and storage


The stand is still full of lots of good veggies for your Thanksgiving meal. Look at the list. We have several bins of winter squash that have marked or scuffed skins (that will not be put into long term storage) for sale at bargain prices. ( $.25/ lb any quantity).

From now till the day before Thanksgiving we will be open with the summer schedule 6 days a week.
In the month of December we will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. We will be completely closed from Christmas till New year. After the new year till spring the plan is to be open every Friday (12:30pm – 5pm) weather permitting. (If the weather is very stormy or cold call ahead before coming during those midwinter days).
In early May when the asparagus comes up summer hours will resume ( Mon-Sat 10 am -6 pm.
We normally sell the majority of our winter storage crops wholesale to the restaurant, food service, and colleges. This year there is very little potential to sell to them. This creates the opportunity for us to have the stand open through the winter. We will have the various storage crops as supplies last. We also plan to keep the bulk food room stocked. Daniel

We are open- winter schedules


Below is an updated product list from Martins Farmstand. The beautiful warm weather of last week has the late lettuce, spinach, and kale looking good. The plan is to harvest lots of these goodies today to stock the stand into next week. There is a patch of cilantro that I did not expect to make it to a reasonable size- it is just perfect. Look at the list to see what all else we have for you. The storage areas are full of all sorts of root crops and cabbage. There are lots of brussel sprouts and leeks left in the field.
The winter schedule for us to be open is as follows.
From now till the day before Thanksgiving we will be open with the summer schedule 6 days a week.
In the month of December we will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 12:30 pm till 5 pm. We will be completely closed from Christmas till New year. After the new year till spring the plan is to be open every Friday (12:30pm – 5pm) weather permitting. (If the weather is very stormy or cold call ahead before coming during those midwinter days).
In early May when the asparagus comes up summer hours will resume ( Mon-Sat 10 am -6 pm.
Daniel

Weblog Entry 11/6/20


I like this lovely warm weather. It is nice to be working at harvesting and washing crops such as carrots with warm sun on the back and with warm hands. The late carrots are very nice with a good yield. Bulk price for nice carrots is $1.25 per lb. (25 lb. bag $31.25)
The spinach, cilantro, brussel sprouts and kale came through the cold of the past week and are ok. There is even still some lettuce. We have lots of nice cauliflower. (bulk price $1.50/lb for 10 + lbs)
There is no broccoli for today but the plants came through ok and I expect to be picking broccoli again early next week. Brussel sprouts are abundant this year with an estimated 1,000 lbs. still left in the garden behind the barn. Bulk sale price for brussels is $2.25 lb. for 10 + lbs.
Andy Yoder is planning to be here at the stand again this afternoon from noon to 4:30pm selling his good homegrown chicken. Daniel

Free lettuce this weekend at Martins Farmstand


There was lots of lovely lettuce in the fields which we harvested yesterday ahead of the freeze. Now it needs you to enjoy it. We are offering this lettuce free at the stand during the next few days as supply lasts. We also harvested lots of other greens and herbs. The coolers are packed full with lots of good food. Cauliflower, big cabbage, leeks, brussel sprouts, potatoes, carrots, daikon radish, beets, onions, turnips, winter squash of all kinds and sizes, apples-even tomatoes- this wonderful produce stand has some really good eating in it. This is the time to think about stocking up on your winter storage of all kinds of root crops including sweet potatoes grown her on the farm. Ask how to best store your produce for longer term storage as we have experience. Some crops like cold and damp, some cool and dry and some warm and dry. Daniel