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Blackberries and beets

The wild blackberries are ripe!There are several girls wildcrafting blackberries for the stand. Most days we have fresh picked berries by noon. The sunflowers are beautiful this morning. They would look good on a table along with a well-cooked meal. The glads are sending lots of flower spikes up and will become abundant with in a few days. We have beans and beets by the 1/2 bushel for canning.
The cucumber vines grew extra slow during the abundant rain in June and now are growing nice and big. We have started picking a few outside cukes, not many yet as the vines where still small when these flowers set fruit. Next week we should have floods of pickles and cukes for canning.
I picked the first sweet corn today. I stopped after picking one bag as most of the patch is not quite ready yet. By Wednesday it should be abundant. Last year it was July 30 till corn was ready. Daniel

Big cabbage and chicks

Another busy summer day is drawing to close. There is a goodness in the tired that results from meaningful physical labor. The sleep of a laboring man is sweet the Bible says.
It is midsummer now and there is a growing selection of good food at our stand. This evening Levi came in with eleven huge cabbage heads from his patch. As a group they weighed in at 125 lbs! We also have a selection of smaller cabbage. The carrots have grown a lot in the last week and we are starting to offer them with the tops off. The first sweet corn still is not ready. I think it may be ready by the weekend or sometime next week.

Cherie Whitten found a good source for meat chicks. There were 3300 chicks and there are still several hunderd of them for sale. If you wish to buy some you can either contact Cherie at 328-5559 or we have a couple hundred here. We should also have an abundance of chicken meat for sale in about 8-10 weeks from now. Daniel


There is lots of good food at our stand. I picked 140 lbs of beans this morning. The cabbage is ready and there is abundance of summer squash and salad fixings such as lettuce. We dug the first new, red potatoes this morning. The sweet corn is not ready yet but it has silk and baby ears now.
The strawberry season is coming to an end. The patch is open for gleaning anytime the stand is open for the next few days and when there is nothing left I will renovate the strawberry plants.

The chemical companies and big agri-business keep pushing the idea that science is on there side, that it has never been proven that there is a problem with GMOs or chemicals. They are whining that consumers are not accepting science. How do they expect us to believe them though, after all the lies in the name of science. Daniel

More strawberries

The online market is open for orders. We have all sorts of the early summer produce. The red beet greens are coming into their prime now. We have started cutting cabbage and are picking both early beans and peas now.
I don’t have a good explanation why we have beans now. These plants were well on there way when we had that freeze in the end of May. All my past experience says that beans don’t take frost- these bean plants lived.

There are a lot more ripe strawberries in the field than I expected for today. If anybody wishes to come u-pick strawberries today we have berries available.

We live in a beautiful community. I see many examples of people loving and caring for each other. I also see sometimes where community fails. Spouses divorce, neighbors fight. People act in selfish ways.I was pondering a bit about how all this works. Mostly it is pretty simple, we already know what it takes. Mercy and forgiveness are so lovely, Thoughtfulness, gentlenss, and giving others space to try and fail go a long way. Daniel

July 4 strawberries

We are open for u-pick strawberries today. The picking is about the same as it has been for the last few pickings, poor by normal standards. As I was walking the patches the sweet, delightful fragrence of strawberries was strong in the air.

This is the 4th of July. On a holiday it is normal for very few people to be out early, by midmorning lots of people will be here. You did not miss the picking just because you enjoyed a bit longer sleep this morning. Picking times for next week are Wednesday, July 8 starting at 2 pm and Saturday, July 11 starting at 7 am. Daniel

Strawberries and raspberries

We will be open for strawberry picking this afternoon (Wednesday) at 2pm. We are open even if it is raining. Picking conditions are about like they have been, poor by normal standards, but they taste good. There are still pretty many green berries in all stages so I still think that we will be picking for another 10 days or so.

The raspberries are starting. Somebody can pick a few today and there will be more Saturday. The u- pick raspberries will be available at the same times as strawberries as long as strawberry season lasts. After that we will do raspberry u-pick by appointment the same as we have in the past.

We will open for u-pick again on Saturday July 4th at 7 am and then next week on July 8 and 11. Daniel

Sugar Snap Peas

The online market is open for orders. the sugar snap peas are in season now. The hull peas are still not ready but will be soon.
When you come to our farm you are getting some of the finest “No spray” food around. You will also find that some of the headlands, pond banks and edges have not been mowed recently. I do this limited mowing on purpose as part of insect managment. You will also find assorted cover crops. Some of the effect is to provide food and cover for benificials and some of it is working as trap crops for bad bugs. I hope you enjoy some of our fine food this summer. Daniel

Strawberry picking dates

We will be open for u-pick strawberries Saturday morning (6/27) starting at 7 AM.
I have just came in from walking the fields. I think that there are several hundred quarts of ripe berries for tommorrow. If I am reading the plants right I see a simular amount of strawberries for each picking for the next 7- 10 days or so. There are still pretty many of green berries left. This coming week is the peak of the season. Set your expectations fairly low, the picking will never be good by normal standards anytime this year.

The wonderful taste of the berries that I ate as I walked through fields this evening is still lingering in my mouth. There is no picking on Monday June 29. We will be open for picking again on Wed. July 1st at 2pm. And Saturday July 4th at 7am. Daniel


We will open the strawberry fields for u-pick tommorow at 2 PM. In comparsion to last week the picking is better than it was. There are a lot more ripe berries but they are kind of small. It still is very bad picking in comparsion to normal. The next picking after tommorow is Saturday, starting at 7AM. Next week the picking times will repeat with no picking Monday, and open on Wednesday at 2 and Saturday at 7.
There is a lot of small berries in all stages of green. I expect to be picking for at least two more weeks with next week being somewhat better than this week but not ever real good. Daniel


It is summertime and we have been having lovely weather for the gardens. There is a nice amount of sun and plenty of rain with reasonable temps. The crops are growing noticeably overnight. The peas are ripening and I got a glimpse of the sweet corn tassels just forming down in the leaf whorl. The carrots and beans will be ready in a few weeks.
We still have lots of perfect lettuce, onions, radish, cucumbers, etc to make a really good salad for your supper. We will be opening for u-pick strawberries Wednesday at 2 pm. Picking conditions are still going to be fairly poor. I see more green berries that are sizing so I am hopeful of better picking conditions next week and the following week. Have a good day. Daniel