So we have gone from the dog days of summer to fall, all in another Pure Michigan week! The feel of fall had us wanting soup and scurrying around even more to get ready for apple and grape season. So be sure to check out our apple forecast below and at our apple page, which we’ll update throughout the season.
Conventionally-grown produce available at the market:
- Apples, Earli-Blaze (more info below) and a few early Gala
- Beans! October Beans now coming in, call to make sure we have them.
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cut Flowers
- Mums: Large decorative ones to small ones, all colors
- Onions, very sweet in red, white and yellow varieties
- Peaches (more info below)
- Pears, Bartlett (more info below)
- Peppers! A rainbow of Bell Peppers. Sweet Red Mini Peppers. Sweet Banana Peppers and Hot Hungarian Peppers. Available by the bushel if you need them
- Plums- Stanley Prune
- Potatoes: Yukon Gold, Red Norland, Russets and Adirondack Blue
- Squash: Yellow Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut squash and zucchini
- Sweet Corn (our corn is gone for the year and we are carrying Stears corn, hopefully through Labor Day weekend, when it is available)
- Tomatoes, red, yellow and green
Bartlett pears: The Bartlett pear is a good eating and canning pear, very sweet and juicy. We did not have a very large crop this year, so with fewer pears on the tree, they are nice sized. We will have them about one more week. If you have already called us to reserve bushels, you should have received a call that they were ready, if not, please call us or come and get them. If you would still like some, please call the market and let us know how many you would want and we can save them for you. 269-244-5690. Pricing is $28 a bushel, $15 a half bushel, $9 a peck and we also have them in eating size quantities.
Earli-blaze apples: This is one of our favorite summer apples and once you try it, you’ll want them every year. It is a tarty, crisp apple that can be eaten or used in pies or sauce. It is one of two apples that we use in the bakery exclusively for pies because we believe it makes such a wonderful pie. We have samples out, come try one! They are available by the bushel ($20) or in smaller eating quantities.
Peaches: We are now picking our last main peach which is Flamin’ Fury, which we believe is the best peach we grow. We also have them in smaller eating quantities in a one-quart box for $4 and a two-quart box for &7.50. See below for a delicious recipe one of our customers shared (Thanks Nancy H!) Updated on 8-29-15: We are now out of pecks (1/4 bushel) or any larger quantity, sorry, they went fast!
Tomatoes: Field tomatoes are coming in stronger now but with the cooler weather still slower than both you and we would like. So sorry!. We are taking orders for bushels of tomatoes, both firsts and seconds, and we will call you when we can fill your order– 269-244-5690. We have started calling customers on both of these lists. We will do our very best to fill all the orders, but it is going to take us a while. Many home gardens and other local farms have been hit with tomato blight which has increased the demand for tomatoes and we know everyone is ready to can like right now. U-Pick tomatoes….While we were hopeful that we would open the U-Pick field this week, this cool weather is going to slow them down again. Patience please, we want there to be good picking when we open the field, at this point we are thinking it will open sometime the first week of September.
Potatoes: We are now harvesting bushels of potatoes for those who use a lot or want to keep them for the fall/winter. We have both Yukon Gold and Red Norland available at $20 a bushel, a great price considering a bushel of potatoes weighs about 60 pounds!
Green Tomatoes: We have lots of green tomatoes due to shutting down the greenhouse for the year. They are at great prices, all sizes as they “must go!” If you haven’t tried fried green tomatoes or other favorite recipes like green tomato pie, this is the time, as they are only 50 cents a pound or $6 for a half bushel. Many of our customers get these annually for green tomato relish (this is the same relish you buy to put on brats or hot dogs–just google it and you’ll get many easy recipes to try.)
Naturally grown produce from Becca: Looking for lettuce? It’s in the pop cooler! With the heat, I’ve begun sticking a lot of my greens in there, as well as carrots and occasionally some other things. As always, my produce is grown with organic standards in mind without synthetic chemicals. If you want, call ahead and we’ll set some aside for you as often we sell out fast – 269 244 5690.
- Sweet Peppers: Bell, Round of Hungary, Shishito, Poblano, and maybe a few other varieties.
- Jalapeno Peppers (25c/each), and Capperino Peppers (5/$1) from the hoophouse. These are like pimento (pimiento) peppers, just smaller. Great for shish kebabs, stuffing and pickling. Slightly spicy. though much less spicy than jalapenos.
- Big Beef Slicer Tomatoes ($2.50/lb.), and a few Heirloom Tomatoes. I also have boxes of Plum Tomatoes which are sort of like a cross between a Roma and a Slicer…slicer flavor and texture but smaller and with few seeds.
- Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes, Sakura Cherry Tomatoes, and Garden Peach Mini Tomatoes (yellow with a pink blush and a peach nose – truly wonderful on a sandwich).
- Red Russian, Curly, Siberian and Tuscan Kale, $3/half lb. bag.
- Lettuce. Very little until fall plantings come in – call ahead.
- Basil from the hoophouse and from the field, $1/bag or loose for $1/oz. Now is the time to order basil for pesto if you want it. Please call ahead with how much you’d like so we can make a bag for you. 269 244 5690.
The u-pick herb garden is open for u-pick at $1/bag, look for the bags and scissors hanging on the large bird overlooking the garden. Bring your recipes and pick them fresh! Some of the herbs are waning at the end of the summer, so ask if you can’t find something. We know some of you just want to get your herbs already picked, so we are going to try to have some of the more popular herbs available picked and ready.
Brandy is available as is Cherries Jubilant Hard Cider and Kaiser Cyser (the traditional name for an apple-honey wine). Kaiser Cyser is a very strong-bodied wine, best served chilled. Both the cider and the cyser are now about ten months old. We will have open tasting at the market from 1pm-3pm on Saturday for people who would like to sample.
Other Local Products:
- Thick Greek-style yogurt
- Pecan and Cashew Brittle
- Honey and Maple Syrup
- Gift Items
From the Bakery: This weekend we will have our Fresh Peach Glaze Pies. This will probably be the only weekend for them, so if you want one you need to come out on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday or feel free to call us and order ahead for these or anything else you might want. 269-244-5690.
- Donuts: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Cherry, Buttermilk and Blueberry.
- Fruit Pies: Peach, Apple, Blueberry, Berry-peachy, Cherry, and Strawberry Rhubarb.
- “Take and Bake” Pies available in our freezer
- Specialty Pies: Fresh Peach Glaze
- Cookies: Cut Out, Monster, Lemon, Peanut Butter, Ginger Molasses, Triple Berry, Double Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Crinkles
- Bread: Cinnamon, Whole Wheat, Vegetable, Honey Oatmeal, Italian, Whole Grain, and Hamburger Buns/Hot Dog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns
- Muffins: Double Dutch Chocolate, Cherry-Almond, Pistachio, Wildberry, Raisin Bran, and Lemon-poppy seed
- Dessert Bars: Cream Cheese Cookie, Caramel Brownie, Mississippi Mud, Tiramisu, Lemon, Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter Mousse Brownie, Chocolate Caramel Mousse Brownie
- Frozen Slushies: Welch’s White Grape or our own Apple Cider
- Watermelon: late August or first week in September (we hope!)
- Stanley Prune Plums: probably the last week of August. If you would like some of these to can, please call us and get added to our list, we’ll call you when they are ready. (269-244-5690)
- Grapes: mid to late September
- Apples: We feel fortunate to have a good fall crop this year and will have them picked plus offer U-Pick. They are coming along really well, these cool nights have given them time to grow and color up nicely. Below and in a special section on our website where you can refer to this as things change, is our projections on when they will be ready, plus other good info.
|Variety||Expected availability||U-Pick Available||Approximate Week Ready||Should order in advance|
|Earli Blaze||good||all picked||23-Aug||no|
Happenings on the Farm This Week:
Peach brandy: Many hands helped get the pits out of peaches and smash them for fermenting and today we ran a batch of peach brandy.
The annual “taking out the greenhouse” is quite a chore and always leaves us a bit sad about seeing it go. This was the first year we have done our greenhouse tomatoes without Dad here to supervise us. We are pretty pleased with how many lovely greenhouse tomatoes we had.