And with it comes lots of peaches, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, peppers, sweet corn—all heat loving crops–and in abundance! So this is the time to be enjoying all of this freshness!
Peaches: We are finishing up Red Haven and moving into Flamin’ Fury–this is one of my favorite peaches, large, juicy and sweet! So large you have to share! We are in the process of calling everyone who has ordered bushels of peaches to get them over the next week or so. Peach pricing is: $48 bushel, $25 half bushel, $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. We will have extra bushels available this weekend for those who want to get them.
Both cantaloupe and melons are available. We have soooo many cantaloupe they are on a buy 1- get 1 special through the weekend. Due to how dry it has been most of the summer, they are incredibly sweet.
Sweet corn: We have lots of sweet corn now–this is the time to get bushels for freezing/canning or just enjoying. A 5-dozen bushel is $22.
Tomatoes: Whew…..we picked over 60 bushels in one day! We have called everyone on the tomato wait list (if you got missed please call us). You can get your tomatoes now anytime, plus we have them on the market available by the bushel. “Firsts” are $20 bushel, 1/2 bushel is $12. We have tomato “seconds” for $14 a bushel.
We have lots of green tomatoes right now since we took our greenhouse tomatoes down for the year. They are on sale for 50 cents a pound or $12 a bushel. Time for fried green tomatoes!
Blueberries–we will only have blueberries for about one more day. We have had them for six full weeks which has made it nice to have them fresh for so long! All good things must come to an end 🙁
The onion harvest is finishing…..between the raindrops. Onions do not like to be wet so this has been a tricky harvest for sure this week. We are really pleased with our onion quality after the last few years of having onion issues….we have specialty onions and then we have the standard sweet onions in white, red and yellow, We now have them hanging in over 4 barns we have so many to dry and cure! (The crew got a little creative and hung some on tractors!) The first ones harvested are now “cured”, so we have cut, cleaned and bagged them. A 10 lb. bag is $9, or you can buy them hung on the string if you prefer to keep them that way. Keep these onions in a dry, cool place and they should keep for several months.
Here’s what else is on the market now:
Some summer vegetables are ending earlier than normal. Cucumbers, green beans, summer squash are available on a day-by-day basis.
So on the market right now, we’ve got: fresh sweet corn, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, eggplant, brussels sprouts, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, fresh dug onions, shallots, new potatoes, field peppers in so many shapes and sizes–from hot to sweet!
U-pick herbs: Find bags, scissors for cutting around the neck of the bird overlooking the herb garden. Almost everything is available right now except cilantro.
Organics! Lettuce (place an order if you want it for sure, it gets bought up fast!), bunching onions, bell peppers, hot peppers, basil, lots of cucumbers, kale, cabbage, swiss chard, and lots of tomatoes including heirlooms, slicers, and cherry tomatoes from the certified organic hoophouse. We’ve started putting out cured garlic which will be good to use fresh or to store for the upcoming months. Becca made a stamp for the bags so that they won’t be a mystery in your pantry.
We mark organic things with green, which means organic tomato pints have green x’s on them, cukes and other things are in green container, or for basil and kale and lettuce we make green signs. So you’ll find these around the market, or just ask a clerk. We’ve got a lot of organic produce coming in!
The Sunflower Field: We have really enjoyed watching everyone out in the sunflower field and thank you for the many pictures you have shared. With this past week’s heat, humidity and rain, they will last only through this weekend. There are some yet to bloom, and some that have dropped their heavy heads, but still beautiful. Below are pictures taken this week that people gave us permission to share.
We will keep the maze open from 8 until 6 through August 18th, then we will assess what they look like. So this is your final chance to see 60,000 happy sunflowers!
Cost of admission to the sunflower field is:
- $5.00 for anyone 11 years old and up
- $2.00 for accompanied children 10 years or younger
- Please check in at the market for tickets and directions to get into the field
This admission fee for each ticket holder includes:
- The opportunity to cut 1 sunflower per person (cutting tool provided)
- Receive a bag and water to take it home in
- Walk through the meandering path that goes through the field (it is a little less than ¼ of a mile long)
- Educational information posted throughout the farm
- Photo opportunities are available at the field entrance as well as the along the walking pathway
- Picnic tables, hay bales and other areas to sit and relax in
- Parking adjacent to the field
- RTV Rides for people with mobility issues. On weekends we will have one staff member with an RTV at the field for folks who aren’t able to walk through the sunflowers. Depending on how many people need this service there may be a small wait as we try to accommodate and include everybody in the fun.
Additional flowers, when available, can be cut and purchased for $2 each. We also have decorative vases.
We have all of the information and everything you need when you come to the market.
Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We’ve moved Hard Cider Happy Hour, it’s in the onion barn now! This is the building on top of the hill overlooking the playground and herb garden. Come find us 4-6pm Friday, 3-6pm Saturday and sample cider or get a growler filled. If you bring growlers from home and we’ll put our sticker over them, or buy one from us! We have Preach (Pear/Peach), Brunch (Maple/Vanilla), Strawberry, Hopped, Afternoon (Strawberry/Chamomile), Prince Tribute, Sour Cherry/Sage, Standard Dry, Standard Sweet, United Squash Federation, and Standard Semi-Sweet in bottles.
If you’re looking for our cider outside of our farm, you can visit Rooster’s Wing Shack in Three Rivers, The Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Dussel’s in Cassopolis, Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids, and as always, The Local in Centreville, Michigan. We also have cider at Hoffman Street Grocery in Three Rivers!
Brandy tasting and tours are this Saturday from 1-3. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy as well as Double Cherry Wine available behind the shelf at the market.
Bakery: Be sure to come see us in the bakery! If there is a favorite pie, please feel free to call and have us save it back for you! 269-244-5690. With peaches in full swing we are now making peach glaze pies on weekends.
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: Cut Out Sugar, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, Cherry White Chocolate Chip, Coconut Pecan, Zucchini Chocolate Chip, and Lemon
- Pies: Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Peach Glaze (available Fri, Sat, Sun)
- Breads: Vegetable, Blueberry-Zucchini, Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Vegetable, LaBrea Breads, Focaccia, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns and Sunflower Seed Bread!
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Assorted Muffins and Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Cake Donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry (made on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
- Gluten Free Sensations items in bakery freezer including pies, cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls!!
- Slushies (now in 2 sizes based on customer’s requests for larger size!)
- In the bakery freezer, Plainwell Vanilla Ice Cream, for pie a la mode!
Everyone at the farm hopes to see you soon!