Sweet! The abundance of produce continues as time moves us closer to fall. Peaches, melons, sweet corn, donuts, pies, hard ciders! Everyone has a very individual sweetness spot, and we think we are up to the challenge of matching it! Schools are starting, fall is approaching which is one of our favorite seasons here at the farm with apples, pumpkins, grapes and such. To jump start fall, the bakery is moving into their fall flavored donuts this weekend: pumpkin, apple cider and our traditional buttermilk! Mmmmm……
In next week’s update, we’ll provide information about fall apples and grapes, so stay tuned!
Peaches: We are have lots of peaches, and due to the dry/hot conditions this year, they are incredibly sweet. Peach pricing is: $48 bushel, $25 half bushel, $15 a peck, $8.75 a 1/2 peck and $4 a quart. We will have plenty of bushels available for the next week.
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…..it seems like everyone has decided to can tomatoes at the same time and so all of the bushels we had available are now gone. We have more coming on, but the cool nights have slowed them up a bit. So, we are back to taking orders for them again. We hope to get everyone’s orders done within the next few weeks. “Firsts” are $20 bushel, 1/2 bushel is $12. We have tomato “seconds” for $14 a bushel. Call us at 269-244-5690 to order.
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, 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, leeks, 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!
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! Back this week: Blueberry Cider! This will be in 22 oz. bottles only until we get labels in for the 12 oz. bottles, be patient! 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. With blueberries gone for the season, we will no longer be able to make blueberry-zucchini bread. Here’s our big thanks to Amy, Gene, Patti and Michaela for making soooo many loaves of it this year. This is the most labor intensive product we make, but we love how it brings joy to so many people! We will still have blueberry pie (using frozen blueberries now.)
Bakery offerings for the weekend will be:
- Cookies: 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, 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, apple cider and pumpkin (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!
Every time I see the happy face of children on our big swing, I can almost hear my father reciting this poem from Robert Lewis Stevenson, who was one of his favorite poets.
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!