Our Farmstand and How it Works

This is our Farmstand. You will see it on your right side as you pull into our drive – before you come to any of the other buildings.

Our stand is open every day for your convenience and is stocked with products that are raised on our farm. That means we will have seasonal produce. It also means that we are able to offer super fresh produce, herbs and flowers – often within a few minutes of picking.

Our stand is not always staffed so we have a place for you to leave your money. Please bring smaller bills in case there is no one to make change. We are usually busy planting, picking, weeding, feeding and cleaning up.

Please park along the drive near the stand. We are a working farm with equipment coming in and out. We have electric fences to protect our animals from predators. We ask that you remain in the immediate area around the stand and keep children with you at all times.

Thank you for taking the time to shop with us.

Pam and Bill

PS Please visit our Farmstand during daylight hours only. The Farmstand is not lighted and we cannot be responsible for your safety in the dark. We have also discovered that people who come after dark can’t see that they have left the cooler door open. Bad for the environment and our electric bill.

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Stocked for the Weekend

Busy picking day today!

We have Green beans and Dragon Tongue beans

Slicing, salad, roma and cherry tomatoes

Potatoes

garlic, summer squash, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, beets, okra, Genovese basil plants,

Fresh flower bouquets

and eggs.

All ready in our Self Service Farmstand!

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Vegetables and Flowers

We had a busy picking and packaging morning!

Broccoli, Dragon Tongue beans, summer squash (zucchini, lemon and patty pan), eggplant, bell peppers, beets, okra, cucumbers, garlic, plus tomatoes (cherry, roma and slicers) and a few bags of sweet corn.

And 3 bouquet choices:

Mixed flowers are $8., sunflowers and zinnia bouquets are $5. 

 

 

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Fresh Beets

We have fresh beets in the Farmstand cooler this morning

$4 per bunch

Also – cherry & roma tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, garlic and eggs

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Sweet Corn Today!

We have Sweet Corn in the Farmstand today!

Calico corn

Organic seed

Never sprayed

Non GMO

Picked this morning

Half dozen bags are in the cooler for $3.00 per bag

We will pick in the morning and put what we have available in the Farmstand cooler.

Will not be picking later in the day so – when that days corn is gone – it’s gone.

We will have a very limited amount for sale.

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Tomatoes

We have tomatoes in the Farmstand!

Mix & Match – $3.00 per pint

And cucumbers in the cooler

Large are $1.00 each

small/medium are 2 in a bag for $1.00

mini pickle cucumbers are 1 pound in a bag for $1.00

Also in the cooler:

Flower bouquets – $8.00, Zinnia bouquets – $5.00,

Beets – $4.00 per bunch

Summer squash (zucchini, patty pan and lemon), broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant – $2.00 per bag

Dragon Tongue beans – $3.00 per bag

Hard neck garlic – $2 large or $3 jumbo

Genovese basil plants – $3.00

Eggs – $5.00

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Fresh Honey

We have fresh honey!

Our honey comes from hives on our farm. The hives are located between our organic gardens and our field where we have 30 acres of pollinator & monarch habitat as well as 35 acres of hay. So, while we can’t tell our bees where to fly – they really would have no reason to leave our farm! It is raw (not pasteurized) .

We do not keep honey stocked in our Farmstand. You can pick it up there by contacting us ahead of coming out. 

$13.00 for a 1 pound jar

Send us a PM on Facebook

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

call 815-467-5259 & leave a message

 

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Garlic

We have finished digging all of our garlic and have it curing in the barn.

It takes a couple of weeks to cure but can also be used in it’s “green” condition.

Curing brings a more mellow flavor and dries the wrapper. It also brings out the beautiful color of the the pink & purple wrappers. Cured garlic can be stores for months in the correct conditions. You can braid it and hang it in your kitchen (lots of videos on line) – just snip off a bulb as you need it. It’s possible to braid some of the softer stemmed hard neck varieties while they are still green, but easier with the soft neck varieties.

We will be selling the green garlic this week and we start with the hard neck varieties.

Large bulbs are $2.00 each

Jumbo bulbs are $3.00 each

We will have our Music variety of garlic separated for those who want this variety.

They will be priced at $3.00 each.

Music garlic is a “Garlic Lovers” garlic! This garlic variety is prized for it’s mild flavor and ease of peeling. Its flavor is well developed without any bitterness, and it does not disappear when cooked. Just one clove can add so much flavor to any recipe, so it is time-saving! This variety keeps well until April or May when stored properly. Most bulbs average 4-5 cloves.

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Fresh Flowers and Herbs

Fresh Flower bouquets $8.00
Fresh Herb bouquets  $3.00
cilantro, oregano, lemon balm, sage, thyme, dill and feverfew flowers

All cut fresh this morning and waiting in the cooler to brighten someone’s day or dinner!

We also have eggs, kale, Swill chard, kohlrabi and broccoli.

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Kale

Kale – picked washed, spun and bagged this morning. $3.00 per bag

We also have eggs in the farmstand cooler.

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Lemon Balm (and other herbs)

Mixed herbs $3.00

We have fresh cut Lemon Balm in the farmstand cooler. $3.00

Lemon Balm strengthens your body’s defense mechanisms, making you more resilient to colds and the flu.

It is also known to dramatically reduce inflammation, protecting you against disease, and chronic illness.

Other super properties of this amazing natural ingredient include:

  • Thyroid regulation
  • Aids indigestion
  • High level of antibacterial and anti-fungal activity

The easiest way to use it is to make a tea with the fresh leaves. I strip the leaves from the stems and tear the leaves into small pieces. Add the torn leaves to a container of water and put the container in the refrigerator overnight. To speed the process, put the leaves in a small pan and pour boiling water over the leaves. Allow to steep for about 30 minutes. Strain the leaves and dilute with cd water to desired strength.

Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

This is delicious on salads, especially fish or chicken salads. You can also marinate chicken or fish in this mixture before cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon balm, minced
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients but vegetable oil together, then slowly blend in the oil.
  2. Mix well before serving.
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Mixed Leaf Lettuce

The hot weather is perfect for eating a cold salad but not for growing the lettuce. So, we picked, double washed and bagged all of our lettuce. It’s waiting in the Farmstand cooler for you to take it home! 

$3.00 per bag (about a half pound)

 

We also have plenty of eggs. Egg salad?

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New Egg Package

We have a new egg size this week. The hens have stopped laying small eggs for our 18 pk med/small mix. So, we now have a 12 pack of medium eggs for $4.00. We are packaging them in the clear cartons with a price sticker on the carton. They are also on a separate shelf from our regular eggs.

We still have our regular “nest run” mix. They are packaged in either cardboard or foam cartons and are $5.00 per dz.

Our hens have free access to a large pasture area filled with grass, clover and a little alfalfa. While they’re outside enjoying their pasture, they’re also absorbing Vitamin D. Eggs from truly pastured hens are higher in vitamin D and lower in cholesterol because of the green vegetation they eat. In addition to what they find to eat in the pasture, we provide certified organic chicken feed, wheat and oats that we raised here on our farm, and whatever vegetable scraps we produce. 

Eggs are in the cooler in our self-service Farmstand. There is not always someone available to provide change so please plan to have the correct amount of cash.

 

 

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Peoneys This Weekend

Peoney bouquets

Cut to order

We can only cut them in the morning so will need your order the prior day or before 8 am on the day you would like to pick up.

It is a very short season. We will have them this weekend until sold out.

9.00 per jar

Email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Or send us a message on our FB page

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DIY Leaf Lettuce Kit

 

Leaf lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a container.

We have everything you need to grow your own organic leaf lettuce.

Your kit will include the lettuce seed of your choice from the 2 pictured below ( enough seed for 4 plantings) 

1 – 10 inch planter bowl 

certified organic potting soil.

Contact us ahead with your lettuce seed choice and the time and day you want to pick it up. We will have it ready for you in our self service Farmstand

$8.00 for the complete kit

Fill your container with soil 

Sprinkle your seed

Lightly cover with soil

Lightly press the soil for good seed/soil contact

Water

Place your container in a spot where it will receive about half day of sun (morning is better than afternoon) and where you won’t forget to water it. If bunnies are a problem, place it on a table or somewhere out of their reach.

Water when the top of the soil is dry or any time until the lettuce is growing and established. Continue to water whenever the soil is dry on top or the lettuce starts to wilt. That could be daily in the heat of summer. Moving your container to shade will help with that.

When your lettuce is tall enough to harvest, use scissors or a serrated knife to cut about half inch above the roots. More lettuce will grow from the plant. Depending on the conditions (heat), you can usually get 3 cuttings from 1 planting. 

When the last cutting is finished, pull the plants out – shake off as much soil as possible. You can add the finished plants to your compost. Now you can plant another batch of lettuce!

email: pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Call 815-467-5259

Send us a message on our FB page

 

 

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Fresh Today

Leaf lettuce $3.00

Radishes $1.00

We picked and washed some leaf lettuce and radishes this morning. Both are in the Farmstand cooler along with a few bags of butter lettuce and asparagus that was picked yesterday.

We also have eggs in the cooler.

Organic seed, plants and potting soil in the stand.

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Seeds, plants and eggs

We have had requests for organic seed so we ordered a small countertop seed rack with seed for plants that do well directly seeded (rather than grown as transplants). The seeds came yesterday but the display rack did not. So, rather than wait for the display – I made one. The seeds are in the farmstand in a plastic (pest and moisture proof) tote. 

French filet green beans, pickling and slicing cucumbers, patty pan squash, beets, carrots, 2 types of leaf lettuce blend, sweet basil and sunflowers.

$2.50 per package

We finished our tomato planting yesterday and have put the plants we didn’t need in the Farmstand for sale. Here is what we have as of this morning (5/24):

Mountain magic – 1

Purple Russian – 6

Black Brandywine – 1

Lee’s Golden – 1

Copia – 1

Big Rainbow – 2

Sungold – 1

Barne’s mountain yellow – 1

Carbon – 3

Piglet Willie – 2

Bell Pepper – Red Knight – 8

French Tarragon – 6

Cilantro – 1

Native Colombine (hummingbirds love it!) – 6

Lavender – 8

Lavender plants are $5.00

All other plants are $3.00

Both small eggs and our regular large mix are in the cooler – $5.00

Honey and goatmilk soap is available for pick-up in the stand by pre-order

email – pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Call – 815-467-5259

Message us on our FB page

 

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Eggs and asparagus in the cooler


Pansy plants 2.00 and pansy bowls 10.00

Our remaining plants are in the farmstand. We have a few tomato varieties, red bell peppers and eggplant 3.00 each

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Eggs are back!

Our young hens are finally producing enough eggs to stock the stand.

We currently have small eggs in 18 packs and our regular mix of large and jumbo eggs in a 12 pack.

All eggs are $5.00 per carton

18 pack of small eggs $5
12 pack of large eggs $5.

Our hens have full access to grass/clover pasture and are fed a combination of certified organic grain and whole grain that was raised on our farm using organic practices.

Eggs are stocked in the cooler inside our Farmstand as they become available.

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How to Protect Your Plants from Cold

If you have already planted you warmth loving plants, there are a few things you can do to try and save them from the cold temperatures that are coming tonight and early next week.

If you only have a few plants in the ground – I would suggest digging them up and bring them into a warmer spot at night for the next week. That is the best way to protect them from the extreme cold that’s coming tonight. The disturbance of moving them will be far less damaging than the cold temperature. It will be very difficult to protect some plants from 28 degrees. The vegetable plants that are in the most danger are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and basil. 

If you want to try to cover them, here are a few suggestions:

If the plants are small, you can put a plastic milk carton over each plant. This will work best with small plants because any part of the plant that touches the cold plastic will be killed.

If the plants are larger and have a cage around them, you can wrap the cage with shrink wrap or plastic wrap. Start at the ground level and end a couple of inches above the plant. You will also need to protect the plant from the top with cardboard or heavy fabric. And, for tonight, I would also wrap the plastic covered part of the cage with some type of heave fabric – folded up sheet, bath towel, ect…

If you have plants without cages, you can cover the bed with a folded sheet or a comforter.

AND – Don’t forget to remove the covers AFTER the temperatures have warmed up the following morning.

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Gift Sets

Still looking for a gift for Mom, Aunts, friends or yourself?

Choose from our list of products and we will have it ready (In a gift bag)

for you to pick up in our self service farmstand.

Creamy Body Butter $14.00 Available in Lavender, Sweet orange Ylang-Ylang, Lilac or Wild Rose

Lotion Bar $14.00
Lavender or Sweet orange Ylang-Ylang

Facial Oil Meadowfoam, Evening Primrose, Pomegranate seed, Rosehip seed, jojoba, Vit E and Rose absolute $24.00

Goat milk Soap Lavender/Rosewood

Check our soap list post for all of the options

$5.00 per bar

Dry Clay Facial mask (Just add liquid) Rose & kaolin clay, rosehip seed, chamomile & wild rose fragrance $6.00

Dry clay mask with water added

Calendula & comfrey infused whipped salve $10.00

Honeycomb honey $20.00

Raw honey from hives on our farm $13.00

Honey Bear – 2 oz $3.00

To place an order for Farmstand pick-up:

E-mail pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Send us a message on FB

Call 815-467-5259

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Goat Milk Soap List

Our handmade goat milk soap is fully cured and ready!

All of our soap is made with local milk, skin loving oils & our own honey. We use either essential oils or phthalate free fragrance oils.

$5.00 per bar

All soaps can be added to gift sets

Lily of the valley SOLD OUT

Sweet orange/ginger/patchouli with Rhoussel clay

Black Raspberry/Vanilla

Oatmeal with no scent SOLD OUT

White Tea & Ginger

Brambleberry

Peaches & Cream

Bergamot/patchouli/ylang-ylang with chamomile SOLD OUT

Lavender/Rosewood SOLD OUT

Rosemary/ Lavender/Spearmint

Almond with sweet almond oil SOLD OUT

To place an order:

E-mail: pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Message us on FB

call 815-467-5259

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Organic Plants Sale

We will be selling our Organic plants again today from 9 am until 5 pm

I have updated the plant list on our page with what has sold out.

We still have a nice selection of tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, lavender & pansies!

We are also selling our excess tomato cages for $5.00 each. They are heavy duty made out of wire mesh – 5 ft tall for the big heirloom tomato plants!

If you have pre-ordered, your order will be in the Farmstand. Otherwise, the available plants will be outside of the stand. You will only need to go into the stand to pay.

It is still too early to plant tomatoes, peppers and eggplant (30 degrees forecast for next Friday night will kill them regardless of covering with a sheet).

When you get your plants home, you can set them outside on a warm day and bring them in overnight. When they are outside, the biodegradable pots will dry out very quickly (we water ours 3 or 4 times per day). So, it’s best to put them somewhere where you can see them so you don’t forget to water and bring them in at night. 

 

 

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Organic Plants

We will putting our organic transplants out for sale starting on Friday (May 1st). 

In an effort to keep everyone safe, we will be strictly following Social Distancing guidelines.

  • The plants will be outside of the Farmstand on one of our wagons. You will only need to go into the farmstand to pay or to pick-up something that you have pre-ordered.
  • No children under 16 outside of your vehicle
  • No more than 2 people at the wagon at one time. If you see that there are already 2 people when you pull in, please stay in your vehicle and wait for them to finish before getting out.
  • Please wear a mask or some type of covering for your mouth and nose.

Plants will be available from 9 am until 5 pm – depending on the weather. We will post any changes to that based on weather conditions. 

We will be available during the time that the plants are out for sale. However, we may not always be right there since we have lots of other chores.

Please do not leave the area directly around the stand and plants to come find us or for any other reason. We absolutely cannot allow any type of tour at this time!

Now – About our plants!

All of our plants are grown in organic soil in our organic greenhouse. The vegetables and some of the herbs are grown from seed – some starting as early as February!

Most of our plants are heirlooms. The exceptions are the Mountain Magic and Sungold tomatoes and the bell peppers. We grow these few hybrids because the 2 tomatoes are very popular and we have not found a heirloom bell pepper that will turn color early enough in our climate. There is a complete list of plant varieties on our blog and also on our FB page.

Tomatoes and peppers & eggplant are growing in 4 inch biodegradable pots. So, no plastic no root disturbance and quicker planting!

Most vegetable plants are $3.00. We also have some larger tomato plants that are $5.00.

Red Gold

Organic Potato sets (Red Gold and Carola are still available)  $5.00 per pound.

We will also have Tri-colored Sage, Chocolate mint & Rosemary plants $3.00

Lavender plants – $5.00

Rose Scented geranium – $5.00

Small aloe vera plants in clay pots $5.00

Small succulents – $3.00

Pansy planters – $10.00

Pansy plants – $2.00

 

 

 

 

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Herb Bowls

Herb planters make a great gift for anyone who likes to cook. We also have an option for the drink makers!

Italian herbs planter

Cocktail Herbs planter

We have some Herb Planters made up and can also plant them with a mix of your choosing. The planter comes with 7 plants (6 herbs and a pansy) planted in a 10 inch bowl and growing in organic soil. 

Herb chioces inclue: Rosemary, Mojito mint, Chocolate mint, thyme, sage, cilantro, parsley, dill and various basil – sweet, lemon & red 

The Italian herb planter contains oregano, rosemary, sweet basil, Red basil, lemon basil, Italian parsley & a pansy plant.

The Cocktail herb planter contains Mojito mint, chocolate mint, thyme, rosemary, sweet basil, lemon basil and a pansy plant.

$18.00 each

 

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Greenhouse Tour Watch “April 25, 2020” on YouTube

I made my first ever video! Take a virtual tour of our greenhouse and see what we are growing.

 

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Earlier Tomatoes

Everyone who grows tomatoes would love to have them ripen earlier in the season. In their quest for this, many people plant them in their gardens at the first sign of warmer weather. If you live in the Midwest, you know there will be more cold before the warm is here to stay. 

Here is what I have discovered in the many years I’ve been growing tomatoes:

Plants that are put in the warm soil at the correct time will outperform plants that have been suffering in the cold.  I have also had later plants catch up to earlier plants and produce earlier.

Tomatoes are native to central and south America. They won’t be killed by temperatures below 50 degrees – BUT – they won’t be happy about it either.

Earliness of tomatoes can be better achieved by choosing a variety that produces in a shorter number of days. Smaller tomatoes usually produce more quickly than jumbo tomatoes. Determinate plants usually produce more quickly than indeterminate plants. If you have room for several plants, choose a couple of early varieties.

If you have the ability and are willing to make the effort, you can protect your early planted tomatoes with a cover whenever the overnight temperature is forecast to be below 50 degrees. Don’t forget to uncover them in the morning. 

Eggplant has similar requirements and peppers are even more particular.

 

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Transplant List

Tomatoes:

Cherokee Purple SOLD OUT

Blue Beauty SOLD OUT

Gold Medal SOLD OUT

Dr. Wyche’s Yellow

Big Rainbow SOLD OUT

Barne’s Mountain Yellow

Copia SOLD OUT

German Pink SOLD OUT

Carbon SOLD OUT

Woodle Orange SOLD OUT

Tappy’s Heritage SOLD OUT

 

True Black Brandywine

Mortgage Lifter SOLD OUT

Moskovich SOLD OUT

Nepal SOLD OUT

Mountain Magic SOLD OUT

Piglet Willie SOLD OUT

Black Vernissage SOLD OUT

 

Roma/plum:

San Marzano SOLD OUT

Purple Russian

 

Cherry:

Sungold SOLD OUT

Black Cherry SOLD OUT

Pink Bumblebee SOLD OUT

Citrine SOLD OUT

Tommy Toe SOLD OUT

 

Tomatoes suitable for Container growing:

Amber

Cyrril’s Choice

Urlasiky SOLD OUT

Sweetie SOLD OUT

Sweet Cheriette SOLD OUT

Peppers

Cornito Giallo

Cornito Rosso SOLD OUT

Round of Hungary SOLD OUT

Sweet Sunrise SOLD OUT

Islander SOLD OUT

Red Knight

Glow SOLD OUT

Lemon Spice Jalapeno SOLD OUT

Craig’s Grande Jalapeno SOLD OUT

 

Eggplant

Rosita

Pandora Striped

Little Fingers

Prosperosa

Most of our vegetable plants are planted in a 3.5 inch biodegradable container ($3.00 each). We will also have some jumbo tomato plants available in 1 gallon containers ($7.00 each)!

Herbs

Rosemarry SOLD OUT

Tri-color sage

Chocolate mint SOLD OUT

Herbs are growing in 3.5 inch containers ($3.00 each). We also have some mixed herb containers planted in a 10 inch bowl ($18.00 each)!

Potato Sets

Austrian Crescent SOLD OUT

Carola

Red Gold SOLD OUT

$5.00 per container

Red Gold and Carola are 1 pound

Austrian Crescent is 12 oz SOLD OUT

 

Succulents

Succulents are growing in a 5 inch decorative green container ($5.00). We will also have mixed containers planted in a 10 inch bowl ($18.00). Mixed containers and large succulents are SOLD OUT

 

Lavender

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Super Blue, Heidcote Blue & Big Time Blue

$5.00 each

All of our plants are grown in our organic greenhouse – most from organic seed. Some herbs don’t grow well from seed so they come to us as tiny plants (plugs) and we transplant them into our organic soil and grow them out in our greenhouse.

 

 

 

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Potatoes in a container

Container Preparation

Any medium size container that holds at least two or three gallons of soil can be used. Examples include baskets, large paint buckets (drill plenty of holes in the bottom and lower sides & fill the bottom inch or two with gravel), Grow Bags or large plant containers/nursery pots. Make sure there are adequate holes for excess water to drain.

Fill the bottom of each container with a few inches of potting soil, which will be where potato roots will grow. Do not use soil from your yard in a container. It will become compacted and hard – 2 things potatoes hate. Mix in a scant handful of all-purpose or organic fertilizer. Place the container where it will get sunlight but not too much radiated heat from a wall or patio.

Plant the Seed Pieces

Cut your seed potatoes into chunks with at least 2 sprouts/eyes on each chunk. Smaller potatoes can be planted whole.

Plant your potato seed pieces in the soil. How many pieces you plant will depend on the size of your container. You can plant 4-6 seed potato pieces in a 10 gallon container or 2-3 in a 5 gallon container. Water well to get the plants started. Continue to water as needed to keep plants moist, not wet.

Cover Plant Stems as They Grow

Once plants begin to grow, gently pile new soil around the lower stems to keep them in total darkness. Continue weekly until the containers are almost filled. Continue to water down deep around roots, but do not keep the plants wet. 

Harvest

When the leaves and stems start to turn yellow its time to cut back on the water. Your plants are finished growing. You could also move your containers to a more shaded spot – especially it they are in full sun and it’s hot outside. When the stems are totally yellow, you can harvest your potatoes!

Contact us with your order ahead of coming out. We will have everything ready for you at the time you choose. You can pick up your order from our self service farmstand. Total self Distancing!

Email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

call 815-467-5259

Send a private message on our FB page

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Succulents

Succulents!
We have a variety of succulents growing in the greenhouse.
We will sell them as individual plants in 3.5 inch pots and also will have some 10 inch dish style planters available.
Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow. They require very little water. Let them enjoy the outdoors during the summer and bring them inside in the fall. They are pretty amazing little plants. You will find baby plants growing where leaves have dropped around the Mother plant. Some varieties sent out new plants (like in the bottom picture) that you can easily press into the soil so it can take root.
They will be ready for sale the beginning of May.
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Potatoes

Growing potatoes is a fun project for kids and adults. They can be successfully grown in a large container or directly in the ground. I’ve even seen them grown in straw bales! If you are interested in trying that, you will need to find organic straw.

Soil preparation is very important since potatoes like loose soil and our soil is naturally heavy. Compost is the easiest and fastest way to loosen your garden soil. You can even get herb seeds to combine them with potato and make delicious organic meals.

The first step is to cut the potatoes into chunks with at least 2 sprouts in each chunk. Our sets are just starting to sprout, making it easier to do. As you cut the potato, place the cut pieces in a container in a single layer – being careful not to break off the sprouts. We usually do this the day before we plan to plant so the cut part of the potato can seal over.

We plant ours in the ground and start by marking off the row with a string line – not necessary, but we like straight rows. Use a hoe to make a furrow in the soil about 12 inches deep. Start placing potato pieces in the furrow 12 inches apart. My hand trowel is 12 inches long so I usually use that for measuring. Carefully press the potato piece into the soil – still being careful to not break off the sprouts. I try to place the potato piece so that the cut side is facing down and the sprouts are facing up. After you have all your pieces in the furrow, fill it in with about half of the loose soil that you took out. The potatoes should be covered with about 1 inch of soil. As the potatoes begin to sprout through the soil, you will go back and fill in the furrow with the rest of the loose soil. Before I fill in the final time, I sprinkle some granular organic fertilizer in the furrow then fill in the soil over the top. I use Dr Earth.

When your potatoes are all up and out of the soil, you will need to check them every couple of days for Colorado potato beetles ( I do this while I’m hoeing weeds). If you can destroy the adults and any eggs you find early in the season, it will make a big impact on the health of your plants. They’re 2nd favorite crop is eggplant. So, if you’re growing eggplant, try to keep it as far from your potatoes as possible and check them for beetles too. This is also a good time to hill your potatoes. I use a hoe and pull soil up onto each side of the row. The benefits of hilling are you will get more potatoes as the plants send out roots into the loose soil and you are removing the weeds at the same time. After your final hilling, you can put down a mulch to keep the soil moist and reduce future weeds. Organic straw is my first choice. If you can’t find that – you can use crass clippings from a trusted source (the herbicides that many people use on their lawn will kill you garden vegetables) or chopped leaves.

I feed my plants with a spray of liquid seaweed 2 or 3 times throughout the season.

At the end of the season, the plants will start to turn yellow. Before the vines totally die (and you loose track of where your plants are) start digging your potatoes! This is the exciting part! We use a garden fork and loosen the soil about 12 inches away from the base of the plant. Nothing makes me sadder than to find a stabbed beautiful potato on the end of my fork.

We will have certified organic potato sets available starting Friday.

Contact us to place your order and we will have it ready for you in our self service farmstand. You can pick it up and pay with no contact!

All potato sets are $5.00 per container. Carola and Red Gold are 1 pound in the container – Austrian Crescent is 12 ounces.

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Potatoes growing in containers
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