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
PSPlease 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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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.