Cool Season Planting Time

The Farmstand is open with some early season planting options!

Potato sets – $5.00 per tray

*1 pound per tray except Austrian Crescent which is 12 ounces

 

Bintje

Purple Viking

Rose Gold

Broccoli & cabbage plants

4 pack for $2.00

Emerald Crown broccoli, Red Express & Cour di Bue cabbage

High Mowing Organic Seeds

$3.00 per package

Root Pouch Grow Bags

7 gallons size $6.00

15 gallon size $10.00 

*15 gal is perfect for growing potatoes

Root Pouch Planting Bag

AND – the Organic Soils is Finally here!

$8.00 per bag

 

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Potato Sets and Organic Seed

Potato Sets and High Mowing organic Seeds are available in our Farmstand. 

The potato sets pre-weighed and placed in trays.  The trays allow good air flow and also prevent the little sprouts from getting broken off. Each tray contains 1 pound of sets so please take a full tray. And, Please don’t re-arrange potatoes between trays.

Open the “Potato Set” post on our blog or FB page to get a list of varieties. There is also some potato growing information under the “Gardening Tips” tab on out blog.

$5.00 per tray

Organic seed packets from High Mowing Organic Seeds are located in the cooler. We have chosen seeds that are best for direct planting. The seeds in the “Cool Season” display can be planted now. The “Warm season” seeds can be planted after all danger of frost – usually around Mothers Day. Some of the display slots have more than 1 variety of seed so be sure to check for that. For example, there are 2 different varieties of cucumbers, sunflowers & zinnias and 3 varieties of lettuce.

$3.00 per package

 

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Potato Sets

Bintje – Suitable for a large container Netherlands heirloom, most widely grown, high yielder, keeps well Netherlands heirloom from 1904 and the most widely-grown yellow variety in the world. High yielder of medium-sized tubers, keeps exceptionally well, grows anywhere, and has excellent flavor anyway you fix them.

Austrian Crescent – Smooth, yellow-tan skin and light yellow flesh. Prolific yields run as long as 10″, some weight as much as 7oz. Excellent salad qualities, firm and waxy, or delicious simply boiled or steamed. Our favorite is to chunk them and roast with garlic, rosemary & olive oil. Limited quantities available

A taste-test favorite, Purple Viking is a large, early, all-purpose potato. The meaty tubers have unique purple-pink mottled skin and moist, bright white flesh with a rich, slightly sweet and buttery flavor. Excellent for both mashing and baking.

Rose Gold – Rose Gold – Rosy red skin with a creamy delicious deep yellow flesh. Dry flesh is perfect baked or steamed. Disease resistant.

Our certified potato sets are here and are one of the things you can plant now!

Potato sets will be available starting Sunday  – April 9th – in our self service farmstand.

We choose specific varieties based on flavor, plant health & good yield. Potatoes are a fun project and one of the vegetables that have an amazing flavor difference compared to the typical grocery store varieties. 

$5.00 per container – Rose Gold, Bintje & Purple Viking are 1 pound – Austrian Crescent is 12 ounces 

Root Pouch Planting Bag Available is 15 gallon size – $10.00 and 7 gallon size – $6.00

Made from a blend of recycled plastic water bottles & natural fibers.

The 15 gallon bag is perfect for potatoes!

We will also have organic soil available but are waiting for delivery.

 

 

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Organic Seeds

We will be offering packaged seed from High Mowing Organic Seed again this year. $3.00 per package

These were chosen because either they do not like to be disturbed or they grow so quickly from seed that there is no need to purchase transplants. Hover over each picture for the variety name.

We will have the seeds available at the same time you pick up your plants, potato sets, soil, ect… However, there are some things (arugula, spinach, peas) that can be planted now if you have your space prepared. If you would like to get your seeds early, contact us with a list and you can pick them up in the farmstand.

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Eggplant Plants

We will have a small selection of beautiful eggplant this year.

We start our eggplant from seed in organic soil and grow it in our organic greenhouse.

The plants will be available  in a 4 inch biodegradable Fertil pot for $3.50 each

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Container Size Tomatoes

We are growing a few varieties of determinate dwarf tomatoes. All are perfect for growing where you don’t have a garden bed. 

Plants are growing in organic soil and raised from seed in our organic greenhouse. 

We will be selling them in 4 inch biodegradable Fertil pots for $3.50 each

Cyril’s Choice – An early dwarf tomato that is also very productive for such small vines. Plants produce several flushes of dark red fruit, yielding later into the season than other determinate types. Fruit are little 2-3 oz saladettes with good sweet flavor. At 2′ tall they are good for container gardening

Amber 1-3 oz, yellow-gold globes are plentiful and early, yielding for quite a while despite being determinate.

Gundula – Dwarf bushes produce medium-sized, 2-3 oz meaty fruit prolifically and early. Very good for container gardening, as plants only reach 12-20” tall at maturity.

Uralskiy Ranniy – super early dwarf plants are very well-suited for container culture. Red, 2-4 oz, mini-beefsteak shaped fruit are juicy with good flavor.

Root Pouch Planting Bag

Root Pouch planting bags are perfect for container tomatoes. The 7 gallon size will fit a tomato plant in the center and you can plant some early seeds like lettuce around the edge. $6.00 each for the 7 gal. We also have some 15 gal bags for $10.00

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Pepper Varieties

Our Pepper plants are happily growing in out organic greenhouse and will be ready for sale at our first Creekside Market Day 2021 – May 1st

 We grow all of our peppers from seed in organic soil. This year we will be selling them in a 4 inch Fertil pot for $3.50 each. 

We are now in the process of adding everything to our blog and FB page and will begin taking pre-orders when everything is added.

Click on each photo for a description.

 

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Flower Jar Call

Some of what we will be growing this year – Snapdragons, China Asters, Lavender, Stock, Red Amaranth, Persian Cress & Cosmos

We have lots of flowers growing in our greenhouse that will be ready for our cut flower bouquets this summer. In past years, we have provided the jar with the flowers to help keep them happy. We are now totally out of jars. 

We really prefer to provide the jar, so are looking for pint size or quart size canning jars. Jars smaller than pint size are not usable for our cut flowers. There are a few things that come in similar size jars (spaghetti sauce, pickles, sauerkraut) and we can use them. 

“Mason jar” bouquets from 2020 in pint size canning jars

If you have jars that you would like to drop off, you can leave them in our Farmstand.

Thank you in advance for helping us to continue keeping our flowers happy on their way to making people happy!

Pam, Bill and the Creekside Flower Girls

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Cherry Tomato Varieties

Cherry tomato varieties that we will have available this year

We grow all of our tomatoes from seed in organic soil. This year we will be selling them in a 4 inch Fertil pot for $3.50 each. 

We are now in the process of adding everything to our blog and FB page and will begin taking pre-orders when everything is added.
Click on each photo for a description and enjoy the tomato beauty! These are all indeterminate varieties and will need good support.
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Full size and Salad size Tomatoes

Full size and salad size tomatoes that we will have available as plants this year. We grow all of our tomatoes from seed in organic soil. This year we will be selling them in a 4 inch biodegradable Fertil pot for $3.50 each.

We are now in the process of adding everything to our blog and FB page and will begin taking pre-orders when everything is added.
Click on each photo for a description and enjoy the tomato beauty! These are all indeterminate varieties and will need good support.
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Spring Soap

We have lots of soap in various stages of curing. I made my last Spring batch on Saturday so it will have 6 weeks of curing time before our first Creekside Market Day of 2021 – May 1st!

Lots of favorites and a few new scents

Our basic recipe contains local goat milk, Olive oil, coconut oil, tallow, shea butter, castor oil & our own honey. We use natural clays & pigments for color and essential oils & phthalate free fragrance oils for scent. 

 

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First day of SPRING!

Happy 1st day of Spring!

We have lots of life in the greenhouse!

The baby pepper & eggplant plants are ready for larger containers and the tomatoes are starting to come up.

The cool season plants (broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, swiss chard & lettuce) will soon be moving to their transition spot in the coldframe and will be available as transplants for your garden.

We will also be selling herbs, potato sets, strawberry plants. Plus- we have lots of succulents & more flowers this year.

Greenhouse plants

Baby sweet peppers & eggplant

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Tomato starting time!

Yesterday was a very busy tomato seed starting day – 915 seeds!

Most of these seed trays came with the baby plants we purchased (flowers, succulents & some of our herbs). We wash & disinfect them so that we can use them over and over. When we run out of them, we switch to biodegradable pots or make soil blocks. They still have to sit on a plastic tray, but it really reduces our use of plastic!

Our most beautiful seed packages (and most of our tomatoes) come from Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds

Some of my favorites – Big Rainbow, Mortgage Lifter, Blue Beauty & Piglet Willy

A couple of new varieties – Golden of Siberia & Jasper

Plus several determinate dwarf varieties for container growing

In the next few weeks, we will add a complete list of varieties with information on how you can reserve your plants.

All of our plants are growing in Organic soil in our Organic greenhouse. We use biodegradable containers as much as possible for the plants we sell. 

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Good Sunny Morning!

The succulents, a couple of new varieties of million bells and the sweet peppers are all enjoying the sunny greenhouse this morning!

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Early Spring in the Greenhouse

Even though it’s really late winter – it feels like spring (sometimes summer) in the greenhouse. The baby plants are starting to grow – the hot peppers have been moved from their plug size trays into a larger tray (1 more move up before they’re ready) – the cool season veggies are coming along – And, the succulents arrived yesterday!

More sunny days and lots more greenhouse work in the forecast 

“Potting up” peppers

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Raw & Local Honey

1 Pound Jar $13.00

1 Pound Jar $13.00

Raw honey Comb $20.00

We have raw honey that is produced on our organic farm.

While we can’t control where the bees from our hives choose to forage – 

we do provide them with plenty of great options! 

Our Farm yard is filled with organic vegetables, flowers, flowering trees & flowering cover crops. We also have 20 acres of pollinator habitat, 8 acres of Monarch butterfly habitat and the remainder of our fields are planted in grass and alfalfa. The alfalfa gets a lovely purple flower that the bees love. 

Honey is available for pick-up by appointment

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Call us at 815-467-5259

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Full Again

We had another busy day of picking and the farmstand is Full again!

Heirloom and cherry tomatoes
Salsa kits are back! Plus – Beans, summer squash, eggplant, sweet peppers and a very limited quantity of cantaloupe.

Eggs, poblano peppers, dried, butterfly pea flowers (for tea), fresh cut herbs and beautiful bouquets.

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Fresh Salsa Kits

We have put together a kit with all the ingredients you need to make a batch of fresh salsa. Including our Creekside recipe!

You can pick up a kit or 2 from our Farmstand cooler for $6.00

So, I made a batch using the ingredients from 1 kit. It took me 15 minutes from washing to finished and made 3 cups of finished salsa.

I remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeno peppers to decrease the heat. I also try not to touch the insides of the peppers and immediately wash my hands.

 

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Heirloom Tomatoes

If you have been waiting for the big heirloom tomatoes, they are ready and in the farmstand.

Big Rainbow, Black Brandywine, Blue Beauty, Barnes Mountain Yellow, Lee’s Golden, Tappys Heritage are all ready!

We also have plenty of heirloom salad and cherry tomatoes.

Mix and match to fill a pint for 3.00

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Full Again!

Our Self Service Farmstand is fully stocked this morning.

Tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, beans, beets, broccoli, garlic, potatoes, sweet basil plants, flower bouquets, dried blue butterfly peas, eggs and a few bags of sweet corn.

We have been extremely busy! Come out early for the best selection.

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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

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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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