harvest of our fruit and vegetables has begun. After a rather cool
spring the June sunshine warmed the soil and the timely July rain has
allowed all plants to catch up to a normal ripening pattern. I have
just completed the garlic harvest and it is on the drying racks.
Several hundred Georgian Fire and German Extra Hard give off a
tremendous aroma. The addition of the 100 acre “South Farm” lease has
made for an extremely busy season. This has allowed us to expand the
size of our veggie planting in Southington. I have a large planting of
specialty potatoes in Farmington.
The South Farm is being used to also grow special grass crops to feed
the beef cattle herd. Grass fed beef requires growing and finishing the
grass that provides the animals with the highest nutrients possible.
All of our meat whether it is beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, is free of
growth agents and hormones.
expect to be picking Zestar and Ginger Gold apples by mid-August. The
PYO wagon rides should begin by late August. The wagons will run Friday
thru Monday for the duration of the harvest. Please call the farm for
the exact start-up date. Once again, all PYO apples will be by
pre-purchase. One peck for $15.00 and 1/2 bushel bags for $25.00. Bags
are purchased in the store. For those not picking apples, a
pre-purchase ride ticket will be available.
family recently attended “Cultivate 2014” in Columbus, Ohio, the largest
horticulture conference and expo in America. We received training in
identifying and controlling harmful insects and diseases. Considerable
time was spent looking at new plant species. With our Christmas
poinsettias planted the first week of July, this business is always
looking one year out.
Hope to see you all back at the farm.
Our expanded week day hours for the summer has the store open until 6:00
PM. Know your farmer.
Know your food. The food I sell you is
the same food I serve my grandkids.