Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. The weather is warming up and many of you are out planting your gardens this weekend, some are visiting cemeteries and putting flowers on loved ones graves, having family cookouts, or heading up north. The farmers are also busy, they are planting, tilling fields and arguing with many of those tiny creatures that eat the crops they grow.
A humming bird was trapped in one of our green houses, we managed to catch it and let it go, I sure hope it found a good food source quickly after the release as I am sure getting trapped took a lot of energy.
The squash has been planted and Sweet Potatoes slips should be arriving soon, the beds for them are ready so they can be planted quickly depending on the weather and the cattle are out on fresh pasture.
CSA Farmers Market is going through some changes, in the long run it will be for the better. The website is now in the hands of another programmer as the first one just had a baby. Expect to see improvements, one noticeable improvement is in the search on the “Shop the Market” page, it is worth a try.
I have been too busy to visit our swamps and woodlands lately, although I am sure they are filled with life. As organic farmers we like to protect our environment and work with nature when farming. I find it good to know that our farm sits at the top of the Flint River Watershed and the way we choose to farm has an impact on all those downstream from us.
These are easy “refrigerator pickles,” which means they require no heat processing but must be kept in the fridge.
- About 15 garlic scapes
- 1 dried chile (optional)
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- Trim the garlic scapes, curl them up, and place them in a pint jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Work the chile, if you’re using it, into the jar with the garlic scapes.
- In a small saucepan heat the vinegar, salt, and sugar with 1 cup of water until simmering and salt and sugar are dissolved.
- Pour the warm vinegar mixture over the garlic scapes to cover them (you may not use all of the vinegar mixture). Seal the jar. Let it sit until cool, then store it in the refrigerator for at least 6 weeks and up to six months.
Things are looking pretty good in the hoophouses. Here at White Pine Farm which is also the home of CSA Farmers Market we welcome visitors. If at any time you would like to take a day trip to see what and how we do things you are always welcome.
A new farm store is being developed on the farm, it is in a building next to the building we pack orders in, the building that orders are packed is in need of repair, mostly insulating. This older building looks like a barn, it is one my father had built shortly after the end of WW2, when he got returned from the war. It is a solid building unlike the old barn that use to sit next too it, which has long since fallen down.
Katie who was developing the website was trying to get as much done as she could before having her baby, her baby came a little early so Daryl is taking over and has a very long list of repairs. #1 on the list is seeing what can be done about the extreme passwords that need to be created. We are all rooting for him and hoping he can continue to fix things and make them more user friendly.
FROST Last night. Burr!!!!!! It did take out some of the asparagus and about 10% fortunately the apple blossoms are safe.
Lettuce is wonderful, it is safe tucked away in the hoop house.
Best part no more store bought lettuce from where ever. Fresh, tasty and stays fresh for so much longer.
Update on the new website. Some love the website others hate it. We still have a lot of repairs and improvements and a huge learning curve. The web designer had a baby April 29 so some of the improvements are on hold for a bit.
When the site is running up to speed with the all the bells and whistle it will in so many ways be a bonus for everyone, especially for the customers!!!!
Many people want to scroll through the whole list as they did on the old site. I am sure that in time we should be able to make that an option.
Market is still open!!! Will close tonight at 10pm.
THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING!!!!
The growers are still figuring how to list their products. We are on a huge learning curve as we adapt to a totally different functioning system.
We appreciate everyone’s patience with us. It is going to take time for us to learn everything the new software is capable of. We are also finding quirks that need fixing and appreciate the feed back we are getting.
We are now setting up pre-orders which will work for those that may want an Easter Ham or a Thanksgiving Turkey.
We are hoping to set up an awards system for customers that are loyal and order a lot from us as well as with this system we hope that our customers will be able to go onto their accounts and see that there invoices have been paid.
Each week everyone should see improvements, based on what we have learned and incorporated into the website.
Wonderful Day in Paradise!
Warm and than cold and warm again,never can figure rather or not to wear long johns under my jeans or shorts. If you think the weather is confusing for us, consider what the plants and the trees are doing.
A few warm days and they begin to wake up from their slumber, their buds start to swell as the sap (stored energy) flows up from the roots to the tips of the twigs.
They think spring is coming and it is time to bud out, grow leaves and put on blossoms.
Opps it is cold again and they stop.
Fruit growers are watching their trees very closely, too many warm days and the trees will prematurely put on leaves and start to blossom. Sounds good doesn’t it, early crops—not so. When that cold snap comes the blossoms cannot tolerate the cold and die. Wind and rain can actually protect the blossoms from freezing, but from my experience the coldest nights are when the sky is clear, the moon is full and their is no breeze.
So the farmer wait and actually wish that the weather will stay colder as it should be and that the weather will warm up for the trees to blossom May after the threat of frost.
For if the trees become fooled and blossom too soon as to be killed of by the normal Michigan frosts we will not see Michigan Apples, Pears, Cherries, Blueberries or any of the other wonderful fruits that we all have come to enjoy.