Check out what’s happening around the farm this year!
Some days the quiet ones are the best ones, especially during this busiest time of year. It has been such a flurry of activity this season, planting our seedlings outside into our plots, tending to irrigation and opening the stand that sometimes it’s nice to just listen to what nature has to offer.
The Farm Stand
What started out as a hobby has now become a thriving farming operation in the heart of Old Mission Peninsula. We have worked since then to improve our soil health and our farming practices. We are committed to sustainability and remaining local. We grow our produce as organically as possible, always opting for an organic chemical to spray if needed rather than a synthetic pesticide.
You can expect to find several different herbs that are either potted or bagged at our stand. Because of the high demand every year we continuously plant throughout the season to keep a fresh supply! Some herbs that we offer are basil, parsley, cilantro, and thyme. What’s your favorite?!
Right now we have a lot happening around the farm, but one thing we are super excited about are strawberries! 🍓We are hoping to see bloom start later this week, which could mean that within the next three-four weeks we will be able to start harvesting! 🤩 P.S. To maintain our production, every year we plant at least as many more plants than we currently have in production. That means we are planting 3,000 MORE plants this season!!🤯
We have two types of cucumbers that will be grown in the high tunnel; English and Pickler. 🥒 * Pickler cukes are perfect for pickling/ canning but are also super tasty for snacking on and adding to salads (just be sure to peel them). * English types tend to have a mild/ sweet taste and require no seeding or peeling!
We expect to have our ginger harvest in October. 🍂That means in order to do so, we need to start several months in advance. Ginger normally doesn’t grow in our climate, so in order to speed up the process, we start at the beginning of spring! Sure it doesn’t look like spring right now with it snowing…. again🙄 but just wait, it’s coming!
Do you have questions on our process or want to learn more about it?
We are growing 6 different varieties of cherry tomatoes, 16 heirloom types and over 10 varieties of beefsteak tomatoes this season! We also have planted two different Roma varieties!🙌 Not sure which kind to try first? No problem! We have a tomato for every palette, from spicy, acidic heirlooms to sweet, juicy, eat ‘em by the handful cherry tomatoes! We sell them all at the stand by the quart, individually or in half bushels!
Our first steps before we fully harvest in July will be to harvest the flower of the garlic (the scapes). From there, it will continue to grow until we harvest the below ground portion (the actual garlic bulb) in July. Once the harvest is done we will allow them to dry for a few weeks.
We typically will have garlic at our stand cleaned and ready to go late August! 🌱
So, lets squash the mystery about squash (see what I did there?) and talk about what varieties you can look for at the stand this year. Summer squash is up first! You can expect to see several varieties, some you may know, others you didn’t! ✔️Green Zucchini (ok, that was an easy one) ✔️Yellow Zucchini ✔️Green Striped Zucchini ✔️Green & Yellow Pattypan ✔️Yellow Summer Squash ✔️Green & Yellow Round Zucchini We like to pick and pack them in their “baby” stage, as they are the sweetest and most flavorful then and are perfect for grilling or sautéing! But we do also sell full size summer squash and zucchini. It won’t be long now before these beauties appear at the farm stand!
You can expect to find several different kinds of homemade jam! We use all of our own crops to make the jams that are available at the stand!
This year we planted a few different varieties ranging from green, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers to red and yellow Italian sweet peppers. A few fun facts about bell peppers: ✔️ They are considered both a fruit and vegetable! (Depends who you talk to 😉) ✔️Packed full of vitamin C and A ✔️Taste great cooked or raw... but have you ever dried or pickled them?! ✔️Red bell peppers are sweetest! ✔️The scientific name for bell peppers is Capsicum annum ✔️Red peppers are actually green peppers... they just have been left on the vine to ripen longer🤯
A few special varieties you can expect to see are; fingerlings, redskins, purples, russets, creamers, and yukon golds. Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself but we HOPE to harvest in about a month!! 😯