We officially opened the farm stand on April 29th. The weather was beautiful! The customers started stopping in to check out the new layout and products that we are offering.
Farmer's Markets officially kicked off this weekend and it's been an exhausting 3 days. It's been great to see returning faces, and some new ones as well. Flowers are always a happy purchase, and we like to see happy people.
We have so many ideas still in the the works, but we don't want to reveal anything until it's finalized.
See you all soon! :)
Planting is well under way and we can't way to start the season!
Annuals and Perennials are starting to bud, and will be available for sale at the Farm Stand, and 3 Farmer's Markets beginning in May. We will be attending: Goddard Park on Fridays 9-1, East Greenwich Grange Saturdays 9-1, and Fisherman's Memorial Sundays 9-1.
We have a few new things in the works as well. Bath & Beauty Products are available all year long, through email, phone, or at-home Spa Parties!
First Hallene Potatoes grown in at least 2 generations! The farmOriginally was a Potato farm located in Warwick That land is currently TF Greene airport.
That was about a million times larger potato crop than this years. Hahaha. We grew 6 varieties of fingerling potatoes. We had to harvest them much earlier than expected due to potato beetles consuming all of the foliage, but leaving the potaoes completely intact under the ground. Just like the garlic, these went over very big at the farmers markets and sold though completely! We will grow much more next season and will be VIGILANT against beetles!
Garlic- we planted 6 Varieties...3 did not survive the winter... the remaining 3 were great sold through completely. We sold the scapes when they were ready first, then the greens while the bulbs dried out and finally the actual garlic. We had samples out at the Farmers Markets, a surprising number of people had no idea that Garlic has multiple varieties each with their own strengths and individual traits! It was great fun to talk to people about it! we will plant all hard neck ( the 3 that died were soft neck) garlic next season, and we will be planting much much more!
As indicated...by lack of updates to the website, we are busy in the fields, at the markets and in the stand. The weather this year has been very strange from the cold spring to the lack of rain and the past weeks' oppressive heat, this has not stopped the vegetables. Corn, Tomatoes, Squash, Eggplant, Beans, Beets, Radishes, Peppers, so much more! and still more to come in! All Veggies are Currently Available in quantities for canning or freezing, now is the time, give us a call!
Ok, it's been almost 10 years since we've been at the Farmer's Markets, but we decided to give it a go again. While the first few have been slow, mostly due to poor weather, it hasn't been horrible. Come visit us at the following markets.
-Goddard Park, Fridays 9am-1pm
-Richmond Farmer's Market, Jule's Antiques, Saturdays, 9am-12:30pm
-Fisherman's Memorial, Sundays, 9am-1pm
Another new offering this year on the farm, Tillandsia or "Air Plants" as their better known, are a plant that do not require soil. The can be mounted to objects, planted in terrariums, or even hung from a string. They are very low maintenance, only needing to be thoroughly watered 2-3 times per week. They flower only once in their lives, but that lasts quite a while, and they produce offspring or "pups" during this time.
We will be selling them both individually, as well as in terrariums and other creative displays.
Come check them out at the Farm and the Farmers Markets this Spring/Summer.
by Farmer John
I'll admit, I'm an avid Pinterest explorer, and would love to try everything. I believe we have something like 300 pins on our Farm Pinterest account alone. Well...knowing that we were venturing back into the world of flowers this year, this particular pin caught my eye. HYPERTUFA....a very strange sounding word.
Basically Hypertufa is a cement based product, that you incorporate lightweight ingredients into, in order to create a planter that's strong, but not heavy. So off to Home Depot we went to purchase our supplies.
Your base will be Portland Cement...then you use equal parts cement and two other lightweight ingredients. We chose Peat Moss and Perlite, both something we use on the farm anyway. Mix them all together, add water and VOILA...you have your very own Hypertufa Mix. Now all you need is a mold. I've heard cardboard and plastic make the best options. It worked out very well...here's a peek of what we've made so far.
We plan to add some nice plants to these..maybe some low growing,or spreading flowers.
I thought we could make some extra to sell on their own as well, we just need to figure out a price point on that.
These were fun to make, a bit messy, but definitely fun.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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