Hello to all our peach fans! We had a wonderfully long peach season after a bit of a delayed start. The weather seemed to stay cool enough just long enough for our peaches to stay nice and firm and perfect for the stand. We are now officially out of peaches for the 2017 year, but we still have our stand open to sell our other seasonal treats, including fresh cantaloupes AND tomatoes!! These are both super juicy and delicious, and you do not want to miss! So come on by and pick up some delicious produce.
Thanks so much again for all the support for our little farm,
Farmer Dave and Farmer Linda
Hello peach and apricot fans! It is almost that time – one of our favorite times all year – we are a few weeks away from peach and apricot season at Promacks Farm! Stay tuned for updates here and on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at the Farm!
Greetings from the Farm! Fall is actually a somewhat busy month in the garden, as we are still harvesting from summer and planting the seeds for late fall/winter gardens. We’re still harvesting figs, apples, corn, zucchini, tomatoes, and soon yams.
What we’re planting now are carrots, peas, lettuce, spinach, and broccoli. Next up will be onion seeds (or you can wait until the seedlings arrive in nurseries in November) and garlic cloves. Also, this year, we’ll be attempting to plant celery from seed.
All of this should keep all you gardeners busy for a while!
The end of summer is upon us, as the season will soon change from those nice warm summer days to the time of year when the chill starts to settle, and it gets chilly as soon as the sun goes down.
Summer 2011 was another good year for the farm. While the peaches and apricots weren’t as prolific as we would have liked, the trees seem primed for a better year next year. In the absence of the stone fruit, we had great years from our other varieties of produce. We had an incredible amount of tomatoes, squash, onions, garlic, cucumbers, blood oranges, and even grew some giant watermelons. Most of these goodies made it to our porch stand, and we’re very thankful for all of you that stopped by.
Like everything in life, all good things must come to an end, and as summer ends, so does the major growing window for produce. We will have a winter garden, and our blood oranges will be ready mid-winter, but the variety and amount of produce won’t quite rival summer. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t keeping busy and having fun on the farm still!
This little break allows us to do some other fun things, like making more of our own blood orange wine and also trying to make our own sunflower seeds.
We recently bottled both batches of our latest blood orange wine. We still are trying to figure out all of the nuances, but we’re definitely having fun trying (and tasting!).
Another fun project that we’ve been undertaking is experimenting with sunflower seeds. In the garden, we have some big sunflowers growing, and instead of the letting the birds pick at all of the seeds, we decided to pick the flowers and try and make our own sunflower seeds. We picked the head of the sunflower, and let it dry for a few days. Then, we removed all of the seeds and rinsed them off. Then, we let them sit for a few more days in a salt-water solution (almost like brining a turkey) and the next step will be to bake them. Will these taste anything like the seeds you buy in the store? Who knows. But it certainly gained us an appreciation into how much work goes into those snacks.
So as we say goodbye to another wonderful summer on Promacks Farm, we are grateful for another good season, and hopeful for what our approaching seasons will bring.
Stay tuned for updates on what to plant now for your winter garden…
This morning, we had a wonderful surprise customer. Our Farm Stand is about closed now, but people will still occasionally drive up to the front porch to see if anything is available. One of our long-standing Stand customers, Anna, arrived this morning with her children in tow. She talked with us about a wonderfully helpful “garden chart” from Digitalseed.com that helps gardeners plan when to start planting seeds for next season. Anna, we loved chatting Farm stuff with you this morning, please feel free to contact Farmer Dave at david[at]promacksfarm.com, he’d like to stay in touch and continue to talk Farm.
For those interested in the garden chart, here is that chart: