Strawberries are Early

Strawberries

Remember this picture from the last newsletter? About 2 1/2 weeks ago.

This one is from about 5 days ago.

This is today! I didn’t take the camera to the field. You will just have to trust me. There are lots of them out there!

Yes! They are very early. Come on out and get some already picked or head on out to the field to pick-your-own.
New this year – 10% off pick-your-own berries on Tuesdays! So, if you want to make some jam, take the day off work – your boss won’t mind, and you won’t regret it!

Mother’s Day Flowers

Don’t forget Mother’s Day! She wants flowers, a strawberry-rhubarb pie, a gift basket, AND a bolga basket.
Asparagus
Remember this photo from mid-April?
I named them Andy and Abigail. Then I had them for dinner.

Look! All of their friends are here now!

We have plenty of asparagus, so come on out and grab some for dinner and the freezer.

Hope to see you soon!

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Asparagus is here!

We have started cutting asparagus! We are here today and tomorrow 10am – 4pm, so stop by and get some for dinner.
The Market Opens Thursday!

The market officially opens Thursday, April 20th, and we should have lots of other things to go along with the asparagus – milk, eggs, other fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, etc.
Asparagus
Here are Andy and Abigail. I had them over for dinner last week. Well, that’s not technically true -I should have said, “I had them for dinner last week.”
Now their friends are starting to pop up too. Pretty soon they will be all over the place.

 

Strawberries

Here’s a snapshot of the strawberry patch this morning. The blooms look great and there are some little baby strawberries too! Aren’t they the cutest things you ever did see? “When will they grow up to join us for dinner?” you may ask.I’d guess about 2 to 3 weeks.
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April means Asparagus. But not quite yet…

After a winter filled with cabin fever, school work, and a warm wood stove, the arrival of April means we better finish up those “winter projects” that we were putting off and start getting ready for spring and summer.

One thing I do know…. I am very glad April has arrived! “Why?” you ask.

  1. Asparagus!
  2. Seeing you again and catching up on all of your winter news.
  3. Asparagus!
  4. Fresh air.
  5. Let me think… Oh yeah, and ASPARAGUS!!!

So, I grabbed my camera and went in pursuit of some crop update photos. Here’s what I found:

 

Strawberries

Tons of blooms! Did you know that each of those will grow up to be a strawberry in a few weeks?
See the blossoms with the black centers? Those were hit by frost and, well, are kaputski. (P.S. This is officially the first time I have used “kaputski” in a sentence. I like it.)
Now look at the one’s with the yellow centers. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Strawberries! Juicy, red, and delicious strawberries!

 

Asparagus
Here’s what the field looked like yesterday.
Here’s what it looks like today. Not much different –  there are not any spears poking out yet. Farmer Tom spread some fertilizer and knocked down those old brown stalk stubs from last year’s growth.
Now…
We wait….
Impatiently…
Season Opening

We plan to open the market on April 20th as long as the asparagus is ready. If not, we will have to wait.
Let’s hope it stays warm, and we see asparagus sooner than that. I would love to have asparagus for Easter dinner! Wouldn’t you?
So, if it’s ready early we will open the doors and have asparagus for you, but we won’t bring in all of the extra goodies – milk, eggs, other fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, etc. – until the 20th.
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Another season nears the end…

Wow. This whirlwind of a season has just two weeks left. Can you believe it?

Remember how cold and wet it was in April and May?

Seems like a lifetime ago.

OK, enough about old times. Here is what is happening now. We are picking lots of peppers. Make your relish and stuffed peppers now!

 

It looks like the last couple of peach varieties survived the spring frost pretty well, so we should have plenty to get us through Labor Day.

We are still picking cantaloupes. They are big AND delicious!

Of course, the corn is coming in strong like it has all summer.

And the newest addition to the market. Kettle Corn!

I just ate half of a bag. That’s not a good idea… You should share.

So, remember! Labor Day is our last day for the season. We will be open regular hours until then. Make sure you stop in and stock up on everything for the winter!

Get a couple of boxes of canning tomatoes.

Cut some flowers to brighten up the kitchen.

Have a slushie float to finish the season in style. Peach or cantaloupe – you decide.

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Peach Festival tomorrow

It’s time!!

The great Sudlersville Peach Festival is tomorrow, August 6th, 1-5pm. Today, we will be baking in the kitchen, mowing and weed whacking in the yard, scrubbing the floors, gathering peaches, setting up tents and moonbounces, and priming the pump on the kettle corn machine!

 

Tomorrow we will be the eating, drinking and listening to fine music. The kids will be petting the bunnies, jumping in the moonbounces, playing games, and riding in the barrel carts and on the fire truck. Please join us.

 

 

Philip Dutton and Alligators

 

The Roadhouse Clams

 

 

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July Update

The kids from the quilting camp stopped by to show us their BEAUTIFUL quilts! Check out this talent!!! It’s no suprise they are so good, their teachers were the  Foxxi Lady Quilters of the Sudlersville Senior Center. We grabbed this photo while the students were admiring their mentors’ work.

Remember the quilt the Foxxi Ladies made for us last year?

Breaking news!!!

We have fresh local milk now! Believe me, if you try the chocolate milk you won’t go back to the grocery store chocolate milk. It is delicious! Not too sweet, it’s just right. And the yogurt…. To die for….

Tons of corn has been flowing through the barn the last few days. Stop in and get some anytime. Bushels available!

Cut your own flowers is open. It’s a great opportunity to brighten up your house on a muggy mid-summer day.

Pick your own blueberry update – This week is the last opportunity to pick at Benton Corner Road. Give us a call soon and we will set you up to pick there. Otherwise, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 23, 7am. We will pick the late varieties at Leager Road until noon then. Check the website or call before you come. I might have to push the date back if they still aren’t ready when Saturday rolls around.

We picked a few tomatoes. It’s just a matter of time before we have tons of them. I can’t wait!

 

 

So sorry about the focus error.

My kids were at piano camp last week. They had a concert yesterday to show off their talent. Oh my! What an incredible group of kids. Amazing!!!! Here’s Jane and Emily with a few of their friends.

P.S. Don’t forget the peach festival!!!

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Let the corn begin! Come get the first of the season at the fireman’s parade!

Tom just picked the first 200 ears of corn. If you want one, come to the Sudlersville Fireman’s Parade, we will be passing them out on the way to the carnival tonight!

 

 

Here’s the plan – you get up early in the morning to beat the heat. Go to the blueberry field on Benton Corner Road (130 Blueberry Lane) and pick blueberries. Then head straight to the market for fresh picked sweet corn, a strawberry slushie, and an ice cream cone.

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