Major Life Change

This weekend, Grampa Tom accepted a position as a combine driver for a custom harvest crew. He will be gone for several months over the summer so I will be on my own for the season. I’m gonna miss him, but I did it last year when he was sick so I know I can do it again 🙂

Running around to all kinds of markets will be out though. I am planning to be open here all day on Fridays and Saturdays, so you all will just have to come to my house 🙂

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

End of Season Ramblings

We’ve decided we won’t be opening at the farm in October. We will continue to go to Lomax on Wednesday evenings and if anyone wants anything, I’m making deliveries to Nauvoo on Mondays around the noon hour.

I’ve been letting Grampa Tom go to most of the markets by himself so I could get stuff done  before he went into the fields.

Here’s an old trike that I planted in my new peppermint patch. That thing has been driving me nuts! It doesn’t work, but every child who comes here insists on riding it. Grampa Tom has been saying he was going to scrap it out for years now. There comes a time when a girl just has to take matters into her own hands! Can’t wait till next year when I can sit some flowers on it 🙂

And I’ve been piddling around the house. Actually found my living room and kitchen. Now I have to organize the disaster that is my store room that has spilled over and taken possession of the grandkids bedroom as well.  Normally, I keep the kids room accessible, but when we had to rearrange the entire house to get the hospital bed in, everything got shoved in there and it has been accumulating 🙁

I’ve been harvesting and drying quite a few herbs.
This is my stevia. Yes that is a shower curtain. Don’t worry. That bathroom hasn’t worked since the pipes broke when we were pretending to be snowbirds several years ago. It’s mostly just and extra storage closet now.

Stevia doesn’t put out a great deal of fragrance, but this holy basil has the whole house smelling wonderful! Yes, I know, some of it has flowered. I like the flowers. They are pretty and they taste good! I’m betting they will make an awesome oil as well.

I’ve been experimenting with making massage oils with my herbs and olive oil. So far, I’ve been very pleased with the results. Our friend David heard about what I was doing and offered me several thousand little spray bottles to package them in. That should do me for quite a while 🙂

This week’s goals: Start teaching/babysitting my grandkids. I’ll try to post some of our activities on my Almost Unschooling Grama blog, pull a ton of weeds, pick my dried beans, dig more potatoes (still have several rows), study more on how to be professional about this blogging thing (I feel like a kindergartner who only knows how to count to 3), straighten the store room and kids room, build a fence around the new garden space I am making south of the deck, bring home more clay blocks from the neighbor’s house … yeah, that’s how I roll …

God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue

Fresh Produce Just Outside of Nauvoo

Goals for this week: MAKE SIGNS! Have yard sale.

I know, I know, it’s the middle of September and I’m just now getting around to making signs? Yeah. Disgusting isn’t it? But I’m done with the markets. Grampa Tom will be going to Burlington, Lomax and Keokuk this week, but I’m staying home.

This morning I have the produce tables set up. Hopefully, tomorrow I will have signs made and be able to start putting our our hoarded treasures 🙂

This week we have mums, hot peppers, Japanese egg plant (cute little things that look like miniature pumpkins), potatoes, tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, concord grapes, zucchini, radishes, patty pan, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash, egg plant, kale, chard, basil, oregano, rosemary, stevia, sage, thyme, chives, tarragon, apple butter, raspberry, strawberry and peach jam … of course I’ve forgotten some stuff 😉

Directions to the farm: Go to the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High. Turn east on the Colusa Road. Go ½ mile. Turn north on county road 1050 E. Go ¾ mile. The Whitson compound is on the east side – a white house and a single wide trailer. We are in the trailer. The goodies are set up in the carport beside Grampa Tom’s folks in the white house 🙂
God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue 

It’s Sunshiny in the Carport! – Menu Update

Would you look at all these beautiful colors? And I’m so organized this morning! Got everything out but the kale, chard and herbs. I wait as late as I can to cut those so they are as fresh as possible. I’ll be out there during let ups in the rain to get those this morning.

So whats on the line up today? Tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, green peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, beets, watermelon, peaches, new potatoes, zucchini, spaghetti squash, spazhini squash, blackberries, peas, egg plant, sweet onions, basil, tarragon, Greek and Italian oregano, sage, parsley, thyme, dill, peppermint … possibly spearmint and rosemary … aloe and lemon balm plants … of course I’ve forgotten something 😉

Hopefully this weekend we will have sweet corn, acorn squash, peaches and other goodies. Check out my Facebook page for daily updates and more pictures!

We will be open at the farm Wed-Fri from 9am-1pm, at the Painted Corners in Lomax from 3-7pm Wed-Fri and 9-1 Saturday, and we will be at the Port in Burlington from 5-7pm and at the Keokuk mall from 7-11am on Sat morning

Directions to the farm:

Go to the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High. Turn east on the Colusa Road. Go ½ mile. Turn north on county road 1050 E. Go ¾ mile. The Whitson compound is on the east side – a white house and a single wide trailer. We are in the trailer. Grampa Tom’s folks are in the white house 🙂

God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue

Under Cover Produce – Click to See What We Have!

Well, after last week’s torrential rains on Friday, I finally bit the bullet and asked my in-laws if I could use a part of their carport to set up in. They of course said yes because they love me! I thought about setting up in the yard again today, but in the carport I don’t have to chase the shade and that sounds good to me.

This week we have: red and white sweet candy onions, cabbage, tomatoes, kohlrabi, kale, chard, black berries,  zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, egg plant, new potatoes, green beans, carrots, peas (yes, it’s July 30th and we are picking peas), jams and jellies, cilantro, basil, dill, sage, tarragon, oregano, parsley, thyme… there’s always something I’ve forgotten. We have a few ears of shucked sweet corn today. Tomorrow we will have lots more sweet corn and some really good mini cantaloupes that have almost paper thin rinds. Friday we should have peaches, bigger cantaloupe and watermelon.

Stop by the farm from 9-1 today through Friday or by the Painted Corners on 96 across from the Pink in Lomax from 3-7 today through Friday and on Saturday from 9-2 or at the Burlington market in Crapo Park Thursday evening from 5-7 or at the Keokuk mall Saturday morning from 7-11.

 Directions to the farm: 

Go to the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High. Turn east on the Colusa Road. Go ½ mile. Turn north on county road 1050 E. Go ¾ mile. The Whitson compound is on the east side – a white house and a single wide trailer. We are in the trailer. Grampa Tom’s folks are in the white house 🙂
 
God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue 

This Weeks Goodies!

We’re running a little late here today folks! It was so hot yesterday that I thought it would be better just to pick this morning and if anyone wanted something I didn’t have yet, I’d just go out and pick it while they waited.

There’s still a few things we need to get out there yet, but here’s the line up: peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, new potatoes, green beans, kohlrabi, radishes carrots, cilantro, basil, dill, sage, tarragon, oregano, parsley, thyme… there’s always something I’ve forgotten … oh yeah! Peas! Can you believe it? It’s the 23rd of July and we are picking peas! We’ll have sweet corn this evening.

We’re open at the farm Wednesday through Friday from 9am -1pm. At the Painted Corners in Lomax from 3-7 Wednesday through Friday and on Saturday morning from 9-2. We also go to the Burlington market on Thursday evening and to the Keokuk market on Saturday mornings.

Directions to the farm:

Go to the Nauvoo-Colusa Jr. High. Turn east on the Colusa Road. Go ½ mile. Turn north on county road 1050 E. Go ¾ mile. The Whitson compound is on the east side – a white house and a single wide trailer. We are in the trailer. Grampa Tom’s folks are in the white house 🙂
God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue 

Menu Update

Woo hoo! We should have sweet corn, red raspberries,cantaloupe, watermelon and peaches tomorrow up at Lomax from 3-7 and here Wednesday morning from 9-1! Other possibilities include: radishes, new potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, dill,  kohlrabi, turnips, green beans, cilantro, beets, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, basil, tarragon, oregano, chives, sage, thyme, spearmint, peppermint, cut flowers, aloe and lemon balm plants … probably a whole lot more!

If you come out to the farm, tell me you saw this post and we’ll give you $2 off any purchase of $5 or more this week. Only one discount per customer please!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Summer’s Here! Menu Update

The gardens are really starting to produce! Come see us for all your holiday veggie needs.

Menu Possibilities
(while supplies last)

Grama Sue’s pasture raised rainbow eggs
Strawberry jam
Raspberry jam
Apple butter

Your Daily 5
Radishes
Kale
Chard
Red Onions
Sugar Snap Peas
Beets
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Cabbage
Kohlrabi
Carrots
Broccoli
Tomatoes
Green onion
Cucumber
Peaches
Turnips

Later in the week we may have:

Sweet Corn
Peaches
and Melons

In the herb department we should have:
Greek and Italian Oregano
Sage
Dill
Thyme
Chives
Cilantro (Dried only)
Tarragon
Basil
and Parsley

Come get some good eats!

God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue

Menu Update

Aren’t they cute? Grampa Tom had a fit. He thought I was planting his boots. The one with the strings is his boot, but it’s an old one that I stuck away in the store room a couple of years ago when I first saw this project on Pinterest 🙂 I’m asking $10/boot!

So this week we hope to have:
Grama Sues Pasture Raised Rainbow Eggs
Radishes
Kale
Chard
Red Onions
Sugar Snap Peas
Beets
Zucchni
Cucumbers
Cabbage
Kohlrabi
Carrots
Broccoli

We may be able to bring in some:
Tomatoes
Sweet Corn
Peaches and Melons

In the herb department we should have:
Greek and Italian Oregano
Sage
Dill
Thyme
Chives
Cilantro (Dried only)
Tarragon
Basil and Parsley

Come get some good eats!

God Bless You All!
~Grama Sue