Senseless Tragedy

Our deepest and sincerest thoughts and condolences to those who lost loved ones in the Orlando club massacre. Unfortunately too many people use religious beliefs to hate and murder those they do not like. We are on this Earth together, like it or not, we have to find ways to coexist. You aren’t required to love everyone, but leave people alone. Live and let live.

its difficult to express the depths of sadness I feel over this tragedy.

Parents, love and cherish your children, no matter who they love because in the blink of an eye they may be torn from your life by senseless violence and tragedy.

Peace and Love to all,

Farmer Mike

Please call us before stopping by: 282-8420

Hey folks,

Due to various changes in my daily life (I’m a caregiver for my autistic/mildly schizophrenic godson) I’m not down at the farm/greenhouse on any scheduled basis.

I’ve heard grumblings that “I’m NEVER there,” lol, and yet… someone is seeding, transplanting and nurturing those thousands of plants. I’m actually there quite a lot, but not always during “Regular” retail/business hours. It’s kind of hit n miss many days due to my family obligations. I’m like the “Shoemakers Elf”  who comes in (often under cover of darkness) to cobble the shoes.  LOL

My great friend Harold billings passed away 4 years ago, I am the God Father for his two sons. After Harold was gone, I took over many of the childcare duties he used to perform. I am the de-facto father figure for the two boys, 19 and 17. The older of which has many challenges. Not having ever had children of my own, I’m doing the very best that I can with them and with my small business. Years ago I made a commitment to Harold and Mary to look after the boys should anything happen to either of them. I have stepped up to meet that obligation and assist Mary in any way that I can. This means that family comes first and my business second. That is my  reality.

I very much appreciate the caring and understanding shown me by so many of my longtime and more recent customers. Thank you.     🙂

If my newest customers could call ahead and work with me on times to come by and select plants, I’m sure that you will find the high quality well worth the tiny bit of effort needed to schedule a trip down.

Again, to all, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Peace

282-8420

Getting Seedy

Hello folks,

Well, we’re experiencing some of the lowest temperatures of the season (so far) here at the farm. Not much to do outdoors these days. I’ve been filling the time by updating my seed sowing spreadsheets with target sowing dates (one for flowers, one for herbs and veggies) and ordering seeds. I’ve gotten a few (25) items from Seed Savers Exchange out west, they have some cool and interesting varieties from yesteryear. Older “Heirloom” varieties usually have superb flavor and visual interest. “You eat with the eyes as well as the mouth” I was once told by a dear friend who passed some years ago. Truer words have never been spoken in my opinion.

Envelopes and boxes of seeds have been arriving nearly every day since last mid-week, this will continue through late March. Our first sowing of flowers (Pansy, viola, mimosa aka sensitive plant, rudbeckia, and snapdragons) and long germinating herbs, (Rosemary, and the Thymes, [3 types] lemon grass, lavender [2 colors, purple & pink] savory, marjoram and the like) sometime during the first week in February. I like to sow like items together with like items, the things that like the same germinating temperatures/conditions, and then some need light to sprout, others need dark, some don’t care either way.

In 2 weeks, I’ll be ordering 10 pallets, or ten tons, of bagged potting organic compost potting mix. Each one must be hand unloaded and placed in the barn for storage. That’s my February workout. LOL in late February the pots and hanging baskets arrive. They will be filled with transplants the first and third week in march. And all the while we’ll be seeding away, 430 items will be sown this season, this is why a spreadsheet is required, or it would be complete mayhem and chaos down here. LOL

OK, my day is at an end. Tomorrow morning I’m driving my godson up to Pico Mountain so that he can snowboard with his schoolmates. (I’ll be in the lodge, sitting in front of the big fireplace reading a good book. Something by Frank Herbert I should think.

Peace and good health to all.

Farmer Mike

Belated New Year!

Happy New Year to my friends, family and my valued customers. I hope the new year finds everyone in good spirits and in good health. On a personal note, I have finally recovered from surgery on a torn meniscus in my left knee. For a while it seemed like it would never recover. It did slow me a down just a bit on vacation in Yellowstone park this last September. Nonetheless, I had a fantastic time visiting with my family from Ohio. My sincerest thanks to my parents, Bert and Joanne Guay for being exemplary hosts!

The last quarter of 2015 was a busy one for us, we sold about a third more wreaths than we did the 2014 season. This is certainly good from a financial standpoint, but busy busy busy.  lol

We’ve begun ordering seeds for the upcoming season, early stuff mainly. Pansies, violas, slow germinating/growing seeds such as lavender, rosemary and other herbs and annual flowers. We expect to begin seeding shortly after the first of February. The items like leeks, onions and shallots will be sown shortly thereafter. The real sowing madness begins after March first, then its peddle to the metal until our season ends in later July.

Our future:

(2017) Our plans include establishing a berry orchard here on the farm. Red, purple, orange and yellow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, hybrid elderberry (much larger fruit) and sweet and early honey berries.

(2018) We will begin a Christmas tree planting, Balsam fir, Fraser fir, Grand Fir, Nordmann Fir,  Noble Fir, and Blue Douglas Fir. We’ll start with about 300 and then 150 per year thereafter.

(2019) Will bring plantings of delicious aronia berry, goji berry, sweet goumi berries, sweet Russian quince, cornelian cherry trees, native persimmon trees and native pawpaw trees.

And of course our fine selection of high quality starter plants, baskets, containers and more.

Peace, Farmer Mike

August Notes

Hello friends and fellow plant enthusiasts. August is upon us and gardens are in high production. Many of you are inundated with excess produce, some of you may have lost plants to pests and diseases. Those of you with excesses may “Can, Jar or Put up” that excess for enjoyment during the winter months, or as gifts to be given during the holidays.

If you have excess but aren’t into “Canning,” please consider taking those nutritious delights to local food pantries, homeless shelters or places of worship.

Its a shame that so much food spoils and goes to waste in our nation when there are a great many people who are in desperate need of food for children and the elderly.

On a personal note, my left knee continues to improve, but is not back to normal as yet. Hopefully it will be healed by the time I head west to Yellowstone in September (courtesy of my parents) I’m hoping to get in a few good hikes while I’m out there. (Crosses fingers.)

Anywho… Good health and pleasant days to all.

Peace,

Farmer Mike

Happy Summer

Hello everyone,

This Saturday, 7/11/15 is expected to be our last day at the Vermont Farmers Market. We are nearly out of all of our products at this point, and… I am having outpatient knee surgery July 14th so it is unlikely that I will be there on the 18th.

I want to thank each one of you for helping us have the very best season in our long history. We are already planning for the 2016 growing season and your input is always appreciated and welcomed.

Be safe and healthy this summer, fall and winter. We’ll see everyone next spring.

Peace,

Farmer Mike

We’re still going.

Hello folks,

With only days to go before the Summer Solstice, we still have plenty of “Short Season” veggie plants that can be tucked into your gardens. Broccoli (63 day), Brussels Sprouts (90 day), early Tomatoes (58-70 day), early Pepper (58-70 day) and Eggplant varieties (45-67 day), heat tolerant “Summer” Lettuce (50-56 day), bulbing Fennel (60-80 day), Zucchini (6 varieties, 48-60 days), Summer squash (48 day) Winter squash (6 varieties, 85-100 days), Italian purple pesto Basil, Italian green pesto Basil, lemon Basil and Thai Basil, Par-Cel cutting Celery, Italian flat leaf Parsley. (May have missed a few items, LOL)

Flowers still include, Geranium (8 colors), vegetative Petunias (5 colors), Verbena,  yellow Argeranthemum, patio Begonia “Ikon bronze,” Non-Stop begonia,  loads of million bells (over 16 colors), Bidens, Licorice plant (3 varieties), Vinca vine, branching Sunflowers for cutting, hardy Lavender, and a few others I’m sure that I’ve missed.

We also have 12″ combo Bowls, 8″ and 10″ Patio containers and as always we have beautiful hanging baskets available.

Happy gardening,

Farmer Mike

Local Freeze expected for Friday night!

Hey folks,

I’m not sure that covering your tender plants will be enough protection. Anything tender should be brought inside.

Safe, cold tolerant plants are, pansies/violas, cabbage, broccoli, kale, lettuce, chard.

Unsafe… Tomato, pepper, eggplant, zukes, cukes, etc.

Personally, I won’t plant my own tender cops until “AFTER” traditional Memorial Day, or May 31st.

Peace, Farmer Mike

A return to more “Normal” weather

Hello folks,

After what seemed like 2 weeks of well above average hot/sunny weather here in lovely Vermont (which me and the plants appreciated very much) we now find ourselves back to more normal, cooler, temperatures. We also have found ourselves in a lower than average rainfall period as well. Not that I’m complaining about that. People don’t buy very many plants or garden in the pouring rain,  so sunshine is my friend.

We have had our most successful opening weekend in our history. For this we thank all of you very much. We still have a large and great selection of beautiful hanging baskets, planters, color bowls and individual flowers to choose from. The cooler veggie plants such as kale, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, onions and leeks are still in good supply. We now have cherry tomatoes ready to go and soon we’ll have a wide variety of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cukes, zukes, summer & winter squash ready also.

We are at Farmers Market every Saturday from 9-2, Grace Church on Sunday mornings from 10-1, and at the farm most weekdays, though it is strongly suggested that you CALL AHEAD (282-8420) before coming out. We have lives which must be lived and obligations and appointments away from the farm daily. Please call ahead to avoid unnesessary frustration on your part.

We are primarilly small local growers, not a retail garden center per-se. Most often we are a staff of ONE, and if we have a doctors appointment, or a child who needs a ride home from school we aren’t at the farm for an indetermined period of time during the day. We hope that you will understand this reality of our lives.

In our defense, we really do have gorgeous plants and it’s worth the little extra effort to make an appointment ahead of time. Just think how special you’ll feel being treated like a VIP.

: )

Peace and good gardening,

Farmer Mike

Spring flowers are ready!

Hey Folks,

Just a quick update.

Our pansies, violas, diascia and osteospermums are in full bloom and ready to plant. All are cold hardy and in fact enjoy the cool temperatures.  Also, we have Onion starts and leeks available while supplies last.

Million bells are going to be ready after May 1st. The rest of our babies should be ready for Mother’s Day.

Warm season veggies will be ready when we feel it’s safe to plant them outdoors, meaning after Memorial Day. LOL

Our plants are available at the Winter Farmers market on West Street, every Saturday from 10 til 2.  At the farm on Creek Road most days. Best to call ahead (282-8420) to be sure I’m not out wrangling the teenagers, at the doctor or getting a haircut. LOL

Join us at the outdoor “Summer” market in Depot Park begining Saturday, May 9th from 9 til 2.

Peace,

Farmer Mike

We don't just sell plants, we sell success!

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