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My First Look at the Winter of 2014 and 2015

If you have been reading my blog the past month I have been forecasting a rather mild November!  Well, so far it was very mild — at least if you compare the weather to the average Antarctica weather!  Looking back, it seems you can blame that super duper typhoon that decided to sit, and finally die out, just southwest of Alaska for the steady January-in-November weather for much of the country including Michigan.  I wasn’t brave enough, so far, to forecast the winter as a whole and I hope I will be more accurate — a lot more accurate, in fact — than my November forecast.  To be honest, mild Novembers help us out greatly financially both at the farm and doing our fall cleanup business–and perhaps this had also something to do with my mild November forecast.

What, you may ask, am I basing my forecast on?  El Nino, which has been a tried and tested factor concerning winters in Michigan.  About 3 out of 4 El Ninos result in mild winters in Michigan.  However, some years we have mild–even warm winters–without a El Nino. For instance, the 2011-2012 winter was of record warmth, which resulted in destroying our fruit crops, did not not even come close to having an El Nino that year.  Right now, Australia has just issued a warning for the upcoming El Nino.  The equatorial Pacific has warmed up so much and so fast the last two weeks that previous forecasts have been shelved (for a weak to mild El Nino).  Why do they care so much about El Nino’s in Australia?  Because they are usually associated with dryness which means poorer crops and more wild fires.

DON’T BUCK THE TREND!

This little saying keeps running thru my mind when issuing a relatively mild winter forecast.  It has been below normal, on average, across Michigan for over a year.  This is hard to break.  However, according to NASA/NOAA and more the world as a whole have had many all time record setting warm months in a row.  From this one can assume when the weather switches in Michigan to mild from cold, there will be a major shift taking place which will stun many people, including myself.  We will see…

For information from National Public Radio about the latest El Nino Click Here

 

Monday, November 17, 2014–We will be closed Today thru Thursday this week because of the weather.

We will be closed most of this week.  The first day we will likely reopen is Saturday.  We hope to be open most of Thanksgiving week except for Thanksgiving itself.  Check this blog before coming down. Thank you!

Saturday, November 15, 2015 Report from Magicland Farms

We will be open today.  We uncovered two of the large apple boxes we have in front of the stand.  These boxes contain Red Delicious and Mutsu/Crispin.  These apples we are selling for $6 a half bushel.  You can use the half bushel plastic bags we have available. Of course, you can mix and match them.  We have many more varieties of apples inside the stand with prices marked.   While we are in and out of the stand during the day make sure you bring either change or your checkbook since much of the time we will be on self-serve. Inside we still do have a good selection of not only apples but red potatoes, sweet onions and peppers as well. Our Yukon Gold potatoes are rather low in supply.

It looks like we will be closed next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  We may reopen on Thursday, depending if it warms up enough.  Right now it looks like there will be enough mild Pacific air moving into the area so we will be open Thursday November 20 thru all of Thanksgiving week.  Except for Thanksgiving, and if the forecast is accurate, we hope to be open from late next week thru all of the following (Thanksgiving) week.  Of course, that’s the plan right now and is based on forecasts (and perhaps a bit on wishful thinking) and is subject to the actual weather.

MAKE SURE YOU EITHER READ THIS BLOG BEFORE YOU COME DOWN TO THE STAND THE REMAINDER OF THIS SEASON OR YOU CALL OUR HOME NUMBER 231-652-2368 TO MAKE SURE WE WILL BE OPEN!

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Apples–Jonagold, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, RedGold  and Mutsu(Crispin) $6 a half bushel.  Fill our 1/2 bushel plastic bag yourself from the apples in the large wood apple boxes sitting in front of our stand. Also: Utility Grade mixed apples for $4 a half  bushel already in 1/2 bushel plastic bags.   We also have smaller quantities of : Honeycrisp, Spies, Fuji, Granny Smith, Russet, Idared, Splendor and others inside of the stand.  Also: Red and Yukon Gold potatoes, peppers, sweet onions and more.  Magicland Farms, 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont Michigan, phones 924-2761 and 652-2368.  Open 10 to 5, closed Sundays. Find updates and specials on our website: blog.magiclandfarms.com

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014 Update

As mentioned in my last post I wrote about a half an hour ago, the roads which have’nt been treated with salt are very slick–a combination of relatively warm pavement and below freezing air with snow melting and then freezing again.  The stand will not be opened today although late this afternoon we mayl, if the roads are OK, be down there and doing some work. We are unsure if we will open tomorrow although there is a good chance we will be opened on Saturday–I’ll let you know on this blog!

That’s the bad news!  The good news is that the cold spell was caused by that super Typhoon Nuri and NOT by the polar vortex dropping southward.  This means the unusual cold was temporary and there is a high probability that by next weekend (November 22) and thru Thanksgiving week, the weather will moderate substantially.  We are in the process of trying to decide what to do for the rest of the season.  Right now it looks like we will be closed Monday (November 17) and Tuesday (November 18) and possibly Wednesday (November 19) and then open up again at least until Thanksgiving.  Check back here for the latest information!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 — Roads this morning are bad, new post shortly!

Just want to let people know that the roads near the farm are bad this morning.  I think they will be better this afternoon—another post shortly!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 report from Magicland Farms

As mentioned in my last two blogs, this winter-like cold outbreak might mean an earlier than planned closing at Maigicland Farms so we will be posting every day whether we plan on being opened that day.  Well, today we do plan on being open and we will be spending more time down at the stand this morning than we did most mornings in November because we have to restock our shelves because of sales that surpassed our expectations yesterday.  The one thing we are running low on right now are Yukon Gold potatoes so I would recommend if that is the potato you are after you go down to the stand today.

We still do have a good selection of not only apples but red potatoes, sweet onions and peppers as well.  Because of the cold weather we have brought all our apples that are in large (abut 22 bu capacity) apple boxes from the orchard.  We placed these boxes, which contain Jonagold, Mutsu/Crispin, Red Deligious, Empire, Jonathan and RedGold apples,  in front of the stand and are selling these apples for $6 a half-bushel.  We have 1/2 bushel bags there for you to fill up.  Of course, you can mix and match them.  We have many more varieties of apples inside the stand with prices marked.   While we are in and out of the stand during the day make sure you bring either change or your checkbook since much of the time we will be on self-serve.

MAKE SURE YOU EITHER READ THIS BLOG BEFORE YOU COME DOWN TO THE STAND THE REMAINDER OF THIS SEASON OR YOU CALL OUR HOME NUMBER 231-652-2368 TO MAKE SURE WE WILL BE OPEN!  WE ARE OPEN TODAY, WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12.

Latest Hi-Lites Ad

Apples–Jonagold, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, RedGold  and Mutsu(Crispin) $6 a half bushel.  Fill our 1/2 bushel plastic bag yourself from the apples in the large wood apple boxes sitting in front of our stand. Also: Utility Grade mixed apples for $4 a half  bushel already in 1/2 bushel plastic bags.   We also have smaller quantities of : Honeycrisp, Spies, Fuji, Granny Smith, Russet, Idared, Splendor and others inside of the stand.  Also: Red and Yukon Gold potatoes, peppers, sweet onions and more.  Magicland Farms, 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont Michigan, phones 924-2761 and 652-2368.  Open 10 to 5, closed Sundays. Find updates and specials on our website: blog.magiclandfarms.com

 

Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11, 2014) report from Magicland Farms

A surprisingly nice Veterans Day is starting off weather-wise.  It is mild with some peaks at the sun.  It looks like some rain this afternoon.  The forecast for the rest of the week thru Sunday is for colder weather with a little snow possible.  If the high temperatures forecasted (about 34F) prove accurate, we will be able to stay open thru Saturday, although we may change our opening time to 11AM for the snow (if any) to melt.  Right now the forecast for next week looks like we may have to close for the season. Since there are hints in the computer weather models that by Saturday November 22, the weather will moderate enough for us to reopen, it is possible (not likely, just possible) that we may be able to reopen a few days before Thanksgiving.  As always this time of the year, please check this blog before coming down!

We still have a good selection of not only apples but red and Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet onions and peppers as well.  Because of the cold weather we have brought all our apples that are in large (abut 22 bu capacity) apple boxes from the orchard.  We placed these boxes, which contain Jonagold, Mutsu/Crispin, Red Deligious, Empire, Jonathan and RedGold apples,  in front of the stand and are selling these apples for $6 a half-bushel.  We have 1/2 bushel bags there for you to fill up.  Of course, you can mix and match them.  We have many more varieties of apples inside the stand with prices marked.   While we are in and out of the stand during the day make sure you bring either change or your checkbook since much of the time we will be on self-serve.

Latest Hi-Lites Ad

Apples–Jonagold, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, RedGold  and Mutsu(Crispin) $6 a half bushel.  Fill our 1/2 bushel plastic bag yourself from the apples in the large wood apple boxes sitting in front of our stand. Also: Utility Grade mixed apples for $4 a half  bushel already in 1/2 bushel plastic bags.   We also have smaller quantities of : Honeycrisp, Spies, Fuji, Granny Smith, Russet, Idared, Splendor and others inside of the stand.  Also: Red and Yukon Gold potatoes, peppers, sweet onions and more.  Magicland Farms, 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont Michigan, phones 924-2761 and 652-2368.  Open 10 to 5, closed Sundays. Find updates and specials on our website: blog.magiclandfarms.com

 

Monday, November 10, 2014 report from Magicland Farms

Unlike forecasts of just a few days ago, today looks like to be a nice November day with the sun coming out this afternoon and temperatures in the low 50s with a light east/southeast wind.  While tomorrow seems to be rather mild for mid November, the rest of the week will be cold and possibly with a little snow.  While I almost hate to mention it but the computer weather models for Thanksgiving week look like a relatively warm spell setting in.  The reason I hate to mention it is the long range models haven’t been as accurate recently as one would like (to say the least) but it would be nice if they were right this time.

While I mentioned before, every year we like to try to stay open until the day before Thanksgiving.  However, if the temperature doesn’t get above freezing during the day we have to stay closed that day.  The rest of the week, starting on Wednesday, the temperarures are forecast to just be a few degrees above freezing.  If this is the cast we will be able to stay open all this week.  However, if the temperatures are just a couple of degrees colder than forecast we will have to close up that day and if it doesn’t look it will warm up in a few days we just may have to close up for the season.  We are still figuring on what to do.  The chance of a bit of snow not only will cause problems for us at the stand, it will cause problems with our fall cleanup business.  It is just about impossible to rake leaves with even a half inch of snow on them–we know we have tried this!

We still have a good selection of not only apples but red and Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet onions and peppers as well.  Because of the cold weather we have brought all our apples that are in large (abut 22 bu capacity) apple boxes from the orchard.  We placed these boxes, which contain Jonagold, Mutsu/Crispin, Red Deligious, Empire, Jonathan and RedGold apples,  in front of the stand and are selling these apples for $6 a half-bushel.  We have 1/2 bushel bags there for you to fill up.  Of course, you can mix and match them.  We have many more varieties of apples inside the stand with prices marked.   While we are in and out of the stand during the day make sure you bring either change or your checkbook since much of the time we will be on self-serve.

Latest Hi-Lites Ad

Apples–Jonagold, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonathan, RedGold  and Mutsu(Crispin) $6 a half bushel.  Fill our 1/2 bushel plastic bag yourself from the apples in the large wood apple boxes sitting in front of our stand. Also: Utility Grade mixed apples for $4 a half  bushel already in 1/2 bushel plastic bags.   We also have smaller quantities of : Honeycrisp, Spies, Fuji, Granny Smith, Russet, Idared, Splendor and others inside of the stand.  Also: Red and Yukon Gold potatoes, peppers, sweet onions and more.  Magicland Farms, 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont Michigan, phones 924-2761 and 652-2368.  Open 10 to 5, closed Sundays. Find updates and specials on our website: blog.magiclandfarms.com

 

Saturday, November 8, 2014 report from Magicland Farms

Chilly, rainy morning will turn into a chilly, cloudy day with, it looks like right now, with some peeks at the sun this afternoon.  The weather pattern is quite interesting (I truly wish it wasn’t that interesting!) with that super Typhoon sitting just southwest of Alaska in the Pacific.  Since it really isn’t moving much, and is such an intense storm, I don’t think anyone or any computer model can make a good forecast for the upcoming 2 weeks.  It isn’t behaving like it was figured.  I feel this means just about any upcoming weather (of course you can rule out really warm weather here) is possible. Most of the models 10 days ago, which were pretty certain there would be above normal temps over all the country have been replaced with much below temps over nearly the country and the models are again pretty sure of their forecast.  In other words, the weather has been really hard to figure out and don’t rely on forecasts more than 3 days in the future right now at least until the strange upper winds become less strange. (Right now it looks like that the flow of weather thru central Canada will switch and will bring Atlantic weather moving thru central Canada instead of weather moving in from the Canadian Rockies )

Whatever the forecast today we will be open until about 5PM but keep in mind we will again be on self-serve most of the day!

What We Have For Sale Today:

Peppers (Sweet bell, and Super Sweet colored peppers)

Learn how to freeze peppers by watching our YouTube video: http://youtu.be/830qJ538Ejc

Onions (Sweet yellow and red onions)
Potatoes (Red and Yukon Gold)
Winter Squash (Celebration, Heart of Gold, Spaghetti, Buttercup, Butternut)

Sugar Pie Pumpkins And fall decorations including pumpkins of all sizes, colorful gourds, green bottle gourds, corn shucks, Indian Corn and popcorn for decoration. Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking:Honeycrisp, Empire, Northern Spy, Fuji, Granny Smith, Idared, Crispin/Mutsu, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, RedGold, Macoun, Roman Beauty, Golden Delicious and Hawaii. We also have started to harvest our Splendor apples which are a very sweet, crisp apple.  One reason why I purchased, this rather rare apple, was that I saw it being advertised in fancy gift packs in the Harry and David Catalog.  Well, it was a wise purchase since this apple is of high quality and keeps well, although it isn’t exceptionally easy to grow. We also now have limited quantities of Calville Blanc D’Hiver and our Ashmead Kernel apples.  These apples are known for their extremely high Vitamin C content–Calville’s have more Vitamin C per ounce than oranges or any other citrus fruit!  Ashmead Kernel has a very robust flavor–you really know you are eating something different with tartness, sweetness and flavor in abundance.  Calville has the reputation for being the best apple in existence for pies–a few years ago I received a request from a fancy New York restaurant for about 10 bushels of Calville.  Too bad we didn’t have much of a crop that year so I couldn’t fulfill that order.  This year we do have a fair crop from just a couple trees and is a good year to see if you agree with some that Calville makes the best pies and tarts.  Many like to eat it fresh! Because of its super high Vitamin C content, Calville is being used as a genetic source in breeding programs.  The main problem with Caville is that it is really hard to get a good crop of nice looking Calville’s! Trust me here! Our Red Delicious this year are outstanding–they are good sized, dark red and crisp, juicy and sweet!  If you are a Red Delicious fan you will love these! Keep in mind we have Red Delicious free samples as well as Empire and RedGold, so you can taste them before you buy ‘em. While we have sold RedGold apples in the past, this year they are really outstanding!  Sweet, Juicy and full of flavor. Reminder: We now have RedGold free samples! Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art – find some new creations this week!

SPECIALS

Sweet Onions:

$2.50 1/4 peck
$4 a 1/2 peck

$6 a peck
$10 a 1/2 bushel

Green Bell Peppers:
$6 a peck
$8 a 1/2 bushel

Apples:
Jonathan, Empire, RedGold and Red Delicious – $8 a 1/2 bushel

Utility Grade Apples:–$5 a 1/2 bushel

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

Red and Yukon Gold Potatoes — $10 a 1/2 bushel (that is less than 35 cents a pound!)

Here are our Hi-Lites Ads for the Week

Magicland Farms Specials: Bell Peppers $8 1/2 bushel, Sweet Onions $10 1/2 bushel, Pie Pumpkins $8 bushel, Jonathan, Empire, Red Delicious, Red Gold $8 1/2 bushel, and Utility Grade apples $5 1/2 bushel. 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont. Open 10-5, closed Sundays, 924-2761.

 Apples: Spies, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu/Crispin, Empire, Jonathan, Red and Golden Delicious, RedGold, Splendor, Idared, Russet, Calville Blanc, Blushing Golden, Granny Smith, Fuji and more. Also, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, peppers, sweet onions, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold winter squash, pie pumpkins. See other ad for specials! Magicland Farms 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont. Open 10-5, closed Sundays, 924-2761.

 
  

 

 

 

What is happening today, Friday, November 7, 2014

Today looks to be fairly nice for November.  The forecast for tomorrow and thru the mid part of next week doesn’t look so pleasant.  Late next week it looks like we will have some improvement in the weather.  How long this improvement lasts may just be an indication for the weather for the remainder of November.  We shall see…

What We Have For Sale Today:

Peppers (Sweet bell, and Super Sweet colored peppers)

Learn how to freeze peppers by watching our YouTube video: http://youtu.be/830qJ538Ejc

Onions (Sweet yellow and red onions)
Potatoes (Red and Yukon Gold)
Winter Squash (Celebration, Heart of Gold, Spaghetti, Buttercup, Butternut)

Sugar Pie Pumpkins And fall decorations including pumpkins of all sizes, colorful gourds, green bottle gourds, corn shucks, Indian Corn and popcorn for decoration. Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking:Honeycrisp, Empire, Northern Spy, Fuji, Granny Smith, Idared, Crispin/Mutsu, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, RedGold, Macoun, Roman Beauty, Golden Delicious and Hawaii. We also have started to harvest our Splendor apples which are a very sweet, crisp apple.  One reason why I purchased, this rather rare apple, was that I saw it being advertised in fancy gift packs in the Harry and David Catalog.  Well, it was a wise purchase since this apple is of high quality and keeps well, although it isn’t exceptionally easy to grow. We also now have limited quantities of Calville Blanc D’Hiver and our Ashmead Kernel apples.  These apples are known for their extremely high Vitamin C content–Calville’s have more Vitamin C per ounce than oranges or any other citrus fruit!  Ashmead Kernel has a very robust flavor–you really know you are eating something different with tartness, sweetness and flavor in abundance.  Calville has the reputation for being the best apple in existence for pies–a few years ago I received a request from a fancy New York restaurant for about 10 bushels of Calville.  Too bad we didn’t have much of a crop that year so I couldn’t fulfill that order.  This year we do have a fair crop from just a couple trees and is a good year to see if you agree with some that Calville makes the best pies and tarts.  Many like to eat it fresh! Because of its super high Vitamin C content, Calville is being used as a genetic source in breeding programs.  The main problem with Caville is that it is really hard to get a good crop of nice looking Calville’s! Trust me here! Our Red Delicious this year are outstanding–they are good sized, dark red and crisp, juicy and sweet!  If you are a Red Delicious fan you will love these! Keep in mind we have Red Delicious free samples as well as Empire and RedGold, so you can taste them before you buy ‘em. While we have sold RedGold apples in the past, this year they are really outstanding!  Sweet, Juicy and full of flavor. Reminder: We now have RedGold free samples! Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art – find some new creations this week!

SPECIALS

Sweet Onions:

$2.50 1/4 peck
$4 a 1/2 peck

$6 a peck
$10 a 1/2 bushel

Green Bell Peppers:
$6 a peck
$8 a 1/2 bushel

Apples:
Jonathan, Empire, RedGold and Red Delicious – $8 a 1/2 bushel

Utility Grade Apples:–$5 a 1/2 bushel

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

Red and Yukon Gold Potatoes — $10 a 1/2 bushel (that is less than 35 cents a pound!)

Here are our Hi-Lites Ads for the Week

Magicland Farms Specials: Bell Peppers $8 1/2 bushel, Sweet Onions $10 1/2 bushel, Pie Pumpkins $8 bushel, Jonathan, Empire, Red Delicious, Red Gold $8 1/2 bushel, and Utility Grade apples $5 1/2 bushel. 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont. Open 10-5, closed Sundays, 924-2761.

 Apples: Spies, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Mutsu/Crispin, Empire, Jonathan, Red and Golden Delicious, RedGold, Splendor, Idared, Russet, Calville Blanc, Blushing Golden, Granny Smith, Fuji and more. Also, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, peppers, sweet onions, Celebration and Heart-of-Gold winter squash, pie pumpkins. See other ad for specials! Magicland Farms 4380 S. Gordon, Fremont. Open 10-5, closed Sundays, 924-2761.