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Last Day We Will be Open For the season — Saturday, December, 27, 2014

As the title of this blog post says, this is the last day we will be open for the season.  This morning we will be down at the stand getting stuff put away for winter.  If you still are looking for nice crisp apples, sweet onions, red potatoes or some squash, please visit us this morning.  There is a good chance we will be closing up for the season around noon, even though the temperature will be pushing near 50F. I think I will be putting up another blog post mostly about the December weather and a look at the rest of the winter.  I heard that Detroit had its least snowiest Decembers in over 125 years!

Update:  If you plan on stopping by and don’t think you will make it by noon, call 924-2761 and let us know you might be a little late!

Friday, December 26, 2014 What’s happening at Magicland Farms Today and Tomorrow

We will be open today and we still have a good supply of nice, crisp apples, sweet onions and Red Pontiac potatoes.  Today we will be down at the stand more than we were earlier in December since we are preparing to close the stand for the winter.  Despite the likelihood of rain tomorrow (it looks like it will be a relatiively warm rain) we plan on being open.  Tomorrow will be the day we close up for the winter.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids mentioned last week they weren’t sure of the Christmas week forecast.  They sure were right!  It turned out much warmer than any forecast indicated!  Earlier in the week the forecast that was issued by nearly every weather man in the country was for snow on Christmas Eve and early Christmas and turning much colder today and tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014–It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over!

Primarily because of the weather today and Friday (We will be closed on Christmas Day, of course) we will be open today and at least on Friday when it is supposed to be sunny with temperatures in the 40s.  This will be longest time in the fall (actually winter) season than we had ever been open before.  What makes it really strange is that in mid November we were thinking we just might have to close for the season earlier than ever!  While it looks like we will have real winter weather overtake Magicland Farms starting next week, the real cold weather looks to be riddled with a thaw sometime in January.

We still have a good supply of crisp apples as well as sweet onions and red potatoes.  As we were most of November, we will be on self-serve today.

All of us at Magicland Farms hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve and truly wish you a very, blessed Christmas.

Tom, Mark, Matt, Bernadette, Rebekah and Catherine

Magicland Farms, Monday, December 22, 2014–Also, the Earth has been getting closer to the sun for over 5 months now!

Right now it is raining–that’s right RAINING–thru much of Minnesota even some northern parts of that state!  Despite this there is still a fair chance of having a white Christmas here since it looks like our rain will turn to snow late on Christmas Eve.  While we will likely then have a couple of weeks of typical cold January weather, it seems like we will have an early January thaw starting in mid-January instead of the end of January which is more typical.  Those who have been calling for a severely cold winter should think of revising their forecast soon.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, tomorrow Tuesday December 23 will be the last day we will be open all day until next spring sometime.  Right now we plan on closing things up on Wednesday unless the weather looks too bad on Wednesday and then we will likely close up for the season tomorrow!  Right now we still have a good supply of a variety of nice crisp, naturally chilled apples as well as sweet onions and red potatoes.

Oh yes, that headline teaser…while the average distance from the earth to the sun is 93.24 million miles, on January 3 this distance is only 91.65 million miles.  On July 4 the distance increases to 94.82 million miles!

Get Set For Some Interesting Weather–Saturday, December 20, 2014

Before we talk about the weather I want to let everyone know we plan on being open today, Monday and Tuesday, and our last day we will be open this season is Tuesday.  We still have a good supply of most varieties of our apples as well as sweet onions and also a great supply of nice Red Pontiac potatoes.

As I mentioned in my recent posts, the weather next week right around Christmas and into the weekend after Christmas is puzzling.  NOAA weather has commented on the upcoming weather and referred to it as being rather strange and the present forecast will likely change as we get into next week so we should check back on Monday to see if there are any changes.  One thing I am pretty certain is if you write down the forecast meteorologists issued yesterday, and look back at it in say 10 days, what is forecasted now will differ from what actually took place.  One possibility is that we will receive a major snowstorm sometime during the Holiday period (Christmas to New Years), so keep that in mind!  Another possibility is that it will be quite mild during this same period, although right now I think the former weather scenario is a bit more likely!

News from Magicland Farms for Friday, December 19, 2014

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the forecasted weather for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and even the weather into New Years’ Eve still has a big question mark ahead of it.  I was sort of happy to hear the government’s NOAA official forecast into next week mention the forecast is quite uncertain since they seem to go right along with my thinking.  It is nice when people seem to agree with you!!

Right now we plan on being open until the day before Christmas Eve which is the coming Tuesday. We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday.  For more information see our facebook page for today.

Christmas Day Weather? Who Knows? Also. news from Magicland Farms for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today I’m glad I am not a TV weatherman because Christmas is just one week from today which is a big weather day for lots of reasons.  The problem is that it is so far away that it is hard to make a forecast by the seat of your pants (i.e. without looking at computer models) and the models don’t make sense–at least not for me.  Looking at them, and their divergence, it is obvious they are far from sure what the weather will be on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day–although that period does look unsettled.  My advice here is to watch the forecast issued on  Monday, December 22!  By that time one can ignore the models and still get a decent forecast!

Right now we plan on being open until the day before Christmas Eve which is the coming Tuesday. We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday or Wednesday, unless it gets colder than we think before that.  For more information see our facebook page for today.

News from Magicland Farms for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It looks fairly certain that cold air will invade Michigan right around Christmas.  However, that is still eight days away and timing will likely change although there is no doubt it will turn colder sometime the end of next week.

We will be open today and possibly all week.  We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday or Wednesday, unless it gets colder than we think before that.

 

 

News from Magicland Farms for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All the snow has now been gone for several days due to the December warm spell which started in earnest last Saturday.  It looks fairly certain that cold air will invade Michigan again on Christmas Eve!  Before that we will have another thaw that should melt any snow we might get before that–the snow we would get before Christmas Eve doesn’t look like much.  There is a chance that by Christmas the inland lakes here will be ice covered.  BEWARE!! THERE ARE WAVES ON PICKEREL LAKE NOW AND THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ICE ON IT.  THE ICE, IF ANY, WILL BE EXTREMELY THIN ON CHRISTMAS DAY SO PLEASE DON’T WALK ON IT!

Will we have a white Christmas?  It surely looks like it will be cold enough for snow. The question is will a storm help bring some white stuff or perhaps Lake Michigan will?

We will be open today and possibly all week.  We still have a good supply of nice crisp apples, sweet onions and a fair supply of potatoes.  We will be on self-serve today.  We will likely close for the season on next Tuesday, unless it gets colder than we think before that.

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014 at Magicland Farms

This December continues to baffle those who have been calling for an early cold winter and thought a white Christmas was a given.  Right now it looks like the weather going into Christmas should be a bit milder than normal with again more sunshine than average for December.  I noticed the GFS weather model seems to indicate a storm moving directly north from the Gulf into Michigan on Christmas Day.  Storms moving from that direction sometimes cause us problems.  However, most models don’t show this storm…we shall see…

We plan on being open all this week although we will have to keep an eye on the thermometer and weather conditions so it is a good idea to check this blog daily.

Right now our supply of crisp apples and sweet onions is still very good and we do still have potatoes for sale.  Most of the time we will be on self-serve this week so please bring correct change or your checkbook!