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Monday, July 27, 2015: Sunny and Hot with light winds

Hot sunny couple of days ahead.  While me thinks the humidity won’t be excessive today, light winds and intense sun means excessive heat when you are in the sun this afternoon.  Shade and drinking plenty of water will be a great help if you have to do physical outside work this afternoon.

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Excerpts from our weekly e-newsletter:

When we started picking our PF1 peaches several weeks ago we have had several customers surprised to hear that the peaches came from our own orchards since we started picking and selling them a couple weeks ago… Read More

 

With regards to sweet corn, keep in mind that all the sweet corn that we sell inside our market is picked the same day — often several times a day.  However, we have had an influx this year… Read More

What we will be having today:

Large-eared, sweet and tender bi-color (yellow and white) Sweet Corn

Sweet, juicy, super flavorful peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender green and yellow beans

GREEN BEAN BUSHEL SALE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

1 bushel: $30

1/2 bushel: $16

Slicing and pickling cucumbers

36 pickling cucumbers for $6

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet yellow onions and red onions by the pound

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled sweet carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

SunSugar cherry tomatoes

Green Bell Peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Later today we will be picking

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES:

$20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

 

Watch our new YouTube video! Growing pickle time-lapse!

Saturday, July 25, 2015:More apologizes…

Yesterday we had problems accepting credit, debit and EBT cards apparently because we had legally changed over the operation of Magicland Farms from a Sole Proprietorship operation to a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) one.  We had understood, from the organization that we work thru, that everything was in order a month or so ago but we found out recently that wasn’t the case.  Things seemed back to normal by the end of yesterday when we were again able to accept Credit and Debit cards but we then found out that EBT cards didn’t work…someone, someplace neglected to add the EBT cards to the mix.  We had a rush order put in and hoped it would be done by the time we opened today but it wasn’t so we are unable to accept EBT cards today–I am reasonably sure we will be Monday morning.  Sorry for this inconvenience. BTW, despite the problems, yesterday was extremely busy, for which we want to thank you.  We especially wish to thank those who, who wanted to use Credit/DEbit/EBT cards, for their extraordinary patience. Today, Credit and Debit Cards should be OK.

Keep in mind that we will be going thru a heat wave the next few days at least until the end of next week.  Humidity levels will build up quickly as well and light winds will make it seem even more uncomfortable when you are in the sun and not in a lake or pool.

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What we will be having today:

Very sweet and tender bi-color (yellow and white) Sweet Corn

Sweet, juicy, super flavorful peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender green and yellow beans

GREEN BEAN BUSHEL SALE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

1 bushel: $30

1/2 bushel: $16

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Great News, our limited time SPECIAL 36 for 6 bucks pickling cucumber sale has begun!

36 pickling Cucumbers for $6

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions by the pound

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled sweet carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

SunSugar cherry tomatoes: Very limited supply!

Green Bell Peppers

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES:

$20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

Friday, July 24, 2015: A Look ahead of what we will start picking in the next few weeks…

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We have had numerous questions about how our other fruit and vegetables are doing and when we will start picking them.  Well, despite the fact we’ve been picking our SunSugar tomatoes for over a week, they have been in such a short supply they aren’t on the stand for very long.  Next week our supply should rapidly increase so by the end of next week we should have them all day. One of the problems with the SunSugar has to do with the fact we grow most in high-tunnels and neglected to open the sides for a few days and it got so hot some of the blossoms were killed although the plants grew tremendously.  Our “Little Red” tomatoes will be starting next week and our large slicers the end of next week hopefully if weather stays warm. Our large variety of heirloom tomatoes (over 12 varieties this year!!) and Roma types are also doing well.  Peppers should start tomorrow and eggplant in another week.  We will also be picking pretty soon more of our summer apples. We have begun to pick our Qunte apples this past Monday, but more apples like our Vista Bella, Melba, Viking etc. are coming along fast!  Our sweet and juicy yellow plums (which we have a good crop of this year) will start next week (Santa Rosa and Burbank plums are later).  Our muskmelon and watermelon look like they will need 2 more weeks as will our Acorn and Spaghetti Squash.  And one last thing for all those sweet corn lovers: look for our famous super sweet Mirai sweet corn in two weeks!

There is more and keep in mind I haven’t yet mentioned our fall crop which includes pumpkins of all types, butternut and buttercup squash, Rutabaga (for Ron :) ), pears which includs the Asian type, and many different fall and winter apples and the list goes on and on…

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Just a part of our muskmelon patch, freshly weeded too! :)

What we will be having today:

Very sweet and tender bi-color (yellow and white) Sweet Corn

Sweet, juicy, super flavorful peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender green and yellow beans

GREEN BEAN BUSHEL SALE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

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Great News, our limited time SPECIAL 36 for 6 bucks pickling cucumber sale has begun!

36 pickling Cucumbers for $6

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops and by the pound.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

SunSugar cherry tomatoes: Very limited supply!

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES:

$20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

Thursday, July 23, 2015:Summer Weather Along With Summer Produce

As far as one can see by perusing the weather maps, the typical summer weather will continue.  While the humidity might not be obnoxious today, bright sun, along with temperatures in the 80s AND WITH LIGHT WINDS means it will be uncomfortably hot in the sun from about noon to 4PM.  Take care if you have to work in the sun this afternoon since while there aren’t any heat advisories out doesn’t mean you can’t have a problem so make sure to drink enough fluids and take plenty of breaks in the shade.

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Since it looks like our fifth patch of beans, which will be ready in a few days, seems to to have a bumper crop, we are extending our green bean bushel sale for another week.  More details below…

What we will be having today:

Very sweet and tender bi-color (yellow and white) Sweet Corn

PF1 Flamin’ Fury Peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender green and yellow beans

GREEN BEAN BUSHEL SALE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

Slicing and pickling cucumbers 100_2714

 

Great News, our limited time SPECIAL 36 for 6 bucks pickling cucumber sale has begun!

36 pickling Cucumbers for $6

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES:

$20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015:Freshly picked peaches, sweet corn, green and yellow beans, cucumbers and much more! OUR PICKLING CUCUMBER SALE RETURNS TODAY FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME!

Another pleasantly fresh, sunny day today.  This beautiful weather looks like it will hold thru Saturday.  Take advantage of it now before hot, sticky weather arrives for late in the weekend and beyond as far as forecasts can see!

 

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What we will be having today:

Very sweet and tender bi-color (yellow and white) Sweet Corn

PF1 Flamin’ Fury Peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender green and yellow beans

GREEN BEAN SALE RUNS UNTIL JULY 25:

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

Slicing and pickling cucumbers

Great News, our limited time SPECIAL 36 for 6 bucks pickling cucumber sale starts  again today!

36 pickling Cucumbers for $6

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

Come early to get your pints of SunSugar cherry tomatoes!

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES:

$20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015: Near perfect weather the rest of the work week.

First off I want to apologize for those who stopped at our market late morning and early afternoon yesterday when our supply of sweet corn, peaches, radishes, onions, beets and a few other items was low or even non-existent.  To be honest, we didn’t expect to have such a high demand during that time period on Monday so we didn’t have enough picked by late morning.  Happily, we were able within a couple of hours, to restock since the produce was out in the field and just needed to be picked (and some cases washed).  When this happens it is frustrating since we have the produce, most of which is less than a third of a mile away, it just needed to be picked and brought to the market.

The weather for the rest of the work week looks to be nearly ideal with sunny skies, light winds and afternoon temperatures around 80F.

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What we will be having today:

Bi-color Sweet Corn

PF1 Flamin’ Fury Peaches

Quinte summer apples

Young and tender Green and Yellow beans

GREEN BEAN SALE RUNS UNTIL JULY 25:

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

Slicing and pickling cucumbers

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Cut sunflowers

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES: $20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

Monday, July 20, 2015: Sweetness Sweet Corn and What’s Happening today at Magicland Farms

Today will be quite warm and sunny although there is a chance for a brief TShower this afternoon.  The rest of the week looks to have very pleasant temperatures along with sunny skies.

Excerpt from our E-newsletter:

Last week, two of our home-run hitters, peaches and sweet corn, stepped out of the dugout and went to bat for us!   The peaches we picked last week, and will be picking this week, are truly all stars.  In fact, despite the fact… Read More

….[W]e will mostly be picking a new corn for us called Sweetness.   Sweetness is a great name for it.  The ear size of Sweetness is slightly larger than the corn we picked last week.  We also will be picking this week… Read More

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What we will be having today:

Bi-color Sweet Corn

PF1 Flamin’ Fury Peaches

Young and tender Green and Yellow beans

GREEN BEAN SALE RUNS UNTIL JULY 25:

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

$25 a bushel for 2 or more bushels

Slicing and pickling cucumbers

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with top

SunSugar cherry tomatoes: Very limited supply!

Also summer apples and cut sunflowers either later today or tomorrow.

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES: $20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook.

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015: Roasted Sweet Corn and Peaches on Ice Cream– a perfect hot day meal!

Forecast calls for it to be the hottest day so far this summer with temperatures reaching the low to mid 90s along with humidity that makes one think, if they slept with an AC going all night, they just stepped out into the Amazon Jungle (or, even worse, the southwest side of Chicago during one of the many July heat waves I remember as a kid).

While the forecast calls for a hot day, there is an area of showers and thunderstorms crossing over Lake Michigan that might keep it a bit cooler than forecast if it holds together.  If it stays together, rain, along with possibly lightning, should reach Magicland Farms around 9 to 9:30 and by 11:30 should be done and the sun will make a quick return.  We shall see…

 

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Our PF1 Flamin’ Fury peaches are one of the earliest peach varieties in existence (ripening over 3 weeks before Red Haven peach) and in my opinion PF1s are one of the tastiest and juiciest peaches around! They are a semi-cling stone fruit, but sometimes they get so large so quickly they develop split pits. This doesn’t effect the flavor or texture at all though!

What we are having today:

Bi-color Sweet Corn: Come early before we sell out!

PF1 Flamin’ Fury Peaches

Young and tender green beans by the bag, peck, and half bushel.

GREEN BEAN SALE RUNS UNTIL JULY 25:

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

$25 each for 2 or more bushels

Slicing and pickling cucumbers

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES: $20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook. Also, keep an eye out for when the Arts and Crafts Gift Shop opens!

Friday, July 17, 2015: First Peaches of the Season: Big, beautiful, juicy, sweet and DELICIOUS!

As usual, our PF1 peaches started to ripen before we figured on.  Well anyway, we checked them out yesterday morning and picked some ripe PF1′s.  They are delicious–trust me here!  Keep in mind that sliced peaches on ice cream, as I have said before, is not only a delicious treat and easy to prepare, it provides just about all the vitamins, protein and minerals one needs in a meal.  Of course, a bit of whip cream on top can’t hurt! Such a meal is especially welcome on hot sticky days, which is forecast for the upcoming weekend!

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Our PF1 Flamin’ Fury peaches are one of the earliest peach varieties in existence (ripening over 3 weeks before Red Haven peach) and in my opinion PF1s are one of the tastiest and juiciest peaches around! They are a semi-cling stone fruit, but sometimes they get so large so quickly they develop split pits. This doesn’t effect the flavor or texture at all though!

What we are having today:

Bi-color Sweet Corn: Come early before we sell out!

PF1 Flamin’ Fury Peaches

Young and tender green beans by the bag, peck, and half bushel.

Young and tender yellow wax beans

GREEN BEAN SALE RUNS UNTIL JULY 25:

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

$25 each for 2 or more bushels

Slicing and pickling cucumbers

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Beautiful large heads of Broccoli

Freshly pulled carrots

Red and golden Beets with tops

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES: $20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook. Also, keep an eye out for when the Arts and Crafts Gift Shop opens!

Thursday, July 16, 2015: What we are picking today!

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The rain is forecasted for late in the day so it looks to be another pleasant July day! And for those who are peach lovers like myself I have some great news. One of the tastiest peaches in existence, the PF1 Flamin’ Fury, will start tomorrow!

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What we are having today:

Bi-color Sweet Corn: Come early before we sell out!
Young and tender green beans by the bag, peck, and half bushel. Also, yellow beans starting tomorrow! Learn how to preserve beans HERE!

GREEN BEAN SALE STARTED YESTERDAY AND RUNS UNTIL JULY 25:

1/2 bushel: $16

1 bushel: $30

2 or more bushels: $50

Slicing and pickling cucumbers
Zucchini and yellow summer squash
Freshly pulled Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy.
Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh), Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh) and Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow skin with gold flesh).
Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.
Beautiful large heads of Broccoli
Freshly pulled carrots
Red and golden Beets with tops
Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

CURRENT PLANT SALES: $20 each for any fruit tree, only $6 per rhubarb plant, 3 Angel Trumpets for only $20, and purchase 4 or more of any 1-year-old blueberry bush for only $7 each or purchase 4 or more of any 2-year-old blueberry bush for only $10 each.

Also, we have lots of dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!
Stay updated throughout the week for more crops ripening through this daily blog and our Facebook. Also, keep an eye out for when the Arts and Crafts Gift Shop opens!

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