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More on Injun’ Summer and what we will have for sale today, October 21, 2014

The sun should come out this afternoon but it will still feel cool because of the wind.  Tomorrow will be startling beautiful with bright sun, nearly calm wind and moderate temperatures in the mid 50 in the afternoon.  Actually, tomorrow afternoon will be the start of a period of weather that is referred to as Indian Summer.  From Wikipedia:

Indian summer is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The US National Weather Service defines this as weather conditions that are sunny and clear with above normal temperatures, occurring late-September to mid-November.[1] It is usually described as occurring after a killing frost.[2]

For another recent news story from Minneapolis go to:

http://www.startribune.com/blogs/279779372.html

What we will have for sale today…

Freshly dug parsnips

Tomatoes (Slicing and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, Idared, Crispin/Mutsu, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, RedGold, Macoun, and Hawaii.

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!

Yesterday we also started picking our Calville Blanc D’Hiver and our Ashmead Kernel apples.  More on these rare apples in the next blog–Hint They Have More Vitamin C than Oranges!

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

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

 

 

Weather Ideas for Now Until Halloween. Also, what we have for sale today, Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween is one week from this coming Friday.  In addition to being a focus for parties and is the only day of the year that Trick-Or-Treating is looked favorably upon, it is also the last day that we can accept Wic Project Fresh Coupons and Senior/Market Fresh Coupons!  What is the weather going to be like on Halloween.  Will it snow?  Not likely since it will likely be too warm.  Will it rain like it seems to do more than any other single day of the year?  No one knows but God and he is keeping that to himself.  However, it will likely be warmer than average, (average is around 53 for a high and 37 for a low).

As I have been saying in my blog posts all last week, it looks like this week will be beautiful and I believe one can categorize it as Injun’ Summer since there will be plenty of sunshine, light winds and mild temperatures.  Since it looks like there will be a surprise northeaster moving up the Atlantic Coast, it might not get quite as warm as I first thought a week ago, however, it will still be beautiful right thru the coming weekend.  I am still calling for relatively mild temperatures the first half of November, but that is a long way off to make a definite forecast.

Right now today looks surprisingly nice with some sun this morning and temperatures in the mid to upper 50s–lots warmer than Saturday!!!

What we will have for sale today…

Freshly dug parsnips

Tomatoes (Slicing and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, Idared, Crispin/Mutsu, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, RedGold, Macoun, and Hawaii.

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

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

 

More on Injun Summer and What we will have for sale today, Saturday, October 18, 2014

I’ve been writing about the coming Injun Summer for over a week now.  Right now, it looks like it is almost a sure thing and will start the middle of next week.  Also, it is likely it will be a rather lengthy Injun Summer this year and may even extend into the start of rifle deer hunting season (starts November 15).  The reason I feel more confident about this is that the most accurate weather forecasting system on the planet–the European system which uses unbelievably powerful computers–is forecasting above to much above normal temperatures across the Eastern half of North America and Michigan seems to be in the middle of this above normal forecast area.  There is something else about all this that catches my eye.  While August and September in the Great Lakes area has been a bit cooler than average overall, most of the rest of the globe has been warmer than average, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute. Since things seem to average out in the long run, this forecast for the next month or so seems to be inline with common sense.

What we will have for sale today…

Freshly dug parsnips

Tomatoes (Slicing, heirloom, and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, and popcorn for decoration.

Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking:Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Gold, Jonalicious, Macoun, St. Edmund’s Pippin, and Hawaii.

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

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

 

What we will have for sale today, Friday, October 17, 2014

Today will be mild with hopefully some sun, at least this morning.

What we will have for sale today…

First off, we will be having freshly dug parsnips today!

We also will have:

Tomatoes (Slicing, heirloom, and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, and popcorn for decoration.

Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking:Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Gold, Jonalicious, Macoun, St. Edmund’s Pippin, and Hawaii.

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, 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.

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

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

 

Winter Forecasts from various sources

The Climate Prediction Center from the US’s National Weather Service just updated their long range forecast and it becomes clearer that they are predicting a sort of an El Nino Winter where it is cooler and wetter than normal across the south and drier and warmer across the north.  This same scenario is what the Brazilian Government Department of Meteorology is also forecasting for North America.  This seems in stark contrast to some TV meteorologists.  Looking at many, many predictions for this upcoming winter and it seems most meteorologists are calling for a relatively easy winter in the Great Lakes states.

I will put out my winter forecast in the next two weeks.  Last year at this time I did call for a tough, long winter.  You can check my last year posts on this if you wish. Right now it looks to me like November will be warmer than normal and probably drier than normal.

What we will have for sale today, Thursday, October 16, 2014

First off, things do seem to be falling into place for next week’s Injun Summer.  Everytime I look at the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday they push up the high temperature a few degrees and yet leave in the sunshine!  BTW, Wednesday will be just the first day of Injun Summer!

Today will be mild with a chance of a shower very early.  There is a possibility (not a sure thing) that we will see some sun today as well.

What we will have for sale today…

Tomatoes (Slicing, heirloom, and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, and popcorn for decoration.

Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking:Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Gold, Jonalicious, Macoun, St. Edmund’s Pippin, and Hawaii.

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, 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.

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

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

 

Injun Summer is on its way! Also, what we will have for sale today, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As I have hinted on in the past week or so, it looks like the last week of October may be quite mild.  It now looks like as sure a thing as you can get for a weather forecast more than a couple of days in the future.  I have to admit I had originally based this forecast on the forecasts turned out by Europe’s super computers (the ECMWF model) and a tad from my intuition/knowledge.  Now, finally, the US’s GFS forecast system is starting to latch on to it.  For more information on the European system see National Geographic ECMWF article  

When will Injun Summer start then? Probably next Tuesday or Wednesday. How long will it last? At least a week, likely longer.  It looks to be a warm Halloween without snow this year.  Will it rain?  Who knows!

Today will be mild with a chance of a shower.  There is a possibility (not a sure thing) that we will see some sun today as well.

What we will have for sale today…

Tomatoes (Slicing, heirloom, and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, and popcorn for decoration.

Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking:Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Gold, Jonalicious, Macoun, St. Edmund’s Pippin, and Hawaii.

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, 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.

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
$10 a 1/2 bushel

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

 

What we plan on having for sale today, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Despite all the predictions for heavy rain last night and today, we received little more than a sprinkle at Magicland Farms.  Today looks to be quite warm but cloudy with showers likely from time to time.

Even though we had frost last week our stand is full of produce!  We have:

Tomatoes (Slicing, heirloom, and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, and popcorn for decoration.
Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking: Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Gold, Jonalicious, Macoun, St. Edmund’s Pippin, and Hawaii.

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, 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.

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
$10 a 1/2 bushel

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

What we plan on having for sale today, Monday, October 13, 2014

Despite the official NWS forecast, today looks nice and dry.  Only a few drops of rain fell last night at Magicland Farms and it is unlikely that the rest of the day, at least until near sunset, will have anything really significant.  Most of the week will be mild with some showers (most rain looks to be on Tuesday) and then a small puff of cool air from Canada will make its presence known around the weekend, but the cool air should be ameliorated by sunshine. Next week, according to the info churned out by the unbelievably advanced supercomputers in Europe, will be the start of a full blown Injun summer with quite mild, even warm, temperatures, clear skies with a touch of haze.  You see they are forecasting a huge upper air high pressure area to build up in the center of the country.  Exactly where it builds up will have some affect on our temperatures.  That seems the only question about next week’s weather here in Michigan.

Despite the frosts last week our stand is full of produce!  We have:

Tomatoes (Slicing, heirloom, and SunSugar cherry tomatoes)

Peppers (Sweet bell, Jalapeno, 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 (Acorn, 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, and popcorn for decoration.
Apples for fresh eating and cooking/baking: Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Red Gold, Jonalicious, Macoun, St. Edmund’s Pippin, and Hawaii.

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, so you can taste them before you buy ‘em.

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
$10 a 1/2 bushel

Jalapeno Peppers:
$4 a 2-quart tray

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

Sugar Pie Pumpkins:
$8 a bushel

What we will have for sale today, Saturday, October 11, 2014

Last night it apparently frosted again.  However, we had our sprinklers on our peppers and they probably are OK.  Also, we picked most of the peppers already.  Yesterday we also picked more tomatoes (there was very little damage done from Wednesday’s or Thursday nights frost) and we have a good supply.  Keep in mind that most of our SunSugar cherry tomatoes are located in our high tunnel (basically an unheated greenhouse) and haven’t been touched by frost!

The apples we are picking are Empire, Spartan Mac, Stark Jumbo, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Macoun and St. Edmund’s Pippin.  We also started picking our delicious Jonagold!

Because of the cold temperatures early this morning we won’t be picking very much this morning but we still have a good supply of most produce. including slicing tomatoes, SunSugar tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes and green tomatoes, sunflowers, green bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, super sweet colored peppers. We will also have for sale produce we picked the last few days including acorn, buttercup, butternut, spaghetti, and Heart-of-Gold Winter Squash, pie (sugar) pumpkins, and small decorative pumpkins and gourds, corn stalks and corn shucks, sweet onions and our red and Yukon Gold potatoes.

Keep in mind that while our stand door is closed on Sundays we are still open but we are on Self-Serve.  Not only is our Pumpkin Patch still open we also leave quite a bit of produce out.  There are two slots in the outside of the stand where people can insert money when we are on self-serve.  Please bring correct change or checkbook when we are on self-serve.

Visit our Arts and Craft Room for unique gourd art!

DAILY SPECIALS

EMPIRE APPLES: Very large (for Empire) and very nice $8 a half bushel.

SLICING TOMATOES: $5 a two quart tray (weighs 4-1/2 to 5 pounds, which comes to around a dollar a pound)

ROMA (ITALIAN) PASTE TOMATOES: $12 A HALF BUSHEL

RIVERSIDE SWEET ONIONS: 1/4 peck for $2.50, 1/2 peck for $4, Whole peck for $7 and 1/2 bushel (about 22 pounds) $10

JALAPENO PEPPERS: 1/4 PECK FOR $4

PECKS OF GREEN PEPPERS: $6

SPAGHETTI SQUASH: $5 A HALF BUSHEL (ABOUT 19 cents a pound)

YUKON GOLD POTATOES $6 A PECK (about 15 pounds)

SUGAR (PIE) PUMPKINS: $8 A BUSHEL

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All perennial and annual Flower Plants in Greenhouse are Half Off!

Hardy Pecan trees (Wisconsin strain) NOT INCLUDED IN SALE

Perennial Hollyhocks SALE

Perennial Foxglove SALE

Hardy Sempervivum aka Hens and Chicks SALE

Sedum SALE

Nasturtium Hanging Baskets SALE

Morning Glories, individual and hanging baskets SALE

Pink and Red Dianthus SALE

Red Leafed Heuchera SALE

Hardy English Lavender SALE

Hardy Salvia SALE

Begonia SALE

Echinacea aka Purple Coneflower SALE

Moonflower SALE

Hardy Blue Fescue Grass SALE

Oxe-Eye Daisy SALE

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