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Join The Club!
-Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Red Delicious, Cortland, Melrose, Paula Red, Jonathan, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Zestar, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, Jonagold. These are my ranking of apples that we sold this fall from my personal least to greatest liking. I’m sure some of you are surprised that Cortland is low, Jonagold is at the top, or that Honeycrisp is third, but what’s even more surprising is that my favorite apple isn’t even what we sold. Why is that? Because it’s a Club variety. 

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Heirloom or not, we like them a lot!
-Monday, August 22, 2016

August is not only the dog days of summer, but also the time of year when you have tomatoes out your ears! I can attest to this looking at all the orange tomatoes about to turn red in the next week. 

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Freezing Sweet Corn
-Friday, August 12, 2016

I was supposed to write this post Monday. It's now Friday. That's kind of how the week has gone. But, I do have a good excuse for being tardy. You see, I've been racking my brain all week trying to come up with the perfect blog post. Finally, this evening, covered in corn from head to toe, I thought, "Hey! Maybe somebody wants to read about how to freeze corn." If you do, great. If you don't, humor me.  

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The Life of a Zucchini
-Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ever wonder what it takes to get your produce from the field to the market? If you’re guessing it takes more than meets the eye, then you’ve got the right idea. Today we’ll travel through the life of a zucchini. 

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Quality
-Monday, July 04, 2016

Recently, a customer apologetically asked me if it was ok to pour a quart of sweet cherries into a bag so she could see the cherries underneath. I said, "No problem!" and promptly poured them out, to which she said “Those are nice!” She then explained that she had in the past bought cherries from a store which were spoiled.  

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Pumpkins, dirt, and rye... the topic of the day!
-Monday, June 20, 2016

Pumpkins, dirt, and rye... what do these three things have in common? They are the topic of the day! This year I tried something relatively common among large growers but new to me, and that is no-tilling pumpkins. No-till is basically unheard of with vegetables due to the very nature of the beast. Vegetables have poor adaptability. So let's start with the pumpkins and I’ll explain why it works. I plant the pumpkins into a rye cover crop. The rye is planted in the fall and grows until the second week of May when it is killed and is rolled into a mat. I then plant into the mat. The mat keeps the pumpkins out of the dirt and suppresses weeds helping you and helping me! 

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True Love and Homegrown Strawberries
-Monday, May 30, 2016

So the internet is full of interesting quotes. Most of what I see on social media is uplifting and inspirational--at times it is just the thing you need to hear to help you through your day. Some things are fun and entertaining, also helping you through your day, such as, “there ain't nothing better in life than true love and a homegrown tomato”.  

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Greenhouse Galore
-Monday, May 23, 2016

Greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes: from a small window sill in your house to an all out automated climate controlled glass structure. Mine is 10 by 24 and is made of wood and plastic film.  It’s not high tech, but it gets the job done. The one thing all greenhouses have in common though, is that they’re the very beginning for vegetable farmers. 

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Full Circle
-Monday, April 25, 2016

47 years is a long time. In the apple industry it seems like an eternity. 47 years ago is when my grandpa planted his first trees and launched Stuckey Farm Market in Sheridan, Indiana. The orchard grew to 20 acres and they became one of the largest cider producers in the state. I planted the first of my trees last week and my parents think God has a sense of humor. I wonder if my grandpa ever anticipated things coming full circle and his grandson starting his own orchard?
 

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