Raspberries are ripening

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5th, 2011 by Sally

Our tomatoes in the field are gone but we still have some in the hoop house.  They should hang in there until the first of October.  We do have raspberries now and they are wonderful!  Juicy sweet and red.  This is our first year to have enough to sell and we are enjoying having them.  Call or stop by our booth to try some.

We are beginning our fall plantings- kale, chard, ruby streaks mustard, lettuce golden mustard, spicy mix, beets, and carrots.  We will have 2 hoophouses growing through the winter so we will have plenty of produce.  We can take a few more people for our winter CSA if you are interested.  Either email or sign up at our booth.

Tomatoes are in; Puppy doing well

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24th, 2011 by Sally

We took in a stray dog Bill, several months ago and unfortunately Bill got run over by a car as he was prone to chase cars.  Within 2 days of his death we saw ground hogs, rabbits and deer.  Bill had kept all those things away, which resulted in lettuce for the first time in many year.  As a result we decide to get another dog, even though we didn’t want the responsibility.  We got a Norwegian Elk Hound named Tag.  Although he doesn’t hunt yet he is well on the way to learning and is fun to have around.

Our tomatoes are doing well.  The new hoop house is producing, about 70 pounds per day which is exciting.  The outside tomatoes are just starting to come in, we are picking about 120 pounds of those a day.  It is amazing the difference in the two tomatoes as those in the hoop house are much larger and better formed.  Guess we’ll just have to keep adding hoop houses.

May has been a busy month

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12th, 2011 by Sally

May is the time we get all crops in the ground so we have been working non stop to get that done.  Of course in the middle of it all it quit raining so we have had to set up all of our irrigation.

Today we tasted our first tomato, a Hawaiian current which is a very small, raisin size tomato.  It was really good though, surprising!  Had a lot of tomato taste for such a small fruit.

We have planted about 1000 tomato plants and sold another 1000 so my greenhouse is empty.   We have a lot of interesting varieties this year so expect some new types of tomatoes at the market this year.  Looks like we will have tomatoes in about 2 to 3 weeks.  Our new hoop house works great as the sides roll up so we are better able to regulate the temperature.

Right now we have sweet sugar snap peas, lots of them!  Our squash is just beginning to ripen and we have plenty of romaine lettuce.

If you’d like to rent a cabin it is a great time to come.  The temperatures are a little warm for this time of year but the nights cool off to the 50s.  For the next several weeks it looks like it will be cooler with the upper 40s several nights.  The black raspberries will be coming in soon so book your reservation and come just us for all the summer fun in the mountains.

Tomato Plants are growing

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20th, 2011 by Sally

We have about 2,000 plants int he greenhouse now.  We will be selling some at the Watauga County Farmers Market, opening day is May 7th.  This year we have several different types of heirloom cherry tomatoes as everyone asked for cherry tomatoes.   We also have several varieties of romas- green sausage, orange icicle and Amish Paste.  We will have our usual variety of regular sized tomatoes including red and yellow brandywine, cherokee purple, green zebra, mortgage lifter, German johnson, Aunt Ruby’s green and black brandywine.  See you soon.

Planting Season has Begun

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25th, 2011 by Sally

We planted our first crops outside this weekend- broccoli raab, broccoli and collards.  They are covered in anticipation of this weeks cold weather but they should stay warm and keep growing.  The hoop house has some beautiful kale, lettuce, onions beets, collards and chard that just keep on producing.  We will be planting our tomato plants in there in the next several weeks.  Several varieties of lettuce, orange cauliflower, beets, arugula, spinach and carrots are also being planted.

We are trying a couple of new things this year, ruby streaks mustard which is a beautiful purple mustard to mix in with our other greens.  We are also trying a beta mix which is a mix of chard and beet greens.

The greenhouse is getting full with new tomato and pepper plants.  I will be selling a variety of heirloom tomatoes, which are now USDA certified since our greenhouse was certified last year.  We will have several varieties of heirloom cherry tomatoes, zebras, cherokee purple, brandywines, amish paste, aunt rubie’s green tomato, a white tomato and several other varieties of black and red tomatoes.

I’ll keep you posted on how things are growing.

Stocking Day at Helton Creek is Coming Soon

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8th, 2011 by Sally

Helton Creek will be stocked by the first Monday in March so make your plans to come stay.  The creek has finally thawed although there are still chunks of ice on the bank from our January thaw.  We have had a lot more fisherman the last 2 weekends and this weekend is picked to be nice as well.  Our friend came and caught 60 fish so you know fishing is great!  We still have some reservations left in March so plan to come stay.

We are Waking From Our Winter Slumber

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8th, 2011 by Sally

Good news today, the weather man forecasts a milder February and March.  That means things will  start growing sooner and faster.  We are planning some new heirloom varieties, a white one and a green tomato.  Both come highly recommended.  Since the sunlight has increased the chard, kale, collards and carrots have all decided to grow again.  Keep watching for updates on our availability.

Helton Creek is Stocked!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18th, 2010 by Sally

The creek was stocked in October and November with over 5000 fish so grab your fly rod and come stay on the creek.  The weather has been good, not too cold most days.  We also got some rain this week so the creek is up.  See you soon!

Autumn in the Mountains

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14th, 2010 by Sally

The weather has been stellar.  Mid to upper 70s during the day and low 50s at night.  The sky has been spectacular with deep blue sky and the Milky Way every night!  The cool crops are enjoying the change in weather.  We will soon have lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and more beets.  The arugula has started coming on and it is wonderful, nice and spicy. Tomatoes are slowing down but still producing.

Today we made our beds for the hoop house and will be planting arugula, beets, kale, spinach and lettuce.  We will be providing produce throughout the winter so if you are interested please let us know.

Fly fishing is about to ramp up on the creek.  The first stocking will be the 1st Monday of October so be sure to make your cabin reservation to take advantage of the great fishing.

Tomatoes have absorbed our lives

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24th, 2010 by Sally

As you can see from the last date of my posting I have been immersed in tomatoes for a month.  It has been a wonderful year for tomatoes but now things are slowing down.  The weather has really cooled down, highs in the 70s lows in the 50s.  We have also had a lot of rain in the last few weeks after a very dry summer.  The tomatoes liked the dry but really haven’t enjoyed all this rain.  With the cool weather comes fall crops such as broccoli, lettuce (finally), kale, chard and cauliflower.  Feels like fall is in the air!  Come visit us soon!