A Day in the Life
This past week was a rough one for L’Ecuyer Gardens. On Thursday we received notification we are
to no longer use rural water to water our garden. This request is a result of the current drought
conditions. We do have a private well,
but it will not meet our current needs and so some things will be touch and
go. Saturday night we did receive a
surprise rain which was WONDERFUL, but at this point 1 inch will not change
much. I am tired and worried.
I have lots of tomatoes and cantaloupe, zucchini and yellow
squash. I also have some beautiful
leeks. We have LOTS of canning tomatoes
and we have now opened what is left of our sweet corn up for u-pick. It you want to save big, jump in!!!! while you are here, pick up some canning
tomatoes, cucumbers and whatever else you cannot resist.
I am also busy trying to make plans for our fall
garden. I am concerned about the water
issue so I am trying to think through my options before I make decisions, but
the time is upon us. I am also trying to
make plans for next summer. For my loyal
customer chance, s this is the time to offer you thoughts on what you want to
have available. I will start buying my
seeds in November and so let me know. MY
garden is your garden! It is my hope you
will be able to find everything you need.
Despite the heat in the near future I will have Brussels
sprouts and possibly some green beans and cabbage.
Tomorrow will be dedicated to dehydrating corn and freezing
peppers and some other canning.
For now we still have great selection. If you are looking for canning tomatoes, let
me know!!!! I have a lot of tomatoes at
the moment. The online store is now
open. Please go to: http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/weblog
and view our availability and make your selections by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Give us
a chance. Our selection is good, our
quality is very high and our prices are reasonable.
Posted by Twilya
@ 07:32 AM CDT
I spent most of the day in the Masonic Temple Parking Lot in
Marysville, KS and it was an okay day despite the heat. Tom and the girls surprised me with a visit
and yes I had both girls out waiving to cars for a short period of time. Again I am running low on quarters, but that
is a good problem to have.
This week has had many great moments. My nephew Lane came to visit for a few
days. He will be a senior in high school
this year and he is becoming a fine young man.
He was an awesome kid and I loved watching him play with my girls. He has been gone for a day and a half and my
girls REALLY MISS him. I do too. My
brother’s kids are pretty awesome too and would love it if they could come
visit for a few days too!!!!! I LOVE AND
MISS YOU GUYS ALL THE TIME.
I also learned I have a fan. Tish introduced herself as someone who has
been following me this season and today we met.
I never thought of my blog as something interesting enough to be worth
following. I only hope she enjoys the cantaloupe. I am flattered.
I still have several very nice cantaloupe ready to sell and
there will be many more by the weekend.
I am also running long on cucumbers, squash and canning tomatoes. My slicing tomatoes looked really good today. The heat has been rough on everything so I am
grateful to be able to still offer some nice big juicy slicing tomatoes. My sweet corn is dwindling and the preorders
I have in place may very well end my season.
We do have one batch that was planted quite a bit later, but we need the
heat to ease up for it to have a chance.
For Thursday, along with the cantaloupe, I will also have
yellow slicing tomatoes and several really nice beefsteak, eggplant, okra and
lots and lots of peppers. If you are
looking for something truly wonderful, you need to ask me about my strawberry
crabapples. They are golden with a
slight blush. Unlike most crabapples,
these are tart but sweet apples are wonderful fresh. They would make an outstanding cobbler or pie
and just the thought of it sounds so good I may make one for Tom and the girls
this weekend. My peaches are starting to
ripen and so I should have some with me at Old Cheney this weekend. Before too much longer I will have Colorado
peaches and apples.
Don’t tell Livie and Autie but my friend Sandy from Filley,
NE is making them princess costumes.
They will serve as the first installment to their dress up box and this
year’s Halloween costumes. Livie has
never been able to wear the princess dress in the toy isle…they are just too
small. This dress will be made to fit
her. She loves to dress up and I hope
this will be an extra special surprise for her.
I am now in search of long satin gloves, crowns and princess
slippers. I am also in search of a trunk
to warehouse everything. Livie’s will be
pink and purple and will look a lot like Cinderella. Autie’s is yellow and orange and will look a
lot like Bell’s. Sandi is also working
on a custom handbag for me. I have
enjoyed the first bag so much that as I move into fall I want another. She is working on a design that will also
double as computer case for a laptop or tablet.
When finished I will have a one-of-a-kind bag that will be made to meet
my specific needs. In the end it will
likely not cost much more than a better case from Staples. The difference is that mine will make its
own unique statement and will be mistakenly MINE.
The weather remains difficult for us all and your prayers
for rain are needed more than ever. In
addition to a prayer for rain, I also ask you petition for cooler
temperatures. We all need it. As a farmer the weather is your friend and it
is also your enemy, but there are an awful lot of people who are severely
impacted by our current weather patterns.
The store is open until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. To order, please go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/weblog
and make your selections. I hope you will
give me a try. The quality is very
high. The prices a reasonable and it
will be delivered right to your door for you to enjoy.
My thoughts of gratitude today are focused on people who find something worth following in the ramblings of a Kansas produce
farmer. Thank you Tish!!!!! Have a fresh and fabulous rest of the
week. ave Ha
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:55 PM CDT
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:37 AM CDT
This week has been yet another whirlwind. We have been very busy selling sweet corn,
meeting with potential wholesale customers and picking cantaloupe, tomatoes,
peppers, cucumbers and so much more. My
nephew Lane from Missouri came to spend a few days. He is not 17 and in so many ways he is a
grown man. I still remember him as a
baby and have enjoyed catching up with him.
He will come with me tomorrow to the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in
Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This week I have begun working on my newest project. I am working on a line of take and bake
family dinners made from mostly fresh ingredients. I have several recipes that I am taste
testing. This project is more for this fall and then if it works out I would
like to offer each week through my online store and farmers markets. If you have a good recipe that you think
would make a great take and bake, I would love to give it a try.
This week we will have a nice selection of tomatoes red and
yellow slicing tomatoes as well as some beautiful heirlooms. I have several nice beefsteak and my great
whites look wonderful. We will also have
sweet corn, leeks, mint, parsley, and Tabouli kits.
I hope to see you in the morning at Old Cheney!
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:28 AM CDT
We have sweet corn running out our ears… literally. It is cross-pollinated between Peaches & Cream
and Ambrosia and it is so good. There is
a lot of sweet corn out there but do not be fooled. Ours is better. Livie and I spent the morning and most of the
afternoon pedaling sweet corn and we will have gobs of it for sale
Thursday. You should have seen my Livie
today! She stood near the turn off for
our spot and held our sign and waived customers in. She was a little half-hearted until the first
car pulled in then she kicked it into high gear. I paid her a quarter per car. I am out of quarters. LOL. We
were so hot on the ride home that neither of us felt too well but we had corn
so we had to make several stops on the way home to off-load the rest. It must be really hard to tell her know
because she sold A LOT of corn today. I am excited because I had several people
express interest in my online store and I hope they will place orders for
Thursday. One already has!!!! This year has been slow to build, but
hopefully it will continue. I made my
first delivery to the Haddam café with some of my farm market Sunday leftovers
and my tomatoes will be a part of their taco night tonight!!!!
We were so hot when we finally came home; we just sat in the
living room for a bit. It was so hot out
there today, but that is part of the joy of living in Kansas. I will take the heat, but we are in still
great need of rain. Your continued
prayers are again requested.
While at the market we had a lot of time to talk and I faced
some difficult questions about death and when I will die. My daughter is worried she may lose me before
she is finished being a little girl. All
I could say was that God was in charge of that decision and that I pray it is
his plan that I die a very old lady. She
seemed comforted, but I wonder why she worries about such a thing. There are plenty of other things for a five-year-old
little girl to worry about. It is
moments like these that make me feel completely incompetent as a parent.
Autie spent the day with Daddy and the girls who were good
as gold the entire day by themselves were fighting within minutes of coming
home. I think they missed each
Because we have so much corn, I have added new increments
for sweet corn to our online store. I
have it by the ear, half dozen and five dozen.
I also forgot to mention I will
have a few cantaloupe this week. They
will sell FAST so JUMP in if you want one!!!!
Tonight for dinner we enjoyed yet another one-pan meal that
was pulled together based on our farm market extras. It was
a little bit of ground hamburger, a few sliced okra a few snap peas, a small
amount of corn and macaroni with mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning. We also enjoyed another Great White
tomato. You have no idea what you are
missing out on. These tomatoes are so
sweet you should probably consider them dessert. Both of my girls LOVE them. We had a huge plate of tomatoes… some were
pink, others brown… some were white and then there were orange and yellow. Each one has a different flavor but because
they are heirloom varieties ALL had flavor.
We are eating a lot of tomatoes right now and it makes it more fun when
we offer several colors at each meal.
There are even a few left over for my lunch tomorrow.
The L’Ecuyer Gardens online store is open until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Ordering is easy all you need to do is go
to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net. I will deliver to your home an office on
Thursday. I hope you had a fresh and
fabulous Tuesday and I also hope to visit you with a bursting bag of fresh
produce on Thursday. Take care.
Posted by Twilya
@ 07:29 PM CDT
It is Monday evening and I am finally updating my online
store for the week. I am sorry for being
so tardy, but today was BUSY. Livie and
I both had eye exams and I am now at that point in my life where I need
bifocals. I am not excited… especially
when you factor in the cost of the new lenses.
Better news Livie’s eyes are in great shape for the first day of
Kindergarten. Autie spent the afternoon
with Grandma Betty and she enjoyed being the only one with Grandma.
Yesterday I had a wonderful thing happen, I met the executive
chef of an upscale restaurant in Lincoln and he was in love with MY
tomatoes! That is wonderful news. I am estatic at the possibility of selling to
them. Today I also visited with the cook
at a local café who will feature my produce in her weekly menu in the weeks to
come. She is one of two people today to
take advantage of my fresh from the farm Mondays where I offer everyone a
chance to buy Sunday leftovers at significantly reduced prices. For those who love fresh produce but would
like to save some money, you need to stop by on Mondays.
This week I have plenty of peppers, eggplant, TOMATOES,
sweet corn, peaches and crabapples. I
will double check on Wednesday but at the moment I will not have green beans,
but more are coming.
In the weeks to come I will have several types of watermelon,
honey dew and Crenshaw melons.
The heat has set in and it has been difficult to get very
much done. Before I plant much it really
does need to cool down. We are also in
desperate need of rain and once again ask each of you to take a moment and
offer a silent prayer. The lack of rain
is becoming serious and the high temps are making the situation worse. Our pastures are running out of grass and the
ponds and creeks and each are also starting to dry up. Our corn crop is already gone and our
soybeans are in trouble. We have only
out up a third of the hay that will be needed this fall and winter and that is
scary. Please pray for rain and pray for
all farmers to receive the needed rain.
My girls are busy enjoying their trampoline. The temps are a little cooler and the sun has
gone down enough to offer a little relief.
From my computer I can watch them play and I love watching them when
they do not realize I am there. My girls
are crazy and a lot of fun to watch.
The store will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on
Wednesday. Ordering is easy all you need
to do is go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net. I will deliver to your home an office on
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:35 PM CDT
This week has been much
calmer. T-ball has ended for the summer
and we have enjoyed a little more time at home.
Tom and I are both homebodies but I think we are raising two little
socialites. Finding the right balance is
a trick at our house. But we keep
Our big outing for the week is the county fair for
Jefferson County Nebraska and last night was spent enjoying the rides. This particular fair is good for us because
most of the rides are for younger kids.
Each girl had their favorite.
Livie loved the hot air bounce so much she had to do it twice and my
Autie loves the carousel but I think the flying elephant ride actually topped
it a little bit last night. We ran into
their cousin Adam and he took the girls to the sheep barn where their family
had several entries. He girls would love
to have some at our house but Tom is reluctant.
Honestly, so am I. Animals are a
lot of work and we already have our hands full in that department. Today Livie has a birthday party and Tom and Autie are going to run some errands.
On the farm we are trying to get
caught up on weeding and watering. I
will soon be planting fall peas, fall green beans, fall cabbages and lettuces,
spinach and some late tomatoes. This
week I think is the tomato bumper crop. Last night we held our first Fresh and Fabulous Friday patio grillers. The turnout was low, butt he food was awesome. Tom grilled burgers, sweet potatoes, onions and zuchinni. I sliced a big plate of tomatoes and yes we enjoyed a rainbow platter. Last year Autie would not even try a tomato. This year she gobbles them up faster than anyone. She likes it when I offer her the different colors.
I have spent the last two days
getting ready for tomorrow. I will be at
the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, Nebraska from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. In tow will be a huge assortment of
fresh from the farm goodness that I hope you will let us help you complete your dinner
table for the week ahead.
This week the colors, textures
and flavors continue to change. I have
an entire rainbow of cherry tomatoes AND slicers. You name it I have it... the shooting star, yellow
pear, red fig, juliette red, chocolate cherry, snowberry, white rabbit, and the Stupice in the cherry
and plum division. In the slicer
division I will feature the Nebraska wedding tomato, the Great White, orange and
yellow ox heart, yellow beefsteak, Black from Tula, Black Krim, Japanese Black
Trieffle, Paul Robeson, the Raspberry Lyanna, Juane Flemme’ and several
others. I will also have Jet Star. I will also have some canning tomatoes with me for those lookign for a larger volume.
Other items this week will
feature a nice selection of peppers. I
have some beautiful yellow bells and Italian peppers. In the smaller range I will have green and
yellow bells, gypsy, and chili and jalapeno peppers. Later on I will have some pimento peppers and
both large and small red bell peppers. I
also have a nice selection of eggplant – little fingers in green and black,
black beauty, and a smaller variety of the black beauty.
I will also have two types of
crabapples, potatoes, okra, onions, leeks, collard greens, Swiss chard, parsley
bunches, mint, bunches, cucumbers, zucchini and several types of summer
squash. Throw in some hard red winter wheat berries, Tabouli kits,
sweet corn and farm fresh eggs.
There are scores of possible decisions to make,
but you could easily fix an entire week of meals from fresh. I hope you will stop by and discover how
beautiful a week of fresh from the garden flavors can be. Have a fresh and fabulous weekend!
Posted by Twilya
@ 01:18 PM CDT
It is Monday Morning and the rain missed us! Neighboring counties to the east received way
too much and we received barely a sprinkle.
It is cooler and for that I am grateful. Yesterday was a very good day at the market for me and everyone seemed to enjoy the cooler temperatures.
T-ball has come to an end for the summer and now we begin
preparing for the first day of kindergarten.
The eye exam is scheduled for next week.
This week the garden is full bloom and WOW do we have a
great selection. Beautiful peppers of
all shapes, sizes and colors. We also
have black beauty, and miniature eggplant in green and black. Despite the heat our green beans don’t look
too bad. For those wanting to SAVE some
money talk to me about our u-pick opportunities to where you can get your beans
for as low as a $1.00 a pound. We also
have sweet corn and touchstone gold beets this week. If you love greens then you will also need to
check out our Swiss chard and collard greens.
The okra is starting to kick in and then there is the entire rainbow of
tomatoes. We also have some onions and
a few potatoes and sweet potatoes left too!
This week we are also featuring a new food option. We call is fresh – fabulous & FAST. Each week we will offer a take and bake item
that will be fully cooked and only needing reheated. This week we are using a terrific dish
straight from the test kitchens of Taste of Home called yellow squash
quiche. It is a great one-dish meal that
is perfect for a late night or a good hot meal in a hurry. Starting this week we are also adding some
easy and time-saving recipes to our website to give you some ideas on how to fully
take advantage of summer’s goodness.
In the garden this week we are busy weeding our bean patch
and our fall squash bed. I also hope to
start planting some of my fall tomato plants, dykon radishes and turnips. I also and order seeds for my fall and winter
garden. This year we plan to harvest something
ALL 12 months. Our big expansion for
next year will include a nice assortment of raspberries, black berries,
gooseberries and currants. Most will be
in production for the spring. I need determine
how many of each and select my varieties.
I am also going to add some June-bearing strawberries this fall and
hopefully will have a crop in April and then again in June.
At home the girls and I are getting back into our routine. We
hope to end the week with a visit to the pool on Friday. To earn this reward they will have to keep
their rooms clean and complete their chore chart posted on our
refrigerator. The chores are simple and appropriate
for their age, but also useful to running a busy house and farm. Tom
and I are also getting back into another rhythm. Starting this Friday we are reopening our
back yard Friday night for a taste of Fresh from the grill. You will be able to try things like grilled
eggplant, okra kabobs, and so much more.
You are welcome to stop by and sample.
I will let you know later in the week as to the full featured menu but
for Father’s Day the girls and I gave Tom some new heavy duty skewers and I am
guessing he will start with kabobs. Why not?
The produce will suit them perfectly.
Our Friday night grills are open to anyone and our FAMILY friendly. We only ask you let us know are stopping
by! We are pretty laid back and only suggest that
you may want to bring your own lawn chair.
The online store is now open. Please go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net.
To place your order by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and you order will be delivered
Thursday. Remember when you buy local
and support a business like MINE you are buying from a business houses their purchasing
power in YOUR community. Whether it is a
tank of gas, a new pair of shoes or a refrigerator we buy from our customers
first, our collection of communities second and then elsewhere as needed. Have a fresh and fabulous week!
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:43 AM CDT
It is already 1:00 a.m. and I have to get up extra early in
the morning so this will be short and sweet.
Tonight was our last t-ball game of the year. We did not win, but we worked pretty well as
a team throughout the game. My Livie
will miss her favorite part which is the line where everyone shakes everyone’s
hand. I love that kid. My Autie will miss her new friends (the
younger siblings of other teammates) too.
Tom and I are exhausted, relieved and already talking about next
year. We work all of the time and t-ball
while at times difficult to juggle in terms of scheduling, gave us an escape. We need to find a new one. As a family we spend a lot of time together already, but with t-ball we spent a portion of that time socializing with other families and making new friends... something we do not do enough of.
In the morning I hope to see you at the Old Cheney Road
Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The weather should be much cooler and I think
that is worth a celebration in itself. I
will have a ton of stuff available: SWEET
CORN, green beans, snap peas, okra, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and an entire
rainbow of heirloom slicers. I will also
have some eggplant, peppers, onions, Tabouli kits, potatoes and lots of
cucumbers, zucchini, and yellow squash. I
will also have a few blackberries.
If you have not yet said your prayers, pray for rain. As much as I am counting on selling what I bring, we need the rain MORE.
produce is fresh and ready for you. I
hope to see you there!!! Good
Posted by Twilya
@ 01:16 AM CDT
It was a nail biter clear to the final out and we won! This game was so much fun to watch. At one point I thought I was going to have a
heart attack. The other team was really
good so this one made all of us walk a little taller. Livie
was so awesome. She hit that ball and
she ran. At our last game she had a
tough one. She was tagged out at third
twice and then struck out. We shed lots
of tears. Daddy worked with her at home
some and then she started practicing her batting here at home. It showed.
All of the girls did a really good job.
Our team will begin tournament play Thursday and we are really starting
the gel as a team.
I have been busy canning. I have made sweet spear pickles, bread &
butter pickles, sweet relish, dilly beans and pickled beets and I am nowhere
near finished. Still have dill pickles and dill relish to go.
I am also planning to make ketchup and chili sauce. I love canning. That may sound strange, but I do. It is a lot of work, but I love bringing
the textures and flavors of summer together in a way that can be
enjoyed all winter long.
This week on farm I have sweet corn, slicing, cherry and
beefsteak tomatoes. I also have green beans,
onions, black berries, and the very first of my Japanese eggplant.
We are still using our online ordering system, but I have
been told by a few customers it is not working.
I am trying to figure out the problem.
If you are interested in sweet corn for the fourth, please give me a
call at 785-265-3345. Until Friday
everything is available on farm only.
Tomorrow is a day worth celebrating. It is our nation’s birthday. As we celebrate let us be thankful we live in
a country where our individual liberties are protected more than most. That is a gift that we need to protect. Happy Fourth of July and enjoy your festivities
the fresh and fabulous way.v
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:08 PM CDT
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It is just past midnight and everything except for a few
very last minute picks everything has been picked, washed, bagged tagged and packed. I don’t think my car has ever been fuller. We are still looking for a van that is within
our price range so for now our family mid-sized car remains part family car and part truck. I am still unsure how I managed to get
everything in but TA DAA!!! It
fit. I have always enjoyed puzzles and
in school I struggled in math but found geometry easy. Who knew that I would put the skills
developed to use in my mid-life career change!!! LOL
Seriously¸ tomorrow I will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmer’s
Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I will have with me sugar snap peas, green
beans, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, cabbage, potatoes,
tomatoes, blackberries, parsley bunches, mint bunches, Tabouli kits ,onions,
hard red winter wheat berries and the farm market queen SWEET CORN!!! I almost forgot I will also have a few crabapples.
Tom is in charge of the sweet corn and I am not sure I have
shared this with you before but when it comes to his crops Tom is a
perfectionist. He was born a farmer and
growing the best possible crop is deep within his DNA. He babies our sweet corn from seed selection
to harvest. The end result is a
beautiful, bug-free ear of corn with tender sweet kernels that all but melt in
your mouth. We do not grow A LOT of
sweet corn, but I have never had better… please do not share that part with my
grandma. After church we took the girls
out for a bite to eat and made it home by 8:00 p.m. Tom picked it, cleaned it and packed it
in coolers so that tomorrow you will have the opportunity to enjoy his absolute
On the rest I tried something new this week in attempt to
bring a better product to you with the rest of my availability. With my berries, cherry tomatoes, green beans
and peas instead of just rinsing them in water as normal, I mixed a water and
vinegar solution as a final rinse. The
rinse should not distort the taste but should help the produce hold up better
in the heat of the day. My friend Sandi
Johnson from Filley, NE shared this tip with me. Tom is not the only person on a farm who
works hard to bring you our very best.
This week was yet another whirlwind. This was the last week of swim lessons and
both girls passed to the next level. We
had a t-ball practice Wednesday and a game Friday night. Grandma Carol from St. Joseph came to the
game and then we all went out for pizza.
My girls enjoyed their visit so much they are now planning their next
trip to go see her!!! Thursday
deliveries increased a bunch this week and I am really glad about that! I meet so many interesting a nd wonderful people
on my route and at the market. I enjoy gardening but I have
to admit I enjoy visiting with everyone MORE.
When I get home tomorrow night we are taking the girls to go
see BRAVE. I hope this is a good
one. It is not very often you find shows
featuring princesses with red hard. As
the mother of two princesses with red hair IT IS ABOUT TIME!!!!
I hope you will come by tomorrow. We have a lot of great produce and I think
you will find our prices are reasonable.
See you in the morning!
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:35 AM CDT