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