A Day in the Life
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The weeks are rolling by and our summer is nearly over. This week Livie came home from school each
day excited but tired. Autie waited
eagerly each day for her big sister and best friend to come play with her. Autie finally asked if she could start school
soon. Tom and I both want to send her to
preschool, but at the moment it’s not in our budget. We are working with her on the things she
needs to learn, but she misses having friends to play with. We are trying to figure this part out as we
speak. Autie’s personality is changing
so much right now. She is a crazy
kid. Last Sunday while I was at market
Daddy took the girls to Orshleans (our favorite store in the whole wide
world!!!!!!). The girls came home with
some new rain/work boots. Autie’s had
horses on them and she wears them EVERYWHERE we will allow her to wear them…
including the bathtub and bed. Livie
likes hers, but not with same intensity.
If you were to come visit our farm this weekend, you would see my girls in
their cutoff shorts, tank tops that do not match, a headband with a big bow
for a little style, and their boots. They
will be working a 'project" that will require at least three visits to daddy’s
junk pile and will have two chairs and a
small wrought iron patio table they have cabbaged onto on the stoop of our
front steps. I have finally found all of
the plant markers that disappeared this spring… they are tools, credit cards,
and othe essential items for their “project.”
If they happen to have a pair of their daddy’s gloves on … not to worry
they have switched “projets” and will be trying to catch our only remaining
kitten and he is WILD. The gloves are
for a little protection from the scratches.
The kitten is so WILD I think they actually need hazmat suits so the
entire body is protected. You may also
find them on their trampoline where they may be jumping, but they may also be
playing school with our red heeler Reba.
Reba is a very good student. My
girls are wild, crazy and scream with pure excitement whenever there is a
visitor!!!! If you are looking for
yellow green beans, Romano-style flat green beans or a good deal on canning
tomatoes you will find not only great produce but also quality entertainment
offered by my girls.
This week we made another delivery to Wilderness Lodge and while at our
market last week met an independent chef who does quite a bit of catering. I hope to be working on with him on an
up-coming event. We also have been very
busy selling apples, a last batch of sweet corn and lots of jalapeno
Next week we will rip out all but one row of tomatoes in the high tunnel so
we can begin planting pole beans, more zucchini, broccoli, three types of
cabbage and a whole LOT more!!!! In the
weeks to come we will have pumpkins, yellow moon & star watermelons, patty
pan squash, spinach, salad greens, more cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and a huge
assortment of fall greens, cabbages, beets.
Summer may be coming to an end, but in many ways the garden is just getting
primed for the second half of the growing season. We are also making some changes for next
year. This fall we are adding a bed of
fennel and we are re-sowing our beds of parsley and cilantro. I am also looking for a good place to add a
bed of fern dill and a bed of sage. We
are making some big changes for next year.
Just you wait and see!!!!
Tomorrow, you need to stop by. We
will have a huge supply of yellow green beans, a few Romano-style beans,
edamame soybeans, summer apples, Jonathon apples, a few pears, patty pan
squash, butternut squash, some gorgeous red slicing tomatoes, a few cucumbers,
eggplant, peppers, and okra. We will
also have beet greens, collard greens and baby Swiss chard. We will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmers
Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The produce will be very fresh, the
conversation friendly, and my thankfulness overflowing!
My thoughts of gratitude for the week is focused on the gift of a happy marriage. This summer has been rough for most of
us. The lack of rain and intense heat is
wearing on everyone. It is summers like
these that bring out the worst in everyone and I have not been at my
best. My hubby faces it all with an easy smile, a reassuring “I love you,”
and a drive to keep going in the hopes of a better day. There are a LOT of single women in my county
most of whom never gave my husband a second look and yet wonder why they are
still single. To them I smile and say
THANK YOU. Depending on the weather, Tom
hopes to start fall harvest this next week as well. Fall harvest has a tendency to drag on a bit
but due to the drought this year will be fairly short, but lacking the light-hearted banter that tends to come with it. This year is a hard one and harvest will not
end on a positive note. I hope Tom will
lean on me the way I have leaned on him all summer. Hopefully my reassuring “I love you and gentle
kiss will encourage a smile that I know he will struggle to find. This is farming and years like these are to
be expected, but expecting them and living them are two different
This next week is also a BIG week for us in other ways. I cannot go into details, but to say the
least it has the potential to be life-changing for my family... in a good way. If you are a person of faith, please pray that
the changes offered are real, and will bring my family the type of blessing we
are able to pay forward 10 times over.
Have a fresh and fabulous holiday weekend and I ave hhhhhhhhhhhhhope to see you in the morning!!!!
Posted by Twilya
@ 02:33 PM CDT
I love a rainy night and since last night we have received a
little over three inches. It has been
the slow soaking kind for the most part and WOW is it muddy. So muddy in fact tonight when I was picking
green beans I got so stuck I could not move my legs. My mucks had suctioned around my feet so
tight I could not even pull my feet out.
I fell and landed in the mud. It
took two showers to get rid of all the mud.
They say mud is good for your skin.
I do not know about that, but my husband and I had a good laugh. Normally, I hate picking in the rain, but I
did not mid today. The rain is simply
too late to help Tom and his fall crops, but the timing was perfect for
This week was the first full week of kindergarten and my
Livie is pleased to report she received a green dot each day. We celebrated with some ice cream. Little sister Autie still misses her sister
but she is starting to realize that for the first time in her life she has her
parents all to herself quite a bit of the time.
She likes it… at least for now.
This week we have several new items. We have bartlet pears, summer apples and Jonathan
apples. We also have lots of peter pan
squash and the first of our butternut squash.
We will have more collard greens, baby Swiss chard. We have a bag of mint, okra, yellow green
beans, edamame soybeans, flat Italian style green beans, and tomatoes. I fear the tomatoes come to an end either
this week or next. My cherry tomatoes
are starting to blossom again so who knows.
I hope you will come see me tomorrow at the Old Cheney Road Farmers
market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. – to 2:00 p.m.
Due to the muddy conditions I was unable to pick all of the
beans that are ready. If you live nearby
and are interested, give me a call this week.
I spent Thursday helping Tom. We sold his calves this week and Autie and I
helped him and my brother-in-law Joe round everybody up. I love this time of year. The light filters through the trees
differently. It makes me think of
stained glass. The beauty is incredibly simple, but it is magnificent. I know
it is still August but autumn is in the air.
The day my Livie came home from the hospital we had newly weaned calves
bawling. She woke up as I carried her
into the house and she looked around. I
told her, those cows were hers and that they would take very good care of
her. She closed her eyes and went back
to sleep. To this day when she hears
bawling calves she has a tendency to doze off.
To this day I have a tendency to remember the day I brought my first baby
home. My babies are now little girls and
before I realize it, I will be bawling as they leave in search of their life paths
in this world. I need to remind myself
of that fact when my patience run thin.
This week was a busy one in the garden. I planted more beets, and snap peas. I also planted a few more rows of
lettuce. I wish I would have worked a
little harder in getting a few more things in the ground, but as soon as things
dry out a little we will get to work.
Off the farm I finally stole enough time away from the farm to get my
hair cut and colored. I am no longer a
blonde, which was not an easy decision to make, but I think I like it. I will turn 44 this December and at the
moment I am struggling with that fact. I
would not go back and relive my twenties for anything in the world, but I
wouldn’t mind giving my early thirties another go. Oh well, age is a number and I am on a
mission to defy time. Wish me luck.
My thoughts of gratitude focus on friendship… both old and
new. I did something today that I have
only done one other time before. I went
shopping with a friend. I also heard
from an old friend. Good friends are
like diamonds. Their true beauty is in
the fact that most precious are rare beyond compare.
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:36 PM CDT
My Livie started kindergarten Friday. I was supposed to take her, but the bus
pulled up in our yard and she was so excited.
My baby girl tolerated her picture being taken and then waved
goodbye. Tom and I both had tears in our
eyes. It was a half day so when she came
home we had a picnic lunch in the back yard.
Everyone is excited about her teacher and Livie cheerfully announced she
knew most of her classmates. She is SO
excited about the promise of music class.
She also thought an awful lot of the school assembly where the principal spoke to all of the kids. He made a very strong impression. My Autie missed her sister. There
was nobody to play with and both Tom and I were busy with work. She really missed her big sister. while I fixed lunch we got out her new preschool readyness book and worked on a few pages. She was a little happier. All weekend she wanted Livie to play school with her.
I made my second deliver to Wilderness Lodge this week and
the news is out here at home. J I am relieved
to finally have an opportunity to work with a restaurant. As I prepare for fall, I find myself making
some little changes that will hopefully be more appealing to similar
customers. I spent quite a bit of time
this week getting some things planted. I
planted around 50 broccoli plants and before long I will plant many, MANY
more. I also planted leeks, beets, lettuce,
Pac Choy, spinach, snap peas. I also
started pulling out some of my tomatoes plant to make room for the next crop…. pole
beans, squash and a last round of tomatoes and basil. Next week I will continue cleaning out the
old and planting the new. I hope to have
a really good fall garden. While picking
peter pan squash I inventoried my other plans and found several sugar pumpkins
and Hubbard squash on the vine already. There
is a lot more still to come. We are still in great need of rain, but the cooler
temperatures have been a welcome change.
Tomorrow I will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in
Lincoln, NE from 10:00 to 2:00. With me
is a LOT of great produce. I will of
course have tomatoes and eggplant, but I will also have Italian broad beans,
yellow beans, okra, more edamame soybeans, onions, parsley, peter pan squash,
hard red winter wheat berries. My mint
is bolting so I will also have my standard mint and parsley bundles, but I will
also have bulk bags. For the serious
dessert maker you need to stop by. I
will also have LOTS of collard greens, some Swiss Chard and an entire rainbow
of peppers. I also have some dried chilies
and of course eggs.
I hope you will stop by and take advantage of what is to be
a beautiful day.
My thoughts of gratitude for the week are focused on the
fine young women my little girls are becoming.
We have had lots of problems lately with our girls getting into things
they shouldn’t. My girls are unhappy
with their parents at the moment, but I wouldn’t trade either girl for anything
in the world. Tonight my Autie learned a
valuable lesson about asking before you help yourself. I had a tray of newly picked peppers on the
back porch and she decided to give one a try…jalapeno. There were lots of tears. But when she went to sleep tonight she told
that next time she ask if the pepper was sweet.
I am grateful that his lesson was learned with a pepper instead of
something far more dangerous.
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:37 AM CDT
The past week has been action packed! I am exhausted but also excited. On Monday we took Livie into Washington and
registered her for Kindergarten. She is
very excited about her teacher, her classroom and especially the promise of
music class. Tom and voted with advanced
ballots for our county primaries, delivered some produce and headed out of town
for a few days…. Nothing too exciting just some back-to-school shopping and a
few nights at a hotel with a swimming pool.
I will not give you the day-by-day, but we had a blast, the Lincoln Children’s
Museum , the Lincoln Zoo, Ice Age III and the ultimate lunch at Chucky Cheese… “Where
a Kid Can Be a Kid.”
We came home Thursday and I spent the afternoon and evening
preparing for my first produce delivery at Wilderness Ridge Lodge in South
Lincoln. I was so nervous delivering mky produce. I hope they liked... I only wish I had more tome left on my tomatoes. I have spent my time since
getting ready for tomorrow. This week is
going to be a difficult week, but I think all of us are in a similar boat. My tomatoes are on the verge konking
out. My yellow slicers are all but finished
and my red slicers will not be too far behind.
Most of my heirlooms will go again, but there will not be very many for
several weeks. My cherry tomatoes are re-blooming
as our most of my heirlooms and I am trying to decide if ripping out and moving
on into fall crops is a better alternative to waiting the plants out. I am in a similar situation with my
cucumbers. My green beans are rejoicing with the cooler temperatures and I hope
this time next week we will find green beans ready to pick. In the morning I WILL have a few slicing
tomatoes, several types of bell, sweet and spicy peppers; eggplant, edamame
soybeans, hard red winter wheat berries, onions, potatoes, cantaloupe and
eggs. I have a lot that will be planted
this week and I hope to be able to tread water for a few weeks until my fall
garden starts producing. I will also
have Tabouli kits and some hedge apples.
Tonight at church my girls clung to me… that doesn’t happen
very often anymore. At dinner they both
told me I was the most beautiful mommy ever.
I know it isn’t true, but I love them for saying such a sweet thing to
me. After church Livie even cleaned her
room without being told! I am not sure what
has gotten into them but whatever it is, it must be made of pure sugar.
My thoughts of gratitude are focused those moments when
people show their natural goodness.
Twice on our trip I managed to leave something in a restaurant. The first was my camera at the McDonald’s on
West O Street and the second was my purse at Ruby Tuesdays… Anybody who knows
me will tell you I do this A LOT. The
gratitude is for the fact both items were found and waiting for me, completely intact. Thank you to the individuals who not only
helped me manage my personal items, but also helped me to remember the basic
decency that is second nature in most of us!!!
I hope to see you tomorrow morning from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE. Have a Fresh & Fabulous Sunday. Goodnight!
Posted by Twilya
@ 11:49 PM CDT
It has been a very busy week and as I prepare for tomorrow
at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Lincoln,
Nebraska to say I am a motivated seller is an understatement. The colors and textures are changing a little
this week. I have A LOT of tomatoes and cucumbers.
New offerings will include two
items I am especially proud of: The
first is my edamame soy beans and the second is my little finger eggplant… I have had a few each week but this week I am
finally starting to get some volume. I will also have 1 honey dew melon and sadly I
think it will be the only one I have this season. I will also have an entire rainbow
of tomatoes. You really owe it to
yourself to try our Great White Beefsteak or maybe a Nebraska Wedding Tomato. There
is also my Black Krim, my orange Moon Glow, and my pink Raspberry Lyeanna and
a few Japanese Black Trieffle. The
cherry tomatoes are still going strong, but I see the end of the road ahead… at
the most I will have three more weeks.
Other items will include large and small black beauty eggplant, green
bell peppers, dulche peppers, jalapeno peppers, chili peppers, okra, Tabouli kits,
mint, parsley, sweet corn and a few cantaloupes. I will also have red and yellow onions and I
am down to about 10 pounds of potatoes.
I almost forgot the cucumbers, and a few assorted summer squash and eggs. I had
someone stop by last Sunday looking for cucumbers to pickle. If you are still looking, please visit me
I am trying something new this
week. I will bring with me a recipe card
for a one-skillet dish my family enjoys that goes from fresh to Yum in about 30
minutes. It is called Cowboy Stir-fry. It is one that is great as a vegetarian
dish. It also jumps to life with about
any meat option. It will feature many of
the items I will have for sale. If I
have time I will put together a second dish we like a lot that has more of an
Italian flair. I have lots of 30 minute
meal options so when you visit me me ask and I will offer how this busy mom finds time to cook fresh and please the hungry natives at my house!
The water ban was put into effect
and since God has given us 4 inches of rain.
If you ever wonder who you should put your faith in … government or God…
I have unmistakable evidence to support the later. We are a long way from the drought being over
but we will take what has been given and say THANK YOU.
I still have some big decisions
to make regarding my fall and winter gardens and we are also setting up our
game plan for 2013. We need to make some
big changes for next yearand we hope we will learn what you would like to have
available. In order for my business to ever get to a point that it provides
income for my family it has to have MORE customers so we are pretty
willing to consider your needs as we make our decisions.
have some huge news...
The week of August 14, my produce will be featured on the menu of one of
the most upscale restaurants in all of Lincoln.
I will share more about this in the near future. The Lincoln Journal Star has also talked
about my produce in one of their feature stories covering the Lincoln farmers
markets. Both have made that decision based
upon my quality, my selection and my price… despite what has been an extremely
difficult growing year. The North
Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission featured me in their newsletter
this summer and I have heard from several of my customers that I provided them
with their BEST tomato plants AND that I sell the BEST tomatoes at OCFM. I have
had visitors to my farm from Salina, Colby and Missouri because they have been
told I am a MUST visit farm. I am
thrilled, honored, PROUD, and GREATEFUL but in order for my business to survive
I need YOU!
Livie is now riding her bike
without training wheels. She actually
removed them herself. My Autie has decided
she wants to learn how to tie her shoes.
She is not yet 4, but she does not want to be outdone by her
sister. We also spent the week getting
Livie’s immunization records up to date for kindergarten and getting some of the necessary doctor visits out of the way.
Next week we have a few fun days
planned. We have back to school shopping
and a trip to the Lincoln Zoo and the Lincoln Children’s Museum scheduled. Because we are making the back to school
scramble we WILL NOT DELIVER THIS week and the following week Livie starts
Kindergarten. I have decided that week will
be devoted to my girls and getting our house ready for back to school. We will be available for on-farm sales by
appointment. You will also find us
covering our Sunday market at Old Cheney.
I hope everyone can understand the
Mom in me needs to invest in my girls as this summer draws to a close.
My thoughts of gratitude for the
week are focused on the sweet rain and the cooler temperatures. We will be headed to church in a few hours
and I will generously offer my prayers of gratitude. I am grateful for my farmer hubby who to date
is my best handy man, and best customer.
I am also grateful for my two giggly girls who stole what few strawberries
I had to pick and put them in their PLAY refrigerator. I am also grateful that I was able to find
the amusement offered by the discovery of the mess created. Finally I am grateful for my loyal customers
who visit or order from me each week. I
have two gentlemen whose tomatoes will be waiting for them tomorrow morning because
I know they will be there first thing! GRATITUDE. J
Posted by Twilya
@ 03:18 PM CDT
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:37 AM 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
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
We ENJOYED our first beefsteak tomato of the season. It was big enough one tomato was all we
needed. It was good, full of flavor and
just the right amount of acidity. I have
several more that are available now and several more that will be ready by the
weekend. If you are one who has lost a
little faith in the flavor of tomatoes – this one will give you hope.
Also available this week … the sweetest snap peas I think I
have ever eaten and I have A LOT of them.
If you have not had a chance to make creamed peas and potatoes, I have
everything you need. My green beans are
also starting to kick in and the beans are tender, stingless and full of flavor. Of course the zucchini and yellow squash are
coming on in full force and my cucumbers while only starting are off to a
prolific start. I have a few heads of
cabbage and am patiently waiting for the next round. This week I have touchstone gold beets and
they are beautiful. I love the
touchstone because they are so sweet and yet don’t taste like dirt. I have a few red baby beets and am hoping to
roast some one night this week. By the weekend I will have the first of the
sweet corn and the peppers are starting to go to town. There are
more things on their way so the colors, flavors and textures will continue to
change. The produce has kicked in. You could shop me for a new and very
different flavor for every night this week.
This is my favorite time of the year, when there are so many tasty
options that making a decision can prove impossible. We work so hard for this brief moment when
the garden becomes our grocery store and we would just love it, if our garden
could become yours. I also have canning
tomatoes available. If you want these,
please call me directly. They will not
be listed in our online store.
There is still time to reserve your order for Thursday
delivery. The store will close tomorrow
at 5:00 p.m. Simply go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/
and select your favorites. The online
store is easy to use and helps both of us keep track of availability. I hope you will give us a try.
Autie had her last blast ball game of the season Sunday and
Livie has practice tomorrow and her last regular game Friday. We are hoping Grandma Carol will be able to
come watch it. This week has been a busy
one with the second week of swim lessons and a feeble attempt to get caught up
Yesterday we had some visitors from Salina stop by to tour
the farm and my girls loved it. While I
visited with the adults, the girls gave their son the full tour which included
baby kitties, snake skins and a little hide-n-seek. We love on farm visitors and from now until
the end of the season we are opening our doors by appointment on Mondays and
Tuesday for those who want to save some money.
Farm market leftovers from Sunday will be half price to ALL on-farm
visitors. The produce is just as good as
it was the day before, but we need to make room for the bounty for the week
ahead. We are adult and kid friendly
and so make it a family outing. We
promise are more than a little weedy, but the produce is fresh and
fabulous. The view is breathtaking and
we offer you a chance to enjoy a little simplicity in the midst of a hectic
world. That is what our farm is for us
anyway… a small oasis from the world’s insanity.
morning I am going to go out to see what wild fruit is still available and I
will spend part of the day picking peas and green beans for my Thursday
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:26 PM CDT
It rained and they say more is coming. Tom is relieved … so am I. It came softly and the clouds moved in and so
most of it is soaking in. We still need
more but this was as close to a perfect rain as it probably gets. For now the stress over our fall crops has
The last few days have been busy. Wednesday and Thursday was spent making
deliveries and on my way home Thursday I bought a whicker desk from a customer having
a moving sale. Livie is starting kindergarten
this fall and I thought it was a perfect gift.
She had a small one and she gave it to Autie. Livie has filled the drawer with crayons and
paper and moved her lamp to the desk.
She has a place to work on her drawings and in time her homework. She is very smart and I want her to WANT to
do well. Her life path is her own, but experience
has taught me very well you never really know when you will need to reinvent
yourself. A solid education and a love
for learning are more than a little helpful in that situation.
I have a young man helping me this summer who came out for
the first time Friday. He is taking Drivers
Ed at school and in a few weeks will have his learners permit. In past years he has walked milo fields for Tom
so I know he will work hard. He spent
the day helping me trim back my tomato plants and fertilize them. I picked blackberries, tomatoes, cucumbers
Last night the girls and I took Tom to see Madagascar III. WE ALL LOVED IT. As an early Father’s Day we also gave him his
new BBQ U guide and some new grill tools then celebrated with Chinese food. Sunday the girls will grill hot dogs and take
Tom fishing while I am at the Old Cheney Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from
10:0 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This morning Tom and the girls planted the last of my fall
squash and pumpkins and I cleaned out my lettuce bed and planted strawberries,
leeks, lavender, basil and sorrel. I
also weeded my strawberry beds and picked beets and radishes for tomorrow. After lunch I will sow another cilantro bed
and plant some late tomatoes. I will
also check on my peppers to see if anything is ready. We are at least close. Tonight is church followed by a frenzied last
dash until dark to pick what I can… likely the kale, Swiss chard, onions and possibly
strawberries. With the rain has come WEEDS
and next week promises to keep us all very busy. For the first time in several weeks we will
need to mow. We mowed three times and
April and not once in May. Strange year…
With the rain came what is likely the end of the wild fruit. Most of my best roads will not be passable in
our car for several days and by then will likely over ripened. That is the ecstasy and agony of wild
fruit. The fruit is free to those who
crave it, but it sometimes it can be just out of reach. Don’t worry as soon as the roads are good I
will at least go check. On some of my
roads I found another truly coveted find… elderberries. I love it all, but I do not have ANY picked
and I am compelled to at least try. If
we miss the elderberries we still need to come back for sand plums later this
fall and then there is always the possibility of wild grapes.
The good news is this week will likely be my bumper crop of
blackberries here at the farm. I have
picked a bunch and they will be waiting for you along with cabbage, hopefully
some green beans, potatoes, tabouli kits, tomatoes, kale, collard greens and
still some more things yet to be found. It
will be a late night I am sure, but I am glad there is finally enough to pick. Come by and visit my booth tomorrow and let
me know what you think. For those who cannot make to Old Cheney tomorrow,
you also have the option for a mid-week delivery by using my online store at http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/. The store will be update Monday and in the
weeks to come there will be lots of changes and additions to the store.
My statement of gratitude is for the wonderful rain and for
a husband who in my opinion is the WORLD’S BEST DADDY.
Posted by Twilya
@ 01:54 PM CDT
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Today is Wednesday and I will be headed to Manhattan to
deliver to my drop customers, including People’s Grocery. I will also hang around at Peoples for the
farmers market from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
With me I will have an abundance of summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli,
potatoes, peas, pole beans, kale, and collard greens and then there are my
berries… some sour cherries, choke cherries, gooseberries, wild raspberries,
regular and wild black berries and mulberries.
I may have forgotten to mention the tomatoes. I will have some nice salad tomatoes, orange
parchute and I hope to have one full basket of red cherries. The cherry tomatoes are on their way. Next week I should have the first of my European Snowberry tomatoes and you have no idea how good a tomato can be until you try one.
If there is something on this list that sounds really yummy
reserving yours is now very easy to do.
You can go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/
and place your order. Orders are filled
in the order they are received. My new
online ordering system will help you and me keep up on availability. In time I will be able to accept debit and
credit cards and will always willingly collect at the time of delivery. It is a really easy system to use, so go ahead give it
Tuesday was spent picking berries and I found another new
road. It is a pretty good road and most
things are fairly easy to get to. There
are a lot of raspberries and blackberries. The girls and I headed out
again Tuesday evening and yes we returned to the sand road. The girls love that road and tonight busied
themselves my making Big Foot tracks in the sand. It was a little windy and so everything rustled
and while we enjoyed our visit we were all ready to leave. We were all feeling a little vulnerable.
Tom now expects to be finished with wheat harvest today. This is a very crazy week and between markets
and t-ball games Father’s Day is more than full. The girls and I need to find an opportunity
to celebrate before then. Tom is an awesome daddy and that is something worth
My thoughts of gratitude focus on the thankfulness
for the road less taken. Had I not been
willing to go down an entirely new road, I never would have met Tom, or would
have had my girls. The woman I was 10 years ago and the woman I
am today look similar but I no longer see her in me. Then I rarely wore jeans or any type of
denim, today I rarely wear anything else.
My nails used to be perfect and they are always a wreck anymore. Then you saw a big smile hiding an incredibly
lonely and lost person. The loneliness
has been filled with Tom and the girls and a business that gives me an
opportunity to meet so many new people each week. The road has been bumpy and at times very
difficult, but in the end it was the road worth taking and what a difference it
has made. Gratitude!
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:26 AM CDT