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 tomorrow.
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.
I 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. Jv