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
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
This morning started with a visit to the pea patch. The current rows are nearly finished. I sold most of what was picked today already
and will hopefully have some for Sunday.
I have two more rows that are just starting to flower and if everything
works out, I will have peas for another three weeks.
Afterwards I decided to go on the hunt for
some new mulberry hot spots. I need a
lot of mulberries for tomorrow and it was unlikely my normal route would yield
enough. One of the very best parts of
picking wild fruit are the unexpected surprises you will find. It is still way too early for most of my
finds, but this year’s weather is anything but normal. I first found choke cherries. I spent most of my life believing they were poisonous. They are just really sour. I use them to make pancake syrup and
YUM! The next find was a new mile long
stretch of mulberries mixed in with a black berry bramble and an assortment of
red and black raspberries. SCORE!! It gets better. Since I moved to Kansas I have been in search
of gooseberries. I have seen evidence of
their existence but could never find their window of ripeness. Today, I hit the window perfectly. For three years I have promised my grandpa I
would make him a batch of mulberry/ gooseberry jam. This year is the year. He turned 90 in May so hopefully this will be
the perfect late birthday gift. I hope
everyone understands why those berries are not for sale.
While out I found one more treasure, wild cherries. I also
found a few wild black berries. Tom may
be able to cut wheat tomorrow after all.
I noticed the sand plums are out in full force and I found evidence
of what may be wild grapes for later this summer. Wild grapes are almost unheard of anymore so
I am particularly interested in seeing if I have truly found Big Foot. The past few years we have had late May
freezes and a lot of the fruit has not materialized. There is a lot of wild fruit this year. My jelly making and pie baking customers will
be so happy.
Picking wild fruit is not for
sissies. It can be grueling, even
dangerous at times, but I love it. I
wear my wounds with pride. Things like
wild cherries, mulberries and chokecherries offer hazards such as unhappy blue
jays and bees protecting what they believe to be theirs. Bees are a double-edged sword. I need bees to pollenate my
produce, but I am slightly allergic. With
bees the best defense is to walk away for a bit and then come back. I also avoid wearing colors that are common
to flowers and I do not wear perfumes or scented deodorant. I always ask myself three questions when
dealing with bees: 1.) how badly do I want the fruit; 2.) how persistent is the
bee; and 3.) do I actually have my cell phone with me. My dtermination is determined by the answers
to those questions.
Blackberries are thorny and
usually in the wild will be along a steep embankments. I fell today coming down one bank. I was alone on a road nobody goes down. Don’t worry I did not land on the fruit. Gooseberries are more than thorny. If you were to rake your arm across a gooseberry
thorn you would likely walk away with a serious injury. Black raspberries are a whole other matter…snakes. I hate snakes but I have found the high
pitched scream as you run in the opposite direction technique to work about as
well as anything.
The final hazards lie within the
actual roads. The best fruit can always
be found on the worst roads and I am the insane woman traveling down these
roads, usually in our sedan. We are way
over due for rain and I was on a SAND road.
Tom has received that call many times over the years. He is to the point he just expects it. At one point today my tire sank so deeply
into the sand I was about to call. God
found favor on me and I decided after that to find a new road.
The final rule to always remember
... even the most remote roads will turn into well travel highways at the
worst possible moments. Parking cars on
the wrong side of a blind hill is danger waiting to happen. I have also noticed when Mother Nature calls
and I decide I can no longer wait, somebody will come by…Every time.
This afternoon was spent picking
a few tomatoes and what are likely the last of my sour cherries. I also watered a few things. While I fixed supper the girls discovered
that my blueberry bushes are fruiting.
They looked like gerbils. These
bushes were planted last fall and I will not have any fruit to sell until next
summer, but the blue berries are coming.
When I am alone I pursue some of the more difficult areas
and save the easy picks for when my girls are with me. Tonight Autie went with me while Livie hung
out with Tom. I learn a lot about my
girls in moments like these. We brought
our Minnie Mouse scooter with us and yes got it out every time we stopped. There is a bird that when it sings it sounds
remarkably like a kitten crying. We have
had very bad luck with our kittens this year and the yellow kitten
has vanished. We have prayed for yellow
kitty's safe return the past few nights. Autie swore that bird was yellow
kitty and she was going to walk through neck high weeds to save it. I am torn in moments like these. Tom and I both know that kitten will never
come home because it died. The girls
cried so hard when the first two past we could not bring ourselves admit
it. I still don’t know how I manage to coax
Autie out of the weeds, but finally we moved on to a new set of trees.
Autie is so looking forward to mulberry cereal in the
morning. She worked hard and has earned
a few berries. The most boring of
cheerios magically take on a new life with a few mulberries. I love that kid. We pulled into the driveway at bedtime and
Livie was climbing out of the combine.
Everyone will be crabby in the morning.
Most of the fruit picked today will delivered to my drop
customers and to People’s in Manhattan, KS tomorrow. I will hang around tomorrow night to sell a
little more, plus some romaine lettuce, collard greens, fresh herbs, hanging
baskets and bedding plants. I hope you
will stop by. If you live in Nebraska, it
is not too late to add yourself to my delivery list. My prices are very reasonable and my quality
is outstanding. If you are thinking
about it, go ahead and give us a try.
Posted by Twilya
@ 11:45 PM CDT
I am frustrated this afternoon. I have found a handy and inexpensive way to
create an online ordering system and the system does not like my name. I understand, but it is still my name. I have sent my questions and or comments and
I am waiting. Frustrated! Technology is a blessing and at the moment I
want to throw my computer out the window.
There are more ways than ever to communicate to people and I am trying
to use all of them and I cannot afford a smart phone which have been told will simplify
my life. I was told that about email
too. Frustrated. J
Yesterday was a BIG day and today I am tired. It started with my market at the Old Cheney
Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE and my tobouli kits were popular. I sold out and I even sold extra parsley and mint
which are typically not easy to sell. I
came very close to selling out of everything which is a good feeling. Now I just need to bring more.
My friend Sandi from Filley, NE. I asked Sandi to design and make a pick apron
for me. She delivered it to the market
on Sunday and it is so cool. It has a
set of three pockets that will allow for large picks and prevent crushing. It also has a wide and padded neck. I am still fighting my cameras and will post
pictures soon, but to my fellow growers who want something that will simply the
harvest you will be more than interested.
She also designs purses and is a true whiz at the sewing machine. She is now offering sewing classes too!
Tom and his brother Joe have been attempting to cut wheat…a
little each day but my blackberries simply insist it is not time. I have one berry starting to slightly turn purple. My prediction is they will be able to begin
cutting Thursday and I will likely begin picking berries the same day. Tom is amused by my predictions but not
convinced. That’s okay. I will remind him of my prediction on
Autie had her second blast ball game and she was a little
timid and unsure of herself this time.
Usually her big sister is right there bossing her around and she is figuring
things out on her own. She is doing just
fine. Livie had a makeup game and we did
not skip around the base line last night, but we casually jogged. I think some things were said by her team
mates because as she fell asleep last night she said she was sorry and would
run faster next time. My heart hurt a
little for her. I know being the big
sister hard. You have to figure out
everything yourself. Livie is like me in
that she has to mess it up before she figures things out. I need to remember how hard that was for me at
times. I will say she has an awesome
swing and she knows how to keep the shortstop VERY busy. That
ball is fast and JUST barely inside the line.
She is doing just fine.
Today I watered everything and began planting a new round of
onion sets. I have sold a lot of onions
and would have sold a lot more at this point if more were in the ground. I also need to find time to get some basil
plants in the ground.
The tomatoes are still taking their time, but I am now
picking my new red fig which is a cherry-sized heirloom that resembles to yellow
pear. I also see some chocolate cherry cherries
starting to blush a little. My Italian
tree tomatoes are starting to ripen too and those are looking like nice
tomatoes. They are bigger than my Stupica
tomatoes but still not huge. I
personally think smaller tomatoes have more flavor. I also see my beefsteak tomatoes are getting
close to size and will soon start to blush.
I have gobs of yellow beefsteak, but no signs of ripening so whenever
they hit I will have A LOT. My white,
orange, pink and black tomatoes will take a little longer, but will be for sale
before you know it. I also notice my chili peppers are starting to
fruit and with a little luck will be ready for Father’s Day weekend. YEAH!!!!
I will have bell peppers soon after that. My colored bells, and other peppers will take
a little longer.
If I do not have squash and cucumbers for sale by Wednesday
I will definitely have some for sale next Sunday and I am ready. The green beans are about to flower and my
leeks are huge.
Tonight I will plant a few more strawberry plants for fall
fruit and some more leeks, and the last of the eggplant for the season. I have a short row that at this point is
empty and I am looking for some fun new things to try. I am still looking.
Wheat harvest is all but here so I plan to cut a few bundles
of wheat in its stalks to sell as dried flowers for my markets this week. I love wheat.
It is so pretty when it is green but as it ripens it is breathtaking. The colors range from like gold/ almost white
to dark bronze. I fell in love with Tom and
the life he offered me as a farm wife during wheat harvest. Nearly nine years later I still love wheat
harvest… and Tom. We have brothers,
cousins, friends, sometimes strangers… they all want to pitch in. Some take vacation time to come work for
free. We are talking some seriously long hours. There is something truly romantic about this
time of the year. I think it is partly the beauty but also the camaraderie. The banter and yes sometimes the episodes of
Tom and Joe rolling around in the parking lot biting each other’s ear because
neither has slept much in days and are a little crabby. I am not making any of that up. At 42 and 45 they still fight like kid
brothers. Anybody who has ever worked closely
with family instinctively understands how animated these fights can be. They also understand there is only one
rule. Be mad if you like but get over it
because you will sit across from that ugly mug at the next family gathering.
In the morning I will pick peas and mulberries and the girls
and I will likely pick more mulberries tomorrow night. I have several large orders to fill for the
week and it takes A LOT of mulberries to get anywhere. Mulberries remain a very popular item.
My words of gratitude focus on the importance of
family. My brother in law is a maddening
person to be around, but he has also pulled me out of a ditch, repaired
multiple flat tires and is good with my girls …so maybe he is not so bad. I am also grateful for patient customers who
are also waiting for the tomato bumper crop.v
Posted by Twilya
@ 04:45 PM CDT
This post is a little long, but it has beena good week. [Read More
Posted by Twilya
@ 01:31 PM CDT
So this week I have busied myself picking mulberries, picking
peas, and enjoying Olivia’s first t-ball game.
With the exception of t-ball, there is a fair amount
of time to think. When my hands are
busy, but my mind free to wonder… all sorts of things are possible. The thoughts are random and usually grand. In those moments I see a crystal clear path
for my business’ success. It is not until I am trying to clean my
mulberry-stained hands that reality kicks in.
I keep dreaming though because one of these times I can’t help but think
it will all come together.
As much as my business is struggling at the moment it is
better than where I was one year ago.
One year ago I was employed full time in a job I knew was coming to an
end, trying to grow my business in the hopes of a soft landing…and fighting
everyone connected to both. I spent so
much energy in the name of helping others… even as it was hurting me and my
family and my business…only to have those I was helping betray me. It left me angry and resentful, distrusting,
and emotionally exhausted. I am unafraid to say it…. seriously depressed. I am still working on the forgiveness I need
to extend others and the only way I will ever get there is on my knees. For those of who are of faith, I could
seriously use your prayers to help me find my forgiving heart. The outcome of everything, I now work for L’Ecuyer
Gardens/ Farms. The clarity is
amazing. The dreams are big. The need is huge… given that, how can this possibly
My garden is in a lull and all I can do is wait for things
to begin to ripen. As I wait… I worry. It has not rained in quite some time and the
hot dry wind we have experienced also has my husband worried. His crops are not like mine, they cannot be
easily watered. Young plants emerging from
the ground fail to flourish in the face of these strong, hot dry winds. There is not much he can do. Even with my crops, it has been too windy to
effectively water and that is a problem.
All of the tender, young plants I planted last week are struggling. We have had chances of rain for several
nights and the rains keep skirting up around us.
For many, I know the weather is of little
interest, but to a farmer it is both your best friend and your enemy. We have not had anything that resembles
normal weather this calendar year and it makes it hard to know what to do. This is clearly one of those give it God and
move on scenarios. My Autie has prayed
for rain so sweetly the past few nights.
As she put it…”God we need some rain.
It did not rain today, and it did not rain yesterday or on the third
day. We need some rain. Can you send us some?” My prayer is a little different…”Lord please
hear my Autie’s prayer.”
I have picked a bunch of mulberries this week and my girls
and I will be back at it tomorrow. My
hands are stained and so is at least one shirt.
You should never pick mulberries wearing white. J I knew better so I can’t
complain. Believe it or not my mulberries
are a top seller and I know some of you are mystified by that statement. I think it is a simple pleasure. Many of us fondly remember the childhood mulberry
tree that was nearby. We were not to go
there… but we did every chance we got. The
mulberries remind my customers of a time when sneaking mulberries was fun and
buying my baskets provides my customers with the simple pleasures of a fond memory and
a sweet treat that is actually good for you. I am indulged with a few
dollars of income and time as a pick to try and figure out how to create a business
that will be a blessing to my family.
Today I have several deliveries and I am trying to decide if
an email newsletter would be good for my business. My ability to grow my business depends on more weekly
deliveries. As the farmer, marketer and
delivery person my time is so seriously divided that I need to find ways to
work smarter and not harder. I am
interested in your thoughts as to how to make my business easier to connect
Part of making this work is making it work for everyone in
my house and things like t-ball are as important as anything. I think that is the constant guilt of all
mothers. We need/want to work, but we
need/want to be there for the important things…like watching my Livie draw
figure eights in the dirt at the catchers’ mound last night. She said she feels mean tagging the
other girls as they come home. That’s my
Livie…a heart of pure gold.
I am sharing my worries with you because many of us are
facing similar stresses. Many of us are
trying to figure things out as we try to re-find our prosperity. Personally, I think our path back to
prosperity is for more of us to get back to what really matters. We need to simplify our lives and take
pleasure in simple things...Neighbors who
pop in unannounced ... sneaking a fresh picked strawberry from the garden ... or
concentrating our energy on how to make ourselves more of a blessing to those
who are in our lives. We are ALL going
to have to dig deep and blaze new trails, but we can get there. So I have to ask… in what way can I be a
blessing to you?
Posted by Twilya
@ 09:09 AM CDT
here is to busy days, late nights and early mornings! See you at the market in the morning!!!! [Read More
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:58 AM CDT
is Mother’s Day and while we have had several beautiful baskets and planters
leave, we have many more still available.
Tomorrow we will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE
from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. We also have
several different smaller plants that you can use to design your own planters,
planters and homemade soaps that are an olive oil and lye base.
herbs from curry leaf and orange mint plants to sage and cilantro and several
types of basil, fern dill will all be in tow.
We still have beefsteak and lemon boy tomato plants. I will also have two baby silver maple trees
that are for sale. As far as fresh
produce I will have a few bags of loose leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce,
radicchio, and arugula. I also have one
bag of odds and ends that will taste good and give the wallet a break. WE will also have beet greens and Swiss Chard for sale. Fresh herbs including tarragon, chamomile,
chocolate mint, cilantro, parsley and sage will also be available. I also have two nice tower pots… one filled
with strawberries and flowers and the other a nice assortment of herbs. One of the herb pot has a unique Asian flair
and will be somebody’s pride and joy.
had a very full day but we got most of it in.
For me the day started at 4:00 a.m. and an hour and half drive to
Manhattan, KS where I battled wind in rain AGAIN for the first hour or so of
the market. Toward the end it was better
and the customers swooped in at the end which was nice. I got home in time to unload the car and get
ready for church and my niece Katie’s graduation party. She will be off to college next year. She is a beautiful and very sweet girl and I
know she will do wonderful things in time.
We did not get home in time to go to our neighbor’s fish fry and I hated
that. I sure hope they had a nice
turnout. The one thing I dislike the
most about being a farm marketer is that we miss a lot of things like this
during the summer, but that is part of it.
I spent the evening picking strawberries and arugula. I also saved some rhubarb seeds that will
become future plants. Some will be for
sale and some will be used to expand my current bed. Tom planted watermelon and put some finishing
touches on my irrigation system. I cannot
put into words how much time that system will save. Most of our garden will be self-watering AND
mulched in to prevent weed growth. All I
will have to do is turn the water on and walk away…. But must remember to come
planted four types of watermelon and tomorrow will plant Crenshaw melons, cannallini
beans and two types of pole beans. He is
also laying the ground work for what will eventually be my fall pumpkin patch
and winter squash bed. Today he was my
FTD guy and tomorrow he is my “hired man.”
Have I mentioned before he is a real keeper?
in Manhattan today I had a customer buy some fresh chocolate mint for a pickled
relish she is making. Lucky for me she
kindly sent me the recipe. I will try it
and let you know what my family thinks.
I have A LOT of chocolate mint so this one is one I hope turns out
picking strawberries I sorted and cleaned.
I have one variety called the mignonette. It is a small pastry berry and it is the
ugliest berry I have ever seen, but WOW they are sweet. I cannot bring myself to pack them along but
WOW are they sweet. Last year all of them
ended up in my jelly and while they look a LOT better this year, I fear they
are destined for jelly again this year. We eat
a lot of ugly things at our house. We enjoy the less than perfectly
beautifuls. We know they still taste
great, but like us have some warts and wrinkles we hope those who love us look
hope you will come see us tomorrow at the market. If you would prefer to check out the baskets at
the farm that I could not fit into the car, give Tom a call. I
posted his cell phone number on my L’Ecuyer Gardens Facebook page. He will be
around but not necessarily at the house so a call would be appreciated. Otherwise, bring your mom to the market
tomorrow. A mom’s greatest gift received
is simple time. Time with you We let the girls stay up
later than normal tonight and right at dark we had to take a break from the
prep work and play a game of family freeze tag… in the dark and yes girls it is
date. Tomorrow night you are both IT. I can’t wait!!! e will be runniHe he wilH
Posted by Twilya
@ 11:11 PM CDT
is a very busy day for us and hopefully we are on your list of must visit
places. Hubby is proudly stating that he is the FTD man for the day and will
greet on-farm visitors with a warm smile. Be gentle though because all of the
different items, sizes and prices is already stressing him out a little. I do
have a list so he seems a little flustered just ask to see it. He does not
know the difference between a marigold and a zinnia. I WILL HAVE MY CELL PHONE
you are here check out the load of rocks in the front yard. It is my Mother's
Day gift from Tom and the girls. It is the first installment of my new
landscaping project for the front of our house. As Tom put it how do you buy
flowers for someone who literally has thousands of them on hand? I love my
rocks. This particular load has great color and shape.
hubby and the girls are greeting people at the farm I will be at the farmers
market in Manhattan from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. I will hang around a little later
if the crowd holds. I tried to bring a little of everything and hopefully what
I brought will NOT come home. I have A LOT of purple flowers in the
car... GO WILDCATS.
had another t-ball practice and today my Livie knocked the snot out of the
ball. Go Livie!!!! Autie seeing how pleased I was with my load of rocks busied
herself colleting gravel. I tried very hard to be just as excited about the
gravel as I was the limestone. I think the other mom's might have thought I was
nuts. Sitting next to me was a fellow farm marketer and at least she understood
that for some women there will never be a diamond that is big enough to rival a
truckload of limestone. If you come tomorrow ask Autie about the nail polish she
has all over her leg. It is a nice color BUT....
Please come visit us this
weekend. We would love to see you.
Posted by Twilya
@ 11:48 PM CDT
We are a bit of a drive BUT WORTH IT!!! [Read More
Posted by Twilya
@ 11:16 AM CDT
In the morning I am headed to the Old Cheney Road Farmers
Market and they are calling for rain. It
might rain all day and it might just rain for a little bit… 60%. If it rains it could be torrential
downpours. It is moment s like these
that can bedevil the farm marketer. The lettuce
is picked, prepped, bagged and tagged along with the cilantro, parsley, green
onions and chocolate mint. The worry
none of it freezes and my family cannot possible eat it all before it turns…
and then there are the Mother’s Day baskets that will keep, but… Mother’s Day
is next Sunday. Oh did I metioned it also rained through last week's market too. I hope this is not the season's trend to come.
I am not complaining so much a worrying
out loud. My only choices are A.) let
the worry deprive me of what could be 5 whole hours of sleep before morning OR B.)
I can give it to God. I was up at 3:00
a.m. this morning headed for the farmers market in Manhattan and so I choose
B. The car is loaded with tables and
plants, produce and display materials and as I doze off to sleep tonight my
prayer will be that the rain subsides between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00
p.m. Let’s see what the morning
Posted by Twilya
@ 11:39 PM CDT
Cinco De Mayo is a day to celebrate with L'Ecuyer Gardens. Get your bedding plants and hanging baskets. On farm visitors will SAVE BIG TIME!!!!!
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:19 PM CDT
Day 1 was a GREAT day to visit L'Ecuyer Gardens. If you missed it we are still offering our plants today until 7:00 p.m. and tomorrow until 4:00 p.m. Great selection! Don't miss out!
Posted by Twilya
@ 01:31 PM CDT
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Posted by Twilya
@ 09:33 AM CDT