A Day in the Life[ Member listing ]
15 Jun · Fri 2012
It rained last night. It is still raining. For those who offered a a prayer for rain, THANK YOU.
Posted by Twilya @ 07:05 AM CDT
20 May · Sun 2012
So my Livie lost her tooth and now we must all wait to see if the Toothy Fairy lives up to her promise. Tomorrow she goes for kindergarten round-up. It does not seem possible that my baby will start school this fall. Her birthday is just eight short days past the start deadline and last year I was so convinced she should GO NOW. Now that the time is drawing close, I just want more time. Autie is looking forward to having Grandma all to herself in the morning. Next year Autie will be in preschool without herself. It will be interesting to see how much they miss each other.
Today was a pretty good day at the market, but I sure would love for the produce to kick in! So far it is limping along, but it is on its way. I had a friend of mine stop by for a visit and it was a very nice surprise. She showed me her newest creation. It was a handbag she had made and it was cool. You should have seen the pockets!!!! Sandi Johnson in Beatrice will soon offer sewing classes and it is time Tom and I dust off the sewing machine we bought when first married and actually learn how to use it. If you are interested in learning more about her classes, let me know and I will give you her contact information. I always admire someone who can turn unemployment into a new business venture!!! Go Sandi!
Tonight we are having and odd dinner perhaps, but YUMO. Some of our farm market left-overs will be featured… leeks and yellow snow peas with sweet potato fries and alligator. No the gator was not local and it is a very long story, but YUMO! We will also enjoy tomatoes numbered two and three! I am very close to having tomatoes for sale.
Tomorrow I will finally get the artichokes in the ground along with starting about a dozen different summer squash, tomatillos, red okra plants and etc. Tom spent the day staking my tomatoes and at some point, we will have vines app 10 feet in the air. It will be a sight to be seen for sure.
I am also going to work on my new compost pile. Have I mentioned that at L’Ecuyer Gardens we make our own compost? We are working hard to be more environmentally responsible and it takes a lot of highly fertile soil to keep L’Ecuyer Gardens going.
The rest of the night will be spent hanging out with Tom and the girls. Mulberry season is here and this week we will have to sneak in not just one but two mulberry picking parties. We LOVE picking mulberries. Stay tuned!
Tags: beans chard mojhito orange heirloom jelly green basil thyme arugula swiss food tomatoes herbs eggs plants artichokes radicchio kansas mint orageno kale beet beets agriculture greens leeks peppers collard nebraska
Posted by Twilya @ 05:39 PM CDT
here is to busy days, late nights and early mornings! See you at the market in the morning!!!! [Read More]
Tags: spinach okra chili thyme baskets tomatoes kansas petunias herbs bell beets cilantro lemon food chard beans tomatillos grass sorrel peppers nebraska kale savory oragano heirloom parsley flower swiss reen eggplant agriculture
Posted by Twilya @ 12:58 AM CDT
18 May · Fri 2012
Great produce at great prices and yes we still have bedding plants and hanging baskets. [Read More]
Tags: radicchio agriculture heirloom spinach kansas thyme snow peas hanging egg cabbage produce lettuce tomatoes peppers plant baskets petunias grass savory strawberries herbs bell greens sorrel arugula romaine leeks food lemon collard
Posted by Twilya @ 08:41 AM CDT
12 May · Sat 2012
Tomorrow 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.
Fresh 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.
We 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 back. J
Tom 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?
While 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 really well.
After 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 past.
I 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 wilHv
Tags: strawberries plant cilantro herbs pole snow baskets beet bedding yellow watermelon plants melons crenshaw cannellini curry heirloom mother's stevia sage greens egg pumpkins beans leaf hanging tarragon peas parsley day
Posted by Twilya @ 11:11 PM CDT
11 May · Fri 2012
It is a beautiful day! You need to come see us. The birds are singing and the sky is blue. The weather promises a mild day. The flowers are freshly watered and the tomato, pepper, eggplant and Swiss chard plants are all needing new homes. Your mother if like me has always loved growing things...that is why she took such good care of you over the years. Treat her to a bar of hand-crafted soap, a beautiful hanging basket or a nice supply of bedding plants. While you are here find something for yourself too! Tom has been busy planting a few more rows of green beans and I think there are plans for a few early watermelons.
My girls and I will be her until 4:00 p.m. today when we leave for t-ball practice but Tom will be her, just give a call on his cell phone so he will be looking for you! 785-527-0178.
We will be open with Saturday with two locations. We will be open on farm from 9:00 am. - 2:00 p.m. Tom and the girls will show you what we have for sale and just ask Livie about our stevia plants!!! You will also find us are the Manhattan Farmers Market at 5th & Humboldt in Manhattan Kansas from 8:00 am. - Noon.
On Sunday you will find us at the Old Cheney Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. I bet if you called Tom he would meet you at the farm then too!
Regardless of the day you come out I will warn you that Autie's new fun thing is to wear two socks that do not match and she is an ace at finding the best dirt spots on the farm. She is a crazy little thing. Livie is now combing her own hair and it is a little wild. My girls are too funny!
I have to share one more thing. Our wild Momma Cat had her kittens in the chicken coup in one of the nesters…everybody gets along. They are up and walking now and my girls were concerned for the kittens’ safety. Chickens can be quite aggressive. They had to “save” them last night and put them in a pet carrier for their WILD mother to raise them in. Last night when the girls went to bed I returned them to their mother and while she is still very wild she seems to know I am looking out for her girls too! She will not let me pet her, but she will bring her babies to me if she thinks they need help. Good Momma Cat.
My statement of gratitude for the day is for the sunshine and cool breeze. I am thankful for two little girls who are a little grumpy this morning but able to hang out with me today! I am thankful for the smiles I cannot hide every time I see Autie with her green boots, dirty face and miss matched socks. Livie makes me smile with her wild and crazy hair and her ability to look at the simplest of things on this farm with complete wonderment.
I am also thankful for the customers who will stop by this weekend and thankful for a mother who as we speak is on her way to Graceland. I trip I wish I could have made with her. Happy Mother's Day Mom.
Tags: onions day beans snow plants strawberries cabbage moss flowers broccoli hanging kale gifts veggie tomatoes green rose baskets collard annuals greens purple petunias herbs bedding mother's leeks peas thyme rosemary heirloom eggs
Posted by Twilya @ 08:41 AM CDT
14 Apr · Sat 2012
Let's create a little Tomatomania in North Central Kansas [Read More]
Tags: heirloom beefsteak thyme mint lettuce snowberry bell orange rosemary swiss chives lemon roma herbs tomatoes peppers european chard boy
Posted by Twilya @ 12:41 AM CDT
29 Mar · Thu 2012
Special three day sale on NOW! [Read More]
Tags: oragano purple good ol' baskets cherokee abe chives herbs hanging bell stupica heirloom peppers cilantro beefsteak tomatoes
Posted by Twilya @ 09:33 AM CDT