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
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
This past week was a rough one for L’Ecuyer Gardens. On Thursday we received notification we are
to no longer use rural water to water our garden. This request is a result of the current drought
conditions. We do have a private well,
but it will not meet our current needs and so some things will be touch and
go. Saturday night we did receive a
surprise rain which was WONDERFUL, but at this point 1 inch will not change
much. I am tired and worried.
I have lots of tomatoes and cantaloupe, zucchini and yellow
squash. I also have some beautiful
leeks. We have LOTS of canning tomatoes
and we have now opened what is left of our sweet corn up for u-pick. It you want to save big, jump in!!!! while you are here, pick up some canning
tomatoes, cucumbers and whatever else you cannot resist.
I am also busy trying to make plans for our fall
garden. I am concerned about the water
issue so I am trying to think through my options before I make decisions, but
the time is upon us. I am also trying to
make plans for next summer. For my loyal
customer chance, s this is the time to offer you thoughts on what you want to
have available. I will start buying my
seeds in November and so let me know. MY
garden is your garden! It is my hope you
will be able to find everything you need.
Despite the heat in the near future I will have Brussels
sprouts and possibly some green beans and cabbage.
Tomorrow will be dedicated to dehydrating corn and freezing
peppers and some other canning.
For now we still have great selection. If you are looking for canning tomatoes, let
me know!!!! I have a lot of tomatoes at
the moment. The online store is now
open. Please go to: http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/weblog
and view our availability and make your selections by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Give us
a chance. Our selection is good, our
quality is very high and our prices are reasonable.
Posted by Twilya
@ 07:32 AM CDT
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:37 AM CDT
This week has been yet another whirlwind. We have been very busy selling sweet corn,
meeting with potential wholesale customers and picking cantaloupe, tomatoes,
peppers, cucumbers and so much more. My
nephew Lane from Missouri came to spend a few days. He is not 17 and in so many ways he is a
grown man. I still remember him as a
baby and have enjoyed catching up with him.
He will come with me tomorrow to the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in
Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This week I have begun working on my newest project. I am working on a line of take and bake
family dinners made from mostly fresh ingredients. I have several recipes that I am taste
testing. This project is more for this fall and then if it works out I would
like to offer each week through my online store and farmers markets. If you have a good recipe that you think
would make a great take and bake, I would love to give it a try.
This week we will have a nice selection of tomatoes red and
yellow slicing tomatoes as well as some beautiful heirlooms. I have several nice beefsteak and my great
whites look wonderful. We will also have
sweet corn, leeks, mint, parsley, and Tabouli kits.
I hope to see you in the morning at Old Cheney!
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:28 AM CDT
We have sweet corn running out our ears… literally. It is cross-pollinated between Peaches & Cream
and Ambrosia and it is so good. There is
a lot of sweet corn out there but do not be fooled. Ours is better. Livie and I spent the morning and most of the
afternoon pedaling sweet corn and we will have gobs of it for sale
Thursday. You should have seen my Livie
today! She stood near the turn off for
our spot and held our sign and waived customers in. She was a little half-hearted until the first
car pulled in then she kicked it into high gear. I paid her a quarter per car. I am out of quarters. LOL. We
were so hot on the ride home that neither of us felt too well but we had corn
so we had to make several stops on the way home to off-load the rest. It must be really hard to tell her know
because she sold A LOT of corn today. I am excited because I had several people
express interest in my online store and I hope they will place orders for
Thursday. One already has!!!! This year has been slow to build, but
hopefully it will continue. I made my
first delivery to the Haddam café with some of my farm market Sunday leftovers
and my tomatoes will be a part of their taco night tonight!!!!
We were so hot when we finally came home; we just sat in the
living room for a bit. It was so hot out
there today, but that is part of the joy of living in Kansas. I will take the heat, but we are in still
great need of rain. Your continued
prayers are again requested.
While at the market we had a lot of time to talk and I faced
some difficult questions about death and when I will die. My daughter is worried she may lose me before
she is finished being a little girl. All
I could say was that God was in charge of that decision and that I pray it is
his plan that I die a very old lady. She
seemed comforted, but I wonder why she worries about such a thing. There are plenty of other things for a five-year-old
little girl to worry about. It is
moments like these that make me feel completely incompetent as a parent.
Autie spent the day with Daddy and the girls who were good
as gold the entire day by themselves were fighting within minutes of coming
home. I think they missed each
Because we have so much corn, I have added new increments
for sweet corn to our online store. I
have it by the ear, half dozen and five dozen.
I also forgot to mention I will
have a few cantaloupe this week. They
will sell FAST so JUMP in if you want one!!!!
Tonight for dinner we enjoyed yet another one-pan meal that
was pulled together based on our farm market extras. It was
a little bit of ground hamburger, a few sliced okra a few snap peas, a small
amount of corn and macaroni with mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning. We also enjoyed another Great White
tomato. You have no idea what you are
missing out on. These tomatoes are so
sweet you should probably consider them dessert. Both of my girls LOVE them. We had a huge plate of tomatoes… some were
pink, others brown… some were white and then there were orange and yellow. Each one has a different flavor but because
they are heirloom varieties ALL had flavor.
We are eating a lot of tomatoes right now and it makes it more fun when
we offer several colors at each meal.
There are even a few left over for my lunch tomorrow.
The L’Ecuyer Gardens online store is open until 5:00 p.m. 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
Thursday. I hope you had a fresh and
fabulous Tuesday and I also hope to visit you with a bursting bag of fresh
produce on Thursday. Take care.
Posted by Twilya
@ 07:29 PM 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
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