A Day in the Life
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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
Sunday morning Autie woke up at 2:30 a.m. (as I was hoping
to finally go to bed) with a fever and throwing up. With Tom in the midst of wheat harvest I was
unable to make it to the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE. Normally Tom would have the girls spend the
day with him in the combine and playing in the fields, but that was not going to work for Autie. I hate missing my markets, but Autie needed
me. She barely ate anything until 4:00
a.m. this morning when she woke up demanding breakfast. L
So you can imagine I have not had very much sleep the past two days. On the plus side, for those who live nearby,
I have a lot of produce available on farm at really good prices, so stop by.
Autie is feeling better, but her germs were passed to
me. I can only hope to rebound as
quickly as she did. Despite feeling under the weather I did manage to get a few
things done today.
I cleaned up some of my seed trays and added the dead plant
material to my current compost pile. The
pile is really growing which is good. We are learning as we go about
compost, but are finding the effort to be worthwhile. We are fairly remote and buying compost is expensive,
especially when you factor in transportation.
When you really think about it, there is no need for us to go off
farm. We just need to learn what we need
to know. Who knows in time we may get to
the point we have compost for sale.
Building up organic matter is important for produce farms... especially if you are trying to use organic growing practices. Organic matter provides nutrients; helps
retain moisture within the soil, and can also help minimize weeding.
I checked on my tomatoes and my Orange Parchute and red fig
tomatoes are starting to ripen like crazy.
That is GREAT news. Usually once
cherry tomatoes start they fruit like gang busters. I also expect to have a few red beefsteaks by
the weekend. I see some others that are
also starting to ripen as well. Bring
them on. I also checked on some other things
and my green beans have flowers and tiny bean pods on and I will have
beans within the next week to 10 days.
The zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers have also kicked into
gear. The sweet corn is tasseling and now
it is just a matter of time. My chili
peppers and bell peppers are still growing and I hope to have some by the
weekend. It may or may not happen.
I also finished my online store and made my updates for the
first part of the week. Now you can go to http://lecuyergardens.locallygrown.net/
and place your order. This will make it
a lot easier to keep up on availability and help my customers track what they
have spent. In time I will have the
ability to accept debit and credit cards and will always willingly collect at
the time of delivery. My online store
will work for my mid-week deliveries and for my farm market customers. A few customers have already placed their
weekly order and there is still time for both my Wednesday and Thursday
deliveries. Some items ship very well
and now my attention is focusing on how that could work for those who live
outside the area.
Tonight the girls had a slumber party with their Grandma
Betty and I am working on paper work and laundry. I also need to clean my
kitchen. I made a batch of tabouli using
our hard red winter wheat and yum!
Bulgur wheat is good, but our wheat adds a nutty flavor and since it is
our wheat I am a little biased. I need
to check the rules to see if this is something I am able to bring already
prepared. It is good and on a hot day
fills you up without the heavy feeling.
The flavor improves the longer it sets in the fridge. If you make a batch and are not totally impressed you may be astounded to learn what the tiniest amount of salt can do to balance the flavors. It does not need very much. I future batches I will add the salt to the water as I cook the wheat berries.
In the morning I hope to feel well enough to go pick wild
raspberries, mulberries and gooseberries.
I also need to plant a few more things.
I hope plant the first of my fall squash this week. Livie has t-ball s Wednesday and Friday and Grandma
Carol is planning to come out here to see her game Friday night. We hope to be able to take her out for
supper afterwards. She is driving more
than two hours just to see a t-ball game!!!!
My girls will be thrilled.
Tom expects to be finished with wheat harvest by Thursday and
I can tell he is ready. Normally wheat
harvest is followed by a frenzied period where he plants either soybeans or
milo in the wheat fields. We have fields
we planted a few weeks ago when we were expecting rain that has not come up. We
have not received the rain needed. If it
is not going to rain there really is no point.
This is all part of farming, but… we need it to rain.
My thoughts of gratitude focus on finding a few
ways to work smarter and not harder. I
am hopeful the online store will make ordering easier for you. I also hope it will make it easier to keep
track of each individual order. Technology can be frustrating but it is a good
Posted by Twilya
@ 09:10 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
Memorial Day weekend was nice. I did not go to my markets. The crowds are usually low and my produce was
not quite there. This was our chance to
have a little calm before the summer madness.
Livie’s big news we have now lost our second tooth on the
bottom and she whistles a little when she talks. The second tooth broke a little as it came
out and the Tooth Fairy missed the broken piece? And yes Livie was just fine
with that because she figured out all she had to do was put it under her pillow
and enjoy a two for one!!! I am proud of
my daughter’s entrepreneurial instincts but I need to have a chat with the
Tooth Fairy. The two new teeth are
coming through and she has been a little crabby lately. I am reminded of when her first set came
in. That was rough on everyone! This time a little crabby is much
For lunch we enjoyed a meal from our own efforts… steak with creamed peas and potatoes, salad
and yes we enjoyed it with vine ripened tomatoes, radishes, green onions. I love it when I can put a meal in front of
my family knowing exactly where it came from - US. Love it!
We even enjoyed a few fresh strawberries for dessert. It is a strange year. I am serving the first of our peas and
potatoes AND the first of our garden fresh, vine ripened tomatoes of the season
in the same meal. I did not know that
was possible. We tried a new radish last
night called a Zlata radish. It is pale
yellow and do not let that fool you. It
was HOT. Yumo!
Autie had her first blast ball practice last night and she
LOVED it. All the way there she said
over and over, “now you can watch me!”
If Livie knocked the snot out of her first ball then my Autie will be
crowned Chief Knock a Homer! That ball
flew. If you ever want to thoroughly
enjoy youth sports and giggle shamelessly you should watch 3 and 4 year olds
play t-ball…The tears, the running, the shrieks of joy. I the parents had a blast. Tom and I sure did.
We came home last night and did something a little
overdue. We cleaned. Tom tackled the kitchen, the girls worked on
their rooms and then volunteered to vacuum the living room (like I am going to
say no) and I battled both bathrooms and put laundry away. We have brown carpeting – who knew? Livie and Autie promised to keep it clean (we
will see) and we celebrated with some popcorn I bought from by vendor neighbor
at the Old Cheney Farmers Market. It was
red kernel corn and tasty!
Today was spent putting in a second row each of zucchini and
yellow squash and sweet potatoes. I am
trying something new this year in an effort to reduce the presence of the
squash beetle I am planting sweet potatoes with my squash plants. I figure if it works this could be a really
good deal since it will yield two different crops throughout the season. The girls spent the day with their Grandma
Betty so Tom and I had a date for lunch.
It was nice to be able to have an entire conversation. J Tonight I will lay down another couple of
rows of mulch and either plant honey dew melon or leeks. In the morning I begin preparing for my
Wednesday deliveries and the farmers market in Manhattan, Kansas. My deliveries are starting to pick up and I
am very happy about that. In a perfect
world I could have enough deliveries lined up between Wednesday and Thursday
that I can go to Livie’s t-ball game. If
it does not work out I will be at the Friday game with bells on.
If you are thinking about giving us a try, you should. Call, email, or find me on Facebook and if
you are along one of my delivery routes I will gladly stop by. If you are a little out of route call anyway
because you never know… otherwise I hope to see you either Wednesday night at
the Manhattan City Farmers Market at Cico Park, Manhattan, KS or on Sunday at
the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE. We also have on-farm hours and make ourselves
available at other times by appointment so we are pretty convenient. We have great produce and great prices. The standard for quality… I raise it for you and
package it for you as if I will actually feed it to my family and that is a VERY
My thoughts of gratitude today... are of first thankfulness
that the hot dry winds seem to have dwindled.
We are still in great need of rain but the week to come promises cooler
weather is greatly appreciated. I am
also grateful for the kind words some of my customers have taken time to write
on my Facebook business page. Gratitude!
Posted by Twilya
@ 05:39 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
Great produce at great prices and yes we still have bedding plants and hanging baskets. [Read More
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:41 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:41 AM CDT
L’Ecuyer Gardens is offering the special Mother’s Day Sale
today through Saturday. We have a huge
selection of Mother’s Day baskets, containers and bedding plants. While you are here finish your garden with a
few tomato, pepper, eggplant, Swiss chard, fresh herb plants. Perhaps you are looking for marigolds, or
zinnias… well we have them. While you
are here check out the beautiful lettuce and ask about the summer of fresh
produce still to come. Hours are Th – 1:00
– 7:00 p.m., Fr – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & then by appointment after T-Ball
practice and Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Call for a special appointment if there is a better time for you. We have unique styles, and great prices!
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:58 PM CDT
Early plantings for early crops ... peas, potatoes, onions, and MORE. [Read More
Posted by Twilya
@ 12:55 PM CST
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