A Day in the Life
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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
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
I know you are probably wondering what I am drinking, but
the two have beautiful relationship on our farm. We are usually offering predictions for the
first day of wheat harvest beginning in early June and don’t start cutting
until the end of the month. If we are
lucky we are finished in time to enjoy the Fourth of July. The black berries begin to flower about the
same time we are making our first predictions and usually have ripened and run their
course by the end of harvest. This holds
true not only for the berries we raise commercially but also the berries we
find in the wild. Every year wheat
harvest may be off by a week or more one way or the other and every year the
blackberries seem to know.
This year is no exception and it is one worth pausing for,
you see it is May 13 and we have been offering wheat harvest predictions for
nearly three weeks and my bushes are loaded with flowers and green berries. Today I noticed some of them are slightly
red. I will be picking blackberries in
two weeks. The fields of wheat have been
beautiful seas of green and last night on my way to my pasture picnic, I
noticed it is starting to turn a light golden color. I predict we will start harvest on or before
June 1 (almost an entire month early). Even
this year the wheat and blackberries have synchronized their internal
Blackberry cobbler is heavenly and my reasoning is because
they are so closely connected and to me this relationship is the story of hubby
and me. Other than a short stint in
college, Tom has lived his entire life on this farm. He is a true country boy in every way. Tom farms conventionally. He is the type of farmer too many try to cast
in an ugly light because he has worked hard and figured out how make farming
his career. He raises cattle and corn,
wheat and soy beans. He is an honest man
and if you were ever stranded in a dark alley late at night he is the guy you
hope will come by. He has a gentle smile
and a voice that always manages to calm my inner worries. He knows who he his only want is for a happy
and healthy family. It is very easy to
I am a city gal and as a young child and again later in my
early adult years I moved a lot. My dad
hit the bricks when I was young and I was in my teens before there was an adult
man in my life who treated me as a daughter.
That gap created an insecure person.
I always assume that there is something about me that is repulsive to
the world. I have always had major trust
issues with all people, but men especially.
I know at times I am a difficult person to want to love, but Tom makes
it look easy. For that I am grateful. I used to live in an urban/ suburban area and
enjoyed a career and a life that did not involve dirt, cows, or the late night
four-legged visitor. I enjoyed the
frequent purchase of new clothes and new shoes and my idea of farming was 5
tomato plants and a honeysuckle bush. Since
moving to Kansas I have tried to be a farmer.
I love playing in the dirt but must confess I don’t always know what I
am doing. Tom is the one who helps me
figure things out and at times does the work I am physically unable to do. He makes it look easy.
At first glance you could assume that Tom and I could not
possibly have any common ground and yet the only thing that has made since in
my life since we first met was making sure I am next to him. There has been a connectedness between us
that is hard to put into words, but somehow belongs together. We are wheat and blackberries. For that I am grateful.
Today I cleaned all bedding plants from my tunnel and I hope
within the next few weeks most will find new homes. If not, they will end up in my compost
pile. Today we put down mulch eight new rows
and tomorrow I will begin planting… bell peppers, chili peppers, eggplant,
artichokes, Asian cucumbers, okra, cabbage, and lettuce. Tom also planted a few rows of cannellini
beans. Wednesday is t-ball practice for
Livie, grocery store and drop box deliveries and my farmer’s market night in
Manhattan. Thursday, I will make
deliveries to Beatrice and will help my girl’s preschool plant their summer
garden. Friday the girls and I will go check for
mulberries and hopefully will SCORE.
There is lots of good stuff that will come from L’Ecuyer Gardens. Check back with us to find out what type of
goodness is waiting for you.
Posted by Twilya
@ 10:19 PM 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
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
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
My board room is my kitchen table and my shareholders go by Honey, Livie and Autie. Doing business with L'Ecuyer Gardens is an investment in gallons of milk, t-ball gloves and the hope opf a college education for our girls. We love growing food and we love feeding you! We hope we can share our passion with your family. [Read More
Posted by Twilya
@ 08:53 PM CDT
The weather is perfect and our gardens are screaming at us
begging for plants to be put in the ground.
Today was dedicated to Alpine White strawberries, broccoli romanesco,
purple broccoli and broccoli raab. I am
also thinning my strawberry tubs and adding a few new beds from my Ozark Beauty
and Seebring beds. Before it is said and
done I will have some more plants for sale and it is not too late.
This weekend we are having the great tomato plant sale at L’Ecuyer
Gardens. Beefsteak, white rabbit , Juan
Flemme’, Stupice, Golden Jubilee, European Snowberry, chocolate cherry, Cherokee
purple, yellow pear, red fig and MANY more.
We guarantee you will NOT find our selection in heirloom tomatoes
We will also have a nice selection of fresh herbs, pepper
plants and yes there are a few petunias and other flowers are at long last
available. We will hold our sale Thursday
through Saturday. Feel free to contact
us for directions and more information.
We have great variety and reasonable prices too! We are well worth the drive and hope to see
you! March came in like a lamb and it
appears it will go out like one too. Take
advantage of what is turning out to be a terrific spring!
Posted by Twilya
@ 01:22 PM CDT
St. Patrick’s Day
Tomorrow will be dedicated to planting a new bed of leeks
and onions. If there is time I will
likely add a few more rows of peas.
Today has been spent potting flowers and hanging baskets. I love flowers and we have a beautiful
assortment of beautiful colors waiting for our on farm and farm market
customers. From petunias and osteospurnam
to juncos twister, rose moss and a huge assortment of succulents… we will have several
unique ideas that will combine flowers with edibles and create a full season of
This weekend we are
offering our on-farm visitors a special treat.
We are offering special deals on our asparagus crowns and strawberry
plants. Now is the perfect time to plant
both for a great start to the season. Visitors
to the farm will be treated to a special thank you… a free Toucan Tango… a lovely
delicate flower with beautiful lavender petals and a bright green center. The toucan tango is so pretty and unique it
is worth the trip all by itself. While you
are here you can take a sneak peak at the many hanging basket designs we will
offer this spring.
Happy St. Patrick’s
Day and fair warning my girls will pinch you if you forget to wear your
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@ 03:46 PM CDT
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