L'Ecuyer Gardens

  (Morrowville, Kansas)
A Day in the Life
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Late Nights & Early Mornings

here is to busy days, late nights and early mornings! See you at the market in the morning!!!!   [Read More]
 
 

An Anticipated Visit From the Tooth Fairy and Great Produce Too!

Great produce at great prices and yes we still have bedding plants and hanging baskets.   [Read More]
 
 

The Connectedness of Wheat and Blackberries

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 clocks. 

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 please him. 

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. 

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Mother's Day Sale - Come Check Us Out!

It is a beautiful day! You need to come see us. The birds are singing and the sky is blue. The weather promises a mild day. The flowers are freshly watered and the tomato, pepper, eggplant and Swiss chard plants are all needing new homes. Your mother if like me has always loved growing things...that is why she took such good care of you over the years. Treat her to a bar of hand-crafted soap, a beautiful hanging basket or a nice supply of bedding plants. While you are here find something for yourself too! Tom has been busy planting a few more rows of green beans and I think there are plans for a few early watermelons.

My girls and I will be her until 4:00 p.m. today when we leave for t-ball practice but Tom will be her, just give a call on his cell phone so he will be looking for you! 785-527-0178.

We will be open with Saturday with two locations. We will be open on farm from 9:00 am. - 2:00 p.m. Tom and the girls will show you what we have for sale and just ask Livie about our stevia plants!!! You will also find us are the Manhattan Farmers Market at 5th & Humboldt in Manhattan Kansas from 8:00 am. - Noon.

On Sunday you will find us at the Old Cheney Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. I bet if you called Tom he would meet you at the farm then too!

Regardless of the day you come out I will warn you that Autie's new fun thing is to wear two socks that do not match and she is an ace at finding the best dirt spots on the farm. She is a crazy little thing. Livie is now combing her own hair and it is a little wild. My girls are too funny!

I have to share one more thing.  Our wild Momma Cat had her kittens in the chicken coup in one of the nesters…everybody gets along.  They are up and walking now and my girls were concerned for the kittens’ safety.  Chickens can be quite aggressive.  They had to “save” them last night and put them in a pet carrier for their WILD mother to raise them in.  Last night when the girls went to bed I returned them to their mother and while she is still very wild she seems to know I am looking out for her girls too! She will not let me pet her, but she will bring her babies to me if she thinks they need help.  Good Momma Cat. 

My statement of gratitude for the day is for the sunshine and cool breeze. I am thankful for two little girls who are a little grumpy this morning but able to hang out with me today! I am thankful for the smiles I cannot hide every time I see Autie with her green boots, dirty face and miss matched socks. Livie makes me smile with her wild and crazy hair and her ability to look at the simplest of things on this farm with complete wonderment.

I am also thankful for the customers who will stop by this weekend and thankful for a mother who as we speak is on her way to Graceland. I trip I wish I could have made with her. Happy Mother's Day Mom.

 
 

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo is a day to celebrate with L'Ecuyer Gardens.  Get your bedding plants and hanging baskets.  On farm visitors will SAVE BIG TIME!!!!!

 

 

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The Blessings of an Early Spring!

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]
 
 

Flowers, Herbs, & Vegetable Plants on Sale Now!

Take a drive in the country and take home and entire growing season of keepsakes.   [Read More]
 
 

Tomato Plants, Pepper Plants, Herbs Plants, & Petunias Oh My!

Let's create a little Tomatomania in North Central Kansas  [Read More]
 
 

The sale is ON! - Day 1

Special three day sale on NOW!  [Read More]
 
 

Join Us For Our Special Sale

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 anywhere else.

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! 

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Visitors Are Welcome!!!!

Today is a great day to visit and get an early start on your garden.   [Read More]
 
 

Welcome to Spring!!!!

Heirloom tomatoes are ready and waiting for new homes.  Get Yours TODAY.  Most are in very limited run and will not last long!    [Read More]
 
 

We Were Expecting Rain

Early plantings for early crops ... peas, potatoes, onions, and MORE.   [Read More]
 
 

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day at L'Ecuyer Gardens was spent planting AND reaping.  I started an additional tray of tomatoes.  This week we started Rouge D'Irak, the Great White and Beefsteak.  Also planted are some additional petunias and broccoli.  The plants I started two weeks ago are growing rapidly and will be transplanted into larger pots this weekend.  Reaping the tastiness of our hard work was also on tap for the day.  I made spaghetti sauce from our tomatoes. Our sauce was so yummy.  The tomato base was a nice mixture of Roma and black trieffel tomatoes and it was so good.  The peppers, onions, garlic, and the herbs were our own.  I am looking forward to the leftovers for lunch this week.  This weekend we also hope it is dry enough to plant our asparagus and strawberry plugs.  We should have strawberries this year but will need to be patient for the asparagus.  :{  I heard from People's Grocery in Manhattan too and I look forward to selling through them once the season is underway.  Yeah!!!!   Livie asked me at our Valentine dinner if she could go to some of the farmers markets with me this summer.  As a Mom nothing would bring me more joy!  My Autie is still very young and will try to bring her to a few this year but maybe more next year. 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Monday Morning

While checking in on things this morning I found a few surprises.  All of the tomato varieties planted to date - Stupice, Beverlodge, Italian Tree Tomato and Marglobe are sprouting quite nicely.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the yellow strawberries are also breaking through like tiny blades of grass- whew!  The broccoli thyme and chamomile are also coming up.  Even to my amazement the living stone is spouting, but just barely.  The petunias and celeric are another story...  At this point it is still a little early for both- so patience. :} 

This week we will continue with new plantings of wonderful tomato goodness.  This week I will start my cherry tomato varieties - Reisentraube, Aunt Ginny's Green Cherry, the Pink Pearl, European Snowberry, White Rabbit, the Yellow Taxi, Juane Flemme, Orange Parchute, the Shooting Star, Yellow Grape, Red Fig, Black Cherry and much more.  About a third of my tomato plants will be some sort of cherry tomato and most are heirloom and yummy.  If you like your cherry tomatoes sugary sweet, full flavor or rich and smokey- I will likely have one you will love.  My cherry tomatoes come in a variety of colors and sizes.  One of my favorite salads during the summer is one I call Tomato Confetti where a colorful assortment of tomatoes are tossed with feta cheese, olive oil, red onion, and garlic.  YUM! 

I will also start a tray of cabbage and additional trays of lettuce.  Inside the tunnel I will begin planting some early onions.  Hubby has been busy making planters for me that are truly unique and will only be for sale on farm or at one of our farmers markets.  It is made entirely from recycled material and is stunning on the dining room or patio table.  That hubby of mine is a keeper! 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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