Elliott Family Farm

  (Grapeland, Texas)
Small Fresh Market Food Producer
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What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes! Moisture has returned to these parts and our pea crop is doing ok. We hope to harvest between May 19 and May 23 for the first crop of the summer. If moisture stays with us we will replant and harvest again 60 or so days later.

There are a few 1015 onions that got a late start and hopefully they will come on and make as well. This is probably the last year we will attempt root crops. We need to simplify our operation and intend to sell the carrot harvester. It is a 1964 Scott Viner in good working order. We are asking $5000 for it if anyone is interested.

Our focus will be strictly on peas and beans. Hope to see you on harvest day. Check our Facebook page for updates. Elliott Family Farm on FB

 
 

End of the Summer Southern Pea Seaon

The summer pea season was fast and furious. We picked sold and shellled a record amount of peas right on the farm. On farm response was so good, we didn't take anything to the Dallas Farmer's Market. Folks were buyng peas straight off the back of the picker.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and that is especially true with a crop season. We are thankful for all the folks who came out to the farm. We are grateful for your support.

The hot summer sun has returned and the rain is gone for now. It is doubtful the peas will recover for another picking. On that note we proceed into the fall. We still have not decided whether or not to do a green bean crop. There is still time to decide. We are going to grow a fall seed crop of a new variety of pea. It is an improved old time favorite. As far as we know, we are the only ones to have this cultivar in East Texas. We aquired a sample from USDA and we are working on a larger quantity from other seedsmen. We need enough saved to support a fresh market enterprise.  

More good things to come.

 
 

Pea Day Accellerated

Hot summertime Texas weather and good moisture have combined to give us peas a coulple of days early. The harvest started yesterday and will continue until tomorrow. Plan to come see us no later than tomorrow, and preferably today. We have sold lots of peas so far and we have plenty more in the feild.

We appreciate all of you who have come out and supported the farm. We will continue to offer the best possible naturally grown produce we can grow. I wold linger abit butn I must get back to work. Again, thanks to all!

Sam Elliott

 
 

The Rain Came Down and the Crops Came Up

The rain came down and the crops came up. God is good. We are going to have a bumper crop of southern peas. These pinkeye purple hulls are wonderful. We think they are far better than BVR or Quick Pick and certainly yield better. Harvest date should be July 28 or 29.

This year’s crop is absolutely outstanding. Better yet, it was done organically. We are not yet certified organic, but we made major strides this year. Our plan is based around cover crops and organic fertilizers based on sea kelp and bone meal. As we move forward we will continue to monitor our soil fertility and base our crop rotation on the needs of the soil. Our goal is the best soil health possible, producing healthy plants that resist predation from disease and bugs.

The results of our effort are a beautiful healthy crop. Please visit our farm photo album linked below. Anyone who thinks organic is puny and weak needs to see this.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=16420&id=1743234498&l=0a60197064

We are not a CSA, we are a truck farm that sells locally to individuals and businesses. We like to attend the Dallas Farmers Market with our produce as well. We hope to be there the last weekend of July with fresh shelled product. We look forward to seeing all our friends there. Please make note of our Facebook page as well, become friends with us, and pass it along to your friends.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Grapeland-TX/Elliott-Family-Farm/170264762437?v=wall&__a=12&ajaxpipe=1

 

 

 

 

 
 
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