Richert/Phillips Farms

  (North Liberty, Indiana)
ventures of a small fresh pick farm
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New varieties and

   We have new varieties of plants this year from Europe and Asia. These varieties are heirlooms, but new to us--eggplants, greens, peppers, and not sure what the one is...kind of looks like a stubby cucumber but has a sweet melon smell and taste. Hopefully these new products will reach the customers this year. The seeds took a lot of time to get, so we will concentrate on more of keeping the ripe vegetables for seeds this year.

   The taps are out, almost, and sap is flowing well. I was over to Leons with the first run and watched him get the cooker ready to boil down the tree juice to make syrup. It is such a pleasure to run maple syrup--we get cold collecting the sap  but when we take it to be cooked it is quit the pleasure standing in all the sweet warm steam.

   One days work gets us about seven gallons of syrup that we split two ways. Some times people say it is not worth the effort, but they don't live this life we do and when combined with vegetable and fruit raising, livestock, and trapping among many other things--us people are content on the choices we made to live off the land

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