Richert/Phillips Farms

  (North Liberty, Indiana)
ventures of a small fresh pick farm
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Season is nearly here

   We have already started planting out in the fields--peas, radishes, spinach, etc. and what a joy it has been. Germination was a bit slow but when them little plants first peeked out of the ground we felt an over whelming joy, O' to be farmers.

   CSA applications have been doing well and if gas prices stay high or go even higher that will drive up cost of everything. Making these CSA's' get an even better bargain for their baskets...that really pleases us.

   Feed cost has gone up in the last few weeks so we will trying plant some of our feed corn and see how that goes. Sapping season ended giving us over double of what we had last year. Cooking on a better boiler made the stuff look a lot nicer, taste the same just looks better. In a few days the new chicks will start to arrive--we order five or six different varieties of layers just because I like to look at the contrasting colors and sizes...having one type of breed is boring--it is not all about money making with us, it has to be appealing to.

 

Jesus loves you...let him in he cares about you

 
 

our first run for the season

   Well, I took the first run of sap over to Leon's so to cook it down. He showed me the new pan(new to us) he bought--yipe,  it is something, that's for shur. Last year we used a huge flat pan this year we're cooking with an older syrup pan with bevels. It will evaporate the water much faster, give a better looking syrup, and allow for more trees to be tapped. But that pan is ugly, that is before he put a lot of work in fixing it up--filling the holes, sanding it down, and resoldering. The sap was running great until the snows came and ended the short run--it will start up again.

   The hens really been giving up the eggs this past week. They also have become more active. Their is two that are brooder hens and always have an attitude toward us when we go to get the eggs. I think for fun we'll give them fertile eggs after moving them to a pen of their own and let those two hatch a handful of little ones.

   The markets are starting to applications out. Palatine, IL app. just came in the mail. Carmel, IN sent us an invitation for their market--haven't heard from Geist, but it should be coming. Have been sending a lot of CSA apps out as well. It appears that this year is shaping up to be quit a busy one. Last year we had a drought, the year before that there was to much cold weather, and the year before that was very wet------can't wait to see what come around this time, not knowing is part of the fun of farming.

 

Jesus loves you

 
 

preparing for the season

   Well, we are cleaning the equipment for work in the fields and this week we will check on the bee hives. If the hives are lite they will get some sugar water as feed, but if their heavy they will be left alone. The hives are new to our farm(last year was the first year we've had them), Dan and I are learning bee work as we go.

   Maple sap is slowing down and changing color, maybe another week of flow then it will-be over for the year. Pricing is one of the hardest things to determine on our products. We like volume pricing so we can move a lot of product fast, so if that product is sold off the farm then we will not get the low pricing that the auction offers. Farmers markets applications have been coming in--two of the markets are pleasant to be in and two is nothing but a battle. A pleasant one is where the farmers all get along, sell their stuff, share ideas, and help one another. A bad market is where the supposed farmers complain about the farmers(complains about what their selling and pricing, etc.). Of the past nine years one particular person has always broken the rules of the market for his favor and complained when others shown the slightest bit of competition on his product. The best part in this whole story is he has lost customers to us and the other farmer year after year because of his attitude. CSAs applications are slowing down, but still coming in.

   A young potential farmer has asked if he could work for us this year to learn the business of farming our style--we look forward to having around

   Till next week Jesus loves

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