Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Bracing for the Heat

It has been sweltering here at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. We are watering and preparing for the next few days of very intense heat. The plants are doing well considering the heat. It is predicted that it will reach 104 degrees tomorrow. The guys are coming in to do some weeding for a couple of hours in the morning, but I will be sending them home around noon. We need rain very badly. It sounds like we might get some this weekend. I really am hoping we do. Hope you are having a good week. May God richly bless you!

 

Here is our pumpkin field:

 

 
 

Hinckley Farmer's Market - June 23rd - First Day

Today was the first Hinckley Farmer's Market for the season. We hope everyone who stopped by will stop in again next weekend for more yummy veggies. Thank you again for support your local farmers and merchants. I also want to thank the Hinckley Fresh Market for allowing us to use their parking lot to hold the market. Moreover, thank you to Nora and James Roderick for all the work they have done to get the market started. It looks like it will be a great season! 

The crops at Bountiful Blessings Farm are doing well, we just need a little rain. I keep praying for rain and I know it will get here soon enough. Thank You Lord for providing us with good weather. I hope all of you are having a great weekend. God Bless! 

 Here is our popcorn patch:

 

 


 
 

Continuing on Schedule

Been very busy these last few days. We planted more sweet corn, cultivated sweet corn, cultivated squash and gourds, weeded beans and tomatoes, weeded other areas of the farm. watered, watered, watered... Such is our schedule. Besides all of that we are starting to pick a few things for our customers. Our CSA accounts will be getting their first batch of veggies this upcoming week, providing we get some rain. And did I mention, we are continuing our planting schedule on other veggies, like onions, beans and seeding cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage for fall. 

The tomatoes in the high tunnel are coming along very nicely and those in the field look good despite the drought. We have been watering stuff, but things really look pretty good overall, considering. There is still some moisture in the ground and a chance of rain tonight and tomorrow morning. I am praying we get some! I just keep trusting the Lord. Hope you have a good evening. God bless!

 
 

I'm Not Worrying

Every now and then things seem to work out great. Today seemed to be one of those days. Oh, yes, there were problems, but it all worked out in the end. I truly beleive putting everything into God's hands solves a lot of problems. Worrying solves none. We continued to plant the last remaining crucifer crops. Today we put in about 500 cabbage and 250 broccoli plants. We should be finished tomorrow if everything goes right. Dad is nearing the completion of the preparation area in building three. It won't be long and the season will be in full swing. All in all, other than some weeds, things look pretty good. The dry weather is slowing the growth of the veggies down, but they still look nice. I am hoping for rain soon though!!! I heard maybe on Monday of the upcoming week we might get some. I know I am not the only one in the boat, but rain would be nice. I hope you all are having an exceptionally good week! May God continue to shower you with His blessings!

This photo shows a small section of the Bountiful Blessings Farm. The view is looking north from the road. The first plot is potatoes. The next plot back is onions and behind that potatoes and then cabbage.

 
 

Cabbage

Today has been a long day. First we harvested snap bean samples for a customer; then we weeded. This afternoon was spent planting cabbage. Andy, Peter and I put in about 900 today. I was just out and weeded some more. It is very dry and the rain we thought we were going to get does not look like it will make it. I guess that is why we have irrigation. 

Some of the things to remember about planting cabbage came to mind today as I was planting.  One of the basic things when planting cabbage is not to plant it where you planted it the year before. If you do, the results may not be all that satisfactory, as the plants will often be much more susceptible to disease. It's best to plant them elsewhere in the garden. In fact, you should not plant cabbage where any other members of the Crucifer family have been planted. We rotate our crops to avoid this issue.

Like most vegetables, cabbage is a sun loving plant and will usually not do well if planted in a shady area. Being a cool season plant, it will benefit somewhat from partial shade, especially in the afternoon, in areas where the summer temperatures are quite high. The warmer weather we are experiencing is causing some issues with our crucifer crops.

The rewards from giving the plant sufficient water will soon be evident. The right combination of fertilizer and water can result in some giant-sized heads, if that is what you want, although heads of 9 or 10 inches in diameter will sell better at the market. I think tomorrow I will start irrigating my cabbage!!! Have a great evening! God bless!

 
 

More to Do

The past few days have been very productive. Yesterday we completed our pumpkin planting. Peter came out in the afternoon and helped weed. It is so dry and now today is going to be even hotter. I am praying for rain!! We really could use an inch or more. That would make things so much easier. Today we are going to continue to weed and then possibly plant the remainder of the cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Once that is completed, I can rest a little easier knowing that all the transplanted items have been planted. I do have a few melons to plant, but that will be a week. There are also a few peppers that need to go in the ground, but again, very few compared to what has already been planted. Hope you have a great weekend! God's blessings!
 
 

Pumpkin Planting

This photo below is a shot of the pumpkin planter we use at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. Yesterday and today we planted squash, pumpkins and gourds. Last year it too several days and many hours to plant not even half of what we planted this year. Randy Wilkening built this planter this winter out of an older John Deere corn planter. It worked great for planting the cucurbits! Tomorrow we have just a few more pumpkins to plant and we will be finished. Our third planting of cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower goes in the ground this weekend. We also have plenty of weeding to finish. So, you know what my weekend looks like. Hope you are having a great week. God bless!


 
 

Scouting

This morning I spent at least two hours scouting the fields for any potential problems. I really only noticed one problem, weeds. Even though we spend a lot of time weeding and cultivating, those pesky little buggers seem to always haunt us. Nevertheless, one neighbor farmer told me that shows that the soil is healthy. I am not sure if that is an indicator of healthy soil or not, but I do know that weeds rob the vegetable plants of water, nutrients and sunlight. So, noting the weeds, we will be doing some clean up this week. In fact, dad was out on the cultivator must of the afternoon. The preparation area is coming along well and our stage area is almost complete. Thanks, Dad! 

Andy and I spent the afternoon replanting popcorn that did not germinate. Once that was complete, we planted more beets, lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, carrots, radishes and kale. This upcoming week I will need to plant the second batch of green beans and several other plantings. It is exciting to see this all come together. I am still trusting God to give us favorable weather to produce and harvest a bountiful crop. I thank Him for the opportunity to see His wonderful creation each and every day - little seeds eventually turning into edible vegetables to sustain our lives. It is incredible! Again, may God richly bless you this week!

 
 

More Sweet Corn - More Tomatoes - More Work!

We have just finished planting our last tomato!!! Yippie! I think we have about 2000 in the ground - maybe more. Many of these are heirloom varieties including:

  • Aunt Ruby's German Green
  • Aunt Molly's Husk
  • Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato
  • Burbank Tomato
  • Chalk’s Early Jewel Tomato
  • Cherokee Purple Tomato
  • Djena Lee’s Golden Girl Tomato
  • German Pink Tomato
  • Livingston’s Globe Tomato
  • Livingston’s Golden Queen Tomato
  • Orange Oxheart Tomato
  • Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter Tomato
  • Sheboygan Tomato
  • Pink Brandywine Tomato
  • German Johnson
  • Black Krim
  • Black Sea Man
  • Green Zebra
  • Chocolate Stripes
  • Cherokee Chocolate
  • Hillbilly
  • Roma
  • Copia
  • Yellow Oxheart
  • Red Fig
  • And MORE!!!
This is going to be an exciting year! I cannot wait to see it all unfold. Our CSA customers are in for some good eating this summer. This morning, we also planted twelve more rows of sweet corn. If it is anything like last years, it will be great! Hope you all have a great week! May God bless you and grand you His peace!
 
 

Never a Dull Moment

I am sorry that I have been out of touch lately, but things have been just a bit hectic. Last week it was the dry weather and planting and watering and watering, and now its weeds!! There is never a dull moment here at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. today we transplanted the last of the peppers. Then it was out to the field to weed. Andy and Dad worked in the preparation area, wiring and getting things ready to put in the stainless steel sink and counter. It will be so nice to have new area for preparing the vegetables for market. Our CSA subscriber numbers continue to grow, which is good and we anticipate a great year. Tomorrow we are planting more sweet corn and then its back to weeding. As I said, there is never a dull moment. 
 
 
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