Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
Locally Grown - Quality Farm Produce at Affordable Prices
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Sweet Corn and Tomatoes!!

The last few days have been very hectic. Between watering, weeding and taking care of the pests, we have tow satnds open and a third will be open tomorrow. This is the season I love! I love to be busy working hard and seeing our produce sold and enjoyed by those who support us, the local farmers. The weather has not been the best, but we are thankful for the little amounts of rain God has provided. The high tunnel tomatoes are very tasty and abundant. The tomatoes in the field are starting to ripen and it is so coll to see things happen after all the planning we did this winter. Our sweet corn is coming in and tastes great! Andy is gone on vacation and Peter has been working his butt off to fill Andy's shoes. Kim and Dad have also been working hard to make this a wonderful year. Mom is also gone for a few days relaxing in Missouri. We miss them, but know they deserve some free time. Please continue to remember us in your prayers as we really need rain. May God richly bless you this week!
 
 

The Biz

It you ever want to hear a million opinions on how to do something, start a farm produce business. It seems now matter where I go or whom I speak with, everyone has an opinion about how to grow vegetables. When I tell someone what I do, it seems like they either have a better way of doing it, or they want to let me know how they have done it for years. It is all well and good, and I listen, and many times I learn something new, but until a person gets into growing vegetables on a fairly large scale, they will never really understand the dynamics of this business. I am sure that sounds somewhat arrogant, but having a garden of almost twenty acres is a whole bunch different than a backyard ten by ten patch. I can actually say that growing is something I have been involved with for quite a few years, however, I feel I am a green-horn when it comes to knowing the produce business. I can grow almost anything, but there is a lot more to this. I have to have product for the entire season and that is no easy task. Just the shear dimensions of growing this many vegetables is at times overwhelming. It takes me over an hour each day day to scout the field for problems. Then I have to monitor the greenhouses and make sure everything is watered. With the weather being so dry, that takes a lot of time and effort. Beleive me, I am not complaining, but just letting you know, it is not a walk in the park. Anyone in the business can tell you, growing vegetables for market is very labor intensive. Nonetheless, I love it and would not have it any other way. My suggestion to anyone interested in knowing where their food comes from is to visit your local vegetable farmer. It could make for an interesting day. May God bless you in this upcoming week. 
 
 

The Greatest Job in the World!

Peter Criss the famous drummer for Kiss once stated, “As busy as I claim to be, I've still got the greatest job in the world.”  Even though I am not a drummer, I feel I have the best job in the world. Growing vegetables is a very rewarding and interesting job; and I really do not consider it a job; it’s and opportunity. More than an opportunity, it is a blessing. Everyday I get to witness a little of God’s wonderful creation and see His hand in the little miracles of each individual plant. Then in the end, I get to provide wonderful, tasty vegetables to my customers. What a fantastic blessing!

In the last few days, we have received almost two inches of rain. It was dry and we needed the rain, however, I hope it stops soon. I’d like to get back into the field to plant. The tomatoes are jumping out of their pots and the cole crops are busting out of their containers. I am moving peppers and tomatoes up so they will continue to grow. It is not really a problem, but it would be much easier to go straight into the field; and cheaper! Dad has been working in the produce building this week. We are taking out a wall and revamping our washing area. Last year things were very primitive. This year I purchased a stainless steel sink and preparation counter which will be well suited to our operation. Dad took the wall out today and it looks great. He also cleaned an area where we can store equipment and other items we use over the season. Things are moving along real well. It is busy, but I have the greatest job in the world. Have a great week! God bless!

 
 
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