Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Rain Rain Rain!!!!

Lots of rain our way the past two or three days.

 More storms tonight...

 

 
 

Catch Up Day

Today was one of those days when I was finally able to get caught up with a few personal things I needed to do. It has been very busy with picking and maintaining the crop. Our stands have been very busy and the vegetables have been excellent. We received about 6 tenths inches of rain overnight and throughout the day. It is still sprinkling now as I write this. Tomorrow morning I have an appointment and then I will spend the day picking and sorting. We strive diligently to provide our customers with the finest quility vegetables we can give them. One of us inspects every piece that we sell. I do not want to get so big that we are unable to provide such a service and product. It sounds like the weather will be nice tomorrow and Wednesday and then we might get some more rain. I wish these rains would have come last month! Nonetheless, we have been blessed with a great harvest. Stop into one of stands this week for some tasty sweet corn, melons and a large variety of wonderful, healthy, locally grown vegetables. May God bless you this upcoming week.
 
 

Rain Day

We have been working very hard at the Bountiful Blessings Farm in Hinckley, Illinois. Between our farm stands and picking, we have not had a lot of time to do anything. Andy, Peter and George have been picking corn and tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow and patty pan squash, peppers and much more. Today was the Hinckley Farmer's Market and the Kane County Flea Market. Our stands have been busy this past week. Many people are enjoying our melons and sweet corn. The heirloom tomatoes are coming on and the heirloom peppers are producing a bumper crop. We all hope you are having a great summer and are taking the opportunity to eat some great locally grown food! God bless!

 

Here is the grandkids enjoying some sweet corn!


 
 

'Tis the Season

We have been blessed with an inch and a half of rain this past week. It has been so long since we had rain; I forgot what mud looked like. The family has been busy working the farmer's market, stands and at the farm. We have been busy harvesting tomatoes, sweet corn, potatoes, zucchini, yellow summer squash, onions, and much more. This is my favorite time of year. It is so much fun to see the glow of delight on a person's face when tell us how much they enjoyed a particular vegetable. Please stop in to one of our stands and say hello. May God bless you!
 
 

Did Someone Notice It Is Hot Outside???

It has been awhile since I have posted an entry. I am sorry. Things have been super, super busy. Between watering, weeding, picking and markets, there has been no time to write. I decided to post an entry to request your prayers, not only for us, but for all the farmers effected by the drought. Please join us in praying for rain and favorable weather to complete this year's crop. I trust our Heavenly Father will provide us with what is needed. May God grant you a wonderful weekend. 
 
 

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:

 

 


 
 

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.

 
 

Illinois Desert Weather

It's been awhile since I have had any time to post an entry, so I thought I would write a few things while I am in for lunch. The days have been filled with plenty to do this last week. We are still planting, but it is very dry. On Friday, we ran another 400 feet of irrigation line into the field. I sas hoping we would not need to irrigate this year, but I was wrong. The ground is bone dry and it doesn't look super promising for rain in the forecast. The weathermen are saying we have a forty percent chance of precipitation tomorrow, but I am not holding my breath. Most everything looks pretty good in the field. Some plants are looking a little tough as the wind has been beating them up almost everyday for a week. I have the irrigation system on this morning as it is already approaching ninety degrees. Working out in the field zaps your energy real fast on a day like today. Kim and I have been out since seven and had to come in to get out of the sun for a little bit. We are going to try planting more cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower this afternoon. I would like to get it all in the ground. I am not so sure about planting seeds, unless they can be watered. Anyhow, that is the plan. May God richly bless you this holiday weekend. 
 
 

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!

 
 

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Finally getting some rain! Today Andy and I painted boards for signs. It seems like we never have enough come market season. We moved all the tomatoes out of the hoop house and into a safe, warm, building for tonight in case it gets too cold. I am a little gun shy since the last episode! My buddy let me know today that an article was written for Farm World Newspaper about Bountiful Blessings. Here is a link to the article:

  http://www.farmworldonline.com/News/NewsArticle.asp?newsid=14547

Tomorrow is worship and then some transplanting. We just got back in tonight after attending the Hinckley Historical Society dinner and auction. Bountiful Blessings donated two items for the benefit. It was a fun evening and I hope they were able to raise some funds to benefit the society. They have a nice little museum in the middle of town. Stop in a have a look. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. God Bless!

 
 
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