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!
 
 

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.

 
 

Ridiculous Weather

The weather here in Northern Illinois is ridiculous. March temperatures have been incredibly high. In fact tomorrow it is supposed to reach 74 degrees. The average for the state is around 41 degrees. I wonder if we will get hit later with colder temperatures and more snow? I have seen that happen before. 

Today I will be sowing more seeds. Once that is done, I am going to finish the second cold frame and work on doors for the high tunnel. My back is still sore, but there is too much to accomplish for me to sit around and wait for it to get better.  I might try to get into a chiropractor later today or tomorrow. I think all I have is a strained muscle or a pinched nerve. I would think the doctor could make an adjustment and I would feel better. But as for today, its off to work!

 
 

What Happened to Winter???

I have been wondering what happened to winter? It has been so warm here in Northern Illinois the last two weeks, I am not sure I ever remember it being this warm. It makes me a little nervous about what the later part of March will look like. I have heard when winter comes in like a lamb, many times it goes out like a lion. I hope not! I would like to be in the field by the last week of March or earlier getting the ground ready for those early plantings. Well, I guess it is in the Lord's hands. I trust that all will go well. I have about two more days of intense planning to finish and then I will be able to order the balance of my seed. My intent is to have the orders in on Monday. It is amazing how much seed is needed to plant 20 some acres of vegetables and sweet corn. I do a lot of research and look over the sales and demands from last year. I also look at trends and look over the requests we get for different varieties. Then I try to project what we will need for the season. We are expanding our heirloom coverage to meet the demand.

Last night a group of interested people met to discuss the Hinckley Farmer's Market for 2012. I am excited that there is so much enthusiasm. The market will open on June 23rd and run every Saturday through September from 9:00am to noon. If you are interested in participating as a vender, please follow the links on the Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce website or use the search engine on the home page of the Local Harvest website. Contact numbers and information about the market is listed. We are looking for farmers, crafters and the like from the local area to join us.

Progress is being made around the farm as we prepare for the spring. Our high tunnel house is just about ready and we are working on the hot bed and cold frame. I am anticipating lettuce, greens, beets and bunch onions early in June or possibly even in May. Our tomatoes should start coming on sometime in July. This will be much earlier than last year. There will be lots of veggies ready to supply our CSA subscribers. I cannot wait to see those first vegetables and enjoy them myself as well! What an exciting year this is going to be; another year of God's Bountiful Blessings!

 
 
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