Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
Locally Grown - Quality Farm Produce at Affordable Prices
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Windy Cold Day

The wind is blowing; the sun is shinning and the soil is drying out rapidly at Bountiful Blessings Farm. The weather is really working on my nerves as this season is off to another different kind of a year! No matter what, I have faith that God will provide the needed weather at the correct time. However, it is getting a little annoying not to have rain and the colder temperatures are difficult to deal with. Today, I worked on transplanting more tomatoes and moving them in to the hoop house. Some of the larger tomatoes really look nice and I hope the weather is appropriate very soon to get them into the field. Nonetheless, we are way ahead of last year. I did not have any seed in the ground at this point last year. I have over an acre planted already! Of course there is a lot more to accomplish. 

Dad is still working on the some of our equipment. At Bountiful Blessings we do not use chemicals unless it is absolutely necessary. We apply pesticides only we when have a problem and are unable to solve it with organic methods. We try diligently to use sustainable practices in our farming. Nonetheless, even when we use organic methods, we occasionally need a sprayer. Dad has been working very hard to build a sprayer from gathered parts and equipment that others have discarded. He is doing an excellent job. He took an old sprayer and completely revamped it; including removing the old tank and replacing it with a used polyethylene tank that was discarded. It looks great! I am not sure what I would do without his help. He really makes things so much easier for me. I really do not have time to work on the machinery. My time is spent planning and growing. Of course I have to spend time on marketing and management; which also take a lot of effort and time. We strive to give our customers the best possible product at a reasonable price. This takes hours of research. My wife just let me know that supper is ready. It is almost 8:30pm and we are finally able to sit down and eat. Such is the life of a produce farmer in the spring season. May God richly bless you and may you enjoy His grace and mercy in Christ Jesus! Have a wonderful evening!

 
 

A Late February Blizzard

Well I knew it was coming, but somehow I had hoped the weatherman was wrong. I woke up this morning to about 5 inches of snow and strong, gusty winds. It even took sometime to get out the front door due to a drift. Then when I got to the farm office, the door was also blocked by a large drift. Now don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, but just sharing with you how my morning is going so far. I realized that I had very little wood for the office stove, so I had to cut a little wood to get me through the day. Fortunately, I put some inside last night so it would be dry. I was also surprised at how warm the office was this morning; it was 56 degrees. This is great; the insulation we put in this past fall has really helped the temperature in this old shop and now farm office.

As I stated in yesterday's blog, I went to the FSA office yesterday and registered the farm. I had to fill out about 5 or six pages of information only to find out that vegetable crops do not qualify for the program. Nonetheless, the farm is registered and the paperwork is complete. I can mark another item off of my "to do list".

I will be seeding in the seed room today; some tomatoes and cauliflower. It is so exciting getting back into what I really love, working in the soil. I have always loved growing things; whether it be ornamentals or vegetables. The seed room is about 75 degrees and moist. It is a perfect environment for starting seeds. The only thing I am not looking forward to, is going back out in the blizzard to get to the seed room! Wish me luck - here I go!

 
 
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