Frequently Asked Questions
When are you open?
We open in spring when the first asparagus is ready, usually about Mother’s Day. This can change from year to year. It can be earlier or later, depending on the weather. Then we are open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. This includes the holidays of Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. When our farm comes to life in spring, it is like a newborn baby. It needs continual attention if it is to be successful.
Do I need to trim my asparagus?
Many people in the asparagus industry cut their asparagus with a knife below ground level. This gives them additional weight to sell. We snap our asparagus above ground level. We have found that this gives you a tender product that is virtually 100% usable.
Is your kohlrabi woody?
We use the best hybrid seed available today. It costs about 10 times what the old open pollinated seed costs, but assures you of tender flesh. The ability to irrigate or water at the proper times also helps to make them the best that they can be.
When was this picked?
Each morning at the crack of dawn, our crews embark on the harvesting activities of the day. Most crops are harvested on a daily basis to ensure the finest quality possible. We have people in the fields each and every day of our fresh market season. Their dedication to perfection is impeccable.
Why is your sweet corn the best?
Every year we trial new and supposedly better varieties of sweet corn. The corn we now grow has what we feel are the best eating qualities available today. That won’t stop us in our search for something better. Our corn is harvested daily, early in the morning when it is cool. It is sold that day. Carry over corn goes to the local food pantries. Other corn vendors many times sell the same corn for two or three days.
How many ears of corn does a corn plant have?
Most sweet corn stalks produce two ears of corn per stalk. We only pick through the corn once and we only pick the primary cob, as it will be of the highest quality. The secondary ear will usually have less flavor and size than the primary one.
Isn’t this crop getting old?
From spring through summer we continue to plant each of the crops we sell. Every week transplants of cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc., are planted. Last year we had 23 plantings of peas, 17 plantings of sweet corn, 14 plantings of green beans and wax beans, and the list goes on. Different varieties of strawberries are planted to spread out the harvest. We continue to move through these plantings so that each crop is harvested when it is at its prime. Many times vegetables that have passed their prime maturity level are left in the field and worked under to provide additional fertilizer for the following year.
Why are there so many pumpkins left at the end of the season?
Our pumpkin patch is open about 45 days each year with thousands of visitors. We want the people who come the last week of the season to still have a nice selection to choose from. The extras that are left over are then worked under to provide fertilizer for the next year.