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Farm Happenings for July 8, 2023

Posted on July 5th, 2023 by Mark Kastner
This week includes the July 4 Holiday, and some time off for our farm workers and our intern, Jessie. Although I still have a limited amount of transplanting to do, the Holiday week marks our  transition to Autumn producing crops and I'll wait for a couple of weeks to start more Spinach. At the same time, we'll start Bridger Onions and Bolero Carrots for overwintering and Spring harvest! All this and now the Full sized Tomatoes are blushing as they begin to ripen!
We have four honeybee hives and the bees are doing a great job pollinating our produce along with the natural pollinators that we preserve in order to keep them interested in Hillcrest Farms. The enclosed passive solar greenhouses pose a problem for honeybees and interfere with their navigation system. In order to enhance Tomato and Pepper production indoors I purchased a hive of  Bumblebees, and they went straight to work about an hour after I opened the box!
 This week I am at the Family Fare parking lot in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday at 12:00 noon, and the Allen Street Farmers Market after that, 3:00-6:30. Thursday afternoon is Farm pick up and Scheduled home deliveries. Saturday we are at the Grand Ledge Farmers Market on River Street, 9:00-1:00  PM. I hope to see you soon!