Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms
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Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms

Farm Happenings for November 9, 2022

Posted on November 6th, 2022
This week will focus on indoor preparation for the overnight below freezing temperatures. I still have four 80' beds to finish for the transplants of Baby Lettuce for Salad mixes, Red Beets, and Spring Onions. Except for weekly seeding Microgreens, we are finished seeding flats of crops until the w1 read more »

Farm Happenings for November 2, 2022

Posted on October 30th, 2022
Hello!   Those of you who received Romaine Lettuce last week may have noticed that the heads are smaller than our summer varieties that we normally offer. I have been trialing some different varieties over the last 3 months to see if I can  get the same heavy yields on plants with sm1 read more »

Farm Happenings for November 2, 2022

Posted on October 30th, 2022
Hello!   Those of you who received Romaine Lettuce last week may have noticed that the heads are smaller than our summer varieties that we normally offer. I have been trialing some different varieties over the last 3 months to see if I can  get the same heavy yields on plants with sm1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 26, 2022

Posted on October 23rd, 2022
I still have a lot of harvest to do outside, and the cold overnight temperatures caused the Brassica (Cabbage) family to develop their sugars for better taste as well as act as an antifreeze for the coming even colder nights! All of  the  fruiting crops are finished, yet we will stil1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 19, 2022

Posted on October 16th, 2022
The second week in November (about 4 weeks from now) is significant from a grower's perspective. That Sunday marks the end of  Daylight Savings Time and work schedules will be altered, and that same week means the end of any meaningful plant growth (November 10).   While I will conti1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 12, 2022

Posted on October 9th, 2022
Today we are at 11 hours and 21 minutes of daylight, and discounting the losses due to frost, the rate of plant growth  is visibly slowing down. November 10 or about 4 weeks from now, we slip below 10 hours and most vegetation growth simply stops! The urgency to get the rest of our transplants1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 5, 2022

Posted on October 2nd, 2022
This weekend, the Grand Ledge Fall Festival/ Color Tour takes place and we will attend as invited.  We'll be located in the vicinity  of the Farmers Market on River Street, for the last time in 2022! CSA pick up, and pre orders will be available 9:00-12:30, and I will be there until&1 read more »

Farm Happenings for September 28, 2022

Posted on September 25th, 2022
Autumn has arrived and so has the Fall Weather! The changes will be reflected in our menus. We may still offer some Tomatoes and Cucumbers, but I cannot rely on availability. Instead we'll offer Winter Squash, Potatoes, members of the Onion Family, and Cabbages. I will enjoy a meal of Com1 read more »

Farm Happenings for September 21, 2022

Posted on September 18th, 2022
While we enjoy the last of the Sweet Corn and the beginning of the good baking Apple season, I keep looking over my shoulder in anticipation of the first hard frost! I'm not afraid of frost, it just alters our schedule, and changes our harvest practices by 180 degrees.  We will do most pi1 read more »