Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms
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Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms

Farm Happenings for June 17, 2020

Posted on June 14th, 2020
Hello!   Despite the wild swings in weather conditions and delays caused by the pandemic, we are almost ready for Summer. I finally received the Sweet Potato slips and they are in the ground, the Winter Squash is transplanted, and Brussels Sprouts  go in this week, and the Ginger goes1 read more »

Farm Happenings for June 10, 2020

Posted on June 8th, 2020
Summer officially begins in two weeks, but horticulture Summer is already here! The Sun Gold  Tomatoes will ripen in two weeks, Snow Peas will blossom soon, and we will soon average a dozen Cucumbers per day. I will ship 125 Bok Choi tomorrow, and 125 heads of Romaine Lettuce in abou1 read more »

Farm Happenings for June 3, 2020

Posted on May 31st, 2020
As we approach the month of June, and the transplanting is almost finished, we have just 4-5 weeks to tweak our summer harvest operation. We'll have plenty of time to look back and reflect in November, but we start planting for Fall and Winter in mid July!   I am getting pretty spoiled wi1 read more »

Farm Happenings for May 27, 2020

Posted on May 24th, 2020
Hello!   From crop freezing weather to Summer, oh my! During these trying times, we lost our early crop of Strawberries, but we are looking to pick Sun Gold cherry tomatoes in about 3 weeks, and tomorrow I will  pick and eat the first Cucumber. That's over 2 weeks ahead of l1 read more »

Farm Happenings for the week of May 17, 2020

Posted on May 17th, 2020
We will be working indoors Monday and Tuesday because of all the rain. That means all of our indoor transplanting will be complete, except for Ginger and Turmeric!   In addition to Lauren and Riley back from college, we have  two Springport High School seniors graduating this year an1 read more »

Farm Happenings for May 13,

Posted on May 10th, 2020
Hello! Just 3 more mornings of possible freeze/ frost! I will admit that our losses were modest because we had ample notice and the wind slowed temporarily, so we could cover the most vulnerable out door crops. Once we accomplished that, everything in the hoops were covered with spun1 read more »

Fresh Produce for this week of May3, 2020

Posted on May 1st, 2020
Good Morning! Our Summer CSA and Season online farm stand kicks off this weekend! While demand  will increase significantly, and I am reasonably prepared, I see several morning below freezing next weekend. What to do?!   We uncovered the overwintered organic Strawberries last we1 read more »

Baby Bee Sitting .

Posted on April 17th, 2020
When I went out too repair some wind damage, I noticed that some of the Strawberries in that particular low tunnel were in Bloom!  Well, the high temperature today is 35 degrees, and the strawberries can't handle those temps, and neither the bees that need to pollinate those flowers. With sunn1 read more »

Farm Happenings for April 15, 2020

Posted on April 12th, 2020
Hello!   Ordinarily we would be transplanting certain tomato plants from the nursery into the ground in the unheated hoop houses, this coming week . Even under protective row cover fabric, I think this is risky, so we'll wait until next Saturday to work on the more aggressi1 read more »