Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms
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Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms

Farm Happenings for February 14, 2024

Posted on February 11th, 2024
This week marks mid-February, our call to start Tomato and Pepper plants for transplant indoors mid April! Historically I note this activity coincides with the demise of our storage onions... so sad. I have a very few left in the temperature controlled cooler, and if your CSA order was sh1 read more »

Farm Happenings for February 7, 2024

Posted on February 4th, 2024
This week's menu will be a little short as the balance of the Winter catches up and the first Spring transplants are still 3-4 weeks out. Predictably, the crops will accelerate their maturity; Friday we observed  1 minute of daylight beyond 10 hours, and today we are already up to 6 minut1 read more »

Farm Happenings for January 31, 2024

Posted on January 28th, 2024
This past week we finished the "micro nursery" , approximately 200 sq ft, and can warm the early flats to an ambient temperature that will facilitate germination of seed crops before a normal planting schedule. We can hold the seedlings in there until they are mature enough to handle the1 read more »

Farm Happenings for January 24, 2024

Posted on January 21st, 2024
Hello!   In about two weeks our Latitude Zone will finally meet the threshold of 10 hours of daylight needed by most plant life to activate photosynthesis and begin to size. (Today we are at 9 hours and 35 minutes). Meanwhile, some of the Leafy Greens like lettuces, kales and asian greens1 read more »

Farm Happenings for January 17, 2024

Posted on January 14th, 2024
Propagation begins in earnest next week, and we still need to accomplish infrastructure improvements in the nursery before that flurry of activity begins! We'll start the long term sweet potato slips and short term Microgreens this week, and I'm waiting for the disease test results f1 read more »

Farm Happenings for January 10, 2024

Posted on January 7th, 2024
Hello! We are excited to begin the New year with our first CSA distribution for Winter/ Spring 2024. Yes, I said Spring! January is a little dicey anyway, as we transition from fresh greens that were transplanted last October and Storage crops to the new growth that comes in mid March. Today we are1 read more »

Farm Happenings for December 6, 2023

Posted on December 3rd, 2023
Mother Nature is giving us that little extra grace period so we can wrap things up for winter production, and I can take a couple of weeks to recover from outpatient surgery on December 14. I already have the four books ordered as I intend to read a lot! Winter Deliveries begin the week of January1 read more »

Farm Happenings for November 29, 2023

Posted on November 26th, 2023
Our focus this week is to tuck all of the Winter crops under protective "row covers" in the greenhouses. There is still a lot of energy in the soil, but with the coming sustained below freezing temperatures, the plants will need some help. Outdoors, it's time to surrender to Mother Nature, and1 read more »

Farm Happenings for November 22, 2023

Posted on November 19th, 2023
Just a short message this week as we prepare for Family from Texas, the coming daily below freezing temps, and Thanksgiving week. I sure have a lot to be thankful for and you, my customer friends, are at the top!   I am at the Family Fare parking lot in Eaton Rapids on Wednesday at 12:00 noon,1 read more »