Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms
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Farm Happenings at Hillcrest Farms

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 »

Farm Happenings for November 15, 2023

Posted on November 12th, 2023
With the shorter days comes shorter harvest windows and the greenhouses closed up by 5:00, especially on cloudy days. The basement grow room comes to life, and the growing schedules completely change. The weekend after Thanksgiving marks the initial planning for the growing season 2024!   In b1 read more »

Farm Happenings for November 8, 2023

Posted on November 5th, 2023
Today we will enjoy 10 hours and about 10 minutes of daylight, and we will be negative below 10 hours by Wednesday. Most plant growth stops or at least dramatically slows down at that point. The greenhouses are already planted for winter production, and that's all I can do.    Approximate1 read more »

Farm Happenings for November 1, 2023

Posted on October 29th, 2023
As overnight low temperatures cross paths with outside harvests we will narrow the items on the weekly menu, and move our focus inside. Ditto with the Allen Street Farmers Market as we move inside, this week, and adjust from 20+ feet of table space to 8 feet!   A few months ago,a professi1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 25, 2023

Posted on October 22nd, 2023
As the weather gets colder, and more importantly the days get shorter, the last of our transplants have about two more weeks to get into the ground. Prior to moving the young plants out of  the nursery, the new beds must be properly prepared with new compost, organic soil amendments, and1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 18, 2023

Posted on October 15th, 2023
I usually plant 3 successions of full sized Tomatoes, and normally the last planting doesn't materialize because of weather and diminished daylight.. We  were very busy last July and I decided not to do the third crop of transplants. Our summer intern, Jessie, decided otherwise and t1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October 11, 2023

Posted on October 8th, 2023
We experienced light frost this morning. Except for some Strawberries that we couldn't cover because of the wind, we don't have anything left exposed except some lettuce, and it will take a much heavier frost to affect that crop! Growing out in Autumn is always somewhat risky and we were prepared a1 read more »