Posts Tagged ‘Farmers’ Markets’

Vineyard Update, #Farm, #Ohio Wines,

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
LaCrescent vines 5 weeks after frost/freeze

LaCrescent vines 5 weeks after frost/freeze

Up-close look of our Reisling on VSP

Up-close look of our Reisling on VSP

Todd Vaughan training vines

Todd Vaughan training vines

For this vineyard update we are rushing along trying to bring the vineyards to some sort of balance right now. Currently we are still recovering from the frost/freeze event on May 18th and 19th. Most of these videos and post are related to that as that has pretty much set the tone for the vines this season.

A lot of the work we are doing now is in response to dealing with a regrowth and re-set of fruit on the vines, not so much managing a normal crop, if there is such a thing. One thing will be interesting to see is if any of this fruit has enough growing season left to produce a quality product. Another issue is while a great deal these plants were flowering we had just a general rain and we are not sure how much pollination was successful.

We are seeing huge rapid regrowth which we think is a result of a new bacterial agent low input fertilizer product we are trying this year. Another fruit grower has used it on his apple trees with great success. It basically uses soil bacteria to break down nutrients in the soil and make them more avaliable to the plant.

This allows us to better balance what the plant wants at the same time using fewer inputs. It is also supposed to improve the sugar content of the plant which in turn gives you more bricks in the fruit and hopefully better winter hardiness. We hope so as all this growth could be a recipie for disaster going into the winter.

Reisling Vineyard update

LaCrescent French American vines about 5 weeks after killing freeze/frost.

1952 Ford F5 Farmers’ Market Truck almost ready to roll!

Monday, June 1st, 2009
1952 Ford F5 Almost ready for the 2009 Season

1952 Ford F5 Almost ready for the 2009 Season

Going to Farmers’ Markets is NOT easy. It is a ton of work and takes a great deal of labor. It takes years to get established and the overhead can kill you if you really figure out ALL your costs. We farm for a living, we don’t live to farm.

Yes it is a way of life for us and I would not trade it for the world but you are fooling yourself if you don’t look at it as a business. There is an old saying how do you make a million dollars farming? Start with two million!!

So as I have said before I like to find old stuff and fix it. Cars and Trucks in particular so to help make the whole farmers’ market thing more fun for us and the customers we plan on using trucks like this one. Plus those little pop up tents and umbrellas look so “flea market” tacky. It’s so much better to look like a circus clown!! That’s just how I roll.

So like the country song says stop by for “Some Good Directions… and Turnip Greens”!!

Follow the links on the side of the page under Farmers’ Markets to find us this summer!

Getting our 1951 and 52′ Trucks ready to hit the road in 09′

Friday, May 8th, 2009

My 52' IS part of the family

My 52' IS part of the family

I like to find old things and give them new life. The house we live in my wife’s grandfather was born in, my 65′ Chevy came home from Arizona and no one loved it (it did look pretty rough, and my wife said “you want to fix that?”), and when I found a 1952 Ford F5 in a warehouse on the West Side of Cleveland a few years ago I could not pass it up.

My brother Tim went to look at it and it had 3434 original miles on it, original tires with probably original air in them too. She was covered in boxes and buried under picnic tables, garden hoses and had a big ole’ snow plow hanging on her front bumper. All the guys looking for a street rod were not interested in her so I took her home and gave her a new life.

She does parades, hauls produce, pulls trailers and now then we throw a couple of bales on the back let the kids climb on board and sneak out and get ice cream in her too! So if one is good two must be better right, wellllllll we are still working on that on. Here are few videos of this winters projects running into spring! Look for them at a farmers’ market near you!!

Hope you enjoy looking at them, look for more news as we get them ready to hit the road.