2015 Real Veggies Farm Pictures

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Upcoming Events - Saturday, November 4, 2017 & Sunday, November 5, 2017

Come see us this weekend at:




We will have:  pasta, bread, garlic, and some vegetables!
Hope to see everyone there!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We have been really busy lately canning and freezing all our leftover vegetables that we bring home from the market.  The last 4 or 5 weeks we have been canning every week.
 This weeks canned foods:  Pasta Sauce, Tomatillo Salsa, and Canned Chicken


Here is most, but not all, of our canned foods.
Okra, zucchini relish, garlic scapes, tomato juice, corn, collard rolls, tomato soup, pickled beans, zucchini pickles, perch, pears, beans, pasta sauce, turkey stock, vegetable stock, chicken stock, yard long beans, summer squash pickles, zucchini bread and butter pickles, pickle relish, jellies, and more!

We still have to can some apples, more collard rolls, more pasta sauce, more perch, turkey stock after Thanksgiving, salsa, garlic, and I might try to can some radishes and turnips this year. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bruswick Farmers Market Pictures

This past Sunday I took some pictures at the market.  Here some of the pictures of our table at Brunswick Farmers Market.




You can get fresh cut herbs at the market!  Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, Strawberry Mint, Chewing Gum Mint, Stevia, Oregano, Thyme, and more, are available to be fresh cut for you at the market.  You can not get any fresher than that!  Available only at Brunswick Farmers Market.

We also have available at both Valley City Farmers Market and Brunswick Farmers Market:
Golden Delicious Apples
Red Delicious Apples
Sweet Peppers (green, purple, and yellow)
Zucchini and Summers Squash (many different varieties)
Cherry Tomatoes (over 12 different varieties available, red, purple, green, yellow, pink, orange, and more!)
Slicing Tomatoes (Many different varieties)
Beans (Dragon Tongue Beans- yellow with purple stripes, Rattlesnake Beans- green with purple stripes, and Green Beans)
Purple, White, and Yellow Scallions
Potatoes (German Butterball, fingerlings)
Green and Purple Kohlarabi
Mixed Kale (around 6 different varieties)
Parsley Bunches
 Bagged Mixed Basil
Dill
Garlic (over 10 different varieties)
Garlic Braids
Garlic Grab Bags
Homemade Dried Pasta
Onion Bread
Garlic Herb Braided Bread
Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread
Zucchini Bread
and More!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lots of Canning and Freezing

I have been busy lately canning and freezing.  I think I am starting to run out of jars, and I still have to can some pears, collard rolls (just like cabbage rolls but with collards), and have not even canned any tomatoes yet.  I will also have to can some more turkey stock after Thanksgiving.

Last week I canned some beans, made zucchini pickles, summer squash pickles, zucchini relish, and also froze some zucchini pancakes.  Can you guess what I have had a lot of lately?
Beans during the process of being canned.

 Zucchini Relish

Summer Squash Pickles & Canned Beans

Today was more zucchini pickles, froze 7 bags of shredded zucchini for zucchini bread, made two pear pies, made zucchini fries, and prepped some zucchini for bread and butter pickles which will be canned tomorrow (they have to soak overnight in salt).
 Zucchini Pickles

Shredded Zucchini, Some Zucchini Fries (the rest are in the oven), Pear Pies, and the Zucchini Pickles

Tomorrow I will be canning the zucchini bread and butter pickles, freezing beans, freezing peppers, and can some pears.  I am so tired of dealing with zucchini, but my plants are slowing down so I should not have much more zucchini to deal with, it should be time to move on to tomatoes.

This was the first year that I have tried canning zucchini, and I am very happy with how everything has turned out.  The zucchini pickles look just like cucumber pickles, and actually taste very similar to cucumbers too.  I ate my first jar of zucchini pickles in just a couple days, when it does not last long then it has to be good.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Garlic, Farmers Market, Truck, and Farm Pictures

I have been really busy lately, once I finished working on my truck, I started planting, once I finished planting I started digging garlic.  I finished digging garlic last week, boy am I glad that is done, I had garlic everywhere!  Here are some pictures from the last couple weeks.

Lots of garlic brought home from the farm, just waiting to be strung and hung to dry.


Sweet Corn


More garlic, just brought home from the farm.


Brunswick Farmers Market, last week, Sunday July 23rd.


Lots of garlic at Brunswick Farmers Market.


Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Kale, and Kohlrabi at the Farm.


It's me!  
Picked up a load of straw for my garlic (in the fall) and some for around my tomato plants.



Here are some more pictures from my truck project:
A picture taken during the process of replacing my cab corners on my truck.


 Putting the truck bed back on my truck.


Here is a picture of my truck now that i am finished working on it. I still have to put the strip back on the cab corner/extended cab area.  Such a simple thing and apparently it is going to take me forever to do.  It was a lot of work, but soooo worth it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Fixing Up My Chevy Truck

I try to keep up with repairs on my old 1995 Chevrolet K1500 truck, usually do work on my truck in the spring and/or the fall.  This year I had quite a bit of work to get done on my truck, most of which I have been putting off for a while, because it was going to be a lot of work.  I have had new leaf springs for my truck sitting around for about a year and a half now.  I have been smelling gas coming from my truck for at least a year, and I have had replacement cab corners sitting around for about 4 or 5 years now, that I bought to replace my extended cab panels, which have been rusting for a while now. 

I decided that I was going to get everything that I need to do done at one time.  I also decided that it would be easier to get everything done if I removed my truck bed, and boy was I glad I did.  Then once the truck bed was off I figured I could paint my badly rusting frame and pain the bottom of my truck bed. 

Removing the Truck Bed
So off came the truck bed, which took about a day and a half to accomplish.  The front four bolts were easy to get off, but the back four bolts were another story.  The hitch bolts were blocking the holes to access the bed bolts, so to avoid having to take the hitch off, we took the back four bed bolts off by hand with a wrench, which took forever.  Then once the bed was off I realized that in order to change the leaf springs the hitch had to come off anyhow.
 The beginning of all my truck work, the bed is off and all the work is about to begin.

First the gas tank came out, then the hitch was taken off.  I then began chiseling, sanding, and scraping away at my truck frame.  That was not a fun job, rust was everywhere, rust dust, pieces, and large chunks, flying everywhere.  Then the fuel lines came out, and more chiseling, sanding, and scraping rust was done. 

Installing Front Fuel Lines
 I then took a break from removing the rust and installed the front fuel lines.  That was suppose to be an easy job, but did not turn out that way.  The front fuel lines are connected toward the back of the engine, which is not an easy thing to reach, plus a clip holding the fuel lines needed to be removed which was almost impossible to reach or even see.  


Painting the Frame
I then did a little more chiseling, sanding, and scraping of the frame.  Once I got a couple nice warmer days, I finally began painting the frame.  I used a red oxide primer brush on paint from Tractor Supply for the first coat, then the next day I painted over the red oxide with a flat black oil based paint, from Tractor Supply also.  I have used the red oxide over 6 years ago, when I bought the truck, to paint some of the frame, and I was very happy with it.  I still have a lot of the red oxide that I painted before, still left on my truck, and I did not even paint over it, which I should have done since it is only a primer.  


Leaf Springs
Then it was time to change the leaf springs.  Once again I thought this would also be an easy job, wrong again, you think I would learn.  Everything about it was pretty easy, except for getting the bolts out of the rubber bushings.  The best way that we found to get them out was to use our ball joint press to press them out, we pressed the bolt till it was even with the leaf spring bracket, then we used bolts to press it the rest of the way out.  Heating it also made it easier to press out.  We would have cut the bolts to get them out, but there was not much room between the springs and the bracket to get to the bolts, so pressing worked better. 

Installing Rear Fuel Lines, Fuel Filter, and Gas Tank
Next it was time to install the new rear fuel lines, fuel filter, and the new gas tank.  All the lines were positioned back in there original locations, fuel tank was put into place, and then came the fun part, attaching the new gas tank straps.  The new straps were not bent when I got them, and they are just long enough to fit around the gas tank, and they are a heavy metal, which is not easy to bend.  They have to be prebent, and have to be bent just right otherwise they will not reach the bolts to hold them on.

I also painted the hitch, since it was off the truck, the inside of my bumper, and my rear differential.  My truck is starting to look pretty good and is almost done now.  I still have to replace the cab corners, paint the bottom of my truck bed, reinstall my hitch, fix the wires that caught on fire while we were heating up the truck bed bolts, and put everything else back together.  Seems like a lot, but not really, the only difficult thing left will be the cab corners.  I can not wait till it is all done, I need to get planting, and stop spending all my time working on my truck.  Almost done though.

Gas Tank Before

 Gas Tank After

Truck Before

Truck After


Sunday, May 21, 2017

It Is Almost Time For Our Farmers Markets To Begin!

Well, we just had our last spring show this past Saturday, at Wadsworth Craft & Herb Festival.  We had lots of fun and it was a very good show.  A big thanks to everyone who stopped by.  Now it is going to be farmers market time!  I can not wait to see everyone from our farmers markets.

Valley City Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Beginning: June 10, 2017
Liverpool Township Depot
6615 Center Road
Valley City, Ohio

Brunswick Farmers Market
Sundays, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Beginning: June 11, 2017
Will also have a market on June 10, 2017 see below
Brunswick Heritage Farm
4613 Laurel Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212

Brunswick Heritage Farm
1st Annual Crafts in the Park
Saturday, June 10, 2017
11:00am - 5:00pm
4613 Laurel Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212
Will be the day before our first Brunswick Farmers Market of the season,
a fun event to kick of the market season, at the Heritage Farm!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pictures

Since it was rainy and cold outside this morning, I decided to get some transplanting done.  I have been very behind on transplanting my plants, since I have been busy working on my truck, which is currently in pieces.  I am working on changing my fuel lines, fuel tank and the works fuel sending unit, fuel pump, fuel filter, etc.  I am also going to change my leaf springs, and to top it off I decided to remove my truck bed to make everything easier to work on, and so that I can paint the frame.  Then I need to cut out and replace I cab corner panel on my truck, since it is completely rusted out.  It has turned into a rather large project.


Of course I need to get all this done, as quickly as possible so I can start hauling my tiller, and planting my plants.

Here are some pictures, that I took today of my plants, inside and outside.

My plants in my basement under lights, tomatoes, peppers, basil, eggplant, celery, dill, fennel, cilantro and some other things.


 Up close of some peppers and eggplant, in my basement under lights.


Young basil and parsley plants, under lights.


Herbs, greens, tomatoes, parsley, and some cat grass that I just started yesterday, in my hoophouse.


Some of my garlic that I have planted at home.

Some more of my garlic, planted at the farm.





Sunday, May 7, 2017

Penny

I wanted to take the time to thank everyone for a very good show last Saturday, April 29, at Avon Lake High School.  I am sorry that I was unable to attend the show, but Thursday April 27, my wonderful dog Penny, who had been battling mouth cancer for 6 months, took a turn for the worse.  We lost her that Saturday, and it has been so hard without her.  She was like my shadow that followed me everywhere, it is not easy to turn around and not see her there.  

We love you, and miss you Penny.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Upcoming Event - Saturday, April 22, 2017

This coming Saturday April 22, 2017 
we will be selling at:
Fight Like a Girl Foundation Spring Fling
Westlake Recreation Center
28955 Hillard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio


Happy Easter!

Even though I am a day late 
I wanted to wish everyone a
Happy Easter!
 
From Everyone at Real Veggies Farm!


The above picture was taken at the Elyria High School Craft Show, which we attended this year on March 18, 2017.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday, March 25th 2017

Come see us on Saturday, March 25, 2017
@
Columbia Middle School Vendor & Craft Fair Columbia Middle School 13646 West River Road Columbia Station, Ohio 44028 9am- 3pm

Monday, March 13, 2017

Events - Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th, 2017

We will be attending the following two events this weekend:

Saturday, March 18, 2017
@ Elyria High School
&
Sunday, March 19, 2017
@ Strongsville Holiday Inn



2017 Soil Test Results

I have been wanting to get my soil tested for quite some years now, but just have never gotten it done.  But this year I decided that I had to get it done, I have been having some problems growing things in certain areas, and needed to find out what was going on.  I looked at several companies that test soil in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.  After searching around for a day, looking at websites, sample reports, and packages that were available, I ended up getting my tests done with Spectrum Analytic.  I liked the look of their reports, so I sent them an email asking how much they charged.  Within a matter of minutes I got a reply.  In fact every time I emailed them I got back the same almost instant reply, I also asked them a couple of questions and they seemed to really know their stuff.  So I was very impressed from the beginning.  They also have very good prices, I was planning on only have 1 or 2 samples done, but after I found out how much they charge I decided to have 3 samples tested.

I followed their instructions on taking the soil samples, packaged it up, and dropped off my box at the post office on a Tuesday.  I shipped it flat rate priority so I had a tracking number, Spectrum Analytic received my package on Thursday.  I was shocked the next day on Friday when I checked my email and they had already gotten the results back to me.  Once again very impressed!  I would recommend Spectrum Analytic to anyone who wants to get their soil tested.

Below is part of my three reports that I got back from them.  They also gave fertilizer recommendations for the next three years crops that I plant to grow in that area.

LEFT FRONT #1

 RIGHT FRONT #2

 LEFT BACK #3
  
I am so glad I got these tests done!  I have learned so much from them.  Now I want to get another 10 or 12 tests done so that I know what is going on with the rest of my farm.

At first when I saw the results, I thought this can not be right, every area is completely different.  But then when I looked at them closer and started to think about it everything kind of makes sense.

Similarities between the different samples:
In all three areas the level of Boron is low, and Iron is sky high.

LEFT FRONT #1
This is an area that I really have not added much to the soil, the past couple of years. I have been having trouble with a horrible grass taking over anything that I plant there.  I believe that grass likes soil that is low in nutrients, which makes sense now.  Also I grew corn there last year which is a nutrient demanding crop.  Soil pH is also a little low 6.1, so I will be adding some lime to this area soon.
I have a cover crop of rye currently growing in this area, and it will more than likely be a work in progress throughout the spring and early summer, I will probably plant some later plantings of beans in this area.

RIGHT FRONT #2
I found the results from this area very interesting.  This is an area that I have been having troubles growing things in for the last few years.  No matter what I seemed to do in this area things just did not grow very well.  Last year I even added a lot of manure to this area and still no luck.  The only thing that grew well here last year for me was broom corn.  So at first glance when I saw the results I was really shocked that everything was so high.  Then I looked closer at the report and realized that my pH was too high.  A normal pH should be about 6.5, mine is 7.5 in the area.  I did some further research and found out that one of the few vegetables crops that can tolerate a pH of 7.5 is corn, which explains why my broom corn is the only thing that did good in that area.  Also I had most of that area that I did not plant in had Wild Carrot growing there which is a weed that likes a higher pH.  When your pH is too high it can tie up the nutrients in the soil, which explains why the nutrients in the soil are so high, plants have not been able to absorb them.  So big thing with that area for next year is to lower the pH. 
I will more than likely be planting my tomatoes here this year, once I make some adjustments of coarse.

LEFT BACK #3
This is where I had most of my tomatoes planted last year.  I also added a lot of manure to this area last year.  All the levels here seem to be pretty good.  A little boost of Phosphorus, Potassium, of coarse Boron, and maybe a little Sulfur, and I should be pretty good.  I may have to add some Nitrogen also, but we will see.  Everything else seems to be in a good range, including the pH which is right where it should be.
This area will probably be used for a mix of things, I am thinking summer squash, winter squash, and maybe some sweet peppers.