While cooking maple syrup in the woods the sky started filling with black smoke. We dashed to the north property line and saw a fire in the neighbors swamp racing toward us. John Peterson grabbed a leaf blower and blew the flames back into the burned area. Jean, Mary, Rob and Lee Peterson swept behind with fan rakes. [...]
Jean is excited about the photos Mitch Kezar of Windigo Images took of her and Al using the Mathews Mission Archery bows! (We adore this equipment) These really fun photos were taken last winter. Go to the Windigo site and type in mission archery and see what Jean and Al were up to last winter! http://windigoimages.com/
Jean and Al hired me when I was 12 years old and started to teach me about vegetable farming and that it feels good to do good work and that work is supposed to be fun. Each spring we started with empty fields of black dirt and working together planted seeds and plants and then spent two months [...]
We make all our own salad dressings and it is very easy. Try this one! Olive oil, maple syrup, mustard (dry or prepared both types work well) Put a small amount of each ingredient in a bowl. Taste and add more of each ingredient until you love the taste. Whisk until blended.
Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned veteran canner it is best to use a good and up to date canning book. Some of the rules of canning fruits and vegetables have changed over the years. In the case of tomatoes many of the seed varieties home gardeners and farmers grow these days are lower [...]
We will be planting the tomato seeds for this summers fresh tomato crop very soon. Cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, heriloom tomatoes, and many of your and our favorite varieties.
Today was a warm sunny day at Peterson Produce farm which made the collecting of sap and cooking it very enjoyable. John and Mary cooked 37 gallons of sap into syrup. (We cook very small batches of sap that has just dripped out of the tree because fresh sap produces better syrup) Todays yield of syrup was higher than normal as the sap [...]
If you have a canned goods pantry this is a great time to organize the jars, clean the shelves, toss out any items that are outdated or spoiled. Make corrections to your canned goods inventory. See that empty jars are ready for the season. If you need more jars and or lids make a note of that [...]
Jean and Al from Peterson Produce will be at the Delano Community Expo talking about the upcoming fresh flower and vegetable produce season. Stop by for a chat about what’s happening at the farm this summer. Jean is especially excited about the Farm Fun Crew for young children and also about teaching you how to [...]