Hello! It has been awhile since our last blog post! We are in the heart of farming season and have been busy bees working on the farm! How are you? We hope you have been enjoying your summer!
We are starting to see the fruits of all our hard work and have loved sharing them with you all at the Farmer's Markets. So what is new with us?
Remember all the vegetable plants we transplanted in the early spring? Well, they are flourishing! We have been harvesting zucchinis, squash, cucumbers and pickle cucumbers like crazy to share with you all at the Farmer's Market. We have loved seeing everyone's excitement to see them at the market and hearing how you have enjoyed using them in your wonderful meals.
This week, we had our first harvest of our Kale, Boston Bibb lettuce, Red Loose Leaf Lettuce and Green Leaf Lettuce. Everyone was excited to see it last night at the Bellevue Farmer's Market. Kale was a popular choice!
We have been harvesting a small amount of lavender and this is also a favorite at the market. Be sure to check out our Recipe page for a Lavender Simple Syrup and Sparkling Lavender Lemonade.
Our melons are also growing well. Did you see our Instagram post today on the benefits of cantaloupe. Did you know it is a superfood? Be sure to check it out and look for these beautiful melons to be available in the next few weeks.
Now, our most frequently asked question: When will there be tomatoes?
Well I am happy to say our little tomato plants are also flourishing and are growing little green tomatoes. Soon, they will be ready to share with you at the Farmer's Market and we are anticipating much excitement for this item!
In other exciting news, we have added an Online Market to our webpage. Here you can pre-order items for pickup at the Farmer's Markets we attend. This way if you have to work later and are afraid if items will still be available for you at the market, you can pre-order, pre-pay and we will have it set aside waiting for you!
We want to thank everyone who has been very supportive of us at the Farmer's Markets. We love seeing repeat customers, hearing how you have enjoyed the produce we have worked hard to grow and sharing recipes with you!
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It has been a busy few works over here at Haffey Family Farm!
We have been busy getting the last of the spring produce plants transplanted including kale, lettuce, peppers, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe.
Despite cooler temps this past weekend and rain, the little plants are growing well and we even have some zucchini starting to grow!
Our biggest news this week is that we will start at the Farmer's Markets. On Wednesday, look for us at the Bellevue Farmer's Market from 3 pm to 7 pm. We will have garlic scapes and edible pod peas available.
Also, please be sure to check out the new Recipes part of our website for featured weekly produce recipes.
We look forward to seeing some of you at the Bellevue Market this week!
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What's Happening this week....
The warmer weather and sunny skies were a welcomed sight this past week! The sun allowed the very wet and muddy fields to dry up so we were able to move the tractor through them. On Saturday, we spent the beautiful day in the fields transplanting. Overall, we were able to transplant over 2,000 plants.
We first started with the zucchini plants. They were nice and big from growing in the warm and sunny greenhouse. Some of them already have flower buds developing. We cannot wait to see them produce big green zucchinis! We also transplanted some yellow squash.
Next, we transplanted cucumbers. The cucumbers are planted in a double row next to each other. We love cucumbers, especially the pickles for snacking! Cucumbers are a good snack because they are packed with nutrients but low on calories. We like to pair them with hummus or some ranch dip but our little helpers love them all on their own, picked straight from the field!
We raced against the setting sun to finish transplanting the peppers. These also are planted in a double row but we were able to do so on the back of the water wheel. We transplanted a variety of peppers including a new to us variety called Candy Cane snack peppers. They start out as green and white striped and change to red as they mature. These peppers were requested by our oldest little helper during winter while we searched through produce catalogs and we cannot wait to try them out! Be sure to look for them at the Farmer's Markets this summer!
With all the warm temperatures expected this week, our little plants should flourish and be well on their way to producing fruitage.
Which are your favorite? Cucumbers, zucchini, or peppers? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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What's happening this week....
This week the weather has not been cooperating with farm work! First, we had a hard frost over the weekend. Jeremy spent all of Friday evening covering the tomatoes. Thankfully, most of the tomatoes survived the frost.
In addition to the frost, we have been battling winds and rain. It has been difficult to get the equipment into the fields this week but we still managed to keep busy. Many vegetable plants are still growing and being cared for in the greenhouse and will be transplanted into the fields within the next few weeks.
We have been working on finalizing our Farmer's Market schedule for the summer! I am happy to say we will be at the Bellevue Farmer's Market in Bellevue, PA on Wednesdays from 3 pm to 7pm starting June 2 and the Zelienople-Harmony Farmer's Market on Mondays from 3:30 - 7:00 pm starting June 7. We hope to see you at one of these locations soon!
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What's happening this week.....
Despite snow and cold temperatures last week, we managed to have some pretty nice days this past week. We took full advantage of the nicer weather and not too hot temperatures to work in the fields!
Jeremy worked hard this week in prepping the fields for transplanting. This involved rototilling and laying plastic so the tomato plants could be transplanted.
On Monday, we enjoyed the crystal clear blue skies and worked in the fields together. Overall, we transplanted a variety of about 1200 tomato plants in a little less than three hours.
The tomatoes we planted should start producing in June and be available at farmer's markets for purchase in mid June. Before we know it, we will be in the full fledge season of summer and enjoying pool side days and delicious tomato sandwiches!
We are still working on finalizing our Farmer's Market schedule but we do know we will be at the Bellevue Farmer's Market on Wednesdays. More information regarding this will be posted on our Farmer's Market page very soon!
Thank you for checking out what's happening this week! Leave a comment below with your favorite way to eat tomatoes!
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What's happening this week....
Spring time is always a busy time for us here at Haffey Family Farm. In addition to finishing up the kids' cyber schooling for the year, we have been busy working in the fields! Thankfully, the weather has mostly cooperated with us. (Until today when we woke up to snow!)
This past weekend, we worked together as a family, planting onions. We managed to plant almost 2,000 onion plants that had been started by Jeremy in the greenhouse before the rain came. We still have about 7,000 more onion plants to transplant for the spring season.
Three out of the five us love to eat raw onions. The onions we planted this week are red onions - some of our favorites for salad, sandwiches or just plain by themselves! Do you like onions? If so look for them to be available later in the summer for delicious eating!
We have also been working on applying to Farmer's Markets in the area to sell produce later in the season. Check out our Farmer's Markets page which we will update once the schedule is finalized.
Should you be interested also in pre ordering produce, please be sure to check out our Farm Fresh Produce page. This page will be updated by season based on the availability of produce.
Also, we are looking to build relationships with other local Beaver County businesses, such as restaurants and food trucks. If you are interested in working with us, please be sure to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see "What's Happening at Haffey Family Farm!" Look for weekly updates here. For daily updates, be sure to check out our Instagram page at haffey_family_farm and our Facebook page at haffeyfamilyfarm.
Leave a comment below and let us know what produce you are most excited for this season! See you soon!