A True Family Farm

When our boys help in the gardens they represent the fifth generation of the family to work the soil on Kimker Hill. Four generations still live on the farm today. Strong family bonds and a deep love and respect for the earth influence all of our farm practices.

Our gardens provide us with the best and purest of food, matchless beauty, and the ultimate earth science classroom for our homeschooled boys.

Sustainability is a popular buzz word among small scale agriculture. To us it means giving more than you take. Putting back what you use. Remembering that this beautiful earth will last forever and it's our commision to care for. In our gardens we try hard to follow these ideals and work with the earth's design, not against it.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hope to see you at the market in the morning!

We're just about to pack it in for the night.  Danny has been picking since the early afternoon.  Bonnie has been picking for hours and Colin and the kids came to help too.  We got the very first new potatoes this afternoon and the kids had fun picking them up and carrying them inside.

The gardens are bountiful right now.  Besides new potatoes, we will be bringing Rainbow Swiss Chard, several varieties of kale, a spicy greens mix, baby bok choy, beet greens, red leaf lettuce, fava beans and snow peas.  We will also be bringing a few dozen eggs, so be fast if you want them.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The beans have sprouted! It's taken a couple of plantings, but they are finally out of the ground. Just seeing the sprouts make me hungry for the beans. We are growing long stringless green beans as well as Chinese Long Red Noodle Beans. Both are tasty and I am ready to eat them. Too bad I'll have to wait for a while for them to produce.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's been a busy planting week here at the farm. Danny's been starting numerous things from seed, and I've been doing lots of transplanting. We'll be bringing more plants with us to this week's market, get your gardens or pots ready and pick up what you need to get started planting at your house. See you Saturday!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Opening Day of the Tower Grove Farmers' Market was a huge success. We hope you managed to be one of the first 500 who got the free $10 tokens. It was very nice to see our returning customers and to meet so many new people. We hope it is just the beginning of a wonderful market season!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What a hot day!  I spent the morning weeding and watering in the hoophouse until I couldn't take the heat in there anymore.  At first, the breeze felt so good I didn't notice the temperature was climbing fast.  When I gave up and came inside, the sensor showed it was 105 degrees in the hoophouse. 

The plants are loving the heat.  Everything is growing quickly and looks beautiful.  The Rainbow Swiss Chard and Kale look as good as they did at the April market.  So far, for the most part the bugs are still leaving them alone.  The Fava Beans are growing like crazy and they're loaded with beans ready to pick.  The tomato plants that we have transplanted in the ground are getting big and lots of them have blooms already, a few even have little green tomatoes on them.

We have plenty more planted in and out of the hoophouse.  I hope the weather stays nice this week so we can bring lots of produce with us to the market!