Farm VIP’s

 

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These big boys are VIP’s on this farm. They are the most effective pollinators for blueberries. I saw more bumble bees this year than I ever have. Very happy about that! Here you see one pollinating a comfrey plant in the herb garden.   They are pretty much done with the  blueberries.

Care of Fresh Asparagus

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Asparagus storage tips:

Wrap in a damp cloth and store in the hydrator drawer of the refrigerator.  An alternate storage technique to retain vitality is to bundle spears with a rubber band and place upright in a container with an inch of water.
Refrigerate immediately and use as soon as possible.  Asparagus’ sugars will turn rapidly to starches, reducing flavor quickly.
Taken from From Asparagus to Zucchini – A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce.  www.macsac.org

Asparagus is popping

IMG_6982The ground is finally warming up and the asparagus spears are popping.
We’ve already eaten some and it is very tender and sweet. If you would like to order some, send us an e-mail at rpriceblue@gmail.com or give us a call.

2016 Season

We are looking forward to a great season of Asparagus and Blueberries.
As I’m sitting here looking out the window, I’m still awed by the beautiful countryside, even after 27 years of living here.
We broke ground for the berries in 2004 but didn’t actually open for picking until 2008. We’ve definitely had about every trial one could have with a blueberry planting, but I really think this year is going to be the best year. The berries look plentiful (even after heavy pruning) and I think they will be large and very flavorful.
But for now, we are anticipating the Asparagus crop, which should be sprouting any day now.
Again, we will be charging $3 per pound for Asparagus. I will deliver to Kirksville. If you want to preorder, you can e-mail us at: rpriceblue@gmail.com or call 660-342-2725
The asparagus is very tasty and tender and we bag it in 1 pound bags.

Stay tuned for more updates!
Blueberry Bob

What Do I Have that I Have Not Received?

In I Corinthians 4:7 in the Bible the Apostle Paul is countering the temptation to exalt one person over another, and he gives this exhortation:  “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”  This statement is a arrow right to the heart of any pride we might take over someone else due to some ability we might have that others don’t, or maybe some success that has been bestowed upon us either financially or with a project or even in a responsibility we’ve been given the Church.  Paul is saying, if you’ve ultimately been given everything by God why would you brag about what you did to get what you have?  The Bible is clear (especially in Romans chapter 3) that we are all rebellious, undeserving sinners.  But in Ephesians chapter 2 we are told,  “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

So how does this relate to blueberry farming?  Easy; first of all I would not be alive physically and able to farm except for the grace and mercy of God from whom all things come.  Secondly, we can work as hard as we did this last year  and not produce one berry.  Ultimately God brings the harvest (or not)!  Really, we all deserve the “not” part, so anything we get is mercy!

We were blessed by a large crop this year and many new as well as veteran customers.  Next year, God willing, the crop will be much larger. (As an aside, we would appreciate you continuing to spread the word about the farm here.  I’m planning to implement more marketing strategies for the next season.)

So I would like to end on this note.  We so much appreciate all of you who supported us this year!   We thank all the “one visit” customers who purchased a small amount, because it all adds up. And we certainly thank those of you who came out many times and purchased many pounds of berries.   The fact is, even though we love to serve the community, we also must have revenue to continue just like any business.  So a big thank you to those of you who purchased berries!  Also, I want to thank those of you who helped us get the ripening berries off the bushes when we were in “emergency mode”.  I was a bit taken back (in a good way) by the amount of berries the bushes produced this year.  So we needed to get the berries off of the bushes quickly and implemented the shares program.  Hopefully next year, through increased word of mouth and marketing strategies, we will match the supply with the demand.

So, until next year, may you know the blessings of God in your lives and as you eat the berries in the middle of the cold winter, have fond memories of your picking experience at Lost Branch Blueberry Farm.

Sincerely,

Robert (for the Price family)

Blueberry Bar Recipe

We were blessed to have about 35 little tykes out to pick this morning…what a perfect morning for it. We served them BLUEBERRY BARS and here is the recipe:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cranberry-bars.
I changed the recipe thus: substitute blueberries for the cranberries and omit the orange juice, orange peel, cinnamon, and nuts. And I used rolled oats (aka old fashioned). (I think the recipe would be great with the OJ, cinnamon and nuts – I just had on hand some blueberry sauce I’d already cooked up so that is what I used).

‘Tis the Season…

IMG_6058Whipped up this delicious blueberry chicken salad for lunch.  It’s easy and made me feel like I was doing my body a favor with all the healthy ingredients!

For two servings:

1 c fresh blueberries

1 c cubed cooked chicken breast (I used a little more)

1/4 c chopped celery

1/4 c diced sweet red pepper

2 T thinly sliced green onions

1/4 c plus 2 T plain yogurt

1/2 t lemon juice

3 T mayonnaise

1/2 t salt

1/8 t stevia (or a little less)

1/2 t apple cider vinegar

You could also use a couple Tablespoons sugar instead of the stevia.

Combine all the ingredients except the blueberries, and then add the blueberries and gently toss.  Serve over lettuce leaves.  (Or kale leaves, as pictured. 🙂 )

New Sign!

IMG_5829 LBBF SignOur new farm sign is up, special thanks to Abriana Price and the Dohman family! 🙂

Preview of Summer

It’s been a while since we posted an update on the farm.  So, here’s the latest.  Robert is working on a couple eye-catching improvements here at LBBF…Well, they will be when they are done.  Here they are in their beginning stages.

This summer, this heap of rocks will be transformed into an enchanting little waterfall.

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Meanwhile, just a few yards away, our new peach orchard is growing steadily, despite some setbacks from the deer.

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To top it off, if you come picking this summer, you will be greeted by a new white wooden fence, which will hopefully keep little kids in, and dogs and other creatures out, besides being a scenic addition to the property.    IMG_5797

And finally, just in case you avid blueberry lovers are counting the days until you can pluck a fresh, juicy, sun-warmed berry off the bush and pop it in your mouth, this is what the status of the bushes is right now: IMG_5800Once the plants flower (around April 20), it will be about sixty days until fresh blueberries!

“Heads up” for Asparagus 2015

IMG_4660In just a few weeks the asparagus should be sprouting up! We are going to try something a little different this year.  Instead of taking orders, we will be bringing our asparagus to the west parking lot of Home Care Medical Equipment in Kirksville (next to Hastings) between the hours of 4 pm and 5:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.  It will be in 1 lb. bundles ($4/pound, tax included) and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  There should be plenty of asparagus this year, but it would be a good idea to call Robert at 660.342.2725 before you come to check on availability.  Stay tuned and we will let you know when the asparagus is ready!