30 lb. beet and carrot boxes now available for winter storage. A cool, dark location, that will not freeze, is best. Come and get some summer goodness for the middle of winter! Additionally, the Schwebach Farm Market closes for the season, tomorrow, Saturday, October 29 after hours. We will be available thereafter, on call (832-6171), for any remaining produce, including those tasty carrots and beets.
This morning I walked into the Farm Market to find a lovely selection of produce, looking tasty and fresh. Oldest son and daughter continue, along with our Garden Team, to bring you fresh local produce. You will find Pinto and Bolita Beans (almost sold out), a selection of winter squash and pie pumpkins, gold and red potatoes, sweet onions, sweet carrots and beets and finally tomatoes! We are also selling 30 lb. boxes of carrots and beets for winter storage. Local products are still available, as well. Stop in and see us!
The days become colder and the night time temperatures drop. We prepare for the first frost of the fall. Hydrants are shut off to keep pipe from freezing, remaining winter squash is removed from the field and lifted onions are quickly loaded into a trailer. We work almost until dark, while strong winds blow considerable amounts of dust upon us. A long day, the night becomes quite cold and we are thankful for the crops we brought in. The sweet corn is frosted, but still flavorful and we will sell through Saturday. Although the husk looks dry from frost, the sweet corn is certainly tasty! Come get some before the sweet corn season ends!
After looking at the windy forecast for today, Farmer Dean decides to thresh the remaining Bolitas yesterday. While Farmer Dean operates the combine, Farmer's Wife straighten windrows blown by the occasional whirlwind with the pitch fork. This morning those harvested bolitas went to the bean cleaner and a load of bolitas was brought back to the farm. What are bolitas, you may ask... The bolita bean is believed to have been cultivated by the Spanish who settled in northern New Mexico. An heirloom, the bolita bean is considered to be sweeter, richer tasting and easier on the stomach than the pinto bean. Bolita beans can be substituted for the Pinto in any recipe. How do you like your bolitas? If you haven't tried any, you should!
As we begin the Bolita Bean harvest, temperatures begin to dip closer to freezing. Each morning Farmer Dean finds frost on the tractors. After finding dew on the Bolitas this morning, he cuts five acres of Bolitas, with the hope of cutting the remaining Bolitas tomorrow. The sweet onion, pumpkin and winter squash harvest has also begun. Farmer Dean begins the process of preparing the fields for winter. Farm life continues to be full! The Farm Market is brimming with the beautiful colors of fresh fall produce abounding throughout the store. Come see us and stock up for winter!
The long awaited pinto beans have arrived! What does "new" crop mean anyway? This means these were just harvested! Many New Mexican families are concerned that their beans are "new". They do not want to purchase "old" beans. How do you tell the beans are new? The color behind the brown paint of the pinto (painted in Spanish) is light and creamy. New beans have a wonderful flavor and cook up faster. Come taste the difference!
As of this morning, Pinto Beans have been taken to the bean cleaner. We anticipate having cleaned and bagged pintos next week. Please continue to check with us as we progress with the bean harvest. Bolita Beans are still about two weeks from being ready for harvest.
After searching for a local mill to grind our non-gmo, food grade yellow corn, we decided to purchase a commercial mill. So, now we have non-gmo cornmeal available for you! You will find the cornmeal in our Farm Market freezer. This cornmeal makes the tastiest cornbread and atole.
Mmmm... thoughts of beans and corn bread are making me hungry! What are some of your favorite cornmeal recipes?
The morning was cool and cloudy, bringing light showers, as we harvested yesterday. Farmer Dean waits patiently for sunshine. Finally, in the early afternoon, enough sunshine breaks through the clouds allowing for the pintos to dry down more. Farmer Dean, blue eyed boy and oldest son head out to the bean field. Conditions are right and Farmer Dean begins threshing the pintos cut the other day, with blue eyed boy's help. Oldest son follows with the baler, baling those bean hulls that fly out of the bean combine. They work until sundown. A brimming truckload of beans return from the field. Now we await bean cleaning, which also depends upon weather, as does all of farming! Please continue to check back for updates! Thank you! Have a beautiful day!
The morning air is cool and crisp. The breeze from the east brings the feel of fall into the air. Farmer Dean has carefully watched the forecast and prayed for the right conditions for the first bean cutting of the season. Pinto beans have dried sufficiently and a light dew rests on the plants. Farmer Dean and blue eyed boy head out with bean cutter on the Big Red tractor in the hopes of cutting a field of pintos. Pinto beans are cut and now Farmer Dean awaits the right dry conditions to thresh them.