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SWEET CORN OF COURSE!!!!
PLUS....
BROCCOLI "Emerald Pride"
SWEET CORN "X-tra Tender Sh2" (super sweet bi-color)
LETTUCE "Parris Island (romaine)
PEA'S "Super Snappy"
PUMPKINS "Trojan" (Jack-O-lantern)
SPINACH "Springer"
ZUCCHINI "Summer Squash"
SQUASH "Winter Spagetti"
POTATOES "Norland Dark Red" 
     This years crop is planted from certified seed potatoes, purchased from the Bradstreet Family Farm in Bridgewater, Maine.
 
Most of our seed this season is of the "SEEDWAY" brand.
purchased locally through:
BROWN'S MILL
Fleetwood, PA
 
We're alway's looking for new challenges, and not that there aren't plenty on a daily basis already, but we've been doing alot of research on NEW crop's in our area and around the states.   SORGHUM or Milo (as it's otherwise known), will be a new addition to our crops for next year (2005).
   Sorghum has high anti-oxidant properties due to the presence of polyphenols.  That relates directly to things such as heart health.   Flour dirived from sorghum can be incorporated into breads, cereals and specialty foods.  Unlike other cereal grains, sorghum is glutren-free, so people who are allergic to gluten can eat it!
   Sorghum/Milo is more competitive than dryland corn, meaning that it's no longer competitive to produce irrigated corn with 20" of water when you can use 8" of water on sorghum, and still get 150-160 bushels an acre!
   Sorghum/Milo most of the time is priced relative to corn.  Depending on location of your farm, if your growing it for livestock feed it averages 93-95% of the corn price.
If your near an ethanol plant where the grain will be utilized for fuel production, it'll bring 100% or better!
 
We'll keep you posted!
 
 

Our very rare ASIAN PEARS are a bi-annual crop, this year being an "off" year for the pears.  If you've never seen this type of crop before it's probably because you don't live in Eastern PA!  We are one of the very few produccers in the USA that have these fruits.
 
There is conflicting info. about how these fruit seeds were brought into this country a decade ago, but we were lucky enough to have a few on our proporty when we moved in.
 
It took us a while and alot of research to find out there exact origin, since not many folks have ever seen this type of fruit before.
 
The tree's (somewhat miniture in size as compared to apple or pear trees), only bare fruit bi-annually.  Which is why one local distributor sell's them for around $3.00 a piece!
 
We've experimented with them in pie's and salads, but found the best way to eat them is like an apple right off the tree.  They resemble a pear's skin and color but they are shaped like an apple and only the size of a plumb.
 
Their self-pollinating, insect resistant and don't require much care other than a little pruning on the off-year.
So we can look forward to them again in 2005.

Sweet Corn Production

Sweet corn is a crop that has lent itself well to us.  Our initial investments were relitively low since all field operations, such as land preperation, planting and harvesting are done with our pre-1960's equipment.  If you don't have equipment of your own, it's realitively cheap to have your "garden" acreage custom farmed for very little cost, considering that all you'll really need to invest into your operation is cost of seed and time.
 
Approx. 2.5 billion pounds of fresh sweet corn are produced annually in th USA.  Although sweet corn acreage nationally has increased by a little over 29% in the past 10 years, acreage here in our home state of PA has remained relatively the same!
 
Sweet corn produced here in PA, is usually available from the 1st of July till the end of September.  Traditionally, it is sold from open bulk containers such as banquet sized tables with 12" high sides attached.
 
Roadside stands are plentiful throughout our state and pick-your-own operations such as ours provide opportunities for us to recieve higher than wholesale proces for our corn.  The earlier we can get the corn to mature the better the price.  Everyone around here looks for the first sweet corn to be available for the July 4th weekend.  It's looked forward to every July 4th, like presents are anticipated under the tree on Dec. 25th!
 
We have had very good harvests due to our location being on well-drained soils that also have good water-holding characteristics.  Your soil should have a pH of 5.8 - 6.6.  When growing early sweet corn like we do, be sure to have soils that warm quickly and are in locations with a southern exposure to ensure early germination, emergence, growth & harvest.