Well, our strawberry season is officially over! Thank you everyone for coming out to the farm and helping to make it a successful season! We are now transitioning to our summer crops and new hours! Summer crops include; but are not limited to: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, dry onions, green beans (July), sweet corn (end of July to 1st of August), melons (September). We will also have locally grown (Alexander County) fruit as it is available: blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apples, blueberries, and Asian pears. Our NEW summer hours are: M-F: 10am-5pm and Sat: 9am-2pm. We are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. Hope to see you soon! Amy Douglas
Our Pick-your-own Field will be closed on Thursday, May 29th. It will reopen for the weekend on Friday, from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-4pm. We will also have a limited supply of already picked strawberries on Thursday, May 29th. This will be the last weekend for U-pick strawberries. However, we will have our already picked strawberries for another week or two; just in shorter supply, so come early and leave happy!
We will be open on Monday, May 26th, from 10am-6pm. We appreciate all the men and women that have given their time, their families, and some gave all to preserve the freedoms that we experience every day! We will give 10% off to all Veterans on Memorial Day!
Monday – Friday: 10am-6pm
Closed on Sundays
*Note: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to closing, if you are wanting to pick-your-own strawberries. Thank you!
We are cash or check ONLY; unless you luck up to catch Amy around the farm with her iphone.
Season Grand Opening:
Date: Saturday, May 10th
(FREE Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream to all customers)
We will have our fresh picked strawberries available and our U-pick field open! Also, homemade strawberry pies, preserves, pound cakes, and sourdough breads!
Date: Saturday, May 17th (Rain date: May 24th)
(Old Arts and Crafts Down on the Farm; ALL artisans welcome!)
Strawberry Festival Information:
Featuring: LOCAL Artisans from Alexander County and Surrounding Counties. Also, Crouse Country BBQ pre-selling Chopped BBQ Plates and Bostian Butts ($7 & $25 for 4-lb), FREE Pony Rides (Sunset Ridge Equestrian Center), and a Bounce Houses ($2/child).
You must sign-up and prepay for your BBQ order at The Farmers’ Daughter, before May 12.
Call Amy, if it is before May 10th. We are there most days working.
We will also have:
FRESH Picked & U-pick Strawberries, Homemade strawberry ice cream, snow cones, pound cakes, and strawberry pies.
Please e-mail if you or someone that you know is an artisan that would be interested in being a vendor in our Strawberry Festival. Only handmade or up-cycled items and no food vendors please!
Lucy Icenhour Picking Strawberries
Chicken Scratch from the Farm
I hope that you are doing well! Normally, by now we would have picked more than three ripe strawberries. But, we have had a challenging spring. Strawberry plants like 70+degree days and sunshine; like most people! However, we haven’t had much of that in a consistent pattern. So, they are not ripe yet. We are going to postpone our 2014 Season Grand Opening to Saturday, May 10th, from 9am-4pm. Our Strawberry Festival will still be that following weekend, May 17th, from 9am-4pm; with a rain date of May 24th.
Have a God Blessed Day!
We are in the process of planning, planting, and growing plenty of fresh strawberries and vegetables for you! We have a couple of events planned that I would like to share with you:
1)Our 2014 Season Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, May 3rd
(FREE Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream to all customers)
Date: Saturday, May 17th
(Old Arts and Crafts Down on the Farm; local artisans welcome!)
Please e-mail Amy, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you or someone that you know is an artisan that would be interested in being a vendor in our Strawberry Festival. Only handmade or up-cycled items and no food vendors please!
The Kids and Rosie
Well, my stories of my childhood started a dream in Lily’s head that we just couldn’t shake. We had a pet calf growing up, called Sally. We raised her on a bottle and ended up, my brother Ben and I could ride her bare back like a horse! No kidding! So, Lily had envisioned the same childhood for her and Max. Thus, the search began for a baby calf. We had to search local dairy farms, because we have beef cattle and leave their calves with them in the pasture. You see, on dairy farms, the calves are taken away from their mothers after 3 or 4 days. That is when the colostrum turns into regular milk and the mother starts getting milked, twice a day. The baby calves, if a heifer, are bottle or bucket fed powdered milk and raised to be milk cows. The bulls are sold, to keep blood lines pure and avoid inbreeding.
All this said, the hunt for a heifer calf was tough. Not many farmers want to part with their heifers and if they do, they are pricey! We lucked up and got ours from an old family friend. The kids each pitched in $20 a piece for her and Jason and I paid the remaining balance. Rosie is 1/2 Holstein, 1/4 Jersey, and 1/4 Brown Swiss and she looks like a Black Angus! Looks aside, she should be a good milk cow when she grows up! She is a snugly, 6-week old baby calf now and will be available for petting before and after our Tractor-Pulled Pumpkin Rides during October. So, check-out Rosie when you come out to the farm!
Rosie, born August 17th, 2012