May 242013
 

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“…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7This verse, in a way, continues the thought from last week in Philippians 4. We Thank Him for who He is, all He has, is and will do for us. It is a privilege and gift He grants to His children to bring our requests before Him. As we lay our cares and concerns before the Lord we can do so in a confident assurance that He will meet us in just the way we need it.Who are His children that we may lay our cares before Him knowing that He will meet us where we need it? John says in 1:14 “But as many as received Him,” Jesus, “to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,”Don’t be discouraged if you do not know Jesus as your Lord and savior though because His arms are open wide desiring for you to come and be adopted by Him as a son or daughter. He is watching and waiting for you to open your door to accept Him as Revelations 3:20 says. All we must do to be saved and adopted into His family is believe in Jesus, repent and confess our sins to Him. He will then forgive us and we will be adopted into His family!”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9“…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Romans 10:9Being adopted into the Lord’s family doesn’t mean that we won’t have any troubles or problems, but our hope is in Him and not in ourselves. It will be His peace abiding in us, His Spirit dwelling in us and it will be Him guarding us that will give us peace and confident assurance. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Jesus said, “…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11b

strawberriesWe are getting very close to strawberry season now! A quick, short update will be coming out within a week or so with the strawberry patch’s grand u-pick opening announcement! The majority of the berries will be u-pick this season, but we will also fill as many orders as we can for harvested berries. Especially at the beginning of the season you will need to make reservations for the berries. Imogene will be handling the scheduling again this year. If you asked for a call back last year, you are already on our list. If you are not sure, please give her a call at 620-336-3281 or email your phone number to farmers@mitchellfamilyfarm.us.

G-Jean and I have had a running debate on how soon we will begin the main season harvest and once again G-Jean was nearer right than I! By now I should know that after growing up on the 5-acre strawberry patch her father had G-Jean pretty well knows what the berries will be doing! 🙂  Weather can affect the berries quite a bit, but over the years G-Jean has learned to get a pretty good estimation of when they’ll be ready for harvest.
Asparagus
We have had an asparagus boom! With rain and hot sunshine the asparagus spears have been shooting up almost fast enough to watch! Ok, so that might be a little exaggeration, but it almost could seem that way! This is the time to freeze, can, pickle, dehydrate or otherwise preserve asparagus if you would like to have some for use later!

Red & Green Mustard Greens

Red & Green Mustard Greens

While the weather will greatly affect everything we will most likely have a great decline in available greens after this week. A few of the cool season greens have a small amount of tip burn (slightly brown on the edge which doesn’t affect the flavor or quality much except for the esthetics) and several either are beginning to or are bolting now. Lord willing some of our later plantings will continue to produce some greens, but there may not be as diverse a selection as there has been.

broccoliThis year’s broccoli plants have not been quite up to par in size, but thankfully we are beginning to harvest a few small heads. The broccoli tastes excellent, but are smaller heads than average thus far. Did you know that when you eat what we call “broccoli” you’re actually eating the flower bud of the plant? Our family has eaten a few of the first small heads and I’m always amazed at how much richer and full of flavor the fresh, home-grown broccoli is than store bought!

Most of  the cabbage plants are shaping up nicely and we should begin harvesting them in a few weeks. New potatoes won’t be far away either! We’ll keep everyone updated as more things become available.

Recent heavy thunder storms produced some major damages in surrounding areas, but thankfully the Lord put a hedge of protection around our farm so we only received some wind and a limited amount of small hail. It is a little early yet to tell if the small hail will have affected the berries or fruit on the young fruit trees much, but I’m trusting the Lord kept them safe from harm.

potato rows

Dad and I hilled/weeded the potatoes for the last time I believe. Lord willing the potatoes will be able to withstand the remaining weeds in the ridge until we dig them as we seem to be running a little short on time to get all the weeding and other work done around here.

Ms. Hannah has been coming out to volunteer a few hours most weeks for a while now and it has really been a blessing to have another person helping around the farm this time of year! Her help is much appreciated and we don’t have words adequate enough to say thank you in sufficient measure. Since the last update Ms. Hannah helped us harvest for orders, transplant 200′ of okra and transplant our estimated 600 sweet potato plants.

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G-Jean has been out hoeing and pulling weeds every chance she gets between harvesting and transplanting. It is simply amazing to me how much and well she does with that hoe, keeping the weeds at bay and the garden beautiful! We truly can say G-Jean is the pro-hoer in our family!

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It was a privilege and honor to have our good friends, the Railey family, come down to visit for a few days! Ben and Alice have come down several times and their youngsters are growing by leaps and bounds! Nathaniel is ready for about anything and full of life at age three. Madison is up and walking and seems to be very happy she can move around more freely now. It won’t be long before Madison’s vocabulary and enunciation will have her talking rapid fire!

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One evening Nathaniel was leading the cow up from pasture (he was doing an excellent job helping us with chores) and we heard a powered parachute coming our way. We soon figured out it was Jena’s former co-worker and boss flying over the farm and what timing they had! Nathaniel was awestruck (so were most of the adults) as the powered parachute circled a few times getting lower and lower each round. Finally coming in just above the trees and dropping for a low wave they took off back up into the sky. Later Zach, Jena’s former co-worker shared a few aerial shots of the farm with us!

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Here’s the perspective that we saw from the ground as we watched the powered parachute circling.2013-05-17_003

I’d better sign off for now, but may you have a blessed week and enjoy our beautiful spring weather!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell crew