May 302013

honeysuckle“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3: 8,9

How true this is. I have heard it said before the Lord is never late, rarely early and always on time. He knows what is best for us and patiently waits for us to humble and submit ourselves to His authority so that we might accept the gift of eternal life which He has given to us.

Yes, He allows His children to go through trials to help us develop endurance (James 1:2) and yes, he even disciplines His children so that after we learn it can produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11)

Even though we go through the testing times we know that nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38,39) for us. We don’t always understand at the time why the Lord allows things, but we have this promise, “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

berry patch
Berry season is upon us now!!! The strawberries are revving up production and a day of sunshine right now will make the earliest parts of the patch peak out! We have several varieties and a couple of different soil types which helps extend the season slightly and keep all the berries from reaching peak production at the same time.

We are trying to keep a few quarts of strawberries in the cooler at all times for those who want some harvested strawberries. However, we would recommend you call ahead to reserve them as they are selling fast!

There are still a few u-pick openings available for strawberry picking but they are filling up fast so be sure and call Imogene (affectionately called G-Jean by Jena and I) if you would like to reserve some strawberries! Her number is (620) 336-3281 She is our strawberry patch manager again this year. I’m so thankful for all of her help setting up the strawberry harvesting schedule!

berry patch

Keeping up with the weeding between strawberry harvests is becoming a challenge! Thankfully the Lord is blessing despite some weedy areas and most of the crops are thriving!


This will be nearly the last call on some of the lettuces. Lord willing a couple of the varieties and later plantings will keep producing for a little longer. Check out the sales we have on several of the greens on our home page

It was plenty to have at once, but the Lord blessed us with over 3″ of rain last night! Lord willing after this weather moves through the 30-40 mph gusting winds will subside a little! It is always amazing how fast some sunshine and wind dry things out…we really were needing just a little more rain to help keep the strawberry size up and the remainder of the crops flourishing.

planting tomatoes

peppersGranddad and I worked together and got the rest of the tomato and pepper plants set out. Although it was not my original plan we planted the remaining plants in our red dirt garden. If I had been able to hill up the tomato rows in our black, gumbo clay soil it would dry out faster and  would have been a good thing this spring. Thankfully the Lord had me stop planting the evening we had been putting the tomato plants in the ground in the black dirt garden as we have lost quite a few plants due to it staying too wet. The newly planted red dirt tomatoes and peppers are looking great!

Better get back to work!

Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew