Mar 252013


Winter White
Greetings from Mitchell Family Farm!

baby lettuce“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32What a comforting verse to the believer who has confessed and put their trust in Jesus! “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 10:9 As last week’s update had stated we can cry out “‘Abba! Father'” in praise, thanks, prayers and requests. Our heavenly Father withholds nothing good from us, but works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)Some will be celebrating Passover tonight. Our loving Father in heaven offered up the perfect lamb of God, His son which He did not spare, so that we might be washed clean through His blood and be forgiven of our sins. The lambs which have been sacrificed were a picture and type of the true Lamb of God which was to come, and now has come, to bring salvation to all who believe in Him.”…but just as it is written,
“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. … For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-13,16

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Just this morning this thought came to light a little more to me. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and are given the Holy Spirit we are to have renewed minds, the mind of Christ, as His Spirit instructs and teaches us in all things!

March snow in Kansas

Whew! What weather changes we have here in Kansas! It is common knowledge in our family and many others in the farming community that we typically have “Easter” and “Blackberry” storms and it seems we had a good sized Easter storm this year! Most years if you watch the weather patterns there is usually a cold front and some kind of precipitation within a week on either side of Easter. Also, right around the time wild blackberries are blooming there will be another front of some kind move in. This year held true once again and we received a cold front which has now dropped our lows back into the 20’s and highs for a few days in the 30’s! Quite interesting when I was beginning to get used to the beautiful spring weather! This front also dumped about 3-4″ of beautiful snow blanketing all the browns and protecting the young green shoots emerging everywhere now. It was quite cool doing chores in it though as the wind was howling and driving the fine snow hard. We had snow whipping in everywhere there was crack!

Quiche ingredientsNo matter the weather the spinach and green onions are safe inside the hoop houses and are ready to harvest. I’ll be harvesting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 26.

Spinach: $4.00 per lb. or $3.50 per lb. for 5+ lbs.
Green onions: $1 per 1/4 lb., $3 for 1 lb. or if you buy 5+ lbs. patch run (minimal or no cleaning done) they are $1.25 per lb.
Eggs: $3.00/dozen
• Our harvest days are Tuesday and Friday.
• Please place your pre-order by 11:00 pm the evening prior to harvest day.
• Pick up will be anytime after 4:00 pm on harvest days.
Maybe a savory spinach quiche is in your future?! 🙂

small hoophouse

Praise the Lord! This past week I completed the 4′ addition on the little hoop house and was blessed with a calm evening to put the plastic on. The north end is nearly completed now. Next, I need to replace the plastic on the south end to completely finish it.

The same day of the little hoop house’s covering we were able to plant about 1/3 of our potatoes! After quite a bit of tinkering, the ridger/hiller I made from old cultivators and disc hillers was finally ready for a trial run. The seed potatoes had come in the same day so G-Jean, Granddad and a volunteer cut up 125 lbs. in preparation while I finished making adjustments to the ridger.

preparing seed potatoes

After plowing off a couple of furrows, we soon had Graddad and our volunteer planting the furrow.

Shortly afterwards G-Jean and I hooked on to the ridger and were ready to try it out. The first row went well, but the ridger was not cooperating well on the second and third row. Lord willing before we plant our second planting I’ll have some more modifications done to the ridger to help it work better.

planting potatoes

Mom and Dad made a trip down to Tulsa with some of the international students to visit the mall and aquarium. They were able to meet up with one of students who has already graduated from CCC and has moved down to Tulsa for work and schooling. Sounded like they had a good time!

international students at OK Aquarium

May you have a blessed week!
Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell Crew