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Posted 10/18/2010 7:27am by Gayle Ganser.

Our fall fest and open gate tour were a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came out. We know everyone enjoyed themselves. We are very tired today. These events take alot of work and prep. Thanks to my great employees present and past who worked their tails off all day. We had about 800 people in our small place. It was crazy but lots of fun. The bluegrass duo did a fabulous job, the kids had a ball dancing to the music. Vyncrest Winey's wine tasting was also a hit. Everyone specially enjoyed their Autmn Gold. You have to go there and get some. Its delicious. Thanks to Jaime for manning that stand along with Klein Farms delicious homemade cheeses and dips. We will be re-stocking at the end of this week. So stop on in and get some if you missed it this weekend. Stacy from "Ol Schoolhouse Bakery(our great baked good lady) had yummy apple dumplings, pies, pumpkin rolls.  Everyone who got some of those are enjoying them for breakfast this morning. Thanks for coming Stacey! New this year was Way Har Farms pumpkin ice ceam. Sarah was our premier dipper and people loved it. Delicious!!! Sarah is probably still sticky today, Thanks Sarah!!  We had lots of food tasting inside. Local apples, apple cider, our own homemade salsa and chips, vegetable dill dip, and our homemade peseves. It was had to keep the tastings full. Everyone enjoyed this! One of our most unique features and yesterday's  busiest was the "Make Your Own Caramel Apples".  Thank you to my dear friend Audrey Merkel(Strawberry Hill) for manning this stand again this year. Audrey did not have much time to breathe, but she handled it superbly, probably won't want to look at caramel for a long time!  Everyone should check out Audrey and Niel's farm in June. Pick your own delicous strawberries. I can't forget Neil who loaned us his big canopy, but also had to set it up and take it down. Thank you Neil!!  We almost forgot we had a face painter in the greenhouse, since we didn't see her all day. Jesse must have painted hundreds of arms, faces, foreheads, some more than once. Thanks Jesse, you did a great job. The kids loved both face painting and pumpkin painting. Next year we'll have to get you some help! Of course fresh produce is what we are all about and it was a challenge to keep the displays full. Thanks to my wonderful daughter who kept it under control. Probably the biggest challenge was making her way thorugh the crowd. Thanks honey, couldn't have done it without you! We figured about 400 cars came and went in our small parking lot yesterday and thanks to one of my newer employees Alex for doing a great job parking all those people. Thanks Alex! The line at the register was always very long! Anyone who has ever worked retail knows how demanding that can be. My two "register girls" never waivered. They were as nice and patient with the last customer as they were the first. Thanks Debi and Kaitlyn. I don't know how you did it all day!! I guess Tuesday will come around too fast! Of course I can't forget Steve. He was our PR man. He was actually hoarse by the end of the day. He doesn't get off the farm much and made good use of his time yesterday. Thank you Steve!!  Thanks too to Tina, who was drinking a margurita on the beach in Mexico during all this, but who of course keeps me straight, and organized us all week before her departure for vacation. We did comment how she didn't know what she was missing during all the craziness(or did she?) Thanks everyone, look forward to another great one next year!!!

Posted 10/13/2010 5:50pm by Gayle Ganser.

Don't miss our second anuual fall fest on Sunday Oct. 17th 1pm till 5pm. Check out all the info under our events page. We are at our peak with pumpkins, gourds, and mums. Steve has out done himself this year. The mums are gorgeous. Lots of beautiful colors.  We also have a great selection of local apples. Honey Crisp, macintosh, jonathan, stayman winesap, golden delicious, rome, empire and I may have missed a few. We are still picking our own tomatoes, green and yellow beans, all colors of peppers, red beets, leeks, green and gold zucchini, and we still have sweet corn. Come in and check everything out. We are still in strong produce mode. Hope to see you soon!

Posted 6/28/2010 11:36am by Gayle Ganser.

Don't miss our annual Three Day Only Perennial Sale. July 2nd, 3rd and 4th only!  Great selection of ready to plant perennials for the sun or shade garden. Quart size, two quart and gallons all on sale. Hydrangeas, hibiscus, peonys, hostas, ferns, and more. We are tired of watering. Please help us out. Come get some great plants at really great prices. See you this week.

Posted 6/9/2010 5:44pm by Gayle Ganser.

I have to apologize for my lack of entries through May. It seems as soon as May hit we went wild at the market. Its a great predicament to be in but alas my new website has suffered with few if any updates and blogs. So what has happened over the past month? Plant season has been and continues to be a great succcess. We have been very busy, people have been very happy with their choices and selections. I think I have single handedly designed several hundred containers and gardens for my customers. This is a service we have grown into over the years and love. It is so much fun to create new designs. We grew so many neat things this year it makes it easy to come up with new and creative ideas. Our selection is still great, although we are out of certain varieites. Herbs were a big hit this season. It is the first time I have ever sold out of all my culinary thymes and sages. I guess people have discovered our wonderful selection. We'll have to grow more in 2011.

Major transformations have occured here at the farm through May. We have gone from bare, covercropped fields to beautifully planted rows of lettuce, spinach, beets, tomatoes, peppers, melons, squashes, peas, beans and more!!! Steve and the crew have been very busy. With the nice weather they have been in the fields every day. Thankfully today we received a nice steady rainfall. Steve has also finished planting our quarter aacre cutflower bed. In a few weeks I will be cutting zinnias, snaps, ageratum and the like for fresh bouquets at the store. We have also been picking asaparagus the entire month, we will finish up this week. Strawberries have been deeeelicious. It was lots of work covering through the frosty nights in May but well worth it. They are as sweet as sugar. So much to come in yet. Once it starts it seems to snowball. We look forward to every new crop to be harvested.

Will try to keep up more frequently. Hope to see you all in the market sometime soon.

Posted 5/2/2010 6:40pm by Gayle Ganser.

It's hard to believe its already Mother's Day week. When we start to plant in the greenhouses in February everything is geared for Mother's Day. Hanging baskets are going to be beautiful. I will be bringing them to the store this week. We have fuschias, petunias, calibrochoas, begonias, impatiens and so many more. We have great gifts for mom. Herb baskets and gift certificates. Let's pray the weather holds out.

The farm is coming along. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the greenhouses that we tend to forget about the farm. Right now we are picking wonderful asparagus everyday and rhubarb several times a week. THis past week we spent to nights covering the new strawberries which are in full bloom since we had frost warnings, Tuesday and Wendesday. No damage and they look beautiful, as long as the deer don't discover them. The PA sweet onions are looking good as well as the spinach and lettuces.

Steve just plowed for my cut flower bed. Our cut flower selection during the summer is unsurpassed. Its a must to stop in and take a bouquet home for yourself or your sweetheart!!! We usually start cutting sometime in June and then continue till frost.

Happy Mother's Day to all our mothers. Hope to see all of you soon at the store.

Posted 4/26/2010 11:40am by Gayle Ganser.

We are now in our third week of the 2010 season at the market. It has been up and down with the weather. Some days are beautiful and busy others are dreary and slow. We are hoping for the weather to break and stay nice so we can bring in more annuals and tender herbs and vegetable plants. The tables are filling very quickly with perennials, herbs, hardy annuals and cole crops. Early tomatoe varieties are in, plus geraniums and some tender annuals. This week we will really start to fill up in anticipation of Mothers' Day, May 9th. Look forward to seeing some great new things in all categories. Everything is looking beautiful!!  Our asparagus is coming in much stronger and soon we will have some local lettuce, spinach and scallions. You have to check out our new pottery. This years theme...COLOR. They are greeat, bright oranges, pinks, greens, blues and yellows. Lots of fun for the garden. Hope to see lots more of all of you soon.

Posted 4/19/2010 6:52am by Gayle Ganser.

Opening week at our market was lots of fun. Multiple reunions with customers always a joy to see everyone. Overwintered perennial sale a big hit. We will continue to keep these plants on sale but we are going to start bringing in new stock. So for all of you interested in lavenders, thymes and the like, I will have more in by this weekend.

We are just waiting for the weather to break for good to start filling the whole sales yard. Many people have called about tomatoe plants. We grow around 45 to 50 varieties, including many heirlooms. I will try to post these on the site so you can research them before you buy. Presently we have lettuces, broccoli, caulifower, red and green cabbage, kale and parsley.

We've cut a bit of asparagus. Congrats to the few customers who had the joy of getting it. In time we will be picking plenty and offering it at the store. Again, spring is a time for patience.

Also received the new pottery order on Friday and got most of it out on the shelves. Some great new items. New thing for gardens this year, Hot colors. Wait till you see them. Bright oranges, yellows and greens. Really cool.Great ideas for admin assistant gifts and Mothers' Day.

Hope to see more of you at the store as the weeks progress.  We have beautiful things just waiting to come in. And lots of goodies already there.

Posted 4/10/2010 5:42pm by Gayle Ganser.

What an interesting day. We hosted a  county extension new farmer workshop at the farm today. Eighteeen new or want to be farmers convened at the farm to learn about greenhouse management and seed starting and transplanting. Everyone was great and  I believe we all learned something from the hands on workshop. Tianna Dupont from extension ran the class which started at the Lehigh County Ag office in the morning and then finished at our farm. When everyone arrived they first enjoyed their packed lunches in our backyard amid all the cats, curious dog and my cute Donkey Noah. Then it was on to the workshop. Steve first started with grenhouse management. The hows and whys of or greenhouse structures. Tianna then did a session on making your own soil mixes which was very interesting, since we buy our mix. She also showed them how to make soil blocks for starting your seed in. These were very interesting and something I was not familiar with. Next we split the group and  Steve covered seeding techniques with Tianna while I went over transplanting. Everyone had a hand in it and I think we all had fun while learniing some new things.Although we are a bit tired, it was a great day. We love being able to help other people who have an interest in agriculture. We hope all who attended enjoyed the experience as much as us. Thanks Tianna for asking us!!

Posted 4/8/2010 5:20pm by Gayle Ganser.

Spring Oh Glorious Spring, happy you are here. Although the temperature seems more like summer, the signs of spring are all around us; red winged blackbirds, robins, spring peepers, toads in the pond. Of course other signs of the season can't be missed either, plowing the fields, transplanting tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse and re-opening for the season at the market. I always wonder if it is truly worth closing at Christmas only to re-open in April. The amount of work to clean, restock, schedule and organize seems overwhelming at times.Although,  I guess I would miss cozy winter days by the coal stove. The past two weeks have been crazy busy.  The greenhouses are now virtually overfilled. We keep moving plants to and fro to make more room and also to harden them off(kind of hard when it is 70 degrees at night). Still planting more potted annuals for those beautiful summer containers we are all yearning to put together. Also transplanting perennial seedlings, and  boy have they grown with this heat. Have some great interesting varieties this year again. Some of the old and lots of the new. Vegetable plants are going to be great. Lots of new tomatoe  varieties, including some neat heirlooms. And of course our usual great selection of peppers, squashes, melons, eggplants and more. We will have lettuces and cabbages for opening week. More will follow as we near the frost free date. 

Please stop in next week. We open Tuesday the 13th. Again we start with our overwintered perennial sale. All of last years varieties offered at last years prices. Great affordable way to build your perennial selection. Also pansies, primrose, mountain pinks, and much more. We will be serving up goodies on Saturday and Sunday(17&18) to welcome everyone back. Look forward to seeing familiar and new faces!                       

Posted 3/22/2010 11:56am by Gayle Ganser.

Early spring is a busy time at Eagle Point. We have recently opened up all four greenhouses. That also means heating all four greenhouses. Luckily this past week has been warm and sunny and heating has been minimal. However, we are now entering a cooling trend and the heaters will be running again. Such is March. Seeds, plugs, cuttings and bare root stock started arriving early February. We delayed starting till the first of March to conserve on heat. Now we are full swing. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the houses fill up. You start with one tray and before you know it there isn't any room to even walk. This past weekend we finished planting up bare root stock. These are the larger items such as, bleeding hearts, sidalcea, verbascum and the like. We also planted two varieties of Tree Peonies, red and a red/white bi-color. Should be beautiful. This year we are also trying Banana plants for bold accents. They are very small now, hopefully in a couple of months they will be big and beautiful to put in your containers. Steve is also finishing transplanting of the marigolds. Always a big seller, marigolds give you your money's worth in the garden. Tomatoes and peppers are on their way. Little transplants will soon be ready for the garden. Fieldwork has started too. Yesterday Steve tilled for the onions. They should be arriving anyday to be planted. Everyone will be surprised to see a new color pallette at the market. Steve and Mark worked extra hard to paint the interior walls to match our color scheme of yellow, barn red and light green. It looks great. Bright, sunny and fresh!! Too much to be done at this time of year: the market, farm and greenhouses all biding for our limited time. This is what makes life fun and interesting. I am very grateful I have the stamina to get it all done. Although Steve and I do fall asleep very early these days!!! Its either lots of hard work or old age!! Its now back to the greenhouse, the soil and planting.