-Jay and Phyllis with their Nubian milking goats.
We started in the early 80's when we raised goats, chicken, and strawberries. During the next few years, we slowly worked our way out of the chickens and goats. We had started selling excess vegetables at the end of our driveway in the late 80′s. We added fresh corn from a local farm soon after.
Now we drive off Cape every day as soon as the sweet corn is available, usually sometime between early July and keep trucking until the end of October.
In 2003 we put up our first large greenhouse to grow hanging baskets, potted plants, and flats. Since then we have added to that greenhouse and added two more to expand our early season offerings.
Tomatoes plants in March are small but grow fast.
What makes it fun?
Our three inch tomatoes plants arrive in early March. We put these plants into their one and a half gallon pot and hook them up with an individual fertilizer/water spike. They receive water/fertilizer. six times a day by use of a timer. As the plants continue to grow they are attached to a long string with a vine clip. This lets us support the plant without constricting the stem. We sucker the plants as we only want the main stem to produce tomatoes. As the plants grow tall we un-spool the string and lower the plant so that the stem closest to the ground, trails on the ground and the top of the plant ‘moves’ down the greenhouse as the tomahook is replaced on the wire assembly that is overhead of the tomato plants. Dropping the plants is a big project but it keeps the most productive part of the plant within easy reach. As the leaves get old and spotted, we systematically remove them. This is called shedding and it improves air circulation. We had our first ripe tomatoes on the first of July this past year.