April is here!

A spoonful of sweetness!

Well the month is here but we are all patiently waiting for the warmth!
SUMMER CROPS:  Yesterday was nice so I took advantage of Easter Break to put my kids, with friends, to work planting seeds in trays. We planted squashes: spaghetti, yellow, zucchini, butternut; beets, jalapeno and cantaloupe. This morning, I hurried to the farm to move them to safer ground before the winds and storms come in later this afternoon.
Sweet corn, butterbeans and crowder peas will go in the ground once it warms up! 
STRAWBERRIES:  They are blooming nicely. We just need warmth and days of sunshine. I could hear the bees as I walked the field yesterday. Anticipate a May opening date.
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Wasn’t this weekend gorgeous!!

Spent the weekend getting up the old drip tape from last years strawberries AND starting BEETS from seed to have this summer!! Lots more seeds to plant too!

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It’s that time of year…

Ordering seed for the upcoming season. Cleaning debris from the strawberry field last week and this week while the temperatures are favorable.

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Currently on the farm….

Jimmy and I have a personal venture of making bulk pork sausage – this is separate from the farm. We have a Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspected and certified kitchen. The sausage comes to you looking like hamburger in 1 pound (quart bag) and 5 pounds (gallon bag) that you patty yourself. Not only for breakfast, many use it in meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, sausage balls, etc.
Please be mindful that the sausage is prepared from meat cut the day we grind and only has spices – NO preservatives. We take pride in making sausage the way the older generations did and kindly request you pick it up within 2 days of our phone call. It can be in your refrigerator for 5 days 37 degrees or below before freezing.
Taking orders for making. $20 5 pounds/gallon bag or $5 1 pound/quart bag. EMAIL ORDERS@OLIVERPRODUCE.COM with the BEST phone number and quantity you are looking to get.
SPRING-STRAWBERRIES:  Strawberry season will be here before we know it. We are you pick or we pick.
Currently, I am working on scheduling groups – albeit field trips for schools or church groups – for the upcoming season. If you know of someone that might be interested, please forward this or send me their contact information and I will get them the information. Before going in the field, I tell them about whats involved in strawberry production. Always nice to know where your food comes from!
VEGETABLES: Catalogs are arriving almost daily of goodies this summer.
SUMMER-Our talent lies in sweet corn, butterbeans and crowder peas but what other things might you be interested in? I’m listening.
Pre-order at orders@oliverproduce.com: since we sell out of butterbeans BEFORE we even harvest, I strongly recommend sending us an email early to get on the list. We keep a spreadsheet of your interest or amount you want of all our produce. When harvest begins, I contact customers on our spreadsheet before I send out emails or post to facebook. Early bird gets the goodies in this case!
FALL-Collards, cabbage, broccoli, kale, beets, brussel sprouts and a few other surprises.
Everything is picked fresh the day you want to pickup.
SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS: Being on our email lists, news@oliverproduce.com, gets you a heads up to our season. Our facebook: Oliver Farms Produce – Smithfield, VA  is another ways to know whats happening on the farm.
Hope to see you at the farm this year!
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Twas the week before Christmas…

Collards and cabbage are still available for your table or freezer.

Since we pick/cut the day you want for pickup, please contact us at orders@oliverproduce.com OR text/call 757-255-4563 and we will contact you for pickup.

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Produce open Tuesday 10am-

I will be at the farm Tuesday at 10am; Saturday hours to be announced later. We will be picking:

Collards – by the leaf. (plastic grocery bag full or larger amounts in trash bags)
Hanover salad and kale
Brussell sprouts are ready too!
Taking orders for making sausage again before Christmas. $20 gallon bag/5lbs or $5 quart bag/1lb. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL- we will also be making a hot batch in addition to our regular. So please specify which you would like.
Please keep in mind, I pick when you want to pickup so if you would like Tuesday Dec. 12 please give me a heads up or perhaps be prepared to wait while I pick upon your arrival. You can place your order either by email at orders@oliverproduce.com or by text/call 757-255-4563.
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With a few weeks before Christmas, we are trying to plan…. Please read in its entirety.
No set hours for now but we will gladly pick/cut for THE day you request pickup.
Collard leaves are $1.50 pound-we can pick plastic grocery bag full and upwards of trash bags for the collard lover or Christmas parties!
Cabbage: .75 cents a pound; the sizes are usually $3-$5.
Kale or Hanover Salad: $2 pound or plastic grocery bag for $5.
We will be making several times over the next couple weeks. Same price as years past: a gallon bag/5lbs for $20 or quart bag/1lb for $5.
We will be making our regular recipe but will also be making a special batch of hot. In ordering, please put in the subject line HOT if that is what you want; otherwise, we will make regular for you. (If you have already ordered from a previous email and wish to have hot, send another email and let me know if you prefer the hot).
2. INCLUDE INFO: Let me know quantity and the best phone number to contact you.
Orders can be placed in one of two methods:
Email-orders@oliverproduce.com OR text/call 757-255-4563. Please include name, product and best phone number to contact you.
Please share the news with family and friends as we keep growing thanks to friends like you! To get the latest news sign up for emails at news@oliverproduce.com with name, city and best phone number to contact you when orders are ready for pickup.
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