Happy New Year!!

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Happy New Year!

This year is a big year for us…our son will be graduating high school. sigh. The picture of him in the peanuts was taken in 2001 at 3 years old; the current picture is part of his senior casual portraits taken this fall before cotton harvest at 17 years of age. Wow, time flies quickly!

This time of year, we are working on equipment, cleaning up around fields, taxes, etc. You know, all the work that has to wait when harvest is going on.

We will be making sausage again soon. We are taking pre-orders by emailing us at orders@oliverproduce.com.

Also, I had my first call for 2016 sweet corn last week! So, the pre-order list has started for our summer produce. Orders@oliverproduce.com with your name, phone number, product and quantity are appreciated. We will keep you up to date with happens as we begin 2016.

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Thanksgiving goodies

12239222_1001013069959387_8899637713243718760_oWe will be at the farm for pickup Saturday 9-1pm; Monday – Wednesday 9am-6pm. Collards are $2 head or $1.50 pound by the leaf. Sausage $20 for 5 pounds/gallon bag or $5 a pound/quart bag.

We are currently picking collards and kale. Cabbages are coming along nicely but are limited for Thanksgiving. I can’t stress enough – they are CLEAN, dirt free! We grow on the black plastic beds that strawberries were on last spring. Clean and tasty, what more can you ask for? lol

We have made sausage to have for new customers/drivebyers Saturday. We will be making again Saturday afternoon for those who have pre-ordered so everyone, and then some, should have sausage for Thanksgiving.

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Frost on the collards!

We have had such a warm fall that this morning is our first frost – just in time for Thanksgiving!!
If you have:
1.Expressed interest, but not given me quantity.
2. Emailed us already and said you want them but haven’t expressed an exact date – please email us atorders@oliverproduce.com to let us know when you would like to pick up.
3. Waiting for frost to order!
This week we will cut in the morning and have for pickup anytime at our house. Saturday, Monday-Wednesday week of Thanksgiving we will be at the farm – hours to come.
Prices: $2 head or $1.50 pound for leaves.
We are planning on having sausage available when we are at the farm next week. If you want to reserve yours, 5lbs/gallon bag is $20 or 1lb/quart bag is $5.
Thank you
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Fall is here! Taking orders….

Happy Fall!
I want to give an update to what is currently happening on the farm and a reminder that if you are on facebook, remember to LIKE our page at Oliver Farms Produce – Smithfield, VA for up to the minute details. Also, if you are interested in any of the produce below, respond to orders@oliverproduce.com with interest and I will put you on the list to call/email when ready.
FALL CROPS
Collards/Broccoli/Cabbage/Kale
Planted a few weeks ago, they can be seen growing next to the barn yard. Ready for your Thanksgiving and Christmas table, we will let you know once we begin picking. If you have a specific date, please include that in the order.
New this year, kale. Last year I made kale chips and someone sent me a recipe for soup!
Sausage
For those new to Oliver Farms, Jimmy and I have a personal venture of making pork patty 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.

With a busy fall harvest schedule, we don’t know exact dates of making until a couple days ahead of when we do it! Rainy days or breaks between crops give us the time and opportunity to make so I keep a running list on this as well.  Sending us an email now puts you on the list to call/email when we make.

Questions? Please email me news@oliverproduce.com. To pre-order please send name, phone number and quantity to orders@oliverproduce.com If you have a specific date which you’d like produce once we begin picking, please let us know.
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Thank you!!

Thank you for your support of our summer produce that has now come to an end for 2015.

Soon, we will begin planting of our fall crops: collards, broccoli, and cabbage. They should be ready mid-November; we are taking pre-orders at orders@oliverproduce.com

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CROWDER PEAS ARE READY!!!

Crowder/field peas are ready. We are shelling today and next week for pickup. Please call 255-4563 or email us at orders@oliverproduce.com 1 pound/quart for $5 or 5 pounds/gallon for $23.

If you haven’t ever had them, they are a great “one pot meal”. We cook our with onions and smoked meat. Others throw in tomatoes, snaps, etc. They are a hearty, filling vegetable.

Butterbeans and sweet corn still to come. While the crowders loved the weather we have had, butterbeans are in a holding pattern!

Share this news with your friends. Crowders are a short time crop so you don’t want to miss them!!

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Butterbeans, crowder peas and corn

They  are loving this weather. You still have time to pre-order. Send an email to orders@oliverproduce.com with item, quantity and best phone number to reach you.

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