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We have been busy the last three weeks. Just look at the items we have seeded. We will be seeding more vegetables and pe...
02/13/2022

We have been busy the last three weeks. Just look at the items we have seeded. We will be seeding more vegetables and perennials today. Some of those items seeded will be taken out into the greenhouse once we run out of room in the basement. Now the waiting begins. Once the weather begins to warm a bit more we will start planting in the hoop houses. That could be this week.

Another update as we continue to advance towards the growing season. The pictures are of our hoop houses as we prepare f...
01/22/2022

Another update as we continue to advance towards the growing season. The pictures are of our hoop houses as we prepare for the planting season. I am mounding the soil because mounded soil is easier to maintain and plant. I am guessing that we will begin planting some of our cool season crops in the next couple of weeks. We have everything purchased that we need to begin the season, along with some new items. However, we do have a few seed packets that were placed on back order. The seed packets should arrive with in the next couple of weeks. We do have a few items planted into flats in the basement. Those vegetables and herbs are just loving the heat and the light. I guess it is time for me to end my post because we are working on creating signs for the new season. Stay warm!

We hope that everyone had a jolly Christmas and a bubbly New Year. Here on the farm we are starting to prepare for the u...
01/02/2022

We hope that everyone had a jolly Christmas and a bubbly New Year. Here on the farm we are starting to prepare for the up coming season. Actually we started in November because of the supply chain issues. Last week we made a trip to a smalltown near Grissom Air Force Base to pick up some supplies that we will use this summer. We also made a trip to Indianapolis to pick up some seedling mix and pots for plants. We were unable to find these supplies nearby. We needed the seedling mix because Susie is getting ready to start seeding some vegetables for the market. I have been working the last two weeks on getting the hoop houses and beds ready for planting. I have also been working on cleaning up the barns and picking up tomato cages. I should have had this done a month ago, but with all the rain we have had it slowed my progress. I bet one of those tomatoes would taste good today. I guess you will have to wait.

The season is coming to a close for us. We planted our last crop, garlic, this week. We were happy that we were able to ...
11/12/2021

The season is coming to a close for us. We planted our last crop, garlic, this week. We were happy that we were able to get it planted. We have all the fields cover cropped with at least six different types of cover crops. These cover crops range from Ground Hog Radishes, kale, turnips, and a few types of grasses. This will be our last market. We will be at the YLNI Winter Market located at the Aunt Millie's Bakery on Pearl Street. We will be taking five varieties of sweet potatoes, along with 15 varieties of potatoes. Some of these varieties will store longer into the winter months. We will also have garlic, onions, and quite a few varieties of winter squash. Hope to see you there!

WOW!!! Can you believe it. We are actually putting up a post. Yes, we are still selling at theYLNI Farmers' Market. We a...
10/08/2021

WOW!!! Can you believe it. We are actually putting up a post. Yes, we are still selling at theYLNI Farmers' Market. We are no longer located by the History Center. The market has moved indoors to the old Perfection Bakery building.Tomorrow we will have potatoes, fingerling potatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, all of which can be easily frozen for farm fresh flavor over the dark, dreary, winter months. We also have sweet potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, along with our winter squash. It just so happens that we are taking some of last of our varieties of winter squash. We can not forget that fall is the time to plant. So we will also have some perennial mints along with a few perennial flowers. Hope to see you at the market!

It is Friday! That means it is time for the YLNI Farmers' Market. Hope to see you there. Oh, I forgot to post what we wi...
08/14/2021

It is Friday! That means it is time for the YLNI Farmers' Market. Hope to see you there. Oh, I forgot to post what we will have. We will have perennials, herb plants, and vegetables. Veggie list: onions, summer squash, sweet peppers, hot peppers (43 varieties, some 400 times hotter than a jalapeño), okra, shallots. and heirloom tomatoes.

This is going to be a fast post because 4:30 in the morning comes pretty fast. We will be at the YLNI Farmers' Market to...
08/07/2021

This is going to be a fast post because 4:30 in the morning comes pretty fast. We will be at the YLNI Farmers' Market tomorrow, rain or shine. We will have a variety of vegetables, perennials, and some herbs. Okay, well will have heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, onions, potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, garlic, cucumbers, and okra We will also have a variety of perennials such as hibiscus, phlox, cone flowers, and more. The pictures are of our hot peppers. The one I am holding is called, Yellow Moruga Scorpion. I could retire if I had the Scoville heat units in one dollar bills. It is a hot one!

I know it has been awhile since we have created a post. It illustrates how the year has gone for us- busy as bees. I am ...
07/30/2021

I know it has been awhile since we have created a post. It illustrates how the year has gone for us- busy as bees. I am posting to let our customers know that we will have heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers (70 varieties, not all of them are ready now, but we do have a lot), carrots, beans (2 varieties), cabbage, garlic, potatoes, cucumbers, celery, onions, summer squash, and okra. We will also have perennial plants. Hope to see you Saturday at the farmers market.

Well it is time to unleash the Wild West Weekly here at Naturally Homegrown Farm. It is finally Saturday, and that means...
06/05/2021

Well it is time to unleash the Wild West Weekly here at Naturally Homegrown Farm. It is finally Saturday, and that means it is time for The YLNI Farmers" Market. So hitch up the buck wagon and head to town. You might want to be early before it starts to feel like Death Valley Days. I guess it is time for me to quit jawin' and get down to business. We will have carrots, 4 types of beets, green onions, broccolini, kohlrabi, cabbage, green garlic, and turnips. We will also have our basils, mints, and many other types of herbs to meet all your culinary needs. I must also add that we will have with us some unusual perennials along wtih some common perennials. Just look at some of the pictures I added that is showing our perennial flower bed. Just think of the flower beds you could create. Your neighbors would be envious. Maybe it would start a flower revolution. Just think how beautiful your neighborhood could be! FLOWER POWER!!! One last thought. I bet you did not realize that a perennial could be used as a pillow. (Picture number three)

I am back! School is over for the summer which gives me more time to work on my facebook posts. I am working on a theme ...
05/28/2021

I am back! School is over for the summer which gives me more time to work on my facebook posts. I am working on a theme for the summer. Maybe next week you will see our theme. If you have been in our booth this year you would have seen some clues to our theme. This week we will have some gourmet veggies. Our famous broccolini! We will also bring an enormous variety of perennials which are exclusive to NATURALLY HOMEGROWN FARM. We will have some perennials in 41/2 inch pots and gallon pots. I cannot forget our vast assortment of herbs ranging from 20+ different basils, mints, and other herbs.
Our veggie list grew this week. We will have of course our famous broccolini, green garlic, green onions, 4 types of beets, kohlrabi, cabbage, turnips, spinach, and radishes. Hope to see you on Saturday! The first pictures is before setup. The next two pictures is after set up. The last one shows the broccolini harvest.

I think my creativity has left me. I am unable to think of anything to type in. Wow! I am at a loss for words. So let me...
05/08/2021

I think my creativity has left me. I am unable to think of anything to type in. Wow! I am at a loss for words. So let me say that we will have some vegetables, herbs, and perennials tomorrow at the YLNI Farmers' Market. We will have some peppers this week. We are not sure how they will respond to the cold. We know that the eggplant did not like it last week. So we will not be bringing any eggplant. We will also not have any basils. It is just too cold. Maybe one day it will warm up so we can take everything to the market. Susie is tired of covering plants at night. It seems like this has become the norm.

Got my mojo working this spring because starting tomorrow it is the start of market season. We prefer to think of it as ...
04/30/2021

Got my mojo working this spring because starting tomorrow it is the start of market season. We prefer to think of it as tomato season. You see we have been reeling' and rocking' all winter long. So if you have no particular place to go, just maybe you might head on down to the YLNI Farmers' Market. We will have herbs: mints, oregano, thyme, basils, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, chives, and catnip for those cat lovers, too many more to name. We will also have our Black and Blue Salvia and violas. We will also have perennials. Too many to list, because I cannot type very fast. We will have some tomatoes plants and egg plants. Finally, we will have some vegetables: radishes, lettuce, asparagus, and rhubarb. Hopefully, next week we will have some of the other vegetables. The pictures show what we have for the season, so far. The potatoes are also coming up.

There is less than one week before the markets start up outside. We are very busy preparing for the market. We are plant...
04/25/2021

There is less than one week before the markets start up outside. We are very busy preparing for the market. We are planting and covering items to protect them from the cold. Then we have a four plus inch snowfall. That is Indiana weather in the spring. We planted some of the potatoes last Sunday. We received our last shipment on Tuesday during the snow. The picture of the ice cream cone is the reward I received for planting the potatoes last Sunday. We should have a post on Thursday or Friday of the items we will have at the market on Saturday.

Another week has passed. Now there is less than three weeks until the first YLNI Farmers' Market. Last week one could no...
04/11/2021

Another week has passed. Now there is less than three weeks until the first YLNI Farmers' Market. Last week one could not complain about the weather. It was gorgeous for some of us that are finishing spring break. We did manage to get a lot of items checked off our list of the three P's (planting, potting, and pulling weeds). We have everything weeded. We have tomato plants that are starting to flower. A lot of the cool season crops are planted. We will finish potting everything today that we intend to take to the market for the first few weeks. We hope the great weather continues. It is really helping the plants grow. The vegetables, herbs, and perennials really look good. As you can see in the picture the garlic looks good.

We do not have much to say or pictures to show this week. We were busy protecting what we have planted and potted from t...
04/04/2021

We do not have much to say or pictures to show this week. We were busy protecting what we have planted and potted from the cold. We reached a low of 19 on Friday, April 2nd and everything survived. The weather is going to be nice this week which means we will be busy all week planting and potting. The picture this week is showing the hoop house. We covered everything with frost blankets to help keep the vegetables and plants alive during those cold nights. The green house looked the same because we covered everything in there, too. Have a Happy Easter!

It has been awhile since I have made a post. I know that making a post every week was my New Years resolution. I started...
03/28/2021

It has been awhile since I have made a post. I know that making a post every week was my New Years resolution. I started out pretty well and then I realized I did not want to be the exception that kept their New Years resolution. Actually we have been busy seeding, potting, and planting. One hoop house is full of cool season vegetables and all the perennials and herbs that we have potted. We have over two thousand items potted into four and half inch pots and one gallon pots.

As the sun shines we are getting busier as the days get longer. We did not post last week because I did not have anythin...
03/07/2021

As the sun shines we are getting busier as the days get longer. We did not post last week because I did not have anything to talk about. Last week we moved some of the plants out to the green house so we would have more room to start more items. We also picked up 3 pallets of planting mix and unloaded the truck by hand. This week we are planning on working in the hoop houses. We are also starting to repot some of the plants in 41/2 pots Got to go, too much work to do! We have to make hay while the sunshines.

Not much to cover today. So far I have kept my News Year's resolution- posting almost every week on Facebook. I really d...
02/21/2021

Not much to cover today. So far I have kept my News Year's resolution- posting almost every week on Facebook. I really do not have much to cover this week. I have finished all the new signs for everything we will sell at the market. The signs are even printed. Wow! We are going to grow a lot of varieties this year. I guess one of these days I will have to count each item that we grow. Today, I thought I would talk about garlic, onions, and shallots. I know that the garlic is loving the cold weather we are having. This weather should help improve the flavor. The types of garlic that we grow needs the colder weather. This cold improves the garlic. It gives the garlic a stronger garlic flavor. We have 28 varieties of garlic. We will have 9 different varieties of onions. We are still eating onions left from last year. We will be growing 2 varieties of shallots. That is all for this week. Maybe I will cover herbs next week.

I hope everyone is staying warm today. Because you can see that I am hot out here in the greenhouse. The thermometer is ...
02/14/2021

I hope everyone is staying warm today. Because you can see that I am hot out here in the greenhouse. The thermometer is reading over 90 and I have decided to work on my tan today. When the markets start I want to be tan, rested, and ready. Later today I will be working on signs for our perennials. We have about 88 different types of perennials this year. As of today we nave no more space for planting starter flats- the basement is full. We have been watching the weather and it looks like the weather is going to warm up a little. That means we can start moving some of the flats out to the greenhouse so we can start more. Next week I will start talking about the vegetables we plan on growing this year. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Blistered Shish*to peppers from Naturally Homegrown Farm, with some of Ruben's Yummy Yummy Sauce!!😎🔥
Starting to get produce from our friends at Naturally Homegrown Farm. Hoping to make some Hungarian cucumber salad (Uborkasalata) for the weekend.😍😎
Most of Rubens NEW hot sauces made from peppers we get from Allen counties own, Naturally Homegrown Farm
Just a little sample of all of the awesome peppers we got from Naturally Homegrown Farm
Pan roasted shish*to peppers with Rubens Yummy Yummy sauce. Get um quick, since local pepper season will be over before you know it. (Stop by and get some of the awesome variety of produce from Naturally Homegrown Farm Saturday YLNI Barr Street Market - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Some of the variety of peppers we've been getting at the YLNI Barr Street Market - Fort Wayne, Indiana from our friends at Naturally Homegrown Farm
Ruben is finding good uses for the hot peppers we have been getting from Naturally Homegrown Farm. He has made a red sauce and a green one. Ask for some for your vegan sandwiches, pizzas, or soups!!
Spring deliciousness from Naturally Homegrown Farm until 1pm today Saturday, May 30, at Historic Southside Farmers Market, 3300 Warsaw Street, 2 miles south of the Fort Wayne courthouse.