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  • Post #301 - August 16th, 2020, 4:05 am
    Post #301 - August 16th, 2020, 4:05 am Post #301 - August 16th, 2020, 4:05 am
    These don't sound close to the end-of-day deals First offered, but they are 3 options that I've identified as having the most affordable/best valued tomato prices.

    - Geneva Lakes (NE corner, in square): $2.50/lb regular, $3.50/lb heirloom. They're displayed in the small containers other vendors sell them by (same display as Nichols), but you tell them how many to grab. Visually, speaking of the regular variety, they're the least bright red and appealing (I buy for others, personally I like grape tomatoes).

    - Unknown Name (SW corner, in square): They didn't strike me as a stripped down version of someone who's been there for years, but I don't know that it's their first year. They sell regular, nicely colored at $6/box. The boxes avg just over 2 lbs per, containing 3 tomatoes if there's an extra large one in there, 4 if not. Very minimal line, you get a good look at the boxes and get to pick out which one you want. No deal for 2 boxes.

    - Berrien (University Pl. 2nd from the east): $3/lb displayed on their table, the best looking and uniformly sized of the 3 I list. You can try to tell them which ones you want, but it's unnecessary. The guy helping me today inspected each one for a second without my asking, and even put one down for a minor blemish. 3 large ones were 2 lbs.
  • Post #302 - August 20th, 2020, 11:17 pm
    Post #302 - August 20th, 2020, 11:17 pm Post #302 - August 20th, 2020, 11:17 pm
    Hi- I just want to remind people that the Season's on Henrys Farm is still available to view on Gene Siskel's website, but I am not sure how much longer it is going to be up. https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/season ... henrysfarm When you go to the website, you can also click on their Facebook page, where you can access the Q & A session Henry did with the director last Sunday. It lasted about an hour.

    Somebody that posted on their last Sunday could not figure out why people would buy mediocre produce at the grocery store when they can get it from Henry. The problem is not everybody cooks, and lots of people do not know what to do with kale. Last week I noticed that there were a few large crowds of people in their 20's that were not social distancing. There used to be a lot more, but since they can not eat at the market, a lot of those people aren't there this summer. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #303 - August 21st, 2020, 5:49 pm
    Post #303 - August 21st, 2020, 5:49 pm Post #303 - August 21st, 2020, 5:49 pm
    Hi- I just got Henry's email about what he is bringing to market tomorrow. He is finally bringing more lettuce, and tons of tomatoes as well as kale, beets, zucchini, peppers, more Peter Wilcox potatoes, and lots of other stuff. His heirloom tomatoes are going to be $8 a quart if you let him pick them out, or $10 a quart if you want to pick them out. It is the same with lettuce. Lettuce is $3 a head if he picks it out, or $4 a head if you pick it out. He is also bringing roma tomatoes, slicers and cherry tomatoes, as well as some melons. The heirloom tomatoes I bought from Henry last week were wonderful.

    Henry's movie is still available at Gene Siskel for viewing, but not for long. The Zoom session he and the director did last Sunday is also still available on their website.

    Henry is also bringing some purple heirloom corn to the market tomorrow. It looks interesting. There is going to be lots of other corn at the market at 1ST Orchards, Nichols, and Geneva Lake Produce, and this might be the last week for red haven peaches. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #304 - August 21st, 2020, 9:44 pm
    Post #304 - August 21st, 2020, 9:44 pm Post #304 - August 21st, 2020, 9:44 pm
    I just found out that Henry is also bringing #2 heirloom tomatoes tomorrow for 1/2 price.

    I just checked my sisters Facebook page, and she is done with red haven peaches, but she is now picking Allstar peaches which are excellent. It is one of the varieties she has bred, and I am sure you will be able to find some Allstar at the farmer's market tomorrow.
  • Post #305 - August 27th, 2020, 11:20 pm
    Post #305 - August 27th, 2020, 11:20 pm Post #305 - August 27th, 2020, 11:20 pm
    Hi- I just got the email of what Henry is bringing to market this Saturday. He is going to have even more tomatoes than he did last week. He thinks he is going to have a tomato special this Saturday, but he is not sure yet what it is going to be. Henry is also going to bring a lot of melons too. When I got there last Saturday, he was out of melons. Hopefully he will have some when I get there this Saturday. His melons are always good, because he only picks them when they are ripe. I bought a watermelon from Nichols last Saturday that was not ripe enough. Henry is also going to have some baby greens, zucchini, peppers and lettuce.

    Everybody should be done picking red haven peaches, although there is at least one grower that comes to Evanston that mentions every week that his peaches are red haven when most of the time they are not. Once I bought some peaches from this gentleman, and the sign said red haven, and it was the middle of September, and I knew that they weren't red haven. I asked the gentleman who waited on me what kind of peaches they were, and he said red haven, and I told him that no way could they be red haven. The farmer came over, and I told him who I was, and he told me that they were my sister's Fayettes.

    There is a recall on a lot of California peaches, and so they are harder to find in the grocery stores, and most of the Michigan growers have a smaller crop than usual because they get hit by frost on May 9th. I normally get my peaches from K &K Farms, and I can often get #2 peaches for $3 from them, but when I got there last Saturday at 11:30, they were out of peaches already, and I had to buy them from somebody else. My sister that has the farm says that more people are canning this summer, and the demand for peaches exceeds her supply. She is going to limit sales of 1/2 bushels at her fruit stand for the rest of the peach season and mostly sell smaller quantities because she only has 50% of a peach crop, and she can't keep up with the demand.

    This is the last week to view the film about Henry's Farm on the Gene Siskel Film Center's website. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #306 - September 3rd, 2020, 11:01 pm
    Post #306 - September 3rd, 2020, 11:01 pm Post #306 - September 3rd, 2020, 11:01 pm
    Hi- There should still be some Michigan peaches at the market, but only for a few more weeks. Everybody has a smaller crop this year, and a lot more people are canning this summer, and so the demand is exceeding the supply. My Sister in Michigan had to quit selling 1/2 bushels of peaches last Saturday at her fruit stand. She sold 60 1/2 bushels of peaches in three hours. Blueberries are about over now too

    I know Jewel has sweet corn on sale right now for $.10 an ear, but the corn you get at the market is way better. I usually get my corn from 1st Orchards, but Nichols also has really good corn too, but it is more expensive. Also I have heard that Geneva Lakes Produce has good corn, but there is always a long line at their stall as well as Nichol's. I am waiting for Nichol's to mark down their red peppers really cheap. I buy a bunch and cut them up and freeze them.

    I just got the email from Henry, and he is bringing tons of stuff this week. He is finally bringing turnips this Saturday. I love his Japanese turnips. He is also finally bringing mesclun. I also love his mesclun. He will also have lots of lettuce, kale, potatoes and chois as well as more watermelon. He will have even more tomatoes than he had last week, and will be running a special. I just picked six pounds of tomatoes out of my garden today, and so I definitely do not need more tomatoes.

    Henry's film is still running on Gene Siskel's film center website, but not for long.

    I wish people at the market would be more conscious about social distancing. It seems like I have to dodge lots of people that are not aware of how close they are too me.
    Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #307 - September 4th, 2020, 6:51 pm
    Post #307 - September 4th, 2020, 6:51 pm Post #307 - September 4th, 2020, 6:51 pm
    I just got Henry's latest email, and he is running specials on heirloom tomatoes which are going to be $8 a quart or 2/$14, and Roma tomatoes which are going to be $6 a quart or 2/$10. He might have more tomatoes on special tomorrow. He will also have cucumbers on special, and he will have tons of watermelons and muskmelons tomorrow. The watermelon he is bringing up is a heirloom variety, and he has to save the seed for it every year because the seed is not available commercially. Last week I got charged $1.20 a pound for my little melons I got. Maybe this time I can get there in time for the larger muskmelons. Last week he also had lettuce $3 a head or 2/$5. Henry has too much to fit in his truck tomorrow, and so Terra is driving the pick up loaded with melons, and she is selling her book tomorrow and another book. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #308 - September 11th, 2020, 6:21 pm
    Post #308 - September 11th, 2020, 6:21 pm Post #308 - September 11th, 2020, 6:21 pm
    I just got the email about what Henry is bringing to the market tomorrow. He is bringing lots of greens, including five kinds of kale, chois, chard and lots of lettuce. He is also bringing Japanese turnips. I love them. Tomatoes are not on special this time. I think the glut of tomatoes is over since the hot weather is no longer here. He is also bringing some more melons, although not as many as he brought last week. Last week I did not get there until almost noon, and all he had left were a few baby melons out of a whole pickup load of melons. He is also bringing some green beans as well as some sweet corn. I don't see anything about Henry's documentary, and so I suspect it is not available for viewing any more. I did not get a chance to see it. It would be nice if they would put it on Amazon for viewing.

    This will probably be the last week to see very many peaches. When I got there last Saturday, everybody was out of peaches. I ended up getting a quart of #2 nectarines from Stovers for $4. Jon First also had a really good deal on his red peppers and eggplants. They were all 3/$1 by the time I got there, and the peppers were huge.

    Corn I suspect is winding down. It is supposed to rain tomorrow. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #309 - September 12th, 2020, 7:43 am
    Post #309 - September 12th, 2020, 7:43 am Post #309 - September 12th, 2020, 7:43 am
    Hi- I am glad I just checked my email. Henry's sister has sent two emails this morning. Last month while Henry was on his way to market. one of the tires on his truck shredded, and poked a whole in the bottom of his truck. When he got home, he decided to replace the tires on his truck. Last Saturday on his way to Evanston, he got a flat on one of his new tires. He replaced that tire. This morning at 4:00 when he was a half hour away from market, two of the tires on his truck fell off. He was able to safely pull off the expressway, and called to get some emergency help. He even sent them a picture of his truck, but the first tow trick was too small. The second one was large enough, but the wench broke when the driver was trying to connect it to Henry's truck. The third truck then came, and towed Henry's truck with all of its goodies to market. Do not come to market until at least 9:00, and preferably later. He is running a special on greens, 2/$5, and melons and tomatoes. If you buy 3 quarts of tomatoes, you get one for free. If you buy two melons you get one for free. The later you get there, the shorter the line will be.
  • Post #310 - September 12th, 2020, 9:43 am
    Post #310 - September 12th, 2020, 9:43 am Post #310 - September 12th, 2020, 9:43 am
    They were finally unloading his truck from the tow as I was leaving 20 minutes ago (ie. at 10.20am).

    It was raining the entire time I was there and difficult holding the umbrella and bag in the same hand every time I was paying or loading stuff into the bag. Another vendor in the row along University told me Henry was selling everything at discount, but I wanted to get the hell out of there more than the bargain.
  • Post #311 - September 12th, 2020, 12:17 pm
    Post #311 - September 12th, 2020, 12:17 pm Post #311 - September 12th, 2020, 12:17 pm
    I got there close to noon, and there was a long line for Henry's stand, and even the CSA. I asked if I could get a deal if I just bought two quarts of tomatoes, and she said I had to get 4 quarts to get the deal, and so I only got one quart. I also finally got a muskmelon from Henry, but I think I had to pay $7 for it. I did get some #2 peaches from K & K, and 2 pints of blueberries because the market was not as busy today. Jon First though is done with corn though, and so I had to buy some from Nichols. It was not raining while I was there.

    Henry's truck is sitting on a ramp connected to a semi. One of the farmers told me it is time for Henry to buy a new truck. His current truck runs on vegetable oil though, and maybe that is why he has not gotten one so far.
  • Post #312 - September 14th, 2020, 1:12 pm
    Post #312 - September 14th, 2020, 1:12 pm Post #312 - September 14th, 2020, 1:12 pm
    Hi- The flat bed tow truck that brought Henry's truck to market, took Henry and his truck home after market was open. Henry was going to continue to sell stuff there until he ran out or ran out of customers. He was there at least until 1:30, and I think he marked down his stuff some more after I left at 12:30, but I already spent $20.50 there, and I did not need anything else. BTW- I had to wait in line for close to 15 minutes before I got waited on, but the person who waited on me, after I paid with my debit card, asked me if I wanted her to email me a receipt. I did not know they did that. I turned her down, but this summer, the way Henry is set up, it is often hard to figure out how much he is charging. A lot of stuff like his lettuce and tomatoes, he charges the same price every week, but I bought a muskmelon from him on Saturday, and he charges $1.20 a pound for all of his melons, and I am not sure how much it weighed. Normally I would just weigh it myself, but this summer you can not do that. He also does not have a screen that you can see how much your bill it, and sometimes I have a hard time hearing how much I am being charged, or they don't tell me.

    For anybody that bought any of his watermelons on Saturday, Henry would like people to save some of the seeds from the melon, and wash them off and then dry them, and hand them to Henry next market. This is a variety that he cannot buy seed for anymore, and so he has to save seed every year.

    I noticed that since Henry was so late getting to market, that Talking Farm was almost sold out when I looked at their stand. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #313 - September 18th, 2020, 7:40 pm
    Post #313 - September 18th, 2020, 7:40 pm Post #313 - September 18th, 2020, 7:40 pm
    Hi- This is probably the last week you will see very many peaches. Henry got set up at 10:30 last week, and he thanks all of the people who helped him when he finally got to market. He was stuck on the Stevenson for five hours, before finally the fourth truck to show up was able to successfully haul him and his truck to market. The tow truck guy then helped Henry unload the truck and set up, and then helped him load the truck back up when he was done with the market, and then gave Henry and his truck a ride home.

    I had to wait in line for 15 minutes at Henry's last week, but I was finally able to get one of his muskmelons. Henry is bringing up the last of his melons tomorrow. He is having a special on beets. He has some giant beets he is bringing up tomorrow, and is charging $3 for them, but you can get an additional bunch of regular sized beets for an additional $2, and so 2/$5. Henry is also bringing up a fairly large supply of tomatoes too, but get them while you can. I am sure there won't be as many next week.

    Jon First was out of corn and peaches for the year, and so I had to buy my corn from Nichols which was not bad, but a few of the ears were a little too mature for me. Last Saturday was the first market where it rained this season, but they still had over 3,000 people show up. There is going to be lots of apples tomorrow. My Sister had her first week of upick apples last weekend, and yes it rained there on Saturday. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #314 - September 19th, 2020, 12:28 pm
    Post #314 - September 19th, 2020, 12:28 pm Post #314 - September 19th, 2020, 12:28 pm
    Hi- I got there too late for the peaches, but I did get some blueberries. I decided to make some potato leek soup this week, and I usually get my leeks at Nichols and I get my potatoes at either Nichols or Henry's. Henry did not have any potatoes today, and so I was forced to get potatoes at Nichols, but the yukon gold potatoes were already bagged up, and were $4 a pound, and the potatoes ended up costing me $10. Is there anybody there besides Henry that sells potatoes cheaper? I also got some garlic from Nichol's, and they were charging 4/$10. I love their garlic, but that is too much money, and their heirloom tomatoes were $5 a pound.

    BTW- Somebody left a negative review of the market on their Facebook page. Apparently the guy is dealing with cancer right now, and he had been going to the market every week, until the end of July when he was at Nichols stand, and this elderly customer there was not wearing her mask. This guy mentioned it to her that she was supposed to wear a mask. She then put her mask back on, but did not do it correctly. This cancer patient then decided he better social distance from her, and somebody at Nichol's asked him to move up in the line, and he told them why he was not, and the Nichol's employee thought the guy was nickpicking. The guy then decided that he was going to get out of line and not purchase anything from them. He then reported this customer to one of the city employees at the market, and they went to Nichol's stand, and asked Nichol's to deal with it instead of approaching the woman. He is not coming back to the market this season.
  • Post #315 - September 19th, 2020, 2:16 pm
    Post #315 - September 19th, 2020, 2:16 pm Post #315 - September 19th, 2020, 2:16 pm
    NFriday wrote:Henry did not have any potatoes today, and so I was forced to get potatoes at Nichols, but the yukon gold potatoes were already bagged up, and were $4 a pound, and the potatoes ended up costing me $10. Is there anybody there besides Henry that sells potatoes cheaper?
    I believe Geneva Lakes (NE corner, in the square) has potatoes cheaper than Nichols. Green Acres to the left of them might too, but they aren't as reliably a value vendor.

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