Job Opening at Kirby’s

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By , March 9, 2015 7:22 pm

We’re looking for a new Assistant Greenhouse Grower!

If you know someone with experience and knowledge of plants, send them our way. They should like lots of sunshine, the color GREEN, and caring for little, living things. Here is the official job posting!

 

Kirby’s Farm Market is looking for a Greenhouse Grower’s Assistant. This position offers the opportunity to learn a full range of skills in a working greenhouse environment, with potential for promotion. You will assist in planning, planting, growing, and selling annual bedding plants, mums, and poinsettias.

We are a fourth generation family business with a focus on quality and customer service, looking for a friendly, self-motivated, energetic individual with a good knowledge-base in plant care. Email us for a complete job description and application. info@kirbysfm.com

2 NEW CSA Share Options

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By , March 4, 2015 5:38 pm

Introducing…. The Chomper and the Nibbler!

Our CSA store is now open for business! Head on over to purchase a 2015 CSA share.

 In addition to our usual 22 week CSA share and 3 week Fall Extension, we’re adding two new options – a four week and a one week CSA share.

Farmer Chad designed the Chomper for those of you with a very busy schedule.  Whether it’s because of your child’s extra-curricular activities or a long vacation, we appreciate the fact that a season long commitment  doesn’t work for everyone.  The Nibbler is a one week share, a great way to try out our CSA. Either of these options would make a great gift. We’re going to start with 25 shares available each month for the Chomper, and each week for the Nibbler.

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The Chomper

Choose which month(s) – July, August, September, or October – and receive a weekly half share for those four weeks. Just like our regular CSA, these boxes will contain whatever fresh fruits and vegetables are in season. There may be differences from our regular half share depending on what’s available, but it will always have 5-7 different types of produce with a value of $15.   Ordering for each month closes one week before that month begins. For example, if you would like the September Chomper, be sure to place your order by August 24th.

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The Nibbler

A one time pickup. It’s perfect for anyone that just wants to see what a CSA box from Kirby’s will be like.  What will you find in your one week Nibbler box? Just like the Chomper, it’s a half share box of whatever fresh, delicious produce is in season that week! Again, there may be differences from our regular half share depending on availability, but it will always have 5-7 different types of produce with a value of $15. Order one week before pickup. 

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Let us know if you have any questions! Just send an email to info@kirbysfm.com.

September Color

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By , September 18, 2014 3:17 am

This is such a beautiful and exciting time of year! Summer and Fall merge, in a glorious display of color.

You can find pumpkins, strawbales, gourds, apples, and apple cider at Kirby’s. A great start to the Fall season!

 We love growing a variety of pumpkins and gourds…

This giant gourd variety grows into some very interesting shapes and colors.

Little orange and white pumpkins are adorable, in just as many shapes and sizes.

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Our large Mums are exploding with color!

And there are a lot of colors to choose from. Complement your mums with some interesting foliage plants from our perennial area. Perennials are all 25% off!
 Produce Update

Tomatoes are at their peak, while peaches are beginning to come to a close. Right now we have Cresthaven peaches, which are a freestone variety that’s excellent for baking, eating, freezing, and canning. We also Babygold, a clingstone variety that is our personal favorite for canning. They have excellent flavor, you don’t have to peel them, and their firm flesh holds up well in a jar.

Apple Varieties Available now:

Honeycrisp, Autumn Crisp, Gingergold, McIntosh, Paula Red, and Jonamac

Other homegrown produce in season:

Sweet and Hot Peppers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Kale, Beets, Broccoli, Garlic, Cauliflower, Plums, Pluots, and Nectarines.

Locally grown produce in season:

Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, Parsnips, and Shiitake Mushrooms

Field Update: Spring Growth, May to June

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By , June 9, 2014 2:33 pm

 

In mid-May, we were planting every single day. Peas, then lettuce, pickles, squash, beets, beans, broccoli, and more broccoli. As soon as the weather was warm enough and the soil was dry enough, we had to move as fast as we could.

The well-drained soil that we have on our Brockport farm is very important to us at this time of year. All of that Spring rain soaking the soil and slowing us down on our Albion farm, just drained away to the south, through the sandy soil here in Brockport.

In May the apricots bloomed, then cherries, followed by peaches, plums, and finally apples. Such a beautiful time of year.

Now it’s June! This Spring season started out cold and wet, slowing us down a little. We’re very thankful for the warm temperatures that the end of May brought us, and it’s amazing how much things have grown. It means that we’re packing fresh peas, CA apples, rhubarb, lettuce, and basil in our very first CSA share of the season.

Take a look at what can happen in three weeks!

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Peas

From bushy little pea plants, to taller bushes with lots of bloom supported by string…  and now we have peas! (See if you can find the pea in the photos.) Edible Pod Peas are for sale in the market as of June 8th and we’ll have them for weeks.


 

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Lettuce

Lettuce came out of the greenhouse three inches high, and now look! It doesn’t take long for lettuce to be ready for harvest. We have heads of this incredibly tender lettuce for sale in the market, right now!

 

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Strawberries

According to Farmer Tim, our strawberries have the best bloom he’s ever seen! The weather has cooperated so far and we haven’t lost any to frost this season. Picking should start in 7-10 days, we’re looking forward to an amazing strawberry harvest!

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 Pickles

Pickles were planted while the weather was still cold, so they were covered with a row cover. Row cover is a very large sheet of light weight fabric that insulates the plants from damaging temperatures.  From small pickle plants tucked under the row cover with just a few true leaves, and now they’re starting to look like vines! In the third photo, you can see our “control group” on the left, that was not covered by row cover. The plants weren’t burnt by the cold, but you can definitely see the difference in size.

 

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Squash

It’s incredible what can happen in a few weeks. We’ll have squash on our table in about a week!

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Beans

We’ll start out with green beans this year. Yellow beans are in the second planting, along with more green! We started growing beans just three years ago, and we all really enjoy the difference you get in homegrown, handpicked beans. They’re the sweetest, most tender beans you’ll ever eat!

 

Can you tell we’ve been working hard?






50% off Select Perennials

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By , May 23, 2014 12:49 pm

A Perennial sale this big is a rare occasion at Kirby’s, but we’re ready to move out our older plants to make room for new and interesting perennials! Wander around in our perennial area and you’ll find dozens and dozens of pots with bright orange or pink stickers on them. If the pot has a sticker, it’s 50% off!

Our Perennial of the month is also 50% off, Amsonia hubrichtii! This beautiful and graceful perennial is a native plant. Long lived, bug and pest free, it’s flowers emerge in May and June with clusters of steel blue. The long narrow leaves give the plant a look of a bottle brush that turns to a golden yellow in the fall.

If you’re looking for deals, be sure to check out the clearance perennials, found in the last row in our perennial area.

Perennial Talk at Kirby’s

Finding the perfect plant for your garden can be overwhelming, when faced with hundreds of choices at a garden center.

This season we’re inviting you to join our Perennial experts, Jaime and Judy, for an informative stroll around our perennials. They’ll highlight some of their favorite plants, give helpful hints on how to navigate our perennial area, answer questions, and give suggestions for your garden.

Come by every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in May, at 10:30am or 2pm, and learn about beautiful perennials for your garden!

NEW Gift Shop Items, & Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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By , May 2, 2014 5:50 pm

May is here! Our doors are open and the market is ready for a new season. Everything is cleaned and polished, out on display, and waiting for you to visit! Just in time for an important holiday…

We have a bunch of new things in our gift shop this Spring, and so many perfect Mother’s Day gifts.

These rustic bottle vases are a lot of fun, and we ordered a huge variety. Single double or triple, tall or short. They’re perfect to add a little cheer to any corner of the house, with a single flower or a small bouquet.

Or, if you’d like to take a break from the usual flower arrangement, just pick out a container (shiny, rustic, or wooden) and plunk a beautiful plant or two inside. Our greenhouse is full of pretty and interesting plants, with lots of color and texture to choose from.  You’ve made a little bit of instant beauty that Mom can  enjoy as a centerpiece, and then plant in her garden to enjoy all year.

We also have tools and gardening gloves for the avid gardener. If you really know your gardener Mom’s taste in plants, there are some gorgeous perennials in bloom right now. Bleeding Heart, Garden Phlox, Tiarella, and Brunnera are a few colorful examples. Or you could go with green and pick out a hosta or fern from our collection.

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 Are there just too many choices? Gift Certificates from Kirby’s are a very popular Mother’s Day gift.

It’s a lot of fun seeing them come back through the rest of the year, exchanged for plants, fruits and veggies, baked goods, jams, or a fun home accessory.

A few more gift ideas for Mother’s Day: Dishes and bowls from local potter Rose Vantyne; battery powered candles; pretty mugs and bowls; or votive holders with a locally made soy candle from Sandy Creek!

 

May 1st Farm Update!

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By , May 2, 2014 3:29 am


On a drive around the farm today, beautiful signs of Spring were everywhere. The apricot trees are the first to flower!

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Peas

We had a cold start to the season this year and there will be a slight delay because of it. Even for cool weather crops like peas, you have to wait for the soil to warm up enough before you can put seeds in the ground.

For the past two years, peas were planted in the first week of April, but for 2014 they weren’t in the ground until the third week. Although this is closer to normal, it does mean that we’ll have to wait a little longer for those delicious green pods to make an appearance.

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Strawberries

When the forsythia blooms, we know it’s time to rake the insulating layer of straw off of the strawberry plants. The sooner their green leaves can bask in the warm Spring sunshine, the sooner we can bite into a sweet, red, strawberry.

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Broccoli

This is the earliest broccoli has ever been planted at Kirby’s. Thousands and thousands of plants were seeded. Starting in June, broccoli will be harvested every week until cold temperatures kill the plants. We’re in for another epic year of broccoli!

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Peaches

Last year we all enjoyed a phenomenal peach crop – we just about had more peaches then we knew what to do with! Unfortunately, it looks like this year we’ll be lucky to find a peck basket in the entire orchard. It’s sad news for us, and our customers. Luckily many of our other stone fruits weren’t hit as hard; it looks like the plums, prunes, and apricots will be bearing a normal crop!

 You might remember a few days this past winter, when the temperature dropped to -11F.  That was too cold for the tender young growth of the peach trees to survive. The trees themselves weathered the winter, but those young buds are the source of this season’s peaches.

If you’re wondering how we can predict the yield for a crop that won’t fruit for months, there is a simple way to find out if your blossoms will turn into fruit.

Sometime in April when the buds on the trees are just beginning to break out, Tim Kirby cuts a handful of small branches. He sticks them in a bucket or jar and keeps them in a warm place. The buds will open enough to reveal the flower. With the help of a magnifying glass and a small knife, you can see whether the inside of the pistil is black or green. A black heart is a sure sign that the fruit doesn’t have a chance.

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 Thanks for reading! We know our customers like to stay informed of how the weather is effecting the crops, and how the season is coming along. For the rest of the year, we ‘ll  post a Field Update on the first and third week of the month. See you soon!
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April Flowers

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By , April 11, 2014 1:03 am

Walking in the greenhouse today, I saw little bits of color everywhere. So I picked a little photograph bouquet! I hope you like it!

April in the Greenhouse

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By , April 3, 2014 4:09 pm

So far, April is a welcome contrast to March! Those patches of snow will be gone soon enough, with weather like we had yesterday.

The greenhouses are warm and humid, especially when the sun shines. Yesterday, the skies were clear all day and it got down right HOT! The smaller houses were opened up to let out some of the hot air, keeping the perennials cool for a little longer.

But in the big house we’re keeping things toasty warm, and the annuals are growing like crazy. Hanging baskets have already doubled in size, and we’re starting to see some color here and there! When we open our doors on May 1st, the difference will be amazing. Less then a month away!

Replacing Impatiens

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By , March 29, 2014 1:32 am

It’s a sad day, as we  say goodbye to garden impatiens.

If you have a shade garden, you’ve probably heard of or experienced the issues that Garden Impatiens are having in our area. Did you have a patch of impatiens that wilted and died no matter what you did? Powdery Mildew is most likely the culprit.

First, Powdery Mildew  causes the leaves to yellow. Then the flowers drop, and soon there’s nothing but sickly stems where your beautiful impatien was growing and blooming.

Powdery Mildew was first spotted in Minnesota in 2011, and has since been found in 32 states, including New York. It spreads through the soil, water, and it will even travel hundreds of miles through the air. Once your garden or plants are infected, there’s no way to get rid of it. A similar downy mildew that effects Sunflowers remains in the soil 8-10 years after infection.

This is the first year that we completely removed garden impatiens from our roster.

It was hard to let go of a plant that brought so much color to shady areas! Last year we had a fraction of our usual numbers for those that were still able to grow them in the area. But after seeing how far the mildew has advanced, and how devastated gardens were by the infection, we realized it was time to try something new and say goodbye to regular impatiens.

The good news is, there are replacements available.

New Guinea Impatiens are the closest match. They have a similar height and growth habit, with a good selection of colors. They prefer some sun, but will tolerate full shade fairly well.

toreniasummerwaveblue.jpgThe best solution might be to select a mix of annuals for your shady garden beds. Visit the shade aisle in our greenhouse for a good selection. We have Torenia, a shade-loving plant that produces beautiful flowers, and attracts hummingbirds. Ajuga is a perennial ground cover for shade, with colorful foliage. Annual foliage plants like Coleus will provide color as well as some height. These are just a few examples. Ask one of our helpers in the greenhouse and we’ll assist you in finding the right plants for your garden!

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