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Wait…where did Spring go?

So Spring came…and went…and is slated to reappear tomorrow. Central Kansas went from 90 degree weather to 28 degree weather in 24 hours. Braving the SNOW, we gathered sheets, blankets, and tarps to cover young plants. Unfortunately, we missed a few…

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Extra heat lamps were set up for the chicks. They made it through the freeze and are growing rapidly…

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And as for the kittens, well, at least one litter arrived the night before the temperatures plummeted. So of course, they needed some old rugs and rags to keep warm too. Aren’t they a cute patchwork of fur?

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I am putting my request in- true Spring from now on. We’ll see.

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm-McPherson, KS 2014
 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Farm Fresh Eggs

 

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Spring has Sprung at Johnstown

I love Spring! Everything is fresh and new with the promise of growth. What does springtime look like here at Johnstown?

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Looks like we will have kitties, and lots of them, soon. Several of our favorite farm cats will be having cuddly babies. Maybe we’ll be looking for good homes…

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The fields are carpeted with crops ready to soak in the Kansas sun and (hopefully) some April showers. This field is no-till triticale. Our cows will love it!

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Flowers peeking out to welcome Spring make me want to get my hands into the garden boxes. There is such satisfaction in hiding those seeds in the soil. I am trying to listen to the experts and wait until the freeze threat is gone.

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Our newest arrivals are 50 Cornish Cross broiler chicks. They are peeping their Spring song.

That’s just a taste of this beautiful season here in central Kansas.

Johnstown Farm & Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

We have decided that our hens are just plain crazy!

Normally, the hens experience a “slow” laying season each year. Unfortunately, their slow time is our busy pumpkin patch time. The slow down is mainly due to fall molting, shorter colder days, and sheer numbers of visitors at the farm. This year, their egg production did not pick up much at all after their molting. Our minds began to contemplate lots of fried chicken, chicken and rice, and chicken and noodles this winter. They must of read our minds because against all odds (production should slow during cold snaps), those ladies began laying – and laying lots!

So….if you are interested in Johnstown Farm Fresh Eggs, give us a call! I know many of you asked about the eggs during the fall when we were running out each day. This is your chance to get in on the benefits of fresh eggs!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm – McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Merry Christmas to All!

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Merry Christmas to all of the families and friends of Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch! We wish you a blessed time of joy as you celebrate this white Christmas.

We enjoyed reconnecting with friends and meeting new ones at the patch this year. If you happen to be missing a jacket or two, check with Grammy and Papa at the farm. We have a few in the Lost and Found.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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And the Winner Is….

The winner of the 3rd Annual Johnstown Giant contest is Daryl Johnson, mayor of Johnstown. He and his wife, Kola, grew the 227 lbs. giant. They were the reigning 2012 champions as well. Congratulations, neighbors!

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The Johnstown Giant weigh-in is always one of my favorite days of the season. I love the storytelling, music, dancing, and food!

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch- McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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Pumpkin Carving

Nick Mourn will be out at Grammy’s this weekend carving. His unique style brings lots of smiles to those of us watching him create. Here is his character from last year:

  

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2013- McPherson, KS
 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch

 

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USD 418 Second Graders are Agriculture Experts

We concluded our “In the Class and On the Farm (ICOF)” program this week. Thank you USD 418 for sharing your 2nd graders with us and valuing agriculture education.

Roosevelt Elementary students joined us on the farm on Wednesday. Sadly, I had camera issues, so I don’t have pictures of the day. Hopefully I can get a hold of some on me else’s pics.

Lincoln Elementary spent the day with us yesterday. This last group of ICOF students were awesome agriculture advocates!

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Thank you, again, to Farm Bureau, Kiwanis Club of McPherson, MidKansas Coop, Artshirt, Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, and Tractor Supply for all of their support for the “In the Class and on the Farm” program!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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