Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

The First of many fantastic spring days to come this season!

Lots and lots of work here on the farm today.

Started a ton of segregating tomato and pepper seedlings as well as some reliable standards. We aren't doing a ton of seedlings this year so if you need plants be sure to get ahold of me and let me know what you will be wanting. In coming years we will be doing custom order seedling production only so that we have less wasted space and wasted plants (as well as seed!). If you've got anything you want grown now is the time to contact me. As a rule we sell all plants bare root, 8 for 2.00

There is lettuce germinating in the raised bed at the back of the large greenhouse along with mesclun mix as well as about 40 spinach plants and 40 early tomato plants.

(bare in mind that the items listed below as "for sale" are in reference to local buyers only as we do not yet ship, sorry guys, soon though!)

The nursery stock experimental seedlings are germinating. In a couple months we plan on having these experminal seedlings available for sale including: English Walnut, Sand Plums, Green Gauge Plums, Black Plums, Blood Plums, Yellow Plums, White Walnut, Shagbark Hickory, Shellbark Hickory, Heart nuts, American and Chinese Chestnuts, Black Walnut, Mixed Cherry Seedlings, Pears, Quince and Apples, plums, paw-paws, Muscadine Grapes, peaches, apricots, pecans and more. The first year they will be smaller type seedlings and should probably be left in pots for at least a year to size up but that is where your purchasing power comes in handy as I have very little invested in their production and if you are willing to experiment then they can be bought very cheaply. The general rule is the longer I have to keep something/overwinter it/water it/feed it, the higher the price.
We will once again this year be producing a limited number of plants of our white fruited alpine strawberry plants in one gallon pots as well. You've never lived life or tasted a strawberry until you have tried one of these.

Right now we even have a ton of Hip-Gnosis cider apple seedlings as well as Pear and quince seedlings available in four inch pots for $4.00. While it is true that generally as a rule apples don't come true from seed the seed which produced these lovely and healthy little seedlings (Eco-logically grown in recycled plastic pots as well as our own "living" La Bonne Terre soil) came from orchards of known heritage with little to no crab apple influence which means that finding a good eating apple is not only possible but probable, if nothing else they should almost all be fantastic for cider, cooking, or applesauce and definitely for apple butter or as a wildlife feeder. You won't find a better price on trees, whether aesthetically or culinary speaking.

Tomorrow I will be grafting close to 75 apple trees to known varieties, these will be available throughout the season but if you want a simple bench graft (grafted but not healed completely) in the next month you will be able to buy them a bit cheaper. These will all be fantastic culinary apples, both fresh eating and cooking and there should be something for everyone! Recently another friend of mine had the pleasure of of going to Kazakhstan and sent me a scant few more Kaza apple scion wood pieces from trees with fantastic tasting and aesthetically appealing wild apples. Bench Grafts for the first month after grafting are available in one gallon pots for $10.00 If you wait until they are healed they will be $15.00. These are varieties you WILL NOT FIND anywhere else in Indiana.

Today we sold 7 of the 12 weaned baby rabbits, we've got five cute little ones left, mostly white or gray/black on white splotches, if you or someone you know is wanting one of these cute little guys for that special someone for Easter or as a pet or Meat animal, now is the time to buy them. Only $6.00 a piece! You won't find a price like that at a pet store I promise you. In a couple of weeks we will have 8 more, this time pure Harlequin bunnies for sale. These are my favorites! Of course as always I have gone overboard and have three more bred as we speak!

We should at some point in the near future have turkey poults and guinea Keats available for sale. If you are interested be sure and drop us a line about it at or give me a call at 812-967-2073. We already have three reservations for guineas and I am investing in another incubator which will give us a capacity of close to 75 guinea eggs and 50 turkey eggs at a time so get your order in soon as I can mix and match guinea eggs and turkey eggs in the incubator since they share the same incubation period and requirements.

My super cool fiance and her uber awesome sister (whom I refer too as a sister 'n law anyhow) were awesome enough to go down and paint our boring old Bishop's Homegrown sign with some new text and graphics and it looks amazing and stands out now, I can't thank them enough and I'll get some pics up soon.

Oh, and hey, local guys and gals, don't forget about the super awesome and amazing Farm stand Credit CSA we are offering this year, I have extended the sign up date until the end of April! Don't miss out as this is a fantastic deal!

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