2020 Season

We are thankful for all of your support in 2019 and look forward to a wonderful new year!  This fall we have been busy working on chores and getting the strawberries covered up for the winter.  There are over 5,000 strawberries in the ground (our most ever!) and we are keeping them nice and warm for the winter.  Here are the top five reasons to come out to Tenth Street Orchard in 2020.

5. Sweet, sweet corn.  We had such a successful sweet corn season that we are going to plant more rows and try a few different varieties to extend our season.  Yes, it is January and I am already dreaming of corn on the cob.

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4. Melons, melons, and more melons.  We are going to be growing our favorite heirloom watermelon varieties and have some great ones for you!  We plan on planting varieties including Wilson Sweet, Strawberry (fitting don’t you think?), Ali Baba, and Black-Tail Mountain.  We have grown some of the best watermelons in the state over the past few years and want to share the goodness with you this summer!

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3. Extended blackberry season.  Jam, Cobbler, Pie?  All are better with blackberries.  We have doubled the size of our blackberry rows that are in production this year and we are looking forward to sending you home with more berries.

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2. Events and activities for the family!  We are hoping to have some BIG events, fun family activities in our expanded kids area, farm tours, and maybe even some farm-to-table meals this year!

1. Strawberries, strawberries, and more strawberries!  We have planted more strawberries than ever before and are super excited (see below).  They should be ripe and ready for you in May and we can hardly wait (same excited look as seen below).

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Thanks for supporting Tenth Street Orchard, hope to see you out at the farm this year!

Tenth Street Orchard Vintage Market

It is a great day for the Tenth Street Orchard Vintage Market!  The absolute best vintage, BBQ, and strawberries are in Sterling on May 25th from 9-3.  We have a wonderful group of new & returning vintage vendors and the strawberries look extra good this year!  This will be a wonderful event for the whole family, we are looking forward to having you out to the farm this Saturday!  We have been so fortunate to avoid the rain and the farm is in great shape for the event!

Directions: The farm is at 510 W Washington in Sterling. From Broadway / K-96 in Sterling, turn west on Adams Street and continue to Tenth Street.  Turn north (right) on Tenth Street until you see the red barn & strawberry patch.  Parking will be available to the west of the strawberry patch.

 

 

 

 

Kansas Local Food Spotlight – Christmas 2018

Christmas traditions center around faith, family, and of course, great food.  Here are our top picks for great local food from right here in Kansas.  Support your local farmers and pick up something local for your Christmas & New Year’s festivities this year!

1. Papa Baldy’s Popcorn (and popping sorghum!) Popping Sorghum

Fresh popped corn is a favorite treat at our house throughout the year.  While Grandpa used to love popcorn in a mug of cold milk, we prefer it hot and fresh with a dash of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and a generous helping of Hot Tamales.  Try some fresh Kansas corn from Schlaegel’s Popcorn or if you’re feeling adventurous Papa Baldy’s offers popping sorghum!

2. Sterling Gold Honey at Smith’s Market

We love to see the bees visiting the strawberry blossoms at Tenth Street Orchard in the spring, but we love the honey that they make even more!  Sterling Gold honey is pure, raw, and delicious!  Find it in the glass bottle at the ever popular Smith’s Market in Hutchinson.

3. Sarah Jane’s Green Tomato Salsa – I am always looking for a better salsa, but I think that my search may have ended.  After sampling some of Sarah Jane’s Green Tomato Salsa at the Kansas State Fair, I was hooked. The salsa isn’t scorching hot, but has a great balance of serrano heat and fresh tomato taste.  Get it when it’s available, because it’s only made when ingredients are garden fresh! Sarah Janes Salsa

 

4. Pedro’s Corn Chips – To go with great salsa, you need great chips.  Don’t settle for a tortilla chip without any character.  The best chips that we’ve found are from right here in Kansas.  All the way from the southwestern corner of the state, Pedro’s Chips are grown from the finest food grade white corn and hail from the great town of Plains, Kansas.  Not only home to the widest main street in the USA, but perhaps the best tortilla chip in the state!

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5. Krehbiel’s Meats – Summer Sausage & Cheese

A top choice for fresh and smoked meats, Krehbiel’s in McPherson has a tremendous selection of meats ranging from the traditional (brats and summer sausage) to the exotic (ostrich anyone?) but you simply cannot go wrong with the summer sausage and cheese gift box for your holiday spread.

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Do you know of some great local food or a farm-to-table dining experience that we should try?  Send us your thoughts and suggestions about what should be featured in the spring.

Strawberry Planting

We hand-planted 3,000 new strawberries in preparation for next year!  First-year strawberries will produce larger berries and a more abundant crop next spring.  We are also planting almost all of our strawberry patch on black plastic to make for easier picking!  We are excited about what’s to come in the 2019 season!

 

Opening Day – May 20th

The berries are starting to really come on nicely, and we are looking forward to opening strawberry picking season on May 20th at the vintage market!

Ripening StrawberriesPick-your-own strawberries will be just $2.50/lb.  We have some nice picking baskets that you can use and take home for $2, otherwise just bring a separate container to take your berries home in.  We will also have a limited number of pre-picked berries for sale at $4.00/lb.

We have an amazing set of vendors coming to the vintage market!  We are now completely full and are so excited at the quality and variety of vendors that will be coming, this is going to be a big event!  There will be live music throughout the day, along with food from Pop’s Kettle Corn, Snowie Bus, Fruit Ninja, and BB8 BBQ (serving up the best BBQ on this side of the galaxy).

Here’s a full list of all the wonderful vendors that will be at the market:

Pink Peach Décor
Once Upon a Time
Spring Creek
Old Made New
Plunder by Katelyn
Giftforgiftstore
The Weathered Shutter
Ordinary Joy Home Décor
Junktastic Color
Mandi’s Off the Wall
Splinters-N-Rust
Simple Pleasures – Rustic Renewed
90:17 Woodworks
Timeless Fixations
K & K’s Handmade
Peony Lane
Burp and Swaddle/Spotted Buffalo
Tee 9 Designs
Not So Gray Attic
Wilson Rustic Revivals
Salvage Sisters
Granny Goat Studio
Wheat State of Mind
The Willow Crossing
Not II Shabby/Heart & Sole
Four-Eyed Lizzard Creations
Monica’s Menagerie
Rusty Gold Antiques and Vintage Items
The Boneyard
Flannel & Bows
Bandana Betty
Laura Stephie Uniquely Handmade
Through The French Doors
The Nest
Elegant Embers
Suzanne Stephenson
The Estate Sale Shoppe
A Rustic Time Remembered
Double Trouble Yard Art
Junk Bliss
Simply Chic
Snappy Queen Bee
LuLaRoe – Kimberly Ann Smith
Rustic Rakes
3 sisters
A to Z

To check out all of the vintage finds that these vendors will be bringing, see our Facebook page for links to all of the vendors that will be at the market.  Bring your friends and come out to the farm for strawberries & junk on May 20th!

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National Strawberry Day

Celebrating National Strawberry Day by uncovering the first berries of the season!  We covered them up last fall with a row cover and straw to protect them from the winter cold.

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We typically wait a little longer to remove the row covers and straw, but given that it is #NationalStrawberryDay we thought it would be fitting to start today.  We’ll keep slowly removing the straw from the rows over the next few weeks as spring arrives.

It’s always so exciting to look underneath the straw for the first time in the spring, from what we saw today it looks like the row covers and straw protected them well through the winter! The berries look good at this stage and we’re excited to see them continue to grow through the spring.

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