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Nanette Levin learned the produce practices she uses mostly the hard way over 20 years of experimentation. Hopefully you'll consider this site one of the many good resources that have cropped up to help you avoid mistakes as a new gardener or a more experienced one shifting to chemical-free solutions. There's a lot of free information (concerning plants and horses), but we also offer consultative support for those seeking customized attention.

Custom orders available starting July 20th

This year we have a large selection of fresh herbs. This includes rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, dill, basil, chives, cilantro, oregano (tons of tasty oregano this year so if you’ve never tasted it in salads, with eggs or to top off a dinner delight, consider adding this tasty addition to perk up a meal), peppermint…

Cucumbers, spaghetti squash, tomatoes and more new this week.

Looking for in-season produce picked morning of and delivered to your home or business in South County Roanoke or Roanoke city? Here’s what we’re picking at Halcyon Acres the week of July 18, 2016 Vegetables & Fruits Turnips (& turnip greens) Kale Beets (& beet greens) Yellow squash Zucchini Potatoes (blue) Carrots Swiss chard Beans…

We’re harvesting garlic this week!

Chemical-free, same-day picked produce delivered to you in Roanoke at http://HalcyonAcres.com

If you haven’t tasted  fresh garlic, you’re in for a treat. It’s more tender and less pungent then the dried sold in stores, so you can add it for punch to foods without cooking it. Of course, you can always dry fresh to use for the rest of the year, but there’s only one season…

Halcyon Acres offers chemical-free planted herb deliveries in Roanoke

Get custom herb planters delivered free to you in Roanoke at http://HalcyonAcres.com

It’s early in the season but growing vegetables and herbs is so much more fun in a climate where frost concerns don’t extend until the end of May. We’re already harvesting planted outdoor crops, including lettuce, spinach, radishes, strawberries and herbs. It looks like we’ll have some baby carrots soon too. Eager to jump into…

Halcyon Acres is now in Roanoke Virginia

Halcyon Acres chemical-free produce in Roanoke

Looking for local chemical-free produce delivered to your (business or home location) door? We’re now filling slots for the 2016 season. Eight spots remain. Weekly deliveries include a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and some fruits. Each week we can discuss what you like, what you don’t and what you want more of for customized…

Good food resources in the NY Finger Lakes area

  Halcyon Acres® is in the process of relocating (read, the farm has been sold and we haven’t set up in a permanent new location). We will be offering herbs (custom mail order anywhere in the United States) in the coming months, along with a limited produce supply, but plans for next year will put…

Consider including sage as a hearty, tasty and fun perennial in your garden

Sage is a plant and herb that anyone can learn to appreciate. It’s pretty in a landscape with its green/grey leaves and delicate purple flowers it displays during a decent part of the season. It also tastes great, smells wonderful and survives through tough conditions once it’s established. How can you use sage? I’ve learned…

Seven easy tips for growing garlic

Seven easy tips for growing garlic Garlic can be a wonderful addition to just about any meal. While the norm is to dry it before consuming, I like it best fresh out of the ground. So do my clients. It has a slightly earthy taste and is milder than bulbs that are aged, but it’s…

Harvesting produce and herbs in the snow

There are some crops that can last you well into winter. If you plan ahead (or even if you don’t) you can be enjoying fresh herbs and vegetables long past first snow fall. Last week I was amazed to find parsley in pristine shape under three feet of snow and chives not great, but good…

Having fun with herbs

In the last Halcyon Acres® blog post, we explored some growing tips, tricks and discoveries concerning thyme, basil, sage and oregano. Click on the link to see some of the easy growing tips for perennial herbs addressed. Today, we’ll cover some herbs that may not come back year after year, but are easy to grow…