Welcome to Por-Bar Farms! Thanks Jeff Suntala for the awesome logo art work!
Barley had a bit of a problem learning to share the bounty!
Sundown after completion of the 2 greenhouses - Fall 2008 - The dawning of a new adventure...
Notice the inflation connector hoses in the corners of the double layer greenhouse plastic - inflated by a 12 Volt low power PC chassis fan
We use all natural light/heating/ventilation for our greenhouses & high-tunnels - rotating our crops for the appropriate season extension
Here we go - assembling a grid of 140 12' X 3' raised beds for the 2 high-tunnels - Summer 2008
...only 130 more beds to go!
Wow, that didn't take long!
Certified organic compost from mushroom growers in Philadelphia - to add to our soil for filling the raised beds initially
Grab a shovel!
...or a front-end loader
Ready to assemble the frames
After the initial arch, we gave up using the tractor and just did it by hand
Thanks Mom & Dad!!
Greenhouse frames ready to install purlins, cross-ties and braces
Trying to keep it straight - scaffolding is a must for this job!
All those clamps and bolts take a bit of time!
First greenhouse end walls on and ready for plastic
Plastic wind "skirt" to shield low plants
A bit of leveling and grading
Tying ropes to the plastic to pull it over the frame
First try! - or maybe not
Gettin' ready for the pull
Pulled each of 2 layers of plastic separately on first frame, decided it might be easier to do both layers together on the second greenhouse - we were right
Securing the plastic with wiggle-wire to the channel strip
Plastic secured! - hope it holds up in these Ohio winds!
High-tunnel frame - notice plywood over the raised beds for the scaffolding
Low-hoops for this plot until tunnel is built - didn't end up needing to cover them though
Installing cross-ties and purlins
Uncovered high-tunnel with crops in the raised beds
3 sections of plastic for the 120' long high-tunnels
We never would have finished the job without the expert supervision of my grandson - thanks Dillon!
Hey Dillon, reach in there and grab us a nice head of lettuce for lunch!
Grandson Trevor inspecting the power tools for safety!
A power tool use lesson from Dillon
Trevor examining a ladybug - yep, she might be useful here!
One high-tunnel covered, the other still uncovered - July 2009
Working around cabbage plants during the second high-tunnel construction
Amy's not a bit scared of heights - yeah, right!
24' X 48' floor space plus purlins for hanging baskets
Lumber for benches
Concrete block for pedestals, and to help retain heat - thanks for the help kitty cat! ...
...Since I built all those benches, I DEMAND some of those tasty fish from the pond!
Soil block making set-up - organic potting soil and coco coir fiber - to replace non-sustainable peat moss
We mix and screen our soil to 1/4" for block making
Making the soil slurry
Tools of the soil block trade
First tray of 240 3/4" soil blocks
Seedlings sprouting - that's a good sign!
2" soil blocks to "pot on" the 3/4" seedling blocks - these can be further "potted on" to our 4" blocks and carry plants through harvest if needed
Seedlings ready to "pot on" from 3/4" to 2" soil blocks
"Potting on" from 3/4" block to 2" block
Look at all those healthy roots! - We pot our herbs in 100% organic DotPots from our soil blocks
Tray of 2" soil blocks for larger seed - peas, beans, etc.
4" soil blocks of Beets, Radish, Rutabaga - all of which we harvested from the blocks in early Spring 2009 in the unheated greenhouses!
Bush Beans in hanging baskets - works well if you keep them low enough from the ceiling peak - too much heat otherwise
Trays of lettuce mix and other greens harvested in greenhouse Spring 2009
Can't seem to grow enough cilantro for the demand! - Mmm, homemade salsa sounds good!
Greenhouse Spring 2009
4" soil blocks and hanging baskets we harvested in the greenhouse - Spring 2009 while building high-tunnels
Thai basil - really becoming popular lately
Hand watering hanging baskets - drip irrigation eventually installed though
Grapes we started from cuts to replenish our orchard 2009
Fava beans - don't grow well in baskets even in late Winter/Spring - put them in raised beds for Spring 2010
"Greenhouse within a greenhouse" - essential for unheated main greenhouse and early plant starts
Happy little tomato plants February 2010 - we grow about 20 heirloom tomato varieties
Raised beds in un-built high-tunnel plot Spring 2009 - drip irrigated and ready for row cover if needed
High tunnel sides & ends rolled up for critical ventilation
Inside of high-tunnel late Spring 2009
Edible nasturtium - great in salad and also attracts pollinators into the high-tunnels
The heirloom Rosa Bianca eggplant
Italian plum tomatoes - trellised to cattle panel - we now use overhead wire and hooks/clips - much "cleaner"
Heirloom early Vienna purple kohlrabi - a market favorite
The difficult to grow yet highly demanded radicchio
Beds of lettuce, greens and fruit trees & berries ready to plant Spring 2010
Peach trees Spring 2010
Integrated beds of several species - natural pest/disease management - also row cover for frost/pest protection
Some happy zucchini plants Spring 2010
Carrots and baby lettuce mix in foreground - Spring 2010
Tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes & fava beans early Spring 2010
Inside high-tunnel - Spring 2010
Golden raspberries love the high-tunnel - getting a crop for late Spring 2010
Heirloom bush green beans - Spring 2010
Heirloom "envy" soy beans for edamame - Spring 2010
Heirloom Japanese black trifle tomatoes - Spring 2010
Heirloom pole beans on left, "rattail" radish pods on the right - Spring 2010
Heirloom burgundy okra in the center - Spring 2010
Sugar snap peas - Spring 2010
Check out the bee pollinating this potato blossom - look towards upper left
Potatoes inside high-tunnel - Spring 2010
June 3rd and nice size heirloom Eva purple ball tomatoes close to ripening - we hope!
"Bright Lights" Swiss Chard planted at the base of an apple tree
Heirloom Matt's Wild Cherry Tomatoes June 21, 2010
Heirloom Moskvich Tomatoes June 21, 2010
No problem selling out of these beauties at farmers market - June 21, 2010
Inside High-tunnel June 25, 2010; "Cherokee Trail of Tears" - Ark of Taste endangered heirloom bean in the center
Tomatillo - wonderful salsa verde/chile verde! - June 25, 2010
Heirloom "Malaysian Red" eggplant starting to form - June 25, 2010 - we pick these baby size for grilling, roasting, stir-fry
Beautiful Prudens purple heirloom tomato - June 25, 2010
Sweet Romanian peppers - June 25, 2010
Hierloom "Burgandy Okra" - June 25, 2010
Heirloom De Milpa Tomatillos, pears and plum tomatoes 2009
Heirloom yellow wonder light tomatoes 2009
Pink beauty radish 2009
Red veined sorrel 2009
Heirloom tomatillos and husk cherries 2009 - both from the husk tomato family
Our tasty mixed greens we grow in the high-tunnels all Winter/Spring
Heirloom tomato harvest - June 25, 2010
Check out the 7 pound "Costata Romanesco" zucchini! - A wonderful Italian family "adopted" this at Medina, OH farmers' market - June 26, 2010
Italian heirloom - Tondo di Toscana zucchini (round white of Tuscany) - June 25, 2010
Heirloom "White Wonder" cucumbers - big ol' 2 pounder in the foreground - June 25, 2010
Heirloom pickle cucumbers - June 25, 2010
June 29, 2010 First ever potato harvest; Red bliss & Yukon gold...
...Irish cobbler & mountain rose
Heirloom carrots - June 29, 2010
Heirloom tomatoes, peppers & ground cherries (husk tomatoes) - June 29, 2010
This 3+ pound "Striped German" made its way to Tremont Farmers' Market July 13, 2010 - hope you enjoyed it Giancarlo!
Arc of Taste Endangered Heirloom: "Cherokee Trail of Tears" black bean July 12, 2010
Heirloom "Envy" Soy Beans for Edamame July 12, 2010
Heirloom Italian pole beans July 12, 2010
This brave 2 yr old soldier can't hold all those red haven peaches much longer - it's harvest day! August 6th, 2010
This 2 yr old elberta tree in the greenhouse patiently awaits a permanent home in the orchard while producing a nice inaugural crop of peaches! August 6th, 2010
"Lucky 13" Quarts from our inaugural peach harvest August 6th, 2010 - Can't wait for next year for even more fruit!
Japanese heirloom "tigger melon" August 19, 2010
We also lightly harvest natural edibles from our woods...
...such as these delicious ramps-wild leeks
We've learned to hand-tie authentic hot pepper ristra...
...even in our Ohio climate these will hang, dry and be usable for a couple of years or more
Potted plants & herbs we sell
Medina, OH farmers' market 2009
Our initial store display - Local Roots Wooster Fall 2009 - nice produce selection for November!
Local Roots Wooster Fall 2009
Tremont/Lincoln Park Farmers' Market (Cleveland near west side) - June 29, 2010
Downtown Farmers Market at Public Square, Cleveland Inaugural Market Day July 9, 2010
Medina, Ohio Farmers' Market June 2010
Our latest creation - "Por-Bar Caviar" made with our produce and other fresh local ingredients sourced at our farmers' markets July 2010
Thanks for appreciating all the love and effort we put into producing YOUR food!
Never assume anything about your food - ASK QUESTIONS!