Moser's Garden Produce 
PHOTOPAGE  (a mix of our produce shots)


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These are a few of our photos taken in the past:

My wife, Mandy & me are at the helm of the produce operation. We enjoy the satisfaction we receive from happy customers.


Our children have been very helpful in production and marketing. Here they use a hand powered cultivator to work the strawberry patch. Asparagus spears (foreground) are one of our first crops, available to harvest late April.


Mulch, mature grass clippings, provides a mat to keep weeds in check. It also conditions the soil. Zinnia flowers adorn our garden but we usually never see their beauty except to cut them for market flower bunches.


Most of our tomatoes and basil that are harvested are grown in high tunnels. We plant those crops more densely than in the open fields where total land surface planted is many times greater. Larger crop of field grown tomatoes provide most of our acreage of the tomato crop. We usually grow only 12 to 15 determinate varieties in the field. Lately we have been planting more Late Blight resistant types.


 Post-planting stringline preparation is one chore that seems to be easier with more hands. The stringlines that will support our greenhouse tomatoes are cut new each spring and they need to be tied and wrapped onto the tomahooks. My son handles the task of hanging stringlines. Strings are supported by the greenhouse framework. Having an overhead support is almost as valuable as the warm environment that greenhouses provide. 


Navigation around the greenhouses becomes more difficult as tomato plants grow. The stringline support keeps all plants (and fruits) off the ground. Picking ripe tomatoes is more pleasant because the ripe tomatoes are mostly at eye level.


Harvested tomatoes are clean and ready for transporting, that is if the containers wern't stacked so full. Larger openings allow for better air ventilation in the summer and also make it easier to carry containers to the outside.


Our two current larger greenhouses are easily accessible -in our front yard.  Sometimes they look so serene as viewed from our house front door in mid-winter.


Claiming the rewards of the harvest at the County Fair. Below are a few of our Fair photos


The tomatoes have consistently placed well in show competition. Twice the have won "Best of Show" (over all vegetables) at our County Fair. Our cucumbers only won "Best of Show" once and only an occasional blue ribbon. Often Fair judges seem to prefer the shorter Straight Eight types.


In 2013 our Market Basket won a blue ribbon at our County Fair. We are proud of this accomplishment as it portrays our produce favorably. This is not the first year we've won that distinction as you can see to the right; in fact I believe we hold the record of most wins since we began entering produce at a Fair. This was another Market Basket blue ribbon occasion at our County Fair in 2007. Our children, Kimberly and Kenneth, and Ken's wife, Katrina, helped to celebrate the occasion. 


Some other  Centre County Fair first prize winners are viewable below. This year none of the 10 classes of apples we entered placed less than red ribbon(2nd Place). Many of the pepper classes including green sweet, red sweet, yellow sweet , long hot, Jalopeno and small hot all won blue ribbons (1st).:



Although this basket of vegetables is just an odd collection that we put together for the Fair display it received quite a bit of attention. See if you can tell what types of vegetables are included. Despite having an abundant Red Raspberry crop we have never entered them in County Fair competition. Hot Fair temperatures and this perishable crop just don't go well together- but our customers love them.



Below is a sample of displays of our stand at the State College Farmers' Markets on Tuesdays and Fridays. Although we offer a few cut flowers from the garden in early-mid season, our focus is on edible plants or their fruits. We make it a point to offer as much of a selection as possible from the start of market day at 11:30 to the end at 5:30. Sometimes it is hard to find time for  loaded stand photos on busy days. We try to pick our produce as fresh as time allows and strive to keep it fresh looking by using a shade cover on sunny days, squirting with cool water and using a large van for storage during hot days. 

Some Farmers' Market photos over the season:

June- Strawberries & lots of greens.


Mid-season: Lots of variety, even a few cut sunflowers. On the 3-tier stand are baskets of ripe melons, eggplant and zucchini ...the list goes on.


Flowers and  potted plants are not our specialty but we usually offer an array of potted ornamental peppers (all with edible fruit) and some potted herbs.


Our heirloom tomatoes are not just good looking. Repeat customers appreciate the delightful old fashioned tomato flavor.


As summer passes the peppers turn their array of colors and fall beets, apples and apple cider are regular market foods.


October: Apples & cider aren't everything we offer, they just look good.


Cutting  and hauling wood is another aspect of our farming operation. We thin our woodlot allowing other trees to grow better and it provides a heat source for our greenhouses. It works best for us to split the wood first where it lies from fallen trees and then stack it so it will dry. Piles of wood resemble an array of tents, scattered across the ground.