Sunday, August 1, 2010

Evans Reunion - 2010

Evans Reunion 2010
The third generation fruit farmer's story of Bill and Edna Overhiser will continue in September.  This blog is a short story about the decedents of Homer Evans (10-19-1887/4-21-1962) and Pearl Mae King (8-26-1888/10-19-1971).

Homer and Pearl Evans lived on a subsistence farm in Lee Township, Allegan County next to Clear Lake.  They raised their 11 children on that farm.  At the 2010 Evans Reunion the three surviving sibling attended (Maude, Helen and Blanche).  My mother, June Pearl, was the middle child.  In addition to farming Homer at different times managed a liquor store, sold cars and sold real estate.  From oldest to youngest here are the nick names Homer gave the Evans kids.  Many of these names became the common name.  Ethel "Ick", Clare "Hoss", Ralph "Dutch", Florence "Frosty", Maude "Claudie", June "Tune", Helen "Pete", Lawrence "Doug", Robert "Bob", Blanche "Numa" and Martin "Speed".

All 30 of Albert Overhiser (12-17-1916/12-2-2008)  and June Evans (6-13-1917/3-3-1997) kids, grand kids and great grand kids attended the July 17, 2010 Evans Reunion.  A farm camp out and me turning 70 on July 11 were two of the reasons for all of the Overhiser side of the Evans family attending.  The non-campers stayed at the Hampton in South Haven.  Allan, Kim and their kids entertained and fed us all at the farm Friday and Saturday evenings.  Albert and June's kids traveled from New Mexico, Minnesota, Kansas, Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington DC and Michigan.  My how we have scattered around the country.  Nice that we have cell phones, email, bogs, facebook, skype, and twitter to stay connected.  Will be back at you in September.  Stay well, MartinO

At The Farm August 1, 2010

As you must know, all crops are about two weeks early this year.  Peaches are in full swing and should be available for another 2 to 3 weeks.  The purple Stanley Prunes and Paula Red apples will be ripe the middle of August.  PRs will be followed by McIntosh and Gala with Honeycrisp ripe at the end of August.  From now into October there will be u-pick fruit.  Don't forget to visit the farm website to print out a 10% off u-pick coupon.

It has been very busy at the farm with u-pickers and animal lovers.  The kids are giving guided tours of the new barn to see the rabbits, chickens, baby chicks, turkeys, geese, ducks, goats and kittens.  So take the kids and grand kids to pick and pet.

For your GPS the retail/u-pick address is 6405 109th Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090
GPS # is  N42.484458, W86.168970