Life in the hayfield

Hello Farm Friends,

For those of you who do not know much about making hay, well, yes you do need to make it when the sun shines and make as much as possible while you are making it and keep it as dry as possible, but don't put it in the barn too early or it could heat up and burn your barn down. While your spouse is making hay the wise farm wife should realize that she is on her own with the kids and not to expect to see her husband until the last bale is wrapped except for the times you take him water and food to the field to keep him running. The farm wife will quickly learn that her husband is OK if the dinner she left in the kitchen is gone the next morning. Her husband will be no where in sight, but he will have changed clothes and taken a shower so the observant farm wife knows her spouse is doing OK. The farm wife and family watch as day after day tall fields of grass are mowed down and cute big marshmallows of hay appear and everyone knows that what is happening is exactly what should be happening in Tennessee in late May and perhaps if the summer is fair and rain falls aplenty then we will do this all over again in the fall! And this is how it SHOULD work, BUT

You know it has been a long week when your hay rake comes out of the field in two pieces; one half on a trailer the other half still attached to the tractor. The wise farm wife knows something is up when her son comes running to the field where the other kids and I are working and yells breathlessly that "Daddy NEEDS Tim". Yep, things are not going as planned I have learned twelve years into this farm wife thing! Rakes are fairly important as they get the mowed hay into nice rows for the baler to eat up. Thankfully Jim's father still has his "old" rake. I couldn't help but think I overheard the OLD rake muttering something like "I knew you guys would be back for me, always the OLD rake that saves the day!"

This story of haymaking kind of sums up the week we have had, but you know, that is LIFE. I am convinced that you really cannot take LIFE too seriously or personally you know? I mean it is just LIFE and things just happen and tend to happen accompanied by many other happenings all at the same time. We should just be happy that our happenings are ours because when I hear about the things that others struggle with I for one am more than happy to pack up my hay rake and carry it through my busy week.

Looks like perhaps SUMMER is here? Ahh yes heat and humidity and they call this thing Tennessee! I love it! When the cold winds blow and we have big winter like we did this past year all I can think of when pulling on the long johns is sweating, in the intense heat of summer and I smile. Yes give me hot any day over the cold!

This week SUMMER officially kicks off at Rocky Glade Farm as our Simply Summer CSA begins for the customers in Franklin and the other two locations begin the following week. Our Summer CSA is an intense time here on the farm making sure we keep things picked and growing the very best that they can be for our customers. It is a joy to pack those yummy looking boxes each week and pray for the specific families that will be consuming the food. You all are a blessing to us, we hope you never forget that!

Make sure to do something special for those in your life that are serving or have served our country. No matter when or where they served they put their lives on hold so you and I could and can move on with ours in peace and freedom. Thank you!

Have a super week!



Stones River Market, Murfreesboro fresh food option
We are proud to be members of the Stones River Market, a member of locallygrown.net. This is a great advancement for farmers allowing customers to become members of an "online" market, choosing products from many area farmers, but picking up their orders in one location, with one bill and your food all ready to go! Please visit . Stones River Market Locally Grown to see this week's list of available items. Orders can be placed Sunday-Tuesday (you get an email telling you the market is open after you sign up!) Delivery in Murfreesboro is in the downtown area around Cannonsburg/Hoopers Supply. For more information please visit the website and contact the market manager!


Tuesday Night On-Farm Market
The Online Market will be open this Tuesday from 3-6pm. Please visit the market page to see what is available. Market Page This will be our last week of being open on TUESDAY, next time on June 10th we will be open on Thursdays from 3-6 and that will be our normal summer day and hours. Thanks!


Franklin Farmers Market
The Franklin Farmers Market is open for the SUMMER season. Hours of operation are 8-1 each Saturday.


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Have a great week!

Julie

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