SWARM!

Hello Farm Friends,

It occurs to me that perhaps my entire theme for this summer is going to be "trying new things". I suppose that is not all bad. It allows me to use my noodle, A LOT! Last Sunday my sister in law gets a text at church that goes something like this: "Bee swarm AR call nancy kelley on way". Funny how my sister in law knew that was definitely not for her and quickly passed it on to me. Funny how at that very moment I knew my Sunday rest day was over. To interpret the text: one of our bee colonies swarmed. The queen, we had observed all spring, was not doing a very good job and seeing as bees are a democratic insect they decided to raise up a new leader. So the old queen detected the cold shoulder and took her band of loyal devotees to a nearby cedar tree to hang out until one of her loyal subjects found them a new home. Thankfully Jim saw them swarm and we all arrived on the scene in time to get them set up in a nice new hive and promptly relocate them.

Now I have seen pictures of folks catching swarms and thought to myself, "How in the WORLD do they handle that many bees flying around their head?". Truth be told, when the bees are swarming, they could care less about you as a human. They are simply following the queen, all eyes are on her. It was amazing how less intense they were on Sunday than they are when we are looking into their hives. I guess that just goes to show how protective they are of their home. Once we got the queen in the hive all of the swarming bees knew it somehow and promptly just marched right on into the hive.

Just another example of how smart bees are and another reason I am so amazed by them.
Maybe next week I can talk about something besides bees, like tomatoes!

Check out the photos of the week as we show you what the cows are muching on these days.


DON"T FORGET about the Tuesday Franklin Farmers Market from 3-6:30. There are lots of great farms with lots of good food, breads, jams, berries, milk, meat and veggies. The bonus feature is there is plenty of parking (close)!

Have a great week and try to stay cool. It is June right? Haha!
Love
Julie


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!


Thursday Night On-Farm Market
The Online Market will be open this THURSDAY from 3-6pm. Please visit the market page to see what is available. Market Page Please have your orders in by Tuesday PM. Thanks so much!



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

The Franklin Farmers Market is also open on Tuesday afternoons from 3-6:30. Tuesday is an excellent opportunity to get some mid week veggies OR just miss the crowds on Saturday.


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Photo of the Week
CSA box, tomatoes in waiting and summertime munchies for cows
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Have a great week!

Julie

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