Early Tomatoes

Hello Farm Friends,

Boy the tomatoes went fast today! Lots of folks ask us how we have early tomatoes and my answer is "the hoophouses", but that is not a total explanation. There are so many terms and images that come into one's mind when someone says "greenhouse" and most of them are not good or tasty, so I do my best to explain that our hoophouses are like giant frost blankets for the plants (something they totally don't need now, but in March and April it was essential to the plant's wellbeing). Everything we grow is grown directly in the ground, just like our field crops, so our tomatoes are tasty, juicy and yummy. So in summary, the best way to explain the hoophouse crops would be to say that they are field crops grown with an umbrella over them.

This past week, one of the popup storms that has been bringing blessed rain moved in quickly, so I did the "FARM BURST workout" as I laughingly refer to it. That means I RUN over to the hoophouses and hope there is a fresh battery to wind up the sides because if not there is a whole lot of hand cranking going on in my future (totally upper body workout), then I RUN back to the house to get plants back in the greenhouse, doors shut, kids in etc before the wind gets too bad. Complete body workout and total adrenaline rush!

Our hoophouse tomatoes are "babied" tomatoes as they do not have to take the brunt of the wind, or get rained on. We water them and cover them when it is cold and make sure their growing conditions are as ideal as possible, and they in turn reward us with beautiful, yummy tasting tomatoes. We hope you are enjoying the extra attention these tomatoes have received. And speaking of attention, I hear thunder. I had better go tighten up the hoophouses!

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. Almost time to say goodbye to June and celebrate the 4th of JULY!

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
This morning a man at the market asked me "if I grew this in my yard" I laughed a little and was like, "my yard?, well no not my yard but on my farm" Here are some pictures of the secret garden, the one with the really LONG rows!
To see the photo of the week use this hotlink Photo of the Week

Have a great week!


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