Dog Days?

Hello Farm Friends,

July is almost over and hopefully it will go out with some rain for us. Lots of veggies are blooming right now and could sure use the water to set fruit and help it grow. Hopefully everyone is staying cool as well. I do believe these days we are in could be classified as "dog days". I remember once when I worked at the Co-op someone asked when you should dig potatoes and the answer was "dog days". Now I have grown up in the country all my life but never knew there was an actual set of dates assigned to "dogs". So I asked when the dog days were and the reply was that they were in August. Oh, so much more clear now! Thankfully someone took me aside later and explained to me that "dog days" are the really hot days usually in July and August when it is too hot for dogs to do anything but lie around. Which makes me wonder, why do we did potatoes then?

Yes it is hot, so hot that our guardian dogs are sleeping more than normal during the day even though we gave them a haircut to keep them cooler. Our farm crew usually goes through about 4 gallons of water a day (there are 3 adults and 2 kiddos), not to mention Gatorade or the water we drink at lunch. I have threatened the boys not to waste the water in the jugs when we are in the fields because that water is "precious". They like to do things like wash green walnuts and wash the truck (think making mud!) when they get tired of running the rows of veggies. Normally this is not a big deal to me, but when I am thirsty I get quite protective of my waterjug.

July is winding down, but that means that we are in FULL veggie season. Just about any summertime vegetable you could ever want is in season right now. Don't waste this wonderful time of year. When it is cold outside and frosty you know you will be dreaming about a tomato sandwich with a side of green beans and fresh cucumber slices!

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

Stones River Market, Murfreesboro fresh food option
We are proud to be members of the Stones River Market, a member of 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!

Order ON-LINE pickup on the Farm on Thursday nights 3:00-6:30
The Online Market will be open this THURSDAY July 29th from 3-6pm. Please visit the market page to see what is available. Market Page To place an order, simply visit our market page on the website, make your order and send it in. I will confirm your order with and email and then you can pickup here at the farm on Thursday nights. 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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