April 2012

Hello Farm Friends,
After a record setting hot March, I am looking out my window this morning at a bit of Jack Frost and perhaps more is on the way for this week. Not like I am any wise guru or anything, but I knew it. It just never gets warm early and stays warm without a bit of chilliness to make farmer's hearts race! Good thing this morning's devotion was on peace, God's peace. It has carried us through some very rough waters before and I trust that it will again if need be.

April is here and so are our strawberries! Amazing and about 2 weeks early and quite honestly the sweetest berries we have ever grown. We are pretty excited about these berries. Check out a picture of a plant or two in our photos of the month (link below).

All of our baby lambs are here and playing now. We have one bottle lamb, her mom is not giving quite enough milk for her, so the boys feed her twice a day, but since she gets some milk from momma she still acts like a sheep except at feeding time, then she bleats at us constantly when we are in the yard or barn lot, "I'm hungry!".

We have several new beginnings starting up this month and on into May. First up, on April 17th the Tuesday Franklin Farmers Market will begin at Harlinsdale Park from 12-4pm. This is where our summer CSA dropoff will be. I am pretty excited about the location for this market. Harlinsdale Park is a very neat, very green space. I am looking forward to a very relaxed atmosphere for this Tuesday market. Lots of big old trees, white fences, (a dog park for those of you who need to exercise your dog!), and the Children's garden is located there too.

For those of you not familiar with the Children's garden here is a little info. The garden is run by our Franklin Farmers Market and is sponsored by several local restaurants, stores and other businesses so it is a totally local thing! Farmers from the market take turns teaching the classes to the kids on things like what makes good soil, why weather is so important, what do bees do?, how to plant, when to harvest, what do weeds tell us etc. It is a great program and so far we have had great participation. To learn more about the children's garden or to volunteer your time you can email Lisa Tidwell at mojoisagooddog@copper.net.

The Saturday Franklin Farmers Market has changed opening hours we are now open from 8-12. On May 5th, the first day of the summer market hours will change to 8-1pm and will stay that way until November. On the 5th of May we will move from our "winter booth" next to West Wind Farm to our normal "summer booth" located on the endcap of the middle aisle on the opposite end of the market from Liberty Pike. Same location we have had in the summer for years now. We are looking forward to more room!

The rest of April holds all kinds of fun things for us. The routine things like weeding, planting, harvesting, working cows etc. will keep us busy for sure, but we also have a few photographers coming out to see what this thing called "farming" is all about. We even have a photographer coming to take wedding pictures out here. Now you know farming is HIP when folks want wedding photos taken around hay bales!

Farm and Family Day will take place on April 29th on Sunday afternoon. More details will come soon, but please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a bit on the 29th. It is a very laid back event, where you come to the farm to hang out with us and see where YOUR food is grown. You will also get to see the sheep and cattle. We open up the farm once a year, so please don't miss it! Food, fun, kid's play area and hopefully a good all-around day awaits you. It is a drop in event, so come and go as you please.

I still have a few spaces left for the Franklin Pickup as well as our farm pickup for the summer Csa. If you are interested here are the details.Our summer CSA takes place June-August each summer. Our CSA is a simply short, 10-week CSA full of the most popular and easy to serve veggies that summer has to offer! We have two pickup locations, one is on the farm in Eagleville (30 minutes from Franklin or M'boro) on Thursday afternoons from 3-6, the other is in Franklin at Harlinsdale Park on Tuesday afternoons from 12-4. Harlinsdale is located across the road from the Factory on Old Nashville Hwy. It has a dog park there and the Franklin Market Kids Garden is located there. The site for the market will be under some huge shade trees, on the grass, so it should be a nice setting for an afternoon market. If you would like complete information about the summer CSA, you can visit
2012 Summer CSA info, or send us an email. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have, or help you get signed up for the summer 2012 season.

We have some great photos of our hoophouses, garlic, strawberries as well as a bunny hunt photo, so be sure to check out the photos for this month.

Love
Julie


WHERE TO FIND US THIS SPRING?
We have several ways you can get our produce during the winter months. The Franklin Farmers Market on Saturdays, Stones River On-line Market, and Pickup at the Farm in Eagleville:


The Franklin Farmers Market is now open for the Spring Market. Spring hours are 8-12 on Saturdays at the Factory in Franklin. To place a pre-order for pickup on Saturdays please visit On-line Market Page and choose Saturday Franklin Market as your pickup choice. The Summer Market hours begin May 5th then the market will be open from 8-1 until November.


We are also open each week here on the farm. Orders are taken Saturday-Tuesday at On-line Market Page. You can place your order online, then pickup here at the farm on Thursdays from 3-6 pm.

Stones River Market is open for orders each Sunday through Tuesday with orders delivered to Murfreesboro on Wednesdays. This is a wonderful "market" for Murfreesboro where you can order from the comfort of your computer from many different farms, bakeries, etc and pickup in one location, just off the square in downtown Murfreesboro. For more information please visit Stones River Online Market.

Pa Bunks is now carrying Rocky Glade Produce in downtown Murfreesboro! For those of you who don't know Pa Bunks, it is quite cool! Corey Williams who owns it is one of the nicest folks you could ever hope to meet. He has a great variety of organic and natural products in his store including fresh produce, canned goods, ready to eat items, fresh locally made breads as well as sandwiches, fresh coffee and other drinks. If you are in the downtown area and need a break, go by Pa Bunks, grab a sandwich and drink and relax at Bunks! For more info visit Pa Bunks Organic Market.


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Photos of the Month
Bunny find, tomatoes, strawberries, and garlic this month!
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