September 2012

Hello Farm Friends,
September is here with tauntings of fall like weather mixed in with blasts of summer heat. We have been busy here on the farm trying to get the summer crops all wrapped up, cleaned up and the ground ready to replant in fall brassicas and overwintering crops like garlic and strawberries. It seems no so long ago we were picking berries by the bucketful and now we are getting ready to replant those sweet things with big hopes for Spring of 2013!

We have also been busy planting green leafy crops into the hoophouses and weeding them just as busily. What kind of weeds grow in the hoophouses? This time of the year we have LOTS of cherry tomato seedlings emerging that were dropped all during the summer picking! Of course we have real weeds and grasses too, but it is funny to see where the gone by the wayside summer crops will pop up in the fall plantings.

Just this past week our farm crew enjoyed the first fall salad of the season and all I can say is YUM! Our green summercrisp lettuce was great paired with some of the most tender spinach we have ever eaten! We are looking forward to more green leafy veggies in the coming weeks such as red and green bok choi, Tokyo Bekana (a non-heading Chinese cabbage), radishes, salad mix, Hakurei turnips and more!

Fall around here is time to plan, plant and get folks signed up for the winter CSA. This year our winter CSA will run from the middle of October until the first of May. Fourteen weeks of produce (boxes picked up every other week) in the middle of winter. It is one of our favorite times of the year to grow! If you would like more information about the winter CSA, you can email us or visit Winter CSA Information Sheet
We would love to have you join our CSA family this winter!

Speaking of pickups, the crew has been busy harvesting all kinds of winter squash. We sure do have some fun squash, pumpkins and the like for you to try out this fall. Our kitchen has stayed warm and our bodies high in Vitamin A from all the winter squash varieties cooking in the oven. We like to try each kind so we can give you a good recommendation as to what is the best squash for how you want to prepare it. Look for some out of this world Table Gold Acorn squash coming your way as well as some majorly big and beautiful Butternut Squash. Maybe even get your courage up to try a Black Futsu or a Seminole Pumpkin? We guarantee you will have lots to choose from in the coming weeks in the way of winter squash!

I have to hand it to Jim and the crew, they are doing it all these days outside on the farm and they are doing a great job! We found out a few weeks ago at our 20 week ultrasound that instead of expecting one baby in January, we are expecting TWINS sometime in December. Yes, two more Vaughns will be added to the family later this year. The boys are very excited about their new siblings and Jim and I are thankful that they both look to be doing great in there! To read more about the twins check out this month's farm blog: Eating for three, table for six?

That is pretty much all for now. We thank you for your support of our small family farm. We love growing for YOU!

We have several ways you can get our produce during the Fall/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 Summer Market. Summer hours are 8-1 on Saturdays at the Factory in Franklin. The winter market hours will begin in November. Winter hours are 9-12 each Saturday all winter long.

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 Wednesdays 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.

Farm Life Blog
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Eating for three, table for six?

Photos of the Month
Fall Hoophouse Crops turn the rows green, stockpiling pasture and a few critter pics.
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