NovemberDecember 2012

Hello Farm Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! We find it hard to believe that November is almost finished and December is coming right up. Fall has been a busy time on the farm. We finally have all the winter squashes and sweet potatoes out of the ground and in storage. It was a good crop this year. We trialed around 20 different varieties of winter squash to see what worked great, good and not at all. We have our answers now and hopefully you have been enjoying the fruits of that trial over the past few months.

It is just about fall beef cattle breeding season and Jim and the boys are looking forward to matching up the best cows with the best AI bulls for their type in order to produce some great calves next fall for grass-fed beef. We recently purchased a Red Angus bull from Red Hill Farm that we will use to cover any cows not settled to AI breeding. We have high hopes for "Bart". It will be three years however before his calves are ready for grassfed beef.

Our winter growing here at Rocky Glade is in full swing, thankfully we haven't had to cover our outside brassica's yet and the hoops have been protecting everything else quite well. The lettuces, greens and root crops in the hoops look great and hopefully will produce us (and you!) all winter long! Jim took some great pictures the other day of our fall crops, animals and pastures. Be sure to check them out by following the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

As many of you know we are expecting twins in December and that is not too terribly far away. Tipper our Jersey cow and I seem to be due about the same time. She should go before me and each day is fun for me to look out the window and see that indeed she is getting bigger and more heavy with calf. That realization helps a lot when my boys tell me that I am getting bigger and they are having a hard time finding a place to hug me!!

We probably won't get a December newsletter out, but we will be sure and let you know when the twins arrive. Jim and my little men have been doing a great job taking care of me (and the babies) and we are thankful to have made it this far. I have no idea what life with two little babies at once looks like, but the way Jim and the boys have rallied the past few months I am sure with God's help our family will make it just fine--sleepy, but fine!

Right now the market hours for the Franklin Farmers Market are 8-12. I believe after December they will change to 9-12 for the remainder of the winter and move back to summer hours in April/May when the weather warms up a bit.

So from our family to yours Happy Thanksgiving! We all have much to be thankful for. Merry Christmas, may God's love shine brightly into each of your hearts this Christmas season. And finally Happy New Year! We hope 2013 is a great one for all of you, a time of great family memories and happiness.
Julie

RECIPES NEEDED:
Send your favorite recipe for possible inclusion into the Eating in Season/Franklin Farmers Market Cookbook. Email submissions to cookingatthemarket@yahoo.com

WHERE TO FIND US THIS Fall/Winter?
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 Winter Market. Winter hours are 9-12 each Saturday all winter long.

In trying to make room in our lives for two new babies, our on farm pickup/online market page will be closed until further notice. We hope to reopen early spring 2013.

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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Surrender


Photos of the Month
Garlic pushing through, pretty veggies, cover crops and Bart the bull!
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