November 2013

Hello Farm Friends,

Happy November! For all of those who don't know it is about to be ON. I honestly think that from November to January 1 is a blur. It is great because it is full of family, friends, fun and yes cookies, but still it is a lot to take in. The farm is like that too. There are seasons of fullness, sometimes overfullness and sometimes that can lead to weariness (that it will never get done) or it can lead to making sweet potato bins out of wood pallets and tarps. For us, it is the later thankfully as we were able to get all of our sweet potato crop harvested and in the barn (yes in said homemade crates). We now have to finish a project for a UT extension project that works on capturing rainwater from the hoophouses to use for irrigation inside those same hoophouses. It is a neat idea and one that hopefully will benefit our farm fully in the future, but for now we are just outfitting one hoophouse for the study. The water tanks are HUGE as Dylem and Caleb will show you in the photo section.

The crops are looking great for the fall. We have already harvested some AWESOME carrots this fall. You know they are good when your kids comment on how sweet they are! Our winter CSA is in full swing, our markets are up and running for the winter months and well, so far so good.

We appreciate each and every one of you who support our family farm by eating the things we grow. Truly we couldn't do this without you. We are happy to be growing for you and take that task very seriously. If you could see the hours Jim spends thinking about how to do things better you would be amazed. Farming though the oldest of occupations really can't be done (well) by just anyone. Jim does a great job thinking, planning and putting that plan into action. We are always trying new things around here to see what works best and could it be better? I think it just keeps us out of our comfort zone. Right now we are working with a "soil counselor" of sorts to basically bump up the populations of good bacteria and fungi and feed them so they will work harder for our plants. We are learning a lot.

Last week we released about 20,000 ladybugs into the hoophouses for aphid control this winter. Then about 50,000 ladybugs invaded our house. Everyone said it was "MY" ladybugs, but MY ladybugs are red and these were orange so there!

We hope you have a wonderful November, Thanksgiving and getting together with friends and family now through Christmas. It will be a busy time. Make the most of it and enjoy EVERY moment!

We are at the Franklin Farmers Market through the winter months each Saturday from 8-12.. We are in our same booth location as we were in the summer located middle aisle endcap at the opposite end of the market shed from Liberty Pike. After Christmas the market hours go to 9-12 and our market booth location will likely change, but we will be there!

We have several ways you can get our produce during the Fall and Winter months. The Franklin Farmers Market on Saturdays, Stones River On-line Market, and Pa Bunks Grocery

The Franklin Farmers Market is now open for the Fall Market. Fall hours are 8-12.

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
Huge tanks, pretty produce and of course some family shots! Check out the new pictures of our farm this fall. To see the photos of the month use this hotlink Photos of the Month

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