2014 March Newsletter...spring is here!

March 2014 Newsletter

It has been a winter hasn't it? Or have you not noticed? I really hate to complain because it has been WINTER everywhere in the US this year. I have never seen it this cold in Middle Tennessee before. I have never seen our winter produce asked to endure as much as it has this winter. But today, the sun is shining, the peepers are singing and I do believe that spring is on its way. I am sure winter has another something up its sleeve for us. It always does, usually about the time we think it is safe to plant our crops outdoors, but that is OK, that is what nature does and today nature is good, bright and beautiful and is making up for lots of cold dark days with todays weather! It has been a fun few months watching the twins learn to walk, begin to understand what we are saying and trying to make some words of their own. Like all of our boys they already know how to moo and make tractor noises, you know, the really important things in life!

We have replanted the hoops, are making plans to begin planting our early spring beds, put in some potatoes and other things, which means spring is here! Strawberries are blooming in the hoops, garlic is up and trying to gain ground each day and I see shoots of spearmint trying to poke through last year's stubble. Yes indeed, spring is right around the corner.

We have some great spring crops planted and if all goes well coming to your family soon. Lots of beautiful lettuces, radishes, several varieties of kale, broccoli, cabbages, spinach, chard and turnips.

Dylem and Caleb added about 60 more girls to our farm when they bought new baby chicks a few weeks ago. Everyone is doing well and we are very proud of how well the boys are caring for the hens several times a day. They take it very seriously. It is about lambing time, which is always fun and anticipated by all. Everyone here has their own ewe (or ewes) and so it is fun to see whose lambs first, whose has the most lambs etc. Really all Jim and I care about is that all the mommas love and care for their babies because we don't love bottle lambs as much as the boys do!

All kinds of fun things on the farm in spring. It is the reward for overcoming winter!
See you soon,

New NEWS for the Franklin Farmers Market in 2014.
The NEW NEWS is that ONLY service dogs will be allowed at the market from now on. Pets will no longer be allowed to visit the market on Saturdays.

New market hours. The hours beginning in January 2014 will be from 9 until NOON. Summer hours will begin in May.

Would you like to be able to pre-order for the market? Sign up for the RGF Franklin News HERE. on the lower left hand side of our homepage and each time we bring goodies to the market, you will know ahead of time what is "growing on".

We have several ways you can get our produce during the spring 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 Winter Market. Hours are 9-12.

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.

Farm Life Blog
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the water trough

Photos of the Month
All kinds of pictures this time around…haircuts, water troughs, baby chicks, come see! To see the photos of the month use this hotlink Photos of the Month

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