May 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

Happy May and Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies out there. Even if you aren't a mommy you can still fill up a Mom's shoes by just being present in another person's life. I have several ladies in my life who are not my Mom, but have spoken into my life like a Mother can and I am very thankful for them.

So spring is here and so are the summer-like TN spring temperatures! However we are so thankful that the weather so far has decided to stay spring and not go back and forth with all the spring/winter temperature fluctuations. The crops are growing and thriving and bounty is here!

We will be at the Franklin Farmers Market through the end of Strawberry season, which we estimate to be wrapped up around the first of June. Until then, we are there from 8-1 each Saturday. This year we are across the aisle from our summer booth of last year. The Franklin Farmers Market is open from 8-1 now until Novemberâ€"of course the best selection is to be had right at 8 am, but remember that we can't sell to you until the bell rings at 8am or we get in trouble. Thanks for understanding!

Crops that are in right now are Strawberries (yum), a variety of Kales, Swiss Chard, spinach, lettuces, radishes, turnips, happy rich and other greens. Coming soon the brassica family! broccoli, cabbages, and later on brussel sprouts (we are trying a spring crop this year)

Dylem and Caleb added about 60 more girls to our farm a few months ago and those ladies will begin to lay eggs in late July. They should be laying good by the time we return to the market at the first of September. When we return to the market we will have all kinds of yummies for your family and we will have hay in the barn, lots of things repaired and mended on the farm and hopefully a little more spring to our step.

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OK friends, we need your prayers! Our friend and fellow farmer Cindy Delvin has been diagnosed with a very rare form of lymphoma called Mantle Cell Lymphoma. She is undergoing treatment at MD Anderson and has a great doctor who is leading her treatment. Please pray for her, her recovery and healing, but also her whole family. Farmers don't get paid sick leave and Cindy is such a huge part of Delvin Farms. Please pray that their family will find the balance they need between work and rest during this time. If you would like to follow Cindy's progress you can visit her at cindy delvin caringbridge site

Rarely will I ever recommend anything other than fruits and veggies with our newsletter, but there is a movie coming out which is being viewed in select cities ONLY at this time that I think is going to be awesome. I think it will give folks a better idea of what a farmers life is like, and I mean that in a good way. Farmers are blessed, farmers have challenges that others don't face, but we have opportunities that others don't have. My favorite quote from the trailer is that "mother nature never takes a day off". Jim's favorite is "we are farming for the future because our time is almost up" watch the trailer and if you can support the movie. I sure hope it will go mainstream and for sure come up on DVD…I really want to see it! Farmland Film Trailer

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" and "get it before you get there".

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 Summer Market. Hours are 8-1.

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.

Farm Life Blog
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Photos of the Month
All kinds of pictures this time around twins walking, big boys working, , come see! To see the photos of the month use this hotlink Photos of the Month

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