Pictures are worth 1000 words

5.4.21
     
     

 Saturday's farmily dinner

 

We'll be at the downtown Hickory Farmers Market on Wedneday 10-2 and Saturday 8-1, and the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8-1, and the Watauga County Farmers Market 8-noon.

Here's what we'll have:

Baby Lettuce Salad mix: $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Boston-Bibb (buttercrunch lettuce): $3/head

Romaine lettuce: $3.50/head

Green leaf lettuce: $3/head

Kale: $3/bunch or bag

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Collard greens: $3/bunch

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Scallions: $3/bunch

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop  (sorry I forgot to open the virtual farm stand for last Saturday!)

 

The Importance of Levity

4.26.21

My favorite picture of my mom laughing as hard as one can

 

How often do you laugh? How often do your kids laugh?  According to Dr. Jennifer Aaker, social psychologist, author, and professor of marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the average 3-year-old laughs about 300 times a day.  It takes the average 40-year-old 2 ½ months to laugh that much.  Basically, around the time we enter the workforce, the number of times we laugh and smile on an average day begins to plummet and doesn’t rise again until our 70s and 80s.

I consider myself someone who takes humor very seriously (J), and as such, I try to find and spread laughter as much as possible, but 300 times a day in between naps seems unattainable even to someone as dedicated as me.  Everybody romaine calm and lettuce be thankful for veggie puns!  How else are we going to get our 300/day?

Okay, Okay, I’ll quit while I’m only a little behind.  But in all seriousness, levity is important.  I mean, life is going to throw challenges at us.  Grief, anger, heartbreak, frustration, and indignation are going to be part of it.  And if we let them, they’ll grind us down into the ground, and leave us to feed the worms.  It’s the laughter that lifts us up. And lucky for us, it’s contagious.

I’m probably going to spend a lot of time this season appreciating the awesome crew we have this season.  They’re efficient, competent, smart, mature, fantastic team players, all the good stuff blah blah blah.  But also, they’re as dedicated to silly as I am, and even better at puns (I heard that sigh of relief!).  All this is to say, yes, farm work is hard, sometimes frustrating,  sometimes  mind-numbingly repetitive, and physically demanding, but levity makes all of that fun (not to mention delicious!). And we’re planning to share as much of that levity as we possibly can, because it feels like we all could use it after the past year.

The Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone opens this Saturday! We'll be there 8-noon.  We'll also be at the downtown Hickory Farmers Market on Wedneday 10-2 and Saturday 8-1, and the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8-1.

Here's what we'll have:

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix: $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Boston-Bibb (buttercrunch lettuce): $3/head

Romaine lettuce: $3.50/head

Green leaf lettuce: $3/head

Kale: $3/bunch or bag

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop  (sorry I forgot to open the virtual farm stand for last Saturday!)

 

The brain is AMAZING!

4.19.21

Feed those AMAZING brains lots of fruits and veggies!

Saturday mornings begin for us at 3:45am.  It is not a rising time known for it’s brain capacity.  We stumble into our clothes, make coffee, load the market vehicles and head off to our various markets.  In that hour between rising and leaving the farm, we are um, not at our best.  We try to have everything all set so we can accomplish what we need to accomplish without thinking.

So, imagine my surprise when, only a mile away from the farm, my brain alerted me to a possible break down in our system: it reminded me that we had taken out the sides of our complicated cedar market stand in order to get kayaks into the van and had never put them back in!

Without losing way too much time, I was able to turn around and go back to the farm to retrieve said sides.  I have no idea how I would have managed to set up that beast of a stand without its sides!  “The brain is AMAZING” I kept exclaiming in a fit of delight.

It’s true!  The brain is AMAZING!  Did you know that if you are working on a problem and have all the parameters in place, it’s a good idea to walk away and do something else for a bit (like a puzzle or game) because your subconscious will continue working on the problem while you’re “away”?!  It’s so cool!  It’s easy to witness if you do puzzles.  Try leaving your sudoku or crossword or math homework and go play a round of four square or something (or cook dinner, or knit, or…).  When you return, the answer will be readily available!  The brain is truly amazing. 

Speaking of AMAZING brains, let's keep them healthy by feeding them lots of delicious fruits and veggies (and exercising them). We have about 20 slots left in our harvest shares and they begin in 2 weeks.  Get yours today if you haven't already!

You can sign up here: http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Here's how it works: you sign up and pay for your share now (at least in some part-no need to pay it all at once, although there are benefits to that), set your veggie preferences, and then start receiving a box of the freshest, most delicious, custom harvested and packed veggies beginning in May all the way throughSeptember!  Our harvest share is now fully customizable so you only get veggies you love (and you're more likely to eat them).  Going on vacation? No problem, put your share on vacation hold. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

The Wednesday Downtown Hickory Farmers Market opens this week!  We'll be under the sails downtown from 10-2!  On Saturday, We'll also be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market from 8-1 and the downtown Hickory Farmers Market from 8-1.

Here's what we'll have:

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix: $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Boston-Bibb (buttercrunch lettuce): $3/head

Romaine lettuce: $3.50/head

Kale: $3/bag (still in the first harvests, so we're bagging it instead of bunching it)

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop

 

Gratitude Bank

4.12.21

 

I’ve been told that one of the keys to happiness is “practicing gratitude”. I’ve been so filled with gratitude lately that it’s been bubbling over.  Gratitude for the farm, for our crew, for our customers, for the delivery trucks that brave our treacherous driveway, for the natural beauty of NC, for our wonderful neighbors, for good food…I mean, the list goes on.

Which is good because I should be saving up some of that gratitude for a stretch of rainy and cold days.  Because let’s be honest, the weather has been sort of awesome this last week.  We gathered outside with neighbors for a jovial Easter celebration, we’ve been on the river multiple times in week (even in the late afternoon after work!), crops started taking off with the warm weather, etc.  And I have to admit, this favorable weather makes gratitude easier.

It’s the stretches of cold super rainy days, flooding, and hard freezes that prove the usefulness of a “gratitude practice”.  (I love how that sounds like exercise!)  Because that’s the most challenging time for it, but also, probably when we need it most.  So I think I’ll mentally file some of this excess gratitude for the future in a “gratitude bank”.  So next time I need an attitude adjustment, I can make a withdraw (“gr-attitude”).

Harvest share deliveries begin in 3 weeks!  We've only got about 25 shares left, so get yours today.

You can sign up here: http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Here's how it works: you sign up and pay for your share now (at least in some part-no need to pay it all at once, although there are benefits to that), set your veggie preferences, and then start receiving a box of the freshest, most delicious, custom harvested and packed veggies beginning in May all the way to mid September!  Our harvest share is now fully customizable so you only get veggies you love (and you're more likely to eat them).  Going on vacation? No problem, put your share on vacation hold. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

The Downtown Hickory Farmers Market opens this Saturday!  We'll be under the sails downtown from 8-1!  We'll also be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market from 8-1

Here's what we'll have:

Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix: $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Boston-Bibb (buttercrunch lettuce): $3/head

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop

 

In pursuit of happiness

4.5.21

Enjoying the Reddies River this past weekend (photo courtesy of Amy)

 

I was talking with some farmer friends of mine (who are, incidentally, MUCH younger than me) who do everything on the farm themselves, year round.  They have no employees, and no down time.  I asked, “do you just work all the time?”  The answer is yes, but they view it differently.  They see it as time spent hanging out together (did I mention they’re MUCH younger than me?), and work just happens to be what they do together.

But I can’t help it.  I love my work (most of the time), I really do, and I love my farm/business/life partner.  But I still see it as work.  And I just want to have other things in my life aside from work.  My above mentioned farmer friend said, “I get bored if I’m not working”. But boredom isn’t a part of my life, so it got me thinking about what these “other things besides work” actually are.

For me, the answer is easy and two-fold.  I love to learn.  There is constant learning taking place on the farm, but I need to learn other things.  I read somewhere that having pursuits outside of your regular career is useful, even in the context of said regular career.  I take that to heart. So I learn things.

I also love to recreate.  One of our main motivations in moving close to the mountains was all the access to natural beauty.  We’re so close to endless hiking, kayaking, etc.  that we try to take advantage of all that access as often as possible. 

Does that make us lesser farmers? Maybe. But I’m willing to bet that these youngsters will feel at least slightly different about it when they’re my age.  

We've got a few spaces left in our customized harvest share program.

You can sign up here: http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Here's how it works: you sign up and pay for your share now (at least in some part-no need to pay it all at once, although there are benefits to that), set your veggie preferences, and then start receiving a box of the freshest, most delicious, custom harvested and packed veggies beginning in May all the way to mid September!  Our harvest share is now fully customizable so you only get veggies you love (and you're more likely to eat them).  Going on vacation? No problem, put your share on vacation hold. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market this Saturday, April 3rd in the A shed from 8 to 1. Here's what we'll have:

Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix: $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop

 

Shifting the focus to local

3.29.21

I think the pandemic has had an unintended positive effect on our lives.  As we hunkered down and reduced or ceased travel, we turned our collective gaze more and more to our local community, realizing, perhaps, that this is who and what really deserves our attention.  The local community, aside from family, is all that truly knows and cares about us.  We watch each other’s children grow up, we celebrate milestones together, we check on each other in challenging times, we sponsor baseball teams, and barn raisings. We know the faces included in “we”.

Last week, I talked about Jason’s feel good local community experience.  Then, I got a call from my neighbor inviting me to join them in picking up the trash along Tumbling Shoals Road.  It was a lovely way to spend a lovely Saturday afternoon (no farmers markets yet for us), doing good community work with my community. What a fantastic way to release some happy chemicals, get some exercise, and laugh with the neighbors!  And the roadside looks great! I could get addicted to this sort of activity and I hope I do.

 

Speaking of community: join your local food community by becoming a member of our farm! Purchase a harvest share now, and begin receiving a customized share of the harvest beginning in May.

You can sign up here: http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Here's how it works: you sign up and pay for your share now (at least in some part-no need to pay it all at once, although there are benefits to that), set your veggie preferences, and then start receiving a box of the freshest, most delicious, custom harvested and packed veggies beginning in May all the way to mid September!  Our harvest share is now fully customizable so you only get veggies you love (and you're more likely to eat them).  Going on vacation? No problem, put your share on vacation hold. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market this Saturday, April 3rd in the A shed from 8 to noon. Here's what we'll have:

Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix (maybe, just a little bit): $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes (maybe, just a few): $2.75/bunch

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop

Community

3.18.21

I’ve been learning about, well, a lot of things, but one thing I’ve recently learned was about our “active experience” versus our “remembered experience” and how the latter is much more powerful.  We tend to remember the latter part of any experience more and that can define the whole experience for us.

I wish I had learned this and told Jason before his errand trip the other day because it started out with the local electrical supply store, Western Carolina Electric and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and the local flooring store, McLean Floorcoverings.  It was a wonderful community experience-sort of like the “Cheers” experience, but without the beer. 

People knew about his project and what he would need to complete it (even if he didn’t), provided fantastic customer service, and gave him that good feeling you get for supporting these faces and first names of local small businesses. But he ended his errand trip at anonymous nameless big box where even finding a helpful or knowledgeable person proved frustratingly impossible. And so his memory of that day was jaded because of its end.

I think a lot about this in planning my days now.  I always try to schedule, if possible, the most unpleasant tasks (if there are any) early on, so I can end on a good note and my memory of the day will be of a good one, no matter what happened early on.  Our brains are such powerful tools-for better or worse-depending on how you harness that power.  Which, of course, I’ll be learning to do until I die. 

Speaking of community: join your local food community by becoming a member of our farm! Purchase a harvest share now, and begin receiving a customized share of the harvest beginning in May.

You can sign up here: http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Here's how it works: you sign up and pay for your share now (at least in some part-no need to pay it all at once, although there are benefits to that), set your veggie preferences, and then start receiving a box of the freshest, most delicious, custom harvested and packed veggies beginning in May all the way to mid September!  Our harvest share is now fully customizable so you only get veggies you love (and you're more likely to eat them).  Going on vacation? No problem, put your share on vacation hold. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

The promises of fickle spring

3.3.21

 

Last Sunday’s 70 degree day paired with the arrival of the sunshine this week has us all thinking about spring, but I’m holding onto winter for as long as I can.  I know, I know, but I hate the cold.  It’s true.  Winter is probably my least favorite season, even here where it’s mild.  But winter is also the time where I wake to the slow growing light and the bird songs.  It’s the time where I think about things other than the farm and it works out fine.  It’s the time where we play on the weekends just because we can.  It’s the time when the farm relaxes its grip on us, if just for a bit.

So I approach spring with the skeptical eye of a jaded lover, holding on to the consistent if not uninspiring hand of winter for just a moment longer.  One more fiction book, one more non-farm class, one more hike in the woods.  Then I’ll be ready to join the rest of you in your anticipation of spring.  Because, as Barbara Kingsolver once said, “this is what’s cruel about springtime: no matter how it treat’s you, you can’t stop loving it.”  And so I will.  Hope springs eternal, after all.

I do hold a lot of hope for spring.  All farmers do.  Probably all humans do.  But it feels like she’s the most cruel to farmers.  With her floods and early warmth followed by late frosts.  But still, we sow our seeds, and protect our fragile early crops as best we can, basking in spring’s promises as we endure her volatility.

Help us grow for you! By purchasing a harvest share now, you can help us purchase seeds and inputs and put our farmily to work, and then receive your customized veggie box beginning in May!

You can sign up here: http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Here's how it works: you sign up and pay for your share now (at least in some part-no need to pay it all at once, although there are benefits to that), set your veggie preferences, and then start receiving a box of the freshest, most delicious, custom harvested and packed veggies beginning in May all the way to mid September!  Our harvest share is now fully customizable so you only get veggies you love (and you're more likely to eat them).  Going on vacation? No problem, put your share on vacation hold. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

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