Virtual Farm Stand open this week! Customized farm shares available

4.2.20

April 2 produce availability:

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-pound bag

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

You can order from our virtual farm stand for pick up Saturday April 4th at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro or the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market (Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!):https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed this Saturday 4/4. We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand(Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!): https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We have fully customized farm shares available for purchase: https://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm Shares begin the first week in May!

Enjoy the little things (shhh): first availability from Tumbling Shoals Farm

3.31.20

Me attempting to overcome cultural bias to keep everyone safe(er), or farm fashion during Covid

If you have seen Zombieland, you know that survival depends on a set of rules.  Rule #32 is “enjoy the little things”.  Today, I confess, I took pleasure in speeding.  Yep, you read that right. A few miles outside of Lenoir the speed limit drops from 55 to 45, which I always observe. Except today (please don’t mail me a ticket). It’s long, straight, and still country, and I just took a little bit of pleasure in my mini rebellion.

I feel confident I arrived at my destination at least 1 minute ahead of schedule.  My destination was Banner greenhouses to pick up some organic transplants.  Tuesday morning is pick up day, where we pass like ships in the night, close enough to acknowledge each other’s existence, yet too far away to engage.

And I wondered to myself: is this, in fact, the great introvert revenge upon us extroverts for all of those super awkward ice breakers we put them through?  Because social distancing feels like an introvert utopia of sorts, while I as an extrovert am left screaming inside my head “Hi! How are you?! Let’s hug!”

I’m kidding, of course (and I think I’m awful funny), but it’s an interesting thing how differently we all are experiencing our social isolation.  It’s easy to forget what’s going on here at the farm.  Since we always work from home and are naturally isolated out here, it almost feels normal.  We have, after all, been told basically to keep calm, wash our hands, and keep growing food for people. So that’s what we’ll do, with a few modifications of course.

 

Some of those modifications are happening this week!  I’m happy to announce that we are opening our virtual farm stand for orders to pick up this Saturday in Charlotte and Wilkesboro.  Here's the link: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

I am trying to add a couple of more pick up locations (Boone and Hickory) for next week, but I don’t have the logistics worked out for this week and I have to open up the farm stand today so people have enough time to get orders in before Friday when we’ll harvest and pack.

Here’s how it works: there’s a minimum order of $10, so you’ll choose the $10 box option, but you can add as much as you want to the order.  Your “registration” will ensure you get the virtual farm stand availability email each week that we have produce available (which will be every week).   

 

 

Due to the uncertainty of farmers markets, we are also trying to sell more customized full season harvest shares this season. Thank you to everyone who has joined us here at Tumbling Shoals Farm in our efforts to keep our community fed healthy organic foods during this pandemic and hopefully beyond.  If you haven’t joined us yet, we are asking that you consider you to consider purchasing a harvest share.  

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.

 

Love in the time of Covid

3.24.20

 

I know there is a balance between informed action and crazy.  Finding and maintaining that balance has nearly become my full time job during what is arguably the craziest part of our lives (so far).  Too much news can lead to feeling as if I’m living in one of my young adult dystopian fiction novels (and I am not the hero!) which can lead to drowning.  Not enough news can lead to ignorance and resistance to the changes that are coming forth which also surely leads to drowning.

But there is a balance. While normal has been upended, lives disrupted, and future uncertain at best, I am also seeing love.  I am seeing the local communities band together (at a distance) to support their local businesses and their out-of-work employees.  I am seeing creative adaptations and support. I am seeing people in critical roles working non-stop to keep their communities supplied and healthy.

So no, while we may be experiencing some parts of a dystopian novel, at least it is not a Cormac McCarthy novel.  We have not all turned into self-serving cannibals and gangs.  We are doing our best to take care of each other in ever more creative (and physically distant and sanitized) ways. There is love in the time of Covid.

So I guess we’ll have to forgo the hugs in national “hug your farmers” day, but we could use your support in other ways. Thank you to everyone who has joined us here at Tumbling Shoals Farm in our efforts to keep our community fed healthy organic foods during this pandemic and hopefully beyond.  If you haven’t joined us yet, we are asking that you consider you to consider purchasing a harvest share.  

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.

Want to help keep Tumbling Shoals Farm in existence but just can't commit to a full season?  No worries, this year, we'll have an option to sign up for our virtual Farm Stand.  By signing up for Farm Stand, you'll still set your veggie likes/dislikes, and the you'be put on a list. Whenever we have extra produce available, we'll let you know through email and you can purchase a share (or not) whenever our supplies and your desires match up!  You an pre-register for the notifications here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm 

We'll still deliver to those convenient locations just like you were a full time member.  Now, because it's difficult to plan for add on members and because we're much less likely to get our boxes returned, there is a small extra charge per box, so it's a way better deal to become a harvest share member, but I just wanted you to know that this option will become available.  The option is not there yet, but I wanted you to know about it in case you're considering your options.

To our farmers market customers and friends

3.16.20

 

I know, I know, the last thing you want is another email about what someone is doing about Covid-19.  So this is not that (entirely).  But we have been thinking about it.  A lot.  Don’t worry, no matter what you can count on us to do what we do best: grow organic food for our community.  However, we may have to be more creative in how we get that healthy food to you this season. 

Farmers markets across the country are being closed.  I know this makes little sense since farmers markets are hyper-local, and local food direct from your farmer is WAY less handled by WAY FEWER hands (and thus, easier to ensure those hands are clean!).  No decisions have been made about local markets, but it seems very likely that at least some of the markets this season will be cancelled. 

So in order to get all those organic goodies that we’re growing into your hands, we are asking you to join our Harvest Share for the 2020 season.  It is fully customizable.  You’ll still get only the fruits and veggies you love (just like farmers market).  We’ll custom harvest and pack it here at the farm then deliver to a convenient pick-up location near you.  It’s really easy. 

Here we are, seeds already sown, health-promoting organic fruits and veggies already growing—just like every spring.  Then along comes Covid-19 and so many things that we took for granted—like community health—turn out to be more fragile than we thought.  We’ve always recognized our role in creating a healthy community, but suddenly it just feels more critical.

 

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.

Want to help keep Tumbling Shoals Farm in existence but just can't commit to a full season?  No worries, this year, we'll have an option to sign up for our virtual Farm Stand.  By signing up for Farm Stand, you'll still set your veggie likes/dislikes, and the you'be put on a list. Whenever we have extra produce available, we'll let you know through email and you can purchase a share (or not) whenever our supplies and your desires match up!  We'll still deliver to those convenient locations just like you were a full time member.  Now, because it's difficult to plan for add on members and because we're much less likely to get our boxes returned, there is a small extra charge per box, so it's a way better deal to become a harvest share member, but I just wanted you to know that this option will become available.  The option is not there yet, but I wanted you to know about it in case you're considering your options.

 

Rabbit food down in the rabbit hole

2.14.20

 

My Whole30 Super Bowl at the bar involved black coffee and water

Since I made a New Year resolution several years ago to never make another New Year resolution, I haven’t actually made a New Year resolution.  It’s the only one that stuck as far as I can remember.  But as I age, even that resolution does not absolve me from a January obsession with nutrition and health.  I read articles, listen incessantly to podcasts, and generally get sucked down a diet and health rabbit hole.

So now I’m 24 days into a Whole30 program, trying to see if something I eat raises my blood pressure and/or just makes me feel less than stellar.  Which means I’m eating a whole lot of “rabbit food” down here in this rabbit hole. 

If you're also trying to improve your diet, Tumbling Shoals Farm can help (starting in May), with our customized harvest share. If you have a box of super fresh, local, AND organic veggies that you know you love (because you chose them!) already in your fridge, you're more likely to eat them.

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.

 

Showing up (process vs. progress)

1.27.20

 

Shiloh and Tully rekindling their relationship with hiking

We live in such a goal oriented society, that we tend to forget that sometimes it’s about the process.  Because we focus so hard on the goal, we become terrified of starting over again.  I’m experiencing this in rekindling my winter relationships with the gym, yoga, and pickleball.  Over the last two winters of year round growing, we didn’t do much of those things.  I can still remember when I was stronger, faster, more flexible, etc. Those memories are like goals I once obtained and wish to be at again.

But really, is the importance of yoga being able to hold a headstand in the middle of the room?  Or is it the process of showing up and moving.  Is it all important that I can lift the “x” pound weight? Or is it the process of showing up and working out.  Is it important to hit that winning shot? Or is it the process of showing up, getting a bit of exercise, and having some fun with my community.

I will logically argue the latter in all of those cases, but it’s so difficult sometimes not to feel frustrated and even embarrassed that I’ve “regressed”.  Even the word “regress” has a negative connotation in a society that’s all about “progress”.  So for now, I’m going to try my best to focus on the process, not the progress.

Speaking of starting over: we're starting over with a brand new season here at Tumbling Shoals Farm. And that means we're purchasing seeds and supplies like crazy this month, and don't yet have an income stream.  And so it is this month that we ask for your commitment to our farm by joining our 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.

Love the idea, but just can't commit to a full season?  No worries, this year, we'll have an option to sign up for our virtual Farm Stand.  By signing up for Farm Stand, you'll still set your veggie likes/dislikes, and the you'be put on a list. Whenever we have extra produce available, we'll let you know through email and you can purchase a share (or not) whenever our supplies and your desires match up!  We'll still deliver to those convenient locations just like you were a full time member.  Now, because it's difficult to plan for add on members and because we're much less likely to get our boxes returned, there is an extra $5 charge per box, so it's a way better deal to become a harvest share member, but I just wanted you to know that this option will become available.  The option is not there yet, but I wanted you to know about it in case you're considering your options.

 

Return from the deep

1.21.20

 

first seeding of 2020

When is a business established enough to go off the radar for a bit?  That is the question.  After growing for 12 years, including the last two year round straight through with no changes in scenery to yoga and pickleball and gyms and beach, we decided that we would take a gamble that 12 years is established enough.  That we were established enough to be in your long term memory and you would still remember us when we suddenly returned, all renewed and refreshed. And that you would forgive us for our disappearance.

While renewal is usually the goal of every winter on our farm, we never completely disconnect.  We go into power saving mode.  Our screensavers go on, our alarm clocks go off, but we’re still farming in the corners of our brains, and even our bodies.  Slowly, partially, but still farming.  So after that two year run of no winter break, we decided to check out completely for a minute.  And we were completely committed to that check out.

So committed, that we left the country, switched SIM cards, and set our clocks to vacation time.  We have Mallory to thank for that, since she was here running the farm in our absence, which is no small thing.  But we know she is completely competent and that trust allowed us to go off the radar for nearly a month and a half.  As we ease back into our roles as farmers, we hope that you’ll let us ease back into your lives, no worse for the wear.

Part of that easing back into our farm lives is planning for and planting for this season.  And that means we're purchasing seeds and supplies like crazy this month, and don't yet have an income stream.  And so it is also this month that we ask for your commitment to our farm by joining our 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.

Love the idea, but just can't commit to a full season?  No worries, this year, we'll have an option to sign up for our virtual Farm Stand.  By signing up for Farm Stand, you'll still set your veggie likes/dislikes, and the you'be put on a list. Whenever we have extra produce available, we'll let you know through email and you can purchase a share (or not) whenever our supplies and your desires match up!  We'll still deliver to those convenient locations just like you were a full time member.  Now, because it's difficult to plan for add on members and because we're much less likely to get our boxes returned, there is an extra $5 charge per box, so it's a way better deal to become a harvest share member, but I just wanted you to know that this option will become available.  The option is not there yet, but I wanted you to know about it in case you're considering your options.

 

Weather and other news

11.13.19

 

The internet has exploded with weather memes, all of which make me laugh. It does seem like we moved from rather suddenly from Augtober to Novembruary.  I guess this decade wanted to go out with a boom and set a bunch of records before we got to 2020. What doesn’t make me laugh as much is the fact that it hasn’t reached even 30° at 10:30 a.m.  So, I decided it was a good time to start checking the weather in the Dominican Republic.

Now that’s better.  I only have to survive these extremes for 23 more days. After growing throughout the winter the last couple of years, and staying put for the last several years, Jason and I are heading WAY south for most of December.  Yep. The farmers are taking a vacation.  We’re not even going to visit a farm while we’re there.  It’s just pure vacation.  It’s becoming about the only thing I can think about (well that and learning Spanish), so if I forget to write the blog like I did this week, that’s why😊

 

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