Season sunset

11.27.20

The sun is setting on another season here at Tumbling Shoals Farm. Ever since we stopped growing all through the winter, we have really looked forward to this hibernation. This year we are looking forward to it more than ever.

We know how incredibly lucky we are to have seasonality as part of our jobs. We're incredibly lucky to have time to rest, reflect, and rejuvenate. We're incredibly lucky to have such supportive and loyal customers who understand our need for a break and come back to us in the spring.

Thank you for allowing us this time to disappear from the world and reconnect with our purpose here on this earth. We will think about you and miss you, but the winter never fails to fly by and it won't be long before we see each other again

All that being said, since we still have a few crops in the ground, we are adding one encore customized veggie box delivery on for next week through our virtual farm stand.  These will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec 2nd to Hickory (planning home delivery there, but will work that out with each order individually), Wilkesboro, and Boone.  

Boxes start at $8.50, but you can add on as much as you want from what's available.  If you didn't get the "purchase from the farm stand email", here's the link to the farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

If you've never ordered from the farm stand before, here's a step by step guide (it's not intuitive!): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

Eye glazing season

11.9.20

Have you ever watched someone's eyes glaze?  Jason and I have been teaching cash flow workshops to farmers for a decade, so we've seen a lot of eyes glaze.  I mean, that's not exactly the sexy part of farming, we get it.

But now it's me in the eye glaze territory.  It happens just about every November, but because this year has been so crazy, I'm finding my eye glaze amplified. Not only do I find it difficult to focus, I find it difficult to even want to focus.  As if someone is droning on and I'm ready for a very long nap.  My eyes glaze.  

Sunday I laid in the grass with my pets and let my eyes glaze. The weather was glorious and I decided to just live in that warm blank moment.  Laundry can wait, house cleaning can wait, what else was I even supposed to do?  It can wait.  Eye glaze. 

 

I do want to make sure you know about the change in markets and times.  There is no more Wednesday market.  If you wish to purchase from us for pick up on Wednesday, you'll need to order a one time farm share through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm.  Pick up is at Tasteful Beans Coffee Shop (you MUST wear a mask to enter to pick up your box, no exceptions) on Wednesday 8-4

Also, we are finished attending the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market for the season.  So on Saturday, we will be at the Watauga County (Boone) farmers market from 9am-noone and the downtown Hickory farmers market from 10am until 1pm.

I can't believe how fast we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our plans may have altered somewhat, but what hasn't changed is that we'll have local pastured turkey on our table again this year for Thanksgiving.  Tumbling Shoals Farm alumni Cory Bryk of New Life Farm is once again raising pastured turkeys for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  If you are interested in purchasing one of his turkeys, you can find more information and reserve one here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1z3KXEkQd2oPQoBGqhla03nwCGBM1X0ce5VGvP4r4XqPWdQ/viewform?gxids=7628

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Carrots: $5/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/compostable container

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

We'll be at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Saturday 10am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 9-noon.  

 

Out like a lion

11.3.20

After a super pleasant month, October decided to leave us like a lion (and not a Detroit Lion, mind you).  Startling floods followed with 85 degrees followed by a full "blue" moon on Hallow's Eve.  

With just three weeks left of production, and more seasonally appropriate temperatures, we are quite literally "chilling out".  So much so, that I'm not going to wax too poetic this week.

I do want to make sure you know about the change in markets and times.  There is no more Wednesday market.  If you wish to purchase from us for pick up on Wednesday, you'll need to order a one time farm share through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm.  Pick up is at Tasteful Beans Coffee Shop (you MUST wear a mask to enter to pick up your box, no exceptions) on Wednesday 8-4

Also, we are finished attending the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market for the season.  So on Saturday, we will be at the Watauga County (Boone) farmers market from 9am-noone and the downtown Hickory farmers market from 10am until 1pm.

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Carrots: $5/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/compostable container

 Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

We'll be at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Saturday 10am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 9-noon.  

 

Ode to October

10.27.20

 

Ode to October.

Oh October, the light hanging low

Just brushing the brilliant colors in the trees,

Shadows long,

Sweatshirts in the mornings, sleeveless in the afternoon.

My gratitude builds with each ray of sunshine,

Even filtered through whimsical clouds. Bees are busy foraging the last of the blooms,

But my pantry is already stocked

And there’s time to just enjoy.

Porches were made for these days.

A slow down, a tucking in,

A satisfaction of a job near complete,

Of people fed.

This is October.

 

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Carrots: $5/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Rainbow Chard (very limited): $3/bunch

Collard Greens (very limited): $3/bunch

Romaine lettuce: $3.50/head

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

  

 

The down-shift season

10.19.20

 

The sweaters have come out of the storage and the shorts have gone into the closet, and thus begins the down-shift season.  With just a bit over a month left to go in our harvest season, the last half of October brings a slowing down.  With all the planting finished, the deconstruction happens on a much more flexible timeline.  We suddenly have time to focus on things other than the farm, like the gorgeous October weather, sitting on the porch with friends and neighbors, petting the pets, reading books, hiking, each other.  All that was once a fire to put out becomes a fire to sit around and relax.

People ask me if I’m excited for the winter.  The answer is more bittersweet.  While I am ready to slow down and enjoy some of life’s better moments, to celebrate our anniversary and Halloween, to rest and renew, to visit family and friends, the change of seasons also brings the dissipation of our farmily, and colder weather for this self-proclaimed cold wimp.

But I’m going to live in the October moment. With leaves starting to turn, and the sunshine warming our faces in the day, and my new patio heater warming them on porches with friends and neighbors at night (self-proclaimed cold wimp, remember?), I’m going to embrace the down-shift with all I’ve got, maybe even hit the brakes a bit.    

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Kale (limited): $3/bunch

Rainbow Chard (limited): $3/bunch

Collard Greens (limited): $3/bunch

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Emergency Prosecco and the gift of laughter

10.12.20

 

This week began with humor.  The photo on the left is the now empty emergency Prosecco kit my friend David made for me a year or two ago.  I had a Prosecco emergency this year!  The picture on the right is, I presume, my new emergency Prosecco kit made by my friend Robert who heard about the emergency Prosecco kit and my consumption of it. 

Keep your friends and neighbors and family safe and close y’all.  Moments like these are worth everything.  Hidden here in our little corner of the wacky world, we’re finding laughter and connection.  And love. Across political divides, despite all that’s stacked against us, we can let little bubbles of laughter lighten the weight of the world.  It’s still okay to laugh.  No, it’s still great to laugh.  Laughter will carry us through, let it lift you for a while.

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Green beans: $3.50/pound

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Fresh baby ginger with tops, last of it on Saturday only: $6.95/pound

Fresh baby turmeric: $1/ounce

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula (limited): $3.50/compostable container

Kale (limited): $3/bunch

Rainbow Chard (limited): $3/bunch

Collard Greens (limited): $3/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon,  a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each

Ghost chiles: $1 each

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

  

Holding Pattern

10.6.20

 

Long journey ahead for this monarch

It’s only October, but the change of seasons is bringing some sense of hope that just moving forward will bring a beneficial change.  This year has felt like one large American Ninja challenge and our metaphorical arms are getting tired of holding the weight of everything.  We’re exhausted.   Little things require vast effort. 

We keep putting one foot in front of the other as if we’re sure there’s some sort of unseen destination that lay ahead.  Mondays come, we stumble through tasks, Tuesdays are a long day and suddenly Wednesday market/delivery day is here.  Wednesday again ends late and then it’s Thursday.  What are we doing on Thursday?  Oh yeah, more stumbling through tasks and then it’s Friday harvest and pack day which runs directly into Saturday the 3:45am long day, and too soon comes the end of Sunday-the relax day.

One foot in front of the other. Carrying the weight of the world and trying to survive in our little corner of it.  Routine and repeat. We’ll keep going through the motions with blind faith that there is an end coupled with a new beginning. We’re in a holding pattern.   

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound

Fresh baby turmeric: $1/ounce

Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound

Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Kale (limited): $3/bunch

Rainbow Chard (limited): $3/bunch

Collard Greens (limited): $3/bunch

Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon,  a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each

Ghost chiles: $1 each

 

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Reflecting upon the good

9.28.20

 

 

I learned from a Jesuit brother many years ago that we are the universe’s method of reflecting upon itself.  I’ve never forgotten that piece of wisdom.  Since then, I’ve been trying to show the universe a good time.  I mean, self reflection is good and all, but it can get a bit intense if you don’t focus on the better parts now and again. 

In the midst of a confusing and chaotic year, in a country that feels like it’s brimming with animosity, I decided to turn to the interior and show the universe some of its good stuff: the stunning natural beauty of western North Carolina.  So we took to the Reddies River in our backyard for a bit of “forest bathing.”

We had the entire 10-mile stretch of the river entirely to ourselves, save for a few water birds and a turtle or two.  There on the river, the world shrinks to that moment, and it’s easy to let go of the chaos of this year and the wider world.  It’s good to be reminded that this is still here, no matter what is happening beyond the lines of trees, and steep rock walls that shelter us from view.  That nature is nature, and that we’re not all that important in the grand scheme of things—just a way for the universe to reflect upon itself.  I’m pretty sure it had a good time.

Here's what we're harvesting for you this week:

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7

Arugula (limited): $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound

Fresh baby turmeric: $1/ounce

Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound

Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Butternut squash: $2.50/pound

Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon,  a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each

Ghost chiles: $1 each

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

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