Gifts of delight

7.28.20

 

There are times that I feel like I’m being watched.  Not the kind of watched that gives me goose bumps, but more of a warm and fuzzy kind of watched.  Like my stumbling through the world is most amusing, and my delight is worth entertaining. I know it’s the farm.  It’s like my secret Santa.  It lets me know it loves me by leaving me little gifts.  Little charming aberrations.  Little faces in things.  

I appreciate these small diversions. Farm work can be difficult and hot and humorless in July in the south (I was once advised never to evaluate my career choice in July and August).  I know it’s shocking, but it’s true.  Sometimes, in July and August, under the cruel gaze of the sun, salty sweat burning our eyes and every little skin abrasion we can’t imagine how we got- it becomes difficult to keep the heavy work light.  We’re afraid to expend any unnecessary energy with jokes or lightheartedness. But difficult jobs are made lighter when everyone is distracted by humor or fun or downright silliness.  

Enter nature again, bearing gifts of funny shaped veggies.  A tomato with a nose. An eggplant with a mouth. A potato with a nose mouth and hair to boot.  We stop thinking about the hard work and how hot we are and play show and tell with each other for a brief minute.  And those minutes add up to hours, and suddenly, the work is done!  It’s time for popsicles! 

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

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

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

Okra: $2/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound 

White cucumbers (Hickory only): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, some Margold): $3.45/pound

Sungold Cherry tomatoes: $3.50/pint

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

Green peppers: $3.50/pound

Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound

"Hatch" (New Mexican) chiles: $3.50/pound

Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb): $.25 each

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Mallory's Mixed flower bouquets: $11.95

Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm 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.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday midnight.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

Definition of insanity

7.20.20

 

First pepper July 20 instead of July 1 (planted the same time as last year, but 20 days later)

I was always told that the “definition of insanity” was doing the same thing but expecting different results.  Whoever coined that phrase never farmed I think.  Because in my experience the opposite is true.  Take potatoes, for example.  Last year everything went so perfectly and we had a fantastic potato year.  So naturally, we did exactly the same thing as last year but definitely did not get the same results.  This year was a terrible potato year.  Sigh, it’s enough to make me feel insane.

 

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

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

Okra: $2/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound 

White cucumbers (Hickory only): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak, small but tasty): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

New Potatoes: $5.95/bag

Mallory's Mixed flower bouquets: $11.95

Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm 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.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday midnight.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

 

The Kindness of Strangers

7.14.20

 

 

It is my experience that people are excellent to each other. Take away the online nastiness and arguing, and you get the pure humanity of us. This is Joshua and Marvin. They both had other (better) things to do. It was Marvin's 42nd anniversary and Joshua was on his way to visit his very sick mother (stage 4 cancer).

They didn't have to stop to help me. But they did. And we spent the next hour and 45 minutes (including several trips to Marvin's house to get tools), changing my flat tire in a precarious position on the side of a busy road.

I have have tried to be a self- sufficient person. I know how to change a flat. But I promise you that there was no way I was going to change this alone. It took both of these strong men (with better things to do) to break the lugs.

I am so filled with gratitude for the kindness of strangers. I'll be thinking of this for a long time. If you find yourself in need of spirit lift, you can think of this too.

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

Okra: $2/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Kale (last week-for real this time I think): $3/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound 

White cucumbers (Hickory only): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak, small but tasty): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

New Potatoes: $5.95/bag

Mallory's Mixed flower bouquets: $11.95

Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm 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.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday midnight.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

The Story

6.29.20

 

This wasn't today, but it captures the beauty of the valley. Photo by Mallory

A girl, at the beginning of a story, does not know she’s in a story.  She knows nothing of the characters she will meet along the path and where said path and said characters will take her.  She does not know her path of wanderlust will eventually lead to a beautiful little valley in western North Carolina where she will set down roots both literally and figuratively, where the characters move around her rather than she around them.

Yet the story unfolds, blind to her ignorance of its presence.  And then one day, as she descends into the beautiful little valley on her well worn path and the fading sunlight catches the exhausted rain clouds in a fit of purples and blues as the aged mountains raise behind them and the scene takes her breath away in a well-rehearsed pattern, she realizes that she is, in fact, living in a story. 

The story has slowed to the part where a reader might skim, but it is still a story.  Complete with conflicts and triumphs and yes, failures.  But today, the story has paused on a beautiful little valley with fading sun dancing across blue and purple clouds and mountains, highlighting the green gardens of home.

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale (last week): $3/bunch

Carrots (last week): $4.95/bunch

Blueberries (probably Saturday only as we pack most of our harvest shares for Wednesday): $6.95/pint

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound 

White cucumbers (Hickory only): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak, mostly beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Spring onions: $2.50/bunch

New Potatoes: $5.95/bag

 Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm 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.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday midnight.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

 

Well hey if it isn't June

6.15.20

Gentle cool rain

June.  Named after Juno, the Roman goddess of childbirth and fertility.  The weeds that escaped our hoes in April and early May have all grown up and are having children of their own now.  Usually, June rolls in on a saucy heat wave, announcing her presence like a child demanding your attention, stamping her feet and screaming “Look at me! Look at me!  Look at me!” 

But Juno was evidently distracted by the pandemic, because June just sort of slid into the raucous party through an already open door and sat down.  I hardly even recognized her.  Sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings, no desperate popsicle breaks, breezy, sunny skies--even the squash seems to be confused and isn’t growing so fast. A subtle and perfect June will have us all complacent and unprepared for that blast of July that is sure to come, but since there’s nothing we can do about that, let’s just enjoy the sweatshirts while we wait.

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Blueberries: $6.95/pint

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (extremely limited for hopefully just this last week until the field cucumbers begin producing)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm 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.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday 7pm.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

Forest Bathing

6.8.20

Bathing in the forest

Oh North Carolina, with your meandering rivers and your ancient mountains.  I’ve worried I was no longer going to be able to enjoy these things.  I’ve worried I should not be enjoying these things.  But Jason kindly reminded me that one can not care for others without first caring for oneself.  One cannot fill another’s glass from an empty pitcher.  And so I gladly accepted the invitation for a Reddies float this Sunday.  No email, no cell phones, no obligations if only for a couple of hours.  And I’m not sorry I did. 

In Japan, people practice “forest bathing” (Shinrin-yoku).  The idea is that the sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh clean air give us a sense of comfort.  They ease our stress and worry and help us to relax and think more clearly, and can even restore our mood.  How about more literally bathing in the forest? 

So yeah, I have a bit of catching up to do today, but Jason was right in his assessment of my state of mind Sunday: a little bathing in the forest was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate and rest and prepare for the onslaught of the week.  The effect is truly amazing. I have a zillion river tubes if anyone want to borrow them to try this out for themselves.

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (very limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

 

Better later than never

6.2.20

I'm as exhausted as this little guy that I rescued from our greenhouse

 I've been told "better late than never" so I'm hoping that's true this week as I come to you from a deep exhaustion late on a Tuesday night. So the blog is on vacation for a week, but we're not, and so...

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

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

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Lacinato kale (a.k.a. dino kale, black kale, cavelo nero, etc.): $3.50/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (very limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

Note the change in buildings in Charlotee! We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm 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.  

 

 

Counting

5.26.20

 

Counting is an undervalued skill.  It’s 50% (that’s 50 of 100) of my job I think.  Counting bunches, counting boxes, counting bags, counting rubber bands, counting heads….that’s what I do around here.  Count things.  I do so much counting that I can’t help counting.  I catch myself counting steps, counting bites, counting toothbrush strokes.  Heh, heh, heh. (Now go back and read that in a Romanian accent)

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

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

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Lacinato kale (a.k.a. dino kale, black kale, cavelo nero, etc.): $3.50/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm 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.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday 7pm.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

Thanks for your understanding and assistance in making things flow more smoothly for everyone while we navigate this crazy new world.  

 

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