Waxing Poetic (farm blog)

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Posted 9/14/2020 5:02pm by Shiloh Avery.

Everybody keeps asking me if I’ve lost weight and the answer is always I don’t know.  Not out of some misplaced modesty or pride, but because I genuinely don’t know.  We don’t own a scale.  Well, not one that will weigh humans anyway.

I find the whole bathroom scale concept one of the most absurd of our culture.  No wonder we’re so obsessed with weight as a society.  Or is the bathroom scale convention simply a reflection of that obsession.  How long has that been an accepted and even expected part of our culture?  Did my great grandparents have a bathroom scale?  Did their parents?

We obsess over weight despite knowing so many other factors could influence such a meaningless number.  I could have gained more muscle and therefore, weigh more than before, or vice versa.  It seems such an arbitrary measure.  I mean, we know if we’ve gotten fat.  We don’t need to check each morning for the minute details.  If my clothes are tight, my relative size has changed.  If I have to go get new clothes because they no longer fit, I might pause to consider a cause of this and decide if I should change one behavior or another. If my clothes still fit, then no need to think about it. But if that bathroom scale is staring at me….

I figure, as long as I'm eating food, not too much, mostly plants, I can ignore the minutiae and I'll be just fine.

Here's the healthy stuff we're harvesting for you this week:

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

Arugula: $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

Okra: $2/pint

Aji Dulce peppers: $3/pint

Trinidad Perfume peppers: $3/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

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

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

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

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.  

 

 

Posted 9/7/2020 6:09pm by Shiloh Avery.

Since I didn't actually take a picture of my slow progress to the compost pile, here's a picture of pepper abundance instead

It took three steps for me to get some old forgotten produce out of the corner of the crisper of the fridge to the compost pile last week.  And I don’t mean three literal steps, but more like a 12-step program (let go and hope that God does it?).  Day 1, step 1: I consolidated a few random old things I had found in the back corner of the crisper (can anyone say Napa Cabbage butts from the spring!!?) into one bag.  I even managed to set it out on the porch that day!  Day 3, step2: I finally decided the porch was not going to compost that old produce very well, so I dropped it at the end of the sidewalk on my way to the laundry: a few steps closer.  Then finally, when I got worried we’d actually get around to mowing and accidentally mow that bag of compost because the grass was growing around it, I took the final literal three steps and dumped it into the compost.

If this were the only thing, I’d consider it an anomaly, but it’s actually more of a pattern.  Time to take the recycling out?  We first move the bag from under the sink to the door for a day or two.  Then eventually, we move it out to the porch for several days, before taking the final three steps to the recycling bins to empty it.  Same thing, more or less, with the trash. 

This is how exhaustion manifests, or at least that’s my excuse.  Baby steps.  Just inch it a little bit closer to the goal.  Easy does it, not too fast now.  Every step of the way counts.

Here’s what we’ll be inching out of the fields for you this week:

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

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

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

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound

Okra: $2/pint

Aji Dulce peppers: $3/pint

Trinidad Perfume peppers: $3/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

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

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

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

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

 

 

Posted 8/31/2020 1:18pm by Shiloh Avery.

With this kind of weather dominating our year, no wonder I'm dreaming about coffee!

I had a dream the other night.  It was fully adorned with all the silly strange thickness of dreams, but I think it bore a bit of a lesson too.  In said dream, I was a farmer. That much seems reasonable.  But a customer called and wanted a coffee and to purchase a muffin.  Being the “yes” person that I am, I complied.  Or at least I tried to.

I put the muffin on a plate and made it presentable, poured the coffee into a paper cup, but I had no lid.  No worries, it wasn’t far to the customer’s office where I would deliver the goods.  But in true dreamlike fashion, the short jaunt turned epic.  I got distracted while waiting for the elevator (one person at a time in the elevator, so it was a long wait) and absentmindedly set down the muffin somewhere.  Then, when I finally got a place in the elevator, I spilled the coffee, only to arrive on the customer’s floor with only a half a cup of now cold coffee in hand.

Sigh.  I think I should probably stick to farming.  And sometimes, the answer just shouldn’t be “yes”.

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

Aji Dulce peppers: $3/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, Margold, and a handful of green zebra): $2.95/pound

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

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

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

Green peppers: $3.00/pound

Purple bell peppers: $3.50/pound

Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound

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

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

 

Posted 8/25/2020 5:03pm by Shiloh Avery.

I realized the other day that I just don’t take as many pictures as I used to. It’s as if everything we do here is just no longer fascinating.  As if the art of growing food has lost its luster.  But then, in a torrent of jubilation, I understood that it’s not that!!!  It’s late August.  Duh.

The exhaustion has settled subtly upon us like the morning dew, so slyly we never even noticed the predation.  Instead, we just noticed that basic maintenance seemed too much of a bother to mess with.  “I think I’ll just lay here in bed a few minutes longer—I don’t need to stretch every morning”; “I know meditation helps me control reactions, but so does laying here a while longer”; “I don’t really need to brush my teeth every night”.  We fall heavy into bed at a time even we are too embarrassed to admit, “who cares that it’s not even dark yet—I’ll just close this shade…”

Someone wise once told me, “never analyze your career choice in August.”  Fortunately, August also brings slightly shorter days and longer shadows, breaths of cooler weather and other harbingers of autumn, and, well, peppers.  Do not fret, my friends, this is not my annual ode to capsicum annuum, but just a foreshadow of its approach.  It’s a reckoning with the cost of the labor that leads to said fruit of the gods, and a nod toward all the delicious things to come.  Yeah, it is always worth it.  Always.

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

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

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

Okra: $2/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, some Margold): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes: canner boxes (small and/or cosmetically challenged tomatoes), 20-pounds, $30

Sungold Cherry tomatoes: $3.50/pint

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

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

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

Green peppers: $3.00/pound

Purple bell peppers: $3.50/pound

Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound

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

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

Mallory's Mixed flower bouquets: $11.95 Last week for sure

Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag also probably last week?

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.  

 

Posted 8/17/2020 5:26pm by Shiloh Avery.

actual photo of me on Sunday

I woke up Sunday in a stupor, with no recollection of how we got here.  I heard a twig crack, whipped my head around and saw that August was already here.  Huh? The farmily have been heading off to vacations, we’re planting like mad for fall, and I just haven’t looked up to notice that it’s already mid-August.

So I slowed Sunday down.  Pressed the pause button and squandered the day away dreaming of cooler days and our own potential vacation.  I stayed in pajamas all day, didn’t leave the house until the sun was scratching the backs of the trees, and did not a darn thing.  I know, there should be some guilt to scrape up because it was a gorgeous day-ripe for outdoor activity.  But I just can’t even manage a smidgen of it.  I’m too busy breathing in and out and enjoying the relaxed aftermath of the pause. And I spend plenty of time outside.  I can squander a gorgeous day.

Things will get done when they get done, or they won’t. And that will be okay too.  Every once in a while, it pays to do the bare minimum, to hit the pause button and just do nothing.

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

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

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

Okra: $2/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, some Margold): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes: canner boxes (small and/or cosmetically challenged tomatoes), 20-pounds, $30

Sungold Cherry tomatoes: $3.50/pint

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

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

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

Green peppers: $3.00/pound

Purple bell peppers: $3.50/pound

Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound

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

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

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb  last week, Wednesday only I think

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-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.  

Posted 8/11/2020 5:28pm by Shiloh Avery.

We’ve been living the Life of Pi.  Well, not exactly, but we’ve been floating along for so long we began to hallucinate desert islands. I mean, our “normal” rainfall used to be 50 inches a year, but here we are in early August (I know!  I can’t believe it either!) and we’re already at 45 inches.  Even though we’ve been here before, I think my soul may have molded.

However, we arrived today upon that desert island that we’ve been searching for.  The fifth day without rain!  And so we drank deep, so to speak.  At least the tractor drank deep of the diesel as we scrambled to get all those fall beds prepared for all that planting we’ve been delaying due to weather.  It felt like deliriously stumbling upon an oasis after crawling through the desert for days, except the opposite.  But just as refreshing, I swear.

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

Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound

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

Okra: $2/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

 Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, some Margold): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes: canner boxes (small and/or cosmetically challenged tomatoes), 20-pounds, $30

Sungold Cherry tomatoes: $3.50/pint

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

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

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

Green peppers: $3.00/pound

Purple bell peppers: $3.50/pound

Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound

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

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

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb  last week

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-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.  

 

Posted 8/6/2020 6:06pm by Shiloh Avery.

I read a book a long time ago about how good meditation is for you.  How it strengthens positive brain synapses, helps with concentration, relieves stress, blah blah blah.  So I decided to give it a try. I know, I know, aside from being an organic farmer, I am far far away from anything even slightly hippie or “woo-woo”.  Just the word crystal has me fleeing for the hills.  But what can I say, this book and a few other nods in the meditation direction convinced me to give it a try.

I swear I notice no difference—I can’t tell that it does a thing for me, but I’ve continued to dabble now for several years because “they say” it is so good for me. Turns out, they have free guided meditation apps and everything!  So I don’t have to have any idea what I’m doing.   I just sit a few times a week and let the app speak into my ears and follow instructions. 

Until recently, that is.  I just sort of quit getting out of the bed in time, or had other things to do, or was just too lazy to sit still for 10 minutes 😊 For about a month or so.  And then recently, I noticed myself being very, um, “reactive” to small affronts.  I could feel the wild rage threatening just below the surface, occasionally bubbling up into language like teenage tantrums.  Oh.

So how does that old song go?  You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?  I’m not clear on when the equanimity left me, it sort of a slow building of intensity until even I notice my reactions.  Well maybe I can only notice the benefits of meditation after they go away.  I think I will just go ahead and take the 10 minutes to sit quietly and follow instructions. We are, after all, living in a high stress world right now. I don’t suppose I’ve built up any immunity to that from my years of dabbling.  I guess I have to continue to dabble.  But at least now, I can see the reasons for getting out of bed 10 minutes earlier.

Posted 7/28/2020 6:27pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

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

Posted 7/20/2020 7:50pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

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

 

 

Posted 7/14/2020 5:43pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

 

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

 

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