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Return from the deep

Posted 1/21/2020 11:36am by Shiloh Avery.

 

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.

 

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