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Farming is not a natural act

Posted 8/3/2009 7:16pm by Shiloh Avery.

Ground hog hole in cucumbers

A ground hog has made a home in the cucumbers!  How's that for natural!?


I always get a kick out of the label “naturally grown” on produce.  Honestly, it seems sometimes that nothing could be less natural.  Okay, some things are less natural, but you get the point.  This year, I’ve spent my days scheming up new ways to thwart Mother Nature.  Oh sure, we aren’t using any synthetic chemical junk in that effort, but still, I feel like I’m at war.  Really though, I was feeling like another rainy day in a season of rainy days, armed and dangerous with a rotten tomato in my hand.  And then Sunday, when the rain finally cleared in the afternoon, I sighed and made to head down to the fields when Jason said, “I think you should take the day off.”  We’d already spent most of the weekend planning ways to grow strawberries successfully beneath the wrath of Mother Nature.  He said his reasoning was that it just seemed important that I take the day off.  He’s very good.  Considering that I nearly threw a rotten tomato at his head for no reason the day before, I’d say he’s quite observant.  And he didn’t have to tell me twice.  The stars aligned, I spent the rest of the day lazing around, reading, and doing nothing, and the sun stayed!  Today, I went to town and got me a temporary crew for the week to help catch us up on all that stuff we’ve just not been able to get to.  Jason’s working on the farm this week.  And the heat and sun arrived to my welcoming arms.  Wow.  I swear I’m a new woman.  Did I mention that the sun is out?  Mental note: take a day off sometime in July before you’re tempted by weapons of mass disgustion (okay, okay, I just made that word up).


Some things are happening at Tumbling Shoals Farm this month!  This weekend is the high country farm tour: Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-6pm.  I know we’re in the foothills, but we’re on the tour.  Two other Wilkes County growers are on it too this year.  But a wristband and see as many farms as you can, or just visit one for $10.  It’s a fundraiser for Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.  For more details, check out their website at brwia.org. 

August 20 Tumbling Shoals Farm is hosting a tomato tasting event through the Wilkes County Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 p.m. until.  We’ll be touring the farm and tasting tomatoes (hopefully!) You’re invited!



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