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Tumbling Shoals Farm 2011 Harvest Shares now available!

Posted 1/11/2011 6:51pm by Shiloh Avery.

Harvest Share
Sam with a June Harvest Share in 2010

I know, you’re snowbound, it’s cold and you’re eating stews and soups (from this past season’s butternut squash and carrots I hope!) and certainly not thinking about the fresh bounty of spring.  But I just finished reading Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” and it has me feeling all jazzed up for this coming season and I’m hoping to get you excited too.  It is precisely this excitement that feeds my desire to plant those first seeds (in just two weeks!) to begin the season.

It may be that Pollan is driving the boat here, but all our cooking magazines (and quite a plethora of cooking magazines arrive here monthly) are talking about the same thing: eat local veggies!  Here’s what Scott Mowbray, editor of Cooking Light, had to say on the matter:

The best news in healthy eating is the confluence between “delicious” and “good for you.”  Lines and divisions blur: So-called health foods seem quaint; highly processed diet foods lack appeal.  Whole foods, local when possible, globally flavored, cooked with joy, are in.  And the rules are simpler: more plants, less meat, and get exercise.

In “In Defense of Food,” as part of a simplified map to better health, Pollan recommends joining a CSA (like the Tumbling Shoals Farm Harvest Share): “…buying as much as you can from the farmers market, or directly from the farm when that’s an option, is a simple act with a host of profound consequences for your health as well as for the health of the food chain you’ve now joined.”

On that note, we’d like to announce “open enrollment” season for the Tumbling Shoals Farm harvest shares!  We are accepting deposits and full payments for shares on a first come/first serve basis (we sold out last year so get your registration in early!).  For more information or to sign up, check out “Share in the Harvest” on the website.  We have listened to you and have made a few adjustments this season (more on that on the website), but the structure is basically the same: 20 weeks (May 4th through September 14th) of a mix of fresh in-season produce for $500 (full share) or $300 (half share). That’s about $25 worth of fresh organic fruits and vegetables a week for 20 weeks! 

Benefits of the Tumbling Shoals Farm Harvest Share (with lots of quotes from “In Defense of Food”):

Benefits to you:

  • You support the local food chain and the local economy (it’s like voting with your tongue!)
  • Shake the hand that feeds you:   “[In the industrial food system] a wall of ignorance intervenes between consumers and producers and that wall fosters a certain carelessness on both sides.  Farmers can lose sight of the fact that they’re growing food for actual eaters rather than for middlemen, and consumers can easily forget that growing good food takes care and hard work.”
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables!  (it’s like a pre-paid fitness club membership-if you’ve already paid, you’re more likely to use it, with all those fresh ripe nutritious veggies already purchased and in your fridge, you’re more likely to get more of them into your diet!)
  • Eat the freshest organic produce around:  “Recently a handful of well-controlled comparisons of crops grown organically and conventionally have found appreciably higher levels of antioxidants, flavanoids, vitamins and other nutrients in several of the organic crops.  Of course, after a few days riding cross-country in a truck the nutritional quality of any kind of produce will deteriorate, so ideally you want to look for food that is both organic and local.”
  • Improve the diet through diverse, seasonal eating:  “[When purchasing locally] you automatically eat food that is in season, which is usually when it is most nutritious…eating in  season also tends to diversify your diet-because you can’t buy strawberries or broccoli or potatoes twelve months of the year, you’ll find yourself experimenting with other foods when they come into the market….The CSA box does an even better job of forcing you out of your dietary rut because you’ll find things in your weekly allotment that you would never buy on your own.”
  • Planning meals made easier:  “What’s for dinner” gets easier when you are eating seasonally because you begin with what’s in your box and build the meal from there.  Instead of “what in the world should I make for dinner,” it becomes, “Let’s find a good recipe for squash (or carrots, or broccoli, etc)”
  • Build a food community: attend Tumbling Shoals Farm events and meet others on the ark of local food

Benefits to us:

  • We get to know who we’re feeding:  “Accountability becomes once again a matter of relationships instead of regulation or labeling or legal liability.  Food safety didn’t become a national or global problem until the industrialization of the food chain attenuated the relationships between food producers and eater.”
  • Because you’ve purchased your share ahead of the season, we have income right at the time we are purchasing all our seasonal supplies
  • Knowing how many families we’re feeding ahead of time makes planning how much of each crop to grow a lot easier!
  • Building a food community: We love getting together with other people interested in food and cooking and eating.  Let’s eat together!

For more information on Tumbling Shoals Farm Harvest Shares, click here.


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