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Tumbling Shoals Farm: the season begins

Posted 2/15/2010 11:01am by Shiloh Avery.

Shiloh with seed catalouges in winter
Shiloh with seed catalgoues in winter

My vacation is officially over. I took that frist heavy step toward the inevitable onslaught of spring.  A heavy step it is indeed.  While it's one thing to sit in front of the fire getting excited over seed catalogues, actually trudging through heavy white stuff to sow those seeds is an entirely different thing.  One my entire nature railed against. Like attempting to wipe sleep from your eyes in a dream of waking.  But once that first step is taken, it's a very slippery slope to the mad rush of the season.  As it turns out, slippery slopes are sort of fun, and quite easy to slide down.  So I say again, my vacation is officially over, but I say it with a hint of enthusiam, optimism for the upcoming season, and excitement. 

We are in the final year of our expansion this year, which means we're applying for organic certification, Jason comes full time on the farm, and we add two seasonal employees, and an additional 20 shares to our subscription program!  In addition to those 20 new shares, I'm excited to announce a partnership with McRitchie Winery in eastern Wilkes County this year.  The plan is to have a subscription pick-up there on Thursdays.  You can pick up your week's worth of veggies, and a few bottles of wine for the week too!!  If you haven't tried their wine yet, it's an absolute must.  They do a fabulous job, check out their website ttp://www.mcritchiewine.comfor their location and hours.  We'll still be offering pick up at the Hickory Farmers Market, here at the farm, and at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Wilkesboro.  We've changed a few things this year as well.  We are offering half shares for the first time.  The cost for a half share is $300.  Also, if you'll be away and can't pick up your share and you let us know in advance, we will issue you a $25 credit for Tumbling Shoals Farm produce.  You can use that to augment a share one week (say, when you're having guests), or to purchase flowers, or to pick up a few extra ingredients at farmers' market or here on the farm, or to purchase vegetables after the harvest share season is over.  No more scrambling to find a friend or neighbor to pick up your share!  Of course, we've adjusted the content of your shares according to the feedback we got in our surveys too.  For more information on the harvest share program, check out our website at /http://www.tumblingshoalsfarm.com/content/1542.  We're looking forward to an awesome season this year!


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