Waxing Poetic (farm blog)

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Posted 4/21/2020 5:36pm by Shiloh Avery.

The sun and warmth returned to us like an old lover returning from a long voyage, resurrecting the joy and laughter in our hearts.  A lover we can’t help but adore, no matter how long she leaves us.  Weather can do that to a person, you know: beat you down like a lily in a hail storm and make you question everything, only to return and lift you up like it was nothing.  And you can’t even jilt her. She brings with her too much promise.

Irresistible promises like fresh greens, and thriving plants, and crossing things off lists.  Yeah, the weather can do that to.  See how talented she is?  With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of weather suitable for catching up.  And with this year’s farmily nearly all in place here, we’re crossing things off lists. 

The feeling of crossing things off lists is almost as cherished as the feel of the sun on our long cold faces.  It’s relief, and power all in one: the realization that we can do this!  

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

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container (Wednesday only-sorry, I've got a gap in production)

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-lb bag

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby bok choy: $2/ 1/2-lb bunch

Kale (still too tender to bunch, so we'll be bagging it again this week): $3/bag

Scallions: $2/bunch

Romaine Lettuce: $3.50/head

Cilantro (Saturday only): $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.  You can pre-order using the Virtual Farm Stand (see below) before Thursday at 7pm (for Saturday delivery), or let me know by phone, text, or email what you'd like us to hold for you!  Please note that in Hickory, we've been asked to not use coin change, so if you wait until market to purchase, these prices may change slightly.

Also, because of the increase in need for local healthy organic produce, we’re opening our virtual farm stand for deliveries in Hickory, Wilkesboro, and Charlotte on Saturday (Store is open Tuesday-Thursday), and for Wednesday deliveries in Boone and Hickory(store is open Friday-Monday).  If you haven’t been a farm share member (or even if you have!), this system can be a little confusing, so here are detailed step-by-step instructions on how to order a Farm Stand share: http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

And here's where to place an actual Farm Stand order: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

As we move further along into this bizarre uncertainty, we are working hard to practice good safe social distancing in order to keep farmers markets open and keep this important local food access point, but uncertainty is uncertainty.  We have around 10 or so main season customizable farm shares left, but even with our doubled capacity, they’re going at a couple a day, so don’t delay!  Sign up here:  http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Posted 4/20/2020 8:08am by Shiloh Avery.

Week of April 20th produce availability:

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-pound bag

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch (they'll be washed when you get them!)

Boston-Bibb (Buttercrunch) lettuce: $3/head

Baby Bok Choy: $3.99/lb

Kale: $3/bag (we're bagging this early super tender harvest)

Scallions: $2/bunch

 

 

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

     

You can order from our virtual farm stand:

For pick up Wednesday April 29 in east Boone- order Friday- Monday at 7pm for pick up Wednesday on the front porch of a private residence in Boone (address will be revealed when you purchase) 8am-4:30pm

For pick up Wednesday April 29 in Hickory- order Friday-Monday at 7pm for pick up Wednesday at the downtown Hickory farmers market 330 Main Ave NW (same parking lot we were in last year): 10am-2pm

For pick up Saturday April 25th at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro- order Tuesday- Thursday at 7pm for drive through pick up at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro 10am-1pm

For pick up Saturday April 25th at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market-order Tuesday- Thursday at 7pm for pick up at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday April 25th at the Hickory farmers market- order Tuesday- Thursday at 7pm for pick up at the downtown Hickory farmers market 330 Main Ave NW (same parking lot we were in last year) 8am-1pm

Detailed instructions for ordering from the virtual farm stand

Already in the know? Order here:https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed and the Hickory Farmers Market this Saturday 4/25. We'll also be at the Wednesday Hickory Farmers Market this Wednesday 4/22 10am-2pm.  We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand (Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!)

We have fully customized farm shares available for purchase: https://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm Shares begin the first week in May!

Posted 4/14/2020 2:06pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

I watched this entire 13 minute video of a meteorologist!!

There are all sorts of warnings against getting into business with your family, with a friend, with amazon (well, I just googled “don’t get into business with” and that came up, so who knew?), etc.  But why, oh why, is there not a Google autofill for “don’t get into business with the weather.”

Because the weather is a fickle business partner, friends!  You heard it here.  Forecast look good?  Don’t count on it, mother nature might still get a major case of the grumps and blow it all to h-e-double el.  Or maybe she’ll be the sad jilted lover and shed so many tears you’ll think about switching to the boat business instead. 

You just never can know.  She’s moody, and especially in the spring. But here we are, returning to her once again, trying to appease her with plants. 

 

Scroll down for this week's availability! 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW 8am-1pm.  You can pre-order using the Virtual Farm Stand (see below) before Thursday at 7pm, or let me know by phone, text, or email what you'd like us to hold for you!  Please note that in Hickory, we've been asked to not use coin change, so if you wait until market to purchase, these prices may change slightly.

Also, because of the increase in need for local healthy organic produce, we’re opening our virtual farm stand for deliveries in Hickory, Wilkesboro, and Charlotte on Saturday (Store is open Tuesday-Thursday), and for Wednesday deliveries in Boone (store is open Friday-Monday).  If you haven’t been a farm share member (or even if you have!), this system can be a little confusing, so here are detailed step-by-step instructions on how to order a Farm Stand share: http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

And here's where to place an actual Farm Stand order: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

As we move further along into this bizarre uncertainty, we are working hard to practice good safe social distancing in order to keep farmers markets open and keep this important local food access point, but uncertainty is uncertainty.  We have around 15 or so main season customizable farm shares left, but even with our doubled capacity, they’re going at a couple a day, so don’t delay!  Sign up here:  http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

Posted 4/13/2020 6:37pm by Shiloh Avery.

Week of April 13th produce availability:

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-pound bag

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch (they'll be washed when you get them!)

Boston-Bibb (Buttercrunch) lettuce: $3/head

Baby Bok Choy: $3.99/lb

Kale: $3/bag (we're bagging this early super tender harvest)

Scallions: $2/bunch

 

You can order from our virtual farm stand:

For pick up Wednesday April 22 in east Boone- order Friday- Monday at 7pm for pick up Wednesday on the front porch of a private residence in Boone (address will be revealed when you purchase) 8am-4:30pm

For pick up Saturday April 18th at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro- order Tuesday- Thursday at 7pm for drive through pick up at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro 10am-1pm

For pick up Saturday April 18th at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market-order Tuesday- Thursday at 7pm for pick up at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday April 18th at the Hickory farmers market- order Tuesday- Thursday at 7pm for pick up Hickory winter farmers market in the soup kitchen parking lot 10am-noon

Detailed instructions for ordering from the virtual farm stand

Already in the know? Order here:https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed and the Hickory Farmers Market this Saturday 4/18. We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand (Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!)

We have fully customized farm shares available for purchase: https://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm Shares begin the first week in May!

Posted 4/8/2020 1:33pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

Are you going to feed us?

You know when they interview the bewildered neighbor of some crazy ax murderer, or mass shooter, or other high profile criminal?  That person was just in their slippers watching “When Harry Met Sally” for the hundredth time and the news trucks pull up with their massive lights and mics and pull them out into the spotlight on their own front porch?

I sort of feel like that person.  Befuddled and dazed and entirely unprepared for my sudden fame, wondering when I'm going to show up in memes.  I mean, for 13 years we’ve been over here in our little corner of beautiful Wilkes county quietly growing our organic veggies and feeding a small part of our local community.  Until suddenly, WHAM, Covid-19 waltzes into town and wreaks havoc on our national food supply network and here we are, befuddled and stammering on our porch steps in a huge spotlight.

So, as the world shuts down around us, and the spotlight grows ever brighter, our response is to kick into high gear and try to grow even more food than ever in order to provide health-promoting foods to as many folks in our local community as we can.   I get it. Local food just makes sense in a world where we are advised to leave our well-handled packages outside for several days before opening them.  But this spotlight is going to take some getting used to.  I’m still working on perfecting my gloved autograph­čśŐ  

Also, as part of our increased production, we are offering more customized farm shares than ever before in more locations (including Boone!), and that includes more low-income shares.  Are you laid off? We want to help you continue to keep eating healthy, and so do our customers who have contributed more than ever to our low income share program.  So don’t be afraid to reach out to us.  We want to feed you!

Also, because of the increase in need for local healthy organic produce, we’re opening our virtual farm stand for deliveries in Hickory, Wilkesboro, and Charlotte on Saturday (Store is open Tuesday-Thursday), and for Wednesday deliveries in Boone (store is open Friday-Monday).  If you haven’t been a farm share member (or even if you have!), this system can be a little confusing, so here are detailed step-by-step instructions on how to order a Farm Stand share: http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

And here's where to place an actual Farm Stand order: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

 

As we move further along into this bizarre uncertainty, we are working hard to practice good safe social distancing in order to keep farmers markets open and keep this important local food access point, but uncertainty is uncertainty.  We have around 20 or so main season customizable farm shares left, but even with our doubled capacity, they’re going at a couple a day, so don’t delay!  Sign up here:  http://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm and you can find more information here.

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm and at the Winter Hickory Farmers Market in the parking lot of the soup kitchen from 10am-noon.  Pre-orders through Virtual Farm Stand are encouraged

 

 

Posted 4/6/2020 1:21pm by Shiloh Avery.

Week of April 6th produce availability:

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-pound bag

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch (they'll be washed when you get them!)

Boston-Bibb (Buttercrunch) lettuce: $3/head

Baby Bok Choy: $3.99/lb

You can order from our virtual farm stand:

For pick up Wednesday April 8th in east Boone- order by Monday at midnight for pick up Wednesday on the front porch of a private residence in Boone (address will be revealed when you purchase) 8am-4:30pm

For pick up Saturday April 11th at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro- order by Thursday at midnight for drive through pick up at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro 10am-1pm

For pick up Saturday April 11th at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market-order by Thursday at midnight for drive through pick up at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday April 11th at the Hickory winter farmers market in the soup kitchen parking lot- order by Thursday at midnight for pick up Hickory winter farmers market in the soup kitchen parking lot 10am-noon

Detailed instructions for ordering from the virtual farm stand

Already in the know? Order here:https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed and the Hickory winter farmers market in the soup kitchen parking lot this Saturday 4/11. We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand (Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!)

We have fully customized farm shares available for purchase: https://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm Shares begin the first week in May!

Posted 4/2/2020 12:29pm by Shiloh Avery.

April 2 produce availability:

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-pound bag

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

You can order from our virtual farm stand for pick up Saturday April 4th at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro or the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market (Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!):https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed this Saturday 4/4. We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand(Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!): https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We have fully customized farm shares available for purchase: https://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm Shares begin the first week in May!

Posted 3/31/2020 7:42pm by Shiloh Avery.

Me attempting to overcome cultural bias to keep everyone safe(er), or farm fashion during Covid

If you have seen Zombieland, you know that survival depends on a set of rules.  Rule #32 is “enjoy the little things”.  Today, I confess, I took pleasure in speeding.  Yep, you read that right. A few miles outside of Lenoir the speed limit drops from 55 to 45, which I always observe. Except today (please don’t mail me a ticket). It’s long, straight, and still country, and I just took a little bit of pleasure in my mini rebellion.

I feel confident I arrived at my destination at least 1 minute ahead of schedule.  My destination was Banner greenhouses to pick up some organic transplants.  Tuesday morning is pick up day, where we pass like ships in the night, close enough to acknowledge each other’s existence, yet too far away to engage.

And I wondered to myself: is this, in fact, the great introvert revenge upon us extroverts for all of those super awkward ice breakers we put them through?  Because social distancing feels like an introvert utopia of sorts, while I as an extrovert am left screaming inside my head “Hi! How are you?! Let’s hug!”

I’m kidding, of course (and I think I’m awful funny), but it’s an interesting thing how differently we all are experiencing our social isolation.  It’s easy to forget what’s going on here at the farm.  Since we always work from home and are naturally isolated out here, it almost feels normal.  We have, after all, been told basically to keep calm, wash our hands, and keep growing food for people. So that’s what we’ll do, with a few modifications of course.

 

Some of those modifications are happening this week!  I’m happy to announce that we are opening our virtual farm stand for orders to pick up this Saturday in Charlotte and Wilkesboro.  Here's the link: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

I am trying to add a couple of more pick up locations (Boone and Hickory) for next week, but I don’t have the logistics worked out for this week and I have to open up the farm stand today so people have enough time to get orders in before Friday when we’ll harvest and pack.

Here’s how it works: there’s a minimum order of $10, so you’ll choose the $10 box option, but you can add as much as you want to the order.  Your “registration” will ensure you get the virtual farm stand availability email each week that we have produce available (which will be every week).   

 

 

Due to the uncertainty of farmers markets, we are also trying to sell more customized full season harvest shares this season. Thank you to everyone who has joined us here at Tumbling Shoals Farm in our efforts to keep our community fed healthy organic foods during this pandemic and hopefully beyond.  If you haven’t joined us yet, we are asking that you consider you to consider purchasing a harvest share.  

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.

 

Posted 3/24/2020 10:40am by Shiloh Avery.

 

I know there is a balance between informed action and crazy.  Finding and maintaining that balance has nearly become my full time job during what is arguably the craziest part of our lives (so far).  Too much news can lead to feeling as if I’m living in one of my young adult dystopian fiction novels (and I am not the hero!) which can lead to drowning.  Not enough news can lead to ignorance and resistance to the changes that are coming forth which also surely leads to drowning.

But there is a balance. While normal has been upended, lives disrupted, and future uncertain at best, I am also seeing love.  I am seeing the local communities band together (at a distance) to support their local businesses and their out-of-work employees.  I am seeing creative adaptations and support. I am seeing people in critical roles working non-stop to keep their communities supplied and healthy.

So no, while we may be experiencing some parts of a dystopian novel, at least it is not a Cormac McCarthy novel.  We have not all turned into self-serving cannibals and gangs.  We are doing our best to take care of each other in ever more creative (and physically distant and sanitized) ways. There is love in the time of Covid.

So I guess we’ll have to forgo the hugs in national “hug your farmers” day, but we could use your support in other ways. Thank you to everyone who has joined us here at Tumbling Shoals Farm in our efforts to keep our community fed healthy organic foods during this pandemic and hopefully beyond.  If you haven’t joined us yet, we are asking that you consider you to consider purchasing a harvest share.  

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.

Want to help keep Tumbling Shoals Farm in existence 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!  You an pre-register for the notifications here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm 

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 a small extra 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.

Posted 3/16/2020 7:45pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

I know, I know, the last thing you want is another email about what someone is doing about Covid-19.  So this is not that (entirely).  But we have been thinking about it.  A lot.  Don’t worry, no matter what you can count on us to do what we do best: grow organic food for our community.  However, we may have to be more creative in how we get that healthy food to you this season. 

Farmers markets across the country are being closed.  I know this makes little sense since farmers markets are hyper-local, and local food direct from your farmer is WAY less handled by WAY FEWER hands (and thus, easier to ensure those hands are clean!).  No decisions have been made about local markets, but it seems very likely that at least some of the markets this season will be cancelled. 

So in order to get all those organic goodies that we’re growing into your hands, we are asking you to join our Harvest Share for the 2020 season.  It is fully customizable.  You’ll still get only the fruits and veggies you love (just like farmers market).  We’ll custom harvest and pack it here at the farm then deliver to a convenient pick-up location near you.  It’s really easy. 

Here we are, seeds already sown, health-promoting organic fruits and veggies already growing—just like every spring.  Then along comes Covid-19 and so many things that we took for granted—like community health—turn out to be more fragile than we thought.  We’ve always recognized our role in creating a healthy community, but suddenly it just feels more critical.

 

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.

Want to help keep Tumbling Shoals Farm in existence 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 a small extra 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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