Waxing Poetic (farm blog)

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Posted 3/29/2021 4:11pm by Shiloh Avery.

I think the pandemic has had an unintended positive effect on our lives.  As we hunkered down and reduced or ceased travel, we turned our collective gaze more and more to our local community, realizing, perhaps, that this is who and what really deserves our attention.  The local community, aside from family, is all that truly knows and cares about us.  We watch each other’s children grow up, we celebrate milestones together, we check on each other in challenging times, we sponsor baseball teams, and barn raisings. We know the faces included in “we”.

Last week, I talked about Jason’s feel good local community experience.  Then, I got a call from my neighbor inviting me to join them in picking up the trash along Tumbling Shoals Road.  It was a lovely way to spend a lovely Saturday afternoon (no farmers markets yet for us), doing good community work with my community. What a fantastic way to release some happy chemicals, get some exercise, and laugh with the neighbors!  And the roadside looks great! I could get addicted to this sort of activity and I hope I do.

 

Speaking of community: join your local food community by becoming a member of our farm! Purchase a harvest share now, and begin receiving a customized share of the harvest beginning in May.

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. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market this Saturday, April 3rd in the A shed from 8 to noon. Here's what we'll have:

Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container

Hakurei Turnips: $3/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/lb

Baby Lettuce Salad mix (maybe, just a little bit): $4/5-oz compostable container

Radishes (maybe, just a few): $2.75/bunch

You can pre-order through our new and improved virtual farm stand here: https://www.harvie.farm/farm/tumbling-shoals-farm/shop

Posted 3/18/2021 2:21pm by Shiloh Avery.

I’ve been learning about, well, a lot of things, but one thing I’ve recently learned was about our “active experience” versus our “remembered experience” and how the latter is much more powerful.  We tend to remember the latter part of any experience more and that can define the whole experience for us.

I wish I had learned this and told Jason before his errand trip the other day because it started out with the local electrical supply store, Western Carolina Electric and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and the local flooring store, McLean Floorcoverings.  It was a wonderful community experience-sort of like the “Cheers” experience, but without the beer. 

People knew about his project and what he would need to complete it (even if he didn’t), provided fantastic customer service, and gave him that good feeling you get for supporting these faces and first names of local small businesses. But he ended his errand trip at anonymous nameless big box where even finding a helpful or knowledgeable person proved frustratingly impossible. And so his memory of that day was jaded because of its end.

I think a lot about this in planning my days now.  I always try to schedule, if possible, the most unpleasant tasks (if there are any) early on, so I can end on a good note and my memory of the day will be of a good one, no matter what happened early on.  Our brains are such powerful tools-for better or worse-depending on how you harness that power.  Which, of course, I’ll be learning to do until I die. 

Speaking of community: join your local food community by becoming a member of our farm! Purchase a harvest share now, and begin receiving a customized share of the harvest beginning in May.

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. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

Posted 3/3/2021 2:13pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

Last Sunday’s 70 degree day paired with the arrival of the sunshine this week has us all thinking about spring, but I’m holding onto winter for as long as I can.  I know, I know, but I hate the cold.  It’s true.  Winter is probably my least favorite season, even here where it’s mild.  But winter is also the time where I wake to the slow growing light and the bird songs.  It’s the time where I think about things other than the farm and it works out fine.  It’s the time where we play on the weekends just because we can.  It’s the time when the farm relaxes its grip on us, if just for a bit.

So I approach spring with the skeptical eye of a jaded lover, holding on to the consistent if not uninspiring hand of winter for just a moment longer.  One more fiction book, one more non-farm class, one more hike in the woods.  Then I’ll be ready to join the rest of you in your anticipation of spring.  Because, as Barbara Kingsolver once said, “this is what’s cruel about springtime: no matter how it treat’s you, you can’t stop loving it.”  And so I will.  Hope springs eternal, after all.

I do hold a lot of hope for spring.  All farmers do.  Probably all humans do.  But it feels like she’s the most cruel to farmers.  With her floods and early warmth followed by late frosts.  But still, we sow our seeds, and protect our fragile early crops as best we can, basking in spring’s promises as we endure her volatility.

Help us grow for you! By purchasing a harvest share now, you can help us purchase seeds and inputs and put our farmily to work, and then receive your customized veggie box beginning in May!

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. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

Posted 2/23/2021 10:32am by Shiloh Avery.

 

2021 harvest shares are now available: Sign up here

A share in the harvest of Tumbling Shoals Farm is a custom packed box of the absolute freshest, quality, certified organic fruits and vegetables from our farm and a few neighboring farms delivered each week to locations in Boone, Charlotte, Lenoir, Hickory or Wilkes County or for pick up here at the farm in Millers Creek.

Your share is custom packed for you each week: you set your veggie preferences before the season begins and we create a box based on your preferences, and then you can still swap out veggies at will!  Our main season is 22 weeks with deliveries beginning the first week in May and running through September. The fall season is 8-weeks beginning in October and running up to Thanksgiving. 

We have three share sizes available:

Extra-Large Share

$880/22-week season

This share is jam packed  fresh organic veggies each week.  If you eat almost strictly vegetables, or have a large veggie eating family, and almost never eat out, this could be the share for you.

Regular Share

$605/22-week season

This is for an average veggie eating family that does nearly all of their cooking at home. The two of us (not vegetarians) use up a regular share and more in our veggie-heavy household, with one meal out per week.

Small Share

$412.50/22-week season

This share is made for couples or small families that eat outside the home a bit.

Fall Share

$184/8-week season

This one size fits all share is slightly smaller than a regular share and slightly larger than a small share.



Your weekly share of the farm's produce will contain a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown organically on our farm. An example of a mid to late July regular share might be:

 •    2 slicing tomatoes
•    1 container salad mix
•    2 ounces basil
•    3 pounds potatoes
•    2 green peppers
•    1 pint okra
•    1 pound green beans
•    2 cucumbers
 

For more examples of what might be contained in a share at different times of the year, check out our frequently asked questions page! Remember that your box is created each week based on your personal preferences and you can still swap out items you more or less of!

Each week, we'll also provide you with our favorite seasonal recipes and an email newsletter so you can keep up with the happenings at the farm.  Check out our seasonal availability calendar to get an idea of what to expect.

Low income share support: you can help subsidize a low income share by kicking in an extra $20 with your registration!  That's $20, just once, and it can go a long way toward helping someone less fortunate access fresh local organic vegetables.

Sign up here!

 

A harvest share is not right for everyone.  Please ask yourself these questions before signing up for a harvest share. 

Posted 2/5/2021 12:55pm by Shiloh Avery.

Small impacts begin with a seed

The other day I watched an old friend of mine defend his dissertation.  I’ve spent significant time in my life with people who turned out to do significant things.  I’m friends with people who have their own Wikipedia page!  I’ve heard friends of mine interviewed for their expertise on NPR.  I watched a friend of mine’s TED talk (not even TEDx which is significant enough!). I have many friends whose names appear with the Dr. moniker. I’ve even had a friend on Jeopardy (he won for a whole week!) Sheesh!

You might understand how this might give me a bit of a complex.  I’ve heard of the imposter complex, but this is more like a retroactive imposter complex.  Like somehow, I didn’t belong there sharing those experiences with those great people.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job (most days) and I love the people I do my job with, and I love the people I do my job for. But sometimes when I’m watching these old friends make an impact on the larger world, I can lose track of the small impacts we make on our immediate communities nestled here in western North Carolina.  When faced with greatness, it’s easy to feel insignificant.

We're trying to impact the health of our local communities with wholesome organic veggies!  And we have opened up enrollment in our harvest share program. Some of you are already signed up, thanks!

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. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

Posted 11/27/2020 9:53am by Shiloh Avery.

The sun is setting on another season here at Tumbling Shoals Farm. Ever since we stopped growing all through the winter, we have really looked forward to this hibernation. This year we are looking forward to it more than ever.

We know how incredibly lucky we are to have seasonality as part of our jobs. We're incredibly lucky to have time to rest, reflect, and rejuvenate. We're incredibly lucky to have such supportive and loyal customers who understand our need for a break and come back to us in the spring.

Thank you for allowing us this time to disappear from the world and reconnect with our purpose here on this earth. We will think about you and miss you, but the winter never fails to fly by and it won't be long before we see each other again

All that being said, since we still have a few crops in the ground, we are adding one encore customized veggie box delivery on for next week through our virtual farm stand.  These will be delivered on Wednesday, Dec 2nd to Hickory (planning home delivery there, but will work that out with each order individually), Wilkesboro, and Boone.  

Boxes start at $8.50, but you can add on as much as you want from what's available.  If you didn't get the "purchase from the farm stand email", here's the link to the farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

If you've never ordered from the farm stand before, here's a step by step guide (it's not intuitive!): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

Posted 11/9/2020 10:27am by Shiloh Avery.

Have you ever watched someone's eyes glaze?  Jason and I have been teaching cash flow workshops to farmers for a decade, so we've seen a lot of eyes glaze.  I mean, that's not exactly the sexy part of farming, we get it.

But now it's me in the eye glaze territory.  It happens just about every November, but because this year has been so crazy, I'm finding my eye glaze amplified. Not only do I find it difficult to focus, I find it difficult to even want to focus.  As if someone is droning on and I'm ready for a very long nap.  My eyes glaze.  

Sunday I laid in the grass with my pets and let my eyes glaze. The weather was glorious and I decided to just live in that warm blank moment.  Laundry can wait, house cleaning can wait, what else was I even supposed to do?  It can wait.  Eye glaze. 

 

I do want to make sure you know about the change in markets and times.  There is no more Wednesday market.  If you wish to purchase from us for pick up on Wednesday, you'll need to order a one time farm share through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm.  Pick up is at Tasteful Beans Coffee Shop (you MUST wear a mask to enter to pick up your box, no exceptions) on Wednesday 8-4

Also, we are finished attending the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market for the season.  So on Saturday, we will be at the Watauga County (Boone) farmers market from 9am-noone and the downtown Hickory farmers market from 10am until 1pm.

I can't believe how fast we are approaching the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our plans may have altered somewhat, but what hasn't changed is that we'll have local pastured turkey on our table again this year for Thanksgiving.  Tumbling Shoals Farm alumni Cory Bryk of New Life Farm is once again raising pastured turkeys for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  If you are interested in purchasing one of his turkeys, you can find more information and reserve one here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1z3KXEkQd2oPQoBGqhla03nwCGBM1X0ce5VGvP4r4XqPWdQ/viewform?gxids=7628

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

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Carrots: $5/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/compostable container

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

We'll be at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Saturday 10am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 9-noon.  

 

Posted 11/3/2020 5:11pm by Shiloh Avery.

After a super pleasant month, October decided to leave us like a lion (and not a Detroit Lion, mind you).  Startling floods followed with 85 degrees followed by a full "blue" moon on Hallow's Eve.  

With just three weeks left of production, and more seasonally appropriate temperatures, we are quite literally "chilling out".  So much so, that I'm not going to wax too poetic this week.

I do want to make sure you know about the change in markets and times.  There is no more Wednesday market.  If you wish to purchase from us for pick up on Wednesday, you'll need to order a one time farm share through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm.  Pick up is at Tasteful Beans Coffee Shop (you MUST wear a mask to enter to pick up your box, no exceptions) on Wednesday 8-4

Also, we are finished attending the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market for the season.  So on Saturday, we will be at the Watauga County (Boone) farmers market from 9am-noone and the downtown Hickory farmers market from 10am until 1pm.

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

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Carrots: $5/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/compostable container

 Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

We'll be at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Saturday 10am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 9-noon.  

 

Posted 10/27/2020 4:45pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

Ode to October.

Oh October, the light hanging low

Just brushing the brilliant colors in the trees,

Shadows long,

Sweatshirts in the mornings, sleeveless in the afternoon.

My gratitude builds with each ray of sunshine,

Even filtered through whimsical clouds. Bees are busy foraging the last of the blooms,

But my pantry is already stocked

And there’s time to just enjoy.

Porches were made for these days.

A slow down, a tucking in,

A satisfaction of a job near complete,

Of people fed.

This is October.

 

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

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Carrots: $5/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Rainbow Chard (very limited): $3/bunch

Collard Greens (very limited): $3/bunch

Romaine lettuce: $3.50/head

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

  

 

Posted 10/19/2020 1:24pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

The sweaters have come out of the storage and the shorts have gone into the closet, and thus begins the down-shift season.  With just a bit over a month left to go in our harvest season, the last half of October brings a slowing down.  With all the planting finished, the deconstruction happens on a much more flexible timeline.  We suddenly have time to focus on things other than the farm, like the gorgeous October weather, sitting on the porch with friends and neighbors, petting the pets, reading books, hiking, each other.  All that was once a fire to put out becomes a fire to sit around and relax.

People ask me if I’m excited for the winter.  The answer is more bittersweet.  While I am ready to slow down and enjoy some of life’s better moments, to celebrate our anniversary and Halloween, to rest and renew, to visit family and friends, the change of seasons also brings the dissipation of our farmily, and colder weather for this self-proclaimed cold wimp.

But I’m going to live in the October moment. With leaves starting to turn, and the sunshine warming our faces in the day, and my new patio heater warming them on porches with friends and neighbors at night (self-proclaimed cold wimp, remember?), I’m going to embrace the down-shift with all I’ve got, maybe even hit the brakes a bit.    

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

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Hakurei salad turnips: $3/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/compostable container

Kale (limited): $3/bunch

Rainbow Chard (limited): $3/bunch

Collard Greens (limited): $3/bunch

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

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