Signs of things to come…or to bloom

Every year there is a sure sign of summer for me here on the farm and this towering sunflower is it.  She is my calendar, my signal that from here on out things are going to get pretty warm around here. Lovely isn’t she? I never plant this sunflower here it re-seeds itself each year in spite of being flooded, dug around and ignored she reaches for the sky and opens that bright gorgeous smiling face of hers.  Yep it’s summer time…let the fun begin!

News From the farm;

The past week or so we have been in the middle of some hot, humid days here on the farm. For me that means early morning and evenings in the field only. We southern girls don’t do afternoon in the sun….bless her heart and all that…I love my mornings and evenings here on farm. It’s peaceful and beautiful and I get to hang out and talk to my tomatoes…and curse the Bermuda grass. Mark and his crew have planted water melons most of last week…yum..can’t wait.  And I have been planting more squash, soybeans, heirloom pole beans and red and green okra to list a few things. The flowers are beginning to bloom and we should start seeing some bouquets coming off the farm in the next week or two. There are a couple of things…First we have a heat advisory for this coming weekend…we farmers live by the weather…anyway…because of that I want to make some changes in our market and CSA pickup schedule. We need to get our CSA picked up well before noon on Saturday we will stop harvesting after 12pm its just too hot for us and our farm crew to be running out into the field harvesting we’ll melt but more than that your fresh produce will wilt before you we make it back to the market…that is not a good thing.  Second, We will be closing the farm early on Sunday 12pm. which is when they are forecasting temperatures that are dangerously high with the heat index…that means temps in the high 90’s but for us out in the field where the heat radiates off the soil it could reach well over 100.  If you want to pickup a CSA on Sunday let me know via email and I will put your basket in the cooler at the market for you to pickup.

As for the market…we have a new batch of honey and freshly made Jam and baked goodies as well as farm eggs and hand-churned sweet cream butter. This weekend’s market specials are:  Roasted red pepper & pesto focaccia, FarmHouse garden slaw…which is one of my summer time favorites…Our three bean salad and apple pocket pies, buttermilk bread and Blueberry muffins.

CSA News

CSA shareholder….Weekly and Bi weekly We are going to host a “What’s in the basket” workshop Saturday June 12th. 10:30 am.  All our shareholders are welcome to join us as we take a look at week’s CSA share. How to make the most out of your CSA share, How to care for your produce plus tip, tricks and ideas on everything from exploring the  farm, expanding your basket contents  and persevering your produce.

We will be serving , Coffee, Tea and Lemongrass spritzers

What's In the basket?

I want to encourage our CSA shareholder to attend this workshop so you will be able to make the most out of being a CSA shareholder this season.

Tentative CSA Pickups schedule for June:

June 5th.  No CSA Pickup

June 12th. Weekly CSA pickup only….No Bi-Weekly shareholder pickups….

June 19th. Bi-Weekly Pickup only….No Weekly shareholder pickups

June 26th. Weekly & Bi-weekly pickups

Hope to see ya’ll here on the farm!

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My name is Peggy Lynn Marchetti. I am a wife, a mother of two beautiful, never boring children, and a farmer... that's right - a farmer... a female farmer to be exact. I live on a beautiful little third generation organic farm in middle Tennessee.

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3 comments on “Signs of things to come…or to bloom
  1. Jaime says:

    Thanks, Peggy, for the calendar-like summary of pickup dates at the bottom!

  2. Allison says:

    That sunflower is just beautiful!

  3. stippitt says:

    Maybe since your crops have been a little on the low side due to the weather you could think about supplementing the CSA baskets with some of the baked goods you sell at the market.

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