Love in the barnyard

My husband spends his mornings, every morning feeding and caring for the animals here on the farm. When the donkeys and goats see him they begin to call to him. When he approaches the fence they all gather around excited and vocal. He’ll open the gate to go into the barnyard and they surround him nudging him, rubbing up against him and trying to climb into his lap. Have you ever seen a donkey trying to climb into someones lap?…it is really funny to watch. I told him the other day “they really love you don’t they?” he laughed and replied…they don’t love me, I feed them…that is what they love. True they do like to eat…but I think its much more. These are very soulful creatures and I have seen them pick and chose who they are affectionate with and who they are not. They do love Mark…and I kinda think he loves them back…bunches:)

What a difference a little rain makes here on the farm. The plants are going crazy…I mean crazy…everything out there is bursting with blooms, blossoms or fruit.  It is so great to see after weeks of nothing growing in the dry dirt and brutally hot sun. It is still very hot and humid…but it is at least green. We have been planting for early fall this week things like winter squash and sorghum, beans and gourds. I planted out the sweet potatoes and a little more okra this week as well. More of the beds are being cleared getting ready for the later fall crops like broccoli, collards and cauliflower.  Fall is also the time of year when the farm has lots of flowers growing. So we are planting several beds of flowers this time of year.  Spring and fall are my favorite seasons for growing here on the farm. It is also the time of year for some of my personal favorite crops.  Lettuces so fresh and tender, greens like mustard, kale and spinach make a comeback. And best of all the cooler days and crisp nights keep the weeds and grass at bay and make it a breeze to work in the field.

Cooking With Herbs

Saturday July 24th. 10:30am  We will be hosting a free cooking workshop on cooking with herbs. The addition of herbs in your dishes make such a difference. Not only will the herbs add delicious flavor they also help to reduce the need for salt and other seasonings we could cut back on.  So join us for our Cooking with Herbs workshop it’s fun, informative and best of all…tasty:)

CSA Update & News

This week is our Weekly shareholder pickup here on the farm. It looks like corn and melons….sweet! Please remember to bring your share baskets back to the farm with you. Also there are several current tomatoes along with grape and cherry out in the field please feel free to pick them for your share along with the flowers. This is your farm…explore it..enjoy it and by all means share in the harvesting. If you need help or pointed in the right direction here on the farm just asked Mark and I ….we will be happy to show you where and how to harvest yourself.

Market News

Baking a fresh batch of pies for the market this weekend as well as Blueberry jam and blackberry cobbler.

See y’all at 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 “Love in the barnyard
  1. natalie says:

    Dad is the Donkey Whisperer…

  2. Tracey says:

    Had a great time at the workshop today.The eggplant panini and pasta was the bomb. Had the berry crumble for dessert with supper – OMG.I don’t like blackberries and it was great.Can’t wait to see what you have next Saturday.

  3. Tracey says:

    Had the rest of the crumble tonite.Still as gooda s when I 1st ate it Saturday.Also enjoyed teh bluberry muffin.Can’t wait to see what treats are in store this Saturday at the market.

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