Setting here in the farm house cuddled up to a steaming cup of coffee and wrapped up in my fuzzy housecoat..it is hard to imagine in 4 short weeks we will begin our planting season here on the farm. So, spread out in front of me is our seeds we saved from last season..mixed with about 5 seed catalogs I place seed orders with for crops too time consuming or not reliable enough to collect our own.
I am a big advocate for open pollinated organic seed stock which is why we save so much of it from our own organically grown crops each year. I tell new farmers all the time..your seeds are like a safety deposit box that holds the real value of your farm. If you not saving seeds you will always be susceptible to not having access to a good organic seed stock and will always be at the whim of suppliers that grow fewer and fewer each year. Did you know there were thousands of tomato varieties just 80 years ago. Now we maybe some 40 in all these catalogs with these gloss photos..If you buy plants at the local box store you may have 5 varieties to pick from. I remember buying seed packets seeds for my first gardens years ago and thinking there’s not a lot of seed in each of these packets. It’s expensive to grow a garden. It wasn’t until I learned to save so many different types of seeds did I understand how important it was to have a good stash of my own home grown seeds for the next seasons garden.
I can’t believe that this will be our 18th season growing on this farm and our 16th year we have grown for our CSA program. It is crazy to think that time has gone by so fast..When I first started Madison Creek Farms in 2000 we were only a handful of young farms growing organically. It wasn’t trendy..it wasn’t hip or a movement that all came along later in the years..The first couple of years we grew for ourselves and 1 farmers market we sold from on Saturdays. Then we kelp growing adding more beds but also needing to add animals for a source of compost material..the more you grow the more inputs you need to make sure your soil has the fertility it also needs to remain healthy. Chickens, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, sheep, goats we have raised them all here at one point or another. As time went by we downsized in animals and markets we sold to and from..we honed in on what works best for us with not only the animals but the production of crops, markets and added-value products and events. We live where we work and we work all the time during the growing season. So we had to learn to do what makes the most sense for our family and our land. It can and does get crazy during the busiest parts of the season..but Mark nor I would want a life without our hands in the dirt. Now that our off season grows to a close and seeds have been started for spring..and our 2018 spring and summer season is being lined out I will have to say..I am blessed, blessed to get to live, work and be here on this farm and it is thanks in part to all of you that support our efforts to bring our local community fresh, healthy organic food choices. It is thanks to you.. that farms like ours are not sold to developers and our beautiful natural landscapes continue to be a natural habit for wildlife and nature. You see that is truly the heart of keep Tennessee beautiful..people stepping up and supporting local farms..local business. Without that we couldn’t afford the taxes and upkeep on this land. So to us you are all our heroes..Thank you for another wonderful trip around the sun..we will do our best again as always for our 16th CSA year to bring you bushels of wonderful fresh farm bounty..and lots of flowers to feed you soul as well. Please consider or continuing to be a part of our farming family. We look forward to working hard for y’all again these coming seasons. If you have any questions about our CSA or the farm please feel free to contact me..my email address is on our homepage. God Speed, Peggy & Mark Marchetti
Our 2018 Spring & Summer CSA is now open for signups…To sign up or learn more about our CSA farm share program click the link CSA FarmShare