We have a CSA pickup this Saturday, July 6th. 10:30-2pm. This pickup will be loaded with lots of summer heirloom tomatoes. They are coming in strong and lovely. Lots of basils and plenty of squash, zucchini, carrots, beets, and blackberries are ripening up. Just wanted to give y’all a preview of some of the things we will be harvesting for your CSA shares this pickup.
I have added a couple of wonderful recipes for squash to the farm’s Facebook page
I also wanted to let you know we have been posting a lot of new pictures to our Instagram page as well so if you use Instagram plz follow the farm. The field is going through the changing of the season with last season crops and flowers going in and lots of crops coming out. I planted out the late season tomatoes and cream peas and yard long beans this week. We have a lot of beds just waiting to get a crop planted back for the fall vegetables and flowers. It is crazy that in the next couple of weeks we will be knee-deep in planning and planting for the fall. But I will say that is one of my favorite seasons for growing.
Again..so many thank yous and tons of love yo y’all who partner with us in this CSA program. I was talking with some nice people the other day about Tennessee (Nashville) growth and the high demand for land and new developments and what that means for small family farms like ours. The changes in how the Tennessee landscape looks without these small holdings is not so pretty.
When We began to farm here at Madison Creek Farms as soon as you turned into Willis Branch road there was a farmstead with a front field and barn and horses that lived there. That’s gone… now there are hundreds of homes. The land that is now The Vineyards once was an open pasture for hay and a little log style house. In just a matter of fewer than 20 years, our little country road is now lined with subdivisions. And hey, that is fine but it sure puts tons of pressure on all the natural resources here. We have much more animal pressure because we have the natural woodlands where they can still live on peace. We can no longer draw water to irrigate from the creek because the creek is contaminated from all the building runoff. (although I have spoken to the environmental people for watersheds and they are working on cleaning up the creek) To summarize all this; We as a community have to be smart about growth and what kind of place we want to live and raise our families. Family farms like ours are getting scarce more and more every year. It is because of y’all a lot of these farmers can stay on their land and care for it. We thank you.
See y’all Saturday!