Weekly news from the farm!


Greetings Everyone,

There are often times ya’ll will request items that happened to be out of inventory, for those situations you’ve paid via credit card and we have extra product that we can include in your share, we’ll keep a tab and invoice you once you’ve purchased enough to to justify using our SQUARE invoicing process like we did for plants.  The reason for doing this is we are unable to adjust orders that were paid with Credit Card because the order amount has been pre-approved. 

We hope you’re now noticing that our hens are laying full sized eggs! That means we are no longer selling pullet eggs, but are now pricing regular eggs. Lucky you, our prices still are the same as they’ve been for the past 10 years.

Here is a link to the online store to place your order.

Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie

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What is new or abundant this week!

The first harvest of heirloom Pruden’s Purple Tomatoes…. We don’t grow as many as these because they aren’t as productive as our other tomatoes yet their flavor is incredible.  Many years ago we specialized in heirloom tomatoes, but they weren’t as productive, so our CSA shareholders at that time voted if they wanted less tomatoes throughout the season but heirlooms OR if they wanted more tomatoes but a variety that is tasty yet disease resistant.  The CSA shareholders voted for MORE tomatoes.  Honestly, we’re glad they did because we enjoy eating a lot of tomatoes over the season and the disease resistant tomatoes makes that possible.

Green Cabbage is here!   Sadly, we lost over half our cabbage crop because of Black Rot  (bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc)) which thrives in the cold and wet spring weather. We’ll be limiting this to one cabbage per order just so everyone is able to try this delicious and sweet cabbage.  Normally we love having cabbage available for well into the summer because it stores well in our cooler. We are trialing a new variety of cabbage that seems more resistant but takes longer to mature. We’re hopeful to have that cabbage available in a couple of weeks. 

This Weeks Farmer’s Choice!

Above is our Swiss Chard and Israeli Couscous salad.  It is an incredibly refreshing salad, and if you avoid gluten, you can easily substitute quinoa for couscous.  This is a recipe that was shared via a CSA member years ago yet still one we eat frequently throughout the summer. 

This week’s Farmer’s Choice Share includes: (share contents are subject to change based on our actual harvest.)

We’re offer both a Farmer’s Choice Veggie (FCV) and Farmers’ Choice Veggie & Meat (FCVM) Share.  Items common in both shares are listed first, followed by items specific to the veggie share the finally the veggie/meat share. The Farmer’s Choice Veggie & Meat share normally has smaller portions of vegetables. )

The following are included only in the veggie share:

The following are included only in the meat share

What’s happening on the farm!

The Saharan dust cloud has been obstructing our views of beautiful Bluff Mountain! We’re hopfull that it deposits some top soil on these fields. It’s pretty amazing to think that a few storms have carried this dust in the air across Africa, and that it has made the 5,000-mile journey across the Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico — and it has now moved into the mountains of WNC.

Above is a cucumber plant that  succumbed to the wet and cool weather.   We’ve had a lot of rain at the farm in recent weeks, so the cucumber crops aren’t growing and thriving as much as they do in drier conditions.  We just planted another succession, so if the weather clears up a bit, we’re hopeful to have an abundance of cucumbers again.  We plant several successions of summer squash, that being cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini throughout the season with the hope of having a consistent supply of these veggies.  On an organic system, we don’t constantly spray fungicides to kill molds and mildews, so often times the plants die or quit producing much fruit.  We hope you take comfort in knowing that with our production practices the pollinators aren’t killed of and that the fruit you are eating is free of nasty fungicide residue.

Milkweed bugs lovin’ on a milkweed plant!

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