I like a good positive outlook on life…I am just one of those types people who believe it all works out the way it is supposed too. I think my attitude it runs fairly similar with Scarlet O’Hara in the movie classic “Gone with the wind. My motto is “I’ll think about it tomorrow”… Right now I am eating cake! Now its true my husband doesn’t have my sunny outlook on life and he tends to drift off toward the dark side every now and again, but then again …it could be me…I may be just nuts…not facing reality or just living in my head…but as we say here in the south…God love her little heart for trying. It’s been hard to keep that positive spirit up the last couple of days around here. We had a heck of a storm blow through the farm on Saturday that kept Mark and I glued to the weather reports both online and on TV scanning the alert for possible tornadoes. After you have lived through a couple of these guys you don’t play around. Mark and I were hit by a tornado first while we were living in East Nashville and then in 2006 we had a huge F3 rip through the farm taking our barn and tearing off our roof and collapsing the front porch on the farmhouse. It was horrifying to say the least. We didn’t “thank goodness” have a tornado this time but we did get a major flood. This is the second time we have had a flood of this magnitude in the 10 years we have farmed here. About this same time last year we had a flood that damaged our bridge severely and swept planting beds clean away including the wood frame. So as we watched in dismay as our lower field became a roaring river bed and our newly planted lower bottom beds covered with water once again we just prayed for the best.
Some may asked “why if this area is prone to flooding do we still plant crops there? Two reasons really…One..it’s the only place we have that is plant-able and two It’s rich bottom land…hence the flood proneness…It is a risk that anyone that farms bottom land has to account for. But asked them if they would give up their precious bottom land for a field that doesn’t flood some times …say for a higher grade…nope…they wouldn’t…the bottoms are just too rich and fertile and unlike any other. A lot of folks will want to know how this flooding will affect the farm and our CSA program. Hopefully not much…We may have a couple of weeks in June that may be sparse due to having to replant these flooded out beds. We may also have to tap our other organic farming buddies for extra stuff to carry us through trading flowers, honey or if like before my pickles…but we will be fine…the market, the CSA will be fine…It is part of farming, and eating local…You take the good with bad…and hopefully the good far outweighs the bad.
It as been a crazy spring weather wise…I will hand you that one…We have been 5″ below in rainfall…I think we made that up…and15 degrees hotter than normal. The crops are coming alone nicely…the ones that weren’t underwater… Most of the crops have been stunned by really hot days and cool nights. So I think with the rain they will kick in and we should have a fairly good CSA and Market this coming opening weekend.
Speaking of our May 1st weekend…We are very excited about getting the farm opened up and hosting our CSA gathering. It is also going to be the date we have our annual plant sale as well. We had to reschedule our plant sale from last Saturday to this coming weekend. We still have lots to do and everything isn’t ready….ie our new play area…they are working on it. We kinda put a nick in their progress with this big tree having come down. Thank goodness it didn’t happen during the storm but rather by our friend Dave and Mark. I hated to see it fall. I played under that tree as a baby. Now Lucca seems to being a little fun here in the end.
I am guessing a couple of more weeks til the play ground is up and ready.
Through the month of May we have a lot of work that will be going on here on the farm. Pavilion Patio going in and new planting beds being built as well as little things here and there being done. So with that word of warning please be safe while you are here on the farm. We are a work in progress right now.
CSA News and Updates
Just a couple of things…Please be sure to read your CSA handbook. I have had a couple of folks that have called and or emailed with questions they can find in the handbook. Second…because the farm will be open Saturday to the public and if all goes well…busy…We will be bring our CSA gathering into the farmhouse for the Welcoming orientation. The gathering will start around 10:30am. Once you sign in and take care of your share business you should come on to the farmhouse. You are welcome to come earlier and check out the plant sale of course…:) Remember as a shareholder you get 10% off any farm purchase…
Returning CSA shareholders….We are asking if any of you would like to pickup your share early this week please email me. We have Broccoli that (can you believe it) that needs to be cut asap…as well as spring onions and lettuces, spinach..ect. But I need you to pickup during the weekday. Such is farming…the plants decide when they are ready regardless of you want… I would greatly appreciate your help by picking your share up during the week, if you can.
Date: May 1st
When you arrive on the farm be sure to sign in with Mika (farm crew) she will be located under the tent on the kitchen patio or the under the porch…depending how windy it is.. You are welcome to bring your family, friends…and friends of friends with you…should be a fun day!
We will be having food, Live music and your 1st pickup…the season is about begin! Some of y’all from last season may remember Ashley Robertson playing music here on the farm. She will be back on the 1st. We are glad to have her with us. Also the FarmHouse Kitchen will be whipping out some baked goodies and of course our hand-churned butters, Jams and pickles will be at the market.
So with all of this I leave you with…a few lovely farm pics.
Plant Sale hanging Baskets
Herbs and tomatoes plant sale
Plant sale Market Pavilion
See y’all soon here on the farm, Peggy
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