Waxing Poetic (farm blog)

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Posted 6/29/2020 6:36pm by Shiloh Avery.

 

This wasn't today, but it captures the beauty of the valley. Photo by Mallory

A girl, at the beginning of a story, does not know she’s in a story.  She knows nothing of the characters she will meet along the path and where said path and said characters will take her.  She does not know her path of wanderlust will eventually lead to a beautiful little valley in western North Carolina where she will set down roots both literally and figuratively, where the characters move around her rather than she around them.

Yet the story unfolds, blind to her ignorance of its presence.  And then one day, as she descends into the beautiful little valley on her well worn path and the fading sunlight catches the exhausted rain clouds in a fit of purples and blues as the aged mountains raise behind them and the scene takes her breath away in a well-rehearsed pattern, she realizes that she is, in fact, living in a story. 

The story has slowed to the part where a reader might skim, but it is still a story.  Complete with conflicts and triumphs and yes, failures.  But today, the story has paused on a beautiful little valley with fading sun dancing across blue and purple clouds and mountains, highlighting the green gardens of home.

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale (last week): $3/bunch

Carrots (last week): $4.95/bunch

Blueberries (probably Saturday only as we pack most of our harvest shares for Wednesday): $6.95/pint

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound 

White cucumbers (Hickory only): $2.95/pound

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak, mostly beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Spring onions: $2.50/bunch

New Potatoes: $5.95/bag

 Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday midnight.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

 

Posted 6/15/2020 5:41pm by Shiloh Avery.

Gentle cool rain

June.  Named after Juno, the Roman goddess of childbirth and fertility.  The weeds that escaped our hoes in April and early May have all grown up and are having children of their own now.  Usually, June rolls in on a saucy heat wave, announcing her presence like a child demanding your attention, stamping her feet and screaming “Look at me! Look at me!  Look at me!” 

But Juno was evidently distracted by the pandemic, because June just sort of slid into the raucous party through an already open door and sat down.  I hardly even recognized her.  Sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings, no desperate popsicle breaks, breezy, sunny skies--even the squash seems to be confused and isn’t growing so fast. A subtle and perfect June will have us all complacent and unprepared for that blast of July that is sure to come, but since there’s nothing we can do about that, let’s just enjoy the sweatshirts while we wait.

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Blueberries: $6.95/pint

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (extremely limited for hopefully just this last week until the field cucumbers begin producing)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday 7pm.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

 

Posted 6/8/2020 10:20am by Shiloh Avery.

Bathing in the forest

Oh North Carolina, with your meandering rivers and your ancient mountains.  I’ve worried I was no longer going to be able to enjoy these things.  I’ve worried I should not be enjoying these things.  But Jason kindly reminded me that one can not care for others without first caring for oneself.  One cannot fill another’s glass from an empty pitcher.  And so I gladly accepted the invitation for a Reddies float this Sunday.  No email, no cell phones, no obligations if only for a couple of hours.  And I’m not sorry I did. 

In Japan, people practice “forest bathing” (Shinrin-yoku).  The idea is that the sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh clean air give us a sense of comfort.  They ease our stress and worry and help us to relax and think more clearly, and can even restore our mood.  How about more literally bathing in the forest? 

So yeah, I have a bit of catching up to do today, but Jason was right in his assessment of my state of mind Sunday: a little bathing in the forest was exactly what I needed to rejuvenate and rest and prepare for the onslaught of the week.  The effect is truly amazing. I have a zillion river tubes if anyone want to borrow them to try this out for themselves.

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (very limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Zucchini: $2.25/lb

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

 

Posted 6/2/2020 5:59pm by Shiloh Avery.

I'm as exhausted as this little guy that I rescued from our greenhouse

 I've been told "better late than never" so I'm hoping that's true this week as I come to you from a deep exhaustion late on a Tuesday night. So the blog is on vacation for a week, but we're not, and so...

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-lb bag

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Lacinato kale (a.k.a. dino kale, black kale, cavelo nero, etc.): $3.50/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (very limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

Note the change in buildings in Charlotee! We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

 

Posted 5/26/2020 5:19am by Shiloh Avery.

 

Counting is an undervalued skill.  It’s 50% (that’s 50 of 100) of my job I think.  Counting bunches, counting boxes, counting bags, counting rubber bands, counting heads….that’s what I do around here.  Count things.  I do so much counting that I can’t help counting.  I catch myself counting steps, counting bites, counting toothbrush strokes.  Heh, heh, heh. (Now go back and read that in a Romanian accent)

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-lb bag

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Lacinato kale (a.k.a. dino kale, black kale, cavelo nero, etc.): $3.50/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Celery: $3.75/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday 7pm.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

Thanks for your understanding and assistance in making things flow more smoothly for everyone while we navigate this crazy new world.  

 

Posted 5/19/2020 1:28pm by Shiloh Avery.

So many umbrellas!

Mallory asked me yesterday if I was worried about this extended wet weather period.  Well, of course I am, but that worry looks very lackadaisical.  Preparing for too much rain looks a lot different than preparing for a late freeze.  The predicted late freeze had us scrambling: driving 7+hours to procure more frost blankets, madly filling bags of gravel to hold down said frost blankets, starting fires to combat the inversion on the night of the freeze, etc.  Preparing for too much rain though, that’s all about long term foresight and investment.

So while we were scrambling to do even more to prevent crop losses from the late freeze, we’ve pretty much done all we can to mitigate too much rainfall over the last 10 years.  So my “worry” looks a lot less active than the previous weather “worry”.  No scrambling, no desperate drives across the state. Get some extra coffee for those dreary days, don the rubber boots and pray the sun will return to us sometime.  Preparing for too much water is quite literally what we’ve been doing the last 10 years.

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-lb bag

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Lacinato kale (a.k.a. dino kale, black kale, cavelo nero, etc.): $3.50/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (limited)

Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Dill: $2/bunch

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday 7pm.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

Thanks for your understanding and assistance in making things flow more smoothly for everyone while we navigate this crazy new world.  

 

Posted 5/11/2020 6:42pm by Shiloh Avery.

I was so cheerful Saturday morning, I hung the moon for you!

I am never that super cheery morning person.  I mean, I’m not grumpy per se, more like stoic.  It takes a bit of stretching and meditation and yeah, okay, coffee to get up to cheerful.  But for some reason this Saturday when the 3:45am alarm went off, I was downright chipper. 

The kitten made me giggle, I was whistling, I didn’t even feel like glaring at my husband. Jason was actually worried about me!  I can’t explain it.  I thought about it: did I eat super healthy the night before?  Pasta. Well that’s not chips, but it’s not exactly a salad either, so it must not be that.  It can’t be looking forward to the day because we were expecting a heavy frost that night and so I knew I had to come home quick from market and work on preparations.

I just couldn’t explain it.  I still can’t explain it. Maybe it was a premonition that we would make it through the frost (which we did). Maybe it was Maybelline.

Here's what we we're harvesting this week:

Baby lettuce salad mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Spinach (not baby): $5/1/2-lb bag

Rainbow Chard: $3/bunch

Kale: $3/bunch

Lacinato kale (a.k.a. dino kale, black kale, cavelo nero, etc.): $3.50/bunch

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Cucumbers: $2.95/pound (limited)

Tomatoes (still limited-Cherokee Purple or Beefsteak): $3.45/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

 

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building C 8am-1pm and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  

 

Due to the high volume of emails, texts, and phone calls, facebook and Instagram messages, we are no longer able to accept orders through those avenues.  I can no longer keep up in a timely manner and so I end up missing some.  In order to facilitate better organization and flow on the farm so that fewer things fall through the cracks (and Shiloh maintains her sanity), we are asking that everyone wishing to place a pre-order go through our virtual farm stand: https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

Ordering for Saturday pick-ups happen from Sunday-Wednesday 7pm.  Ordering for Wednesday pick-ups happen from the Thursday-Sunday 11am.

If you’ve never ordered through our system before, check out this tutorial (it’s not like a square store): http://tumblingshoalsfarm.com/how-virtual-farm-stand-works

Thanks for your understanding and assistance in making things flow more smoothly for everyone while we navigate this crazy new world.  

Your farmers,

Shiloh, Jason, Mallory, Kelsey, Andrew, Hope, and Ethan

Tumbling Shoals Farm

www.tumblingshoalsfarm.com

farmer@tumblingshoalsfarm.com

336-452-0919

336-452-2920

www.facebook.com/tumblingshoalsfarm

Instagram: @tumblingshoalsfarm

Posted 5/4/2020 10:36am by Shiloh Avery.

Eating like a farmer

I think I slept for over ten hours this past Saturday night.  The craziness must have finally got to me and I had to shut down.  Our friends at Bear Creek Farm in northern Michigan tracked the number of emails sent this past week (241) and the number of phone calls (127).  There’s no way I’m doing that, but I get the sentiment.  We’re wondering if we need to hire more help while wondering if we can afford to keep the people we’ve got.  We’re thinking about doubling a crop planting in the morning and worried about sales in the afternoon, all while trying to stay up-to-date with accurate information to help us feed our community as safely as possible.  All peppered with a healthy dose of intense gratitude and not a small amount of fear.  It’s exhausting and sometimes feels like this isn’t what I signed up for.

Except that it is exactly what I signed up for.  It’s time to remind myself that this is why I love my job: the constant learning, pivoting, adapting and improving.  It’s never boring!  Just when you think you’re going to sail smoothly (we never actually think that, but still…), mother nature or some other thing throws a new challenge your way.  It’s always changing and this time isn’t really that different.  This is when we draw on the grit that got us 13 years into this farm in the first place.  It’s never been easy.  But we are already intimate with challenge and are still here after all these years. And so I take a deep breath, eat a delicious meal off the farm, and remind myself that we shall overcome.

 

Posted 5/4/2020 9:06am by Shiloh Avery.

Week of May 4th produce availability:

 

Carrots: $4.95/bunch

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Cucumbers: $2.95/lb

Tomatoes: $3.45/lb

 

Spinach: $5/ 1/2-lb bag

 

Kale: $3/bag 

Scallions: $2/bunch

 

 

 Rainbow Chard: $3/buch

 

 

Dill: $2/bunch

 

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

Lacinato kale: $3.50/bunch

     

You can order from our virtual farm stand:

For pick up Wednesday May 13th in east Boone- order Thursday- Sunday at 11am for pick up Wednesday on the front porch of a private residence in Boone (address will be revealed when you purchase) 8am-4:30pm

For pick up Wednesday May 13th in Hickory- order Thursday- Sunday at 11am for pick up Wednesday at the downtown Hickory farmers market 330 Main Ave NW (same parking lot we were in last year): 10am-2pm

For pick up Saturday May 9th at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro- order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for drive through pick up at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro 10am-1pm

For pick up Saturday May 9th at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market-order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for pick up at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday May 9th at the Hickory farmers market- order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for pick up at the downtown Hickory farmers market 330 Main Ave NW (same parking lot we were in last year) 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday May 9th at the Watauga County Farmers Market-order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for pick up at the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon

Detailed instructions for ordering from the virtual farm stand

Already in the know? Order here:https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed and the Hickory Farmers Market and the Watauga County Farmers Market this Saturday 5/9. We'll also be at the Wednesday Hickory Farmers Market this Wednesday 5/6 10am-2pm.  We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand.

 

Posted 4/28/2020 6:13pm by Shiloh Avery.

Week of April 28th produce availability:

Romaine (I don't know why the picture is sideways) lettuce: $3.50/head

Arugula: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $3.50/5-oz compostable container

Radishes: $2.75/bunch (they'll be washed when you get them!)

Boston-Bibb (Buttercrunch) lettuce: $3/head

Baby Bok Choy: $3.99/lb

Kale: $3/bag (we're bagging this early super tender harvest)

Scallions: $2/bunch

 

 

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

 

Dill: $2/bunch

 

Cilantro: $2/bunch

 

Lacinato kale: $3.50/bunch

     

You can order from our virtual farm stand:

For pick up Wednesday May 6th in east Boone- order Thursday- Sunday at 11am for pick up Wednesday on the front porch of a private residence in Boone (address will be revealed when you purchase) 8am-4:30pm

For pick up Wednesday May 6th in Hickory- order Thursday- Sunday at 11am for pick up Wednesday at the downtown Hickory farmers market 330 Main Ave NW (same parking lot we were in last year): 10am-2pm

For pick up Saturday May 2nd at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro- order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for drive through pick up at Stardust Taproom in Wilkesboro 10am-1pm

For pick up Saturday May 2nd at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market-order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for pick up at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday May 2nd at the Hickory farmers market- order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for pick up at the downtown Hickory farmers market 330 Main Ave NW (same parking lot we were in last year) 8am-1pm

For pick up Saturday May 2nd at the Watauga County Farmers Market-order Sunday through Wednesday at 7pm for pick up at the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon

Detailed instructions for ordering from the virtual farm stand

Already in the know? Order here:https://www.harvie.farm/farm-stand/tumbling-shoals-farm

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the C shed and the Hickory Farmers Market and the Watauga County Farmers Market this Saturday 5/2. We'll also be at the Wednesday Hickory Farmers Market this Wednesday 4/29 10am-2pm.  We accept Venmo, Credit Cards, Cash, or Check or you can pre-order at our virtual farm stand (Choose the April share box and you'll get to customize at the end!)

We have fully customized farm shares available for purchase: https://www.harvie.farm/signup/tumbling-shoals-farm Shares begin the first week in May!

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