Gifts of delight
There are times that I feel like I’m being watched. Not the kind of watched that gives me goose bumps, but more of a warm and fuzzy kind of watched. Like my stumbling through the world is most amusing, and my delight is worth entertaining. I know it’s the farm. It’s like my secret Santa. It lets me know it loves me by leaving me little gifts. Little charming aberrations. Little faces in things.
I appreciate these small diversions. Farm work can be difficult and hot and humorless in July in the south (I was once advised never to evaluate my career choice in July and August). I know it’s shocking, but it’s true. Sometimes, in July and August, under the cruel gaze of the sun, salty sweat burning our eyes and every little skin abrasion we can’t imagine how we got- it becomes difficult to keep the heavy work light. We’re afraid to expend any unnecessary energy with jokes or lightheartedness. But difficult jobs are made lighter when everyone is distracted by humor or fun or downright silliness.
Enter nature again, bearing gifts of funny shaped veggies. A tomato with a nose. An eggplant with a mouth. A potato with a nose mouth and hair to boot. We stop thinking about the hard work and how hot we are and play show and tell with each other for a brief minute. And those minutes add up to hours, and suddenly, the work is done! It’s time for popsicles!
Here's what we we're harvesting this week:
Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound
Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Shishito peppers: $3/pint
White cucumbers (Hickory only): $2.95/pound
Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, some Margold): $3.45/pound
Sungold Cherry tomatoes: $3.50/pint
Green peppers: $3.50/pound
Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound
"Hatch" (New Mexican) chiles: $3.50/pound
Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb): $.25 each
Zephyr Squash: $2.25/lb
Mallory's Mixed flower bouquets: $11.95
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