Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Memories



I remember the first watermelon I grew.  That memory is still as sweet as the watermelon was.  It was a good farmer moment.  Seeing that little watermelon for the first time as a bump with a flower on it.  Smaller than the tip of my pinkie but already with it's stripes.  Watching it grow with each day.  Knowing that as it was soaking up the rain and sunshine it was growing sweeter and sweeter.  There are many things that I enjoy growing.  Mostly because I love eating them.  But watermelon is one of my top favorites.  And I think it is a favorite because I had so much fun watching that first little watermelon grow up.  And now, every time I walk out and check on the watermelons, I get to enjoy that good farmer moment and the memory of past summer days.

Perks

In a job filled with hard days of bugs, weeds and praying for the right weather, it is nice to have perks.

When my breaks from farm labor are split between house work and Ms. Sarah, it is nice to have perks.

Cherokee Purples are one of my favorite perks.  Which makes this week a good one. 




Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice





Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.

- Barry Cornwall

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Over Due


I have owed you a picture for a while.  Better late than never.  This picture is from 10 days ago.  And there are two things that are funny about that.  First it is raining in this picture and it has rained almost every day in the last 10.  Also, most everything has doubled in size.  All in all, the garden grows well.

If you guys are out and about on Saturday morning, come see us.  Bobby will be at the Lagrange Farmer's Market on Main and I will be at the Columbus Uptown Farmers Market.

Have a good rest of the week.

Fall Planting Class

Country Road Farm Fall Planting Class

Are you interested in planting a Fall garden? Well, let us help.

Come join us at the Farm on Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 pm.
The cost is $20.00 for an individual or $30.00 per couple.

The class will be a hands on opportunity for you to plant a 6 pack with your choice of a wide variety of seeds, review agriculture handouts and discuss gardening information.
We will also provide a tour of the farm as well as cookies and tea.

If you are interested, please email for more information
or come see us at Farmer's Market.

Class size is limited to 15 people. You need to sign up and pay in person by July 6. If there are less than 5 people interested, the class will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

Naturally Grown Produce & Flowers Greenville, Georgia
countryroadfarm@gmail.com www.countryroadfarmga.blogspot.com


Friday, June 7, 2013

Squash

I tried to think of a witty title for the post and could not.  Really, squash seems to say everything that needs to be said.  I have squash.  Lots of squash.  Everything that I did wrong in growing squash last year, seems to be going right this year.  How long it will last, I do not know.  My suggestion to you is get it while you can. Eat what you want and freeze the rest.  If I have it next week, buy more.  Eat the fresh stuff until the bugs take over and then go to the freezer for the frozen.  However you want to do it, just eat more squash.



I will be at the Lagrange Market on Main tomorrow morning.  I will have lots of squash.  Come out and see me, try a zucchini brownie, take home the recipe and the zucchini to make it with.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Helpers

I would like to send a great big thank you out to my pair of volunteers that came out to the farm last week.  They were wonderful helpers and good company.



Thank you Jenny and Noah.  Hope to see you again soon.

June

June is here already.  Can you believe it?  It seems like this year is moving quickly.  Speaking of moving quickly . . .

Buster is tired.  He has been moving quickly all week.  We all have.  The last few weeks really.  But it is paying off.  Things are growing.  I will post a picture of the yard soon.  I went to take it yesterday and the camera batteries were dead.  They are charging now.  So, you will get to see how much everything has grown as soon as I take that picture.

Other things that are going on:  Market.  They are busy.  Bobby had a great market in Lagrange on the 25th.  We really appreciate all the support our Lagrange shoppers have shown.  You guys have been amazing.  We are not sure when Bobby will make it back.  Between kids and work his schedule seems to be overflowing.  Right now it looks like it may be the 15th or the 22nd.  We will let you know as soon as we figure it out.  If you are looking for produce, I usually deliver to a regular customer on Thursday at the Emory Clinic.  Email me if you want to talk about adding you to that regular delivery.

Columbus Market is also going well.  I am enjoying meeting and talking to all of you.  I need to set out a sign up sheet so that I can get an email list started.  If you are interested in joining that email list, please email me.

One thing that we will be emailing about soon is a fall planting class.  We are tossing around the idea of having a class here at the farm.  It would be a hands on class where we help you get ready to plant your fall garden.  The class would be in late July.  I would love it if any of you have feedback as to whether or not you might be interested.

With June comes the beginning of all the wonderful summer veggies we love so much.  But it also means that those cooler Spring crops are no longer.  I hope you will all be patient with us as we transition from lots of green leafy veggies to waiting for our tomatoes to turn red.  We have squash coming in now and hopefully we will keep it for a while before the bugs descend.  Beans and peas should be here soon.  And the corn and okra are growing fast.  Just think about how much tastier things are when you eat them seasonally and support your local farmers in the process.