Holiday afterglow

In the afterglow of Thanksgiving, we’re delighted to find ourselves in pexels thanksgiving leftoversThanksgiving Leftovers Season–one of our favorite seasons around here. Short, but unforgettable, it always includes a luxurious amount of vegetables. Last night we surveyed our holdings in the fridge: roasted Carrots, Sweet Potato casserole, Brussels Sprouts & bacon, mashed Potatoes, and roasted Winter Squash. Not to mention turkey, stuffing, Cranberry sauce, and gravy. We’ve been eating like kings & queens, and we’re grateful for it.

As the unseasonably wet and cold weather continues to bog us down in the field, we’re farmstand decorated for christmas nightcheered up by all the festiveness at the Farmstand these days. Christmas trees (Fraser Firs) from our friends down in North Carolina have arrived, as well as wreaths, garlands, and other holiday greenery. The Calhoun family in Ashe County, NC runs Big Springs Nursery & Tree Farm and grows gorgeous and fragrant Fraser Firs. Frasers are known for their beautiful color, excellent needle retention, strong branches, and lovely scent, which is why we’ve fallen in love with them. Just walking by the Farmstand these days is a fragrant treat–your move, Yankee Candle!

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Deliciously fragrant Fraser Firs are the best Christmas trees!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

pexel cornucopeia fall veggiesWe love Thanksgiving!! A holiday built around being grateful for a successful harvest, made possible by the hard work of a community? Also featuring a cornucopia of delicious foods, and traditionally including a large and diverse selection of vegetables?? Yes, please!!

thanksgiving table 2017While we cook this week and feast on Thursday, we’ll be thinking back over the season and appreciating how lucky we are to be farming this gorgeous piece of land in this amazing community. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support and enthusiasm this season and for the past nine years. We wish you all a delightful & delicious Thanksgiving!

abundance-agriculture-crop-157310Note: The Farmstand is closed on Thursday and Friday this week so that our hardworking crew can spend some time celebrating with their families. CSA members: if you have a Thursday or Friday CSA pickup, please plan to swing by to get your share today, tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday.

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We’ll be open for Small Business Saturday with a full selection of holiday greenery!

Stop by for wreaths, roping & garlands, mantle pieces and more. If you want to get your tree now, we’ll wrap it with our handy dandy tree netting contraption, which can also be used to wrap up any unruly teenagers you may have.

When it rains…

Purple and pink Red Russian KaleWhile rain is critical to our survival (as humans and as farmers), the rain has seemed unrelenting this fall, and we’ll have another inch or two by the time this current storm is done. It’s been slowing us down in the field as we have to wait to time root-digging harvests just right, and it’s been slowing our crops down too. Rainy days mean less sunlight (which obviously slows plant growth) but water-logged soils also slow plant growth. Plant roots (and their partners in crime, the soil microbes and mycelium) need oxygen to draw nutrients from the soil. When the ground is soaked with rain, oxygen can’t get to the plant roots and their friends, which hampers their ability to collect the nutrients they need out of the soil.

pexels carrots dirtyWe’re seeing this affecting several different crops right now–smaller Carrots than we’re usually harvesting at this time of year, smaller Kale plants, as well as delays to harvesting some crops. Despite the challenge of all this rain, we were able to finish planting two important fall-planted crops for next year: Sunchokes and Garlic.

The Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) that are in the CSA, the Organic Harvest OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoxes, and in the Farmstand this week were planted last fall and we’re happy they’re finally ready to eat. With the cold nights coming later this week, cranking up the oven to roast some Sunchokes sounds like the perfect plan to chase away the cold, rainy blues.