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Tennessee & Alabama CSA

Newsletter Oct.27, 2020

Greetings from the farm,

This Friday, we reach the end of the CSA season for this year, and we hope you have enjoyed the food crops that were grown for you and your family this season. What began in May with your spring crops has closed out with the debut of the cool season fall crops. We really are happy that we have had enough day length, to still be able to enjoy having tomatoes for our tables. Be sure to squeeze in one more delicious bacon and tomato sandwich before they’re gone!

For Home Delivery Members: If you receive home delivery from the farm, please clean the cooler we loaned you this season, and be sure it’s out this week on your delivery day, so that we can pick it up. We won’t be back in your area again this season. You may want to use a personal cooler in place of ours this week. If not, we will still leave your share but, be sure to bring it in right away!

We will continue to post Newsletters at the very least, on a monthly basis during the winter on our website, to stay in touch and let you know what is going on with us here, and we’d love to hear from you as well!This season John and I had the opportunity to make deliveries on Tuesday and Friday and we enjoyed seeing your smiling faces at deliveries. We are going to miss seeing you even if it was just at a distance-it was still good.

What’s in the box this week? (Some but not all will be in shares this week). Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, apples, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers and Black Cat Pumpkins! These are so cute! They are small, dark green-black winter pumpkins. Cook them as you would other squash or pumpkins.  The Apple variety of the week : Granny Smith

Farm Roundup: This year has been a hard year for us. We lost our farm manager Barry, to a full- time job shortly before this season began. Barry had some health issues and his new job is easier for him and we are happy for him. We also lost a former employee who was with us for four years, to the Covid 19 virus.

On a different subject, we experienced 3 crop failures, which is extremely out of the ordinary for us. This was a wacky growing season for our farms. Our Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrots (of all things) failed this season.  First time to ever have 3 failures in one season.  We are ready for 2020 to get the heck outta here and this is only one of the many reasons.

In addition to this, it has been a challenge to work under the conditions presented by the pandemic. Even in the face of adversity, blessings are evident. Our Farm Crew has been wonderful this season!  They work well together and they have been careful to protect each other, to protect you and to protect us as well!  Our Partner farms as always, grew some great crops for us this summer and we recognize them for their hard work this season.

We want to acknowledge and thank the Coordinators at each of our delivery locations. They volunteer their time to pass out your shares each week, and they show up week after week no matter the weather to be there for you and for us.  We depend on them, and they always do their part to make our CSA program a success.  Please say “thanks” when you see them this week.

We appreciate your patience and your spirit when picking up your CSA shares. We have loved seeing the children and especially their cute name signs. We hope that the drive through pick-ups have been a plus for saving you some time each week. We are grateful for your “masking up” during pick up and when we delivered to your homes. Masking up is a small price to pay if it keeps one person from becoming ill. We hope that each of you will continue to be well.

If you would like to be part of the farm’s CSA in 2021, registration will open online in early December, just watch the website for details. We hope you will return. We have begun to make plans for the season and we look forward to a new beginning!

Thank you very much for your support of our farm’s CSA program.  We send our wishes to you and your family for a blessed and peaceful winter season.


Judy and John