What’s been going on!
Earth Day yesterday. For us, every day is Earth Day, we have spent most of our lives working to make our environment better, to manage the small piece of the earth that we are the caretakers for in a way that will make it as good or better when we pass it on and to educate others on how to do what we do. Thinking globally, acting locally.
Betsy and I were 13 when the first Earth Day happened, an impressionable age for sure but we both had grown up running wild in the outdoors that surrounded our homes. We played in the creeks, walked the hills, examined the frogs and flowers and trees and we could feel the changes being wrought on the natural world. It is a large part of why we became farmers, to live and work outside but in an intentional way.
The first Earth Day was 45 years ago. 20 years ago Betsy had an idea that people would better understand what we do as sustainable farmers if they could come to the farm and see for themselves. Teaming with Weaver Street Market for their Earth Day celebrations and CFSA as a fundraiser for their work the Piedmont Farm Tour was born.
The Farm Tour is this weekend and we are back on after a three year hiatus to help mark that 20th year. Saturday and Sunday afternoons 2:00-6:00, rain or shine (looks a bit damp for Saturday). If you have never been on the tour, it is a self-guided tour that includes 40 farms (no, you will not be able to see them all) for only $30 per car. Stuff as many folks as you want into one vehicle and come on out.
Picture of the Week
The magnificent Viburnum Macrocephalum at their peak for the Farm Tour
What’s going to be at the market?
Remember that the Saturday market starts at 7:00 now and the Wednesday market is back for the season 3:00-6:00.
Still a world of beautiful Anemones in blues, purples and reds and the rose like Ranunculus in yellows, oranges and pink. More of the crepe paper like Poppies. A few lovely mixed bouquets.
Lots of nice Red Leaf Lettuce, Little Gem and Romaine, a bit of Salad Mix and Green Boston Lettuces. Plenty of the multi-purpose Celtuce greens, salads, sautéing, even grilling. A few Japanese salad Turnips, Green Onions. Bok Choi. A bit of tender Spinach. Cilantro.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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