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It's officially summer here on the farm

Posted 6/23/2017 3:45pm by Jesse Fleisher.

Summer on the farm means we are harvesting squash, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, cabbage, and other summer goodies. Spring varieties like peas and spinach are out of the mix until fall, and more summer favorites like peppers and eggplant are just around the corner. Melons are just going in the ground, and we've seeded a bit of popcorn for the first time this year as an experiment.

Worker Naomi Sudo holds one of giant Napa cabbages

We've been keeping busy harvesting for our Saturday farmers market in Nashville (Richland Park Farmers Market), our CSA drop-offs in Bellevue, East Nashville, Richland Park, and here on the farm, and also providing quality produce to many of Nashville's finer restaurants through our local food hub, Nashville Grown. When we have a bit of surplus, we have gotten in the habit of donating vegetables to The Nashville Food Project, which helps turn our produce into healthy meals for those who have less access to good food.

We've also opened an informal farm stand here on the farmhouse porch on Saturday afternoons (2:30-5:30pm), and begun hosting a weekly neighbor/community potluck dinner every Thursday evening.

With summer temperatures creeping ever higher, we've been making good use of our swimming hole in the creek, and have adjusted our hours to avoid working through the hottest part of the afternoon. We couldn't do what we are doing this season without the help of our interns and WWOOFers, who have been an excellent addition to our growing farmily and wider community.

We hope you'll come find us at market on Saturday mornings, on the farm on Saturday afternoons, or consider becoming a CSA member when we next offer shares.

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