Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Week 2 of Whitton Farms CSA!

Hi Friends!

Getting our hands dirty!

FINALLY, the ground is drying out and planting has commenced once more!
We couldn't be happier! We are getting all kinds of goodies in the ground this week like more squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, hydrangeas, huckleberries, tomatoes, artichokes, beans, sunflowers, melons, & lots of herbs!

We've also been setting the trellis for our gourds we are going to grow this year. Egg gourds, bushels gourds, birdhouse gourds, dipper gourds, luffa gourds, and more! We can't wait to showcase them this fall.

In the greenhouse we have been bumping up more tomatoes, basil, peppers, trees, flowers, & more heirloom veggies. So much to plant, and the days are only so long. Thankfully we have an amazing farm crew that really are devoted to making our farm the very best it can be.

We have been experiencing some disease in our tomato patch. Nothing too serious, it just been so wet, and when extreme conditions exist, then disease and pests are sure to start invading. Thankfully NEEM OIL has effectively controlled the problem, and the maters are looking better than ever! Many plants already have little tomatoes set on the vine! Keith and I have been watching them everyday to make sure they are growing up right!

Fun Markets to attend!
Since the local food movement has exploded in the MidSouth, so many wonderful
farmers markets have sprung up. There are so many to list, but we wanted to highlight the following markets. We hope you can find time sometime this summer to check out the following markets!
Memphis Farmers Market http://www.memphisfarmersmarket.org/
Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com/
Urban Farms Farmers Market http://urbanfarmsmemphis.org/
ASU Regional Farmers Market http://www.asuregionalfarmersmarket.org/
Agricenter Farmers Market http://www.agricenter.org/

All kinds of great farmers and artisans to shop with! Check out their links to find out dates and times of their markets!

Great book for CSA subscribers!
Southern Farmers Market Cookbook!
Author: Holly Herrick $19.99
This book lists recipe after recipe specifically driven for cooking in season
with fresh veggies from your CSA sack! Many of the recipes are simple to make, and
tasty for any tastebud in the family. I know some of you are new to the CSA and are looking for ways to experiment with new veggies, and find new ways to cook old favorites - this book should have many of the answers you are looking for!

Alright, that's all I've got for now. Gotta head back outside, and get some more work done. Oh, be sure to keep an eye out for our new freshly - baked Whitton Farms Herbal Breads! We will be using certified organic grains from War Eagle Mills, and organically grown herbs straight from Whitton Farms! These breads will be found at the following markets: Memphis Botanic Garden Farmers Market, Trolley Stop Market, and Memphis Farmers Market!

Hope everyone stays safe, happy, and dry!
Jill & Keith