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Two Important Updates, Market & Orders for 7/27

Actually, three important updates if you add this one about tonight’s forecast:

TONIGHT       Partly Cloudy     Partly Cloudy Low: 60 °F

Holy Moly. A July night with a low of 60 gets folks pretty excited around here. We don’t use A/C, and obviously we work outside, so we’ve been HOT recently. Today’s weather and this forecast has us all giddy. These beauties, pictured below, don’t hurt either. (But no, they aren’t ready yet.)

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Plus, there’s these exciting things to announce, with a sprinkling of photos from this morning:

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Sign up for our Fall Farm Share CSA shares is now open on our website. This is where you get a predetermined share of veggies from us each week, picked up on Wednesdays in October and November. Each week’s share is worth $25, and consists of a variety of 6-10 different things.

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Fall starts out with the fruits of summer that are still producing (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, cukes, etc.), and greens and roots come back in season (and keep growing well into the winter for us). Salad greens, cooking greens, and carrots, beets, radishes, turnips. Plus herbs and alliums (onions). This sounds nice to feed yourself and  your family each week, eh? This brings us right up to Thanksgiving, which is delightful (in our humble harvesting opinion).

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 You can pick up here at the farm, or in Church Hill (if at least 10 people sign up), or if you and some neighbors want to rally up 10 shares with a common pick up location, we’ll make an additional pick up spot. 

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Reminder: If your family eats more than a Farm Share provides, we recommend purchasing an additional Market Share and ordering extras to be picked up each Wednesday with your Farm Share. (This is what we would do if we were CSA customers instead of farmers.) Sign up is on the same page of our website.

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Next up…Our partnership with Old Church Creamery. Have you had their yogurt, milk, or cheese yet? My goodness, it is good. We get dairy products from them each week at the South of the James market. In their words: “We use no man-made fertilizers or pesticides on our grazing pastures. Instead, we spray our own compost tea, raw milk, and fish emulsion with kelp to build up soil fertility and produce healthy forage for our cows. We raise non-GMO hay and silage for our Jersey cows. We are in transition to using non-GMO grain as well. We use the milk from these Jersey cows to produce 11 varieties of cheese and yogurt and kefir.”

old church cheese  old church milk

We want our Farm Share customers to be able to easily get a local, sustainable dairy share. Since you all generally aren’t at the South of the James market, the closest location to us where Old Church sells their products, we have partnered with Old Church to bring you a dairy share on Wednesdays, picked up with our Farm Share of vegetables.

 Two options for you:

$15.00 dairy bundle (three product types) For example, two fruit yogurt cups, half gallon milk & cheese block (would otherwise retail for $16.25)
$20.00 dairy basket (four product types) For example, milk, kefir, cheese, and Greek yogurt (would otherwise be $20.25)
old church choc cheese (plus they make these delicious and cute chocolate cheese in shapes.)
You would pay Old Church Creamery directly. We would just have your dairy on hand to pick up along with our veggies. Interested? Email us!
But be sure to enjoy this weather first. A computer is no place to be with July weather like this. 🙂

This week’s harvest includes: 

Chard, Cucumbers (green slicing as well as Salt & Pepper minis), Eggplant (three varieties), Green Beans, Lettuce (green), Okra, Peppers (Bell, Padrone, Hungarian Wax, Anaheim, Banana & Jalapeno), Potatoes (red and yukon gold), Summer Squash (Yellow, Green, and White!), Sunflower Bouquets (straight), Tomatoes (three varieties, plus green!)…and Eggs and Multigrain Bread.

Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online StoreEveryone else: Everything on our tables at the farmers’ markets are available for you to purchase and enjoy. Please do!

We will be at to the South of the James market  and Brandermill Green Market this weekend and every weekend this season until they close. Market Share CSA members may place an order for pick up at the farm, SOJ or BGM market, or simply show up at our booth to spend your credit

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