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Aging Out of Young Farmers…plus lots of goodness for 4.22.2017

This week saw Broadfork owners officially aging out of Young Farmer status, which the USDA sets as under the age of 40. You all may remember the news that Dan aged out of this group a year and a half ago. Now it was Janet’s time to age out, and so we are now a farm run entirely by Old Farmers. Well, to be fair, the USDA doesn’t label Old Farmers, but if there’s a cut off for Young Farmers, then process of elimination leads one to a single conclusion.
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Would you like a closer look at that cake? It was a Lemon-Rosemary Cake with violet flowers on top. Becoming an old farmer has all sorts of perks. (Note: we pride ourselves on our vegetables much more than on our cake-icing skills.)
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The blow is softened by the wonderful planting and harvesting happening around here. We are quite happy to embrace Farming While Old if it comes with this bounty and nourishment.
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Nothing is perfect, and if the mice keep eating the spinach and watermelon seeds out of the trays in the greenhouse we might go insane, but the greenhouse is full of plants, beds are getting prepped, seedlings are getting planted, and plants are growing. We’ll take it, and rest easy in the shade after the days’ work, as we figure any Old Farmer should do.

The Very Last CSA shares are available to sign up for…weekly shares of vegetables begin the first week of May, and continue through the end of November. Join our CSA here – including a Bread Share add-on option! – for a weekly dose of the best tasting vegetables around. We design our CSA shares to make things as convenient (and delicious and nutritious) as possible for you. Sign up online!

Tomato plants are for sale every day (except Saturday until 2 pm) in our self-serve farmstand, and check  Facebook or Instagram for updates on what else is available other days of the week. We’ll also have a selection of them at  the Farmers Market @ St. Stephens this Saturday.
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And…we were delighted last week to drop off some of our plants for sale at Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air. Check them out and see how our plants pair with java and pastry.
plants at perk
The best way to choose your tomato plants and have a great time is to join us for our…
SPRING PLANT SALE // OPEN BARN // FARM TOUR
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10 am – 4 pm
Visit our Plant Sale for the full selection of our Certified Naturally Grown vegetable and herb plants for your garden, plus tour the farm with us at 3:00 to learn how and why we grow delicious and nutritious vegetables for you and your household using only biological, Certified Naturally Grown methods.
Soak in our beautiful farm and meet our staff. See your 2017 vegetables growing.
Learn WHY organic farming is so important and HOW we grow.
TASTE organic, wood-fired samples (herb flatbread straight from the oven!) and
HONEY POPs with lemon and lavender (just $1 each). Plus more farm goodies…
PLANTs for your garden, Certified Naturally Grown, and pollinator friendly!
Guided Tour @ 3:00.

And finally…have you heard we are now making Baguettes?? Our wonderful baker, Sarah, has been honing her skills and you get to enjoy the results: 100% Organic ingredients, Naturally Leavened, and baked in a wood-fired oven. Perfection.
DSC_0009This week’s harvest (and baking) includes: 
Arugula, Hearty Greens Mix, Microgreens, Radishes, Salad Mix, Spinach, Turnips, …and our Organic Hearth Baked Bread (Baguettes, Whole RYE, Seed, & Raisin loaves for this weekend) PLUS: You can purchase our Pepper Jelly and Certified Organic flour that we have freshly stone-ground in our Bakery. AND PLANTS! Lots of Tomatoes and Herbs…Peppermint, Spearmint, Tarragon, Rosemary, English Thyme, Green Lettuce, Reddish/Green Lettuce, Tomato Varieties ready this week: Brandywine, Big Beef, Better Boy, Celebrity, Cherokee Purple, Black Cherry, Jet Star, Mortgage Lifter, New Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Arkansas Traveler, Patio
{Our farmstand is open Thursday & Friday with most of the above items…see here for updated inventory}

2017 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up Saturday, April 22nd at our farm, at Good Health Herbs, or at the Farmers Market @ St. Stephens.

Anything remaining as of Saturday morning, plus the bread we will bake, we’ll bring to the Farmer’s Market @ St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the West End of Richmond
{Outdoors through November, Saturdays, 8-12.} Keep an eye on what we have available via the online farmers’ markets: FallLineFarms.com and Local Roots Food Coop.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork crew
Want to follow along during the week, including Farm Stand updates? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram

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