We have been very busy farming!
That means we have lots of vegetables for you. 🙂
Hello from the farm! We haven’t sent an email in a while and we’re excited to catch you up on what’s happening on the farm. All in all, 2020 was a great year to be farming. We’ve always been grateful that we work outdoors for a living, and this year has lifted that gratitude up to a whole new level. Spring weather was incredible for our crops, summer was okay, and fall has been just fine. In the world of farming, that recap is something to celebrate, and so celebrate we will! (While still farming for you, of course. We’ll just add a little dance and song to our farm chores.)
Meanwhile, it’s early December and we are still harvesting great amounts of vegetables for you. If you haven’t visited our FarmStand at our farm or our booth at the Farmers’ Market @ St. Stephens or ordered through the online farmers’ market Fall Line Farms, we hope you will soon. AND our Farm Share is open for signs ups — for our Winter season (December through April) and for our main 2021 season (May through November). Plus – we now have a digital FarmStand through which you can place orders!
Here are the details:
- FarmStand at our farm: 9501 Deer Range Rd, 23120. Open every day, 9am til dark, which is 5:00pm these days. Self serve. We’ll keep it open throughout the winter whenever we have vegetables. (This may mean only certain days of the week in January and February. Stay tuned for regular updates on Facebook or Instagram )
- ——-> Winter Bread baking schedule: We bake bread only on Thursdays and Saturdays during the months of December through April.
- ——–> NOTE: We will be closed Dec 23 through Jan 6.
- Digital FarmStand: Through the same software as our FarmShare there is our digital FarmStand. Sign up for email notification of when this opens (on Tuesday mornings during the winter…Monday and Thursday mornings May through November) and place one-time orders when you please. You choose the contents from what we are harvesting in any given week. No fee. Minimum order size required.
- Farm Share sign up: No need to remember to order or shop early — sign up for our Farm Share and know that we harvest first for you! Choose a weekly or every-other-week share. Find full details on our website.
- —–> Winter Farm Share runs December through April.
- —–> Our main season Farm Share runs May through November 2021.
- —–> A regular-size share of vegetables is approximately $29 per share. (Thus, total cost is that times the number of weeks you choose based on weekly vs every-other-week.)
- —–> You customize your share based on what we have available to harvest in any given week.
- —–> Add a Bread Share to be sure to get a loaf of our wild-yeasted, all-Organic-ingredients, wood-fired oven baked bread.
- —–> For the main season: Add an Herbal Bundle of goods (one bundle every two months) made by our 14 year old daughter. She specializes in Oxymels (herb infused vinegars with honey, for use as tonic or salad dressing), Syrups, Shrubs, herbal salves, and tea blends. Most herbs used are grown on our farm (any purchased herbs are Certified Organic). All honey used is from our farm. Olive oil and vinegar used are always Certified Organic. (She’s saving the money she earns to purchase a car in a few years. This girl of ours likes to plan ahead.)
- —–>New for 2021! Gathered Threads farm of Nelson County offers their herbal products and cultured vegetables as monthly Add-ons for our Farm Share! Check out these options:
- Herbs for Body and Soul
- Herbs for the Kitchen
- Herbs for Tea & Wellness
- Culture Share (of fermented vegetables)
- Farmers’ Market @ St. Stephens: This lovely market runs year round! When there’s not a global health crisis raging, vendors are inside during the winter months. This winter we are outside in the cleansing air and sunshine! Open 9a-12p. Visit our booth early for the best selection.
- Online farmers’ market Fall Line Farms: Ordering is open from Friday noon until Sunday midnight. Pick up locations range around the metro Richmond area. Choose what you’d like from what we have available, plus items from our fellow vendors. No minimum order. Use code “broadfork” for a few months without paying a subscription fee.
Business now aside, here are some fun photos taken recently:
(Above: planting Onions, harvesting Radishes.)
Dan’s been ticking away at a passion project for the past year or so, building this canoe:
(Like how we daisy-chain that white row-fabric and hang it from the barn rafters?)
Janet has gotten really into head lettuce diversity this season:
and our littlest one is a darling for posing in the greenhouse with our herbs:
And finally, if you miss hearing our voices, check out this video that our friends at Va Cooperative Extension made in late 2019. It’s a brief 2 minutes but gives you a glance of some of our typical fall fields and touches on a few of our main farming points.
We look forward to nourishing you soon with this delicious food!
Blessings on your meals, and KEEP ON masking up, washing your hands, and staying home whenever possible ~
– Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork crew (Julie, Caity, Karen, Diana, Rachel, and the kids: Sylvie, Joren, Elletta, and Beckett)
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One thought on “December 2020 update”
So glad you had a wonderful growing and selling season. You all deserve the very best and I hope you have a wonderful vacation and a blessed and joyful holiday season. I hope that 2021 is another great year for you. Take care and be safe.