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Farm Happenings for September 15, 2020

Posted on September 10th, 2020 by Shiloh Avery

Congratulations!  You have been eating healthy. local, organic food for 20 weeks!!!  For sure, you have leveled up in the kitchen and in health!  We appreciate your commitment to our farm and the local food economy.  All of us here at Tumbling Shoals Farm are filled with gratitude.  We love growing food and without your commitment to eating it, we wouldn't get to do what we do.  So thanks!

Not that you can't sign up late, or just use farm stand to purchase occasional fall shares if we have them available, but this is the final week to get signed up for a full fall share.  Fall shares are a 10-week share that leads right up until Thanksgiving.  You can expect the last of the summer things (we have beans planted to get us all the way to frost if they make it) like beans and peppers, "winter" squash (butternut and acorn and maybe a few other interesting ones from Eli), sweet potatoes, cooking greens and salad fixings, celery, carrots, scallions, bok choy, broccoli and cauliflower, ginger, and turmeric.  How to sign up if you haven't already: login to your Harvie account and click "place order" then choose the fall share.  The "quantity" thing is confusing, but your quantity is just 1 unless you want more than one share per week.  Everything else works exactly the same.  And thanks again!

It took three steps for me to get some old forgotten produce out of the corner of the crisper of the fridge to the compost pile last week.  And I don’t mean three literal steps, but more like a 12-step program (let go and hope that God does it?).  Day 1, step 1: I consolidated a few random old things I had found in the back corner of the crisper (can anyone say Napa Cabbage butts from the spring!!?) into one bag.  I even managed to set it out on the porch that day!  Day 3, step2: I finally decided the porch was not going to compost that old produce very well, so I dropped it at the end of the sidewalk on my way to the laundry: a few steps closer.  Then finally, when I got worried we’d actually get around to mowing and accidentally mow that bag of compost because the grass was growing around it, I took the final literal three steps and dumped it into the compost.

If this were the only thing, I’d consider it an anomaly, but it’s actually more of a pattern.  Time to take the recycling out?  We first move the bag from under the sink to the door for a day or two.  Then eventually, we move it out to the porch for several days, before taking the final three steps to the recycling bins to empty it.  Same thing, more or less, with the trash. 

This is how exhaustion manifests, or at least that’s my excuse.  Baby steps.  Just inch it a little bit closer to the goal.  Easy does it, not too fast now.  Every step of the way counts.