THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES
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HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market Friends,
Most of you guys know that both Brandon and I work full time in addition to farming, so that coupled with having two kids in college who also work and one who is homeschooled, plus our spiritual activities makes for a BUSY life! As you can imagine our time has become limited so we have had to limit our Market offerings for now. Our mornings are no longer free and with everyone going a million different ways throughout the week, dropping off on Friday mornings has become difficult for us. We definitely appreciate all of you.
Thank you to everyone who has voted and continues to vote for us and Bain Home Gardens. Remember you can vote once every 24 hours so set those reminders please.
I always enjoy reading the story behind things, so here’s a little history of Avalon Farms. This land is part of my families history since the 1890s, when it was homesteaded by two of my great-great aunts, a couple of "old maid" sisters with no “menfolk” to help or support them. Back then, homesteading required you to live on the property and make physical improvements. They moved to the property and lived here long enough to claim the land.
The family story goes that a traveler stopped once and planted a pecan nut beside the corral they had built. They had never heard of pecans. Can you imagine a time when people round here didn’t know about pecans?
My father, who moved away to Orlando when he was young, retired back to this property in 2006. The old shotgun style house, made from rough cut heart pine, was falling down, so it was carefully disassembled saving all the good wood and a new house built. I have many childhood memories of that old house – watching the sun come up through the cracks between the wall boards, using the outhouse and taking baths on the back porch in a galvanized tub.
Watch next week’s newsletter for the exciting conclusion of how Avalon Farms came to be!
BAIN HOME GARDENS: Marketeers! First off thanks so much for the abundant support you have given us over the last 12 days with the Cultivating Change Grant! Every vote counts. We now have direct links. For Bain Home Gardens click here & for Hawkins Homestead Farm click here .
We are sad to say our Collard crop was damaged to some degree and we have temporarily removed them from the our listings. However, we have added our Classic Salad Blend in limited quantities.
More Lettuce, Collards, Peas & Radishes have been planted. We have just begun harvest of peas. They are maturing at various rates & since this is the first time experimenting with this variety, we are hesitant to list them just yet but stay tuned. More to come- from our family to yours!
HORTONS FARM: It seems like every time I turn around I’m discovering a new “weed” around here, especially the hearty ones that grow in winter. Lately the stinging nettle has started coming up as well as little stands of chickweed here and there.
Last year we positively identified one strange obnoxious weed as sow thistle coming up. I let it seed before removing it and have been recently rewarded with young plants coming up here and there on the property. It turns out that sow thistle leaves “are said to be a good source of vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.“ Eat The Invaders has more inutritional nformation about this very interesting plant while Natural Medicinal Herbs details its medicinal properties.
Right now we are watching the young plants develop. As they mature we plan to make them available to you. We’d love to get your thoughts on how you think they would best serve your needs.