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Posted 3/14/2017 2:50am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.
Arugula's Star Farm Tiding #4 / Week 11
 
"Blue skies, cloud patched skies, sunshine, open fields, cool weather, hot weather, fresh air, breezes on your face, hands and feet in the earth, muscles pull and stretch, potatoes in a row, insects buzz and hum, birds sing, flax grows, trees sway, beans plants standing tall, work with a purpose, family & shared members work down the row. Then before you know it, you will be heading home with sacks full of potatoes, dry beans, and garlic for your pantry and table."
 
Adults and children alike will FALL IN LOVE with the opportunity to participate.
 
'A Hands on Outdoor Farming Education for Families & a Premier Experience for Foodies'
 
The Potatoes & Dry Beans that will be planted and the Garlic that will be harvested will consist of many varieties with an emphasis on heirlooms. High variety allows one to experience different skin and flesh colors, shapes, and best use cooking preferences. A Food Lovers' DREAM!
 
Time keeps moving right on and here in just a little over a week we will be welcoming Spring. Early Spring means Potato time here at Arugula's Star Farm.  There is not much time left to Sign Up for the Early Spring/Early Summer Genuine Potato, Dry Bean, & Garlic [SAP].  As we have not offered any programs to the public in the last many years I think it is going to take a while to re-establish our community of customer base, as Sign Ups have sure been slow. To shed light on our spring/summer [SAP] goals I have enough crop seed for about 50-70 individuals or families and thus far there have only been 6 individuals or families to sign up. Please consider taking part in this unique Hands On Opportunity. Here at Arugula's Star Farm we think it could be one of the best decisions you or your family make this year! You just need to give the [SAP] a try.
 
Here are some pictures to recap our last couple of weeks. As you can see, E. Dutch is my little sidekick...where I go he goes, or most of the time where he goes I go. Generally we are not on the go that often, but it seemed like we got our fill in before the the kick off of the [SAP] season.  
 
We headed North to Bells Bend Grassfed to pick up Beef and to collect steer manure from the fields, to add to our compost.  Eastenn Dutch clearly pointing it out there in the picture overtop of the leaves.  
 
The cover crop of vetch and grass continues to grow. I will be churning it into the soil here within the next week at the driest point in preparation for the First Farm Visit and the Potato Planting.  Potatoes enjoy having green vegetable based manure and can handle being planned into freshly turned ground. 
 
Along with the [SAP] storage crops we also grow all of our own Genuine vegetables to eat on throughout the year, so here we have a small cold frame that we are using to start our trays of Onions & Cabbages thus far. 
Anyone up for a nap?... just hop on the only one of its kind ALL ELECTRIC Mean Green Heavy Duty Mower. NO stinky smells, & very Little noise.  It puts E. Dutch right to sleep.  Matthew is the TN Sales rep for MEAN GREEN MOWERS. If you or anyone you know might have an  interest in one of these zero turn ALL ELECTRIC mowers just let us know. They really are great!
 
Over this past week E. Dutch and I packed up and headed eastward.  We partook in UT's Organic Crop Division post harvest handling seminar in Knoxville on the way to Nanna & Grampy's House. E. Dutch rode his bike around the whole time and made some great adult friends.  He even got a free crop division hat, as he was the only toddler there of course.  They have really finished out a great wash and pack house facility there...hoping we will be able to do the same here in the next few years.
 
Finally I got to finish up the weekend by attending a reaching Nature Connection conference at Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mt.,NC. I have been interested in working towards starting an Early Childhood Forest/Farm Nature Connection School here at the farm and so this conference was an opportunity for myself to glean a little more information on this concept.  The 3 hosted instructors have Forest Schools in California and have most recently developed a program in which a teacher can become Forest School certified.  These schools' primary goal is to get  children to Fall in Love with Nature, just like I want individuals and families to Fall in Love with Growing Crops & Nature!! If one falls 'head over heals in Love' with nature at a very young age, you will want to nurture and protect it for life.  Since we all need Clean Water, Clean Air, & Clean Soil to live long, healthy, & lovely lives then this seems very pertinent to creating healthy cycles for generations to come. 
 
Until next time!
 
Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 2/24/2017 2:25am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Farm Tiding #3/ Week 8 of 2017

Happy National CSA DAY to YOU!  Friday the 24th has been named as CSA DAY.  

This is suppose to create positive energy towards actually committing to your chosen CSA.  At Arugula's Star Farm, we sure hope that you are thinking about SINGING UP for our unique HANDS ON FARM VISIT CSA called Shared Agriculture Program [SAP].  A Hands On Outdoor Farming Education for Families & a Premier Experience for Foodies.  Out of all the Farms listed below that are participating in the Nashville CSA Fair, we are the only Farm that is opening our farm for consumers like you to actually come out and get to experience what it means to Grow Your Very Own Storage crops without all the extra planning that goes into growing Storage Crops.  We will take care of all the details, the pre-season planning, and all the timelines/plannings amidst the growing season, so all you have to do is SIGN UP and Come on out to the Country to get your hands in the dirt and your toes in the creek! 

If you are a family and have children that already get to participate in a school garden class, our [SAP] goes beyond what school garden classes teach and is really an all together different experience.  Being able to connect to a farm and see larger amounts of crops growing settles a little differently in ones mind & body than small raised beds.  As a family, you will get to grow substantial and meaningful crops to store for use in your home pantry.  School Garden classes are very important, and we are so glad that so many children these days have the advantage of being taught garden in schools, but in my mind they just scratch the surface, almost like a mock garden set up...every child does not get to grow enough food to supply his/her family with to make multiple meals from.  Because of this, children do not really get to see the FULL 360 cycle of planting, growing, harvesting, & EATING.  

If you are thinking about signing up for our [SAP], but are still undecided, please come join us at the Nashville Farmers Market this Saturday the 25th from 10am-2pm. We would love to see you and answer any questions that you might have. We will be in booth 192.  Hope to see you there.  Oh and if you come you will get to see if indeed our edited new edition banner got completed?!  Here below I have included promotional info about the Nashville Farmers Market CSA Fair and also a poster/flyer link.  


 

FILE: CSA Fair Sat. 25th at Nashville Farmers Market (unnamed-2.jpg) 

Meet 20+ Local Farmers at CSA Fair Saturday. Peak Season is right around the corner. Have you chosen the CSA that is right for you? Join us for the Third Annual CSA Fair on Feb. 25th from 10am to 2 pm, and learn how you can support local agriculture this year, while also eating delicious local food! Plus, free tote bags, chef demos, and live music.

Learn Recipes and Taste Samples at CSA Fair.

Melissa Haithcock of A Happy Healthy Heart will give two cooking demonstrations at CSA Fair this Saturday at 11am and noon. Stick around for a sample after the show!

Who's Who at CSA Fair?

Arugula's Star Farm

Athena's Harvest Farm

Barefoot Farmer

Bells Bend Farm

Bloomsbury Farm

Delvin Farms Hank Delvin

Fresh Harvest 

Green Door Gourmet

Hill & Hollow CSA

Katharos Farm

Myers Family Beef

No. 9 Farm

Old School Farm

Rosie Belle Farm

Sugar Camp Farm

Whites Family Farm

MEAT Ladies of the Lamb

Tennessee Grassfed

Virgin Bay Seafood

Wedge Oak Farms

FLOWERS AND HERBS

Double N Urban Farm 

Apothecary Whites Creek Flower Farm


 

Top 5 Reasons to Join a CSA This Year. Still on the fence about whether to join a local CSA? Find out what a CSA actually is, and read our Top 5 Reasons to join one  

Top 5 Reasons To Join a Nashville CSA. Our Top 5 Reasons to Choose a CSA Program in Nashville, TN, will help you, our market shoppers, decide if Community Supported Agriculture is right for you and your family! Beginning your search at our 3rd Annual CSA Fair on Saturday, February 25, 2017, is a smart way to start. But until then, we've complied our top 5 reasons you should join a Nashville-area CSA program this year so you can learn the many ways both you and our local farmers can benefit.

Be sure and join us on February 25th, 2017, from 10am to 2pm at the Nashville Farmers' Market for our CSA Fair, where you can meet local farmers and learn about the CSA programs available!

1) Fresh food, all year. One of the biggest perks of joining a CSA has got to be our favorite word at the Nashville Farmers' Market—FRESH! The food you receive through your local CSA has been grown and harvested fresh from the farms in our area, producing better flavors, more nutrients, and tastier meals all year long.

2) Know where your food comes from. Shopping at a major grocery store chain leaves some families left with unanswered questions about where their produce was grown or how their meat was raised. With a CSA membership, you have a direct connection to the person who feeds you, ready to answer any questions you may have.

3) Supporting local economy. Nashville is booming, and supporting our local agriculture is one way to ensure everyone benefits. By supporting a local farm with a CSA subscription purchased at the beginning of the year, you're helping them feed your family, and theirs, too.

4) Knowledge. Through a CSA membership, not only do you reap the benefit of fresh food, but you learn more about seasonality and how food is grown/produced. You also gain cooking skills with new and fun recipes at your disposal.

5) Recipes! Yes, we said recipes. With most CSA subscriptions, you receive a new recipes from your farmer that corresponds with the ingredients in your box. And there are no better recipes, we've found, than recipes created by farmers! They know food, flavors, and how to cook for families. Learn all about the kinds of CSA subscriptions and recipe programs at our CSA Fair on Saturday February 25th, 2017!

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 2/14/2017 1:42am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Farm Tiding #2 / 7th week of 2017

If any of you remember our Franklin Farmer's Market days, then the handmade cloth banner might seem familiar.  As we will be participating in the Nashville Farmer's Market/Local Table CSA Fair come Feb. 25th, I got to pull the banner out of the farm storage room.  As you can see, I am doing some banner editing as I am covering up where Certified Organic use to be with our new Genuine SeedtoGather SealTM.  I drew and cut out all the letters, then Eastenn Dutch and I bicycled it down to our local quilting shop for them to do the final appliqué touches. Our old Singer does not have those capabilities, or maybe I should say that I do not know how to make it have those capabilities. Now I will just hope they can get it done before the deadline!  

Eastenn Dutch is giving quite the strong man face as he opens up the Barrel Compost pit to take a look.  This is our first biodynamic Barrel Compost that we have made here on the farm, and we are excited about having that finished product to be able to spray on our fields & to be able to share with other farmers in the local Demeter group.  Up to this point we have been using barrel compost from Jeff Poppen's Long Hungary Creek Farm, but are working towards making all the biodynamic preps here on farm.  This indeed will be a lengthy & challenging pursuit, but determination is at the forefront.   

Okay here it is the Potato List you all have been waiting for...22 varieties of potatoes and if all these varieties of Potatoes do not make you eager to Sign Up for our Genuine Potato, Dry Bean, & Garlic Shared Agriculture Program [SAP] then I do not know what will.  As a [SAP] member you will get to have your hands in the dirt, seeing these potatoes though from start to finish.  What a treat for any adult & child!


 

Genuine SeedtoGather Seal Fingerling Potatoes:

Magic Molly dark purple skin & dark purple flesh

Swedish Peanut Heirloom pale golden skin & dark yellow flesh

Rose Finn Apple Heirloom rose blushed beige skin & dark yellow flesh

Russian Banana Heirloom tan skin & dark yellow flesh

Laratte French Heirloom tan skin w/ some netting & dark yellow flesh

Austrian Crescent Heirloom tan skin & dark yellow flesh


Genuine SeedtoGather Seal Regular Potatoes:

Bora Valley purple skin & purple flesh

Mountain Rose red skin & red flesh 

Dark Red Borland dark red skin & white flesh

Satina yellow skin & yellow flesh

Adirondack Red purplish red skin & pink red flesh

All Blue Heirloom deep blue skin & blue flesh

Carola Heirloom yellow skin & yellow flesh

Masquerade purple & yellow skin & yellow flesh

Gold Rush russet skin & brilliant white flesh

Huckleberry Gold purple skin & dark yellow flesh

Adirondack Blue deep blue skin & blue flesh

Redale bright red skin & white flesh

Strawberry Paw dark red skin & white flesh

Butte heavy russet skin & white flesh

German Butterball Heirloom lightly netted golden skin & deep yellow flesh

Green Mountain Heirloom & Slow Food Ark of Taste light tan skin & white flesh


 Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; (Bethel Community) Columbia, TN 38401

Just 10 minutes SW of Leipers Fork, 30 minutes from downtown Columbia & Franklin, & 35-45 minutes from Nashville…a lovely drive with no interstate required!

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 2/2/2017 2:57am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Farm Tiding #1 / 5th week of 2017

Greetings from Allison, Matthew, & Eastenn Dutch,

Hope this tiding finds you well in the New Year of 2017. The holidays have been wrapped up and set aside to make way for what February and the rest of the year beholds.

After a long dormancy, Arugula's Star Farm is up and growing again and we would love for you or your family to come join us...literally.

Time sure has passed, right on by, over the last 2 1/2 years. I think we left off in July of 2014 when I was pregnant and on bedrest. Eastenn Dutch was born all well and as strong as a hickory from the get go, on August the 14th of that very year.

Jumping forward to current, here he is above plotting out the very spot where the Potatoes, Dry Beans, and Flax will be planted, by yes YOU, this spring. Also, here we are in search for forest humus, which we only chose to do in the wintertime. The 10 varieties of Garlic are pushing their shoots right on up all tucked away in their warm blanket of hay...thanks to a neighbor down the way!

I am thrilled to share with you what Arugula's Star Farm has in store for the 2017 growing season, and how you can play a part.

Arugula’s Star Farm exclusively offers the Genuine SeedtoGather SealTM which combines organic & biodynamic growing practices. This Seal was created to fully embody our farm's specific growing practice standards. Please take time to read these growing practice standards on our website. I am very proud of these and as a potential customer you should be as well. What is on our soil is in your veggies and on our farm that is a good thing!

We are offering an original Hands On Farm Visit CSA called Shared Agriculture Program [SAP]. We will have 2 Shared Agriculture Programs [SAP] for the 2017 growing season.

Genuine Potato, Dry Bean, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Spring-early Summer

Genuine Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Summer-late Fall.

As a member, you will be able to experience first hand what it means to grow your very own Potato, Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic Storage crops in just 4 Hands on Farm Visits, per [SAP], with out any extra planning on your behalf. Just Sign Up & Come on out to the Country!

Storage crop is the word that should be emphasized. It is this word that defines the types of crops you will be growing that makes our Shared Agriculture Programs [SAP] A "Gem" & A "Keeper"!

High variety is our forte. You will get to grow and take home to store and eat 21 varieties of a mix of fingerling & regular Potatoes, 12 varieties of Roots, which include Carrots, Beets, Turnips, & Rutabagas, 10 varieties of Garlic, and 8 varieties of Dry Beans. How much more exciting can it get!

This Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], is the only one of its kind found locally and we think you and many others will Fall in Love.

A Hands On Outdoor Farming Education for Families and a Premier Experience for Foodies.

Our [SAP] is a great extracurricular activity that will CONNECT you to a farm and your food like no other and each [SAP] only takes 4 days out of your whole year.

Think about it, this really is not much different than signing up for Yoga, dance classes, art classes, cooking classes, summer camps, or piano lessons. Growing energized, synthetic chemical free food should be a common extracurricular practice, mainly because it plays such an important part in our lives existence.

If you are already a member of a modern CSA, no worries, our [SAP] serves as a supplement, not a substitute.

Deadline for Spring/Summer [SAP] Sign Up is March 20th. Please sign up early to ensure your spot.

Deadline for Summer/Fall [SAP] Sign Up is June 26th.

Our [SAP] is hardcore agritourism to the most utilitarian degree. It is not only FUN for the whole family, it is FOOD for the whole family.

Volunteers/Interns Needed…Be a [SAP] member at no cost!

As I have really just broken the surface of the Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], to learn lots lots more, please take a read and look on our new website www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

To help in our promotional campaign, if the thought of our [SAP]has you smiling, Please share with friends, family, children's school announcement servers, and social media. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, Allie

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road;(Bethel Community) Columbia, TN 38401

Our Farm is Just 10 minutes SW of Leipers Fork. 35-45 minutes from Nashville and 30 minutes from downtown Columbia & Franklin…a lovely drive with no interstate required.

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 1/18/2017 12:54am by Allison Mills Neal or Matthew Neal.

Hope this tiding finds you well in the New Year of 2017.  The holidays have been wrapped up and set aside to make way for what January and the rest of the year beholds.

After a long dormancy, Arugula's Star Farm is up and growing again and we would love for you or your family to come join us...literally. 

We are offering an original Hands On Farm Visit CSA called Shared Agriculture Program [SAP].  We will have 2 Shared Agriculture Programs [SAP] for the 2017 growing season. Genuine Potato, Dry Bean, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Spring-early Summer AND Genuine Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic [SAP] taking place in early Summer-late Fall. As a member, you will be able to experience first hand what it means to grow your very own Potato, Dry Bean, Root, & Garlic Storage crops in just 4 Hands on Farm Visits, per [SAP], with out any extra planning on your behalf. Just Sign Up & Come on out to the Country! 

This Shared Agriculture Program [SAP], is the only one of its kind found locally and we think you and many others will Fall in Love.  A Hands On Outdoor Farming Education for Families and a Premier Experience for Foodies.  

Arugula’s Star Farm exclusively offers the Genuine SeedToGather SealTM which combines organic & biodynamic growing practices.

Our [SAP] is a great extracurricular activity that will CONNECT you to a farm and your food like no other and each [SAP] only takes 4 days out of your whole year.  If you are already a member of a modern CSA, no worries, our [SAP] serves as a supplement, not a substitute.  

To learn more,  please take more of read and look on our website. www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

To help in our promotional campaign, if the thought of our [SAP]has you smiling, Please share with friends, family, children's school announcement servers, and social media. 

Thanks and we hope to see you soon, Allie

 

Posted 7/9/2014 5:28pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

All the Garlic has been dug and it is now in its curing stage.  We have about 20 Bushels Full, which is well over 1,000 heads of Heirloom Organically Grown Hardneck and Softneck Garlic.  Individuals that have signed up for a Stockholder Garlic Share you will be able to get your Garlic in about 1 month.  Individuals that did not sign up for a Garlic Share are encouraged to put in a request to buy your Garlic for Fall and Winter. 

Moving from Farming to Pregnancy, my pregnancy has taken an unexpected turn.  This is why there have not been any offerings for the last couple weeks and there will not be any more for the next while, even though we have lots and lots of vegetables out and growing in the garden field.  I and baby are currently stable but, I have had a condition occur that is called placental abruption.  This was diagnosed last Tuesday on July 1st and I have been put on bedrest until baby is born. This has all been upsetting, but we are taking it day by day and wanting to keep adding every week that we can for the baby to stay inside.  

Until next time,

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 6/22/2014 11:02pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Genuine Organically Grown Vegetables

Summer time is here and so are the summer temperatures, which seems hotter than ever with myself carrying around 27 extra pounds. 

The first round of Snap Wax Beans are ready for picking with the name of Beurre de Rocquencourt or "Golden Rocky". 

The Beets are continuing to thrive and their family relative Swiss Chard has gotten large enough to start picking. 

We still have some great Lettuces that we are enjoying to the fullest on a daily basis, as we know they will not be around in a month.

The Softneck Garlic and some of the Hardneck Garlic is ready for digging and I plan on digging on Monday the 23rd and Tuesday the 24th mornings.  If you have a Garlic Share or are just interested in having a hand at digging up Garlic then by all means feel free to come on out and dig.  If you have your own shovel then bring it along.  There might even be some free garlic heads involved if you make it out.     

 

How to Order and Your Pick-up Options:

1. If you do not already receive farm e-mails then make sure you sign-up to be  

    on our Mailing list.

2. When there is available Genuine Organically Grown Veggies (GOGV) an e-mail

    will be sent out on Thursday evenings letting customers know what is

    available for order. 

3.  Pick-up Options: 

    A) On-Farm at Rocket starting on Saturday's at 4pm and going through

          all day on Sunday till dusk....(not available this week)

    B) On-Farm at Rocket on Wednesdays from 9:30am till dusk.

    C) Nashville In-Town at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop on Harding Road in Belle

           Meade area on Wednesdays.  I will drop off items on Wed. morning to

           be able to be picked up within store hours of 10am-5pm.

    D) Nashville In-Town in Green Hills Area off of Richard Jones Rd. in parking lot

           of where Sanctuary Yoga Studio is located from 12 noon-12:30.  I will

           be close to the grassy lawn area to the east of the business/office

           complex.  This seems to be a very non-congested area at this time of

           day and is a good  location for people located in Green Hills, Belmont,

           Forest Hills, 12 South area.  

4.  You can change around your pick-up site from week to week when you place

     your order by email sending to allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or by phone  

     message by calling 931-682-3314.  When you place your order just specify

     what you would like to purchase, qty, and which pick-up site. 

     If you choose the weekend on Farm-pick-up your order will be due in

      by Saturday mornings at 7:00am.

     If you choose the Wednesday On-Farm, or Nashville In-Town pick-up

      your order will be due in by Tuesday mornings by 7:00am. 

5.  When you pick-up, please bring your own sack/basket.          

 

Wednesday June 25th Genuine Organically
 
Grown Vegetable Offering 
 
 
  Chesnok Red Heirloom Garlic Scapes      10+ scapes = $2.00
 
  (If you have never tried Garlic Scapes then you should. The scapes are the    
  
   edible top shoot of Hardneck Garlic.  They can be used like garlic, but are no
  
   where near as strong.  I like to use ~6 minced scapes in sauteed veggie
  
   dishes.  They add an impressive flavor and have all the good medicinal
  
   benefits of garlic.  They are also good to sautee in oil that will be turned into
  
    salad vinaigrette to go over salad lettuce greens.  These are what I use 
  
   when I want a hint of garlic flavor in dishes until our garlic is harvested and
  
   cured.)
 
Beurre de Rocquencourt Wax Snap Beans                1 lb = $3.00
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Butterhead Lettuce                    1 Head = $2.00
 
  ...possible varieties Butterking, Big Boston, May Queen
 
 
Heirloom Mix of Oakleaf and Looseleaf Lettuce    1/2 lb = $3.75
 
  ...varieties Red Velvet, Rossa Di Trento, 
   
     Mascara, Bronze Arrowhead, Year Round Bronze,
    
     Fire Mountain, Really Red Deer Tongue
 
 
Batavian Lettuce                                                 1 Head = $2.25
   
   ...possible varieties Webb's Wonderful, Canasta
        
 
Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Beets w/ Greens        Bunch = $3.50
 
 
Bull's Blood Heirloom Beets w/ Greens                Bunch = $3.00
        
                                          
Chioggia Beets with Large Green Tops                  Bunch = $3.50
 
 
French Sorrel                                                        1/4 lb = $2.00
 
 
Swiss Chard mixed varieties of Heirloom             Bunch = $2.50
 
     Oriole Orange, Vulcan Red, Flamingo Pink
 
 
Garlic Share (click here to read more)                                                        
 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 6/12/2014 10:24pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Arugula's Star Genuine Organically Grown Vegetables

Full Moon and Friday the 13th is upon us...maybe all the lettuces will be dancing and howling.  The lettuces are in their prime right now.  The diversity of the Leaf and Oakleaf Lettuce mix makes for a beautiful and tasty salad.  This mix cannot be beat in texture, color, and flavor.  This is by far an improvement from the little baby lettuce mixes found in the grocery stores. 
Then if you want to add even a different taste and citrusy zing to your salads then try some of the French Sorrel.  I enjoy the French Sorrel Fine chopped and added to salads.  It is also an unusual alternative to lettuce on a sandwich. 

The Garlic Scapes will not be around for much longer so get them while they last.  They can be enjoyed sauteed along with the Chioggia Beets.  

 

 

How to Order and Your Pick-up Options:

1. If you do not already receive farm e-mails then make sure you sign-up to be  

    on our Mailing list.

2. When there is available Genuine Organically Grown Veggies (GOGV) an e-mail

    will be sent out on Thursday evenings letting customers know what is

    available for order. 

3.  Pick-up Options: 

    A) On-Farm at Rocket starting on Saturday's at 4pm and going through

          all day on Sunday till dusk.

    B) On-Farm at Rocket on Wednesdays from 9:30am till dusk.

    C) Nashville In-Town at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop on Harding Road in Belle

           Meade area on Wednesdays.  I will drop off items on Wed. morning to

           be able to be picked up within store hours of 10am-5pm.

    D) Nashville In-Town in Green Hills Area off of Richard Jones Rd. in parking lot

           of where Sanctuary Yoga Studio is located from 12 noon-12:30.  I will

           be close to the grassy lawn area to the east of the business/office

           complex.  This seems to be a very non-congested area at this time of

           day and is a good  location for people located in Green Hills, Belmont,

           Forest Hills, 12 South area.  

4.  You can change around your pick-up site from week to week when you place

     your order by email sending to allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or by phone  

     message by calling 931-682-3314.  When you place your order just specify

     what you would like to purchase, qty, and which pick-up site. 

     If you choose the weekend on Farm-pick-up your order will be due in

      by Saturday mornings at 7:00am.

     If you choose the Wednesday On-Farm, or Nashville In-Town pick-up

      your order will be due in by Tuesday mornings by 7:00am. 

5.  When you pick-up, please bring your own sack/basket.          

 

June 14th & 15th and 18th Genuine Organically
 
Grown Vegetable Offering 
 
 
Georgian Fire & Chesnok Red
          
          Heirloom Garlic Scapes                       10 scapes = $2.00
 
  (If you have never tried Garlic Scapes then you should. The scapes are the    
  
   edible top shoot of Hardneck Garlic.  They can be used like garlic, but are no
  
   where near as strong.  I like to use ~6 minced scapes in sauteed veggie
  
   dishes.  They add an impressive flavor and have all the good medicinal
  
   benefits of garlic.  They are also good to sautee in oil that will be turned into
  
    salad vinaigrette to go over salad lettuce greens.  These are what I use 
  
   when I want a hint of garlic flavor in dishes until our garlic is harvested and
  
   cured.)
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Butterhead Lettuce                    1 Head = $2.50
 
  ...possible varieties Sanguine Ameloire,
   
     Mantilia, Baquie, Butterking
 
 
Heirloom Mix of Oakleaf and Looseleaf Lettuce    1/2 lb = $4.00
 
  ...possible varieties Red Velvet, Rossa Di Trento, 
   
     Mascara, Bronze Arrowhead, Year Round Bronze,
    
     Fire Mountain, Really Red Deer Tongue
 
 
Heirloom Romaine Lettuce                                  1 Head = $2.50
   
   ...variety De Morges Braun
        
 
Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Large Beet Greens     Bunch = $2.50
 
 
Bull's Blood Heirloom Beet Greens                       Bunch = $3.00
        
                            with young beet roots               
 
Chioggia Beets with Large Green Tops                  Bunch = $3.50
 
 
French Sorrel                                                        1/4 lb = $2.00
 
 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 6/7/2014 2:05pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Good days to all as we are coming up on the ending weeks of spring.  Spring has really been a true spring this year, as I do not feel like summer has set in pre-maturely.  It was after this last rain of 2.5" when I was picking veggies for our dinner that I realized that I need to start making some Genuine Organically Grown Veggie offerings.  Matthew, I, and the little one I am carrying inside will not be able to consume all that is going to start being ready for harvest. 

These pictures below were taken just yesterday evening of all the Genuine Organically Grown Veggies that are out in the garden. The pictures capture the array of lettuce varieties, french sorrel, snow peas, beets, garlic scapes, and the summer crops coming on like snap beans, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, and potatoes.  

Along with the spring veggies that I am starting to offer, there will be summer vegetable selections like snap beans, summer squash, cowpeas, okra, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, winter squash, and loads of garlic!

  

How to Order and Your Pick-up Options:

**This weekend is an exception to the normal Weekend On-Farm pick-up protocol that you will read below, as this e-mail is just now being sent out on Saturday.  Therefore, if you would like to place an order for an On-Farm Rocket pick-up tomorrow, Sunday afternoon on June 8th starting at 2pm going till dusk then just get your order in by 9 am tomorrow morning the 8th**

1. If you do not already receive farm e-mails then make sure you sign-up to be  

    on our Mailing list.

2. When there is available Genuine Organically Grown Veggies (GOGV) an e-mail

    will be sent out on Thursday evenings letting customers know what is

    available for order. 

3.  Pick-up Options: 

    A) On-Farm at Rocket starting on Saturday's at 4pm and going through

          all day on Sunday till dusk.

    B) On-Farm at Rocket on Wednesdays from 9:30am till dusk.

    C) Nashville In-Town at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop on Harding Road in Belle

           Meade area on Wednesdays.  I will drop off items on Wed. morning to

           be able to be picked up within store hours of 10am-5pm.

    D) Nashville In-Town in Green Hills Area off of Richard Jones Rd. in parking lot

           of where Sanctuary Yoga Studio is located from 12 noon-12:30.  I will

           be close to the grassy lawn area to the east of the business/office

           complex.  This seems to be a very non-congested area at this time of

           day and is a good  location for people located in Green Hills, Belmont,

           Forest Hills, 12 South area.  

4.  You can change around your pick-up site from week to week when you place

     your order by email sending to allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or by phone  

     message by calling 931-682-3314.  When you place your order just specify

     what you would like to purchase, qty, and which pick-up site. 

     If you choose the weekend on Farm-pick-up your order will be due in

      by Saturday mornings at 7:00am.

     If you choose the Wednesday On-Farm, or Nashville In-Town pick-up

      your order will be due in by Tuesday mornings by 7:00am. 

5.  When you pick-up, please bring your own sack/basket.          

 

June 8th & 11th Genuine Organically Grown
 
Vegetable Offering 
 
**This weekend is an exception to the normal Weekend On-Farm pick-up protocol, as this e-mail is just now being sent out on Saturday.  Therefore, if you would like to place an order for an On-Farm Rocket pick-up tomorrow, Sunday afternoon on June 8th starting at 2pm going till dusk then just get your order in by 9 am tomorrow morning the 8th, Thanks **
 
Schweizer Reisen "Swiss Giant" Snow Peas          1 lb = $4.00
 
Sugarlode Snap Peas                                            1 lb = $4.00
 
Georgian Fire & Chesnok Red
          
          Heirloom Garlic Scapes                       8 scapes = $2.00
 
  (If you have never tried Garlic Scapes then you should. The scapes are the    
  
   edible top shoot of Hardneck Garlic.  They can be used like garlic, but are no
  
   where near as strong.  I like to use ~6 minced scapes in sauteed veggie
  
   dishes.  They add an impressive flavor and have all the good medicinal
  
   benefits of garlic.  They are also good to sautee in oil that will be turned into
  
    salad vinaigrette to go over salad lettuce greens.  These are what I use 
  
   when I want a hint of garlic flavor in dishes until our garlic is harvested and
  
   cured.)
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Butterhead Lettuce                    1 Head = $2.50
 
  ...possible varieties Yugoslavian Red, Sanguine Ameloire,
   
     Mantilia, Baquie, Butterking
 
 
Heirloom Mix of Oakleaf and Looseleaf Lettuce    1/2 lb = $4.00
 
  ...possible varieties Red Velvet, Rossa Di Trento, 
   
     Mascara, Bronze Arrowhead, Year Round Bronze,
    
     Fire Mountain
 
 
Heirloom Pick of Romaine Lettuce                      1 Head = $2.50
   
   ...possible varieties De Morges Braun,
  
      Outredgeous
 
 
Yukina Savoy Heirloom Oriental Greens                 1/2 lb = $3.00
 
 
Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Beet Greens                 Bunch = $2.50
 
 
Bull's Blood Heirloom Beet Greens                        1/2 lb = $3.00
 
 
Chioggia Beets with Green Tops                          Bunch = $3.50
 
 
Red Giant of Sicily & Pink Lady Slipper Radishes  Bunch = $2.50  
 
 
French Sorrel                                                         1/4 lb = $2.00
 
 
Asparagus                                                             1/2 lb = $2.75
   

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 5/1/2014 6:54pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Well Well this was quite the week to remember, as it for certain brought back memories of the 2010 Flood.  About 30 minutes before the pouring rains finally stopped, Matthew and I thought for sure that this Flash Flood episode was going to be a repeat of what happened four years ago about this same time of year. The rains stopped at 3.75" and gave the surging waters a chance to subside.  As the water did subside, the overflowing volumes were not half as bad as they were in 2010.  We ended up getting a total of 4.75" through this whole rainy front that past over us, which is sure a large amount of precipitation.  I am sure this will leave the soils nice and saturated for a while. 
The day after this flash flood was such a beautiful spring day that it made the  cleaning up of debris, trash, and gravel not near as bad.  Here are some During and After pictures from the flash flood...

 

All the spring gardens are not in the immediate flood plain area. So other than just getting buckets full of rain, nothing was negatively effected.  The sugar snap and snow peas are looking good, along with the beets and garlic.  Biodynamic Transplanting time is approaching so after the soils dry out a bit I am hoping to get all the spring green crops transplanted that are waiting in their trays. 

Orders by e-mail allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or phone 931-682-3314 will be due in on Saturday morning the 3rd by 8 am.  On-Farm Orders will be placed at Rocket in coolers on Saturday the 3rd at 2 pm. One will have from then through  Sunday May 4th at dusk to swing by the farm to pick up your ordered Genuine Organically Grow Veggies. 

One of us is also planning on swinging into Nashville town on Saturday afternoon, so Nashville In-Town ordered vegetables can be dropped off at Gran Fondo cycle shop at that time.

May 3rd & 4th Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable

 
Offering for Weekend On-Farm Pick Up

Heirloom Mix of Spinach varieties

          Winter Bloomsdale and Giant Noble      8 oz (1/2 lb) = $4.50  or

                                                                      16 oz (1 lb) =  $8.00

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

Stockholder Garlic Share (to learn about click here)    Share = $19.00

Eggs by request, (if available)                             Dozen = $5.00   

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314


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