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Posted 4/24/2014 10:30am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Purple Top White Globe Turnips in Full Bloom and contrasting with lovely blue skies.  The Spinach is still providing such great taste and good nutrition for us here and we have some of the medium/large and hardy Spinach leaves to gather from the field.  The Ishikura scallions are remaining the best allium addition to meals at this time of year, as they are ever so tasty.  Lastly, the Joan Rutabaga roots are still sweet and crunchy for roasting or shredding raw. 

Orders by e-mail allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or phone 931-682-3314 will be due in on Friday evening the 25th by 9 pm.   On-Farm Orders will be placed at Rocket in coolers on Saturday the 26th at 2 pm. One will have from then through  Sunday April 27th at dusk to swing by the farm to pick up your ordered Genuine Organically Grow Veggies.  I also plan on swinging into Nashville town on Saturday early afternoon, so I can drop off ordered vegetables at Gran Fondo cycle shop at that time.

Winter varieties of Spinach, like the ones I started last fall, manage to overwinter even in the harsh winter we experienced. Spinach is not even blanket covered, it is just left to die back and then start coming on when the weather starts to warm slightly.

  

April 26th & 27th 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

Joan Rutabaga Roots and Top Greens   Large Bunch = $3.50  

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

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

Eggs by request, if available                             Dozen = $5.00   

Here is how our Genuine Organically Grown Heirloom Garlic is looking
 
and progressing on April 22nd 2014. 
 
As you see, we have lots available!

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 4/8/2014 1:36pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

I am sending out this week’s farm letter early as orders for the weekend On-Farm pick-up of April 12th and 13th will be due in early. I am leaving this Friday to take a little trip to visit my parents in East TN and therefore will be harvesting veggies on Thursday. Orders by e-mail allie@ArugulasStarFarm.com or phone 931-682-3314 will be due in by Thursday April 10th at 8 am. Ordered items will be kept in refrigeration until Saturday morning the 12th when Matthew will place items in chilled coolers at the Rocket. Therefore, one will have from Saturday April 12th at 9 am through Sunday April 13th at dusk to swing by the farm to pick up your ordered Genuine Organically Grow Veggies.

Winter varieties of Spinach, like the ones I started last fall, manage to overwinter even in the harsh winter we experienced. Spinach is not even blanket covered, it is just left to die back and then start coming on when the weather starts to warm slightly.

  

The Joan Rutabagas were under a blanket covering which helped their roots make it through. Rutabagas in the past have been able to overwinter here without any cover, but the ones that were not under cover this winter did not have a chance. Their roots underwent such extreme continually freezes that they just eventually broke down and turned into mush.

The fruit trees like our Asian pears are about to start blooming.

The perennial Asparagus patch, now starting its fifth year, has not yet started to show any signs of the popping up Asparagus. Last year they started showing their tips around mid April, so they should be currently working their way up through the dark soil.

April 12th & 13th 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

Joan Rutabaga Roots and Green Top Shoots   Large Bunch = $3.50  

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

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

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 4/4/2014 1:27pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Howdy everyone!

A while has past since my last two folded announcement back in January and our long cold winter here in middle TN has finally slowly started to reside now that we have entered the month of April. I can see the fields starting to turn greener every day, with this day being the greenest after last night’s rain. It has been nice not having to keep the wood fires going here over the last five days or so, with the warming of the weather. We made this long cold winter, with solely our own wood heat coming out of our Stanley wood burning cookstove and the Morso wood burner. This also meant that we did not turn on the electric oven or cooktop either for the whole winter. While most were having record high heating and electric bills, I think we broke a record at the other end of the spectrum of only having an electric bill one month of $35.00. Within this $35.00, Duck River Electric charges a minimum of $20.00 a month just for having a meter.

As far as my pregnancy, I am 3 days shy of being 20 weeks and soon to be starting my 6th month. I am sure glad to be feeling tremendously better as weeks 4-18 were down right difficult, unpleasant, and slow creeping. I suppose any mother who possibly encountered this same rough start of pregnancy would understand and share my sentiment. Somehow, I had never been informed by any previous pregnant woman of how unpleasant the first trimester and start of second trimester can be, so it took me by a complete surprise. Then with learning, reading, and talking I quickly came to realize why this internally exhausted and sick feeling occurs and tried to accept it as much as possible. The unbelievable fact is that not all pregnant mothers even feel internally sick, which seemed hard for me to imagine, but it is true.

Now that I am on the rise, literally in more ways than one, I am glad to report that the baby inside is doing well and we are looking at a home birth due date around August 25th. We love our Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Susie Meeks and are very grateful for her availability and tremendous care.

As this years Genuine Organically Grown veggie and fruit growing plan and scale has changed, I still have been trying to stay on track of growing our own veggies and fruits and with that I am sure that I will have extras for some local customers. That is if I can continue to maintain a good balance of not wearing my self out in the process. On days I feel really good it is easy to accidentally over expel too much physical energy and then feel over exhausted at the end of the day, or even the next day. Matthew does a good job of making sure that I remember this notion. For example, I had a long day of outside work the other day. I had prepared the area to be able to get the potatoes in the ground this Saturday, as it will be a root sign; I had planted the potatoes’ complimentary Brown Flax Seed; and then I was working on the hilling of my 160 foot row in preparation for planting carrot seeds on a future root sign day. I had about completed 80 row feet of the carrot hill and as Matthew came out to check on me he knew I had been out practically all day working and moving around he came out and said, “I think you have overdone it haven’t you?.”, so I agreed to stop the row half way and pick-up fresh on another day.

Currently, I have some overwintered crops like Spinach, Rutabaga Roots and Greens, Scallions, and Turnip Green Shoots that I can start to offer for customers to pick up ON-FARM at the Rocket. When I have items available for On-Farm Pick-up I will send out an e-mail on Wednesdays letting everyone know what is available for the On-Farm Weekend pick-up that will occur from 4pm on Saturday afternoons till dusk on Sunday evenings. As I know this weeks e-mail going out on Friday here, doesn’t give everyone much time this weekend to place an order, but as long as I receive your order (by e-mail allie@arugulasstarfarm.com or calling 931-682-3314) by Saturday the 5th at 12 noon then I should be able to have your Genuine Organically Grown Veggies picked and ready at the Rocket by 4pm this Saturday.

The Genuine Organically Grown Garlic is looking good and as a reminder I am still offering Stockholder Garlic Shares for pre-sell and one can read about this program at our website. In fact, for those of you who have already signed up I will be sending an e-mail out here very soon sharing some info and pictures of the progress of the Garlic.

April 5th & 6th 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

Joan Rutabaga Roots and Green Tops             Large Bunch = $3.50  

Ishikura Scallions                                            Bunch = $2.50

Turnip Green Top Shoots                                8 oz (1/2 lb) = $3.00

Eggs (very limited amounts ~ 5 dozen available)       Dozen =  $5.00

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

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 1/14/2014 1:54pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

2014 New Year’s Two Folded Announcement from ASF…

                                                                             Important please read.

After endless consideration and thought, I finally have reached somewhat of a clear acceptance of what I call the Two Folded Announcement.

First off, Matthew and I are expecting a child for the first time in our lives…I am pregnant and this has been a different world for me to say the least!  We of course are thrilled, but this factor has caused me to have to reevaluate the whole 2014 growing season for Arugula’s Star Farm.

For the last couple of weeks, I have tried to continue to plow along forward assuming that I could fully operate and achieve the 2014 season that I had laid out for our farm.  Within this time, I have come to realize by myself and by listening to advice from family, friends, and midwife, that I as the farm’s agricultural head operator, planner, planter & harvester, manual worker, and task manager cannot pass all of my many and consuming roles onto a new group of live-on interns that were to be selected this late winter.  Moreover, I cannot hold the very important responsibility on my end, as your farmer, of keeping a functional CSA moving and thriving throughout a year’s growing season.  There is always more responsibility and absolute timing necessity that goes into operating a CSA, that shareholders are going to love and be pleased with, than there is with just farming crops for people to buy at the market or on-farm.  As one can imagine, there is a lot to live-up to and stand behind when someone invests up-front currency in a farm to provide them with genuine organically grown veggies and summer fruits for 9 months out of the year.  Since I was looking so very forward to this new and exciting CSA season and because I have already put quite a bit of energy into the planning of the 2014 growing season, these realities have taken a while to settle in with me.

I do apologize to announce the second part of the two folds, but here it is…Arugula’s Star Farm will not be offering the Unique CSA that has been announced and advertised for the 2014 season. 

As being with child is a new territory of grounds for me altogether, I cannot really fathom or predict what I can or cannot achieve and this is why it makes it difficult to set any plan.  Therefore, that is why all agricultural plans that involve customers will be closed for the time being, and will be passed on to the 2015 growing season.  I personally will strive to continue to follow our farm’s ethic of being a Genuine Agrarian Ecosystem of Subsistence, as this is a necessity for our existence.

The Stockholder Garlic Shares that have been purchased are of course still viable and this offering has not changed.  In fact, we still have Stockholder Garlic Shares available for purchase.  Anyone can purchase by sending me an e-mail telling me you would like to purchase a garlic share.     

I do apologize for any inconvenience that this two-folded announcement has made if you had planned on signing up to be a 2014 CSA shareholder member.  

Thanks and Cheers to the New Year,

Allison


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 12/13/2013 11:25am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

"Genuine Organically Grown" Vegetable Offerings for

Week of December 14th


Currently Offered Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable

Information & Notes from the Field

Very very cold nights we have had over the last 4 nights...18, 16, 14, 16 degrees. This past week has been our most consistent coldest week to date this late Fall. We sure have been grateful for the heat output of our woodburning Stove and Cookstove. We rely on these solely for our house warmth and helps our evenings feel nice and cozy.  The spinach has been frozen solid a many of times and it loves the cold..never fear as the Spinach is still here.  This leafy green vegetable is the hardiest of hardy.  When you are enjoying the packed full of power Spinach, remember to give it it's due respects. 

This week will be the LAST Offering for the 2013 Fall season vegetables. The next opportunity for purchasing vegetables will be in the 2014 season. I hope everyone will have an opportunity, sometime before the New Year, to read over The 2014 Arugula's Star Farm Season Unveiling, that you should have received the posting for this past Wednesday Dec. 11th. This unveiling will allow you to know how you can enjoy a Full New Year with lots of Genuine Organically Grown Veggies & Summer Fruits from Arugula's Star Farm! If you have been ordering from us this Fall, to order from us in the 2014 season, you will need to make sure that you Sign-up to be a CSA shareholder member. We thank you, our customers, so much for your support and do wish you the best of a simple Holiday Season! 

Here below is what I have to offer...and how You  

go about Ordering and Picking up.

All items offered below are grown directly out in our beautiful and healthy  fields here at Arugula's Star Farm and are what I like to call "Genuine Vegetables".  This is a term that I have chosen to use instead of being Certified Organic.  To read about our detailed growing practices that supersede the National Organic Program Guidelines please click here. 

Genuine Produce items will be filled on a first order first serve basis.On-Farm Pick-ups will be here on farm at The Rocket, which is at the gate down by the creek, after turning into the driveway.  If you will place your order, by either calling or e-mailing, by 9pm this Friday December the 13th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 1 pm on Sat. Dec. 14th all through the rest of the weekend, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. 

You can also place your order by 9 pm on Sunday evening the 15th to pick-up On-Farm anytime on Tuesday Dec. 17th starting at 9:45 am. Please bring your own bag or basket to put your items in, unless you have been a regular in the past and I will continue to rotate your baskets that have your name on it. There is a cash tin in the rocket for you to either leave a check or cash.  Thanks.

Genuine Vegetables will be filled on a First order First Serve Basis. The Nashville In-Town Pick-up will be on Tuesday Dec. 17th, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, at Gran Fondo CycleShop in Belle Meade, 5133 A-6 Harding Road.  Then, if there is no way you can make it in between the set pick-up times, I will be able to leave your vegetables outside under the covered awning for you to be able to swing by anytime later in the day to pick up.  Please place your order by 9pm on Sunday evening the 15th by e-mail or phone.  Also, bring your own sack or basket to the pick-up. One can either pay by check or cash.  If you do not make it to the set time, then you can leave check or cash with Gran Fondo, as long as you denote who it is from. 

Since there are two locations for pick-up this weekend/week, please let me know in your order if you plan on picking up On-Farm or Nashville In-Town, and if On-farm which On-Farm pick-up.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.50/lb
  • Penn. Dutch Crookneck Heirloom Winter Squash   $2.00/lb
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                     $4.50/ 1/2 lb or $8.00/ 1 lb     
            (Winter Bloomsdale, Matador, Giant of Winter, & Giant Noble) 
  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnip Roots     $1.50/ lb
           (Roots will weigh anywhere from 2-4 lbs)
  • Heirloom Joan Rutabaga Roots                             $2.00/ lb

           (Roots will weigh anywhere from 1.5-2 lbs)

  • Granat Chinese Cabbage Head                            $2.00/ lb


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 12/11/2013 5:49pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.


Arugula’s Star Farm is pleased to announce our 2014 “Genuine Organically Grown” growing season  programs and opportunities.  All aspects of the ASF website are current for you, our potential 2014 customers, to explore and read.  Please Take a Look as We would Love to have You! 

We have a UNIQUE Community Supported Agriculture [CSA] for the 2014 season, that we know you will be spirited up about.  We are very elated about it and will look forward to the possibility of you Signing Up as one of our valued Shareholder Members.  If you never thought a CSA could work for you, then you should be hopeful that our CSA can!

We wanted to present this body of information early enough, heading towards the New Year, so folk like yourself will Sign-Up as soon as possible.  Early Sign-Up for a CSA is always very important, because it helps ensure your spot as a CSA shareholder member, and it accommodates for all the necessary pre-season crop volume planning.  Seed selection & purchasing, field crop placement & rotations, and other pre-season plans are all being done in the month of January.  If one waits to sign-up for a CSA in Early April, this slightly defeats the purpose and true intent of what a CSA membership embodies. 

The main gist of why we consider our CSA to be UNIQUE is because to join and become a shareholder member you will actually pre-invest your chosen amount of currency that will act as your farm credit throughout the 2014 growing season. By being a shareholder member and pre-investing, you will be able to select and choose your Genuine Organically Grown vegetable and summer fruit quantities throughout the 2014 season.  Instead of picking up a basket of pre-determined items and quantities, you will use your invested farm credit share to purchase whatever seasonal vegetables and summer fruits are available and growing out in our fields at the time.  The pre-ordering for CSA shareholder members will be set up through our website commerce page and will be a simple click and select process.

The beauty in the type of CSA we are offering, shins forth in flexibility and personal selection of quantity and variety. As a CSA shareholder member, you will be able to place an order for what you would like to go in your sack on a weekly basis and nor do you have to order and pick-up every single week.  Also, if it is a week you do not feel like choosing and selecting varieties, but you still want your weekly dose of seasonal vegetables. You will be able to just click on the 'Farmer’s Choice Basket Sampler option' and that will give you a mixed variety of that weeks produce for a set value.

Our Nashville In-town delivery & pick-up site will be at the West Nashville Farmer’s Market at Richland Park on Saturdays from 9-12 and we will also be offering an On-Farm pick-up on the weekends.

As this e-mail serves as just a glimpse, you will be able to fully understand the concept of our program upon reading the Complete and Detailed information about becoming an Arugula’s Star Farm CSA Shareholder Member by clicking here.  When you are at our website, or by clicking on the titles here, you can explore all articles pertaining to the 2014 CSA Shareholder Membership like Why it is so important to become an Arugula’s Star Farm Shareholder Member or  Words of Wisdom and Thought on actually being a CSA shareholder member.

You will be able to easily and quickly Sign-Up for the 2014 CSA season on our website.

We are also offering Stockholder Garlic Shares for pre-sell that can be ordered on our website.  These can make for unusual  Holiday and New Year’s gifts.  To learn more about Stockholder Garlic Shares, click here.

We look very forward to being able to see some of our past CSA members again. We do hope you will choose to re-join Arugula’s Star Farm, as we have missed you.  We also are looking for new CSA members and therefore we need for this information to spread through as many hands, ears, and mouths as possible.  Please forward this posting to friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.  Everyone needs to eat delicious, Genuine Organically Grown Veggies and Fruits from a local organic farmer, right, so see there should be no exceptions! 

We have Hands-On Intern/Volunteer Opportunities for the 2014 season that you might enjoy checking out by clicking here.  Haven’t you always wanted to have an On-Farm extracurricular activity that you participated in singly or with a group of friends?  Well here’s your chance!     

Thanks for your support and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

We sure hope to be growing for you in the 2014 season!

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 12/11/2013 4:51pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.


Arugula’s Star Farm is pleased to announce our 2014 “Genuine Organically Grown” growing season  programs and opportunities.  All aspects of the ASF website are current for you, our potential 2014 customers, to explore and read.  Please Take a Look as We would Love to have You! 

We have a UNIQUE Community Supported Agriculture [CSA] for the 2014 season that we know you will be spirited up about.  We are very elated about it and will look forward to the possibility of you Signing Up as one of our valued Shareholder Members.  If you never thought a CSA could work for you, then you should be hopeful that our CSA can!

We wanted to present this body of information early enough, heading towards the New Year, so folk like yourself will Sign-Up as soon as possible.  Early Sign-Up for a CSA is always very important, because it helps ensure your spot as a CSA shareholder member, and it accommodates for all the necessary pre-season crop volume planning.  Seed selection & purchasing, field crop placement & rotations, and other pre-season plans are all being done in the month of January.  If one waits to sign-up for a CSA in Early April, this slightly defeats the purpose and true intent of what a CSA membership embodies. 

The main gist of why we consider our CSA to be UNIQUE is because to join and become a shareholder member you will actually pre-invest your chosen amount of currency that will act as your farm credit throughout the 2014 growing season. By being a shareholder member and pre-investing, you will be able to select and choose your Genuine Organically Grown vegetable and summer fruit quantities throughout the 2014 season.  Instead of picking up a basket of pre-determined items and quantities, you will use your invested farm credit share to purchase whatever seasonal vegetables and summer fruits are available and growing out in our fields at the time.  The pre-ordering for CSA shareholder members will be set up through our website commerce page and will be a simple click and select process.

The beauty in the type of CSA we are offering, shins forth in flexibility and personal selection of quantity and variety. As a CSA shareholder member, you will be able to place an order for what you would like to go in your sack on a weekly basis and nor do you have to order and pick-up every single week.  Also, if it is a week you do not feel like choosing and selecting varieties, but you still want your weekly dose of seasonal vegetables. You will be able to just click on the 'Farmer’s Choice Basket Sampler option' and that will give you a mixed variety of our weekly vegetables for a set value.

Our Nashville In-town delivery & pick-up site will be at the West Nashville Farmer’s Market at Richland Park on Saturdays from 9-12 and we will also be offering an On-Farm pick-up on the weekends.

As this e-mail serves as just a glimpse, you will be able to fully understand the concept of our program upon reading the Complete and Detailed information about becoming an Arugula’s Star Farm CSA Shareholder Member by clicking here.  When you are at our website, or by clicking on the titles here, you can explore all articles pertaining to the 2014 CSA Shareholder Membership like Why it is so important to become an Arugula’s Star Farm Shareholder Member or  Words of Wisdom and Thought on actually being a CSA shareholder member.

You will be able to easily and quickly Sign-Up for the 2014 CSA season on our website.

We are also offering Stockholder Garlic Shares for pre-sell that can be ordered on our website.  These can  can make for unusual  Holiday and New Year’s gifts.  To learn more about Stockholder Garlic Shares, click here.

We look very forward to being able to see some of our past CSA members again. We do hope you will choose to re-join Arugula’s Star Farm, as we have missed you.  We also are looking for new CSA members and therefore we need for this information to spread through as many hands, ears, and mouths as possible.  Please forward this posting to friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues.  Everyone needs to eat delicious, Genuine Organically Grown Veggies and Fruits from a local organic farmer, right, so see there should be no exceptions! 

We have Hands-On Intern/Volunteer Opportunities for the 2014 season that you might enjoy checking out by clicking here.  Haven’t you always wanted to have an On-Farm extracurricular activity that you participated in singly or with a group of friends?  Well here’s your chance!     

Thanks for your support and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

We sure hope to be growing for you in the 2014 season!

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 12/5/2013 3:17pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

"Genuine" Organically Grown Vegetable Offerings for

Week of December 7th


Currently Offered Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable

Information & Notes from the Field


Hope all fared well over the giving thanks holiday and found at least a few things to be thankful for.  I know I was very thankful to be sitting around the table at our small family gathering in East TN, with my parents and husband, eating a plate full of delicious organically raised vegetables, grains, dairy, and turkey.  This one time of the year meal, always is such a winner of mixed flavors from all the contributing dishes that make it all at once onto your plate. Despite the coldness, while we were visiting their farm in East TN, the sun and skies were so blue and crystal clear.  I adore really cold weather when the sun is out and the skies are blue.  Here are some images of my parents old family farm in East TN.

While we were away we must have experienced our coldest night times lows thus far.  I could really tell by looking at the uncovered Rutabaga tops.  If any of our neighbors that are reading this recorded the night-time lows from the dates of 11/27 – 12/1, please report what the lows were those nights to us.  I think the coldest nights were suppose to be the 27th, 28th, & 29th.

Now that we are in the last days of late Fall, quickly approaching the first day of winter, the green tops on the Turnips and Rutabagas are not looking as vibrant as they once did. I am going to just start offering the Turnips and Rutabagas as a bulk root, no green tops.  The dieing back of the green tops is a normal occurrence at this time of the year with the very cold nights, shorter daylight hours, and warmth. Amazingly enough, if the root has not been picked out of the ground by the late winter, new young and vibrant greens will start growing again out of these root vegetables.    

The main green that I have right now is the Spinach, as it is still surviving without any cover even after some of these extreme cold nights.  Since the Spinach is the main leafy green I will have to offer this week, I am going to run a December special on the price of Spinach, if one buys a whole pound instead of ½ pound. Instead of the Spinach being the normal $9.00/lb, I am going to offer it at $8.00/lb.  The Chinese Granat Cabbage is still making it under the blankets, and I have to say that the raw midribs of these Cabbages are really really good to eat on alongside a dairy based dip or cheese.  One should include some Chinese Cabbage midrib sliced stalks in your next raw vegetable platter.  

I know that a lot of rain, sleet, and icy snow is supposedly heading our way over the weekend, but I am going to still be out there pickin, so please eat some delicious Genuine Organically Grown Vegetables and place and order!

I plan on having possibly one more Vegetable offering before the Christmas holiday and this one will be the last one for this year.  Thanks so much to all of you that purchased vegetables this Fall, small farms rely on your support and purchasing power to make growing local organically grown vegetables viable.   I will be sending out an e-mail here soon announcing our 2014 season, but most of the information is already up on the website, so you can go ahead and take a look if you would like.  I am really excited about the CSA Shareholder Memberships for the 2014 season and I hope you will be as well.

Here below is what I have to offer...and how You  

go about Ordering and Picking up.

All items offered below are grown directly out in our beautiful and healthy  fields here at Arugula's Star Farm and are what I like to call "Genuine Vegetables".  This is a term that I have chosen to use instead of being Certified Organic.  To read about our detailed growing practices that supersede the National Organic Program Guidelines please click here. 

Genuine Produce items will be filled on a first order first serve basis.On-Farm Pick-ups will be here on farm at The Rocket, which is at the gate down by the creek, after turning into the driveway.  If you will place your order, by either calling or e-mailing, by 9pm this Friday December the 6th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 12 noon on Sat. Dec. 7th all through the rest of the weekend, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. 

You can also place your order by 9 pm on Sunday evening the 8th to pick-up On-Farm anytime on Tuesday Dec. 10th starting at 9:45 am. Please bring your own bag or basket to put your items in, unless you have been a regular in the past and I will continue to rotate your baskets that have your name on it. There is a cash tin in the rocket for you to either leave a check or cash.  Thanks.

Genuine Vegetables will be filled on a First order First Serve Basis. The Nashville In-Town Pick-up will be on Tuesday Dec. 10th, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, at Gran Fondo CycleShop in Belle Meade, 5133 A-6 Harding Road.  Then, if there is no way you can make it in between the set pick-up times, I will be able to leave your vegetables outside under the covered awning for you to be able to swing by anytime later in the day to pick up.  Please place your order by 9pm on Sunday evening the 8th by e-mail or phone.  Also, bring your own sack or basket to the pick-up. One can either pay by check or cash.  If you do not make it to the set time, then you can leave check or cash with Gran Fondo, as long as you denote who it is from. 

Since there are two locations for pick-up this weekend/week, please let me know in your order if you plan on picking up On-Farm or Nashville In-Town, and if On-farm which On-Farm pick-up.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.50/lb
  • Penn. Dutch Crookneck Heirloom Winter Squash   $2.00/lb
  • Rosa Italika Heirloom Dandelion Bunch                 $3.00/Bunch
  • Treffine Maraichere Heirloom Frisee                     $3.00/ Head
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                     $4.50/ 1/2 lb or $8.00/ 1 lb
         (Winter Bloomsdale, Matador, Giant of Winter, & Giant Noble) 
  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnip Roots     $1.50/ lb
           (Roots will weigh anywhere from 2-4 lbs)
  • Heirloom Joan Rutabaga Roots                             $2.00/ lb

           (Roots will weigh anywhere from 1.5-2 lbs)

  • Italian Cardoon Stems                                         $3.00/Bunch
  • Granat Chinese Cabbage Head                            $2.00/ lb


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 11/21/2013 10:39pm by Matthew and Allison Mills Neal.

"Genuine" Organically Grown Vegetable Offerings for

Week of November 23rd

      


 Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares NOW available

through Arugula’s Star Farm for 2014 season!

 

How would you like to pre-commit to shares of Garlic that consisted of a mixed variety of 10 Heads of Genuine GarlicTo find out more about Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares click here.

Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares make great Holiday Gifts!


Currently Offered Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable

Information & Notes from the Field

November 21st, Thursday evening, and rains are on their way supposedly. 

Actually had my hands in the dirt today, getting the last round of trays of the Ifra leeks and Ishikura Japanese Bunching Onions out in the field for overwintering.  All should be looking forward to the Alliums that are overwintering out in the fields to be harvested in late winter/early spring of 2014.  The moon is lowering in the sky, descending, getting closer to the earth and will be at its lowest point come December 3rd.  It is always in these Descending times of the moon when plants take root readily and connect well with their new soil location.  All fall and overwintering crops that have been transplanted over the last couple months have been transplanted in this proper time, which gives our vegetables here at Arugula’s Star an advantage.

There is a New Crop for the week…Heirloom Joan Rutabaga.  The Rutabaga is in the same Family of Turnips, but they are different in their Genus Specie classification. Turnips are a Brassica rapa and Rutabagas are a Brassica napas.  This is a very important piece of information to know in the seed saving process, because vegetables in the same Genus specie classification can readily cross-pollinate.  Another vegetable that we are currently offering that is in the same genus specie classification as the Turnip is the Chinese cabbage, whereas regular cabbage is not.  The greens of a Turnip have more similarities to a Mustard green as they are both in the same Genus Specie classification.  The Rutabaga is in the same Genus Specie class as Russian Kale, hence the green tops of a Rutabaga are more like that of Kale.  I would recommend trying a Turnip and a Rutabaga to compare the flavors and appearance.  Rutabagas are not as spicy as Turnips and they are more sweet and nutty.  Rutabaga’s interior root color is cream, where the Turnip’s interior is white.

This week’s pick-up will allow all to get some great vegetables to be able to use on your families thankful Thanksgiving table.  One really could get all the vegetables to use over Thanksgiving from Arugula’s Star Farm, as we have roots, greens, and winter squash (substitute for pumpkin).  The exception would be Onions, Garlic, or Leeks, as these always are a good addition to many dishes.  I still have some of our onions in reserve that I can use, but none to offer.  I love challenges like this proposal, so maybe some of you will follow suit! 

The Spinach, is still performing spectacularly and it can be picked and piled up so beautifully.  I think we have been eating about 1 pound of Spinach every day for the last few days.  Talking about Thanksgiving gobble, our spinach gets gobbled up in no time. 

The Treffine Maraichere frisee will be your best addition for a salad that will be served with all the gravy and Turkey fixings, as it goes well with meat dripping dressings.

I spoke about the Chinese Cabbage briefly above, as it is the same genus specie as Turnips.  The Granat Chinese Cabbage that we have growing is one to try.  It is dense, slender, and tall.  It has a great crunch, good flavor, and is more juicy than regular cabbage, and has a little more of a zippy zing than cabbage.  Very nice for a saute or stir fry.  These Chinese Cabbage are for harvesting this Fall, as they are not an overwintering crop, so try one and enjoy them while you can.  They are averaging around 1 ½ - 2 lbs. 

Here below is what I have to offer...and how You  

go about Ordering and Picking up.

All items offered below are grown directly out in our beautiful and healthy  fields here at Arugula's Star Farm and are what I like to call "Genuine Vegetables".  This is a term that I have chosen to use instead of being Certified Organic.  To read about our detailed growing practices that supersede the National Organic Program Guidelines please click here. 

Genuine Produce items will be filled on a first order first serve basis.On-Farm Pick-ups will be here on farm at The Rocket, which is at the gate down by the creek, after turning into the driveway.  If you will place your order, by either calling or e-mailing, by 9pm this Friday November the 22nd, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 12 noon on Sat. Nov. 23rd all through the rest of the weekend, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience.  You can also place your order by 9 pm on Sunday evening the 24th to pick-up On-Farm anytime on Tuesday Nov. 26th starting at 9:45 am. Please bring your own bag or basket to put your items in, unless you have been a regular in the past and I will continue to rotate your baskets that have your name on it. There is a cash tin in the rocket for you to either leave a check or cash.  Thanks.

Genuine Vegetables will be filled on a First order First Serve Basis. The Nashville In-Town Pick-up will be on Tuesday Nov. 26th, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop in Belle Meade, 5133 A-6 Harding Road.  Then, if there is no way you can make it in between the set pick-up times, I will be able to leave your vegetables outside under the covered awning for you to be able to swing by anytime later in the day to pick up.  Please place your order by 9pm on Sunday evening the 24th by e-mail or phone.  Also, bring your own sack or basket to the pick-up. One can either pay by check or cash.  If you do not make it to the set time, then you can leave check or cash with Gran Fondo, as long as you denote who it is from. 

Since there are two locations for pick-up this weekend/week, please let me know in your order if you plan on picking up On-Farm or Nashville In-Town, and if On-farm which On-Farm pick-up.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.50/lb
  • Penn. Dutch Crookneck Heirloom Winter Squash   $2.00/lb
  • White Russian Kale Bunch                                  $3.00/Bunch

         (slightly limited, so instead of ordering 2 bunches, order more Spinach)          

  • Rosa Italika Heirloom Dandelion Bunch                 $3.00/Bunch
  • Treffine Maraichere Heirloom Frisee                     $3.00/ Head
  • Rouge Grenobloise Heirloom Buttercrisp Lettuce   $2.50/Head
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                                         $4.50/ 1/2 lb

         (Winter Bloomsdale, Matador, Giant of Winter, & Giant Noble)

  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnips          $4.25/Bunch

                  (greens and very large root = Bunch= ~6lbs+)

  • Heirloom Joan Rutabaga                                     $4.50/Bunch

                   (greens and large roots = Bunch)

  • Italian Cardoon Stems                                       $3.00/Bunch
  • Granat Chinese Cabbage Head                           $2.00/ lb


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 11/14/2013 3:03pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

"Genuine" Vegetable Offerings for

Week of November 17th

  • Announcement for Nashville In-Town Arugula's Star
       Farm Genuine Vegetable Drop Off

I plan on offering On-Farm pick-ups and a Nashville In-Town Pick-Ups for the Week of November 17th.   These Nashville In-Town Pick-ups will be for this Fall until the Fall vegetables are no longer available.  Hopefully you can try to make it to one of these pick-ups, as the more orders I get, the more sense it makes for me to make the drive into town.  I know it has been a really long time since I have made In-Town drop offs, so it will take a little while for everyone to re-catch on I suppose. Remember it is always a good notion for one to tell a friend, neighbor, or family member about Arugula’s Star Farm In-Town Pick-ups, as then that means that pick-up rotations can be set up in between groups of people.  To read more about How to go about ordering and picking up, just scroll down below to the title labeled just that or click here.


 Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares NOW available

through Arugula’s Star Farm for 2014 season!

How would you like to pre-commit to shares of Garlic that consisted of a mixed variety of 8 Heads of Genuine GarlicTo find out more about Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares click here.

Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares make great Christmas Gifts!


Currently Offered Genuine Vegetable Information  &

Notes from the Field

November the 14th here and it was a cold and crystal clear morning out.  We just had two consecutive nights of our coldest lows for the Fall season thus far…18 degrees both nights.  As far as the overwintering of the hardy vegetables, these temperatures dictated some blanket coverings over certain vegetable crops to help protect their leaf and stem cells to not go through as many extreme freeze thaw cycles.  On the other hand, some vegetables are winter hardy enough to not need any cover at all.  Spinach is one of these vegetables.  The pictures show how the Spinach rows look just fine after the two extremely cold nights. 

Spinach will eventually die back some and not grow, because the lack of Sun energy and cold soils, but come the warming of late winter and early spring of 2014 it will start growing again for more harvesting! Right next to the Spinach rows, there are the Asteraceae Family vegetables of Endive, Frisee, Radicchio, Dandelion, & Lettuce that got covered.  The other crop area I am choosing to cover is the Brassica Strip Run that contains the Cauliflower that is to not head until the spring of 2014. 

Here I am working in that area, where I have just gotten the stake supports and strings out that will support the Agribond blankets.  Within this strip row, there are also Turnips and Rutabagas that actually take the winter weather fairly well without need of covering, but because of their placement they are going to get to benefit from the added blanket protection. 

The other crops that have been started this Fall for the 2014 late winter/early spring harvest that will not be covered are the Cabbages, Leeks, and Scallions.

Please pass the word and tell everyone you know that Arugula’s Star Farm has some of the best Genuine Organically Grown Fall produce around.  I currently have plenty of delicious and healthy vegetables to go around.  I have two easy pick-up options, Nashville In-Town (Gran Fondo Bicycle Shop) & On-Farm (Northwest Maury County)…9 miles past Leipers Fork.  Also, keep Arugula’s Star Farm in your mind when you are thinking about where your organically grown vegetables and fruits will be coming from in 2014, as we are going to be offering a unique CSA, that soon will be announced and shared on our website and in advertisements.

For this weeks harvest, I will still be picking and bagging up the wonderful Heirloom Fall Spinach.  Four different varieties in one bag…Winter Bloomsdale, Matador, Giant of Winter, and Giant Noble.  I have talked highly about this Spinach now for three weeks I do believe, so if you need any more bragging on this Spinach, to win you over, then I cannot imagine anything else to say. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I mentioned last week, to read any of the latest weekly Agrarian Vegetable and Fruit Offering Journal Writings then click here, or go to our website www.ArugulasStarFarm.com and on the homepage you can see all the postings under the Title WHAT’S NEW. 

The Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnips are really sizing up, as you can see.  People were amazed with their size at last weeks’ drop-off and I will have to say that their taste follows suit.  

 

Just last night I roasted a large Turnip cut into small cubes, in which I tossed with sesame oil, salt & pepper, and maple syrup and it really had a flavor that made you want to go back for seconds.  In fact, the whole meal for last night was based off of the Turnip.  The only other staple items I chose to use were rice, garlic, cheese, and dried figs.   I quick blanched the Turnip Greens, poured out the blanching water, then added splashes of white wine vinegar, olive oil, shoyu sauce (soy & wheat sauce), cracked pepper and then returned to slow cook.  I toasted the brown rice in sesame oil and garlic and then added water and cooked until done.  So now as you can picture, I layered the serving plates with the rice, then the Turnip greens, and then the roasted Turnip cubes, with the cheese, and figs on the side.  I splashed a little more white wine vinegar and shoyu sauce on top of all, and there I had it, a warm, hearty and delicious meal that all popped from the ground up with the pulling of a large Purple Top White Globe Turnip from Arugula’s Star Farm.  As everyone should here, Never fear about organic growings not being able to feed the world, the Fall and Winter Turnips are here.

I have mostly the same vegetables as last week, so I am sure you will find something that you will love!  Hope to see some new and returning names and faces for this weeks Genuine Organically Grown Vegetable Drop Off. 

Here below is what I have to offer...and how You  

go about Ordering and Picking up.

All items offered below are grown directly out in our beautiful and healthy  fields here at Arugula's Star Farm and are what I like to call "Genuine Vegetables".  This is a term that I have chosen to use instead of being Certified Organic.  To read about our detailed growing practices that supersede the National Organic Program Guidelines please click here. 

Genuine Produce items will be filled on a first order first serve basis.On-Farm Pick-ups will be here on farm at The Rocket, which is at the gate down by the creek, after turning into the driveway.  If you will place your order, by either calling or e-mailing, by 9pm this Friday November the 15th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 12 noon on Sat. Nov. 16th all through the rest of the weekend, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience.  You can also place your order by 9 pm on Sunday evening the 17th to pick-up On-Farm anytime on Tuesday Nov. 19th starting at 9:45 am. Please bring your own bag or basket to put your items in, unless you have been a regular in the past and I will continue to rotate your baskets that have your name on it. There is a cash tin in the rocket for you to either leave a check or cash.  Thanks.

Genuine Vegetables will be filled on a First order First Serve Basis. The Nashville In-Town Pick-up will be on Tuesday Nov. 19th, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, at Gran Fondo Cycle Shop in Belle Meade, 5133 A-6 Harding Road.  Then, if there is no way you can make it in between the set pick-up times, I will be able to leave your vegetables outside under the covered awning for you to be able to swing by anytime later in the day to pick up.  Please place your order by 9pm on Sunday evening the 17th by e-mail or phone.  Also, bring your own sack or basket to the pick-up. One can either pay by check or cash.  If you do not make it to the set time, then you can leave check or cash with Gran Fondo, as long as you denote who it is from. 

Since there are two locations for pick-up this weekend/week, please let me know in your order if you plan on picking up On-Farm or Nashville In-Town.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.50/lb
  • Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                    $2.50/lb
  • Penn. Dutch Crookneck Heirloom Winter Squash   $2.00/lb
  • White Russian Kale Bunch                                  $3.00/Bunch
  • Rosa Italika Heirloom Dandelion Bunch                 $3.00/Bunch
  • Treffine Maraichere Heirloom Frisee                     $3.00/ Head
  • Rouge Grenobloise Heirloom Buttercrisp Lettuce   $2.75/Head
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                                         $4.50/ 1/2 lb
         (Winter Bloomsdale, Matador, Giant of Winter, & Giant Noble)
  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnips            $3.00/Bunch

                              (greens and root = Bunch)

  • Italian Cardoon Stems                                       $3.00/Bunch
  • Granat Chinese Cabbage Head                           $2.00/ lb
  • Greek Oregano                                                 $2.50/ 1/8 lb


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314


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