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Posted 10/23/2013 11:40am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of October 25th

To update all from my last weeks mailing, my Mom actually had a delayed complication from her anuerysm and I have never made it back home as announced.  Matthew did the picking for last weekends orders thankfully.  Hopefully this weekend I will for sure be back to the farm, as my Mom has made it through the last backslide of what is called Vesso Spasms, and again has prevailed and will recover without any loss of function.  I do want to thank all that has put my family in your thoughts as my  Mom has really been strong through this whole spiraling whirlwind and we are very very fortunate and thankful.  She today will be transferred to a rehabilitation clinic to help her regain her strength and speedy movement and should be home by the end of next week!
I am sending this quick note out from the hospital just to let everyone know that I plan on sending my main offering e-mail on Thursday evening the 24th when I return to the farm and can have a look at all the vegetables to see what there is to offer.  So be on the look-out for the weekend offering sometime by very late Thursday evening.  There should be all that was availbale last week, plus some more items perhaps!
I am going to list the schedule below for the weekend now, and then the vegetables will follow come tomorrow evening.  

  •  Here below is  how You  go about Ordering & 

      Picking up.

Genuine Produce items will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 12 noon this Friday October the 25th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5 pm  Friday the 25th all through the rest of the weekend, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 10/15/2013 2:51pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of October 19th & Fall Garlic Planting

Opportunity

To update all from my last weeks mailing, my Mom has made an unbelievable recovery and is hopefully going to be able to go home from the hospital on Wednesday the 16th.  Statistically she really fell within a small percentage of people that had happen to her what did and still be alive and to to top that, not have any loss in motor or sensory skills.  We are all more grateful than we even know at this point and really I am just so relieved and joyous that I still get to have my Mom around. My goal is to be with her a few days at home and then head on back to the farm on Friday the 18th.  I sure have enjoyed seeing the Foothills of the Appalachians on my drive to Johnson City everyday and I think I have driven more in this past week than I have in the past two years.  All this good news, other than the extra driving, brings even more good news as I will have offerings this weekend!  Matthew has been telling me how great all the vegetables have been looking, so I cannot wait to get back to see, pick, and eat them.  The only difference in the weekend pick-up for this weekend is that it will start on Saturday the 19th and go through Monday the 21st.  If you are one that is coming out for Garlic planting, then you can pre-order as well and pick up your vegetables the day you come out to participate in the Fall Garlic Planting. 
Read below to see the details in this weekends on-farm pick-up. I wish I had some pictures to show of all the Genuine Vegetable offerings for this weekend, but as I am here in East TN I am not able to add any pictures.  Before coming here though,  we had just started eating on the new Fall vegetables and they are all so tasty and lovely.  The Heirloom variety of peas are quite magical really, in their appearance and flavor as I have not grown a pea that looked like these ever before.  Fall Greens always taste so good and it seems like ones body is so ready for the greens, after coming off of all the summer vegetables.  Please take a look below to see what you would like to order and try.


  •  Opportunity: Fall Garlic Planting

The very last crop that I will be planting this Fall, for harvest in the 2014 season, will be Garlic.  I will be planting 5 x 200 ft rows of Garlic and have the loose dates of October 21st, 22nd, or 23rd that I am hoping to be able to get the cloves in the ground on one of those days.

As the time is drawing near I have all intensions of starting to plant on Monday, if the weather forecast is not raining.  Those of you that have told me you would be interested in coming out I will contact you by e-mail with extra information about the Garlic planting days, so just be on a lookout for that come sometime this weekend. 

If you have been a customer, intern, friend, or acquaintance and would find it suiting and exciting to come and participate in the fall event of planting garlic out on the farm, then I would love to have you.   I will make definite dates as the time draws closer.  If the soil is right, the weather is right, and the organic garlic shipment have been received, then I know it will be on the dates that I mentioned above because these dates are in the root sign.  At the end of one of the planting days, we might even have a very casual late afternoon/early evening farmfire for those who come out to help and plant, to enjoy and gather.  Please let me know by an e-mail or a call, if you are interested in participating
.

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

    go
    about Ordering and Picking up.

Genuine Produce items will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 12 noon this Friday October the 18th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at noon on Saturday the 19th all through the rest of the weekend and into the first day of the week, Monday the 21st, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.75/lb

Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                      $2.75/lb

Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash       $2.00/lb

White Russian Kale Bunch                                    $3.00/Bunch

Carouby de Moussane Sugar Snap/Snow Pea          $3.50/lb

Danver Orange Carrots                                          $3.00/Bunch

Lutz Green Leaf Beet Greens                                 $3.00/Bunch

Rosa Italika Dandelin Bunch                                   $3.00/Bunch

Endive, Chicory, and Frisee Looseleaf Mix              $4.50/ 1/2 lb

Looseleaf or Head Lettuce                                      $3.00/Head or
                                                                             $4.00/ 1/2 lb
            (Since I am not there I do not know which 
              types I will choose to harvest first, so it
             might be a head of lettuce or it might be
              a looseleaf bagged mixture)

Turnip Greens                                                      $3.00/Bunch


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 10/9/2013 4:19pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of October 11th Unfortunately Canceled &

Announcement for Fall Garlic Planting

Opportunity

I was looking very forward to this weekend's offering, as the Fall vegetables had really progressed and there were going to be some great items. Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to harvest the vegetables because I am in East TN with my Mom and I might be here for another week.  My perfectly healthy and active Mom, on Monday afternoon, had a brain Aneurysm in her Internal carotid artery that then caused a Subarachnoid hemorrhage.  This situation could have turned out extremely bad, but after a surgery she is currently recovering in ICU, and has not lost any motor or sensory function, which is quite unbelievable and amazing.  She still has to get through the next four days or so before she is out of the critical time frame, but at this point it is going really well.If all goes well I am hoping to be back by next weekend's harvest and for certain for the Garlic planting.

  •  Opportunity: Fall Garlic Planting

I have had about six people thus far say they would be interested in coming out to participate in the Fall Garlic planting and that is great and I am looking forward to these dates.  I am still going to leave the opportunity up for anyone else that still would enjoy coming out to enjoy the lovely Fall weather and having their hands in the dirt.

The very last crop that I will be planting this Fall, for harvest in the 2014 season, will be Garlic.  I will be planting 5 x 200 ft rows of Garlic and have the loose dates of October 21st, 22nd, or 23rd that I am hoping to be able to get the cloves in the ground on one of those days. If you have been a customer, intern, friend, or acquaintance and would find it suiting and exciting to come and participate in the fall event of planting garlic out on the farm, then I would love to have you.   I will make definite dates as the time draws closer.  If the soil is right, the weather is right, and the organic garlic shipment have been received, then I know it will be on the dates that I mentioned above because these dates are in the root sign.  At the end of one of the planting days, we might even have a very casual late afternoon/early evening farmfire for those who come out to help and plant, to enjoy and gather.  Please let me know by an e-mail or a call, if you are interested in participating.

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 9/26/2013 2:14pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of September 27th & Fall Garlic Planting

Opportunity

In our neck of the woods, we were indoctrinated in to the first day of fall with a good and steady rainfall that lasted through the night.  We received 2.85 inches. This rainfall was the most substantial amount of rain that we had had for 45 days when we received one inch back on August 7th .

After that rain, it seems as if all the vegetable crops have lengthened themselves in size and stature.  The soils will be more alive and active of healthy and beneficial microorganisms with the cooler temperatures and the increase in moisture.


 

The pictures show how much the overwintering crops have grown and how much the small fall garden has grown as well.  I was able to get the last direct seeded crop planted, four different Heirloom varieties of Spinach, on the Leaf sign just before the great rain.  I prepare the direct seed seed bed by using our tractor and cultirotator that lays off strip rows/runs that are 9 feet wide and then I just come in with my simple seeder and lay off the rows and plant the seeds.  This soil, as you can see looks like a bar of powdered rich chocolate!  This particular area has been cover cropped since the year of 2009, meaning it has not had any harvest crops on it since the spring of 2009, and has only had matured cover crops churned back into it like Rye, Triticale, Austrian Winter Peas, Clover, Vetch, Barley, and Winter Wheat.  When mature (dried, woody, and seed filled) cover crops can be churned back into the soil, more stable forms of humus are able to form and it is this type of stable humus that has long term benefits that will keep organic matter percentages higher, be a stage for wonderful beneficial microorganisms, and hence create a balanced pH and allow for plenty of available nutrients for the crops, that in-turn will be harvested for people to eat.

  


Remember that this Fall will be the last of the more limited and smaller amounts of available produce for sell from just on-farm.  Then starting with the new year and season of 2014, volume of Genuine Vegetables will be on the rise as which has already been started with the Overwintering Crops that I spoke of a few weeks ago, and are shown here in picture form and have been what I have been working on for the last couple of months.   I plan on having the 2014 season schedule announcement for Arugula’s Star Farm up and posted on our website before the start of Winter, and if you are on our farm’s mailing list then you will be kept informed. 

The first On-Farm fall vegetable rocket pick-up will more than likely be on the weekend of  October the 11th.  By then, I should have limited amounts of White Russian Kale, Carouby De Maussane Snap Snow Peas, Danver Carrots, Lettuce, and other Greens, to go along with the storage crops of Potatoes and Winter squash.

I will go ahead and offer the Storage crops this weekend in case anyone might need them before the October 11th weekend roles around.   There will not be any offerings on the weekend of October 4th

  •  Opportunity: Fall Garlic Planting

The very last crop that I will be planting this Fall, for harvest in the 2014 season, will be Garlic.  I will be planting 5 x 200 ft rows of Garlic and have the loose dates of October 21st, 22nd, or 23rd that I am hoping to be able to get the cloves in the ground on one of those days. If you have been a customer, intern, friend, or acquaintance and would find it suiting and exciting to come and participate in the fall event of planting garlic out on the farm, then I would love to have you.   I will make definite dates as the time draws closer.  If the soil is right, the weather is right, and the organic garlic shipment have been received, then I know it will be on the dates that I mentioned above because these dates are in the root sign.  At the end of one of the planting days, we might even have a very casual late afternoon/early evening farmfire for those who come out to help and plant, to enjoy and gather.  Please let me know by an e-mail or a call, if you are interested in participating.

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

about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 12 noon this Friday September the 27th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 27th all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.75/lb
  • Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                      $2.75/lb
  • Red Kuri Winter Squash                                       $2.50/lb
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash       $2.00/lb

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 9/12/2013 4:42pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of September 13th

Another transplanting session occurred on September 11th and 12th, and to see a slideshow account of the planting days just go to our website homepage, by clicking here, and you will see the heading to click on under What's New.

The vegetables available this weekend are mainly the storage crops like Potatoes and Winter Squash. The volume of all the summer crops are starting to lessen and we are not having enough to really offer extras for pick-up. Probably from now until when the fall crops start being harvested, we will not have any extra offerings other than the Vegetable Storage Staples. 

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

about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 12 noon this Friday September the 13th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 13th all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.75/lb
  • Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                      $2.75/lb
  • Tomatoes... Mixed Variety,
             mainly Green Grape cherry types (very limited)    $2.75/lb

  • Red Kuri Winter Squash                                       $2.50/lb
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash       $2.00/lb
  • Genovese Basil Herb...order more than 

          you need and then dry for winter use     $2.50/1/4 lb or 4.00/1/2 lb 



Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 9/5/2013 10:35am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of September 6th

The “ber” months have finally arrived!  I consider this end third of the year to be my favorite time of the year, both as an individual and as a vegetable grower.  The sun’s movement towards the South seems to put a pleasant warmth tone on all living things that invigorates ones soul all the way through the first frosty nights of late October.

We got about a ½ of rain to break the three-week dry spell on the first day of September, which helped moisten the soils before the big Monday & Tuesday transplant days. It was the Brassicaceae Family plants that were the first round of transplants that went into the ground for overwintering for late winter/early spring harvest in 2014.  Over the past years of vegetable growings, I have tried to observe the vegetable plants that seem to have a good nitch for overwintering well in our parallel without having the need of winter hoop houses or confined structures built for the purpose of overwintering.   This Fall then is my first attempt to apply what I have observed, by specifically planning and planting for overwintering crops to be ready and harvested earlier than any new spring crops can be ready for the 2014 season.   The crops that have been started or that are going to be:  Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Rutabaga, Turnip, Leek, Scallion, Endive, Frisee, Dandelion, Radicchio, Lettuce, and Spinach. 

The Brassicaceae family transplants of Spring Snow Overwintering Cauliflower, Violetta Italia Cauliflower, Perfection Drumhead Savoy, & Tete Noir Cabbage all were transplanted on 9-2-13.  This day was chosen because of the Biodynamic transplant time of when the Moon is descending in the sky through the Zodiacs and this energy helps the new transplanted roots take hold in their new home of the soil and be pulled down into the ground for good initial development.  Also on that specific day, the Moon was in Cancer, the Leaf sign, so the Brassicas had two energies in their favor.  I planted 640 plants all by hand in one day, which will equal into a lot of Genuine vegetables for customers in 2014!

The next day on 9-3-13 I transplanted the Musselburgh and Ifra Leeks and got all the ones in the ground that were ready, as I still have a couple of trays that need a week or so before they are ready to be planted in the field.  There will be two 200 ft rows of Leeks, which holds on average about 800 Leeks. When I transplant any member of the Alliaceae Family, which consist of vegetables of Onion, Leek, Scallions, & Garlic, I always give them an extra dusting of our Wood Ash, as shown in the above picture.

Currently, for this weekend, we are eating off of most of the same items as we have been for the last month or so now and there will not be much of a change until the Fall Crops start being large enough to harvest.  The Green Grape Cherry Tomatoes are the most prolific of any of the tomatoes at this moment and it is this variety that is one of my personal favorites anyways on flavor for a cherry tomato, as it has more of a deep meaty flavor with a pinch of mellow sweetness.  I think we will have another picking of the Hericot Vert French Green Beans, and of course we have plenty Potatoes and Winter Squash.

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

about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 8 am this Friday September the 6th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 6th all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.75/lb
  • Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                      $2.75/lb
  • Tomatoes... Mixed Variety,
                           mainly Green Grape cherry types        $2.75/lb
  • Australian Brown Heirloom Onions                        $3.00/lb
  • Maxibel Hericot Vert French Green Beans               $3.00/lb
  • Windy Wood Okra (very limited)                          $2.00/1/2 lb
  • Red Kuri Winter Squash                                       $2.50/lb
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash       $2.00/lb   
  • Canary Yellow Zinnia Bouquet                               $3.00/Bunch
  • Genovese Basil Herb...order more than 

          you need and then dry for winter use     $2.50/1/4 lb or 4.00/1/2 lb 



Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 8/29/2013 1:47pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of August 30th

A lot of tasks have been happening here at the farm this mid to later part of August.  Harvest of summer crops like Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash, Red Kuri Winter Squash, and Malali Watermelon; planting of Fall Crop Transplants and Direct Seeds that will be enjoyed this fall; and the preparation of the overwintering crops that will be available for harvest and eating this coming late winter/early spring of 2014, which includes working with my cell tray transplants that will soon be transplanted and the planting of direct seeded field crops.  As it has now been 18 days since we have had any substantial rain, the farms' rich and healthy soil is very workable, and has such wonderful texture, as you can see. Here below shows me in the brunt and glory of it all.

   

The tomatoes have finally started to slow down on their production, but there are still some available, and very tasty lately.  The three cherry varieties that are producing still are the Green Grape, Manyel yellow golds, and Jaune Flamee. I am going to start offering the winter squash this week, and the great notion of winter squash is that they can store all through the winter in just fairly normal storage…basically indoors in a darker area, that is not to hot or freezing.  I did harvest them at the 101 day mark, which means that they got a full season of developing.  I like to let them cure out for a couple of weeks in storage before I cut into the first one, so keep that in mind if you go ahead and order one.  The Dutch Crookneck's, which are part of the Squash Neck Group, are fairly large weighing in on average at 5 lbs, where as the Red Kuri, which are part of the Squash Hubbard Group, on average are 2.5 lbs.  Remember that the larger squashes can have the section to be used for cooking cut off and used and then the rest not be used can be covered where the cut exposed flesh is and stored at cool room temperature or in the fridge. The neck family works so well for this cut and eat concept, as it is easy to work and cook with sections along the neck over a period of a couple of weeks.

The Malali watermelons are good I would say, but they might have been a hair bit sweeter if they would have not had to spend their last month of development in so much dampness, rain, and slightly cooler temps.  They at least got a good 1 week of drier weather and hotter temperature before harvest, but this variety is suppose to really reach it’s full potential in a really hot weather.  We have really been enjoying the Fennel for the last month or so, as this has been my green item for eating in combination with all the summer crops.  If you think you might not like Fennel Bulbs, please give them a try as they are really good sautéed with Onions and Walnuts and served alongside roasted potatoes.  Fennel goes along really well with chopped fresh tomatoes as well.  The other source of green has been the Green Hericot Vert Beans that have been a good complement to potatoes, tomatoes, and okra.

 


The Fall Crops that have been planted or already harvested for storage that will be available, if all goes well, for on farm pick-ups this fall of 2013 are going to be: (This is the last of the smaller gardens that I will be doing for the more limited supplied amounts of vegetables, because the 2014 year and season is working towards expanding back to larger portions, in which more details on the Arugula’s Star Farm 2014 season will be announced here in the next couple of months)

  1. Lutz Green Leaf Beets
  2. Carouby De Maussane Snap/Snow Peas
  3. White and Red Russian Kale
  4. Henderson’s Charleston Wakefield Green Cabbage
  5. Granat Chinese Cabbage
  6. Victoria Batavian Lettuce
  7. Green Macerata Cauiflower
  8. Danver Carrots
  9. Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash
  10. Red Kuri Winter Squash
  11. Satina Potatoes
  12. Purple Sun Potatoes

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

about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 8 am this Friday August the 30th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 30th all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

  • Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh    $2.75/lb
  • Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                      $2.75/lb
  • Tomatoes... Mixed Variety, mainly cherry types        $2.75/lb
  • Australian Brown Heirloom Onions                        $3.00/lb
  • Fennel di Ferenze Heirloom                              $3.00/Bunch
  • Maxibel Hericot Vert French Green Beans               $3.00/lb
  • Malali Watermelon (~10 lb variety)                  $4.00/watermelon
  • Windy Wood Okra (very limited)                       $2.00/1/2 lb
  • Red Kuri Winter Squash                                    $2.50/lb
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Winter Squash      $2.00/lb   
  • Canary Yellow Zinnia Bouquet                              $3.00/Bunch
  • Genovese Basil Herb...order more than 

          you need and then dry for winter use     $2.50/1/4 lb or 4.00/1/2 lb 

  • Summer Savory Herb                                       $2.50/bunch

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 8/22/2013 9:07am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

As approaching the later parts of August, we have the same vegetable and fruit offerings as we did last week.  

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

about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 7 am this Friday August the 23rd, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 23rd all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh     $2.75/lb

Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                       $2.75/lb

Tomatoes... Mixed Variety or Requested Selection        $2.75/lb

Australian Brown Heirloom Onions                        $3.00/lb

Heirloom Fennel di Ferenze                               $3.00/Bunch

Maxibel Hericot Vert French Green Beans               $3.00/lb

Malali Watermelon (~10 lb variety)                        $4.00/watermelon

Genovese Basil Herb...order more than 

   you need and then dry for winter use                $2.50/1/4 lb or 4.00/1/2 lb 

Summer Savory Herb                                           $2.50/bunch


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 8/14/2013 6:05pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of August 16th

The dampness and heavy humidity has finally lifted and we all were loving today's weather no doubt.

The Texas Honey June Corn was harvested over last weekend, and therefore if you did not get any last weekend then it is all gone.  When Corn becomes ready, it has to be picked and eaten quickly, as the old sweet types do not keep on getting sweeter in storage.  We loved Corn on the Cob for dinners, and I blanched and put up corn to eat on over winter.  I thought this corn variety did really well, so I am saving the seed and will be planting a larger plot next year and perhaps you will be able to enjoy some next year when we are selling in town again and not just On-Farm.  Here below are some pictures of our fun with the corn harvest.

 

There will be watermelons this weekend I do believe, as they have been growing now for 90 days.  We have yet to gather one yet and try, so I am excited. 

The tomatoes are still coming in, even though they are slightly more cracked this week than last, merely because of all the rains.  Do not worry though, as there should be enough perfect ones to give to you our ordering customers. We ended up getting an approximate total over the last week of 3.75 inches of rain, which is a lot for a tomato to handle without wanting to crack.

All different varieties of tomatoes are being tasted and adored by Matthew and I, as all varieties are ripening and being harvested. We have large tomatoes, medium tomatoes, and small cherry tomatoes.  We have open pollinated varieties and heirloom varieties called Big White, Spear's TN Green, Red Parragon, Manyel Yellow Golds, Jaune Flamee,  Mexico Pink, Aker's Plum Pink, Green Grape Cherry.  IF you order tomatoes you can let me know if you are interested in a mix or a specific type or size, and if amounts work out I should be able to fill your desired selection. Here below I have put the tomatoes into different categories to help in your selection.  Also, in general, one pound of tomatoes does not go real far, so I would recommend at least getting 3 pounds if you are wanting to eat on tomatoes all week, and really this amount is easily eaten in less than a week actually. 

The large slicers are:

Big White, Spear's TN Green, Mexico Pink (some of the Mexico Pinks can weigh almost 2 pounds!), Red Parragon. The Big White and Spear's TN Green are pictured here below.

The medium sized slicers are:

Manyel Yellow Golds, Aker's Plum Pink, and the larger Jaune Flamee cherry

The smaller cherry tomatoes are:

Jaune Flamee (varies from Orange to Red), and Green Grape Cherry

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

about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 7 am this Friday August the 16th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 16th all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh     $2.75/lb

Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                       $2.75/lb

Tomatoes... Mixed Variety or Requested Selection        $2.75/lb

Australian Brown Heirloom Onions                        $3.00/lb

Young Fennel di Ferenze Heirloom                          $3.00/Bunch

Maxibel Hericot Vert French Green Beans               $3.00/lb

Malali Watermelon (~10 lb variety)                        $4.00/watermelon

Canary Yellow Zinnia Bouquet                                $3.00/Bunch

Genovese Basil Herb...order more than 

   you need and then dry for winter use      $2.50/1/4 lb or 4.00/1/2 lb 

Summer Savory Herb                                           $2.50/bunch

Greek Oregano Herb                                            $2.50/1/4 lb

 

Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314

Posted 8/7/2013 3:24pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

Good day Good day, 

Here below is a Voiced Article from me, Allison, the Genuine Agrarian Farmer...

More rain has come to the farm this morning, already almost an inch.  The ground has been moist and damp for the last two weeks now.  Really wonderful for this mid to late summer time.  Leipers Creek, the creek that flows through our farm, has carried more water this year, through the summer, than any of the prior years that I can rememberAnd by speaking of creeks and water, I am very proud that Matthew and I, as rural land owners, help protect and preserve the watersheds ecosystems, by not supporting and using the chemical industries products of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.  We are always aggravatingly amazed at how many individuals choose to move out to the rural parts and then pollute the beautiful genuine ecosystems by building fences that serve no real purpose and then spray chemicals under them, and also how people choose to spray these unnecessary and harmful sprays in fields, yards, along the banks of water ditches, branches, and creeks.   As a purist, a human being, a land lover, a woman of motherly instincts, and as an ecosystem protector I wish there was something I could say to help change peoples reasons or mentalities, as to why they feel like they have the right and motivation to pollute directly our water, our future children's water, the animals, the birds, and the insects water.  These synthetic chemical loving individuals are in a completely different category even than conventional/chemical based farmers, as they are not even growing food.  So, I do not believe in conventional farming and nor do I believe in the ethic that goes behind synthetic chemical yard/field/waterway management.  I want to believe in positive change and I want up and coming children to believe in positive change. I desire for our basic natural resources to be as clean as they can be now and for the future generations.  There are so many actions we as individuals partake in on a daily basis that have underlying negative impacts on ecosystems that are not directly in-front of our eyes, so why would one want to directly demonstrate such an unnecessary and avoidable act of polluting by spraying chemicals in a yard, a field, a ditch, or alongside a waterway, that eventually ends up in ground water or in a watershed.  These actions of chemical spraying are like throwing out trash onto the side of the road, or onto somebodies land, but way worse, and I bet some individuals that partake in synthetic yard/field management would look down upon someone who chose to litter.  So from our perspective, chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers have magnanimously more long term repercussions than a mere piece of litter.  Until we can come up with campaigns, slogans, education, and laws, like most counties currently have for trash littering offenses, to help combat and stop the use of synthetic chemicals; then I am afraid we as Americans are witnessing a spreading epidemic on the for-front in the rural, and suburban areas that is going to have to be addressed.  Dead and barren, brown and eroded creek banks, ditches, fence rows, and steep slopes, from continual synthetic herbicides, are such an obvious and ugly precursor to what this chemical epidemic is doing to the ethic, beauty, and health of our current and future rural and suburban ecosystems...which let us all remember, an ecosystem includes both nature and humans. 

Genuine Organically Grown Produce Offerings for

Weekend of August 9th

All different varieties of tomatoes are being tasted and adored by Matthew and I , as all varieties are ripening and being harvested. We have large tomatoes, medium tomatoes, and small cherry tomatoes.  We have open pollinated varieties and heirloom varieties called Big White, Spear's TN Green, Red Parragon, Manyel Yellow Golds, Jaune Flamee,  Mexico Pink, Aker's Plum Pink, Green Grape Cherry.  IF you order tomatoes you can let me know if you are interested in a mix or a specific type or size, and if amounts work out I should be able to fill your desired selection. Here below I have put the tomatoes into different categories to help in your selection.  Also, in general, one pound of tomatoes does not go real far, so I would recommend at least getting 3 pounds if you are wanting to eat on tomatoes all week, and really this amount is easily eaten in less than a week actually. 

The large slicers are:

Big White, Spear's TN Green, Mexico Pink (some of the Mexico Pinks can weigh almost 2 pounds!), Red Parragon. The Big White and Spear's TN Green are pictured here below.

Sliced Spear's TN Green & Big White

The medium sized slicers are:

Manyel Yellow Golds, Aker's Plum Pink, and the larger Jaune Flamee cherry

The smaller cherry tomatoes are:

Jaune Flamee (varies from Orange to Red), and Green Grape Cherry

We also had our first picking of Maxibel Hericot Vert French Green Bean the other day. Try some of our great Fennel to make into a sauteed Fennel and Tomato Salad, or to incorporate into a Potato & Egg salad.  It is young and crunchy. The Canary Yellow Zinnias are all blooming in a row for a nice summer bouquet. The Corn is getting very close to being ready to pick, and I might would guess some ears could be ready by this weekend, so I am going to list below, but know that it might not be till next weekend really. The 93 day mark is not until August the 19th, but I think it is going to be ready before then.  Also, Malali Watermelons could start being ready by the Weekend, but it might not be till the next.  You can place an order for these, but knowing that they might not be harvestable until the next weekend. We are also going to have a lot of Dutch Crookneck Winter Squashes available, when the harvest time for these come around here in a couple of weeks. 

Fennel Maxibel French Beans

I have been working on starting seeds in trays and popping up the seedlings into larger transplantable cells here lately for fall crops and for overwintering crops that will be harvested in the late winter/early spring of 2014.  I am working with Violetta Italia Cauliflower seedlings here below.


Here below is what I have to offer...and how You go about Ordering and Picking up.

Produce items are limited and will be filled on a first order first serve basis. 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 7 am this Friday August the 9th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it in a cooler at the rocket starting at 5pm on Friday evening the 9th all through the rest of the weekend for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience. Please bring your own bag, sack, 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.

Purple Sun Potatoes...Purple Skin & Golden Flesh     $2.75/lb

Satina Potatoes...Yellow Skin & Flesh                       $2.75/lb

Tomatoes... Mixed Variety or Requested Selection        $2.75/lb

Australian Brown Heirloom Onions                        $3.00/lb

Windy Wood Okra (limited)                                      $2.00/ 1/2 lb

Young Fennel di Ferenze Heirloom                          $3.00/Bunch

Maxibel Hericot Vert French Green Beans               $3.00/lb

Texas Honey June Corn (read above)                       $2.50/4 ears

Malali Watermelon (~10 lb variety) (read above)    $4.00/watermelon

Canary Yellow Zinnia Bouquet                                $3.00/Bunch

Genovese Basil Herb...order more than 

   you need and then dry for winter use      $2.50/1/4 lb or 4.00/1/2 lb 

Summer Savory Herb                                           $2.50/bunch

Greek Oregano Herb                                            $2.50/1/4 lb

Eggs                                                                      $5.00/Dozen


Allison Mills Neal 

6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401

allie@arugulasstarfarm.com

www.ArugulasStarFarm.com

931-682-3314


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