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Posted 11/7/2013 2:27pm by Matthew and Allison Mills Neal.

"Genuine" Vegetable Offerings for

Week of November 10th

  • 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-Up for the Week of November 10th.   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. 

The Nashville In-Town Pick-up for the week of November 10th will be on Tuesday November the 12th, 10:30 am to 11:00 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 those times I will be able to leave your pre-ordered Genuine Vegetables there outside, under the covered awning, for you to pick up later in the day. There is even a covered extra parking area below, for one to park, if the main level parking is full. Please bring your own sack to be able to transfer your vegetables into.   To read more about How to go about ordering and picking up, just scroll down below to the title labeled just that.


 Stockholder Genuine Garlic Shares NOW available

through Arugula’s Star Farm for 2014 season!

The Garlic did in-deed make it into the ground on Nov. 1st, which was the proper biodynamic planting root sign time.  Since the soil was wet from the 1.4 inches of rain the day before, I decided to plant barefooted to decrease the compaction of the soil.  The certified organic cloves were tucked in and buried into our mineralized, healthy, synthetic chemical free soil, dusted with our own wood ash, and then covered by straw hay.  I planted five varieties…Heirloom Georgian Fire hardneck, Heirloom Chesnok/Shvelisi Red hardneck, German Extra Hardy hardneck, Heirloom Inchelium Red softneck, & Polish Red softneck.  This Garlic will be dug up sometime in June of 2014 and then will be set aside to cure and store for about 1 month in the barn.  Arugula’s Star Farm Genuine Garlic will be available starting sometime in July of 2014. 

How would you like to pre-commit to shares of Garlic that consisted of a mixed variety of 10 Heads of Genuine Garlic.  This single vegetable pre-commitment/investor membership is very similar to the concept of Community Supported Agriculture “CSA”, except it is only for one crop and only a one time pick-up.  This type of Garlic share allows you as a customer to know that you have a part invested in a local organic TN farm.  If you invest then you become a stockholder in the Garlic here at Arugula’s Star Farm, which mean’s you will be looking forward to the Garlic that will be coming your way come July of 2014. 

Garlic stores really well, so I would look at this from the perspective of purchasing enough Garlic Shares to make it through the winter.  For example, I like to use A LOT of Garlic in Fall and Winter cooking and I think in the we can go through about 100 heads from August till March.  So you see, 8 heads of Garlic is not all that much and Garlic stores really well if hung in an area with 45-55 percent humidity and a temperature of 50-70 degrees.  Do not refrigerate and do not keep in direct sunlight.

If you choose to invest you will be able to pick-up your Genuine Garlic Share anytime after it has dried and cured at the West Nashville Farmer’s Market that we plan on selling at in 2014, a possible Nashville In-Town Drop off, or at an On-Farm pickup anytime from mid July through August in 2014.  Also, by becoming a Genuine Garlic Stockholder member you will have the opportunity to come out and participate in the Garlic digging, if you would like to have that experience, but this by no means is a requirement, just an extra benefit really. There will also be shared pictures of your Genuine Garlic’s growings throughout the growing season.  I will also have a Garlic Farm tour day for Garlic Stockholder members come Late Winter/ Early Spring of 2014. 

  

 

  • 105 Genuine Garlic Shares Available, sold on a first

          Purchase first serve basis

 

  • Stockholder Genuine Garlic Share Cost = $19.00/Share

 

  • 1 Genuine Garlic Share = 10 Heads of Garlic (not   

         guaranteed)

 

  • Payment can either be made in person at

         Pick-up or by mailing a check to Arugula’s Star Farm

           6624 Leipers Creek Rd: Columbia, TN 38401

  • Please include your name, address, phone number, &

         e-mail address

The exciting part of being a Stockholder is that there is always a risk, correct, so the same goes for when you invest in Arugula’s Star Farm Genuine Garlic.  Your investment is not guaranteed and there is a no money back policy.  Even though I always strive for overall success and healthy functional cyclic farming systems that in-turn most always produce viable crops, genuine farming always has many alternating energy variables from year to year that create slightly different outcomes and so I am at risk of losing my time and money investment every farming season.   Let’s say that one of the garlic seed varieties has a crop failure because of weather conditions, or an unexpected disease that are out of the farm’s control.  These impacts thus would lower the expected harvest yield.  This might possible mean that instead of getting 10 Heads of Garlic you might get 8 Heads of Garlic.  Or the Garlic season and growing’s are exceptional and you might indeed get your 10 beautiful heads of garlic. Then on the other hand, if you had not chosen to be a Garlic Share Holder then you would not know where your late summer/fall/winter synthetic chemical free garlic would be coming from, you would not be a pre-committed member/supporter of the organic farming movement on a TN farm, and it could have meant that Arugula’s Star Farm would have not even chosen to plant garlic.  Then there are all kinds of trickle down negative health and environmental implications that stem from there not being organic farms producing local vegetables and fruits for the local citizens, and when local organic farms do not have customer support then they do not exist.  Therefore, by being a stockholder of Genuine Garlic at Arugula’s Star Farm you are creating a positive and functional working system locally that leads to a healthier environment and a healthier people for current and future generations.    

 


Currently Offered Genuine Vegetable Information  &

Notes from the Field

The first In-Town Drop Off at Gran Fondo went well and I hope to see more customers trickle in slowly but surely for the remainder of the Fall crop season.  The Fall In-Town Drop Off is just a small preview of what customers can expect for the 2014 season, as this is to be thought of as a small warm-up for what’s to come next year.  Nonetheless, I still have a good amount of very delicious vegetables available and ready for harvest this fall.  The Heirloom Spinach varieties are beautiful and ever so good.  The flavor, quality, and look of these types of Spinach cannot be found in a grocery.  I would recommend the Spinach for tossed salads as it has an exceptional flavor.  It is great in a pan barely wilted with oil and seasonings.  Also, just like I was explaining with Kale last week, Spinach is a green of diversity.  It can be added to any baked savory food dish and exude a positive impact.  Spinach can be part of a Quiche, Pizza, Gratin,  or Soup.  I could not imagine ordering any less than a pound of Spinach to incorporate into my weekly fixings.  Remember that Spinach grown out in open fields, here in TN, is really only available in mid-late Fall and then again in the late winter/early spring, so it is not a vegetable that  one has availability of for many months out of the year.  Yes, you can get Spinach in the grocery at all times of the year, but that is Spinach that comes all the way from California and I know that our Spinach grown here at Arugula’s Star Farm trumps that spinach any day and especially when we have some available so convenient for pick-up.  Please give our Spinach a try and you will LOVE IT!!I could really talk about all the Genuine vegetables we have available out in the fields currently with the same admiration as I do our Spinach.  For some reason, I just have a natural draw towards the Spinach right now. There is a great amount of it out in the field, as you can see here by the pictures, and I would like for people to experience the taste of Genuine Arugula’s Star Farm Spinach.

The Heirloom Purple Top White Globe Turnips are really sizing up, both the roots and the greens.  In-fact, we have enjoyed the greens twice this week.  One by blanching and then adding to a Bean, Garlic, and Turnip Root Stew and secondly by merely blanching and then slow simmering down with apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper, olive oil, and honey.  One should not be scared from the size of the Green tops as it just takes slicing them down before adding them to the blanching pot.  The greens have a mild spicy flavor, not strong at all.  The same goes for the roots as well.  If you thought you did not like Turnips, then you really need to give ours a try, because in the coolness of Fall they are really tender and sweet to go along with their slight mustard seed like spicyness.  Just last night, I prepared on our wood burning cast iron cookstove a mash of winter squash, potatoes, and turnips that just had some butter, salt & pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey in it, that went along with the simmered down turnip greens talked about above and some rye & cheddar fritters.  Matthew and I were all down home sittin by the fire and eatin.  Oh and look at the Beautiful and tasty Treffine Maraichere Frisee.  Just waiting to pop into your salad bowl to  toss with roasted potatoes, bacon, and dried figs.

 

Remember you can always go back to the prior week's e-mail by going to our website and looking under the What's New postings.

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 Sunday November the 10th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 9:45 am on Tuesday Nov. 12th for you to be able to pick-up anytime that day.  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. 12th, 10:30 am to 11:00 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 vegeables 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 10th 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.

  • Stockholder Genuine Garlic Share for 2014            $19.00/Share
  • 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
  • Lutz Green Leaf small Beets and Large Greens      $3.00/Bunch
  • Rosa Italika Heirloom Dandelion Bunch                 $3.00/Bunch
  • Treffine Maraichere Heirloom Frisee                     $3.00/ Head
  • Rouge Grenobloise Heirloom Lettuce Head            $2.75/Head
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                                         $4.50/ 1/2 lb
  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnips            $3.00/Bunch

                              (greens and roots)

  • 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

Posted 10/31/2013 1:06pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

"Genuine" Vegetable Offerings for

Week of November 1st


  • Opportunity Announcement for planting Garlic:  Revised Take 2 
The new date possibilities fall on the next root sign days, which will be Thursday Oct. 31st and Friday Nov. 1st Today is Oct. 31st and the rains are sure coming down, so now it looks like the main day will be tomorrow Nov. 1st.  As this is the revised take two version, please let me know if this is something you would like to be able to participate in.  The planting of the Garlic should be quite fun and it is not that difficult of a procedure.  Starting times will be at  9:30am on Friday. Anyone can come from starting time till dusk, as long as one tries to stay at least 3-4 hours. We will already have the 5 rows layed out.  Therefore, this day will consist of planting the individual cloves in the five rows, approximately 2 inches under the soil.  Then after the garlic cloves are under ground, we will be putting out straw hay over the whole 9 ft wide by 200 feet long area.  Then, if there are enough people that want to gather around an open fire, after the garlic planting on Friday evening, then we for certain can get a fire going. Friday is suppose to be a beautiful Fall day!
  • Notes from the Field

The end of October is about to drop off the cliff and here out in Northwest Maury County we have had 4 freezes thus far.  Two of them were in the low 30’s and the other two were in the low 20’s.  It was just last Thursday and Friday that we had temps of 23 and 24 degrees.  This was a quick and early shock even though it is normal to have our first freezes around this time.  The only crop that had permanent damage from these extreme temperatures was the wonderful Heirloom snap/snow peas.  The pods and vines generally enjoy cold weather and can even handle freezes, just not low 20 degree freezes.  I was disappointed with this, since I only had a few helpings of these peas, as I was in East TN.  Lucky Matthew got to enjoy them to their fullest though, and so did a couple customers.It looks like moderate temperatures are in store for the next week’s forecast so all greens will be thriving and loving their cozy life in their fertile soil. This is the time to enjoy Fall Greens, so eat them up while they are here and readily available. 

  • 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-Up for the Weekend/Week of November 1st.   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. 

The Nashville In-Town Pick-up for the week of November 1st will be on Tuesday November the 5th, 10:30 am to 11:00 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 those times I will be able to leave your pre-ordered Genuine Vegetables there outside, under the covered awning, for you to pick up later in the day. There is even a covered extra parking area below, for one to park, if the main level parking is full. Please bring your own sack to be able to transfer your vegetables into.   To read more about How to go about ordering and picking up, just scroll down below to the title labeled just that.

  • Currently Offered Genuine Vegetable Information

The White Russian Kale is just waiting to be picked and eaten.  Get a couple of bunches and one will find that a full week of Kale never even gets boring.  It can be sliced thin for raw salads; it can be lightly blanched and then tossed with oil and vinegar; it can be added into soups; it can be used for pizza toppings; and it can be added into tarts and gratins.  See how kale can be such the versatile vegetable.

The Heirloom Spinach Mix is another wonderful Fall Vegetable Green that should be added into the weekly purchase.  After the Thursday rains, it should be adding some inches to it’s height. I have four different varieties, three heirlooms and one open pollinated, that will be in the Spinach mix.  These varieties are Winter Bloomsdale (dark green Savoyed leaves), Gigante d’Inverno (large broad dark green leaves), Giant Noble (large green savoyed leaves), & Matador Spinach (medium sized medium to dark green non-savoyed leaves).   When Spinach is in season in TN, it is always good to have a bag or two of bulk spinach on hand for quick and easy eatings.

 

I will talk again about the wonderful Chichorium genus and how everyone really needs to give at least one of these green vegetables a chance.  They really add a great dimension to salads and they are really excellent for your health.  The Italiko Rosa Dandelion has very brilliant red midribs, which when fine chopped makes for beautiful color in a tasty salad.  The Treffine Maraichere Frisee is a very fine frisee and it adds good texture and some good type of bitterness in a salad.  These types of bitter greens are found in the Chichorium genus and are really at their best in the Fall and early Spring.  It is in the cool seasons in which these Genus species thrive and put forth their most characteristic flavor.  You see, they are slightly bitter but not in an overwhelming type of way. These greens have a high percentage of water content and 7.5 calories per cup.  Chichorium greens are a great source of fiber, Vit. A and C, and carotenes.  As a food medicine and in old time folklore, they have been used to treat insomnia and to purify the blood.  Try starting with one bunch of the beautiful Rosa Italiko Heirloom Dandelion Greens and chop them fine to toss into a salad.  They are great in salads that use good vinaigrettes with a pinch of sweetness, good nuts, good cheese, and some fruit.  If you are just starting to get your taste buds use to these power packed greens then make sure you in corporate them in with another salad green like Spinach or Lettuce or both.  Also, many love Chichorium genus greens blanched and then braised with butter, olive oil, and lemon juice or orange juice.   They can also be added into Italian type of stews, after they have been blanched. 


It is always good to have some storage potatoes on hand, and I have two varieties available.  The Purple Sun potatoes have purple skin and yellow flesh.  The Satina Potatoes have Buff Skin with a Yellow Flesh.  If you are going to eat potatoes wouldn’t you like to know the grounds in which they were dug from?  My potatoes were dug back in early July and have been in storage ever since.  July is the normal digging time for potatoes grown here in Middle TN. I always love incorporating in the winter storage vegetables like winter squash and potatoes into green salads to make a one dish meal for dinner.  These storage vegetables can really turn a bowl of chopped greens into a full, robust, flavorful and filling one dish dinner meal salad.   My favorite is to cube and roast either the winter squash or potatoes with herbs and spices and then simply toss them into my big bowl of chopped greens of choice for the night. 

The Heirloom Purple Top White Globe Turnips are even starting to form good sized roots, so one is not just getting the Turnip greens but also a small to medium sized turnip root to use. 

The Lutz Green Leaf Beets are finally starting to have a smaller beet root on them, to go along with their very large green leafy tops.  If one likes to use Beets greens in dishes then these are the Beets to go for. 

  •  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 1st, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 12 noon on Sat. Nov. 2nd 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 to pick-up On-Farm anytime on Tuesday Nov. 5th starting at 9:30 am. When you place your order for the on-farm pick-up, please give me an idea of the day you plan on swinging by the rocket. 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. 5th, 10:30 am to 11:00 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 vegeables 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 3rd 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
  • Danver Orange Heirloom Carrots                           $3.00/Bunch
  • Lutz Green Leaf small Beets and large Greens        $3.00/Bunch
  • Rosa Italika Heirloom Dandelion Bunch                   $3.00/Bunch
  • Treffine Maraichere Heirloom Frisee                     $4.00/ 1/2 lb
  • Rouge Grenobloise Heirloom Lettuce Head            $2.75/Head
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                                         $4.50/ 1/2 lb
  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnips            $3.00/Bunch

                              (greens and roots)

  • 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

Posted 10/25/2013 10:28am by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.

"Genuine" Vegetable Offerings for

Week of October 25th

  • Opportunity Announcement for planting Garlic:  Revised Take 2

Because of a chain of events, the Garlic did not end up making it into the ground this past week.  The new date possibilities fall on the next root sign days, which will be Thursday Oct. 31st and Friday Nov. 1st As this is the revised take two version, please let me know if this is something you would like to be able to participate in.  The planting of the Garlic should be quite fun and it is not that difficult of a procedure.  Starting times will be at 10:00am on Thursday and 9:30am on Friday. Anyone can come from starting time till dusk, as long as one tries to stay at least 3-4 hours. We will already have the 5 rows layed out.  Therefore, these days will consist of separating the Heads of Garlic into individual cloves and then planting them in the five rows, approximately 2 inches under the soil.  Then after the garlic cloves are under ground, we will be putting out straw hay over the whole 9 ft wide by 200 feet long area.  Then, if there are enough people that want to gather around an open fire after the garlic planting on either days then we for certain can get a fire going. 

  • Notes from the Field

I am so glad to say hello and good day from my own kitchen desk, as I have finally returned home to the Leiper’s Creek Valley.  My Mom did indeed make it to the Quillen Rehabilitation Center, as of yesterday, and we are hoping that she continues to improve and make it past her important 21 day milestone, since the occurrence of her aneurysm.

I was so excited to walk around and see how much all of the vegetables had grown.  I will have a good amount of cultivating to do here upon my return but I am very much looking forward to getting out and working in the fields after being cooped up in hospital buildings over the last few weeks.  Everyone should be really excited about all the great Fall Vegetables there are to choose from this week.  There is a great selection of all kinds of different greens and roots.  I know there is to be a heavy freeze overnight so there could be a little bit of tip burn on some items, but this will not effect the over all quality. The Spinach has even grown enough to make the first Spinach offering and I also have the more unusual Heirloom greens of the Asteraceae family like Treffine Maraichere Frisee,  & Italiko Rosa Dandelin.  The Italiko Roas Dandelin has very brilliant red midribs, which when fine chopped makes for beautiful color in a tasty salad.  The Treffine Maraichere Frisee is a very fine frisee and it adds good texture and some good type of bitterness in a salad.  These types of bitter greens are found in the Chichorium genus and are really at their best in the Fall and early Spring.  It is in the cool seasons in which these Genus species thrive and put forth their most characteristic flavor.  You see, they are slightly bitter but not in an overwhelming type of way.  It is a good genus type of leafy vegetable to introduce ones palate to as they have a plethora of healing nutrients. Once one starts getting the feel and taste for them in salads and other preparations, I find it easy to crave their distinctive flavor! 

Heading back to the topic of Spinach.  I have four different varieties, three heirlooms and one open pollinated, that will be in the Spinach mix.  These varieties are Winter Bloomsdale (dark green Savoyed leaves), Gigante d’Inverno (large broad dark green leaves), Giant Noble (large green savoyed leaves), & Matador Spinach (medium sized medium to dark green non-savoyed leaves).   When Spinach is in season in TN, it is always good to have a bag or two of bulk spinach on hand for quick and easy eatings.

Again, I cannot say enough about the heirloom sugar snap/snow peas with the name of Carouby De Maussane, as these are good raw or in a sauté, stir fry, or vegetable pie.  If they are to be used in cooking they do need a quick stringing, but this process happens in a snap.

Matthew says he has been pulling up some amazing carrots and we love our fall carrots. 

The White Russian Kale is very plentiful and it makes for some very large bunches so stock up on some hearty, healthy, and tasty Kale.  The Red Russian Kale is finally coming along really well too and the leaves of the Red Russian Kale currently are smaller than the White Russian Leaves.  Both varieties are great though for finely chopping and using in raw salads or for sautéing and blanching or for using in fall soups and stews. 

The Heirloom Purple Top White Globe Turnips are even starting to form good sized roots, so one is not just getting the Turnip greens but also a small to medium sized turnip root to use. 

I always love incorporating in the winter storage vegetables like winter squash and potatoes into green salads to make a one dish meal for dinner.  These storage vegetables can really turn a bowl of chopped greens into a full, robust, flavorful and filling one dish dinner meal salad.   My favorite is to cube and roast either the winter squash or potatoes with herbs and spices and then simply toss them into my big bowl of chopped greens of choice for the night.  

The Lutz Green Leaf Beets are finally starting to have a smaller beet root on them, to go along with their very large green leafy tops.  If one likes to use Beets greens in dishes then these are the Beets to go for. 

  •  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 supercede the National Organic Program Guidelines please click here. 

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 3pm this Friday October the 25th, I will have your bulk order with your name on it at the rocket starting at 5:30 pm  Friday the 25th all through the rest of the weekend, for you to be able to pick-up at your convenience.  When you place your order for the on-farm pick-up, please give me an idea of the day you plan on swinging by the rocket. 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.

Also, this week I am going to offer a Nashville in-town pick-up on Tuesday Oct. 29th.  I am hoping to be able to drop off at Gran Fondo, the bike shop in Belle Meade, for anyone that wants to swing by there on that day, the 29th, anytime after 1 pm to pick up their order.  I will be gathering for this on Monday the 28th, so please place your order by Sunday evening the 27th at 9 pm. You can choose from the list below. 

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
  • Red Russian Kale Bunch                                       $3.00/Bunch
  • Carouby de Moussane Heirloom Sugar Snap/Snow Pea  $3.50/lb

 

  • Danver Orange Heirloom Carrots                           $3.00/Bunch
  • Lutz Green Leaf small Beets and large Greens        $3.00/Bunch
  • Rosa Italika Heirloom Dandelin Bunch                   $3.00/Bunch
  • Treffine Maraichere Heirloom Frisee                     $4.00/ 1/2 lb
  • Rouge Grenobloise Heirloom Lettuce Head            $2.75/Head
  • Victoria Green Batavian Lettuce Head                   $2.00/Head
  • Marvel of Four Seasons Heirloom Butterhead        $2.50/Head
  • North Pole Lime Green Butterhead                       $2.50/Head
  • Heirloom Spinach Mix                                         $4.50/ 1/2 lb
  • Purple Top White Globe Heirloom Turnips            $3.00/Bunch

                              (greens and roots)

  • Italian Cardoon Stems                                       $3.00/Bunch
  • 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

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


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