May 13, 2020

A Season of Change

A Season of Change

Farm News

There is no denying that nothing is the same. Each week, we wonder how much will change next week, and in the back of my mind, a breeze gently begs the question, “Will it ever return to normal?” This is what I am escaping from as I leave the desk, my inventory, my crop plans, my fulfillment challenges behind to exercise my heart. It is hard to start the run, but it doesn’t take long for me to remember that I am healthy and happy to be using my heart—this small act gives it the love it needs to keep me strong.

A slight breeze started this week. It was welcome because the days were hot enough for it blow away the heat, but I was wrong, it wasn’t that kind of breeze. This breeze was the reminder that the seasons are changing, it was a breeze that later grew into a powerful wind. Every season of every year of my life on this farm has had this wind, the wind that blows out the current season leaving room for the next to settle. As I crumpled along, pondering this routine of the seasons, I was stopped by the rustle of bushes by the creek. From the sound, a blue heron exploded into flight not ten feet away. The wind is the best mask from which to stumble onto wildlife. In the same bushes, a bright yellow dot caught my eye, so bright, pulsing yellow with color, so much so that I couldn’t understand what it could even be. Then the details around the color came into focus, the beak, the feet, the black eyes of an Oriole. I am not a birder, so I have no idea where this guy came from or where he is going, but I know this farm well enough to know that like the breeze brings the new season, these birds make this farm home for a piece of the year.



With all the disruption in our routine, I found comfort in the predictability of the season on the farm. This breeze, that bird, the tomatoes ready for their first stakes, the first cutting of alfalfa sitting in huge blocks, the second set of weeds starting in the field where my cover crops have just been disked it, the list goes on. I am by the pumping station now, I can hear the motor whirling, and on the ground, running along the road, is an eight inch aluminum pipe—an above-ground river moving water from here to the crops. At this spot, my memory is jogged of a huge gopher snake I saw here many years ago. Fat, bright brown in color, stretched fully across the road, holding perfectly still with hopes that I would not see him. I look around for him, but he isn’t there. He hasn’t been there since the one time but every time I cross this spot I remember.

This change will come to an end or at least come to a place where life is normal again. When that happens, I hope that our farm and our farm box on your doorstep have earned a permanent spot in your lives. Like the exercise I give my heart five times a week, our local food system needs to be kept in shape, too. Buying your food locally builds a robust food system that will care for you always, but in order for it to do that you need to exercise it.

April 16, 2020

5 Easy Earth Day Resolutions

Earth-day-blog

Who says New Year's is the only time for resolutions? Earth Day is every April 22nd and it’s the perfect occasion to adopt a new habit for the greater good of our planet. At Farm Fresh To You, we take our responsibility as stewards of the land seriously by using these sustainable farming practices, but we also have some great tips for conserving natural resources at home. Here are 5 easy ways that we can help save the Earth by saving water, saving energy and minimizing waste.

March 23, 2020

What a Week!

We are so fortunate to be part of such a robust local food system. As the news of society’s reaction to COVID-19 spread, we all wondered what, if anything, was going to change. It was my wife, Moyra, who delivered the news. While we sat around the kitchen table after dinner, she logged on to customize our weekly Farm Fresh To You box (yes, we get one too), “Thad, everything is sold out, even the radicchio.” We looked at each other. “Radicchio is sold out?” Radicchio is great, but it never ever, ever, sells out and I knew we had a field full of that stuff. It has been an around-the-clock process from that moment to catch up to the unprecedented demand.

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Update: Monday, March 16th, 6pm
Before we dive in with an update, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our community of customers and family of employees. The positive support and kind patience we are seeing online and in correspondence has been tremendous.

March 8, 2020

Female Founders: A Maker's Spotlight


Everyday women around the world are doing something sensational. Because March is Women’s History Month, all month long we will be celebrating the inspirational women we partner with because of their dedication to their craft and the kind of hard work the makes dreams come true!

January 23, 2020

Spice It Up: Mulling Spices

Spice It Up: Mulling Spices
This week’s blog post is a bit of a twist on our Spice It Up series. Rather than talking about one spice, we’re talking about one of our favorite blends, mulling spices.

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January 16, 2020

Super Snacks for Superbowl

Superbowl Snacks
For all of the football fans out there, the Superbowl is just two weeks away and we're looking forward to a fierce and competitive game! And for those of you that don't care about football, you get to look forward to some fierce Superbowl snacking! We admit that one of our favorite parts of Superbowl Sunday is the delicious array of tailgate snacks and appetizers. If you are hosting or attending a viewing party this year, consider trying one of these fun recipes, and make sure to check out our selection of Superbowl favorites when you customize your box.

January 9, 2020

Spice It Up: Turmeric

Spice It Up: Turmeric

About

Turmeric is a perennial herbaceous plant that is a member of the ginger family. It’s native to Southeast Asia and India, but it can grow anywhere that has a warm and humid climate. Turmeric plants grow long leaves that emerge from rhizomes, which is more or less a root, that is hidden beneath the soil. When the rhizome is harvested, it is boiled, dried under sunlight for about a week, then polished. Dried rhizomes are about two to three inches in length, but are most commonly sold ground up into a powder that is found in the spice aisle. The name turmeric comes from the Latin word terra merita, which refers to the golden yellow color of ground turmeric.

January 2, 2020

Artisan Producers That Give Back



Vendors Giving Back - Bee's Wrap

Giving back to our community and supporting other small farms & artisans has always been a part of our mission. We are proud to have the opportunity to work with producers who also embody similar missions. Here are a few companies we partner with that are making a difference both locally, and globally.