We are excited to be having our 2nd Annual Cycle to Farm Event in Sandy Mush. Everyone had a great time last year, and we look forward to even more cyclists and more fun this year. Our friends at Addison Farms Vineyard will once again host our start/finish and Fabulous After Party. Come on out and join us and bring your friends. Registration deadline is October 1st. Cycle and meet your farmers of Gaining Ground Farm, Beulah Farm, Sandy Hollar Farm and Full Sun Farm. After enjoying the beautiful ride along farm country with fall colors as the backdrop, cyclists will get an extra special treat at our Sandy Mush CTF because local potter, Matt Jones, and his intern are making lovely and useful bowls for you to enjoy your farm to table meal of Brunswick stew and to take home as a memento of your Sandy Mush adventure.
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We are having a busy but good year on Bee Branch Farm, hence the lack of communication. We doubled our veggie deliveries from last year, and I am taking on additional farm connected activities. I am helping out with Cycle to Farm as it grows; there were four events this year with the final Cycle to Farm being in Sandy Mush October 11th. I am also serving on the Farmer Support Cluster of the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, and I am excited to soon have the opportunity to start serving on the Buncombe County Agricultural Advisory Board for Farmland Preservation. As you all know, I am passionate about this.
As for the veggies this season, this is what makes all the long hours and hard work worth it. A few comments our farm families have shared with us. First of all, it does my heart good when I hear how much the children are enjoying their veggies. We have children fighting over who gets the last bite of chard, asking for those french radishes, and loving purple potato salad. In the words of Finney, “It is good to know your farmer.” Our families have also shared stories of improved health and vigor, better gum health as noted by dentist and healthier skin. Yeah for eating your veggies!
We are especially happy that we have a bountiful crop of tomatoes that haven’t succumbed to late blight as they did last year, and we were able to stave off the rascally racoons who love sweet corn as much as we do, at least for the first couple of weeks and then while we were away for the weekend they figured out how to circumvent the electric fence. I do give them credit for their tenaciousness. It was also fun growing artichoke from seed for the first time. I have let a few go to bloom, and they are stunning. I enjoy seeing which bees are attracted to which blooms. We have continued to incorporate beneficial zones in our garden to attract and nurture these insects, and we feel that it is one of the reasons that we have had good success without spraying even organically.
Life on the farm is a blooming, buzzing adventure…..
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Farmers, cyclists and volunteers all agree that we had a fabulous time and our first Sandy Mush CTF was a great success. Everyone is already asking about 2014! A huge thanks to everyone who helped.
It was a lovely evening with much laughter. We are ready!
Jen Billstrom, Cycle to Farm Event Director, and I made final pre-event farm visits this week. Cyclists will have a fresh variety of food to sample and purchase: fresh picked blackberries, homemade jam, pastured pork and turkey, beef as well as other tasty food, and Addison Farms wine. Additionally, some of the farms will have their own crafted items for sale such as scarves, purses, hats. The farmers are ready and excited to welcome the cyclists on Saturday the 28th.