Farmer's Market -- October 14, 2017 -- LAST ONE THIS YEAR
Tomorrow will be the last St. Matthew's Farmer's Market of 2017. This is always a tough day. No more fresh fruit and vegetables. No more local grass fed meat. No more fresh flowers. No more Saturday mornings where you wake up with excitement and enthusiasm for what you might find at the market. Next week when you drive by the corner of Browns Lane and Shelbyville Rd. all you will see is an empty parking lot. Wow. Sounds like the end of the world.
But. It doesn't have to be. I have good news. Later.
Tomorrow we will have a whole lot of tomatoes. A whole lot of peppers. And, a whole lot of beef. We will also have some of the most incredibly tasting Radishes (they are big and spicy -- not woody) and Beets and Swiss chard and Basil (What!! Fresh Basil in the middle of October!!!)
This will probably be the last week for the Fairy Tale Eggplant. It has been very popular so come get it while you can. Also have some incredibly tender and tasty Okra. A few heads of lettuce and several pounds of tomato "seconds" for those of you who like to can or make sauce. Probably a lot of other good stuff too that I can't remember. I usually do this email on Saturday morning at the market but I'm getting a head start today.
Our grass fed/finished beef sales have really picked up. I know that there are a lot of grass fed vendors out there but I don't think anything can match our flavor. We are the only farm offering beef that is a combination of Scottish Highland and Black Angus. No one else offers this. And, this combination of genes and DNA really does a dance in your mouth. If you haven't tired it, you really don't know what you are missing.
As I have been sharing with you, we are planning on offering a fall CSA for $190 with pickups beginning on Oct. 21. We are also offering a Beef CSA for $175 also beginning on Oct. 21. Both of these will run for 10 weeks. If you are interested, please let us know. We are even offering a delivery option in case you want to sleep in on Saturday. There is more information on our website at harmonyfieldsfarm.com.
I promised you good news and here it is. It seems that Lucky's Market (a full fledged grocery store) is going to let us continue with a farmer's market at their location on Saturdays from 10:30-2:30. Wow. Thank you Lucky's. Lucky's is on Hurstbourne just north of Shelbyville Rd.
We have had one of our best year's ever. That's because people like you believe in what we are doing and continue to support us. This is hard work and sometimes it can be very discouraging. This year we began implementing a bio-intensive growing method that we had never done before. There were a few bumps in the road but it has proved to be the wave of the future for us. We will continue to tweak it this year and look for next spring and summer to be even more spectacular. We have a LOT of stuff growing for the fall/winter. Please don't think your only option this fall/winter is organic produce from Mexico and South America. We are going to prove that we can extend the growing season here in Kentucky. We don't need imports from thousands of miles away.
But, we can't do this unless we have people committed to supporting local, organic food. Not just in the spring and summer. So, please continue to support us by coming to the market tomorrow and meeting us at Lucky's on Oct. 21 and perhaps even taking a risk on a fall vegetable and/beef CSA.
Stay tuned for more news next week 'cause this song is continuing. Hopefully it will be a long and beautiful song.