It is here, our last official weekend market of 2011. We have had a tremendous first year thanks to you, our fantastic farm family! After Sunday, we will begin winterizing the barn and fields, taking up the old plants, resetting compost piles, and also, endeavoring to be ready for a good winter’s rest!
I have lots to tell you about, so chisel out a few minutes to get through all this !
Here we go!
Halloween is upon us! It is definitely one holiday that transports me to childhood! We always made our costumes, except for the one year my “city Aunt” brought me a Cinderella store-bought costume from Charlotte, where she lived. Dad was in charge of taking us “to visit the neighbors” and trick or treat. Let me tell you, it was surely different then. Folks today would hardly believe what “country trick or treating” was about. First of all, country people (mostly kin though) do not live close together, so driving is a must. Because gas was (is) expensive, you had to plan a route that made sense, and you had to pick folks that your parent would want to visit, because in the country, trick or treating wasn’t so much about take home loot, but more about a multi-stop tour of stopping in for cookies, cake, cider, hot chocolate, kettle corn and just about everything else fit for a consumable sugar high.
The Cline’s who ran “Clineland,” the horse show place up the road also had a pick your own strawberry patch and made all kinds of things from the extra berries. In addition to the popcorn balls she handed out, there was strawberry jam Mrs. Cline gave to Dad to take home for later AND we each got a penny there. I thought that was sooooooo extravagant!
Each stop was a minimum of 10 minutes, approximately long enough to politely as possible devour a snack and visit then move on. We started our journey right after we finished milking time so we were always on the early side. It made for warm fresh out of the oven cookies and the assurance of not being last and empty handed! My all time favorite Halloween stop, ever, bar none, was to see my Aunt Madeline. She was a truly amazing woman. She made the most amazing Halloween sugar cookies. Cut out by hand, no cookie cutters and they were precisely decorated… frosted with this orange pumpkin topping, they were amazing. I can still close my eyes and go way back to my sensory memories and taste those cookies. I never have had one like those since: it must have been the butter that she hand churned to make them or the love and care she put into each one. We would go visit her as our last stop and she always gave me one wrapped in paper to take home for the next day. It was important to get home by dark, and then the real fun began. Our house was at the end of a long country road, enveloped by woods and woodland creatures. Being an old farm house, it had a creaky worn manner that gave it character, and with the right rigging, quite a fright factor. We would take old sheets and attach them to clothes lines on zip cords, and light a big kettle of witches brew in the yard. We all would dress up quite scary, and dim all the lights. Imagine being invited in by the hunchback of Notre Dame , seeing a craggily old witch who is cooking up something, and there on the floor is my college age sister covered in ketchup with a fake knife poking out…. It was a miniature haunted house and so much fun! Of course for the real little ones we would just have them go to the kitchen door where my mom would greet them in June “leave it to Beaver” Cleaver mode, so no one got too scared unless they wanted to.
Very few kids went trick or treating after 8 PM then. Around 8:30 our neighbors from a couple miles away would come over. It was the only time my parents had an “adults” party. They would gather in the kitchen over popcorn and sweets and coffee, coco and whatever other adult beverages and play cards and tell stories and jokes and have a fun time with no kids allowed in the kitchen. . The Lavery’s and Willis’ came to see us Halloween night for my entire childhood. Looking back, it was actually remarkable to think of my folks relaxing with friends on a late evening. It only happened one night of the year, and of course late was 11 pm. 4 AM comes quick on November 1 when the cows need to be milked!
In honor of fun times Halloween past, we are going to be playing some games here on the farm on Saturday morning to get in the mood for Halloween present. the kids can pumpkin bowl, corn toss or participate in an egg toss as well! Kids of all ages can participate so come prepared! Games begin at 10 am and, and yes there will be prizes!
Also, we will have trick or treat candy out for any little ones that want to try out their costumes and have their picture taken by the pumpkin tower! For the adults, we will be tasting some cheeses and doing a little cider sipping!
The last hayride will load at 2:45 for the Saturday run. Sunday will be as usual.
This week we will not be doing CSA boxes as usual . Instead we’re offering a few different specials that will incorporate produce in them!
# 1. Italian Feast $35
Italian beef Sausage from Walnut hills farm
Pickled asparagus from Green Door Gourmet
Herb infused olives
Kenny’s Bleu Gouda (remarkably gorgonzola like)
Peach or Scuppernong (white grape) cider ( both excellent with prosecco!)
Eggplant, tomatoes and peppers, herbs and kale to accompany your goodies!
Bongo Java coffee
# 2. The Big Cheese $30
Three Kenny’s cheeses, one blue, one cheddar, one flavor ( perfect to do a cheese tasting )
One Noble Springs chevre log
Green Door Fig Jam (large jar)
Green Door peach preserves (small jar)
Fresh apples accompany this special
#3. Southern Sampler $60
Green Door chow chow, Moonshine Jelly, Frog Jam and Muscadine salsa
Walnut hills bacon
Noble springs pimento cheese
Fresh jolly barnyard eggs
Riverview mills grits
Sunday Beef Roast From Gourmet Pasture Beef
Green Tomatoes, collard and mustard greens, pie apples and sweet potatoes come with this special.
# 4. Salad Spectacular $42
Field Fresh Green Door Gourmet Blend lettuces
Blackberry, Strawberry and Raspberry Vinaigrettes from GDG
Noble Springs goat cheese
Kenny’s Barren County Blue (stilton like) or Bleu Gouda (gorgonzola like)
Cocktail tomatoes, apples, radishes, carrots and more salad fixin’s from the harvest in this offering
#5. Ultimate Gourmet $150 A veritable smorgasbord of delights from our co-op members..
Bongo Java Coffee
Lamb from Sequatchie cove
Syrups from Bang Candy
Gourmet items from Green door
Shelton Farms Grains
Bathtub Gin preserves
West Wind farms ground pork
Link 41 sausage
Jolly barnyard chicken
and SOOOOO much more. We will work with you to put together the items that best suit your needs and taste buds. Please allow extra time to pick out your perfect items with our farm team!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your specials. Just type in the number special you want, and also specify any additional items or quantities in the email.
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Remember to special order any addition items from vendors before noon on Thursday to assure they will be here for you this week. Certain usual supply items will be limited so order to make sure we have it here for your order. Remember we are not packing the usual CSA boxes, but will have lots of fresh veggies here for you to take home, including cabbage, kale, collards, swiss chard, radishes turnips, lettuce, apples, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, round zucchini, tomatoes, pie pumpkins, beans and carrots!
Don’t forget to order your Jolly barnyard turkey for thanksgiving! EMail us at email@example.com for more info! Deposits are being taken at the market Saturday and Sunday
This is the weekend to stock up on everything! We will be offering our bread 2 for $10 as well! Can’t wait to see you!