Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Flying S Farms getting ready for Markets

Our greenhouse is full and we waiting for some warmer weather to start getting things in the field. The highs and lows of Spring has really been different this season.

We have several different varieties of produce this season, especially tomatoes. Here is a partial list: Sheboygan, Cherokee Purple, Russian Purple, Woodle Orange, TC Jones, Cream Sausage, Principe Borghese, Grace Lahman, Ozark Pink, Pike County Yellow, Italian Noire, Hungarian Italian Paste, Roma, Rutger, Bradley, Reisentraube, Fox Cherry, Arkansas Traveler, Abe Lincoln, White Currant, Limmony, Juliet, Giant Beligium, Red Pear, Morning Sun, Yellow Pear, Black Cherry, White Beauty, Jetsetter, Early Wonder, Pink Brandywine, Sungold, Red Alert, Sugary, Golden Sunray and Yellow Brandywine. Many of you remember last year we said we would not grow as many tomatoes, well we just couldn't help ourselves! Some of our plants have come from a special friend that had several different varieties that she thought our customers would enjoy.

Cabbage, broccoli, beets, onions, garlic, potatoes and several different summer squash are already planted and waiting for some warmer days.

We you will be able to find us this season at the Rutherford Co. Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Fridays starting May 14, 6 to 11am, East Nashville Farmers Market on Wednesdays starting May 12, 3:30 to 6:30pm and Franklin Farmers Market every Saturdays year round, Summer Market hours are 8:00am to 1:00pm. You can also find some of our products online through Stones River Locally Grown, the link to that market is on the right of this page.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Markets, be sure to stop by and say hello.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Get your CSA right HERE!

Hello to our readers. Hope everyone is finding some type of enjoyment with our Tennessee Winter. Ben and I have enjoyed the past few days without the snow, rain or wind. He has been able to clear the ice and water off the flat portion of our roof and made some temporary repairs in hopes that the patching will last till we have a full week of sunny weather and temperatures in the 60's...that's right, that is called Spring! Just saying the word Spring energizes me into planting something.

We have been reviewing seed catalogs, dog-earing pages, circling items that we want, putting check marks by the 'maybe get' items and we've done inventory on seeds we have in stock. I feel a fever coming on and the cure for me is getting my hands dirty!

We have been enjoying marketing at the Franklin Farmers Market this winter and are excited to be part of their year round market. Good selection of Farmers and Artisians participate in their Market and it is a fun place to be on Saturday mornings. See their website listed here on our blog and sign up for their Market News.

We are excited about this years "Farm Shares" aka Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Farm Shares or CSA is where you pre-purchase your produce from a farmer (thats us, we hope) for the growing season. In the past Full and Half Shares have been delivered weekly but we have received requests and suggestions for 'Individual or Small Family' baskets. We are thrilled to announce a new option from Flying S Farms....drum roll please...Half Shares Delivered Every-Other Week.
We are offering a 17 week CSA Season, starting 1st week in June and ends last week in September. During the month of July we evaluate how the farm is doing and may be able to offer an extended season to the end of October or even into November. We eventually want to install Hoop Houses on our farm where we can offer produce year round.
The cost of our Shares for 2010: Full Shares $510.oo, Half Shares $290.oo and Bi-Weekley Half Shares $200.oo.
Application Formsare available on our Website or by emailing us. We will also have applications with us at the Farmers Market. Delivery sites at the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturdays, Rutherford Farmers Market on Fridays, East Nashville Farmers Market on Wednesdays and on our Farm by appointment and other delivery options are available by request.
We have a limited number of CSA Shares available, apply soon.
Think Spring! Think..... "Farm Fresh from Flying S Farms"

Catherine and Ben Simmons
watch for next blog....Who's Your Farmer?

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 CSA Subscriptions Available

Hello everyone, thank you for visiting our Blog. New Year Resolution is to be more diligent with our postings of Farm news and keeping you informed on What's Pickin' on the Farm.

We hope you have had a good start to 2010. At Flying S Farms we are busy at the Franklin Winter Farmers Market behind The Factory in Franklin selling Soups, Breads and More. Come see us on Saturdays from 9am to Noon, we plan to be there every Saturday till the end of April. We are considering selling at the Franklin Summer Farmers Market, we'll keep you informed of our Saturday location at a later date.

Our 2010 Community Supported Agriculture Subscriptions (CSA)are now available. We are happy to announce our 2010 CSA's are the same great price as last year, with more shares available and with plenty of produce. Here are some pictures from last years shares to give you an idea of what to expect.

Full Shares are equal to a Half Bushel Basket and will typically feed a family of 4 depending on eating habits, we also offer Half Shares, half the amount of a Full Share. All Share are delivered weekly. We have been told we are too generous to our Shareholders and that is the way we want it. When the 'Pickins' are good, our Shareholders benefit.

Our plans are to have heirloom tomatoes and squash again this season and excited about offering some new things. If you have any request of a certain variety, please let us know. We love to grow things, especially something new!