It’s Summer… No Matter What They Say

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So on the farm, its summer.  We are sticking with the Chinese Calendar’s assessment of seasonal changes.  So…  Mulch… and more mulch….  Moving into summer it feels good to be able to start getting the heavy mulch down.  With our successful hay operation a few weeks ago we now have the material to give the garden a healthy dose of mulch for going into the heavy summer season.  The cucumbers and squashes are all coming on nicely.  Our summer beds are well under way and sequential lettuces have continued to be successful.  That is a personal success for NoMad Farms.  The peas are winding down and little green sun gold tomatoes are appearing on the vines, a definite sign that the summer peak season is nearing.

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Just to reiterate.  Being able to get heavy mulch down going into peak season feels so great.  Whether it is wet, muddy, and humid or hot, dry, crusty, and arid;  mulch makes it all so much more bearable and relaxed.  It is so easy to let peak season just roll you over.  It will be nice if this mulching sets us up to NOT be so steamrolled.  Maybe it will or maybe it won’t, but we will have given it a go.   At some point in peak season when you have cultivated and weeded all the beds and less than a week later the ground is seized and pig weed is heading out like it has been months since you were in the garden, all you can do is laugh and fight the urge to scream.

Peak season is nearing.   Only mulch can save us now.  So, here we go.

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NoMad Farms may be winding down its spring peas this week but Peddlers’ Produce still have great growers that are excited to offer peas this week.  Fuzzy Face Farm and Cedar Ring Greens both are still going strong with peas.  Check it out in our store here.

Cedar Ring Greens Farm is a long standing Frankfort staple for excellent certified organic produce.  Connie Lemley is one of the best growers this area has to offer and we are so pleased to be able to feature her produce in our store.

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Peddlers Produce is also so excited to be able to offer The Light Clinic’s tea.  These teas are absolutely amazing and  carefully chosen by some of Frankfort’s leading tea experts.  They are delicious and relaxing and each one takes you on its own special journey.  Please take the time to check out their selection.  You will be so happy you did.  Find out more about wonderful services the The Light Clinic has to offer on our vendors page or by visiting their website.

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Peddlers’ Produce has a $25 weekly variety box available.  This box is similar to the CSA share without the commitment to 20 weeks.  It is a great way to get the benefit of the variety and seasonal produce while fitting it into your busy life as you are able.  Check out our product description here.  We have plenty of recipes and suggestions for how to use the items in each box.  It is great whether you have a potluck to prepare for, or you want to add some local produce to your everyday meals.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will be able to send you a list of everything in your box and accompanying recipes and preparation ideas to go along with your produce.  Last week our boxes included items such as kale, collards, mustard greens, head lettuce, salad mix, snap and shell peas, garlic scapes, hakurei turnips and radishes. This week we will be adding Napa cabbage to the rotation.  If there is something you see in our store’s vegetable selection that you want to make sure makes it to your box let us know.  We will work to make sure you get what you want.  See our pintrest page for some links to recipe ideas.

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We are excited to have local beekeeper, Fritz’s Apiary honey, in our store.  Check out our vendors page and Fritz’s Apiary to see Fritz’s honey for only $10/lb.  Add it to your veggie box or order by itself.  Fritz has been beekeeping for 20 years and loves his bees, this is apparent in the taste and quality of the honey.

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Also check out our native plant section, Connie May with Chrysalis Natural Landscapes, now has a listing in our store.  Please contact her for further pricing.  Chrysalis Natural Landscapes offers a variety of services and is able to add a wonderful additions to any of your gardens.  Be sure to check out her website for a full list of services.  See her beautiful native blazing star here.

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We are pleased to be working with Fuzzy Face Farm.  This is a groundbreaking farm, literally.  These guys just rolled into town from Vermont this past winter and have wasted no time.  They are ambitious and breaking ground and really getting going at their beautiful ridge top  farm.  Visit their Facebook page here and vendor page to find out more about their products and vision.  It is really great.  We look forward to being able to host their products soon.

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We are also extremely excited and happy to be working now with Earth Tools.  NoMad Farms utilizes much of what Earth Tools has to offer in equipment and gardening tools and is excited to be able to feature some of their selection in our store.  Check it out, they have an amazing selection of high quality hand and gardening tools and their 2 wheel tractors are perfect for many small scale organic farming jobs.  If there is anything you see on their website that we do not have listed, we will work with Earth Tools to deliver it to your home.  Just contact us and let us know what you would like from their tools selection and we will take it from there.

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NoMad Farms has a weekly variety box and a la carte produce available for sale.  Visit our products page in our store for a full listing.  Remember to visit our Pintrest page and please like us on Facebook. Remember to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get the latest updates on what is available in our store.  As always please visit our store for happy browsing.   Happy Shopping, The Peddler

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