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Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans & Lettuce




Market News

Hello!
Plenty of good stuff still available.

The Market will remain open until Tuesday evening for you to place an order for this week.

Here is some information on how Fresh Harvest works.
*Orders can be placed without receiving the Sunday email. I try to open the Market between 7 and 8pm on Sunday. Sometimes I run a little late. Just go to the website: http://freshharvest.locallygrown.net/welcome to see if the Market is open.
*If you see an item as Sold Out, write in the Comment section at check out that you would like that item if more becomes available. We’ll try our best to add it to your order.
*PayPal payments have to be manually added to your account. There will be a delay to crediting your account due to me needing to take time to do the bookkeeping. I also have to go to each account with cash or check payments. These are sometimes delayed by procrastination or being busy. You can still place an order even though it may cause your account to be “overdrawn”. There is no penalty for going into the minus column. Sometimes I’m a little slow in getting to the bank to make deposits, but it eventually happens.
• If you recruit a new customer to Fresh Harvest and they open an account with a $50 deposit, we will credit your account $10 for each new customer who signs up. They will need to tell me your name, so that I can credit your account. Word of mouth has been our best advertising. Any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
• Every week, we leave orders at the church for customers who cannot arrive at Trinity before 6pm. This has worked well for those who have difficulty with the 4-6pm window. Please let me know if you need me to leave your order at the church.
• The bag that you receive each week is to be brought back with your next order. We have been negligent in telling new customers how this works. Don’t feel bad if you return multiple bags, it happens all the time.
• We’re into reusing and recycling. Our clean egg cartons, honey jars, paper and plastic bags, berry containers are some of the items that we can reuse. If we can’t reuse the returned items, we’ll recycle them.
• We do guarantee everything that we sell. If you ever have a problem, please let us know and we will credit your account.
• If there are other products or growers that you think should be a part of Fresh Harvest, please let me know.

Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Fresh Harvest for September 22nd




Market News

Hello!
This time of year there are usually a couple of noteworthy events that affect my farming. Towards the end of August, I begin to feel somewhat bedraggled; the brain and body are running at a slower speed. I tell myself that there has got to be more tasks that I can be doing indoors. USUALLY, in September there is a cool day or two that rejuvenates my energy and enthusiasm for farming. It looks like I will have to wait until October for one of those cool days. The other event is the planting of strawberry plugs. I grow strawberries as an annual, planting them NOW and pulling up the plants at the end of the harvest in June. I will be picking up 2000+ strawberry plants tomorrow and they should be in the ground on Tuesday, unless it rains. I know, I’m hilarious! Keep your fingers crossed for the harvest in April/May. The planting of the berries always signifies to me that I will continue to be farming in 2020.

Growing Together, composed of the refugee farmers that Tally is helping acclimate to farming to Tennessee weather, has a large variety of offerings this week. The Hershbergers are offering a new item to Fresh Harvest, purslane. I, of course, had to Google purslane to learn what it is and how it is used. It is said to have a lemony flavor and can be used in many ways. It also has nutritional and medicinal value according to Google. There are plenty of green beans and tomatoes offered this week.

I am setting up in a different location at Trinity. There’s a big tree diagonally across from where I’ve been setting up, near Sharondale. It’s flat and has more shade.

Lots of fine meat items from Wedge Oak and Bear Creek Farms.

Dozen Bakery cookies and breads, eggs, granola, honey, and coffee are all in abundance.

You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes

Hakurei, Microgreens & Broccoli




Market News

Hello!
There were some late additions to the Market including Hakurei turnips, microgreens, pea or sunflower shoots and there is still plenty of broccoli.

The Market will remain open until Tuesday evening for you to place an order for this week.

Here is some information on how Fresh Harvest works.
*Orders can be placed without receiving the Sunday email. I try to open the Market between 7 and 8pm on Sunday. Sometimes I run a little late. Just go to the website: http://freshharvest.locallygrown.net/welcome to see if the Market is open.
*If you see an item as Sold Out, write in the Comment section at check out that you would like that item if more becomes available. We’ll try our best to add it to your order.
*PayPal payments have to be manually added to your account. There will be a delay to crediting your account due to me needing to take time to do the bookkeeping. I also have to go to each account with cash or check payments. These are sometimes delayed by procrastination or being busy. You can still place an order even though it may cause your account to be “overdrawn”. There is no penalty for going into the minus column. Sometimes I’m a little slow in getting to the bank to make deposits, but it eventually happens.
• If you recruit a new customer to Fresh Harvest and they open an account with a $50 deposit, we will credit your account $10 for each new customer who signs up. They will need to tell me your name, so that I can credit your account. Word of mouth has been our best advertising. Any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
• Every week, we leave orders at the church for customers who cannot arrive at Trinity before 6pm. This has worked well for those who have difficulty with the 4-6pm window. Please let me know if you need me to leave your order at the church.
• The bag that you receive each week is to be brought back with your next order. We have been negligent in telling new customers how this works. Don’t feel bad if you return multiple bags, it happens all the time.
• We’re into reusing and recycling. Our clean egg cartons, honey jars, paper and plastic bags, berry containers are some of the items that we can reuse. If we can’t reuse the returned items, we’ll recycle them.
• We do guarantee everything that we sell. If you ever have a problem, please let us know and we will credit your account.
• If there are other products or growers that you think should be a part of Fresh Harvest, please let me know.

Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Fresh Harvest for September 15th




Market News

Hello!
The average first frost date for our area is one month from today. I’m looking forward to that light dusting and cool temps on the 15th of October, mark your calendars. For some reason, I keep thinking that our offerings will be diminishing at this time of the year. But not at all, we have quite a large and varied list this week. This same errant thinking caused me to believe that Anson and I could pack the orders last week in our usual 2 hour span. It was a little hectic, but we got it done although Anson finished around 5:30. I didn’t even get to show off Abe’s 30 lb. melon that I bought. You too could have one this week. Arugula and green beans are back on the Market as well as Rocky Glade Farm’s broccoli.

I am setting up in a different location at Trinity. There’s a big tree diagonally across from where I’ve been setting up, near Sharondale. It’s flat and has more shade.

Lots of fine items from Wedge Oak and Bear Creek Farms.

Dozen Bakery cookies and breads, eggs, granola, honey, and coffee are all in abundance.

You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes

Last Call This Week - Fresh Harvest




Market News

Hello!
Abraham has a 30 lb. watermelon still available for $12. If it is not purchased, I may have to buy it just to see what a melon of that size looks like. Maybe I’ll have my act together and bring it to delivery to share. I’m not optimistic that this will happen.

The Market will remain open until Tuesday evening for you to place an order for this week.

Here is some information on how Fresh Harvest works.
*Orders can be placed without receiving the Sunday email. I try to open the Market between 7 and 8pm on Sunday. Sometimes I run a little late. Just go to the website: http://freshharvest.locallygrown.net/welcome to see if the Market is open.
*If you see an item as Sold Out, write in the Comment section at check out that you would like that item if more becomes available. We’ll try our best to add it to your order.
*PayPal payments have to be manually added to your account. There will be a delay to crediting your account due to me needing to take time to do the bookkeeping. I also have to go to each account with cash or check payments. These are sometimes delayed by procrastination or being busy. You can still place an order even though it may cause your account to be “overdrawn”. There is no penalty for going into the minus column. Sometimes I’m a little slow in getting to the bank to make deposits, but it eventually happens.
• If you recruit a new customer to Fresh Harvest and they open an account with a $50 deposit, we will credit your account $10 for each new customer who signs up. They will need to tell me your name, so that I can credit your account. Word of mouth has been our best advertising. Any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
• Every week, we leave orders at the church for customers who cannot arrive at Trinity before 6pm. This has worked well for those who have difficulty with the 4-6pm window. Please let me know if you need me to leave your order at the church.
• The bag that you receive each week is to be brought back with your next order. We have been negligent in telling new customers how this works. Don’t feel bad if you return multiple bags, it happens all the time.
• We’re into reusing and recycling. Our clean egg cartons, honey jars, paper and plastic bags, berry containers are some of the items that we can reuse. If we can’t reuse the returned items, we’ll recycle them.
• We do guarantee everything that we sell. If you ever have a problem, please let us know and we will credit your account.
• If there are other products or growers that you think should be a part of Fresh Harvest, please let me know.

Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Fresh Harvest for September 8th




Market News

Hello!
Congratulations to me! I turned the big 7-0 last Friday. I know, I know – I don’t look that old and I look pretty good for 70. Either of those will work when you see me next, but you have to look sincere, no smirking! I keep waiting for the wisdom to start pouring in, maybe that happens at 71.

Rocky Glade Farm had some beautiful broccoli last week. This week they have listed 40 heads. The Hershbergers still have their giant watermelons. Maybe you can find a friend or two to split those big honkers. They also have listed sweet potatoes. Once again, they have beaten me to the harvest. Mine will stay in the ground until there’s a rain which looks like it will probably be in October. Their heirloom tomatoes are also doing great. No comment on how mine are doing. Henosis has some beautiful Oyster Mushrooms. Bear Creek listed a new item, pork sliders which I intend to try, assuming that I can get to the Market in time before they’re all sold out.

Fresh Harvest has always hated using plastic bags to help keep the veggies fresh for you. We felt that we had no other option to keep the produce from drying out. Recently I heard about a produce bag that is totally compostable without leaving any harmful residues or plastic fragments. I ordered a large quantity from BioBags and they look good. I’ll inform the other growers about the bags and see if they want to use them. I’ll still be reusing the bags that you return if possible. BioBags has a variety of compostable bags available on Amazon and other retailers. It seems like a legitimate product. Learn more about them at: http://biobagusa.com/environment/compostable-and-biodegradable/ I saw an article from Consumer Reports last week entitled: How To Eat Less Plastic. I didn’t realize that I was eating ANY plastic. To learn more: https://www.consumerreports.org/food/how-to-eat-less-plastic-microplastics-in-food-water/?EXTKEY=EE984DAAC&utm_source=acxiom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190903_cromc_engagewkly

I am setting up in a different location at Trinity. There’s a big tree diagonally across from where I’ve been setting up, near Sharondale. It’s flat and has more shade.

Lots of fine items from Wedge Oak and Bear Creek Farms.

Dozen Bakery cookies and breads, eggs, granola, honey, and coffee are all in abundance.

You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes

Last Call This Week - Fresh Harvest




Market News

Hello!
Somebody forgot to list the Zephyr Yellow Squash on the Market on Sunday. They are up there now. There are plenty of great options still available.

The Market will remain open until Tuesday evening for you to place an order for this week.

Here is some information on how Fresh Harvest works.
*Orders can be placed without receiving the Sunday email. I try to open the Market between 7 and 8pm on Sunday. Sometimes I run a little late. Just go to the website: http://freshharvest.locallygrown.net/welcome to see if the Market is open.
*If you see an item as Sold Out, write in the Comment section at check out that you would like that item if more becomes available. We’ll try our best to add it to your order.
*PayPal payments have to be manually added to your account. There will be a delay to crediting your account due to me needing to take time to do the bookkeeping. I also have to go to each account with cash or check payments. These are sometimes delayed by procrastination or being busy. You can still place an order even though it may cause your account to be “overdrawn”. There is no penalty for going into the minus column. Sometimes I’m a little slow in getting to the bank to make deposits, but it eventually happens.
• If you recruit a new customer to Fresh Harvest and they open an account with a $50 deposit, we will credit your account $10 for each new customer who signs up. They will need to tell me your name, so that I can credit your account. Word of mouth has been our best advertising. Any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
• Every week, we leave orders at the church for customers who cannot arrive at Trinity before 6pm. This has worked well for those who have difficulty with the 4-6pm window. Please let me know if you need me to leave your order at the church.
• The bag that you receive each week is to be brought back with your next order. We have been negligent in telling new customers how this works. Don’t feel bad if you return multiple bags, it happens all the time.
• We’re into reusing and recycling. Our clean egg cartons, honey jars, paper and plastic bags, berry containers are some of the items that we can reuse. If we can’t reuse the returned items, we’ll recycle them.
• We do guarantee everything that we sell. If you ever have a problem, please let us know and we will credit your account.
• If there are other products or growers that you think should be a part of Fresh Harvest, please let me know.

Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Mashed Potato Acorn Squash
Mashed Potato Acorn is so named b/c you can cook and then cream the inside flesh and it resembles “mashed potatoes”. Great for those on low carb diets. You can of course also bake these and eat anyway you want to cook a traditional acorn squash, it has ghost white skin and off white flesh.

Fresh Harvest for September 1st




Market News

Hello!
We have lots of watermelons this week, fruitarians rejoice!. The Hershbergers have an heirloom variety called Rattlesnake which apparently gets to be a very large watermelon. We tried a $7 melon (Large) and it was very sweet with very few seeds. Abraham weighs his watermelons to determine the price for each one. This week he has 7 different sizes. Since I list all of Abe’s items on the Market page, it challenges me to come up with different names for the various sizes of melons. It starts out pretty easy with small, medium, etc., but with 3 sizes bigger than Jumbo, I had to search for synonyms. I settled on Colossal, Mammoth and Gargantuan. It was a tough call on what to call the biggest melon, but I went with Gargantuan. My melons on the other hand are small to very small Sugar Baby, smaller than a soccer ball. If you ever get an under or over ripe melon, please let me know and I’ll credit you.

Rocky Glade Farm (Jim & Julie Vaughn) is back this week with lots of peppers as well as broccoli, cabbage, kale and other delights. Rocky Glade has an interesting new item called Mashed Potato Acorn Squash (See their description in Recipes). The Vaughn’s sons Dylem and Caleb have listed eggs from their chickens.

Pig and Leaf Farm has some beautiful bouquets this week featuring dahlias. Last week, they had some lovely eucalyptus in the bouquets which brought back memories of my flower growing days. I don’t think that I could ever get the darn eucalyptus seeds to germinate. They also have lettuce mix in 5 ounce bags.

The Hershbergers have 80 lbs. of heirloom tomatoes this week. Think about when winter comes and there are no local tomatoes until summer.

I am setting up in a different location at Trinity. There’s a big tree diagonally across from where I’ve been setting up, near Sharondale. It’s flat and has more shade.

Lots of fine items from Wedge Oak and Bear Creek Farms.

Dozen Bakery cookies and breads, eggs, granola, honey, and coffee are all in abundance.

You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Mashed Potato Acorn Squash
Mashed Potato Acorn is so named b/c you can cook and then cream the inside flesh and it resembles “mashed potatoes”. Great for those on low carb diets. You can of course also bake these and eat anyway you want to cook a traditional acorn squash, it has ghost white skin and off white flesh.

Last Call This Week - Fresh Harvest




Market News

Hello!
There are still great items left on the Market.

The Market will remain open until Tuesday evening for you to place an order for this week.

Here is some information on how Fresh Harvest works.
*If you see an item as Sold Out, write in the Comment section at check out that you would like that item if more becomes available. We’ll try our best to add it to your order.
*PayPal payments have to be manually added to your account. There will be a delay to crediting your account due to me needing to take time to do the bookkeeping. I also have to go to each account with cash or check payments. These are sometimes delayed by procrastination or being busy. You can still place an order even though it may cause your account to be “overdrawn”. There is no penalty for going into the minus column. Sometimes I’m a little slow in getting to the bank to make deposits, but it eventually happens.
• If you recruit a new customer to Fresh Harvest and they open an account with a $50 deposit, we will credit your account $10 for each new customer who signs up. They will need to tell me your name, so that I can credit your account. Word of mouth has been our best advertising. Any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
• Every week, we leave orders at the church for customers who cannot arrive at Trinity before 6pm. This has worked well for those who have difficulty with the 4-6pm window. Please let me know if you need me to leave your order at the church.
• The bag that you receive each week is to be brought back with your next order. We have been negligent in telling new customers how this works. Don’t feel bad if you return multiple bags, it happens all the time.
• We’re into reusing and recycling. Our clean egg cartons, honey jars, paper and plastic bags, berry containers are some of the items that we can reuse. If we can’t reuse the returned items, we’ll recycle them.
• We do guarantee everything that we sell. If you ever have a problem, please let us know and we will credit your account.
• If there are other products or growers that you think should be a part of Fresh Harvest, please let me know.

Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes

Fresh Harvest for August 25th




Market News

Hello!
It’s so much nicer to pick okra when it’s 80 degrees versus when it feels like 100. I need to give a big thanks to long time customer Ed Schneider for the temperature drop. When he picked up his order last week, he said that he would hope for some rain for me. I told him that I have irrigation and to focus on the heat, that I wanted it to be in the low 80s. Low and behold it was 80 degrees today. Thanks, Ed.

Pig and Leaf Farm has seasonal bouquets and a large quantity of lettuce. There is quite the variety of veggies this week with lots of cherry tomatoes. Bloomy Rind has their amazing cheeses. We fruitarians continue to suffer, but maybe there’ll be some watermelons next week.

The potato harvest has been completed. With the help of Anson (assistant extraordinaire), we persevered and completed the task. Next up are the sweet potatoes. Lots of potatoes available including small baby potatoes that are ready to cook without cutting them. If you want larger potatoes to bake, just let me know.

I plan to set up in a different location at Trinity. There’s a big tree diagonally across from where I’ve been setting up, near Sharondale. It’s flat and has more shade.

Lots of fine items from Wedge Oak and Bear Creek Farms.

Dozen Bakery cookies and breads, eggs, granola, honey, and coffee are in abundance.

You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Sauteed Sweet Potato Greens
Ingredients
1 large bunch sweet potato greens (about half a pound)
1/2 small white onion, diced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
Directions
Remove sweet potato leaves from stems and set aside. Remove smaller stems from the larger, tougher stems. Discard the larger stems and roughly chop the smaller stems. Heat olive oil in medium-sized pan over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté until just softened, about 3 minutes. Add stem pieces and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add leaves, salt and pepper to taste, and maple syrup. Sauté until leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve.