This Is Why They Call It the Sultry South

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Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.

-Elvis Presley 

Greetings my fine newsletter recipients, blog readers, and random happen-by-ers! Let me tell you something you already know, it’s flippin’ hot outside! It’s weeks like this one that really make me question why I left the comforts of a climate controlled office to toil in the soil under the steady gaze of my great big lover in the sky, fair lady Sun. This is the choice I made though, and rain or shine, summers heat or winters chill, hell or high water, I’m in this thing for the long haul! And it’s for you, my fine feathered patrons, that I choose to toil so, that I may give to you the fruits of my labors, that I pour my blood, sweat and tears in day after day, so you may foster health through the sustenance that the earth provides! Think of me as you enjoy some fresh veggies in the comfort of your air-conditioned home!

Wouldn’t it just seem to be the kicker that this hot week just happens to be one of the busiest weeks I’ve had this summer? The mounting projects have no end in sight… Rest assured, Matt and I are knocking it out of the park regardless of the heat! This week I was able to spend a lot of time on the tractor getting the fall plot ready to roll, and not a moment too soon, because it’s about time to start the seeds for the fall crops, and I’m excited to tell you that we are going BIG this fall! I’ve got sixteen 250′ rows ready to roll. This year is just flying by!

I hope you will venture out in the heat tomorrow to visit Matt and I at the NoDa Farmer’s Market and the Winecoff Market, respectively! We got up early this morning in an attempt to beat the heat and harvest for the markets, and am pleased to tell you that we’ll be bringing a lot of squash, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, green beans, onions, potatoes, cabbage, kale, collards, and, I can’t guarantee, they are so close, but I have to go back and check, wait for it, are you ready, I’m going to draw this out, commas are for champs, periods are for wusses, here it comes, cantaloupe and watermelon! I’m also pleased to inform you that the okra is starting to come on, so keep your eyes peeled!

There are only two weeks left in the spring CSA, and I’m so grateful to those of you who participated! We’ll be taking about a month and a half off but will be picking it back up for the fall share in September. Head on over to my website (link below) and check out the CSA tab for more information. And for those of you that participated this Spring, I encourage you to spread the word (if you were satisfied) so we can grow the Street Fare Farm family into a force to be reckoned with!

I hope you all had a safe and happy Independence Day! Matt and I had the pleasure of having my oldest brother, Josh, his wife, Katerina, and my only two nephews, Oliver and Martin, stay with us and check out the sights in Concord and Charlotte! It was wonderful to see them, and the first time I’d had the pleasure of meeting Martin, who was born in April! You can see Josh, Oliver and I flexing what mama gave us below.

Stay cool! (Both figuratively and literally)

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