The Heat Breaks

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A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.

-Leo Tolstoy

Well, hello there, my faithful friends of the farm! I hope you have been enjoying the relatively cool temperatures as of late, as you know I am! It seems rather fitting, being that we are beginning to shift away from our summer production and are gearing up for the fall. We have germination in the trays we sowed last week, and are going to sow some more trays this evening. We are super excited about the varieties we’ll have in our CSA boxes and on our market tables for the fall, and if you were wise, you’d get excited too!

Speaking of the CSA, the sign-up forms have begun rolling in for the fall shares, and I want to thank you all who have signed up! For those of you who are, like me, notorious procrastinators (though building a farm business from scratch is definitely helping me with that issue), this is something you don’t want to hesitate about! We have limited shares available, so if you want to be on our VIP customer list and receive a share of this fall’s harvest, then I urge you to head on over to, print out the sign up sheet, slap a stamp on it and get it in the mail pronto!

Just as the heat has finally decided to break this week, so too have we been taking it a bit easy this week. We’ve had quite a few of our friends from Northern Virginia (mine and Matt’s hometown) come down for impromptu visits, and it was truly a fun week! We did get some projects done at the house that had been put on the back burner due to the hectic nature of our summer growing, but really cherished the time to relax and be with close friends. Life is about balance, right? All work and no play makes Ben a dull boy, and I am now feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to kick ass this fall!

I hope you’ll come see us at the markets tomorrow! Matt will man the table in NoDa from 8 til noon, and I will be slinging veggies at Winecoff. Tomorrow we’ll have heirloom tomatoes, squash, zucchini, okra, onions, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, and green beans. Come on out and get you some of this delicious harvest!

I’m super excited to announce that WE HAVE EGGS! Well, some of the girls have started laying their pullet eggs, which, for those of you that don’t know, are little tiny eggs that the chickens lay when their bodies are first learning how to lay. I can’t wait to have this protein source here at Street Fare Farm, and I can’t wait for you to taste these pasture raised, non-GMO eggs! Now I just need to get some nesting boxes, post haste!

I hope you all are finding balance in your own lives! It’s easy to get wrapped up in things, especially things you’re passionate about, but if you don’t take the time to rest and enjoy life, you can burn out in a hurry. Cherish the time you can spend with friends and family, eat good food, listen to music, sing, dance, play, and have fun!

Have a great week!



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