No Frost Yet

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

-Marianne Williamson

Good day! It’s a sunny 75 outside today, a beautiful day to be out harvesting vegetables for all you beautiful people! It’s looking more and more like fall every day, and I love waking up to these crisp mornings, but these afternoon highs are still creeping back towards summer a bit… You won’t see me complaining though, my veggies will just keep on kickin!

Things have slowed down a good bit. The weeds aren’t growing much anymore, and the grass doesn’t need to be mowed again. The hens are moulting, so they aren’t laying many eggs right now. Don’t worry, though, Street Fare Farm will still be pumping it out through the winter, as I plan on shifting my focus in the coming weeks to getting set up for winter micro-green and gourmet mushroom production! I’m excited to be experimenting with these two new enterprises, and I want to get you excited, too! Micro-greens, for those of you that don’t know, are the immature shoots of just about any vegetable variety, and they are nutrient powerhouses! It’s estimated that micro-greens contain 30%-40% more nutrients than their mature form, and did I mention that their absolutely delicious?!? Use them to top a salad, spice up a sandwich, or mix in your soup! It is soup season, donchaknow. And the mushrooms. Don’t get me started on the mushrooms. There are those that believe mushrooms can save the world! Mushrooms contain many nutrients that you don’t find in a whole lot of other foods, and are super fascinating to learn about. I’ll keep you updated on all this as time goes on!

I can’t wait to see you at the market tomorrow! Matt will be in NoDa from 8 til noon, and I will be at the Winecoff Market at the same time. This week we will have lettuce, turnips, radishes, peppers, kohlrabi, bok choy and kale. Thanks to all of you who came out for the Harvest Festival at the Winecoff Market, it was a smashing success!

I’m very excited to announce that the clearing has begun at Street Fare Farm at the Riverbend Estates! For those of you that don’t know, I am currently growing all my veggies at the Lomax Incubator Farm, a farmer training program in Concord, but was given the opportunity to move onto a piece of property not 5 miles from Lomax, a beautiful 80 acres on the Rocky River! The owner and I are getting a total of 20 acres cleared, 7 of which will be utilized for agriculture, and the other 13 in wildlife habitat. Though we have our chickens at this property already, I’m super excited to start growing out there. Exciting things are on the horizon, I can’t wait to share it all with you!

I hope you all have a tremendous weekend, and get outside and enjoy some of this gorgeous weather! Take care!

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2 thoughts on “No Frost Yet

  1. dpstreet@cox.net says:

    Ben,

    Another fabulous newsletter! I love reading them. Allow your old man one grammatical comment because grammar reflects who you and Street Fare Farm are. It’s “they’re absolutely delicious.” not “their absolutely delicious.” Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see you.

    Dad

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