Is It Spring Already?

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“Man is pushed by drives, but pulled by values.”

-Viktor Frankl

I’m not sure what that groundhog said, but contrary to the cold temperature I woke up to this morning (rise and shine, it’s 4:30am!) we’ve got daffodils blooming out here at Street Fare Farm! Looking at the forecast, it’s going to be a beautiful weekend, with temperatures approaching 80° F on Sunday! This is good news for us here at Street Fare Farm, for next week, it’s on! The season will open with the transplanting and direct seeding of 5000 square feet of rich Carolina soil. Here’s what’s going in: lettuce, beets, arugula, baby kale, spinach, kohlrabi, pak choy, mustard greens, baby chard, asian greens, turnips, radishes and carrots! Now what we need is the warm weather to linger on just a bit longer until these plants can sink their roots in and establish themselves. If my experience all my years farming (two…) is any indication, though, we’re liable to get a late freeze before Spring is here to stay. Luckily, I’m prepared this year. So come on, Mr. Frost, do your damndest! Just joking, please be gentle!

I’m excited for the start of the new season, though, as a young startup business, I haven’t had too much downtime. Yes, yes, I took a couple vacations, visited some sites on this beautiful planet we have that I had not before, but don’t hold it against me. I’m beating a dead horse, I know, but life is about balance, and what is life but the sum of the experiences that mold our values and define our destiny? All work and no play make Ben a dull boy. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, and the ability to take some time off and the ability to step away from it all, which helps to stave off burn-out and elicits novel perspective on the road that lies ahead. I’m ready and eager to get going and get growing these delicious and nutritious vegetables, that I may be able to impart and invoke health within you, you beautiful people you!

We do hope to see you at the farmers markets tomorrow, for we will be bringing our pristine pea shoots, our most risque radish shoots, and out savoriest of sunflower shoots, along with our edifying, enriching eggs for your palatial pleasure! The NoDa Farmers Market and the Winecoff Market will run from 9am until noon. See you there!

Before I let you go, because I love you so, I have to let you in on the opportunity of a lifetime, the Street Fare Farm CSA! I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this opportunity to have the freshest farm fare we can muster out of God’s green Earth, but the slots are getting filled up, so make haste, citizens! I want YOU to have this delicious produce the whole season long, nourishing your body through the vegetables nutritive properties and nourishing your soul through the knowledge that I am gowing your food in alignment and cooperation with mother nature, and doing my best to build the environment in which I am growing. Follow the link here for all the information and the sign up sheet. I look forward to your joining!

Well my friends, so we end another elucidating edition of the Street Fare Farm weekly newsletter. I’m wiped out now, a nap would be great, but there are baby veggies to tend to! Excelsior!

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