Good Earth Farmers

  (New Market, Tennessee)
Good Food Grown with Care for the Earth

The Spring Comes on "Little Cat Feet"...

Although we've been writing an email newsletter almost every week for nearly two years, we haven't tried our hand at "blogging". By the time we learn how, we figure "blogging" will be a thing of the past--"old-timey" and out of the date. And yet a blog is a good idea--a way for us to give you, if you're a non-farmer, an idea of what life on a small farm in East Tennessee in the 21st century is really like. And if you're a small farmer anywhere, then maybe you'll relate to some of what happens on our farm.

Good Earth Farmers is really two farms and two couples who farm. But only the inhabitants of Tall Cedar Farm have the desire to blog. When we say our farms are "small, family" farms, we mean it. In fact, each farm only has one full-time farmer and neither farmer has any employees. One farmer has a full-time job in the city and helps out when she has "spare" time. The other farmer tends the greenhouse, helps write the newsletter, and handles the correspondence for the email "hybrid" CSA we started.

 This is all by way of background--and also because I feel it's really remarkable that only two people, in this case, two men, grow so much food! It's hard work and except for the coldest, muckiest winter days, there's rarely any time off. But it's do-able.

This proves to us that most people who have the desire to grow at least some of their own food, can do it. And if you're reading this blog, you know that nothing tastes better than freshly picked lettuce, tomatoes, greens, sugar peas, okra, sweet corn .....Just name your favorites! When I began this, I wanted to write about something I love but don't have much time to tend--flowers. But it looks as if I need to leave that blog topic for another day.

Until then, though, watch the spring unfold...this season ,the blossoms seem to be appearing in a slow sequence...coming on gradually, one by one, giving us time to appreciate each one...Which flower, shrub, or tree did you "spot" first? Second? Keep watching...

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