Farm News – April 22, 2016 Earth Day!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Earth Day!  

Welcome to our new subscribers this week.  

Here’s what we have to chat about this week!

HONEYBEE NEWS!! Our excitement this week at the farm: We caught a swarm! Our oldest son, JT, happened to see the end of the cloud of bees that was leaving one of our hives.  The swarm settled on a fence post by the neighbor’s field.  Dale and I suited up and went to work. (No, swarming bees are not aggressive, but we don’t take chances! lol).  Dale caught as many as he could and put them in a new beehive box.  The goal is to get the queen into the box, the rest should follow and if she likes her new home, they set up housekeeping.  Well, we are on Day 3 and they seem to be settling in nicely.  On Day 5, we will check inside to see if the queen is laying eggs-a sure sign that we have ourselves a new hive!  We will keep you updated!

 (Dale catching the bee swarm)swarm April 20, 2016

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Still Hollow Farm Barn Sale, Saturday April 23

We were scheduled to be a vendor at the Barn Sale but have had to cancel because of a death in the family.  We are sorry for any inconvenience and encourage everyone to attend the event and enjoy a beautiful day at Still Hollow Farm!  

Summerfield Herb Farm Greenhouse Opening- April 30 (10 am to 5 pm) and May 1 (12 to 5 pm)

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Join us here at the farm and shop our greenhouse for our full selection of herbs, perennials, and veggie plants!  The tomato and pepper plants will be ready to take home that weekend.  We have 40 kinds of tomato plants to choose from this year, many of the popular heirloom varieties!  As always, we only use organic practices on our farm, so you can be assured there are no chemicals or GMOs here!

Joining us during our Open House on Saturday, April 30:

Pam “Little Bird” Etheredge making her Pine Needle Baskets.  Pam is a descendant of the Choctaw tribe of Mississippi and a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Aunt Pam and her husband Robert live here on Summerfield Farm.

Diane Thompson, of Afton, making her Appalachian-style Baskets.  Diane is an award-winning basket weaver.  Her baskets are beautiful, sturdy and functional for everyday use!  Heather owns many of Diane’s creations. 

Reeder Hill Farm, of Ottway, will have chicken, duck and goose eggs for sale.  If you haven’t met Alice Reeder yet, you are in for a treat!  She is a little ball of energy and lots of fun to talk to! Reeder Hill will be selling a variety of meats, including lamb, at the Depot Street Farmers Market beginning in May!

Chef Mary Goldman, of Greeneville, will demonstrate how to make herb butters and pestos. Yum! Chef Mary is the executive director of the Tabernacle Mission Soup Kitchen, president of the Depot Street Farmers Market organization, a fellow Master Gardener and a very talented personal chef. 

Regular Farm Hours  beginning May 5th

Thursday -Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 to 5 pm

Depot Street Farmers Market, Greeneville May 14 – October 29 8 am to noon

Summerfield Herb Farm is proud to be a part of the new Depot Street Farmers Market in downtown Greeneville!  Opening Saturday, May 14, the market will be located on Depot Street in front of the Federal Courthouse. We are a “producer-only” market, all products being sold were made or grown by the vendor!  No re-selling and no third-party commercially-made items are allowed. http://www.depotstreetfarmersmarket.com/ See you at the market!

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20160415_120951We had a great time at the Old Oak Festival at Tusculum College last weekend.  The weather was beautiful and the music and food were awesome.  We sent lots of plants to new homes, Spring fever is in full swing!

 

 

 

(Summerfield Herb Farm’s booth at the Old Oak Festival)

 

Happy Planting, Everyone! We continue to be overwhelmed by the support and interest in our farm!

 Thank you!

Dale and Heather

“Whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of dirt.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

 

 

 

2016 Spring Plant List now available

We have just finished our 2016 Spring Plant List. We also have a pdf version of the list you may download and print if you prefer. 2016 Spring Plant List.pdf

 

 

 

Summerfield Herb Farm 2016

Plant list

All items subject to limited availability

Perennial Flowers 4”pot $2.50

Baby’s Breath, Gypsophilia

Bee Balm “Spotted” (Monarda punctata)

Bee Balm, (Monarda p.) “Panarama Mix”

Blanketflower, (Gallardia)

Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Coreopsis grandiflora “Golden Globe”, aka Tickseed

English Daisy (Margarita inglesa)

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) “Camelot Mix” biennial

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) “Foxy” biennial

Foxglove Digitalis “Giant Shirley Mix”

Hollyhock, black single bloom (biennial)(Alcea rosea)

Hollyhock, mix single bloom (per. 1St yr)

Liatris aspera

“Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root

(Asclepias tuberosa)”

Milkweed, Spider (Asclepias viridis)

Milkweed, Swamp (Asclepias incarnata)

Money Plant, “Honesty” (Lunaria annua mix) biennial

Muhly Grass “Pink Cloud” (Muhlenbergia capillaris)

Rhudbeckia “Goldstrum”

Rose Campion (Lychnis coronaria)

Salvia farinacea“Blue Bedder”

Shasta Daisy “Alaska” (Margarita shasta)

Sweet William, Dianthus “Superb Pink”

Verbena Santos -tender perennial

bishop’s weed

Annual Flowers in 6 packs $2.50

Ageratum, Florist Blue

Alyssum Sweet Alice, Blueberry

Alyssum white

Aster, “Crego Giant Mix”

Bachelor Button “Blue Boy”

Calendula Dawn, orange

Celosia “Forest Fire”

Cockscomb “Tall Mix”

Dianthus, “Jolt Pink”

Dusty Miller “Silver Dust”

Globe Amaranth, purple

Marigold, French “Lemon Drop”

Marigold, Tall

Nasturtium, Jewel Mix

Petunia, Easy Wave Mix ***4 inch pots***

Petunia, Expresso Pink ***4 inch pots***

Pincushion Flower “Giant Mix”

Rudbeckia “Green Eyes”

Strawflower “Monster Mix”

Tithonia, Mexican Marigold “Torch”

Viola, Johnny Jump Up

Zinnia, California Giant Mix

Zinnia, Gigantica Mix

Zinnia, Gold Medal Mix

Zinnia, Zahara Sunburst, gold/red combo

Herbs: sold single 4” $2.50 ea, unless otherwise noted

Angelica

Anise Hyssop

Arnica

Arugula, “Wasabi” (6 pack only)

Basil, Holy, Tulsi

Basi, Rosie

Basil, Sweet Genovese

Borage-Blue

Borage-Whte

Burdock

Calendula-Resina

Catmint, Persian

Catnip

Chamomile, German

Chervil, Brussels Winter

Chives, Common

Chives, Garlic “Geisha”

Cilantro/Coriander

Cilantro Leaf

Comfrey

Dill, Bouquet

Dill, Fernleaf

Echinacea, Coneflower

Elecampane

Fennel, Florence (6 pack only)

Fenugreek

Feverfew

Holy Thistle

Horehound

Hyssop

Lamb’s Ears

Lavender “Lady”

Lavender, Munstead

Lemon Balm

Lemon Bergamot

Lemongrass

Lovage

Mallow

Marsh Mallow

Milk Thistle

Mint, Common (Spearmint)

Motherwort, Chinese

Mullein

Mugwort

Oregano-Greek

Oregano-Clepatra

Parsley-Curly

ParsleyFlat Leaf

Pennyroyal

Rhubarb-Victoria

Rosemary-Arp

Rue

Sage-Broadleaf

Sage-Clary

Sage-Pineapple

Sage-White

Self Heal

Sesame

Skullcap-Oriental Blue

Sorrel

Soapwort, Bouncing Bet

Spilanthes, Toothache Plant

Stevia

Stinging Nettles

Sweet Marjoram

Tarragon-French

Thyme-Aromatic

Thyme-English

Valerian

Weld, Dyers Rocket

Woad

Wormwood

Yarrow

Tomato and pepper plants sold in 4” pots $2.50 ea

Tomato

Tiny Tim

Baxter Cherry

Black Cherry

White cherry

Gardeners Delight

Amish Paste

San Marzano

Roma

Principie borghese

Juan Flamme

Cherokee Purple

Black Krim

Black Prince

Mr.Stripey

Hillbilly

Pineapple

Garden Peach

Yellow Brandywine

Dixie Golden Giant

Ida Gold

Persimmon

Oregon Spring

Mountain Princess

Delicious

Marglobe

Mortgage Lifter

Homestead

Rutgers

Large Red

Martian Giant Slicer

Box Car Willie

Sophies Choice

Glacier

Stupice

German Johnson

Arkansas Traveler

Oxheart

Pink Brandywine

Aunt Ruby’s German

Green Zebra

Tomato Type

Cherry

Cherry

Cherry

Cherry

Cherry

Paste

Paste

Paste

Drying

Drying

Purple

Purple

Purple

Bi-color

Bi-color

Bi-color

Orange/yellow

Orange/yellow

Orange/yellow

Orange/yellow

Orange/yellow

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Pink

Pink

Pink

Pink

Green

Green

Peppers

California Wonder

Bullnose

Purple Beauty

Golden California Wonder

Hungarian Paprika

Sweet Banana

Pretty N Sweet

Corno d. Toro Red

Jimmy Nardello

Jalepeno

Habanero

Cayenne

Ancho/Poblano

Numex Joe Parker

Chinese 5 Color

Fish

Pepper Type

green to red bell

red bell

purple bell

yellow bell

Spice

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet Drying

Hot

Hot

Hot

Hot

Hot

Hot

Hot

Vegetables 6 packs $2.50

Several varieties of lettuce

Arugula

Kale

Swiss Chard

Spinach

Mustard Greens

Leaks

Zucchini

Yellow Squash

Cucumbers

Green Beans

Okra

Horseradish (4” pot $2.50 ea)

Big Plans for Spring 2016

This time of year my mind is swirling with ideas for the spring;  the greenhouse planting schedule, which foods to grow, starting that sacred space/medicinal herb garden I have always wanted. I tend to plan a little more than I should but I have the “do it now, you may not get another chance” mindset so here’s what I have going this year!

  • Student of Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine http://chestnutherbs.com/  I’m enrolled in the online class at the moment and  I love it!  The school is located just over the mountains from here, near Asheville, NC and one of the things I wanted in a medicinal herb class was to find one in our region.  I plan to venture over there to attend one of their on-site classes as well.
  • Herb shop/sewing shop- Those of you who have been to the farm have seen the little shed with the green roof that we added to the farm last spring.  We have deliberated, brainstormed, hashed it out and deliberated some more to decide the best use of the shed.  Our final decision:  move the sewing operation from the house to the new “shop” and share the space with an tiny herb shop!  Herbs and sewing have both been passions of mine for a long, long time and it just makes sense to do both.  The herb end of the shop will have a simple kitchen, for creating herbal concoctions and perhaps teaching those who want to learn about using herbs.  The sewing end of the shop will be for production as well as offering fabric and supplies for heirloom sewing.  Aunt Pam (my sewing partner) has taught heirloom sewing skills for years and she already has a few folks wanting to take a class! 
  • Monarch Waystation- Summerfield Farm has finally applied to be recognized as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch! http://www.monarchwatch.org/waystations/  We want to do our part in helping Monarch butterflies thrive by offering a safe place, free of herbicides and pesticides, in which they can feed and reproduce. We will be adding even more pollinator plants to our landscape here on the farm this spring.  More on this soon.
  • United Plant Savers– https://www.unitedplantsavers.org/ We are now a member of this non-profit organization that works to protect native medicinal plants in the US and Canada.  We are considering becoming a certified Botanical Sanctuary where the native plants would be protected and restored and the farm would be open for educational treks. Our farm has both open meadow and woodland environments and we look forward to learning about the native plants we have growing here and sharing that knowledge with others!  I hope to intertwine what I learn with the herbal medicine knowledge I am acquiring in the Chestnut Herb class.
  • Now, what else can I get us into?

~Heather Youngblood

 Summerfield Farm