Salt Rising Bread

Authentic, classic, no-yeast salt rising bread, also known as salt risen bread. Available at the Depot Street Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in Greeneville, TN.

We only make a few full loaves, and a few more are cut in half for half loaves. Prices for all of our breads are

  • Full loaves – $5.00
  • Half loaves – $3.00

If you would like to make certain that you have bread available for you to purchase you may let us know to reserve yours. Message me buzzmandt@gmail.com, or by text message to 423-525-6702 to reserve your loaf today.


Salt-rising (or salt-risen) bread is a dense white bread that was widely made by early settlers in the Appalachian Mountains, leavened by naturally occurring bacteria rather than by yeast. Salt-rising bread is made from wheat flour; a starter consisting of either water or milk and corn, potatoes, or wheat; and minor ingredients such as salt and sugar.

Salt in the name is a misnomer; the bread is not leavened by salt nor does it taste salty. One explanation for the name of the bread is that the starter was kept warm in a bed of heated salt. Another possible origin of the name is the use of salt to inhibit yeast growth and provide an environment more conducive for the microbes to grow, enhancing the distinct flavors which predominate over the more typical yeast flavors.

Compared to a sourdough starter, salt-rising bread starter requires a shorter incubation period of 6–16 hours and a higher incubation temperature.

Salt-rising bread is denser, with a closer grain, than yeast-leavened bread, and has a distinctive taste and odor. The pungent odor of the fermenting starter has been described as similar to “very ripe cheese”.

The exact origin of this bread is unknown, but evidence suggests that it was the pioneer women in early American states who discovered how to make bread this way. Commercial yeast was not available until the 1860’s. Currently, the tradition of making salt-rising bread is kept alive by relatively few individuals and bakeries that tend to be clustered in the central to eastern United States. It is particularly popular in Kentucky, West Virginia, Western New York, and Western Pennsylvania.

2017 Plant Brochure

Finally it’s done. We have our 2017 spring plant list brochure completed, and ready to view. Please share this link with others. As always, availability and inventory supplies vary and somethings on this list will sell out quickly. If you have any questions or comments you can contact us here, or on facebook.

For a much prettier and detailed printable brochure in PDF format, click here: 2017 brochure.pdf

Herbs, Perennials, and Annuals 4”pots $3. some availability in 1 gallon pots for $5

Ajuga, Chocolate Chip
Alyssum, Blueberry (6pack $3 ea)
Amaranth, Hopi Red Dye
Amsonia, Blue Ice
Angelica
Anise
Anise Hyssop
Arnica
Aster, New England
Baptisia
Basil, Cinnamon
Basil, Genovese
Basil, Holy
Basil, Lemon
Basil, Nufar
Basil, Thai
Basil, Rosie
Beebalm, Jacob Kline (Monarda didyma)
Beebalm, Lemon Bee Balm (M. citriodora)
Beebalm, Panorama Mix (M. punctata)
Beebalm, Spotted (M. punctata)
Beebalm, Wild Bergamot (M. fistulosa)
Blanketflower
Blue Lyme Grass
Boneset
Borage
Brown Fox Sedge
Calendula
California Poppy
Catmint, Persian
Catnip
Chamomile, Bodegold

Chamomile, Roman
Chervil
Chives
Cilantro
Citronella Balm
Columbine
Coreopsis, Cutting Gold
Creeping Phlox, Crimson
Creeping Phlox, Lavender
Cumin
Day Lily, Chicago Apache
Day Lily, Stella D’oro
Dill, Bouquet
Dill, Mammoth
Dill, Superdukat
Dragon’s Head/Moldavian Balm
Echinacea, Lance/Cut-leaved
Echinacea, Purple Coneflower
Echinace, TN Conelfower
Elecampane
Epazote
Evening Primrose
Fennel, Florence
Flax
Foxglove, Foxy
Foxglove, Giant Shirley
Geranium, Rose Scented
Hens and Chicks
Hibiscus, Perennial Luna Red
Honeywort
Horehound
Horseradish ($5/gallon pot)
Hyssop
Indigo
Irish Moss (available this fall)
Lamb’s Ears
Lavender, English Lady
Lavender, English Munstead
Lavender, English Ellagance Pink
Lemon Balm
Lemongrass
Liatris
Lion’s Tail          
Lovage
Luffa
Mallow
Marigold, French Crackerjack 6pack $3
Marigold, French Bambino 6pack $3
Marigold, French Lemondrop 6pack $3
Marsh Blazing Star
Marshmallow
Milkweed, Butterfly weed (A. tuberosa)
Milkweed, Common (A. syriaca)
Milkweed, Swamp (A. incarnata)
Milkweed, Tall Green (A. hirtella)
Milkweed, Whorld (A. verticillata)
Mint, Applemint
Mint, Ginger
Mint, Lime
Mint, Mojito, Cuban
Mint, Pineapple
Mint, Spearmint
Mint, Mountain
Motherwort, Chinese
Mugwort
Muhly Grass, Pink Cloud
Mullein
Nasturtium, Empress of India 6pack $3
Nasturtium, Gleam Mix 6pack $3
Nasturtium, Jewel 6pack $3
Nepitella
Nettle, Stinging
Obedient Plant
Oregano, Cleopatra, Syrian
Oregano, Greek
Parsley, Curly
Parsley, Flat Leaf, Italian
Parsley, Krausa
Pennyroyal
Penstemon, Husker Red
Purslane
Rabbit Tobacco (coming soon)
Rose Campion
Rosemary Arp
Rudbeckia
Rue           
Sage, Broadleaf
Sage, Clary
Sage, Extracta
Sage, Pineapple
Sage, Prairie Sagebrush
Sage, Russian
Sage, White
Salad Burnet
Saltwort, Japanese
Salvia, Blue Bedder
Sedum, Autumn Joy
Sedum, Neon Pink
Shasta Daisy
Self Heal, Heal All
Shisho, Red
Skullcap
Skullcap, Mad Dog
Soapwort
Stevia, (coming soon)
Sweet Annie, Sweet Wormwood
Sweet Marjoram
Sweet Vanilla grass
Sweet William
Tarragon, French
Tarragon, Mexican Mint Marigold
Thistle, Holy/Blessed
Thistle, Milk
Thyme, Aromatic
Thyme, Lemon
Thyme, Orange
Thyme, German Winter
Tithonia
Tobacco, Rustic
Velarian
Verbena, Homestead Purple
Verbena
Weld, Dyer’s Weld
Winter Savory
Woad
Wormwood
Yarrow, Cerise Queen
Yarrow, Pastel Mix
Yarrow, White           
Tomatoes $3 ea/4” pot
Tiny Tim (cherry, det)
Baxter Cherry (cherry, det)
Black Cherry (cherry, ind)
Gardeners Delight (cherry, ind
Amish Paste (paste, ind)
San Marzano (paste, ind)
Roma (paste, det)
Principie Borghese (drying, det)
Juan Flamme (drying, ind)
Cherokee Purple (purple, ind)
Black Krim (purple, ind)
Black Prince (purple, ind)
Mr.Stripey (bi-color, ind)
Hillbilly (bi-color, ind)
Pineapple (bi-color, ind)
Garden Peach (orange/yellow, ind)
Yellow Brandywine (orange/yellow, ind)
Dixie Golden Giant (orange/yellow, ind(
Ida Gold (orange/yellow, det)
Marglobe (red, det)
Mortgage Lifter (red, ind)
Homestead (red, semi-det)
Rutgers (red, ind)
Box Car Willie (red, ind)
Sophies Choice (red, early-det)
Glacier (red, early-det)
Stupice (red, ind)
German Johnson (pink, ind)
Arkansas Traveler (pink, ind)
Oxheart (pink, ind)
Pink Brandywine (pink, ind)
Aunt Ruby’s German (green, ind)
Peppers $3 ea/4” pot
California Wonder, green/red bell
Purple Beauty, purple bell
Yellow Bell, yellow bell
Hungarian Paprika, spice
Sweet Banana, sweet
Pretty N Sweet, sweet
Corno d. Toro Red, sweet
Jimmy Nardello, sweet dryer
Jalepeno, hot
Habanero, hot
Cayenne, hot
Numex Joe Parker, hot
Chinese 5 Color, hot
Fish, hot

Vegetables (6 packs/ $3.00)
Arugula
Broccoli, Bay Meadows (heat tolerant)
Broccoli, Windsor (heat tolerant)
Butternut Squash, Honeynut
Cantaloupe, Hale’s Best
Cucumber, Muncher
Cucumber, National Pickling
Eggplant, (4 varieties)
Green Bean, Tendergreen Bush-type
Kale, Blue Scotch Vates Curled
Lettuce-assorted varieties
Mustard, Tendergreen
Okra, Burgundy Red
Okra, Jade
Rhubarb, Victoria ($3 4 inch, $5 gal)
Spinach, Nobel Giant
Spinach, Whale (heat tolerant)
Watermelon, Crimson Sweet
Watermelon, Sugar Baby
Yellow Squash, EP Straightneck
Zucchini, Cocozelle Bush—type

Summerfield Herb Farm
3060 Babbs Mill Rd, Afton Tn 37616
Heather 423-525-2621
Dale 423-525-6702
www.summerfieldherbfarm.com
facebook.com/summerfieldherbfarm

Look for us at:
Old Oak Festival, Tusculum College, TN, April 21-23

Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair, Kingsport, TN. April 29-30

Depot Street Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 8am-12pm
Starting May 6, 2017

Spring Opening Day:
Join us at our very own open house on our farm Sunday, May 7, 12pm-5pm. See everything we have to offer.

Farm Hours Starting May 7:
Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Monday – Wednesday: closed
Thursday & Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: closed (see us at Depot Street Farmers Market 8am-12pm)

Some items are limited and may sell out early.

 

Tomato and Pepper plants projected list for 2017

Our 2017 season tomato and pepper plant list
With descriptions included.

20160421_085155One thing about being a plant nursery, you never know for sure what’s going to be popular next season, especially when you’re making your seed list now.  This time of year usually has us discussing what improvements we’d like to see going into the next season. More often than not this discussion leads us to the painful fact that we usually have way too many plants that no one seems to want, and in this business that’s just like throwing money away.

So, in preparation for the 2017 season, we have decided to streamline our tomatoes and peppers into a much smaller, more manageable list. For the 2016 season we offered up 40+ tomato plant varieties, and 16+ pepper plant varieties. Going into 2017 we will have 10 tomato plant varieties, and 6 pepper plant varieties. We apologize in advance to our regular customers that purchase plants that we will not have available in the coming season, but giving the high cost of throwing plants away it has become necessary.

Having said that, if there is something that you just can’t do without, please let us know and if we can we will see what we can do for you. And, with our peppers and tomatoes list so much smaller, it leaves a giant gap in our total offerings which we will fill with even more herbs than we’ve ever offered before.

And now, the much awaited for list….

Tomatoes:

  • Tiny Tim – Introduced in 1945, Tomato “Tiny Tim” is a surprisingly tiny plant, growing to only 30cm (12in) tall so no staking is needed.
  • Black Cherry – Bred in Florida by the late Vince Sapp, the round, 15-20 gm., fruits are almost black in color.
  • Gardeners Delight – This old German heirloom boasts many clusters of 6 to 12 cherry tomato all summer long. It’s indeterminate, crack resistant and very prolific.
  • San Marzano – a variety of plum tomato, considered by many chefs to be the best of its kind in the world.
  • Cherokee Purple – Famously rich flavor and texture make this a colorful favorite among heirloom enthusiasts.
  • Mr. Stripey – delicious and pretty to slice because of the bi-coloring.
  • Mortgage Lifter – Large, smooth, 1-lb. pink fruit have a delicious, rich, sweet taste.
  • Homestead – An old favorite dating from 1954. Developed by the University of Florida especially for hot climates.
  • German Johnson – few seeds and lots of flesh and is a North Carolina heirloom tomato notable for having been one of the four parents of the famous Mortgage Lifter tomato.
  • Aunt Ruby’s Green (A Greene County native 🙂 ) – large, brilliant, neon-green flesh with a strong, sweet, and fruity flavor, much tastier than most red tomatoes. This fruit is a family heirloom from Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee.

Peppers:

  • California Wonder – (Scoville 2500) An excellent green/red bell pepper of nice size and very good yield; a popular old-time variety.
  • Jalapeno – (Scoville 10,000) the most popular chile pepper in the United States.
  • Habanero – (Scoville 100,000 to 350,000) wrinkled fruits ripen from dark green to salmon orange.
  • Cayenne – (Scoville 50,000) also known as the Guinea spice, cow-horn pepper, red hot chili pepper, aleva, bird pepper, or, especially in its powdered form, red pepper
  • Chinese 5 color – (Scoville 50,000) Screaming hot little peppers turn a rainbow of vibrant colors; from purple, cream, yellow, orange to red as they ripen.
  • Pimento – Considered one of the mildest of the chili peppers, Pimentos are commonly used as the filling inside green olives, in the making of pimento cheese and stuffed to be served as an appetizer.

 

We will be posting our flowers and herbs list for 2017 soon.  Make sure you bookmark us and like us on facebook to stay updated going into the 2017 growing season.

-Dale

 

 

 

Photos of our perennial beds May 26, 2016

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Busy weekend with a digging machine

Backhoe rental for a busy weekend

Tyler having fun working
Tyler having fun working
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Pushing the dirt back in
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Tyler just starting, still figuring out the controls
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Shovel? What shovel?

We rented a small backhoe this weekend and had a lot of things in mind to do with it.  We set right at it and I asked my son Tyler if he wanted to have a go with it.  He said he’d give it a try and he was on it the entire day (and got sun toasted lol)

 


Hydrant works

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New hydrant with trench leading away
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New hydrant
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Tyler driving, me with shovel 🙁

 

First thing we set out to do was dig a trench to the new hoop house and install a new hydrant inside. Tyler set to digging while Steve (friend) and I did the finesse of a hand shovel where needed. We also moved the existing hydrant about ten feet toward the north. 

 


Waterfall Pond

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A pond with a trickling waterfall in the works.

Managed to get a sweetie job done too (partly). Heather has been wanting for quite some time now a little pond with a trickling waterfall. Here you can see a nice little pond with a rocky waterfall. We ran the water hose to both fill it up and to have a little water trickling down to set up the waterfall structure. It turned out quite lovely. I will be changing an outside outlet shortly to get the pump running for this one.

 

 


 

Old Well (future) Rebuild

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Old well (1)
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Old well (2)

We have once again dug out the old pre-city-water well nearby the house in hopes to get it working again. Our very high hopes include it working well enough to furnish the house and the gardens with plenty of natural, un-modified, un-tampered with, un-poisoned water.  There are no records to indicate if the well quit operating correctly or if the owners at the time switched to city water on a promise and a prayer of the city. Not sure we will every know, but here’s to a well dug rebuild.


 

Last but not least, and with no pictures to show it, we fixed a water leak that had been leaking for quite some time under the parking area for the greenhouse. This was a connection in the line that ran water to the greenhouse and outlying gardens. Needless to say, I got to play in the mud and make mud pies on this one. Sorry, no pictures .

 

 

Visited by Rural Resources

Last Saturday, we were visited by a great group of young folks from the Rural Resources Teen Program. These kids are learning to grow their own food (Awesome!) and planting gardens at their homes! I love this kind of thing! The teens were full of questions about our herbs and their uses. We had a great time chatting and the kids were excited to tell us what they had already planted in their gardens. A big “Huzzah” goes out to Debbie Strickland for all of the time and energy she puts into the program!
~Heather

If you’d like to know more about this exciting program, you can learn more from Grow Appalachia.

Breaking out the Baby Wolf

IMG_20141231_125824Sweetie has had the desire lately to break out the baby wolf floor loom. Blame it on winter I suppose but I have been sharing that desire of late. So, yesterday we pulled it out from the back room, yanked the sheet off of it and scratched our heads as how to use it…. yet again.

 

 

 


 

IMG_20141231_132742Down to studying…. again. And with these three books (The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book; The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory; and Learning to Weave) and an overnight sleep on it we set in to making our first baby wolf loom project. I have been very close to understanding the floor loom zen before and just never went for it. Now I understand it. I strive to understand it in the same way I understand the inkle loom, nearly like Neo understands the Matrix. 

 

 


 

IMG_20141231_101744Anyway, we set out to work on this together. I have warped this beast by myself in the past only to feel like I kinda hate it and hate working on it. This time, however, we worked it together and it went quite smooth and stress free. I very highly recommend having help warping the big floor looms if you can

 

 

 


 

The following little image archive is in order from start to finish (I will add the finished piece when we pull it out of the machine). Enjoy:

 

No honey yet, but we are ready for it

Please note: We have two honey bee hives but we do not have honey at this time. We will update this web site and our facebook page as soon as we deem it honey harvesting time. Thank you.

Busy Bees video

A short video clip of our bees in one hive being very busy little bees. Video taken 5/22/2014 By Heather.

Strong bee hives and Conway delivers

 IMG_20140508_140258_110You know you’re becoming something if Conway delivers to your place. As a truck driver I know several of the Conway drivers and this one was no exception. We now have our Hoop House!! We just need put it together.

We have chosen our location for the hoop house, and we have a volunteer to help with the post hole diggings. Perhaps right now we are just waiting for a day that doesn’t feel like 200 degrees lol.

We wanted to update you on our beehives as well. We lost one of our hives this IMG_1396winter. We aren’t completely sure what happened to them but we speculate it was too cold and there weren’t enough bees in the hive to protect the queen. The other two hives are absolutely thriving though and we expect one of them to swarm very soon.

 

 

Greenhouse addition started

additionFor those that are familiar with what our greenhouse looks like, this will be quite a change for you. 

We have been using a soft end wall approach and have finally decided to go with a solid end wall. The addition will be completed as we can (mostly for me working 50+hrs/week). This should be a much more efficient form of insulation and wind control than we have been using.

Once completed Heather will be in charge of painting and is trying to decide on a color scheme.

IMG_20140309_172625_209UPDATE: I forgot to include that I have repaired/replaced the brace onwhich the curtain crank was attached. I certainly wish I had gotten some before pictures on this one (and I’m sure my brother will remind me of that as I often remind him of the sameLaughing).

The board is much longer, stronger and has 3 contact locations instead of 2. I also placed the crank hardware on the outside of the 2×6, all of which has made the curtain crank much more secure and stable.  We had no idea how much pressure these things would actually have on them.

 

We have a new sign, by the road, can’t miss us now

summerfield_road_signWe now have a new road sign, and although I’m quite biased about it, I think it’s absolutely lovely.  You know you’ve found us when you see this sign.

Just like it says, heirloom and organic herbs, vegetables, and flowers.  Stop in and see us.  10 minutes from Greeneville, 5 minutes from Baileyton.

More time to work

So I’m taking time from work and doing more here at the farm starting this week.  I will be here working and therefore will be here to have the greenhouse open all week.  Come see me. 🙂

One thing this will give me time to do aside from keeping the greenhouse open, will be working on the webpage (yes, this one lol)  I am in the process of placing our plant list in a page (basically done, plants from the tab above).  This will also show links of each plant which will return a  page with some good details of that specified plant.  You can see the idea come into play if you click the plants tab above.

 

-Dale

doors, chickens, sproutings, and broke 400 likes

new door on the greenhouse
new door on the greenhouse

We’ve gotten a lot of work done here again this weekend.  Tyler and I built this replacement door for the greenhouse.  The old ones were worn out and badly warped. The warping caused the doors to not seal very good and let in a lot of cold air, especially when it’s windy.  But, instead of making two new doors to replace the two old doors we made only one large door and slid the track to one side to accommodate the large single door.  Unfortunately we’ve run a lot of gas for heating already and we know we’ve got to nip it in the bud.  I know I’m biased and all but you’ve just got to click on the image on the left to enlarge it and look at the new door, it simply looks and works great.  We used the clear panels of the old little greenhouse for the door coverings, tiled, and then trimmed them.

 

We’ve also made  a decision on the chickens.  We’re down sizing them.  We’ve decided to let most of them go and keep only enough to keep ourselves in eggs.  They’re just too much of a handful and we aren’t going to have time to manage both the chickens and this greenhouse business at the same time.  We might revamp the chickens side of the farm after we get a better handle on what we’re doing and trying to do on the plants, produce, and flowers side of the farm.

So we moved the chickens from where they were and made their fence area a little smaller.  We also put bird netting up along the top to keep them from getting out.  We can’t have them scratching in our gardens now that the light bill depends on it lol.

 

Also, we have many things sprouting in the greenhouse and germination chamber.  These are 2 varieties of cabbage, 2 varieties of broccoli, 4 varieties of lettuce, 14 varieties of tomatoes, 6 varieties of peppers, stevia, chamomile, sage, and probably a few more things I can’t remember right now 🙂

 

And last but not least, we broke 400 likes on our facebook page today.  Thank you everyone for that.  We’ll be using our facebook page,  local pages like my Greeneville, and word of mouth to advertise as we progress and learn all we can about the greenhouse business and local produce markets.  If anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to message us either on our facebook page or on www.mysummerfieldfarm.com on the contact us page.

-Dale

Heavy snow falling

After days of hard rain and lot’s of flooding, the forecast of cold and snow has finally hit us.  I’m officially announcing it’s cold and it’s snowing, and snowing HARD!  It’s really pretty, see for yourself

Snow, January 17 2013
Snow, January 17 2013

Recent Wind takes it’s toll at SF

The recent wind storms which came through the East Tennessee area really took it’s toll on our small hard-sided greenhouse.

18 wheeler blown over by high winds
18 wheeler blown over by high winds

Several days worth of winds in North East TN, some of these winds reported to exceed 60 mph, caused large scale damage. With over 60 local roads closed or at least partially blocked, and this 18 wheeler blown onto it’s side (Camp Creek area), we feared the worst of our farm and greenhouses.  Luckily and happily our large commercial size greenhouse that is still to be finished came through unscathed as far as we can tell.  In fact we worked a bit more on it yesterday and are nearly ready for the electric and gas to be connected.  I will post updates with pictures on the recent progress soon.

 

 

 

 

wind_damage
Little greenhouse wind damage

Our little greenhouse however, failed the test. The wind blew strong another two days after this picture was taken.  You’ll notice the two sliding doors on the front (left).  Those are now laying on the ground and the farthest side roof is no longer attached.  It’s a complete wreck even worse than this picture shows.  We plan to repair (rebuild) our little greenhouse soon. Our primary objective is the commercial greenhouse for right now, we hope to have it operational in another month!!

 

Thank you for reading,
Dale

 

 

 

Favorite stove nearing 100 years old

Glendale 400 wood cook stove side view
Glendale 400 wood cook stove side view

I don’t do very much cooking here, but I sure do a lot of eating.  I can’t thank Heather enough for all she does, but as the saying goes ‘a womans work is never done’.  She’s my treasure as are the kids.  But…. This has got to be one of my favorite of all time material items, an early 1900’s Glendale 400 wood and gas combination cook stove.  The patent listed on the temperature gauges are dated 1916, and to beat it all, all the gauges still work.   That puts this baby at 100 years old in 2 1/2 more years, sweet! We use it mostly for supplemental heating this old farmhouse along with another firebox toward the front of the house, I tell ya, it gets cold in here.

 

My parents have had a similar wood cook stove for as long as I can remember.  I’ve seen my mother cook many meals with it.  She also makes some homemade bread that’s simply amazing, I’ll try and get the recipe for that soon and post it here to Summerfield Farm.  Growing up I can brag about eating many, many meals off that wood stove, but I just can’t say too much about actually cooking on it.  Well, on it yes, but in it no.  I can’t remember ever using the oven for anything other than maybe to warm something up…. So, now that we actually have one of our own I’m kinda learning how to use it.

 

The gauges actually still work!!
The gauges actually still work!!

Now, back to our Glendale….  As I mentioned before all the gauges work. In fact, as far as I  can tell everything on it either works or is still in really good condition.  Most stoves this old would have areas that are completely falling apart, especially in the firebox area.  But on our Glendale 400 it’s all good.  Granted some of this may be from some restoration work prior to us owning it but I’m good with that.  Also, we don’t have the gas burning side of this stove connected to any gas lines, and aren’t likely anytime soon (unless I can talk sweetie into it that is :)).

 

So far I’ve managed to cook on it many times, and in it a few times.  Our first couple of attempts at bread didn’t turn out so well.  The pizza turned out fantastic, and our last bread attempt turned out an absolutely perfectly cooked loaf of banana bread (recipe coming shortly). I’m familiar and quite good at cooking on the top of the stove and love doing an old fashion breakfast in an iron skillet and butter or bacon grease.

Pizza
Pizza
banana bread
banana bread
breakfast
breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So to follow up, if you get a chance to get your hands on a wood stove, doesn’t really matter it’s age or date, grab it.  You’ll love it 🙂

-Dale

 

A couple more pics to share:

 

fire
fire
front
front

 

Pulling Plastic

greenhouse with roof in place
greenhouse with roof in place

Well, we had a pretty good showing at Summerfield Farm this morning.  Jerry from the local master gardeners arrived as well as Heather’s father, John “Poppy” and my father, Raymond “Skip”.   With those 3 plus Heather, JT, Tyler and myself, that gave us 7 folks.  There was a minor rain scare very early on with a few sprinkles but the rain held off and we now have both layers of plastic roof on the greenhouse. This just leaves the ends to be sheeted with plastic and the skirt along the bottom sides and the structure will be completed.  Still a long way to go with electrical, heating, etc. to be done but up to this point we’re now happy campers.  Just as the last wiggle wire was being put into place it began to rain so we called it a day.  Nature was smiling upon us this day :).

Two days ago we started to install a front screen door on to our house.  As of yesterday it is very nearly done with only some trim to put into place.

A few days ago we purchased a bunch of Georgia sweet onions and some garlic seed.  These are now in the ground and ready to winter for a hopeful spring harvest.

A thank you shout out is deserving for Poppy, Skip, Jerry, JT, and Tyler for a good days work.  All those hands certainly made things easier.  And another thank you shout out for Pam “Little Bird” for cooking chicken and dumplings for the crew for lunch today.  Mmmm mmmm good.

-Dale