WHITE CITY PRODUCE AND GREENHOUSES has let us know that this coming week will be their last week on the market until Spring. They greatly appreciate everyone’s support this season and are looking forward to a great 2015 season. Happy New Year! CSA’s will remain on the market since they’re a pre-order.
FARMER BROWNS is listing lettuce again! We have 3 types this week: the Bibb, Spikey Red and, for the first time in a long time, Winter Romaine. Looking forward to the market again!
DOGWOOD VALLEY GREENHOUSE has some very nice herb baskets which will make useful as well as pretty table decorations this winter. With a little water and a little artificial light, they will produce clippings for your wintertime cooking. Available herbs are:
MINTS (chocolate, peppermint, pineapple [variegated], spearmint, grapefruit)
OREGANO (Greek or variegated)
STEVIA (small but healthy)
THYME (Lemon, English, silver-edged, citrus, lime)
Please specify three herbs to be included. Finished basket is approximately 12" diameter and 6" tall.
We have a couple left-over kissing balls that will make good decorations for your winter garden for several more weeks. Right now these are on after-Christmas close-out special, marked half-price.
We also have some other nice house plants, dish gardens, windowsill gardens, and hanging baskets to brighten up your indoor wintertime. Check them out on the market!
DON’T FORGET THE NEW WORKSHOP SERIES starting in January 2015. These six workshops will be taught by experienced growers and UT personnel and will provide growers and agricultural professionals with training in planning, structuring, marketing, managing, analyzing profitability and expanding a CSA.
These two-hour workshops, planned from 1-3 PM (NOTE: Workshops will be 1-3 PM EST or CST according to the host farm time zone.) on Monday afternoons, will be offered on working farms throughout Tennessee from January to June.
1) January 26, Choosing Your Crops and Varieties, and Scheduling Their Planting in the Greenhouse and the Field, led by Jeff Martin, Plant Sciences, and Adam Colvin, Colvin Family Farm, Spring City, TN
2) February 9, Options for CSA Legal Structure and Analyzing CSA Profitability, led by Chris Clark and Margarita Velandia, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Becky Jacobs, College of Law, and Ray and Bart Gilmer, Falcon Ridge Farm, Toone, TN
3) March 16, Managing Growth of Your CSA, Labor Management, Apprenticeship Programs and Quality of Life, led by Jeff Martin, Plant Sciences, and Tana Comer, Eaton’s Creek Organics, Joelton, TN
4) April 13, Adding Fruit Crops to Your CSA, led by David Lockwood, Plant Sciences, and Shannon Meadows, Mountain Meadows Farm, Heiskell, TN
5) May 11, Choosing Equipment for a Small, Diversified Farm, led by Bob Due, Terraced Gardens Farm, New Tazewell, TN
6) June 15, Marketing Your CSA and Keeping Your Customers Happy, led by Megan Bruch, Center for Profitable Agriculture, and Ron and Chris Arnold, Herb and Plow Farm, Grimsley, TN
Registration is $50 per person for all six workshops or $10 per person per workshop.
Registration for TN Fruit and Vegetable Association members (http://www.tfva.org/jointfva/) or TN Organic Growers Association members (http://www.tnorganics.org/contact.html) is FREE. Enter promo code TFVAFREE or TOGAFREE on the payment screen, if you are a member. Member verification required.
Register on-line by clicking on one of the six workshops under ‘Upcoming Events’ at: http://organics.tennessee.edu or http://vegetables.tennessee.edu
Please contact Jenny Moore (865.974.0710 or email@example.com) or Annette Wszelaki (865.974.8332 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
EXTENDING YOUR GROWING SEASON
Learn about season extension in high tunnel production systems in a new webinar series sponsored by the Center for Crop Diversification, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and the Barnhart Fund for Excellence. There will be six webinars, each 75 minutes long, in February and March of 2015. The series will cover market opportunities, structure options and construction, organic production and certification, crop and equipment options, pest pressure and control, as well as a summary of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative.
For more information, and to register, please contact Miranda at 859-218-4384 or miranda. email@example.com.
All webinars will be broadcast from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. EST.
• February 17 — Season Extension Opportunities & EQIP Funding
• February 24 — Structure Options, Construction, Ventilation & Temperature Control
• March 3 — Organic Certification & Marketing High Tunnel Crops
• March 10 — Crop, Irrigation & Equipment Options
• March 17 — Insect, Weed & Disease Control
• March 24 — Producer Views & Series Wrap-up
NEW FROM NATURE’S WEALTH Look for 5-pound bags of their incredible popcorn!
OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you know of anyone who isn’t receiving our (general) e-mails that we send to the entire customer and grower bases (which would include Order Confirmations that come out of our proprietary software e-mail account that is re-directed via Mailgun.us: We have been working with a tech from BLomand who has done a large amount of troubleshooting and research.
If you have an e-mail address that is through Yahoo or BellSouth (Yahoo actually hosts BellSouth e-mail), you will need to go into your Contacts list and add these two addresses:
If you have an e-mail address through BLomand, you will need to go into your Gray Mail and add as a Friend these two addresses:
If you have an e-mail address that is from another provider (gmail should be OK, but you never know…), use one of the iterations above.
Also, if you want an entire domain to be “approved,” you can, for example, enter the following as a Contact/Friend (for gmail, let’s say):
If, after doing all this, you are still not receiving our e-mails (at the very least the Saturday Blog opening the market), you will have to get in touch with your e-mail provider and tell them to recognize our address as well as the mailgun address. Just giving them the firstname.lastname@example.org address will not be sufficient.
We hope this helps resolve these problems going forward!
Kir and Linda
ANSWERING MARKET E-MAILS
Please DO NOT press “Reply” to our software’s automated e-mails. This includes Blog e-mails (such as this one), your Order Confirmation e-mail, or even Account Balance/Adjustment e-mail. If you need to contact us via e-mail, just compose a new e-mail with an appropriate Subject line and send it to email@example.com. This will ensure your e-mail is seen (not always possible with a Reply to Order Confirmations, for example) so we can best help you.
ALSO, we are checking e-mail only several times a week, so it may take a short while for us to get back with you. You are always welcome to call 931.592.3399 (no voice mail) to reach us more quickly. Thanks!
EBT CAPABILITY IS BACK!
We are pleased to announce that the CFM is once again able to process EBT cards.
If you would like your market order delivered, please contact Rachel Lynch, the new Sewanee delivery driver. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 931-598-0774.
Please remember that payment of all CFM orders MUST be made in advance of Tuesday’s delivery. Checks must be mailed in time to be posted to customer accounts before closing of market ordering on Monday. To ensure your account always has a positive balance, the CFM prefers payments in increments of at least $100.00. Mail checks made out to CFM to Kir Strobel, 744 Timberwood Trace, Monteagle, TN 37356.
Should at-home delivery not work for you, you may leave your order at the Center to be picked up by you or a designée by 6 p.m. Wednesday. As with any left-behind order, there will be a $3.00 fee unless that order has been prepaid in full in advance. Don’t forget there is no freezer at the Center for the foreseeable future, so it is imperative your items be picked up in a timely manner.
PLACING AN ORDER
Before you order, be sure you see the little shopping cart. If you do not, log out and log in again. If this fails, turn off your computer completely and start again. This includes ordering from smart phones.
If you want to leave a comment for a grower, be sure to put it in the “Leave comment for grower” area in RED beneath the item you’re ordering. Placing comments in the market manager section will not be seen by the growers.
If you do not receive an order confirmation within 5 minutes, your order has NOT been placed in the system. E-MAIL OR CALL US to get the problem solved so you will not be disappointed on market day.
Please remember the market closes at 10 a.m. on Monday; therefore, your order must be completed and placed, and you should be signed out of the software.
If you have any questions, please call (931.592.3399, no voice mail) or e-mail (email@example.com) us.
Kir Strobel & Linda Boynton
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