Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start a New Spring Habit: Buy Local!

Beaverdam Creek is excited to be a part of the new Leiper's Fork Farmers Market. The market, located on the grounds of Neena's Primitive Antiques (4158 Old Hillsboro Road), will be open on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. beginning next week, April 1st. You will find organically grown produce, farm fresh eggs, natural and organic meats, raw honey, cheeses, herbs, freshly ground cornmeal, baked goods, preserves, jams, jellies and salsas.

Leiper's Fork is a charming town with a number of unique shops including the famous Puckett's Grocery. You will be able to browse while walking on the cool green lawn shaded by the beautiful historic oak trees surrounding Neena's. And there's plenty of convenient parking around back. So, start a new habit this spring that will not only be good for your health and good for your spirit, but will also be good for your local economy. Mark your calendar and do your mid-week shopping at Leiper's Fork Farmers Market.

~Beaverdam Creek Farm: Fresh. Natural. Local

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Now Delivering...

our weekly CSA baskets of fresh veggies, culinary herbs, and flowers to the following locations beginning in May!
  1. Franklin Farmers Market, Saturdays 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  2. Leiper's Fork Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Or, you can pick up here at our Farm, Mondays, 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Would you like to buy a share into our farm and receive a weekly basket? Email us at for details.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Feile Franklin

This past Saturday, we set up a booth at Feile (pronounced Fay-La) Franklin, a local Celtic festival. It overlapped the Farmer's Market a little bit, so Jacob and I ran the booth at the festival while Mom and Dad worked the one at the Farmer's Market. It was rainy and so cold that we almost froze. A lot of the vendors bailed out due to the inclement weather, and there weren't a whole lot of people there. We did hand out quite a few CSA flyers, which was the reason we were there in the first place. We were across the street from the dance stage, so we were able to watch the Celtic dancers. Much to Jacob's delight, they performed the Highland Fling. We also got to talk to the man who sold wooden swords, axes, spears, and shields. He is a jousting knight at Renaissance festival tournaments, with his own squire and everything! I didn't take many pictures, but here are a few.

-Tricia Ann
I love these draught horses!
Jacob was wearing his kilt, but he got so cold that he changed back into his jeans. :)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Snow Pictures

A couple of weeks ago, Gimli bounced me out of bed on the Lord's Day morning, just as he does every morning. I looked out my window and was surprised to see that there was about an inch of snow on the ground. Since everyone else wanted to stay in their cozy beds, Gimli and I went out to play all by ourselves. We were joined by Daisy and a lone rooster. Daisy didn't like the snow at all, but Gimli LOVED it! It was so funny watching him bounce around and bite the snow. 

-Tricia Ann
LOL! Isn't he cute?!? Gimli, I mean...not the rooster

What We Did Today...

Some of our friends/neighbors came over today and helped us with some farm work. We moved the compost pile and spread 4 tons of limestone, 700 pounds of greensand, and 700 pounds of rock phosphate! We covered almost an acre, then Jacob tilled it with our brand-new six-foot tiller. Needless to say, it was much faster than tilling with our old faithful walk-behind tiller. 

Thanks for your help, y'all! Here are the pictures Mom took.

-Tricia Ann

These guys moved the compost pile across the pasture with pitchforks and a mule. No easy task, considering that the pile was about 6' x 70'!
Our Rock-Phosphate-spreading lady.
I spread lots of greensand...a mineral supplement derived from the ocean.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Inspired to Weed the Strawberries

Mawmaw got busy weeding our strawberry patch on her last visit which prompted us all to pitch in and get the whole bed taken care of. We tilled between the rows, and we pulled up the grass and weeds around the plants. Then we mulched the bed with straw. We'll be purchasing some row covers soon so that when the plants put on their delicate blooms they'll have some protection from late frosts. Lord willing, our CSA customers will have some delicious all-natural, chemical-free strawberries in their baskets come June.