Eliot here, setting out frost protection low cover hoops at the Appalachian South Folklife Center. On the Left are 3 test varieties of Spinach just sprouting and on the Right is a row of beets and a row of carrots. The hoops are made with the wire from election signs and the cloth is agribon. I’ve just got rocks holding the cloth down now. I plan to put the rocks in feed sacks to be easier to handle.
Also covering a row of lettuces and bokchoys.
My friend Wendy and her husband Steve have a farm called Oakwyn Farms 7 miles down the road from the Appalachian South Folklife Center. They grow vegetables and raise beef and lamb that they sell at a farmers market and from their house. This fall I have been working with them to can food and raise a fall and winter garden. Wendy has also let me sell some excess exotic vegetables from the folklife center at her farmers market table.
With only a month left at the farmers markets we have been thinking about how to still be able to sell and get produce out to people. We have a few ideas–Our best idea yet is to offer a Thanksgiving basket in the manner of a CSA– fresh greens, taters, squash, preserves, Oakwyn farms meat.