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Monday, June 13, 2016

Carlton Farms - Order deadline now Noon

Delivery News
REMINDER: Order deadline is Noon the day before we deliver:
In an effort to achieve a more appropriate work/life balance, We have moved the weekly order deadline to Noon on the day before we deliver the order. With three small children, it's just not fair to my wife that I spent 3 nights per week packing orders until 10-11pm. This small change should allow us to be finished at a reasonable time.  I will make every effort to get order reminders out on Monday morning to account for the shorter ordering window. I hope this isn't too much of an inconvenience, and I appreciate your understanding. 
FarmFan: Get Text Message Reminders and Receive Rewards.
As one of our Farmfans you are able to receive text message reminders, both to place your order and to come pick-up your order. You will also have the ability to check-in when you pick-up. As you accumulate check-ins you will earn rewards such as Grocery Bags, T-shirts, Discounts.

Summer Vegetable Shares are available now.
Sample Share Photo. Each weekly share will vary. 
It's time to sign up for the Summer Vegetable Share. Get a box of fresh, local, organic vegetables each week delivered to the delivery location of your choosing. New for this year, you will now be able to put your share on hold for a couple of weeks if you are on vacation, then receive extra when you are back in town. 
 
On the Farm
Corn Comparison.
Many of you probably know that we grow our own Non-GMO corn to make feed for the pigs and chickens.  Most of our work involves raising livestock, so growing the corn gives us a chance to till the soil and grow a crop. It's a little bit of a change of pace, and we do enjoy it. Not to mention, It's hard to find Non-GMO corn otherwise, so it's kind of a necessity. I took a picture last week (June 7) of the corn crop, and then out of curiosity I scrolled back to last years pics to do a comparison. I actually had a picture that was only one day different (June 6) from the previous year. So in this picture you can see that this years crop, at this point, is further ahead than we were last year.  This is primarily because we got the crop in a couple weeks earlier than last year.  This is important with corn, because by planting earlier you have less pest pressure.  It looks great now, but there is still a long way to go.  Corn needs rain, but more importantly it needs rain at the right time. In a couple of weeks it will start setting an ear. When that happens we need to have plenty of rain so all those little corn plants can be happy and healthy.

In case you are wondering we normally plant 50-60 acres of corn, but we lost some rented acres this year so we are down to 40 acres. That's another reason we need a good crop. We planted approximately 26,000 seeds per acre.  So, theoretically we have just over 1 million corn plants. Hopefully this fall each of them will have one or two nice large ears ready to be harvested. 

I will be posting pictures of our endeavors on the farm. Be sure to check out: www.facebook.com/carltonfarm or on our new instagram account @carltonfarm

Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.

Sincerely,

Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms
Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153
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