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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
🌱🌸🌿 The first of many seeds have been sown! Spring is finally here at Cane Creek! 🌿🌸🌱
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally March 22nd, 2017
Despite the erratic weather, the farm is doing well, growing good healthy crops! We are experimenting again this year- this time with permanent raised beds in front of the store. They were prepared yesterday and we will be planting them the next couple of weeks. Potatoes will be planted in front of the muscadine vines this weekend.
Thanks to all of you who signed up for the spring season early and gave us the money to get everything set up! This year we want to focus on making the CSA more accessible to more people by providing more recipes in a new format, a new newsletter format, and weekly samples.
We have also added a new drop site on the east side of the county, to combat the traffic problem people face in getting to the farm in western Forsyth County. The Mercantile Company located on Buford Hwy and Johns Creek Yoga in Johns Creek make it possible for those in the eastern and southern parts of the county to pick up their shares in a reasonable amount of time. Traffic issues are becoming a real part of our daily life in this fast growing county. If anyone on the north side would like to organize a drop site, we need 5 people to buy a share to deliver to a particular drop site. If you get 10 people to buy a share at your drop site, your share will be free.
Contact Lynn to discuss this opportunity for summer season.
So far, March has been a rather trying month for both the farm and its farmers at Cane Creek thanks to fluctuating temperatures. The 70°-to-20° shifts are okay for hardier, cold-tolerant crops such as our White Russian Kale and Swiss Chard, but our delicate blueberry bushes have been tricked into thinking it was safe to bud!
In an attempt to save the baby blue' buds, we've installed overhead irrigation to coat the limbs in water. This is supposed to protect the newly formed buds from temperatures that would otherwise kill them (down to 22°). After the first night of frost, they were looking good. But when the second night of 19° came, there were some casualties. Luckily, there are still some bushes that haven't started to put out flowers yet, so we might have blueberries yet!
Get Ready for Lunch N' Learn Sessions!
Cane Creek Farm's Lunch N' Learn Series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, March through October. The active learning experiences take place at the farm, 11 AM – 1 PM, and include a simple lunch made from farm produce and ingredients. The variety of topics are geared towards the backyard farmer who can take the information and skills home, and implement a new sustainable practice or hobby. The classes are $35 per person, limited to 10 participants, and advance registration is required.
On Wednesday, April 12 the class will learn about and then prepare and plant an organic raised vegetable bed. Students will take home vegetable transplants to start their own gardens. Register here.
Get Set for Farm Camp 2017!
Children between 8-12 who welcome bugs, dirt, and the outdoors are invited to attend Farm Camp! Participants will learn about sustainable agriculture, nature's pollinators, and clean eating during this one-week, hands-on experience! Camp will be held June 12-16 at a cost of $150. We are partnering with Cumming First United Methodist Church ( on Canton Hwy.) this year as part of their camp program. The farmers at Cane Creek will be active leaders in the camp. Drop off and pick up will be at the church with transportation to the farm.
Now's the time to sign up for your young one's next summer adventure, as there's limited space available.
For more information on registration, please visit the website here.
Organic Growing Class Field Trip!
A couple more weeks have passed, and we've covered introductory plant physiology and deciphering one's soil test results. Later on, we traveled to both fledgling and seasoned farms in the area for garden inspiration and education.
Grass-Fed Beef and Lamb Now Available!
We are now taking orders for beef and lamb, for delivery within the next few weeks. The lamb is $340 for a whole lamb or $180 for a half. Beef is by hanging weight:
$5.25/lb hanging weight, for a half or more.
We request a deposit of $100 for the lamb (whole) or $50 for a half lamb. For the beef we request a deposit of $300 for the whole or $150 for the half. This basically covers the cost of processing, which we have to pay when we go to pick up the meat.
We'll be taking the lamb to the processor on April 6th, so we should be able to deliver around the 11th. Beef will be as soon as we can get it scheduled, within the next few weeks.
If you have questions or would like to place an order, send us an email or call Chuck at 678-799-6600.