Urban Farm Updates, July 27th, 2017

Fun on the Farm!

Did you know? “Cool as a Cucumber” is actually based off of science?! The inside temperature of a cucumber straight from the vine can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air temperature! Now that is a cool cucumber!

What’s Growing On?

Valley Falls Team! Winner of the Peach Jam 2017!

What a busy week it has been! For anyone who reads my blogs regularly, checks our facebook page, or who came to the event, you’d know that this past Saturday was our 2017 Peach Jam fundraiser event at Harvest Park! Heather Raines, our Market Manager, worked very hard to put the whole event together, and make it an event that the whole community can celebrate! There was live music, raffle prizes, face painting, a bounce house, and a peach recipe tasting/contest with local teams competing. We had several hundred people come out to help us celebrate our Upstate Peach Farmers and to help us to raise funds so that we can keep doing what we do and offering all of our great services throughout Spartanburg County! Congratulations to the winning team of the peach tasting/contest, Valley Falls Terrace, who made an incredible Peach Flambe! The best news, is that their recipe will now be on the Monarch Cafe menu for the next year, so if you came and enjoyed the flambe, you are in luck, and if you were unable to join us at the Peach Jam 2017, you are still in luck! You get to go and try the winning recipe at the Monarch Cafe for the next 12 months! For those of you that couldn’t attend, I will attach some more photos from the event at the bottom of my blog.

First Honeydew of the 2017 season!

I had the first of my Honeydew come off of the farm this week! A total of 50lbs for the first harvest! They are super sweet and oh so beautiful! These melons will be going out on the Mobile for sale, so be sure to find Caroline Sexton on the mobile today and buy them up! Caroline is filling in for our newly hired Mobile Market Mananger, Hannah, who is on vacation this week. Hannah will be back out running the mobile next Tuesday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Mobile Market, it is our mobile produce unit that makes stops throughout Spartanburg County, at businesses, community centers, libraries, colleges etc, and sells produce from the Urban Farm as well as our market vendors. There is always good stuff to find on the mobile, and it makes shopping locally easy and convenient; just check out the schedule to find a location and time that works for you and then head on over to meet the mobile and see what amazing products we have out there! To check out where our Mobile Market is going to be and find an up-to-date schedule, please check out the Mobile Market tab on our website (hubcityfm.org).

New Filing Cabinet!

Caroline Sexton went out last week and got a much needed (upcycled) Filing Cabinet for me to keep at the farm! I can now keep my education program materials, my farm business resources and my educational books at the farm, where they are quick and easy resource for myself as well as any quests on the farm. Now I face the task of transferring all of my materials from the office over to the farm and organizing everything. It will take a little while to get everything organized effectively, but it will be so worth it! It is going to be awesome to have access to all of the farm records as I file them, and be able to compare year to year success and have paper records as the farm transforms into a vibrant Urban Farm! Putting a little bit of time and effort into organizing everything can save loads of time and energy down the road!

The Tomatillos are growing bigger by the day!

My produce count for the year is up to 1,090lbs so far, for 2017! And it is only July! I still have some plants that have not started producing yet, and still others that I will be planing now, and over the next several weeks, for a fall and winter harvest! It is hard to believe how fast the summer has gone by, and that I need to be planting fall crops already! It seems like this year has positively flown by! Before I know it, I will be setting everything up for 2018! In fact, I have already started working on the budget and seed orders for 2018!

Craft Project- step 1 complete

One of the projects I have been working on this week is applying several spray coats of red paint to some small stones. I will paint these stones to look like different fruits/veggies (tomatoes/watermelon etc) and they will then be placed throughout the farm, for a quick hide and go seek activity with a group of children I will be hosting at the Urban Farm on August 3rd. The kids will find these stones while interacting with the garden space, and they will have to collect one stone per child. Whatever fruit/veggie they collect will determine what activity they do next. This is a fun, easy and interactive way to get kids outside and interacting with a garden space.

Below are some photos from the Peach Jam 2017! For those of us that went, we had a phenomenal time, and we hope that everyone who came feels the same way, and I sincerely encourage you to start thinking about ways that you can get involved for next year’s Peach Jam!

As always, thanks for checking out the blog, feel free to email me with any questions, comments etc (mwhiteley@hubcityfm.org)! I look forward to hearing from you, and can’t wait to share with you more adventures from the farm!

Guests at the Peach Jam enjoying the live music!

Valley Falls Team! Winner of the Peach Jam 2017!

Chartwells Team!

IQue BBQ Team!

Events with Taylor Team!

Some great teams competing with some incredible, creative peach inspired recipes!

Winners of the Peach Jam 2017, Valley Falls with their Peach Flambe!

Tina Anderson and Gigail Petty working at the ticket sales booth!

Peach Jam 2017 was a fantastic event, open to pets and people alike!

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