January 2012: Welcome to 2012, ladies and gents! This is a big year for Love Story Farm. For the first time, we will be participating in the tri-city tailgate farmers market and hosting fewer, though much larger, events on the farm! Check back for updates concerning the: Cob Workshop Weekend, Sustainability Skills School and Great Pumpkin Event.
March 2012: So much was planted and started! Unfortunately, our baby chicks decided the tomato seed starts were food! And we lost quite a bit of our products from their snacking. They couldn't live in the house and we had always wondered why farmers didn't raise the little babies in a hoophouse! We found the answer. But that is farming!
April 2012: Two of the baby chicks found a new home with the farms good friend, Leah. Charlotte and Lucy will live out their days on her farm. That leaves us with 29 baby chicks, who are now living in the chicken coop. The big chickens seem interested in the babies and, luckily, aren't bothering them at all! Its funny to see who we think might be a rooster or a hen. We'll have to see if our assumptions are right! Right now, we are gearing up for our first day at the market! Come visit us at the Tri City Tailgate Farmers Market on April 28 from 8am until noon. And every Saturday afterward!
May 2012: What a crazy busy month! Now that the girls have started working at the market, the Farm has gotten even more nuts! But they sure are enjoying selling their products to the locals of Rutherford County! The biggest accomplishment of May? Getting the kitchen NCDA certified! That's right, ladies and gents, Love Story Farm is now in possession of a certified kitchen which allows them to sell baked goods and jams and jellies. After a level two inspection (coming in July!), salsas and spaghetti sauces will also become available. Nom!
June 2012: Welcome Our State Magazine, the Rutherford Tourism Board, and the Sustainable Farms Tourism Board! We hope you enjoyed your visit to the Farm! We sure enjoyed having you folks out to us! June has been the month of publicity and spreading the word about all the awesome things we do here at Love Story Farm. The hardest parts of this month? The loss of ten baby chicks (they mysteriously disappeared one afternoon), a puppy who was attacked by bees and became outrageously swollen, and another puppy diagnosed (and cured) of rocky mountain spotted fever. The baked goods have been a big hit at the market and Christine started selling blackberry jam, much to the excitement and pleasure of the customers! Delicious!
July 2012: Its attack of the killer tomatoes out at Love Story Farm! Hybrids and heirlooms have started ripening and are selling most excellently at the Tri-City Tailgate Market. Products have also been listed online with the Farmers Fresh Market and the Ballantyne hotel has become a big fan of the cherry tomato mix (red and yellow) and of Christine's Peach Jam!
Due to pest control problems, and the crop failure as a result, we will NOT be having our GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL! We apologize for any incovenience this may cause. Unfortunately, the pest population invaded Love Story Farm and we were unable to keep up with the damage. We will have an updated schedule events in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned and don't forget to follow us on Facebook!
Just a friendly reminder that we are at the Tri-City Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 8am till Noon! Come out and say hello! We love to meet our fans!
Starting Sunday, July 15, 2012, Love Story Farm will offer tours on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Because Nicole is an unpaid intern, she will be charging $10 a carload for the tours. This price will pay for her time and also award the participants with a farm fresh gift at the end! She asks that you please wear comfortable shoes and, in the hotter months, a hat and sunblock. The terrain is uneven at times, so please keep that in mind when coming out for a tour. The tour will begin at 4 pm and last approximately one hour. Nicole hopes to add more time-slots to the schedule in the coming weeks, so please continue to check back on the website or Facebook for updated information!