Monday, September 29, 2014

Purposeful Pink Pumpkins

Pumpkins have long had my heart.  When I was little we (my cousin and I) would always carve or paint pumpkins. This event was usually orchestrated by our Grandma Joan.  She would load us on one of the continuous loops of wagons headed out to one of our fields or buckle us in her ancient burgundy Chrysler  (you the kind that would talk to you and say, "door is ajar") and haul it up the hill and past the pond to the pumpkins!  I miss that car!

Even when I was older I would take a hayride and just enjoy the weather, the people, and the excitement of finding "the pumpkin."

When I was cruising through seed catalogs looking at pumpkin varieties I came across Porcelain Doll F1 pumpkins! I was instantly on board. 

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink pumpkins are a perfect fit! 

I will be offering pink pumpkins at all of the Tailgate Markets we attend and via our Buying Club.  It's open to non-buying club members if you're not a member but would like to get a pink pumpkin feel free to head over to the Buying Club as a guest and you can pick up your purchase on the farm on Sundays. 

Pink pumpkins regardless of size are $7.00.

$5.00 will go to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation and $2.00 will go toward the cost of growing them.  

"The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation was created in 2012 to aid in the fight against breast cancer. America’s pumpkin growers have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research."

So come visit us at a farmers' market or the buying club to check out these festive pink pumpkins!


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Frequently Asked Questions

I get asked a lot of questions about why I started farming, where, how, when, etc.  

You might have the same burning questions so here's a list of the questions I get often and some answers....

What's your name? 

My Answer: My name is Rose, Rose Robson

How old are you? 
So many people think I'm older than I am...slightly depressing. 

My Answer: I am 27.

Do you work on the farm? 
At the farmers' market I get asked quite a bit if I work on the farm. It's not a crazy question since many farmers send hired help to the market while they're home farming.

My Answer: Yes, I own the business.

How did you get into farming? 
It's a really unique time in agriculture. There are so many 1st generation farmers now so people are curious how a young person would make their way into the industry.  

My Answer: I'm a fourth generation farmer. I left the farm and headed down to University of South Carolina for college and took a few jobs else where but farming is somewhat genetic. It will pull you home. I am also an only child and did not want something so special, to end with me.  I never thought I'd return to the farm until my dad passed away while I was in college...then it was the only thing I thought about.   

Why did you leave your job in medical sales to farm? 

My Answer: I was restless. I felt unfulfilled.  Yes, the money was good. I was comfortable but I knew very clearly that was not my calling in life.    

Did you grow this stuff in your garden/back yard?
I get this question very often.  I'm not sure if it's because of my age or what but it always makes me smile. 

My Answer: I farm on 40 acres.  3 acres of which are peaches. 

Do you work when it rains? 

My Answer: Yes! Rain or shine. Frigid cold or sweltering heat. 

How many days a week do you work or do you have to work today?
When I get asked this I am reminded how important it is to educate friends old and new about what it takes to grow the food we eat.

My Answer: I work 7 days a week from April until Thanksgiving.  No matter how tired I am I just think...I'm doing it. I'm doing what I want to do (Hell Yea!). And it keeps me going. Everything is perishable and time sensitive so things have to be done today because tomorrow it might be too late.  

Do you work on the weekends?

My Answer: Yes 

How many hours a day do you work? 
This depends a little bit on the time of year, weather it's peach season or not and how many hours of day light there are.  These hours also include the back work needed to run the buying club and other areas of the business.  

My Answer: 12-18 hours a day

What time do you get up in the morning? 

My Answer: It depends on what day of the week it is. Saturdays I always wake up at 4 AM. It's a big market day so it's important to get an early start. Most days I get up between 5 and 5:30.  I like to get to the farm between 6 and 7 AM.

How do you have to time to go to Crossfit?

My Answer: I don't have time. I make time. I love my gym and the people.  It's a good way to not only stay fit (so I can carry 75-90 lbs of peaches through the orchard and lug giant picking bins) but it keeps me from loosing my mind. 

What your favorite thing to grow? 
Such a tough question...there are so many things I love! 

My Answer: Top 5 - Peaches, beets, red butterhead lettuce, heirloom anything (tomatoes, melons, etc.), brussels sprouts, flowers, husk cherries...anything else totally out of the box! (I realize that was more than 5 but there's so many cool things to grow!) 

Least favorite thing to grow? 

My Answer: I don't really have a least favorite thing to grow but I do have least favorite things to pick....I hate picking strawberries the most closely followed by okra. 

As I get more questions I'll add to this post.  Stay tuned....

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is my Watermelon Ready?

golden midget heirloom watermelon

Watermelon selection is a bit of a mystery to most people. 

It's like when you bake a pie and give it as a gift.  You (at least I do) have all of these lingering questions?

Is it good? Is it too watery inside or did I get it right?  What if I just gave someone a horrible gift when all I wanted to do was something nice?

Kind of the same idea with a watermelon....

In the past years I have recieved pictures and been invited into backyard gardens to determine if the melon in question was ready.  I hope I helped those friends and left them feeling empowered and in the know.

So I'll now share that information to you....

1. Is the fun little curly vine that is at the exact spot where the watermelon stem connects to the bigger vine brown?

2. Is the melon slightly yellow on the bottom?

3. When you give it a tap with your pointer finger knuckle does it make a high sound?

If you answered yes to all of the should be ready.

The final test is that the watermelon should slip easily from the vine.
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