New Beginnings and New Ideas

Spring is a season of renewal, and rejuvenation which always feels imperative after a season of turning inward and reflecting. When springtime comes, I feel like I want to hang myself out on the clothes line and let my anxious mind, and my chilled bones be aired out by the cool spring breeze. It feels so refreshing to have a glimpse of spring, even if it's just a day or two of warmer weather, being able to open up the windows, let the fire die down and sit on the porch listening to the chorus of birds.

Right now, everything is wet. Every walkway, every field, every garden bed, everything! This has become quite frustrating for us because we are trying to prepare beds for spring. But instead they are mud piles, squishy mud and thick as glue! It’s time for a couple of very sunny and dry days, so we can clean out the grass from our newly tilled beds, prepare them, and then plow and disc our main field and our neighbors field in order to start planting and set out the irrigation. We are ready to get a move on it! I feel the excitement in my bones!

Currently we are tending our seed starts, our little chicks, and building rabbit hutches, farm stands, farm signs, fencing, painting bee hives, building tables, mulching, pruning fruit trees, planting trees, finishing our kitchen and more! It has been an amazingly productive year so far! When I think about how much we've accomplished, I think HOLY COW that's awesome and then I feel exhausted just thinking about it. Currently, we are preparing all of the structures that we will need throughout the year, as we wait for the ground to soak up the water and the plants to grow.

We are starting up the sign up process for weekly flower arrangement delivery CSA and the monthly Farmer's Hands to Table Supper Club. Both of these are services that can be subscribed, given as gifts, possibly done with work share. To explain a little more, we have include some more information about these services.

Flower CSA Membership

  • 12 week local and unique flower arrangement CSA.
  • (12 weeks) June 24th-September 23rd or (6 weeks) either June 24th to August 5th or August 5th to September 23rd
  • We grow special varieties of flowers to share with the community, and have unique country and playful arranging techniques. By supporting The Farmer's Hands Flower CSA you are supporting the passions of two young farmers and having the opportunity to provide yourself with fresh floral inspiration every week.
  • We always use flowers that we grow, but based on seasonality and availability. We supplement with unique greenery, leaves, dried flowers and woody plants when necessary.
  • The CSA will run from June 24th to September 23rd
  • Deliveries will happen on Wednesdays
  • Value of arrangements will average at about 15-20 dollars a week
  • Pay for arrangements plus a delivery fee to make up a full membership rate
  • Please provide us with a drop off location at your home that is shaded and protected from wind for the arrangement to be delivered.
  • The vases with the arrangements are rentals (therefore you must leave vases in your drop off location for us to pick up the following week)
  •  if you live farther than 20 minutes circumference around Asheville please email us and ask before purchasing

For more information check out our Flower CSA webpage

"The Farmer's Hands to Table" Supper Club

  • "The Farmer's Hands to Table" Supper Club will happen the third Saturday of the month
  • Reservations close the Monday before the Saturday event for preparation purposes
  • Meals are served family style, outside at our farm tables, under string lights and a canopy of leaves
  • Please make us aware of any food allergies at least 2 weeks before the event.
  • This is a dinner CSA, the purchase of a ticket enables us to buy seeds, grow vegetables and flowers and helps us create these wonderful events. By supporting The Farmer's Hands to Table dinner CSA you are supporting the passions of two young farmers to create a hand made life that they want to share with the world.

Some of the basics about the event:

  • BYOB
  • No dogs
  • No children under 13 
  • We will have a bonfire in our fire pit going during events
  • Our farm stand will be open during events where you can purchase vegetables, fruits, flowers, and eggs. Availability will vary based on seasonality.
  • By purchasing this ticket you are buying a share in The Farmer's Hands Homestead, and you are purchasing vegetables and flowers from our farm. This ticket is not payment for a service (that is our donation). 
  • Reimbursement policy-if event is canceled you get a credit for another dinner as reimbursement
  • Rain Policy: if it rains, we will reschedule for the following week

For more information check out our the Farm Dinners webpage

Outdoor Dining Table and Benches

We have the remnants of an old road running through our property. It used to connect the main road to Bailey Mountain, which I can see from my office window. Sometime in the fifties, I believe, the road was decommissioned, but we can still see clear evidence of the road as it runs past the house. It’s lined on one side by maple trees, and on the other by large burning bushes, and is therefore a nicely secluded little lane that we immediately felt would be an incredible place for an outdoor dining area. We envisioned lights strung between the trees, a couple really large tables that could seat 20 people or more, with walls of green on both sides and a canopy of leaves. 

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This summer was hectic with the garden and I couldn’t find the time to make the tables, but I did get my design finalized so that when I did find the time to start constructing them, I would be ready to go, and when fall rolled around, it was building time. 

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I wanted the table and benches to be really simple, reminiscent of old farm tables; nice and sturdy and made of wood that could withstand the elements. Ideally I would have built the whole thing out of cedar, but that was an extremely expensive option, so I opted for number two treated pine for the frame and legs, and some nice and thick pine for the top that I finished with two colors of deck stain to give it the look of old wood as well as making it waterproof. 

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The design is rustic yet elegant, and it took me no more than three days to complete the two tables and four benches. No complicated joinery, just a kreg jig and lots of 2-1/2” screws. I sanded all the edges of the wood to make it look older, and the number two pine I used is pretty rough, so that added to the rustic aesthetic. The staining took a bit longer as there was quite a bit of waiting time in between the coats of stain. They look great and we have had many wonderful meals out there and hope to have many many more! 


If anybody is interested in owning one of these, let me know and I will build you a set. Contact me at mrfarmershands@gmail.com for details.