IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME!

It’s been a long time! I haven’t blogged in about 3 weeks now. I took some time off to try to regroup and refresh for the new and exciting life I am creating. July 17th was my final day at the day job I have had for the past 9 1/2 years. Needless to say, it was bittersweet! I had to take some time to process both the joy and the fear, but I am back now. Today, for the first time, it feels like things are beginning to take shape. My schedule is starting to come together, and I feel like I am beginning to find my rhythm between farming, herbalism, markets, and taking time to nurture myself (the last one still needs lots of work).

Here is a little bit of what I have been up to the past 3 weeks.

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My best gals threw me a little party my last day of work to celebrate my new journey. They are the best!

2The very next day we had our first farmer’s market. We are attending the West End Farmer’s Market every Saturday 9-12:30 and we absolutely love it! Come see us sometime if you can!

4 5 13 20 14We have been harvesting tons of herbs and flowers lately. Which has allowed us to increase our product line and do a few special order bouquets.

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This bouquet we did for a friend of ours to give to her sister on her birthday!

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We have also launched our skin care line. You can find it in our Etsy store. It has been great to cleanse and nourish my dirty farming skin!

22Lots of things in the garden have failed or broken this year. I am so thankful for this guy for helping me keep it all together!

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We have been preserving tons of food and eating lots of garlic!

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16 15We are still harvesting quite a bit and are keeping up with our CSA and market stand at Porter Road Butcher. You can find us there the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 4-7!

9So far, so good. I am loving my new adventure and looking forward to sharing all the new ups and downs with you all! Thank you for all the continued love and support and for help making our dreams possible!

Peace,

Nicole

***MONDAY’S MOTIVATION***

A single photo to sum up my week and help me stay motivated for the week to come. Please feel free to add a link to what motivated you through the week in the comments section below. Happy Monday. Stay positive!

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My hubby built me this amazing new kitchen shelf yesterday! Ignore the messy kitchen!

BITS & PIECES

I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to write, so here are a few bits and pieces from my last week or so!

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Zinnias have been filling every room of our home lately.
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Too much basil is never a problem! We put up lots of pesto last night!
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The squash is coming on strong, but every day is a squash bug battle! Any home remedies you’d like to share?
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We picked our first round of beans yesterday! I can’t wait to make some dilly beans with them!
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Our plants are FULL of peppers! Most of the plants are doing amazing, but we are suffering from blossom end rot on a few.
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A weedy view of the side of the garden.
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I love okra and can’t wait for these to be full!
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Okra blossoms are one of my favorites!
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Zinnias for days.
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This sweet little fella followed me around in the garden yesterday.
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We have been making tons of bouquets lately.
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The bees love the bee balm!
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Another bouquet we made. This one was for my dad.
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The echinacea is doing great!
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A few little taters.
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Our garlic is delicious!
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We adopted a new chicken from friends who are moving away. Meet Ms. Betty!
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We had a surprise party for my dad last Friday to celebrate his life! One year ago that day we almost lost him, and he is still here kicking butt today. A joyous celebration indeed!

I hope your gardens are bountiful!

Peace,

Nicole

FARM CRUSH FRIDAY

This week our big crush is Little Seed Farm. This sweet family moved from the big city, NYC to follow their dreams and farm in rural Tennessee. Their mission is based on true sustainability providing raw milk cheeses, organic skincare products (the body butter is to die for), and humanely and sustainably raised meats. What they do is truly wonderful, not to mention they are some of the most kindhearted folks around!

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Photo courtesy of Little Seed Farm
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Find our more about Little Seed Farm on their website HERE, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Oh! And you can get some of that amazing body butter I was talking about HERE!

Peace, Nicole