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Not Too Late to Plant

August 4, 2012

You can still plant now for a fall harvest! If you plant summer squash or cucumber seeds for plants that have a 60 day or less "days to maturity" window, you can harvest in late black_cherry_tomatoSeptember. You can also plant another round of tomatoes. (We have the 'Black Cherry' variety available as transplants.) 

Now's a good time to plant summer greens, native perennials, and perennial herbs. You just have to make sure to keep everything well watered while it is establishing roots. That means watering in the morning and evening every day for the first month unless we get at least 1/2 inch of rain during the day. 

Charlotte Glen of the Pender County Extension has a great article in on the Star News website today (it will be in the paper tomorrow) about planting for fall harvesting. 

You can also read all of our previous newsletter archives online by clicking here. 

The Farmers' Markets are still going strong, so we look forward to seeing you there!

Margaret Shelton & the Farm Crew

Basil in the Morning, Basil in the Evening, Basil all the time

snipping basil

Basil is a plant that, the more you cut it, the more it grows. Snip basil flowers off the plant to keep the plant producing tasty, fragrant leaves. 

You can still plant basil as long as you water it. Our plants are nice and full! You can plant them, give them a "haircut" and make pesto. 

We will also have bunches of fresh-cut basil for you at the Riverfront Farmers' Market tomorrow. 

Margaret loves pesto! Here's a favorite recipe:

Basil Pesto

4 cups fresh basil leaves (from about 3 large bunches)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino Sardo or Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt


Combine first 4 ingredients in blender. Blend until paste forms, stopping often to push down basil. Add both cheeses and salt; blend until smooth. Transfer to small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Top with 1/2 inch olive oil and chill.)

The Barn Storm for Local Food Tour

Barnstorm for local food tour

Barn Storm Tour for Local Food Hits More Than 35 Stops throughout Carolinas

In the Wilmington area on August 4th at the Riverfront Farmers Market

and Red Beard Farms in Castle Hayne


With a summer harvest in full swing, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association launched its first Barn Storm Tour of the Carolinas at the beginning of July. The tour sends two intrepid CFSA employees to more than 35 farmers markets and stops throughout North and South Carolina from now through October, providing resources to help farmers and restaurateurs grow their businesses.


The tour heads to the Wilmington area this weekend, with a CFSA-sponsored Local Food Meetup at Red Beard Farm on Aug. 4 at 4:00pm. The event is free and presented in partnership with Feast Down East. It is open to the public with the goal of bringing farmers and local food lovers together for an afternoon of food and conversation. Whole Foods has donated some finger food, Tidal Creek Co-Op has donated beer, and CFSA will be providing free mason jars which can be used for the beverage of your choice. CFSA will also be at the Riverfront Farmers Market that morning in Wilmington.


The tour’s goals include creating a more robust Local Food Finder (, CFSA’s new one-stop website for finding local food, farms, food artisans, food trucks and restaurants. Consumers can search for local food purveyors based on location or specified search term and will be directed to full farm, restaurant and shop profiles with details on how to buy their goods.


Another focus of the tour is the 2012 Farm Bill, a piece of federal legislation that is revamped every five years, affecting food in a myriad of ways that includes farms, both big and small, and federal assistance programs like SNAP benefits.


At each tour stop, CFSA will collect local food stories that demonstrate just how much farmers and food businesses grow and support the local economy and why consumers should buy local and organic.


“Every city and small town here in the Carolinas has its own nuanced appreciation for local food,” said Victoria Bouloubasis, Barn Storm Tour Coordinator.  “Our goal on the tour is to find what naturally matters most within each community. The big idea is to tell those powerful food and farming stories that will inspire more people to support sustainable agriculture.”


The tour features CFSA-sponsored community meetups at each stop. They allow for farmers and food artisans to showcase their hard work, and for conscious consumers to learn how to become more involved and supportive of these efforts.  So far we have had meet-ups at City Tap in Pittsboro, NC, Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC, City Roots Farm in Columbia, SC,  Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, NC, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro, NC, Company Shops Market in Burlington, NC and F.A.R.M. Café in Boone, NC.


Tour dates and schedule, tour map and more information can be found at

Market Schedule

At the Markets
All of the Markets are Now Open!

Riverfront Farmers' Market -- Saturdays in Downtown Wilmington along the riverfront between Market and Princess. 8am-1pm.

Poplar Grove Farmers' Market -- Wednesdays at Poplar Grove. 8am-1pm. 

Shallotte Farmers' Market -- Saturdays from 8am-12pm Riverside Park

Waterfront Market, Southport -- Wednesdays, 8am-1pm. Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn.

Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market -- Old Causeway Drive across from the Post Office.  Mondays 8am-1pm.


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