How Can a CSA Help Me?

After the holiday season most of us make resolutions to eat better and to exercise. “This year will be the year!” we convince ourselves. Week one and two are usually gravy (pun intended). However, if you are among the few that make it to weeks three and four then you already know how this short story ends. Now I’m not saying that all are unsuccessful but let’s be honest people – most are!

I am no health guru by any means but in the last year I have lost more weight and kept it off not by dieting by making lifestyle adjustments just as in my “Journey to a Healthier Me” series. Growing food is not light work by any means. Working outside growing the vegetables, having fresh vegetables on hand, learning how to cook them in tasty and creative ways, and having the understanding support of my friends, has been life changing for not just me but the entire family. Our children, particularly our daughter, loves eating foods raw right from the ground. It really is our new normal. The family is now overly critical of any store brought vegetables all because they now understand how it is “supposed” to taste!

The Bain & Hawkins Family are the first shareholders of Kith and Kin CSA. We both got into growing food because we wanted to feed our families clean, wholesome food. So when Kith and Kin CSA is in season we harvest for our families as too! As a side effect, our quality of life has improved. Kith & Kin can be just as beneficial for you and your family! How?

Having fresh vegetables on hand is really a huge step in the healthy direction! As a fast paced society, we generally eat what we have on hand. Old habits die hard! If our cabinet and/or fridge has junk foods then that is what we will go for. You know I’m speaking TRUTH! Let’s say it is a Thursday evening after work. Are you inclined to go to the grocery store, fight the 5 o’clock rush and buy some fresh veggies for dinner (and cook them), would you make due with what you have, or pull through a drive thru and get the family meal? Obviously none of these choices are wrong. We do what we can to provide for our families! Having said that, why not make it easier? When we harvest our baskets, we prefer prep by cleaning the produce and storing it in the fridge. So when the above mentioned situation comes around we can prepare a hearty home cooked meal fairly quickly!

Learning how to cook fresh vegetables may seem like a “duh” sentence but is it really? Did you know that a fresh cut head of broccoli may require more cooking time that one that is frozen? If you cook it longer then how do you preserve the nutrients? What if you are making a stir fry? When using fresh vegetables you are in control. No cooking or prep has been done at all. To some that maybe somewhat overwhelming but to us we like knowing that we are in control of our food and as a direct result our health! The salt content, tenderness, and nutritional value – all in your hands!

Rachel, I and our families have been homesteading for some years now. The mistakes we have made do not have to be yours! When we prepare our meals we are always thinking about our members so we take photos and I personally take notes (because my memory is unreliable) so as to be able to share our successes with you in the form of recipes and tutorials. Even in the off season as we are working with the fresh picked produce, we are creating recipes to share with shareholders in Spring or Fall.

Having the understanding support of friends is INVALUABLE! There is a support group for nearly everything! This is rightly so. A support group is defined as (according to the google search engine) “a group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice.” I personally called up my mom when I was making a new recipe or one she had taught me and I’ve forgotten a step or two. When we shifted to trying to eat healthier I found that I needed to adjust ingredients here and there but I didn’t always know how to do so without ruining the recipe. I failed many times. I learned from those fails and I am happy to share that knowledge with our CSA members via our private Facebook group. I have only my knowledge to share however in our Facebook community of friends, in our private group, there are many who are vegans, vegetarians or even ova-pescatarians. There are some who eat exclusively organics and ones who mix it up. All that experience is there for all of us to tap into. Let’s face it, not everyone understands the journey of eating, no, living healthier. So having the encouragement & support of a group that does, is priceless!

So yes, a CSA can be beneficial for you and your family too. The above areas are just a few of the many ways Kith and Kin can benefit you. If you think about the unique needs of your family, we are sure you will come up with a whole host of other ways Kith and Kin can improve your lives. So rather than being among the thousands that go on fad diets and secure gym memberships that will only occasionally be used – CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Kith and Kin offers two options for you. A half share feeds a family of two (2 adults). Each week you will receive 5 to 6 items. A full share feeds a family of four (2 adults and 2 children). Each week you will receive 6 to 8 items. Our feature image above is from week eight of the full share. Among the goodies were Thai Eggplant and Fennel which are not commonly found at farmers markets in the area. Our members did not have to fret about how to prepare because we already shared recipes earlier in the season!

If this seems like something you want to be a part of then we invite you to join us before December 31st when our early bird special concludes. Early bird members get a free jam or jelly as a nice sign up bonus! If this does not seem like something you want to be a part of, that is just fine. We understand that this is not for everyone. We will continue to offer our fresh produce at farmers markets and online via our online shop. However, our shareholders come first and will always be given priority when it comes to what we have growing during our Spring and Fall seasons. Our expansions do allow both Bain Home Gardens and Hawkins Homestead Farm to offer more than we ever have so stay tuned as we bring quality produce – from our family to yours!

2018 Fall Re-Garden

Well sometimes you get a clean slate in the garden such as the start of Spring when the ground is warming and you finally have the chance to scratch that itch you’ve had for all of 2 months (here in our area, planting is basically a year round thing)! Sigh. It has been my goal to not be too negative about crops lost to hurricane Michael. In fact I’ve attempted to get this blog done for nearly two weeks! The reality is that what we lost pales in comparison to the thousands who are still without power and many others without homes. Also on the agriculture front here in the South there were millions of dollars of Cotton crops lost. I never paid too much attention to local agriculture prior to becoming a homesteader. The truth of the matter is that on the small scale of which we operate, it is easier to recuperate than if we were larger. For that, I am thankful. So how do you get over losses of crops? Here is what we did:

  • Inventory: This was perhaps the most depressing part of the process. Just walking through and seeing things wilted, leaning, dying – so NOT cool! This however is a very necessary step. During this particular time of the year we still had some summer vegetables that were still productive. These were not included on our list since they were already at the end of their life cycle.  What we did include were plantings relevant to the Fall growing season.  In our case this meant that our Swiss Chard, Peas, Scarlet Kale, among others, needed to be added to this list.
  • Organize:  This step is all about the numbers.  Now its time to see if you can get the lost crops replanted and to a suitable size before your fist frost date. Get your seed organizer out and read the backs of those packetsFortunately for us, since most of our crops are ready for harvest in about 50 days, we had time to replant. Here is an area you can prioritize if you are running short on time. We were still cleaning at this point and as areas became clear we replanted. If this happens to be your case then prioritize planting in these are by 2 criteria:
    • What you need – Plant things you absolutely need for your family, your farmers market, or wherever you are sourcing your produce. This could be your cash crop or even a member of the dirty dozen that you never buy commercially.
    • Seed to Harvest time – Plant those crops that have a lengthier harvest time  right away! Even if your dates for first frost and harvest date overlap it is OK, especially in the Fall crops. For us these included our root crops – Carrots and Rutabagas.
  • Plant: Put all your research and planning to action! Get those seeds in the ground with the confidence that you did your best, despite the challenges, to have a successful crop!
Down Sunflower

Sunflower Down!

When I am down, I turn to my soil, my garden beds, and plots for solace.  When they are down I just feel awful! I’m sure you agree. So for a change, let’s help our gardens to regrow & rejuvenate. That is what our 2018 Fall Re-Garden is all about! Follow our journey on our Facebook & Instagram .

The Goings on – September 2020

So it has arrived – the month at which Summer turns to Fall! This is such an awesome time of the year for many reasons. It tends to be very beautiful. If you live in an area where there are many trees that are not of the evergreen variety then this stunning beauty is nothing new to you. Hues of orange & yellow meeting the blue sky is such a pleasing canvas. We have had the joy of vacationing in Tennessee early October and my, my, MY – JUST STUNNING! Alas… no vacation this year. Not going to beat that dead horse today – moving on! We have so many more positive things to focus on this month.

From Summer to Fall

The garden is always a mess this time of year. Some beds look just plain pitiful if I’m being 100% honest. The heat has ruined most of our Spring greens and what the heat didn’t get, the bugs did. This is nothing unusual but I felt the need to gripe just a little. So where does the positive come in? Well Fall is time to reinvent the farm a bit. Bed turnovers and crop rotation change the face of things rather quickly around here. For instance, the bed pictured below once had beans and Summer squash varieties in it. It has been amended with aged compost and now leafy greens live here and will until mid Winter. In a different bed where zucchini was planted our snow peas are coming up. Soon the area will be teaming with the beautiful lavender and white blossoms. Whatever failures and mistakes were made in Spring and Fall can literally be covered up and you simply start again. In this way season change over here at Bain Home Gardens is quite forgiving.

Sowing Our Seeds & Expanding

Creating new beds for our farm expansion project has been rather labor intensive. Our friends over at Hawkins Homestead Farm have been using a type of permanent bed system and with great success. They invited us to try it as well so we are experimenting with a few of those. You already know that these trials will be documented carefully so that we can assess how well these work for us as opposed to our usual high density technique. This has meant moving loads of compost, spreading, leveling… As I type my shoulders are saying, “massage me!” However the pain is so worth the gain! So far we have planted collards, mustard greens, kale, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, fennel and we didn’t even mention all of the root crops! We do not like to put all of our eggs in one basket so the planting has been split between the field and Hoopty. These have been and continue to be planted in succession to extend our harvest window.

In addition to the native Fall crops we are running trials with with a few non native vegetables, among these is artichoke. It is a beautiful edible ornamental plant that we would love to include in our landscaping. In addition we have heard that the flavor of a freshly harvested artichoke will blow your taste buds away!

Just recently we began to dig up our sweet potatoes. You can watch a short video of the beginning of the harvest here. These will be cured and most will be made available to our CSA members and our family. As we continue to harvest we will have a better idea as to if these can be made available to the general public.

Fall is also the time of the year that we plant our bulbing plants – flowers, onions and garlic. Beds also have to be amended and prepared for these as they should be shipped to us with in the next few weeks. Many of these will not be ready to harvest until May – July of 2021! TALK ABOUT PLANNING AHEAD!

September – Why Special for BHG?

We mentioned earlier that September is a very special month for Bain Home Gardens. We wanted to elaborate on why. On September 23rd 2019 a dream began to be realized for our family. That is the week we broke ground on our high tunnel that we have affectionately come to call Hoopty. To think a structure of wood and plastic could change the face of a business. Admittedly, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly limited just how much change has been implemented but we see great potential! Here is a cute little video in which we take a little walk down memory lane. I’m a firm believer in never forgetting where you came from. It took a little less than three months to complete our structure. It was well worth the time!

Because we were able to start planting earlier in Hoopty, this years cucumber, tomato, pepper and okra harvest have been more than prolific! We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We have been able to supply our family, Kith & Kin CSA and and our loyal customers throughout the Wiregrass; not to mention the jars we have canned and bags we have frozen. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies however. We have certainly had our share of failures in learning to grow in this unique ecosystem. We have learned what grows well in this environment and what doesn’t. As I feared, pests have been a huge irritant. These issues you could say are a part of the learning curve for high tunnel growing. Thankfully we have received guidance from the best in the trade and are paving our own way by creating a knowledge base for growing organically. We are taking notes on every single thing and are certain that this will ensure that the 2021 growing season will be even more spectacular!

Kith & Kin CSA

This month also marks the beginning of our Fall CSA. Thanks to farm expansions on both farms we offered more shares this season than we ever have! This is very exciting for us. This community continues to grow each season and we are excited to welcome our new members as well as welcome back our members that have been with us since the beginning!

This Week’s Listings

You may have noticed that our produce listings have been more limited as of late. As aforementioned the Fall turnover on the farm will temporarily limit available produce options. However we are very excited to be able to offer even limited options year round. This is what we have available this week:

  • Basil – We have Purple, Thai, and Genovese varieties. If you have a preference please indicate.
  • Lemon Grass
  • Pepper Basket
  • Jams & Jellies

Keep in mind that our Summer Plant Sale is also underway. We are happy to help you get your Fall gardens established with plants from our Clean Starts selection. If you want to feed your family your own home grown goodness then this is a fantastic place to start!

All in all it has been an extremely busy month! We have the calluses to prove it! It is however so rewarding to work hard and see the fruits of our labor! Check back next month for more goings on at Bain Home Gardens.

Our Top Home Learning Hacks

So you are going about your merry way and along comes a global pandemic that derails your life! Welcome to life with COVID-19!

Life has changed for many of us in ways we never thought possible. Lysol is now a rare commodity. Right after checking for our keys and wallets, we now check for masks and gloves before leaving home. A cough is a dreaded sound in a crowd of people. Yes, life is truly different as opposed to 2019. More to the point though are the changes many parents are being forced to make – the transition from brick and mortar school to virtual or homeschooling.

What is the Difference?

Homeschooling is private schooling by a parent or other full-time instructor. Curriculum can be supplied by an outside source, paid or free. The options are endless! In most states you will need to be enrolled in an umbrella school. Your base requirements for schooling will be determined in large part by your umbrella school.

Virtual schooling for our purposes is public schooling done from the home of the student. A learning coach is responsible for checking that student assignments are completed, keeping the student on track with assigned lesson plan, logging daily attendance and more. Curriculum is provided based on the state the student is enrolled in. Teachers are assigned to each grade or subject by the school but may not be as accessible as one would hope. Learning is online based. Programs utilized my vary from state to state & from year to year.

Our family has had experience in both of these learning platforms. So we refer to both collectively as home learning. Each have their pros and cons. However, there are some specific techniques we applied to both that has allowed for us to have  a good measure of success. This took lots of trial and error! Seriously, mistakes were made! Our mistakes however do not have to be your own.  Although we do not profess to be experts we do want to share what we have learned over the years in hopes that it can be of benefit to you and your family. So here are our top 5 hacks to home learning!

Remain Structured

If your kids where previously enrolled in a brick and mortar school then this is something they are already accustomed to. It is, however, up to parents to maintain this structure. This will require a measure of self discipline for all parties involved, particularly the parents. If you are a working parent this will be particularly difficult but it is possible. Set designated start and stop times for school. At our home we begin each school day by 8 a.m. On an average day, assignments are completed by 1 p.m. If not we have a hard stop time of 3 p.m. This prevents mental exhaustion of student and teacher. Trust me, once you’ve reached that point nothing good results!

Get dressed for school. It may seem simple enough but it is easy to allow our young ones to stumble out of bed, grab bowl of cereal and report to their desks in their pajamas. I mean, who’s going to see them – right? True; but consider this. Our attitude is reflected in the way we dress. Why do we dress professionally for interviews? We want our potential employers to see a confident responsible person so we dress as such. As a result we feel self assured and will likely ace the interview. It’s no different with school. If your area requires school uniforms you may try that each day or you may create your own dress code. At our home a button down shirt or a polo style shirt with slacks or jeans is acceptable.


Accountability is defined as “the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.” Every school has a code of conduct. It outlines the rules and clearly defines the consequences if said rules are not followed. You likely already have house rules. Create a code of conduct for your home learning as well and consider it an addendum to the house rules. Follow it consistently. This may take much energy in the beginning but as everyone becomes adjusted to their new routine it becomes easier. In our home hubby serves as the “principal”. If we are having issues that I as the teacher cannot resolve with the kids, they get sent to the principal’s office. This rarely happens! Just knowing that it can is more than enough to keep the kiddos on the straight and narrow. It isn’t that you are running some military training school but there has to be a measure of order in the environment for it to be conducive to learning. The students must understand that there will be consequences even though they are at home. You will find things going much smoother throughout the year with applying this one hack!

Take Frequent Breaks

This is something that breaks the norm of conventional schooling but it pays huge dividends! Taking breaks refreshes the brain and emotional state. You can decided when and for how long but be sure to incorporate these particularly during your struggle subjects. For us these are History and Mathematics. We take 10 – 15 minute breaks. As a parent and homemaker I usually take this time to do do a quick chore like taking meat out to thaw for dinner or making a business call. Our kids will do anything from walking the dog to taking a quick power nap. We find that the ratio 1 hour of work to 10 minutes of break is much better than banging our heads against the wall! Often times when there is a problem we can’t seem to figure out, we take a break, come back and the solution just jumps out! Invaluable!

Play Background Music

One of our children has ADD. Quite sometime ago we began to play nature sounds music or some type or orchestral music. He was so young that if he recognized the song he would stop and sing along. This created even more struggle because the class was immediately turned into a concert! Thus the instrumental music. As he got older we migrated to music more pleasing to his tastes. Even throughout college he continued this practice with jazz tunes. This sets a mild and calm mood setting mind and emotions at ease to tackle the day. Studies have shown that “background music may improve focus on a task by providing motivation and improving  mood. During long study sessions, music can aid endurance.

Have Fun!

While these are difficult times make the most of the extra time you have together with your young ones. Their minds are now in your hands. While proceeding with caution don’t forget to have some fun too. YouTube some fun Science experiments on the current topic of class. Do some fun physical activities together. Create a crazy recipe that even the dog won’t eat. Laugh!

Since your child maybe feeling more and more isolated you now also have to factor in his/her socialization. We have made use of the Zoom app and had family game nights with friends. Also though the kids have created links and invited their friends to hang out & play games. Please consider age and adult supervision accordingly. Our young ones need an outlet to express how COVID-19 has changed their lives. As parents we want to be there as much as humanly possible but a real friend is also a good source of comfort. The emotional support they get from each other goes along way towards making the school day more bearable for them and you.

In conclusion, be patient with your children and yourselves. Rather than view this change as yet another complication of COVID-19 look at it as a new adventure, a new chapter in the book that is your family. Prospective is everything! Your students will mimic your negative attitude much quicker than a positive one. So even when there are screw ups and failing grades try to have a good outlook and remember there is always tomorrow!

These techniques and suggestions are from the outlook of the parent. In our next series we will interview the kiddos and see what suggestions they have to offer. That should be a real treat. I’m honestly scared!

Happy learning – from our family to yours!

The Goings On – August 2020

Has the Summer heat drained you? If so you are not alone! We are feeling a bit drained here at Bain Home Gardens too. Let the tardy nature of this months newsletter also be an indication of how crazy things have been! What can we say though; the work must go on! Just what work have we been doing?

Out with the bug infested near dead crops and in with the new!

August is ALWAYS the worse month of the year for us with December being a close 2nd. The extremes in temperatures and rainfall during these months aggravates already stressed out plants making it a challenge to keep things alive and productive. This year has proven to be no exception to the rule!

The good thing about August happens to be the same thing that makes it super hectic – the starting of Fall and Winter crops. This month we have started varieties of broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collards and much more! Timing the planting of these so that they mature in the cool months is crucial to getting a tasty and timely harvest.

These plants will help support our Fall 2020 CSA. However some crops take two full seasons to grow thus they will not make their debut until mid to late Spring, still others not until early Summer! Wild right?!

In addition to starting plants for BHG & Kith & Kin,  we are also planting extra to assist those who would like to have their very own Fall garden. Each month we will be offering our Clean Starts plants. This month’s selection for Summer gardens has been already been exhausted! However, since we are constantly planting, stock will be renewed soon.

Amending raised beds!

We have many raised beds of various sizes surrounding our field areas. This time of the year we amend these with compost to ensure the soil is able to support the demands that long season crops insist upon. Our desire isn’t to just grow produce but we want to grow produce with a superb flavor. To do this proper nutrition must be available to the plants early on and throughout the plants life cycle. Compost does a great job in providing that! 

Celebrating good times!

We have managed to fit a little fun in too! Our eldest child graduated college last week with an Associates in Applied Science degree. You don’t need us to tell you how proud we are. Completing this last semester under COVID-19 restrictions was a tad bit intimidating but the school was very patient and he was very determined. Finding a job, like so many these days, is a whole other story!


As one graduates college the other is starting the last year of junior high school! We are looking down the barrel of eighth grade this year. I’m actually looking quite forward to it. Since we switched from home schooling 3 years ago to virtual schooling, I’ve been very proud of how Thai has kept up with the workload, even making time to assist with farm chores. 20200811_064411_0000

I would like to take this moment to shout out to all the parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends that will be stepping up to the role of teacher/learning coach this school year. COVID-19 has surely thrown a curve ball our way this year. We have seen horrendous stories in the news about how our communities are dealing with it and we have also seen some amazingly good stories. Now however, you have to TUNE OUT THAT NOISE! Put on your noise cancelling headphones so to speak so you can focus on those important to you – your children, your now students. Try not to become overwhelmed. You will make mistakes & so will your children after all this a new to many of you. The key is to maintain a positive attitude and to keep moving forward. Having successfully home schooled one child through high school & assisting with college studies, I promise you IT IS POSSIBLE – no superhuman powers required! Whether this is a temporary thing for you or it will be permanent, we would like to help. Therefore we, our entire family, will be preparing a blog with our top tips for home teaching. We hope to get this done before the month is out as we know many of you have already started your home and virtual school programs.

Time is fleeting. As we look at how quickly our children have grown, we are faced with that realization. Now more than ever we find ourselves embracing every crazy, lovable, outlandish moment we have with them. Meanwhile, our other child, Bain Home Gardens, has also grown much in the last year alone. As we have nurtured it over the last few years we are so thankful for the support of our community, especially during this pandemic. 

This Week’s Listings

As mentioned above things are really ramping up in our neck of the woods. Since we have pulled many of the Spring plants our listing page maybe limited over the next month or so. Therefore we ask for your patience as we prepare more home grown goodness – from our family to yours!

September is a special month for Bain Home Gardens. Do you know why? Check back to find out in our September “Goings-on” segment. 


Summer Plant Sale – July – September 2020


Living in the South certainly has its cons – heat, humidity, the mosquitoes and the gnats! However I choose to focus on the pros. One of these is year round growing! That is where our clean start plants come in. We are offering a few of our starts to help you supplement your Summer garden. We know that many Spring planted crops can easily fall victim to heat, disease or pests so it never hurts to have an ace in the hole to ensure continual harvests all season long! In addition, late Summer is the perfect time to prepare Fall gardens. This month you will be happy to find Fall plants in our listings.

Our seedlings are diligently cared for and are also Certified Naturally Grown. With Clean Starts you can grow with confidence that you are getting high quality plants that will yield quality produce throughout its growing season.


As with our Weekly Listings page, you may chose to request an invoice for the plants you are desiring for ease of purchase. Use our Contact Us page.  If purchasing from the page be sure to purchase delivery fee.

9/19/20 – Update 

Sadly, we will not be starting our Fall plant sale as originally anticipated. Since we have experinced some losses, specifically from our newly planted Fall crops,  we will be utilizing our Clean Starts as replacements for those plants lost.  Fortunately they were under the protection of our high tunnel and were thereby unaffected. While we are grateful to have these plants on hand we sincerely apologize for having to delay the Fall plant Sale. We hope to pick back up with it mid to late October.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.


The Goings On – July 2020

We would like to send a warm “Hello!” and “How are you doing?” to you all! Things are doing well here on the farm but we have to admit this is the strangest Summer we have had to date! No beach, no summer vacation, no grill out with friends… it can be a huge downer! That’s why we try not to focus on all the things we are missing out on. Instead, we are focusing on all we do have and what we can do. Check out all we have been doing over the last few months to keep our minds busy and chase away the lonely blues!


That’s kind of a “duh” thing; of course we are farming! We have been kicking it up a notch in fact. This is the time of year we begin planting for the FallmCSA, Kith & Kin. It begins the end of September but there is no time like the present to prepare! We have pulled most of our zucchini, squash and cucumbers already. Not to worry, we have more ready to set out any day now. Along with our already established okra, eggplant, tomatoes & various herbs we are also hoping to get a more melons before the warm season is done. In addition, we are supplementing our snap beans with two varieties of long beans! Fall going to be “mm-mm-good”! If you are intrested in signing up, we are running our early bird special through July 15th. You can sign up here.

All this planting is very laborious! We are so fortunate to have some youthful vigor on the farm. Like so many, COVID-19 has made it difficult for our college graduate to find a job. However, he recently used his newly acquired skills to help repair duct-work on our home. Little sis, as always, refused to be left behind so she accompanied him UNDER THE HOUSE!


Here they are after repairing the duct… just hanging out! I hear she got a HVAC lesson too! Hey – with COVID-19 I guess you gotta get a bit creative to have fun! He has also prepped 3 planting areas for melons, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini. Now I all have to do is plan & plant!

There is still quite sometime before the first frost and you know we are going to use it wisely. Aside from the huge mosquitoes and stifling humidity the fact that you can grow for so long is such a cool thing about living here in South Alabama! If you are twiddling your thumbs going CRAZY looking for something to do then look no further! GROW SOME FOOD!


We are offering our Clean Starts the end of July for Summer/Fall gardens. These are grown from the same organic and heirloom seeds we use here on our farm. Below is a follow up photo from some who got our Spring Clean Starts. This is the Crystal Apple Cucumber. WARNING – only plant if you want prolific cucumbers!

In addition to growing food, we have found so much joy this Spring growing flowers. We have them everywhere this year!!! Of course the bees love them but we have also been privileged to be visited by hummingbirds and a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly!


A few of these flowers will also be made available for the public to grow as a part of our Clean Starts Flowers. If growing is hands down just NOT your thing, our Farm Fresh Flower Bouquets allow you to still enjoy the beauty of nature without breaking a sweat.

Food Storage

Remember the Summer days of shelling peas on grandma’s porch? I finally understand why? Although “organic” wasn’t a term I heard when I was a kid, “homemade” was. Homemade this and frozen that. It actually makes more sense today than ever before. We can save ourselves from so many unneeded chemicals & preservatives commonly found in processed food today by just doing it ourselves. The flavor is always superb homemade! I can just taste mama’s fig preserves now! Most of us don’t dabble in food preservation because we do not have the time. Others of us have come to understand it requires loads of work! Still others are concerned about doing it safely – all of which held me back for years. For a while now I’ve been polling some old timers and experienced food preservers, hoping to gain whatever information I can about food preservation, food safety and how to lighten

the load. They know all the neat tricks! One of these that we found was fairly new to us but not so much to everyone else – a food mill. You can see us using it here to separate watermelon meat and seeds from the juice. This liquid gold is the main ingredient in this Summer’s Watermelon Jelly. Did you notice what light work the mill made of the watermelon seeds?! It can also be used for tomatoes, apples and even removing strings from sweet potatoes for the smoothest sweet potato pie ever! It’s like one experienced caner told me “The right tools makes life easier, don’t it?”

Video Fun

Since gathering with friends is out of the question for now video has been invaluable! We recently had a family game night with friends of ours, some local and some not, via webcam video. We played Jeopardy, Pictionary & more! It takes a little doing to work out the details but it’s so worth it. We all felt very refreshed afterwards. Of course it isn’t the same as breaking bread with friends in person but as officials are realizing things may have been opened up too quickly, we are going to be happy with this until it is more than abundantly clear that it is safe to resume normal ADLs (activities of daily living). So we will be sticking with our contact-less delivery methods for the foreseeable future.

So that’s what we have been doing. What have you been into these early days of Summer?

Certified Naturally Grown

We wanted to give a quick shout out to CNG. As many of you know, we are proud members of the CNG community. As the months roll by we are continually impressed with this group and are even more excited to be in the family. We really appreciate the accountability, transparency and how they support their farmers. Any farm that falls under their seal is yearly inspected to maintain that certification as further proof of their dedication to growing sustainably and naturally. It is the farms way of saying “We are serious about our practices and here is the proof!” If you want to see what farms are CNG throughout the US, that information can be found here on the CNG website. You may notice a new farm on the list, our friends and partners Hawkins Homestead Farm! We are excited to welcome them to the CNG family! We have always trusted their practices and feel that like us, they have found their home with CNG.

This Week’s Listings

Before we go we would like to let you know what home grown goodness is available to you and your family.

  • Seasonal Farm Box is back & packed with fresh produce delivered to your door! If you are wondering just what a farm box is, this video is for you!
  • Okra is picked fresh daily from our green and red varieties.
  • Sweet Pepper Basket is a mix of sweet peppers currently being harvested.

Things are really ramping up here at BHG. Early morning risings and late evenings makes for one tired farm girl; but there is so much more to share! Check back next month for more goings ons at Bain Home Gardens!CNGlogo