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Winter Registration NOW OPEN

Monday, September 15, 2014

Well it′s finally getting close and time to think about our Winter CSA.  Sign up and prepay for the season by 9/17/14 and get 10% off with your credit card and 12% by mailing a check!  That′s a couple percent more you can save to spend on Christmas gifts!

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Summer CSA Registration is NOW OPEN!

Monday, January 06, 2014

We know it′s cold outside, but we are hard at work and before you know it the Spring blossoms will be blooming.  Prepaying for the season can give you big savings like 10% off (7% for CC).  This savings is for a LIMITED TIME ONLY.  Don′t miss out.  Visit our Summer Sign Up Page and lock in your savings now!

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Christmas Turkeys

Friday, December 13, 2013

It′s TURKEY TIME!  There is practically no better time to eat than the Holidays!  Make this once a year meal as special as it can be.  A Farm Raised, Pastured Turkey from Avalon Acres IS, by far, the best turkey you will ever eat.  While you′re at it, reserve one for Christmas too!

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Turkey Time!!! Gobble Gobble!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

It′s TURKEY TIME!  There is practically no better time to eat than Thanksgiving Day!  Make this once a year meal as special as it can be.  A Farm Raised, Pastured Turkey from Avalon Acres IS, by far, the best turkey you will ever eat.  While you′re at it, reserve one for Christmas too!

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Mid-Summer Thoughts...

Thursday, August 08, 2013

  As I go through life, at times I get reminded of how people watch me.  We need to be mindful that people are always looking at the way we live our lives.  It is not only important to not do evil, but it is also important to refrain from all appearance of evil.  If people speak poorly of me, it is usually something I did which gave someone an opportunity to assume the wrong thing.  We need to look for the seeds of truth when we hear gossip about ourselves, even if it hurts.  Yes, the other people may be wrong but I am commanded to look for the log into own eye.  How could I have done better?  This is maturity.  How can I change so that I can be beyond reproach and not have the name of The Lord dragged though the mud?

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The Other Side...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Well we made it though the first week of deliveries.  It about physically killed us both.  I have never been so long without sleep and have never been so up against my physical limitations.  The night before deliveries. I literally lost the ability for rational thought.   I slept 16 hours and it still was not enough to recover.  I have never been so glad to be on the other side of season start up.  There is a mountain of piled up work that was pushed to the wayside in the frenzied efforts to attend the the critical tasks at hand.

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Season Startup

Friday, May 03, 2013

Well we were up all night.  Got all Customers in by 7:00 am.  Two freezers went down in two days.  We got one running again by taking parts from the other one.  One freezer is still down. Third truck engine not completely installed yet. Yikes!  Unfortunately, money forced us to delay buying the $6k engine and get it in here earlier.  What a Roller Coaster!  Now it′s raining and, for the moment a calm has settled on the farm.  I am blessed to have these views from my porch.  God is good.  Rain moved in too quick making the truck repair harder.  Not everything picked today as things growing slow and we had to go to so many farmers to get enough food we couldn′t do it all in one day.  Strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower are late this year.  Good news is  we will have strawberries into June this year.  Yay!  Hope they can pick tomorrow with this rain.  I guess it′s up to God, as usual.  If he wants our customers to have strawberries tomorrow, then they will. 

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CSA Update

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Well, it′s hard to believe, but we survived the winter, more or less in one piece.  It was the most difficult 9 months we have had in a very long time.  We are busy, but somehow that just doesn′t stress me out anymore... not nearly like when we didn′t have enough to do and were unable to pay our bills.

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Faith

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

When I walked away from corporate America years ago, it took a huge leap of faith.  There were some very scary times throughout the years, but then life was pretty stable the past 5 years.  Sure we had our trials like floods and heat but we made it though them all and somehow managed to grow.  I can only say that God blessed us.

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Oppressing...

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Who would have thought we would have these temperatures at the end of June!  This 109*F was recorded on Natchez Trace last week as I drove home from the church.  Wow is all I have to say.  Who would have believed these baking temperatures.

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Kenny´s Blog

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hello there, this is Kenny once again.  For the last blog I talked a little bout the baby chicks in the brooder and how we raise them for the first two weeks.  This time I′m going to talk bout how it is as we move them to the pasture.  After three weeks in the brooder we collect them up in plastic crates load them onto a trailer for a ride down to the field.  This is where we have our chicken tractors lined up.  They are 10 feet wide, 10 feet long and three feet tall.  They have chicken wire around the sides and on top.  The top is also covered with white tarps to keep sun and rain off of them.  The pens don′t have bottoms so they can get fresh grass and bugs everyday.  They receive approximately 30 percent of their diet from grass and bugs. 

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An Intro of Mike

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Hello there, I′m Mike Millikan.  I′m the Production Supervisor aka Liason to the Amish farmers in our community.   I pick up the produce that you see in your box each week.  I try my best to ensure everyone get top quality and a good variety of produce.  I spend long hours discussing what to plant, when to harvest, pest control, harvesting procedures, storage processes and how much to harvest and when, with the Amish farmers.  That′s me in a nutshell here at Avalon Acres.  Next blog entry, I′ll discuss more detail about the farmers.  I hope you all enjoy our harvest!  God bless.  - Mike

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Tommy´s Blog

Friday, May 25, 2012

It′s 5:00 in the morning and I′m already thinking about work before the coffee finishes brewing. I know the farmers are already up and have probably started harvesting their crops. They start early to avoid picking during the hottest part of the day.

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Meet Kenny our Farm Manager

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hi, my name is Kenny! I′m the Farm Manager here at Avalon Acres.

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Baby Chicks

Monday, May 21, 2012

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Monday, May 21, 2012

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Week one and two under our belts...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I was tired when I wrote the last blog... I didn′t think I could get tireder and here I am.  We′ve had only a few hours of sleep in as many nights.  We are almost nocturnal now.  We spend our days keeping the guys going then we do our work when they all go home.  Somewhere in the middle I study a little Greek.  We′ve had software crashes, new systems, new routes, new corporates, new satellite van system and lots of new customers.  Very exciting and very overwhelming all at the same time.  At some point I passed a point and understood that if it weren′t for God′s grace sustaining us, none of this would work... it would all fall apart.

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Tired, but the first week is under our belt...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Friends of Avalon,  Well, this blog entry is being done on fumes.  We have slept very little in that last few days.  The night before last many of us did not sleep at all and only a couple last night.  We are grateful that the drivers stayed awake and kept going all day.  We all need some sleep.

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How White is a Sheep?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I used to believe that I was a pretty good person. I thought to myself that I never killed anyone, never hit a woman, work for a living, raise a family... God will be pleased with me when I get to heaven. I′ve done way more good things than bad... the scales will tip the right way... I′ll be ok. I mean... I am not Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer or Adolph Hitler... right?

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Memories of a CSA Member

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hi Avalon Acres, your email nudged this childhood memory out of my tired adult brain.

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Hey! What´s with all the ugly produce?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It never fails... each year we get complaints about nasty corn and ugly, rotten tomatoes. Each year I seem to forget that each year I get these complaints and each year I end up trying to repair the damage of not educating people. Perhaps next year we will do a better job front loading people about heirloom tomatoes and corn grown without pesticides. Anyway, for what it′s worth, here is the information now.

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It´s hot... really hot.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The last few days have been of the type that tests a man′s mettle.  We love farming... we really do, but it comes along with heartbreak that few understand.  Our paychecks do not come from a seemingly stable place like an employer.  Our existence is tied into the land and the weather and the ecosystem, which is so much more obviously at the will and providence of God.  Truth be told, the stability of the company one works for is no less under the control of a sovereign God than the weather.  People lose their jobs every day because companies fail... but still, it seems easier to forget it when the little piece of paper comes in the windowed envelope compensating you for all the time you spent working for someone.  We are acutely aware that things are not stable... life is not predictable and that we are dependent upon God and His good graces.

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Box Variety

CATEGORY: FAQ

Friday, June 03, 2011

We have had a few questions and comments about some lack of variety in boxes. We have had some interesting weather conditions and some disease this year that has effected some of the crops and I wanted to take a few minutes and explain some things. We want you to know that we are not ignorant of the situation and are not perfectly happy ourselves with the product mix.

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Another Blessed Day

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It was a good day this past Tuesday.  We got another build under our belt.  I had to give a speech at the beginning of the build about the importance of doing everything to the glory of God and the importance of getting these boxes perfect.  We just had too many small mistakes and the bar was too low.  I reminded my team members that they might become upset if I gave them only 80% of their paychecks.... they seemed to understand, in this light, that perhaps they were not paying enough attention and that God, you and their employer deserved a little more.  It is these opportunities that make me realize that we are entrusted with Avalon Acres for far more than just growing food... it is about building people′s character and God′s kingdom.

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First Build of the Season!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Well, we did it... it′s finally here.  We got done with just about everything we needed to do and we accomplished the first build.  Everything went pretty smoothly except we sort of counted wrong and had to go back out to the farmer′s fields and pick a few more quarts of those awesome strawberries.  It was a great day and everyone worked really hard to make it go so well.  The loading dock and new building were a real joy to build shares in.  We were excited to use it.  It all came together so well.

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Princess Piggy

CATEGORY: photographs

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I just doesn′t get any better than this pic!

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White Rose

Saturday, May 07, 2011

How can anyone look at this and not see the Glory of God?

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Flying Stick, Flying Dog

CATEGORY: photographs

Friday, May 06, 2011

No explanation necessary... and boy can he swim!

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Happy Pigs

Friday, May 06, 2011

Enjoying the Perennial Polycuture.  We just had a litter too.

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New Parking Lot

Friday, May 06, 2011

4 loads of gravel and we′re in business.

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Work work work and more work

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hey all.

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The incredible sinking concrete truck!

CATEGORY: photographs

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This is a picture of the concrete truck buried up to the axles.  Made for a pretty challenging day.

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Betther than walking in the mud!

CATEGORY: photographs

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A picture of our new concrete work.

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Men at work!

CATEGORY: photographs

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I caught a picture of them actually working!  Just kidding... these guys work hard for their money.  Left to right is Kenny, Our Farm Supervisor, Roger, our new Produce Supervisor, Chris, our Farm Manager and way off in the distance is our new Farm Hand, Shawn.  Today... they are all wearing the "Concrete Guys" hat!

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The new production line.

CATEGORY: photographs

Sunday, April 24, 2011

This is where your boxes will be built from now on!

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Our Earth Day Booth

CATEGORY: photographs

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Margie and Tommy did a great job at Earth Day this year.  Thanks for supporting us and stopping by!

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Dust Off the Ol´ Blog

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Well hi everyone.  Farmer Tim here finally getting a second to sit down and blog.  We have hired some help and hopefully, that means that I will actually have time to sit down and write a little bit.  We do so want to keep you up to date on what goes on around here so you can feel connected to your farmers and your food.

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Already buying seeds...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Our Spring/Summer 2011 Registration Form is now ready!  Sign up early and pay in advance for a 10% discount!  CLICK HERE  If you are able to sign up now, please do it would help us out so much at this most difficult time of year for us.

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A good week...

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Monday, August 16, 2010

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God is enough...

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Happy to be back!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Well, we had our second build of the season today and we are so glad to be back doing what we′ve been preparing for all winter rather than spending all of our waking moments repairing.  This was a long, hard fought week, but God was gracious and our efforts were fruitful.

Our new parking lot was finished and all the electrical is hooked up.  We plan on changing the plugs out on our trucks and making the switch on Monday morning.  We also have the pasture bush hogged where we are going to put our new commercial kitchen facility.  We are so excited!  We can′t believe God has paved the way for us to have this so soon.

We think we are going to put the permanent fencing plans on hold until the fall... the temporary fence seems to be working and we have a real freight train on our hands picking and packing and delivering food.  Our RECIPE blog will be up to speed again on Tuesday and we will be identifying all your foods for you.  Sorry it′s a bit late, but just getting all the information in the PC to make deliveries has consumed all of our time, playing catch up and all.  Angel, our customer service person just came back online yesterday... it took days to get power back in Centerville TN.

Anyway, our spirits are high... the farmers are growing, picking and washing and we are trying to figure out how to do it better than ever before. Our new crew is learning and growing in the midst of the heat of battle... no better way to learn than to make mistakes and fix ′em!  We just hope and pray that our mistakes are transparent to you.  If they′re not, please be sure to let us know... our mission is to delight you.  Well... here are some pics of this week′s progress.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

What else can I say... the woman of my dreams!  Can you tell we love what we do? 

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Yordy is our Farm Supervisor and Line Foreman for our builds.  He really has such great energy and he′s a real moralle builder.  We love Yordy.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

This is Chris Monk (our Operations Manager) explaining himself to the Queen of Finance (Jennifer)!  All kidding aside, this guy works his butt off and is so passionate about what we do.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

This is Tommy, our Production Supervisor, being all shy and stuff.  He is an awesome addition to the team... we are blessed to have him (as well as all the others)!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Armie and Michael and Yordy are pulling the meats for this week′s build.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Building boxes again!!!

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How full should my box be?

CATEGORY: FAQ

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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