Newsletter, 6/22/17


Hi Folks,

On more than 200 acres, there are many paths leading to many different places.

Turner Farm has its own Oregon Trail that meanders through the woods between the greenhouse and Front Field North. It’s few hundred yards of gently winding clearing that is somehow central to the farm’s bustle and yet near silent except for the bird chorus. The Secret Garden Trail connects the pigs’ summer home with the backyard of the caretaker’s house. It crosses an excellently crafted footbridge erected by Boy Scouts many years ago.

In addition to driveways and main thoroughfares, there’s a stone path snaking through the Children’s Garden and small alleys, passages and breaks in the brush that connect nearly every building, field and paddock to one another. The densely, many-acred forest that forms the farm’s northern border is a world of paths unto itself.

On this farm, some paths are still emerging. Worn down bits of grass reveal where someone or groups of someones have decided this is the best way to get from here to there. These “desire paths,” as they used to be called, are slower to reveal themselves but, once established, become as firm a fixture as any driveway or stone path.

A growing community is building paths and making new connections in new and creative ways. Who knows where the next path will emerge or where it will lead.

Upcoming classes

Bread Baking with Sarah Black
2-4 p.m., Saturday, July 8

The Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen is proud to host Sarah Black, author of the world-famous One Dough, Ten Breads, for a special hands-on baking class.

Sarah Black is a passionate baker and an inspirational teacher/trainer with twenty-five years of professional baking experience. She helped to found two of the first artisanal bakeries in New York, Tom Cat Bakery and Ecce Panis, and for ten years owned and operated her own successful wholesale bread business called Companio Breads. She has consulted for bakeries large and small across the United States, and in 2016 moved from NYC back to her home state of Ohio where she helped to open Flowers and Bread in Columbus.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the great talents in the world of artisan bread baking. Space is limited. Cost: $85

To Register, visit

Lunch and Learn: Listening to Your Gut
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, July 25

Our final Lunch and Learn series, “Listening to Your Gut,” will teach participants the importance of digestive system health and the best food to promote a healthy tummy.

In this hands-on class, Turner Farm’s new Chef and Culinary Manager Stephanie Michalak will show you how to make gut-friendly foods, including kimchi and sauerkraut. Stephanie’s unique blend of culinary and nutritional knowledge will help you increase digestive health in the most delicious ways imaginable.

The class will also feature a light, delicious lunch for you to savor and a “scoby” to take home to start your own batch of belly-friendly kombucha.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to welcome a newfound, delicious and healthy appreciation for digestive well-being into your life. Cost: $50

To Register, visit

In the Farm Market
Certified Organic Produce – VEGGIES: lettuce mix, arugula, greens mix, carrots, beets, swiss chard, collard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli, sugar snap peas, scallions, kohlrabi, green onions, micro-basil, fennel  HERBS: Cilantro, Dill, Chives, Garlic Chives, Mint, Parsley MUSHROOMS: Oyster, Shiitake

Flowers –Wildflower bunches

Meat and Eggs –Pastured pork and lamb, all from Turner Farm. Frozen chicken and chicken feet are in stock. Our own farm eggs are also available.

In the Gardens

Joyous day! The first red tomato just came out of the high tunnel, and, while we may be weeks from having  steady supply for market, it’s still a cause for celebration as we cross over the threshold of Summer Solstice.

The onslaught of summer fruit is just around the corner. We’ve started harvesting summer squash, with eggplants and cucumbers soon to follow. Keep an eye on social media updates or just come back and explore the Farm Market to find out what’s coming out of the fields. This time of year, the seasonal offerings start building to a crescendo.

Hope to see you soon!

Turner Farm Crop Production Team

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