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photography with all of you this season!) Professionally, Brandon is an educator and technology developer, and you can find out more about him and his latest tech projects at . And during the day, I'm a communications professional in the media industry for some great lifestyle cable networks. (You might've heard of a few of them: HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel.) At night, I'm an amateur blogger who likes to write about my three favorite things: travel, food, and music. You can find me at .
For years Brandon and I have tried to create a sustainable lifestyle for ourselves, and we've realized that being a shareholder with the Colvin Family Farm was a step in the right direction. Again, we're very excited about the upcoming 2013 CSA season, and I'm looking forward to sharing our tips and tricks and recipes with all of you soon!

because she spent a LOT of time at the house with three children under two. It began as a place to record all the family recipes that we remember loving as children, and we've enjoyed adding new favorites to it. We gardened once upon a time, but it is not the right season for us to garden right now-we're grateful the Colvins can fill in the gap! We enjoy ethnic food (particularly Asian, Indian, and Mexican), and love being "forced" to try new things as we see them in our CSA box. A few years ago, we were avowed greens haters; now, we actually choose to buy them at the supermarket in the winter because we've learned enjoy them so many different ways.

We're the Farquhars, currently residing in Fountain City (north Knoxville area) and beginning year 3 of our CSA with the Colvins. Ethan is an engineer at Oak Ridge National Lab, and Betsy is a former English teacher who's now pursuing a MS in Information Science (the new term for "library science"). We have three children: twin boys who will be 6 in April and a 7-year-old daughter. The kids' favorite Colvin veggie last year? The personal-size cantaloupes Caleb passed them at the end of last summer. Favorite nonfruit veggie? Cucumbers!! Ethan and Betsy's favorites? Peppers, both sweet and hot. Favorite new discovery last year? Kohlrabi. Still learning to enjoy? Turnips, beets, and eggplant.
Betsy started a food blog when the children were babies

Hi, I'm Lia Ballentine! My husband Brandon and I live in Knoxville with our dog Mia and our cat Miu-Mius, and we're getting ready to start our third year as shareholders with the Colvin Family Farm. And we couldn't be more excited. We've learned a lot about being CSA participants over the past two years, such as how to take care of our produce and different ways to store and preserve vegetables; and we especially love the feeling of discovery that comes with being a shareholder, from trying out a new type of squash (I love spaghetti squash!) to experimenting with different recipes (like spicy green bean and eggplant curry).
In addition to supporting the Colvin Family Farm and enjoying their ultra-fresh produce, Brandon and I also keep raised beds at home where I grow various herbs and where Brandon grows some of the world's hottest peppers - like the Ghost Pepper!
When we're not tending the garden or making a mess in the kitchen (which we remodeled ourselves for a
), Brandon and I love to travel. We're explorers at heart, and I have a goal to eat my way around the world. We're also art and music lovers, and we both share a passion for photography. (I'll be sharing plenty of food

The question we're asked most often by an interested CSA customer is, "What would I do with all the produce?" This year we have set out to answer that question!

We have hired three people with at least one season's experience balancing our CSA with their busy family, and work schedules. They will be making weekly blogposts on what to do with each week's share box, posting storage tips, practical recipes, and good advice to ensure that you are a success with the adventure in healthy eating that is...CSA!

Join us by sharing your own CSA recipes, tips and blogposts throughout the 2013 season, we look forward to sharing the season with you! 

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