2014 CSA: Week 4 (B)

Hello again everyone! With this latest rainstorm that came in we decided that we are going to give up vegetable farming and take up growing rice! Mother Nature has been pretty crazy this winter and spring, but our crops don’t seem to mind it one bit. Everything is growing and progressing beautifully on the farm, and it is finally beginning to look like spring time. We are excited, and I know y’all will be too, that we have our first succession of tomatoes in the ground! Tonight’s cold weather forecast has us a little worried about them, but they are growing strong so I believe they can handle it. Not too long before BLT’s and homemade sauces.

There are a couple of exciting events coming soon that we would love to see all of you guys at. Lori Moshman, our greenhouse, insect, and mushroom expert, will be putting on a mushroom cultivation class on Saturday, May 3rd. The class is 10am to 4pm and includes lunch, a farm tour, a class on identifying wild mushrooms, a class on cultivating your own oyster mushrooms at home, and a bag of oyster mushroom spawn to get you started. If you have questions or want to reserve your space please call our office at 229-641-2081 or e-mail Lori at: lorimoshman@whiteoakpastures.com. The cost of this workshop is $75 per person.

The second event is an on farm dinner put on by Chef Reid Harrison in celebration of spring.

Spring supper flyer WOP

Here are some pictures from around the farm and then your share list. Hope you all enjoy your share this week!

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 beautiful brown eggs from our own lovely ladies that range freely on certified organic pasture. The eggs are washed, candled and graded fresh for you each week.

(Want to add a dozen or more, Egg-cellect idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix OR Arugula – A bag of tasty convenient healthy love triple washed and ready to go.

Hakurei turnips - Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side dish.

Champion Collards OR Swiss Chard – Wonderful greens for several culinary options!

Herb – Rosemary or Sorrel

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year. Check out the recipe linked above.

Bok Choy – An Asian specialty item. Lots of water content in the stems. Check out the recipe linked above

Strawberries – Its that season! Some of these are from our farm and some are from Peace Valley which is just down the road from us in Colquitt GA.

Baby Head Lettuce – two heads of young, tender and delicious lettuce.

Radishes OR Fava Beans – Add some color to your salad with these mild radishes or enjoy the season’s first picking of delicious fava beans.

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2014 CSA: Week 3 (A)

How about that rain! I hope everyone is safe, dry, and hungry for another week of deliciousness. As we enter the third week you may begin observing  the familiar habits involved with CSA membership. On Sundays, you may peer into your fridge and notice a stockpile of greens amassing in the crisper. You panic momentarily because you know that your next delivery is fast approaching. Have no fear, you can free up this precious real estate with ease:

And if the protein in your fridge or freezer ever gets low, then I hope you’ll venture over to our website and have us bring something out to you. Taking advantage of your 10% discount along with free shipping by lumping in orders with your CSA box are great ways to add value to your membership experience. We want the truck to be packed with groceries every week and we want you to be extremely happy all year long. So please use this service!

Alot of greens this week, fresh strawberries on the horizon too. And don’t forget that Easter is coming. We have lamb on our website, and you can always call the office and add Easter eggs too!

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Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 beautiful brown eggs from our own lovely ladies that range freely on certified organic pasture. The eggs are washed, candled and graded fresh for you each week.

(Want to add a dozen or more, Egg-cellect idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix OR Arugula – A bag of tasty convenient healthy love triple washed and ready to go.

Hakurei turnips - Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side dish.

Champion Collards – A Southern Tradition.

Herb – Parsley, Dill, or Cilantro

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year. Check out the recipe linked above.

Beets OR Carrots – A little spice and a lot of color for your salads, omelettes, and more.

Bok Choy – An Asian specialty item. Lots of water content in the stems. Check out the recipe linked above

Swiss Chard – Wonderful green for several culinary options!

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2014 CSA: Week 2 (B week)

I like to say we’re as busy as bees in the Spring. But this year, I think the honeybees on the farm have us beat. Lori and her team have just performed their first splits of the year and we’re hoping that a strong spring leads to our first honey harvest come this Fall. Beyond honey, of course, there are lots of activities going on all over the farm. Fencing for new pasture, expanding hogs, goats and sheep, collecting all those spring eggs, as well as fencing off for young trees that will allow for silvopasture and fruit and nut hedges in the future. Additionally, our Biodiesel adventure continues with our first spring brew scheduled for later this week. (look for a full post and pictures coming up soon)

In even more fun and exciting news, Cindy and Allison have created a Pinterest page for the White Oak CSA. We really hope that this will offer a neat interactive forum for members to share recipes. The comments section here doesn’t seem to work as well for that purpose. So, we’ll be posting things at the new page and linking back and forth between them. It’s just another effort to try to serve you better and bring out the “Community” in Community Supported Agriculture. We’ll start the conversation today and we hope you’ll take it from there. Here’s the link: http://www.pinterest.com/wop1866/

Now, here’s some pics from the farm and then we’ll talk about your groceries!

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 beautiful brown eggs from our own lovely ladies that range freely on certified organic pasture. The eggs are washed, candled and graded fresh for you each week.

(Want another dozen – or are you not on the Egg CSA, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix OR Arugula – A great salad mix with our famous winter spinach OR our first

Head Lettuce – Buttercrunch, Red and Green Romaine and Red Sails

Hakurei turnips - Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side

Collards – A Southern Tradition. And no need to break out the ham-hocks and boil them down, just saute with olie oil and sea salt and enjoy! OR if you like Kale Chips, try Collard Chips CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

Herb – Mint!

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year.

Radishes – A little spice and a lot of color for your salads, omelettes, and more.

Bok Choi – An Asian specialty item. Lots of water content in the stems.

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2014 CSA: Week 1

Wendell Berry teaches us that “eating is an agricultural act.” As a member of this CSA family, you are acknowledging this profoundly important role that you play.  I love to wax poetic on how meaningful the CSA lifestyle is on so many levels, but the fact is it’s just plain fun to eat this way. Riding out the seasons and enjoying the gifts that mother nature brings to us. We’re so happy to have you along with us on this adventurous ride. And we’ve planned plenty of surprises along the way like strawberries, blueberries, and pecans as well as fresh ginger, specialty herbs, citrus and melons too. Of course, be prepared to receive your fill of greens during the spring, as well as lots of okra, peppers and eggplant in the summer and fall.

Some important changes have been highlighted in the previous posting (see Crate Fee Update below) Make sure you’re familiar with these. Most importantly:

  • Don’t take your crates home this year.  Bag it all or bring your own coolers. Crate fee refunds are in progress for this season and winter.
  • For all you 1/2 share folks – know if you’re an A week or B week.
  • All veggie members – Make use of your 10% meat discount.
  • The updated information for your pick-up locations have been posted to the “CSA Manual” link above.

Finally – This season we are introducing the SHARE BIN: Each location will receive a grey plastic bin that is stenciled with the White Oak Pastures “H” logo. This box should stay at the location all season and be used for leaving behind items you disfavor. Of course, this means you are freely allowed to take any items that are in the box.  From time to time, we’ll also leave items the farm wants to share or has plenty of to sharer. To kick things off and help introduce the idea, we’re giving Collard greens away in the SHARE BIN this week.  Feel free to take an extra bunch or three to par-boil and freeze or just feed a horde of hungry friends.

Here’s a look at today’s harvest and then we’ll explain the contents of your veggie boxes. We hope you’re looking forward to this season as much as we are. It’s going to be a delicious year!

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Pasture Raised Eggs: 

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 beautiful brown eggs from our own lovely ladies that range freely on certified organic pasture. The eggs are washed, candled and graded fresh for you each week.

(Want another dozen – or are you not on the Egg CSA, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables: 

Salad mix – A mix of red and green varieties. Just enough for a few good salads!

Head Lettuce – (x2) Buttercrunch, Red and Green Romaine and Red Sails

Baby Hakurei turnips - Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side

Carrots – Scarlet Nantes and Yellowstone. Super sweet after the winter’s cold.

Herb – Parsley or Cilantro

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year.

Swiss Chard – The bright neon that lights up Spring. Yummy!

Fennel – One bulb to add flavor and flar to a salad or stir fry, omelette or saute. Mmmmm.

Beets  - Bull’s blood and Touchstone Gold. Slice these like medallions, coat in olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste, then broil until crispy on both sides. It’ll be your new favorite!

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Crate fee Update and More news

I hope everyone had a delightful St. Patrick’s day! Between the celebratory lunch at the Pavilion yesterday and all the clover around the pasture and fields right now, we all felt quite Irish yesterday.

On to new business – I wanted to take a quick moment to review some updates and changes we’re implementing before the Spring Season kicks off!

NO MORE CRATE FEE! – We’re happy to announce that we will no longer charge the refundable crate fee. The crates are rather expensive and we continue to lose an unnacceptable number of them throughout the long season. So since we already pack the veggies into the box liners, we are inviting you to remove the liner bags and either transfer them directly into your own cooler OR take them straight home to your fridge. Then just neatly stack your crate into the nested stack nearby and you’re all set. We will still have a sign-in list to track who has and has not picked up, but this will ultimately relieve the headache of tracking box numbers and processing year-end refunds. Sorry if the change is an inconvenience, but I truly believe it’s a necessary and positive step forward.

Crate Reimbursements - Full Season CSA members are having their crate fees reimbursed this week, either by cc on file or by check by post. Winter CSA members will receive reimbursements once crates are retrieved next week from your locations. (If you haven’t seen your reimbursement come in by Friday 4/4, please shoot me an email (tripp.eldridge@whiteoakpastures.com)

1/2 Shares! – This has proven to be a really popular option for many of you. If you have signed on as a half-share member, then sometime soon, you will be receiving an email designating you as an “A week” or a “B week.” As an added reminder, I will post the Blog with the A or the B week in the title. Just don’t get mad at me when we get strawberries, figs, or citrus and it doesn’t happen to fall on your week! That’s how the CSA paleo-cookie crumbles, my friends. But seriously, if you are excited about something that you think you’ll miss one week, please email me and we’ll do our best to get you an extra share or an a la carte bag of tasty goodness to help tide you over the off week. (tripp.eldridge@whiteoakpastures.com)

Meat Discount! – Thank you for your feedback last fall which led us to this discounted Meat CSA program. Now it’s up to you to make use of it. You don’t have to use it every week, in fact, I would recommend looking at our website for package ideas, such as the Family Feast which contains…

  • (4) 14 ounce ribeyes
  • (4) 12 ounce strips
  • (4) 6 ounce filets
  • (1) chuck roast
  • (1) medium chicken
  • (2) 1 pound pack of ground lamb
  • (2) 1 pound pack of ground beef

There’s also convenient 1/8 cow packages and Poultry samplers that are great ways to stock your freezer with a diverse selection of proteins – all raised on pasture and hand-butchered here on the farm. We’re developing a new website login for CSA members to receive custom pricing as well as access to limited supply inventory items such as handmade sausages and canned goods from the garden. It’s a busy time of year, and we’re so excited about sharing the delicious fruits of this hard work with you. If you’re half as excited as we are, I hope you’ll tell a friend or two about us. And if you have any questions about the updates today, feel free to write me (tripp.eldridge@whiteoakpastures.com) or comment below.

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2014 Winter CSA: Share 8

Alright friends and neighbors, we have come to the final week of the winter CSA. You don’t need me to remind you how cold it has been this season, but I will anyway in an effort to recap. Back in December, we rejoiced over the amazing fresh ginger and late fall varieties of summer’s showstoppers. Then an earlier than normal frost nipped hard and we quickly lost our peppers, eggplant, fall potatoes and late tomatoes. Then Winter really showed her teeth, realized by cruel storms with harsh temps, ice and snow. Even the Kale and Collards felt the chill out there on the tundra and were beaten in the end. All of the livestock were well taken care of though and we never faltered in serving up the freshest and best quality eggs and meats during these cold months. Rye and clover have rocketed lately all around the farm much to the delight of all the ruminants and foraging fowl. All of the new transplants as well have seemingly found a higher speedier gear.

So as we mark the end of this winter’s chapter, I offer my sincerest gratitude to all of you who shared with us during these cold months. But there’s only more celebration as we look forward because there is only hope on the horizon. Spring is right around the corner and we’re so excited about it! Please know that we welcome you and yours back for a brand new CSA season! 2014 is going to be such a delicious year – Lots more exciting organic veggies, the freshest possible farm eggs, and a 10% discount on ALL Meat Orders. That’s good stuff! We still have room for more so please tell all of your friends to check us out and sign up soon!

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLES:

Lettuce mix – A mix of red and green varieties. Just enough for a few good salads!

Head Lettuce – Still got it, so we’re flaunting it! Times two to last you until Spring week #1.

Baby turnips greens - A perfect pesto candidate. Try your favorite pesto recipe with this or…

Pea Shoots – Another pesto candidate. Also good in a stir-fry. Gives a pleasant peanut taste so help it out with a toasted sesame oil in your stir-fry or a tahini dressing in your salad with these chopped in too. Yum!

Herb – Dill, Parsley, or Cilantro

Chinese Cabbage OR Collards – The last of the winter Chinese Cabbage. Great stuff!

Carrots  – Scarlet Nantes and Yellowstones. gorgeous tasty carrots.

Swiss Chard  – More greenery! Just in case you had an extra square inch of space in your crisper.

Enjoy!!!

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2014 Winter CSA: Share 7

Hello Everyone!

Tripp is out of town this week, so I am taking this opportunity to fill in for him and introduce myself. My name is Ryan Carnley and I am the new assistant farm manager here at White Oak Pastures. I have been here about three months now and I am absolutely loving it here! I came from a farm a little south of Atlanta called Serenbe Farms. Serenbe is a picturesque community nestled into the Chattahoochee Hills area, and centered around green building tecniques and sustainability in all things. I did an apprenticeship there under two very well respected farmers, Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby, which prepared me for my future in organic farming. I am very excited to join the team here at White Oak and I hope to bring my energy and enthusiasm in to grow some amazing vegetables for you guys! I will be doing CSA drops and markets in Albany in Columbus pretty regularly so please come by and introduce yourselves; I want to get to know all of you!

The days are slowly warming up and getting longer here on the farm. Its exciting to feel Spring creeping closer. We have been able to get a lot of seeds and plants into the ground lately. The farm is going to be completely transformed by the new growth over the next month! We got our potatoes in the ground this weekend, seeded lots of carrots and beets, and planted the last of our spring onions. Make sure you all sign up for our full season CSA, and spread the word to your friends and family so you can all take advantage of all of the beautiful and healthy produce thats coming!

In addition to all the new plants we are excited about two new team members joining us. Our two full season apprentices, Mary and Andy, started this week. We are very excited to have them aboard and look forward to a great season and lots of learning from each other. Make sure you keep an eye out for them at markets as well! Here are some pictures from around the farm this week, and the share list. I hope you all enjoy it!

Thats me! Washing the carrots for your shares.

Thats me! Washing the carrots for your shares.

Field and Cabin

Our bottle brick wall on the intern cabin

Our bottle brick wall on the intern cabin

Our intern Andy prepping some beds

Our intern Andy prepping some beds

Happy worms for happy soil

Happy worms for happy soil

Me inspecting the beets for your share this week

Me inspecting the beets for your share this week

CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLES:

Spinach – This is what winter tastes like. Lovin it!

Swiss Chard - Beautiful and delicious!

Baby Beets - First of the season! Remember the greens are edible too. They go great mixed in with scrambled eggs!

Lettuce mix – A mix of red and green varieties. Just enough for a few good salads.

Head Lettuce – Looking extra good this week! Welcome to Lettuce season!!!

Herb – Dill, Parsley, or Cilantro

Chinese Cabbage – The last of the winter Chinese Cabbage. Great stuff!

Carrots  – Scarlet Nantes and Yellowstones. Gorgeous tasty carrots.

Collards OR Edible Bouquet More greenery! Just in case you had an extra square inch of space in your crisper.

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2014 Winter CSA: Share 6

Greetings again, friends and neighbors! I know that your refrigerators are now sorely in need of a healthy infusion of verdant vitality! Well, you’re in luck this week, because the greens they are a coming! There are more carrots and pecans on the way too, but your family doctor will high-five you for all the meals you can plan off of this weeks grocery list. The sun has been kind in drying out the soil just long enough too to actually get some seeds and plants into the ground so Spring is looking promising. It’s easy to get spring fever right now and then one last late freeze will reach out and remind you who’s boss. But the rumor mill is suggesting that we’re in the clear down here on our latitude. As always, we play it safe by planting multiple successions of each crop.

So with better weather on the horizon, we’re gearing back up with more tree plantings, kick-starting the Biodiesel brewing, an explosion of new egg layers producing, and a real-estate crunch in the greenhouse as it overflows with baby plants awaiting hardening off and transplanting. Everyone’s working so hard each day and with each minute more of sunlight we gain; we grow that much more grateful for the promise of spring and the joy we share in growing this delicious food we share every week. Thank you all so much for enjoying this journey with us. And I hope that you’re telling your friends about the upcoming full season. We still have openings in each of our drop-off locations.

Finally, big thanks to everyone who’s taking advantage of the discounted on-line meat orders this winter. We’ve had alot of positive responses and this week marks a record number of orders. Keep it up! It sure makes the drive work out better financially when we have a full truck!

Here’s a look around the farm this past week and then on to the menu…

 

CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLES:

Spinach – This is what winter tastes like. Lovin it!

Pecans – Picked here on the farm and Cracked locally. I really hope you enjoy them!

Lettuce mix – A mix of red and green varieties. Just enough for a few good salads, try yours with pecans!

Head Lettuce – Looking extra good this week! Welcome to Lettuce season!!!

Brassica Bouquet - The tokyo bekana, komatsuna, and Hon Tsai Tai are starting to flower but they can all still be stir-fried and enjoyed. Even the flowers are edible. We hope you will love them as much as we’ve been over the past week.

Herb – Dill, Baby fennel bulbs, or Cilantro

Chinese Cabbage – The last of the winter Chinese Cabbage. Great stuff!

Carrots  – Scarlet Nantes and Yellowstones. gorgeous tasty carrots.

Collards OR Swiss Chard  – More greenery! Just in case you had an extra square inch of space in your crisper.

Enjoy!!!

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**CSA Week Change

Greetings, Winter CSA family! Due to slower than normal winter growth down here on the South Georgia tundra, we are rescheduling the last 3 CSA deliveries.  Your next deliveries will take place on the following weeks:

Share 6: Week of February 24

Share 7: Week of March of 3

Share 8: Week of March 10

This extra week will give us a chance to let the winter greens make a much anticipated comeback. It will also allow a couple of us to attend the Georgia Organics Conference.  While we’re there, we’ll learn a few more tricks of the trade and glean strength and positive energy from friends and farmers that we always look forward to seeing each year. 

Thank you for your flexibility with the switch, your patience waiting one more week on your add-on orders, and your continued support. Much love!

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2014 Winter CSA: Share 5

Watch out, we got pecans this week! They’re pre-cracked, not shelled or cleaned. So we’ve done most of the work, and you just have to finish ‘em off. Some shell is good for you though, puts a little grit in your craw!

But before I start in talking about all the great veggies this week, I must immediately thank all of our new members for 2014! We’re so happy you’ve decided to join the party. And thanks to your early financial commitment, we’ve been able to pull the trigger on some much needed purchases. A new double layer of plastic on the greenhouse where Farmer Lori starts all of our transplants, and a second hi-tunnel where we’re growing frost sensitive crops for early Spring harvest. And as long as memberships keep rolling in, we’ll start installing electric and irrigation to the new fields where potatoes are planned for planting on Valentine’s Day!

Many of you have asked about the grain bin cabin. It’s coming along really nicely and I’ve provided some more photos below. The walls are completed but the weather halted our plastering efforts. We will start up again next week so if anyone wants to learn how to mix and apply cob or clay/sand plaster please email me to sign up for a volunteer day next week. All volunteers get a lunch on me and I’ll try to send you home with some goodies from the farm too. Just wear your favorite play clothes and shoes that you won’t mind turning some shade of clay.

Alright, back to the food! We’ve got some greenery despite all of the freezing weather we’ve witnessed. The carrots are sweeter than ever and growth in the salad greens and head lettuce surprised everyone. The baby chicks we started back in the fall are beginning to lay their first eggs so don’t be surprised if we start doubling down on mediums in the future. (That means 2 medium dozens for the price of 1 large) As always, please just remember to return all of your clean cartons for us to reuse.

Finally, a quick note on the meat orders. Please don’t take  the red crate. There are usually multiple orders inside of the red crates. Leave it at your pick-up location. Please only take your plastic bag or bags  with your name tag on it. Please pass along this info if someone else is picking up for you too.

Thanks everyone! You are the best CSA family in the entire world and I love you all!

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC VEGETABLES:

Spinach – This is what winter tastes like. Lovin it!

Pecans – Picked here on the farm and Cracked locally. We’re not set up to clean and shell them. And we’re not a commercial pecan farm so there may be some bad ones that snuck past us. These are my favorite tree nut in the world, and you can imagine how much time went into giving everybody a pound of cracked nuts. I really hope you enjoy them!

Lettuce mix – A mix of red and green varieties. Just enough for a few good salads, try yours with pecans!

Head Lettuce – These surprised everyone! Beautiful and delicious!

Bunching Onions - Perfect little culinary addition for any dish

Herb – Rosemary, Dill, Parsley or Sage

Cabbage OR Chinese Cabbage – Still holding strong despite the freeze. Although some frost damage may be present.

Carrots  – Scarlet Nantes and Yellowstones. gorgeous tasty carrots. We have running water this week, so they’ll be

Hakurei Turnips – Tender mild and lovely

Enjoy!!!

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