2014 CSA Week 19

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

Greetings CSA members near and far! Summer is a time for family and traveling, it is a season where love lingers heavy in the air. Whether you are traveling to your family, or with them, take some time this summer to spend it with those that you cherish.

Attention All CSA Members:

We are approaching our summer break! During this break there will be no CSA deliveries. Our crops have a hard time enduring under the sweltering Georgia heat & sun during August. Due to this, our crops pass away or, yield significantly less than normal. Our break begins the week of August 11th and deliveries will pick back up the week of September 1st. We will still be venturing up to the Columbus market on Saturday mornings, and look forward to seeing you at our tent! We will have some veggies and meat with us at market, if you would like to drop by and say hello.

Our current share contains two bulk items: Eggplant & Sweet Peppers

This is the perfect opportunity to practice your freezing skills. Peppers can be chopped and laid out in a single layer on a baking sheet and left to freeze. Once frozen they can be put into freezer safe containers and stored for later use. For eggplant you will have to be a little more creative. Try making a layered lasagna using thinly sliced (length-wise) eggplants as the noodles. Make your favorite lasagna recipe in a freezer/oven safe container, using your gluten free eggplant noodles, and set up in the freezer until your family is ready to enjoy. Or eat it fresh, if you cannot resist!

Melons:

You may have noticed that your melon may have some superficial bruising or cracking, please do not be alarmed. With all of the rain that has come through our melons have soaked it up and are bursting forth with summer sweetness.

From Our Pastures to Your Pets

White Oak Pastures is introducing a new line of Pasture Raised and Free Range pet foods! We are now offering an exclusive line for your beloved canine and feline friends. By now, I hope that all of our CSA members have had a chance to spoil yourselves with our steaks, whole chickens and specialty sausages. You can expect the same high quality products that you are used to from our abattoir to carry over into our pet food line. The variety of options is outstanding: ground organ meat(cow & chicken), raw hide chews(flat and rolled), smoked rabbit ears and feet, smoked bones, and many more treats to come!

Easter may have passed but our fields are still full of fresh eggs!

Did you know that chicken is not the only delectable farm fresh egg we offer? We also have rich and decadent duck eggs, and tiny delicate guinea eggs. If you ever wanted to change up a favorite baked good or breakfast recipe duck eggs are a delicious option. Guinea eggs are a wonderful pairing with grilled asparagus or other savory egg uses.

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you: 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Sweet Potato Greens – A versatile green, tender and mild like spinach. Can be substituted into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers (Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Squash OR Green Beans OR Cherry Tomatoes Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with.

Okra – The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

Melons – Perfect with yogurt, meat dishes or in fresh salads. This melon can be incorporated in sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or savory salads.

Garlic – Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.

 

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2014 CSA Week 18

*** This week is an even week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities: Americus, Blakely, Cordele,Dothan, Harris, Tallahassee, Warner Robbins, and WOP.

Greetings from a rain soaked White Oak!

If you read the blog last week you may remember my mention of our dry spell, the pastures and row crops were in dire need for some moisture. The weekend rain has really helped to alleviate the drought like conditions. Bringing with it cooler temperatures and softer soil.

White Oak Pastures has been a sponsor farm the last two years for the “Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival”. This Atlanta food festival, is in essence a partnership between local chefs, mixologists and farms to create unique drinks & dishes for festival goers. If you have not heard of this event I greatly encourage you to check it out. I was lucky enough to attend the festivities this weekend; I never imagined how many ways tomatoes could be featured in edible assortments. Experiences like this really push my brain to consider new uses for everyday veggies. This event brought so many diverse people together and really encouraged me in the local food movement that Georgia has. People are really interested in good food from good sources, this event was the perfect launch pad for creativity and appreciation for quality produce.

The festival was something I will not soon forget. However, all of that rain that our farm hoped for followed north and engulfed the event. There was not a dry person present, but no one seemed to mind. I think this is a perfect metaphor for our CSA, trying a share item or recipe can turn into something epic, or can be a project that just doesn’t seem to come together. However, it is in the experience, the trial, and the effort that joy is realized. The book was not called “The Joy of Cooking” for no reason.

I encourage all of our CSA members to venture out of the comfort of your favorite recipes. A meal can transport you, it can lead you down so many avenues of thought, discussion, and beliefs. When choosing a your recipes for this share box, push yourself. Try a new technique, add a new ethnic spice, pair it with an interesting drink. I know that not all share items are familiar to all families, however, we learn from all new experiences. Think of a city you have always desired to visit, research their local cuisine, and create a dish (and send me your recipes!)

Each share box is an adventure waiting to be discovered, a new conversation waiting to be had, and a new perspective to view the world, it is all in the posture that you have towards the contents of the box that will direct your journey.

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you: 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Honey White (melon) This little treat is the perfect refreshment on a hot summer afternoon. It is mildly sweet and crisp, almost like an apple crossed with a melon.

Sweet Potato Greens – A versatile green, tender and mild like spinach. Can be substituted into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Onions – A staple in any pantry. With antimicrobial properties and the canvas to any great meal.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers (Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Squash OR Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with.

Okra – The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

Cherry Tomatoes OR Figs Or Watermelon Pretty little sungold cherry tomatoes are in a few share boxes. The fig, eat it quick! Enjoy its lushness and summertime appeal. Perfect with yogurt, meat dishes or in fresh salads. This melon can be incorporated in sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or 

sweet or savory salads.

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2014 CSA Week 17

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

 

Greetings on this humid overcast day, we are hoping that the clouds open their gates and flood us with some sweet rain. When I arrived this morning the moon hung eerily to the west and the sun was beginning to streak the sky in the east. Our team has adopted a new sunrise schedule in order to take advantage of cooler mornings. The last few sleepy eyed mornings have greeted us with dense fog and cool breezes. We have been appreciating the sporadic rain showers and cooler days. For any of you early birds out there perhaps you have also enjoyed the fleeting moments before the deep southern heat settles in.

 

Introducing the newest summer green to hit our share boxes: Sweet Potato Greens!

This little powerhouse packs a nutritional punch. It is often compared to spinach and hardier greens such as kale and collards. The greens are mild and tender much like spinach, and can be substituted into any recipe or preparation that calls for spinach. I will be taking home my first bundle of greens this evening to enjoy their tender sweetness, I will report back, next blog! As a side note, the greens and their stems are edible.

 

The city of Bluffton, home of White Oak Pasture, has a handful of beautiful fig bearing trees. If you have never seen these trees I encourage you to look them up. We are blessed to have access to their fruit. Some of this weeks share will include figs as an “OR” item, and we hope to have enough figs for each member next week! If this is your first experience with figs, as it was mine, do not be afraid of the ‘mushy’ or splitting fruits, as these are in their prime. Eating a raw fig is a very sensory experience all its own, the smell, texture and taste overwhelm the consumer. If you do not enjoy the figs raw, or prefer to experiment with these gems, check out some recipes that highlight the interesting fruit. This delicacy can be enjoyed at any point in the day, at breakfast, a sweet morning snack, paired with a savory dish, enjoyed as a desert treat, and even known to be found in cocktails. Figs are quite perishable, they should be stored in the fridge until they are ready to be consumed. I would encourage you to consume, bake, dehydrate, or dissolve in to your alcoholic concoctions within the next few days to ensure they do not degrade.

 

A Note on Eggplants:

At market the Columbus market I realized how many individuals are frightened by eggplant, or at least the idea of tackling this summer time treat. In my experience it can be treated much like chicken, it has a reputation as a great protein substitute. It can be breaded, marinated, grilled, baked, fried, and even pureed into a rich spread much like hummus. For those of you out there with little ones you could try a theme inspired dinner and enjoy Ratatouille and the children’s film named after it. When enjoying eggplant, I slice it, marinate it, grill it and then enjoy it in a wrap with some hummus and feta. My marinade is simple consisting of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and usually I add in some slices of onions and mushrooms. It is wonderful Mediterranean summer meal.

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you: 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

WatermelonThese are beauties! This set of lovely ladies can be enjoyed right out of the crate. Sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or sweet or savory salads, please send us your favorite recipes.

Sweet Potato GreensA versatile green tender and mild like spinach. Can be substituted into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Onions – A staple in any pantry. With antimicrobial properties and the canvas to any great meal.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers ( Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Squash OR Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

Green Beans OR Okra OR Figs – These snappy, crisp little beans are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grilling meals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil. The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed. Lastly, the fig, eat it quick! Enjoy its lushness and summertime appeal. Perfect with yogurt, meat dishes or in fresh salads.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

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2014 CSA Week 16

*** This week is an even week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities: Americus, Blakely, Cordele,Dothan, Harris, Tallahassee, Warner Robbins, and WOP.

Greetings from sunny southern Georgia! This week marks the half way point for the main season CSA. I believe that this is our best share yet! This crate is full of the season’s richest flavors, (melons, basil & garlic), brightest colors, (peppers, okra & watermelon radishes) and most interesting textures (eggplant & purslane).

I feel that each week our team becomes tighter knit as we learn and explore in the vegetable jungle. Every week is met with a new challenges, whether it be rainfall, new pest battles, or simply plants with unique needs. We grow together in the journey that is organic farming. We learn from each other, as much as we learn from the plants. Ours is a diverse ecosystem, teeming with interesting personalities and beautiful strengths.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our CSA members for stepping out in faith and partnering with us. A CSA can only function with the support of courageous and understanding members. Thank you for bearing with us through the bugs; thank you for standing with us as we learn. Our team loves serving you, bringing you the literal fruits of our toil. To see the excitement on your faces at market when you collect your shares, make this all worth it. We go home each night sweaty and tired, but with a sense of fulfillment because our efforts make a difference in lives of our members. We are so happy to provide you with the freshest seasonally available produce, and to share in your health journey. Each night that I eat produce from the farm, I am reminded that families are sitting down at their tables enjoying the same harvest. Even though we may be miles apart I feel a sense of community between our members and us, your farmers. I hope that as you enjoy your vegetable bounty now and in the future, that you feel kinship with other CSA members who also partake in this local food movement, and with your farmers who love you.

Introducing your new share items: sweet roasting peppers, bell peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe, and watermelon!

Attention CSA members, your melons can be found in the bottom of the crate underneath the normal share bag. If you are a Saturday share pick up, you received your cantaloupe last Saturday and will receive your watermelon this Saturday. For all other shares both melons will be underneath the vegetable bag.

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you: 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Melons: Cantaloupe & Watermelon –These are beauties! This set of lovely ladies can be enjoyed right out of the crate. Sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or sweet or savory salads, please send us your favorite recipes.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Watermelon Radishes – Pickled, roasted, braised, or enjoy raw shavings in a salad. They may not look like much from the outside, but the inside is true to name. They are gorgeous.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers ( Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Summer Salad Medley ( Purslane) –  A succulent green, that adds a lemony twist to any salad or sandwhich.

Garlic– Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.

Squash OR Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

Green Beans OR Okra – These snappy, crisp little beans are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grillingmeals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil.  Okra on the other hand is

Summer Roasting Carrots – Sweet and ready to roast. These summer carrots will be best suited for roasting and baking to bring out their sweetness.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

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2014 CSA Week 15

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

Greetings from down on the farm, we are very excited for our newest farm family member to join us, a new tractor! For anyone who has had an unreliable vehicle, power tool, and or tractor, you understand the relief that comes with a sturdy replacement. Our team is greatly looking forward to our new team member. Speaking of newbies, check out all of the summer splendor below.

 

Let’s welcome our new vegetable arrivals: Okra, Potatoes, Jalapenos, Roasting Peppers, Summer Salad Medley (Purslane & Buckwheat).

 

Okra: I am new to Okra and have heard of the “slime effect” if it is cooked improperly. Give grilled okra a try, this recipe is paired with a chipotle mayo. Le sigh. It sounds so tasty. Okra can also be found fried, in stir-frys, stews, pickled, and most interestingly in curry.

 

Potatoes: Can we say baked potatoes loaded with our favorite toppings!?! Perhaps, you prefer homemade mashed potatoes, did I mention there is garlic in your share!?! Whether you are in the mood for a hearty soup, or a cool and refreshing salad, potatoes have the lead role in so many favorite dishes.

 

Jalapenos: My favorite recipes involving these little kickers, is always pickling. Whether you choose to pair it with sweet carrots, or add them to your favorite pickle recipe, these peppers are sure to spice things up. Try switching things up and adding sliced jalapenos to your next bowl of mac n cheese or bake it into your next loaf of cornbread.

 

Hot Roasting Peppers: After you have roasted these peppers your choices are limitless. They can add depth to homemade pizzas, mayo, sauces, dips, and pasta sauce. They are also delicious stuffed. Your choices are endless.

 

Summer Salad Medley:

 

Purslane: A supple leaf with a lemony kick. It brings fullness to any dish it is added to, not to mention the creaminess when blended. This green is lovely eaten raw in a salad, or taken to the next level in pesto, pizza, pasta, salsa verde, smoothies, and sandwiches. It pairs well with duck, lamb, fish, and legumes if you are looking for a protein pairing.

 

Buckwheat: It can be eaten in the salad mix that it is provided to you in, our you can try something a little daring such as a cold quinoa salad or even in your next green smoothie. It pairs well with Asian inspired noodle dishes and can even be found in crepes.

 

Ronde de Nice: Some of your shares will include this gourd as your squash share. Can we say stuffed squash! You can fill these vessels with any type of grain or rice medley you would like. Quinoa, roasted peppers, and mushrooms sound terrific to me! Please send us ideas for how you utilized this heirloom variety!

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you: 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Potatoes– Oh the versatility of this root veggie! Mashed, roasted, Au Gratin, potato salads, hash browns, soups, home fries, homemade potato chips and so many more family favorites.

Jalapenos– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. This pepper packs a punch pickled with sweet carrots.

Hot Roasting Peppers ( Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Summer Salad Medley ( Purslane and Buckwheat) – 

Garlic– Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.

Squash & Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

Onions – Grilled, stir-fry or fresh on top of a juicy White Oak burger, these are so tasty!

Green Beans OR Okra – These snappy, crisp little beans are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grillingmeals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil.  Okra on the other hand is

Summer Roasting Carrots – Sweet and ready to roast. These summer carrots will be best suited for roasting and baking to bring out their sweetness.

Basil This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

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2014 CSA Week 14

Greetings from your favorite farm crew, our pastures are finally receiving some much needed rain. For any members that attended the CSA dinner, you know exactly what I mean. Our CSA dinner was a huge success, we had approximately 70 in attendance. This was our largest event to date! For those who could not attend fret not, we hope to have a similar event next season. If next season seems like to long to wait, please come see us for an on site visit where you can enjoy a meal and tour the garden.

 

The CSA cookbook is in progress! We still need all of your tantalizing recipes, all recipes are welcome. I am hoping to include sauces, dips, soups, salads, main courses, veggie sides, vegan options, desserts and everything in between. Please help me to make this something special for all of us to share in!

 

Speaking of veggies, our garlic is fragrant and ready for consumption! When storing these little stinkers, please keep them in a dry well ventilated location. The fridge is not an ideal location to store the bulbs, they will rot in the damp conditions.

 

I would like to rejoice for a moment on the momentous occasion of fresh honey! Lori with the assistance of her bee expert Louis, was able to collect her first gallon of honey from our hives. We hope that this is just the beginning, and that our bees decide to keep residency on the farm. Bees are an integral member of our ecosystem and we are so glad to have the petite pollinators.

 

Important Notice:

Attention all CSA members, we are trying something new with tomatoes. We will be keeping the tomatoes separate from the box share, we have noticed that the tomatoes need extra care in order to make it to their final destination. We ask that you take one tomato filled paper bag from the crate, and your usual share box. We also ask that you would consider your fellow share members when collecting your tomatoes, please do not exchange tomatoes from one bag to another. Our team spends a great deal of time and care when packaging your tomatoes, and each bag is packed with love. All tomatoes that are sent have been handpicked and reviewed at least twice before they arrive to you. Once again we ask that you take only one bag, and do not trade tomatoes among bags. Thank you for working with us as we work to bring you the best our fields have to offer!

***The fruit portion of the share (apples or blackberries), will be in their own bags stapled to the tomato bags. This is to protect the fragile fruit from damage. Please do not forget to collect your tomatoes and fruit when you pick up your regular share!

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you: 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Tomatoes– All shares will include juicy tomatoes! Eat them raw, grilled, roasted, in salsa, pasta dishes, or try your hand at sun drying them for perfect pizza toppings.

Apples OR Blackberries – Crisp tart green apples or sweet and tart blackberries will be included in this weeks share. These mouthwatering little flavor bursts are perfect as snacks or dressing up summer desserts, they also make delicious compote for homemade french toast. Whatever you do with them don’t forget to take the extra five minutes to make their perfect pairing, the ethereal cloud that is perfect fresh whipped cream. This weeks blueberries are from Koinonia, a local farm that produces lovely berries. 

Garlic– Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.

Cabbage– Can we say stir-friday!?!

Squash & Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

Onions – Grilled, stir-fry or fresh on top of a juicy White Oak burger, these are so tasty!

Green Beans – My favorite share item is back! These snappy, crisp little creatures are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grillingmeals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil. 

Carrots – Sweet and ready to munch on. If anyone out there has a sweet tooth try integrating grated carrots into your next baking experiment. I enjoy them partnered with zucchini as muffins and veggie burgers.

Basil This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

Fennel Chop and add into your next coleslaw, shred and add into your next cold salad.

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2104 CSA Week 13

Greetings from the most beautiful pasture I have ever seen, the clouds are full, the sun is brilliant and the critters are always competing to see which species has the best natural orchestral song. Our pastures are full of vegetation, insects, and flying creatures of all manner. We cannot wait to share our garden with all of you that are visiting us this weekend! For all of our members that are traveling to Bluffton on Sunday, please wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in, we would like to give you a full tour of our garden and nearby pastures. If you have any questions please contact our office and we would be happy to address any comments you may have.

Important Notice:

Attention all CSA members, we are trying something new with tomatoes. We will be keeping the tomatoes separate from the box share, we have noticed that the tomatoes need extra care in order to make it to their final destination. We ask that you take one tomato filled paper bag from the crate, and your usual share box. We also ask that you would consider your fellow share members when collecting your tomatoes, please do not exchange tomatoes from one bag to another. Our team spends a great deal of time and care when packaging your tomatoes, and each bag is packed with love. All tomatoes that are sent have been handpicked and reviewed at least twice before they arrive to you. Once again we ask that you take only one bag, and do not trade tomatoes among bags. Thank you for working with us as we work to bring you the best our fields have to offer!

Our farm is in transition between spring and summer crops, the heat has settled in and our cool weather crops have given their last fruits of the season. We are sad to see them go, but excited for the next round of produce that is budding in the fields. One of the greatest assets of a CSA is the opportunity to eat seasonally, every box is packed with veggies that are at their peak. Eating seasonally allows us to more easily eat locally, I understand that not all things are locally available. However, with each CSA share you participate in, you directly encourage the local food movement.

This share is brimming with Cukes, Zukes, and Squashes. You may look in your fridges and be overwhelmed with all of the produce. However, we have a few options for you and your family to consider:

Freezing: One of our workers and a fellow CSA member has suggested freezing bulk items so that you can eat great produce year round. She keeps her veggies in a deep freezer and always has options and minimal food waste. If you are considering freezing your produce for later, check out these steps.

Baked Goods: Zucchini is the perfect addition to baked good recipes, it adds and retains moisture. Carrots add color and sweetness. Baked goods consume a large volume of the produce and can be frozen to enjoy at a later date. Zucchini can be highlighted in cookies, cakes, muffins, and even corn bread.

Pickling: A perfect option for anyone wanting to try experiment with seasoning. At home pickling and canning is all the rage. I have included a great starter recipe for those who would like to start pickling. Please send us recipes if you come across any winners.

Lastly, please take some time to enjoy photos from the week! There are some great moments captured via photo. Until next week, veg on!

Pasture Raised Eggs:

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Tomatoes– All shares will include juicy slicing tomatoes! Eat them raw, grilled, roasted, in salsa, pasta dishes, or try your hand at sun drying them for perfect pizza toppings.

Bueberries OR Blackberries – These mouthwatering little flavor bursts are perfect as snacks or dressing up summer desserts, they also make delicious compote for homemade french toast. Whatever you do with them don’t forget to take the extra five minutes to make their perfect pairing, the ethereal cloud that is perfect fresh whipped cream. This weeks blueberries are from Koinonia, a local farm that produces lovely berries. 

Garlic– Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.

Cabbage– Can we say stir-friday!?!

Squash & Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

Onions – Grilled, stir-fry or fresh on top of a juicy White Oak burger, these are so tasty!

Green BeansMy favorite share item is back! These snappy, crisp little creatures are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grilling meals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil. Carrots – Sweet and ready to munch on. If anyone out there has a sweet tooth try integrating grated carrots into your next baking experiment. I enjoy them partnered with zucchini as muffins and veggie burgers.

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2014 CSA Week 12

Greetings from your organic farm team! We are greatly looking forward to seeing all of our members and their families at the CSA dinner on June 22nd. If you have not signed up, please do so. The sign up deadline is closely approaching, Monday June 16th. We are planning a great Sunday afternoon for you and yours.

 

Some helpful little hints about this week’s share items:

Broccoli: We recommend submerging the heads of broccoli in water for 10-15 minutes, with the stem side up to allow any sediment or critters to loosen and fall to the bottom of your wash water. After soaking, a gentle shaking of the broccoli in the water should knock anything loose. One of the many benefits of certified organic produce is the promise to our consumers that we do not use conventional chemical pesticides. However, when critters come to our garden it is difficult to ensure that all of them have been removed from the inner layers of the produce. Broccoli’s tight lobes are the perfect place for sediment and garden critters to hide. We thank you in advance for choosing an organic CSA that works to provide you with the freshest veggies, meanwhile practicing environmentally sound farming techniques.

 

Tomatoes: Your tomatoes will arrive to you in a brown paper bag, this should help to ripen them to perfection. You may notice some of the tomatoes having “green shoulders”, this is denoted by a slight green section towards the top of the fruit. If you leave these out on the counter for a few days you will notice the shift from green to red or yellow (depending on the variety). The longer the tomatoes are left in the paper bag, the quicker they will ripen. Ethylene is a chemical produced by the fruit and aids in the natural ripening of the fruit. When a fruit is left in a paper bag the ethylene gas has no where to escape and concentration of the gas builds up, causing an ideal environment for a fruit to quickly ripen.

 

Kohlrabi: This alien veggie is back! The leaves & stems are completely edible give them a try in your next stir-fry. This little powerhouse can be eaten raw, use a mandolin and drizzle olive oil salt & lemon juice over them for a fresh snack, or try julienne slicing them for extra crunch in your favorite summer coleslaw. They can be roasted in cubes and wedges much like potatoes. They sweeten as their sugars caramelize.

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes are in season, and they are in you share!

Fennel Chop and add into your next coleslaw, shred and add into your next cold salad.

Kohlrabi Our Farm Fresh Chef Reid, loves to bake these little babies like potato Au Gratin, try subbing these root veggies in for some of your favorite root recipes.

Broccoli Fresh, steamed, char-grilled, stir-fry, casseroles, a great addition to any pasta dish!

Herb  Mint!! Mint & Ginger beer Margaritas, Mint and Peach Mojitos, Mint & Melon salad, Mint Julips, Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, Watermelon Mint & Lime Sorbet. Your options are bottomless, if you can think of a creative use please let us know!

Collards OR Chard These greens won’t be with us much longer enjoy them while they last. Whip up a sauteed side tonight, or perhaps baked into a quiche or potpie!

Leeks Delicious in quiche, soups or frittata!

Cabbage Can we say stir-friday!?!

Squash & Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

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2014 CSA Week 11

Greetings from your farmers, on this cool overcast day! Our team is loving this cool slightly damp weather, soon the hot steamy days of Georgia summer will be upon us.

Have ever wondered where your veggies are grown and raised? Have you ever been curious as to what humanely raised livestock looks like? If so, our CSA dinner is for you. We currently have 30 members signed up! Thank you to those who have signed up, for those of you still on the fence, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet your farmers, see where your sustenance is produce, and to commune with others supporting the local food movement. Please sign up, there are two more weeks until the deadline! We love to meet your family and friends. If you know of a family who is interested in joining our CSA, or would benefit from this experience please have them RSVP!

Thanks to our newly trained hide tanning expert, Amber Reece, each of our CSA members can look forward to rawhide dog chews in this week’s box. We are giving out samples of her handmade rawhides that were made from our grass fed cattle. If your furry companions enjoy these treats as much as ours do, you can purchase treats online, on farm, and at the Columbus market. See our website for details and pricing!

Thank you to all of you who have sent a collection of recipes, we desperately need more! To the rest of you out there that love their veggies please help us share in that wealth of knowledge. Send your recipes to Mary.Bruce@Whiteoakpastures.com, I will be working to put together our very own CSA cookbook. There are so many creative creations you have made that our members would benefit from, such as turnip souffle, collard lasagna, and even chocolate mousse from our pastured raised eggs!

Speaking of recipes, fresh basil and tomato make for delicious margherita pizzas, I think this weeks is you chance to turn your kitchen into a pizzeria even if for only one night. A special treat for some of the boxes this week are our Patty Pan squashes, they look very similar to flying saucers, just think of all of the out of this world dishes you could make with these creatures!

As a last minute reminder, Lori’s beekeeping course still has open slots and will be held this Saturday! This is your chance to see the farm, eat at our on farm restaurant, and receive a top notch education on bee hive maintenance. Please call our farm for more details, we hope to see you there!

 

 

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

PeachesThese babies are ripe for the eating. Pies, cobblers, sorbets, ice creams, preserves, chutney and salsas!

Tomatoes or Green Beans Our first CSA TOMATOES!!! Get excited, our plants are providing their first fruits of the season. We currently only have enough to make them an or item, however more tomatoes will be appearing in the coming weeks.

Herb– Basil(purple ruffle, thai, genovese). This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

Laccinato Kale OR Collards – Sauteed with onions and garlic or torn as a salad mix, get some greens in your daily meal adventures. These hearty greens make fabulous Kale chips!

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

Onions Yellow sweet onions, can we say burgers, soups, and salsa! These little flavor bursts are used in a variety of your child hood favorites, change things up by trying them as ce

nter stage, rather than a background flavor.

Squash & Zucchini – Grill, hallow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.

Cucumbers & Pickling Cucumbers –All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!

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2014 CSA Week 10

Greetings from your veggie caretakers! We have our first succession of green beans! Tasting them as we picked them, we are so excited to include them in this week’s CSA box. They are delightfully sweet and floral, please post comments on your favorite way to prepare them so we can share them with other members.

 

Our team is gearing up for our CSA dinner extravaganza! If you have any interest or have friends and family that would like to attend please sign up! We need a total head count so that we can properly prepare for your visit. Please sign up on or before Monday, June 16th. This is our first official open house, and we are so excited to meet you and your family!

 

We are also really excited to announce the creation of a CSA Cookbook, we cannot do this without you! Please send your personal favorite recipes for vegetables that have been included in your CSA share. Once I have all of your responses, I will compile our first annual CSA Cookbook and share it with all of our lovely members. I think this will be the perfect way for all of us to connect over good food and good ideas. Please send as many delicious recipes as you can to my email address: Mary.Bruce@whiteoakpastures.com. I look forward to experimenting with your creations! Please include your full name so that I can give credit to recipes used in our collection!

 

Have you ever been curious to venture inside a beehive, or learn more about how honey is cultivated? We have the perfect workshop for you! On June 7th our very own Lori Moshman will be leading a class covering hive health, bee maintenance, and nurturing an environment that will encourage pollinators to visit your backyard. If interested please contact our front office for more details!

 

 

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-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Braising Mix Or Arugula – These specialty greens have a variety of uses that are sure to tickle your taste buds. Sauteed sides, hearty salads, stir-fry creations and so much more!

Salad Mix – Delicious salad greens, dress these up with some vinaigrette and radishes from your CSA share.  

Detroit Dark Red or Chioggia Beets – Beet greens (the leafy tops) are completely edible, treat them as you would swiss chard.

Red Russian Kale – Sauteed with onions and garlic or torn as a salad mix, get some greens in your daily meal adventures. These hearty greens make fabulous Kale chips!

Head Lettuce – Two fresh heads of  Buttercrunch, Red and Green Romaine and Red Sails.

Swiss Chard – Wonderful greens for several culinary options! Showcase these beauties in your next quiche, sauteed side, or salad creation!

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

Onions Yellow sweet onions, can we say burgers, soups, and salsa! These little flavor bursts are used in a variety of your child hood favorites, change things up by trying them as center stage, rather than a background flavor.

BroccoliOR Cucumbers – These little babies are bursting forth from the ground! Soon we will be swimming in these summer favorites. Best eaten fresh (in my opinion), or sauteed, grilled, or dressed in a vinaigrette!

Herb –  Marjoram or Parsley!

Green Beans

– These little firecrackers

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