I am so proud to be part of a farm that walks the walk. We are a family here at White Oak Pastures, and as CSA members we consider you part of that family too. So when I announce that the Meat CSA this week will include Beef, Lamb, Chicken and Duck! – it makes me very happy to say the least. You’re all too well-informed about the multi-species grass-based nature of our farm model. Nature doesn’t understand a monoculture, and neither do we. Diversity breeds strength, and that goes for integrating species of plants, livestock, the interplay between the two as well as their consequent nutrient cycles. Like I said, we are committed to “walking the walk”, and by supporting us each week, you help to make sustainable agriculture a reality here in Georgia.
On the farm-front, weeding is in high gear. Dry, Hot and Sunny means death to weeds. But while getting ahead of the weeds is nice, a bit of rain right now would be better. Hurricane Debbie is such a tease. As she stalls out over Florida’s Panhandle, we receive only gusts of dry wind. Thankfully, we utilize low pressure drip-tape for irrigating the crops. The pasture remains verdant after receiving the rains earlier in June. But even so, with 100 degree days upon us now, I might break out a rain dance this weekend. My farm mentor always told her employees to leave tools outside when weather was threatening and the crops were in need. But who wants a weather update when there’s so much food to discuss. Bring out the menu, along with a few surprises…
Meat CSA: (call us on Mondays for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081)
1-Grass-fed Beef patties (2x7oz)
1-Ground Lamb (5lb)
1-Chicken Breast (2lb)
Bonus Free Item: 1-Whole Duck
Pasture Raised Eggs: 12 beautiful assorted color eggs, form our own hens that range freely on certified organic pasture. The eggs are hand washed, candled and graded fresh for you each week.
(Call to order this week if not on the egg CSA : 229-641-2081)
1 bunch Winterbor Kale or Flash Collards
Surprise FIGS! (They’re picked ripe and ready)
Mixed Sweet Peppers
Small sampler bag of hot peppers
Mixed Eggplant or Burgundy/Green Okra
2- 4 Summer Squash/Zucchini/Patty-pans
Bush Beans are Back! (Provider and Gold Rush)
1 Cucumber (mixed)
1 bunch Fennel
1 bunch Basil (Genovese, Purple Ruffles, Thai, or Cinnamon)
Tomatoes (Mixed heirloom and hybrid varieties)
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
***Don’t forget, your ‘maters are bagged separately, so don’t leave them behind when you grab your box. Enjoy!