***Important Change: The new plastic bins are in and we will begin using them this week for Vegetable CSA only. It may be a couple more weeks before we begin using the plastic containers for meat. However, the new method is the same for both veggie and meat – When you sign in to pick up your CSA box, you will take your index card out of the sign-in folder and place it in the sleeve provided on the plastic crate you’re picking-up. That’s it! That’s the only change. When you return your crate, leave the card in it and we will check off your name. So good-bye anonymity – If you forget to bring your CSA container back, we will know it’s you and we will track you down with bloodhounds. Please, everyone return these plastic containers. They are expensive and the shipping cost getting them to the farm was astronomical. We only have enough to accommodate each member on a two-week exchange rotation, so everyone must do their part. If you misplace, damage, or decide you’d rather store holiday decorations in your container – there will be a $25 fee to replace your CSA box.*** We now return to your regularly scheduled Farm update…
Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. I’ll admit, early last week I was curious why we we’re being so generous with the protein in the meat CSA boxes – 2 Ribeyes, 2 NY Strips, and Ground Beef. That’s almost $50 worth of meat. It wasn’t until after I posted the Blog entry that I realized Father’s Day weekend was upon us. That admission aside, I hope that your Father’s Day weekend was a terrific one and I hope it involved a grill, good friends, and smiles.
And there’s more goodness in store for this week. There’s more of our Pasture-Raised chicken in your box this week along with plenty more ammo for summertime cook-outs! We’ll get to the full menu in a moment, but first I’d like to take a second to introduce the newest addition to our team – Lori Moshman! Hailing from the Empire State, Lori just finished up her B.S. in Plant Science and Entomology from Cornell. This is her second week with us and I’m not sure who is learning more from whom. Needless to say, we’re delighted she’s here. She’ll be making her way to the Columbus market occasionally throughout the year so make sure you say hello. And speaking of saying hello, anyone in middle Georgia should come by the INternational City Market, Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 to visit with me. The market staff are grilling out sliders with White Oak Pasture’s grass-fed Ground Beef that we’ve donated to the market. I’ll be right there next to the grill, handing out your Warner Robins CSA boxes in person this week.
On the farm-front, the soil finally dried up enough to get the tractor in and we hit the ground running. Another succession of summer squash, melons, cucumbers, more beans, and even soybeans went into the ground. But while Watermelons and Cantaloupes await us in the near future, you will see a couple new additions in the box this week. The first Eggplant, and Peppers, Bell peppers as well as Carmen Sweet and Bull’s Horn peppers. All of the peppers this week should be mild to sweet – but always use caution. I’ve sampled our hot peppers already this year and some of them are fierce. This may be a blessing or a disappointment depending on your tastes – either way, more pepper heat is in store, but you’re safe for now. Here’s what else to expect in your shares this week:
Meat CSA: (call us on Mondays for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081)
1-8 Way Cut Chicken (2lbs)
1-Chicken Leg Quarters (2lbs)
1-Grass-Fed Ground Beef (5lbs)
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 Assorted Kale
1 bunch Collards
1 bunch Colorful Carrots
Mixed Sweet Peppers or Mixed Eggplant
1-2 Cabbages or Cauliflower
1 bunch Colorful Beets
2- 5 Summer Squash/Zucchini
3-6 Cucumbers (mixed)
1 bunch Fennel
1 bunch Basil (Genovese, Purple Ruffles, Thai, or Cinnamon)
Yellow Sweet Onions
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!