Happy Fourth of July! There’s no denying its summertime now. We’ve just finished harvesting vegetables, packing meat and eggs this afternoon for tomorrow’s delivery. “But it’s the fourth, what are you doing working?” you might ask… We’ll be honoring Independence Day with half days Wednesday and Friday. It might be nice to take a whole day off one of these days, but it’s a point of pride to be able to harvest the day before deliveries to ensure the freshest possible produce for you. If you’ve managed to get one or more days off this week, I hope you’ll be enjoying part of it grill-side or in your kitchen. And while you’re celebrating our nation’s independence, I hope you’ll also take a moment to celebrate the steps you’re taking toward independence from our alarmingly centralized national food system. Thank you again for supporting Local Sustainable Agriculture each week with us: Enjoy this week’s share of summer’s harvest.
On the farm-front: the rabbits have moved into the orchard and are munching away on fresh pastures grasses, growing steadily while providing some of the best fertilizer that any livestock offers. I put a pic in the slide show of the rabbit bandas right before hoisting the shade tarp over the top of the hoops. We’ve received some rain but we’re hopeful for more. Of course, I don’t have to tell anyone about the heat. But last weekend, the record-setting temps surprised everyone. And this past weekend, we had a few guests out to celebrate the opening of the farm pavilion, which serves lunch for the employees and guests throughout the week. Remember, if you’re ever in the neighborhood, please drop by and see us – and plan to have lunch too. Farm to table is how we live out here, and it’s really nice to showcase southern food traditions in our own farm-based restaurant with artisinal food we work so hard to produce. I really hope you’ll all be able to make it out by the season’s end.
Here what’s on this week’s menu:
Meat CSA: (call us on Mondays for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081)
2 x Grass-fed Beef Patties (2x7oz)
1 x Grass-fed Cube Steak (1lb)
1x Whole Chicken
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
Bush Beans or Burgundy/Green Okra
1 bunch Colorful Carrots (we’re nearing the end of the carrots – so enjoy!)
1 bunch Basil (Genovese, Purple Ruffles, Thai, or Cinnamon)
Tomatoes (Mixed heirloom and hybrid varieties)
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
1 bunch Mint or Stevia (great for Summer Sun Tea or Mixed Libations)
1 bunch Sage or Parsley
3-5 Yellow Sweet and Purple Onions
and introducing… Malabar Spinach (this summer green is the love-child of okra and spinach – see blog post to follow)
***Don’t forget, your ‘maters are bagged separately, so don’t leave them behind when you grab your box. Enjoy!