What a special year it’s been! Thank you for the terrific feedback, encouraging praise and constructive comments we’ve been receiving via the surveys. We will use your instruction to fine tune the 2013 CSA in hopes that you’ll all return with a friend you’ve convinced to join up with you. We will be accepting 100 members in 2013 and you will receive first choice to reserve space. Look for an e-mail from us in January.
My hope is that you are pleased and proud for having participated with us this year. I can speak for all of us here at White Oak Pastures and tell you how privileged we have felt in providing weekly sustenance for you and yours. As Wendell Berry writes, “Eating is an agricultural act.” You now understand this intimate connection more than most. You have not only watched, but tasted the seasons changing. You have smelled summertime with that familiar basil bouquet in every share box. And you have watched the leaves turn color in the fall – not the autumn tree leaves of orange and red, but the greenery of salad mixes and Kales and Mustards. We understand that you have plenty of choices as you consider the course of nourishing your family. Thank you for choosing White Oak Pastures.
*Meat CSA – the box is yours to keep this week. Thanks for returning and re-using all year with us!
*Veggie CSA – Please return all of your plastic crates. This week you’ll pick up one paper and one plastic bag. Bring a cooler if you’re not going straight home.
Here’s what we have in store for you this week:
Meat CSA: (call us on Mondays for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081 – web orders click here)
1x Grass-Fed ground beef (1lb) – A 90% lean ground beef that is great on the outdoor grill, stove top, or George Foreman grill.
2x Grass-Fed NY Strip Steaks – The most popular grilling steak that is derived from the loin of the beef carcass. This steak lends itself well to those who cherish a great steak in any type of situation.
1x Whole Chicken-Large – Our whole free-range, pastured, heritage cross chicken. Individually bagged and sealed, and raised with no antibiotics or added hormones. Our chickens are also Step 5 rated by the Global Animal Partnership, which is the highest animal welfare rating.
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 another dozen – or are you not on the Egg CSA, Call to order this week and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)
**Also, please tell your friends and family who live near Atlanta that our eggs are now available in all 8 Atlanta Whole Foods Markets. We rely on word of mouth so much and as CSA members, you know our story best. Thanks again to all of you who help spread the word each week.
Certified Organic Vegetables:
Bilko Chinese Cabbage – An Asian specialty that combines the thin crisp texture of lettuce with the fresh peppery tang of juicy cabbage.
Daikon Radishes – Long Japanese radish. With no rain, it was a tug of war getting these out of the ground. The ground won on several of them even with a digging fork.
Red Russian Kale OR Flash Collards – Yummy healthy goodness
Ruby Red Swiss Chard OR Southern Giant Mustard – Green goodness, so healthy and delicious!
Eggplant OR Carrots – Try some babaghanoush with the eggplants or roasted carrots with the beef this week.
Salad Mix – lettuce mix with baby kale, arugula and mizuna this week.
Bok Choi – A fall favorite
Sweet Peppers – So glad the frost hasn’t hit yet – these babies look better each week.
Hot Peppers – Still bringing the heat, just enough to make some spicy cornbread to pair will all those greens!
Sweet Potatoes – We posted a few recipes a couple of weeks ago that were well received. If you have a favorite, feel free to share.
Gourmet Herb –Your herb this week is either Sage or Rosemary