Well, I hope everyone is coping well with the diurnal jet-lag that is “springing forward” for daylight savings. This week marks the beginning of regular CSA deliveries and we couldn’t be more excited. Many of you have expressed interest in expanding the varieties of products that we offer each week beyond the Organic Vegetables, Pasture-Raised Meat and Scrumptious eggs that we’ve offered the past two years. SO… We are pleased to introduce over the next few weeks some new offerings we are really excited about! In light of inclimate weather events, our lighter than normal vegetable shares will be amended to include samplings from the following farmers. If you like what you see (or, um… taste!), then contact us and we’ll start making these offerings a routine option for everyone!
Pleasant Valley Strawberries! – Now we do grow strawberries, but we want to make sure we have enough for everyone to enjoy. So we’re partnering Pleasant Valley in Colquitt GA who are known for their exceptionally sweet and fresh strawberries. We’re planning to include these in your veggie box on week 4.
Dairy! – Ask and ye shall receive. Please email me if you are interested in receiving a separate dairy share that could include Organic Milk, Butter, and several types of cheeses produced in partnership between our own Jay “the Cheesemonger” Barrows and Working Cow Dairy in Alabama. (http://www.workingcowsdairy.com). Look for his acclaimed Farm-Fresh Paneer cheese to grace your Veggie-boxes on week 3.
Canned-Goodness! – Evelyn is the queen of canning at White Oak Pastures’ Pasture to Plate Restaurant! And since there are only so many okra, peppers, tomatoes, turnips, cabbages, and so on that a family can eat during the year, we can alot of the seasonal freshness into jars to share during leaner months And so it is in early Spring: We may not have peppers on the bush, but I’ve got pepper jelly for your toast! Look for a sampling of our most popular jars to be shared in Week 2 with your veggie boxes.
Breads! – More to come here, we have a couple of sources for AMAZING! bread – from slicing 100% freshly ground wheat breads to Artisan loaves that would make the French jealous.
Pecans! – We’ve planted some trees of our own in recent years all around the farm. But George and Becky Rogers at Pecan Point Farm are great friends of ours and we’re hoping to introduce their terrific pecans to you on week 5.
Last but not least, for any of you that are participating in the Vegetable CSA or Egg CSA only, please know that you can always add Meat to your order each week by shopping online with us at www.whiteoakpastures.com. We ask that you submit your order by Monday at noon. And just like last year, your order will arrive at your CSA location in an insulated box on dry ice or with gel packs. When you pick up your items, you will transfer them to your own cooler or bag to carry home. The boxed packaging and any gel packs will stay with us to be re-used. That way you don’t pay for any packaging – just protein! (The picture above shows our new cooler bags which are available to our market customers for $5 – they’re insulated and work great for carrying all your groceries home from market, but especially our meat! Call us and we’ll bring one for you with the next delivery.)
Thanks for helping us spread the word. You are our MVP customers that receive the freshest and best we can offer each week. We think of each of you as part of our extended family and strive everyday to serve you better. I’ll write you Tuesday and let you know what to expect in your share boxes this week – Take care until then!