Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day! We’re carrying the festivities forward into this week with lots more Greenery – of an edible nature! Fresh new Head lettuce! 3 varieties of Nutritious Kale! Gorgeous Ruby Red Swiss Chard! and lots more. And exciting news from the farm!… Our new round of laying hens are starting to earn their keep so we are well on track to accept more members for the egg CSA starting May 1st. Furthermore, the greenhouse, which was bursting with plants just a week or two ago, is starting to cycle out the younglings. Each week, more and more leave to harden off prior to transplanting into the field. And with the added daylight hours and rains of late, it won’t be long until we’re back on schedule with increased veggie production. Which brings us to the waiting list.
By mid-April, I will have emailed those of you on the veggie and egg waiting list that I believe we can accommodate. Once we are finally at capacity, I will send out an email announcement to the entire group. Finally, I want to thank you again for being positive spokespersons for our farm in your community. Your word of mouth is the very best advertising we could ask for. And, you guessed it, we need more of it please. We’ve committed to dropping off at your stop all year, so please help make it worth the miles by having any of your friends add their orders to the delivery each week. Please just get your orders in by noon on Monday so we have plenty of time to get your orders packed perfectly.
Wow, almost forgot! Big thanks to our neighbor farm and Bakery, Peace Valley! They are located on Hwy 27 in Colquitt GA and I think you’ll agree with us that their Strawberries are amazing. We tried to fit the pints snuggly into your veggie boxes. However, please use caution – Your strawberries may have shifted in transport to you!
Here’s what else is in store for you this week…
Meat CSA: (call us on Monday by noon for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081 – web orders click here)
2 x Grass-Fed Ground Beef Patties (3 patties) – Save time in the kitchen with White Oak Pastures’ ground beef patties, made from our 90% lean ground beef. No need to portion and form them yourself!
Pasture-Raised Chicken Tenders (2.5 lbs) – Free-range, pastured, heritage cross chicken tenders. Our chickens are raised with no antibiotics or added hormones. Our chickens are also Step 5 rated by the Global Animal Partnership, which is the highest animal rating.
Try this Recipe for Garlic encrusted chicken with a Thai dipping sauce:
Pasture Raised Eggs:
1 dozen 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. (We’ll have more egg shares available in May! Please email me or call our office today to get on the waiting list! 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:
Spicy salad Mix – Just enough baby lettuce to call it salad and young tender brassica greens to spice it up a tad and give it some uumph! Add your head lettuce to make this mix go even farther. And if you can keep your hands out of the strawberries, toss some in for a perfect Spring salad!
Kale (Red Russian, Winterbor or Toscano) – Kale is a staple of the White Oak CSA, and these three varieties make up the award-winning rotating cast.
Ruby Red Swiss Chard – Gorgeous Green goodness, so healthy and delicious!
Carrots -OR- Radishes – While the flooding ran off with most of our planned radishes, we were able to salvage some of these young tasty wonders. Since there are not quite enough to go around, some of you will receive an extra carrot or two for salad toppings instead. Enjoy!
Personal Purple Cabbage – The last of our winter stockpile. Big or small, we hope you enjoy your share this week. (There are a few green ones in there too – Surprise!)
Parsley – Triple Curled or Flat leaf, This too is one of my favorite herbs in the early Spring. The smell is so uplifting during harvest! Try it with chopped fine and sprinkled into sautéed radishes and scrambled eggs with a pinch of sea salt. Or mix into your dipping sauce for your chicken tenders! (see recipe above)
Strawberries – Fresh from our friends, Peace Valley, in Colquitt. Our strawberries are on the way, but Peace Valley has a strong reputation for growing tasty fruits and we wanted to share that with you early this season. My favorite über simple yet elegant desert with fresh strawberries goes like this… One large wine glass, filled with separated layers of chilled cut strawberries, freshly whipped cream, along with splashes of balsamic vinegar along the way.
Leeks – Turns out leeks pair really well with seafood, I really liked what Aimee over at Simple Bites had to say about Leeks. (Scroll down halfway for Baked Salmon Stuffed with Leeks) CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE AND MORE ON LEEKS