Wow, Cold snap last night! And its gonna drop again tonight! Keep your fingers crossed for the field tomatoes please. We’re wrapping them up with frost protecting row covers but the leaves are already burned a bit from last night’s frost. Good thing we have more on the way, as well as some already growing nicely in the High Tunnel. Also, we’ve already seeded our first flats of Squash and Cucumbers, and our first Bush beans will be going in the ground soon as well. This train has already left the station and we are well on our way! Have I ever told you how glad I am that you’re on board with us. Because I am. Sincerely!
We have our annual Organic Inspection tomorrow so we’re tidying up a bit, weedeating and mowing the grass, putting the greenhouse in order, weeding here are there. That being said, I’m gonna make this posting short and sweet. I do want to thank everyone who has shared pictures and recipes with us. It means so much to see the fruits of our work being enjoyed by families and individuals who really care about what goes into their bodies. I plan to share the pictures along with some of the recipes soon in a special posting. Keep ’em coming!
Alrighty, Ready for a brand new delivery of wholesome freshness? Here’s what you can expect…
Meat CSA: (call us on Monday by noon for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081 – web orders click here)
Pasture-Raised Chicken Halves (2 halves per pkg) – One free-range, pastured, heritage cross chicken in two halves. 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.
Lamb Shoulder Roast ($19.99) – An excellent cut for slow-cooking and braising methods.
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:
Braising Mix with Spinach – It’s back again. More mature than our salad mix greens and perfect for Stir-fried side to your lamb roast this week! Just enough spice to make it nice.
Baby Arugula – A CSA favorite. We like to add this into many of our mixes, but it’s so nice on its own. Cooked or fresh for a nutritious and flavorful salad. You could also rock this into a wonderful pesto. Please enjoy!
Kale/Chard/Collards – The famed “OR” items. This week, you’ll be getting one of these three in your box.
Valentine’s Mix Radishes – They keep getting better! Mostly, French breakfast varieties, but many of you will see purple, cherry belles, and white icicles too. Mmmmm. Don’t forget to use the greens too!
Head Lettuce – 2 heads of exquisite freshly harvested head lettuce. It’s just that time of year. Celebrate seasonality and SALADS!
Leeks – A great addition to any sautee, omelette, or for flavoring your chicken and lamb dishes this week.
Paneer Cheese – Made here at White Oak Pasture’s certified kitchen by Jay Barrows using Working Cows’ Organic Milk. Paneer, also spelled “panir” is an Indian cheese similar to farmer cheese or pot cheese with a consistency similar to Feta. Panir is a mild, un-ripened cheese that readily absorbs the flavors of the herbs and spices used with it in cooking. Jay has blended in a White Oak herb blend to the recipe and drizzled in some olive oil and a cracked peppercorn medley so you have a ready made snack or appetizer, just flip the container onto your serving dish and pair the cheese with your favorite crackers or sliced vegetables.
Please see the other blog post from today to learn how to order cheese and other dairy items starting in April. Thanks again! Hope everyone thoroughly enjoys their shares this week!