Spring is definitely in the air this week. The chirping chicks that five weeks ago could fit in your palm are now entering those awkward adolescent years when their feet seem freakishly large for their bodies. With the lambing season behind us, the growing flocks now move like cloud formations all around our green pasture sky. And many of the crops that I am eagerly awaiting to share with you (especially the Brassicas: broccoli, cauliflower, mustards and more cabbage) are fully embracing the longer days and warmer temperatures. We’ve been promised rain this week and hope that it reaches our pastures tomorrow and then decides to stay a spell.
Some of you might be wondering about the fate of your early tomatoes: well, the row covers we employ at the farm are intended for pest protection and not frost prevention. Consequently, many of our early tomatoes were knocked down by the frost last week. Knocked down, but not out! It seems that the soul of the plant is still determined to live on and bear fruit for us; so we intend to test their resiliency and let them grow back if possible. And we’ve observed some promising progress this week so far. Meanwhile, we’ll be planting round two in a couple of weeks, with plenty of peppers, squash, basil, cucumbers and more to follow. Hungry yet? With all the tastes of summer in store for the weeks ahead, let’s truly enjoy the taste of spring this week! Here’s a few pictures from around the farm, followed by a listing of your share box ingredients:
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 (Small 2-2.5 lbs) – One free-range, pastured, heritage cross chicken. 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.
Grass-fed Stew Beef (2 lbs) – A cold weather favorite. Small cubes of fresh cut beef that is great for stews, soups and chili.
White Oak Pastures Sausage – White Oak Pastures is excited to offer a unique sausage, made with our grass-fed beef, lamb, and pastured chicken each week! These artisan sausages are hand crafted in small batches on our farm. In your share box this week, you’ll either receive Beef sausage with green peppercorn and onion OR Pork sausage with Fennel (our hogs are coming, but we’re honing our sausage making skills this week using a neighbor farmer’s pork). I’ve tasted them both and they’re amazing! Keep watching your inbox for updates when new sausage flavors are announced and feel free to add them to your delivery. Enjoy!
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:
Baby Bok Choi – We’ll have some grown-up versions of these on the way, but they were way to cute at this age not to share. But not too cute to eat, throw them in the stir-fry this week with your Stew beef. Towards the end though, because these are great tender little gems that can also be eaten raw. We’ll share some recipes for these in later weeks – One of my favorites!
Braising Mix – Perfect for stir-fry, Omelettes, Spicy wraps, and more. Nutritious Asian greens with lots of flavor and a little kick.
Spinach OR Arugula OR Lettuce mix – Oh the green gifts of Spring!
Kale OR Collards – Red Russian Kale or Georgia Collards. Eat these every week and the doctor will give you a gold star at your next physical!
French Breakfast Radishes – First pick of the new crop. We’ve been spacing these plantings out pretty well so we hope to share fresh radishes all spring long. Enjoy!
Head Lettuce – Exquisite freshly harvested head lettuce. It’s just that time of year. Celebrate seasonality and SALADS!
Leeks – A great addition to a stir fry with your stew beef or for flavoring your sausage in the pan with your favorite beer. That’s how I do it anyway. These are the last of the leeks for a few weeks anyway, so savor them (even the thinner ones!)
Organic Herb: Mint OR Cilantro – So many options with these two, get creative and have fun. Don’t forget beverages need herbs too!
And Special this week: Pickled Hakurei Turnips OR Pepper Jelly – The pepper jelly was a big hit with some of our local patrons last year. Great on a bagel with cream cheese! The Pickled turnip is a new recipe that we love. We recommend that you enjoy the turnips this week and refrigerate after opening. There are no artificial preservatives in there and this delivery week was scheduled for best taste. If you keep them on your shelf for much longer, the turnips may turn softer than your discerning palate would care for. Full disclosure, I’m munching one as I write this. I love them!
Please see the previous blog post describing the dessert cheese and dairy items on sale this week. Thanks again! Hope everyone thoroughly enjoys their shares this week!