Tomatoes are in, folks! Along with another White Oak favorite – Suyu-long cucumbers! But first, a quick thank you to you!
Everyone is doing a spectacular job with the writing down the numbers from the box lids on the sign-in sheet this week. Thank you for your efforts in making that transition a smooth one. You are the best CSA members a farmer could ask for! OK, real fast, a couple more housekeeping notes before we start talking food:
2 for 1 EGGS: The new chickens are temporarily laying Small and Medium eggs. We will be mixing these less than large eggs and giving everyone 2 for 1 on their eggs until the sizes are again up to par with what we expect from Large eggs. So, this week, if you normally get two eggs, take 4. Or if you just take 1 carton, you’ll take 2. You’ll have to adjust your recipes a tad, but at the end of the day, you’re getting more eggs than normal. And please remember to return your CLEAN egg cartons to us for re-use.
Add-on Groceries: Lea Atkins has announced the add-on order options from our farm store. Organic Milk, Farmer Jay’s Dairy Creation of the month, new coffee, tea, honey, granolas, nuts, and more. It’s all available for you to add to your orders this month and we encourage you to build as much convenience and value into your CSA experience as possible. We believe in these local farms and businesses that create the foods we carry and sell and are proud to offer them to you.
PORK: Finally, as you know we have begun raising hogs in the deep woods of our pastures. In an effort to train our crew and try out equipment we have purchased some market weight hogs to butcher from our good friends The Swancys at Riverview Farms. These hogs are humanely raised on pasture so we feel good about offering their animals prior to our own being ready. Check on-line, just like the sausage there is limited supply and the word is quickly getting out!
Back to the share-boxes this week – Once again, we’ve managed to capture the season in 12 items or less. Read more about the new additions in your veggie boxes this week below.
Meat CSA: (call us on Monday by noon for any additional a la carte orders: 229-641-2081 – web orders click here)
2x Grassfed Ground Beef – A 90% lean ground beef that is great on the outdoor grill, stove top, or George Foreman grill.
2x Small Chicken – 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: 2 for 1 special this week – See description above…
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. (Wanna add eggs to your order this week, Please email me or call our office today to get on the waiting list! 229-641-2081)
Certified Organic Vegetables:
Farao Cabbage – 1 or 2 small to medium heads of delicious cabbage
Bush Beans – Gold Rush, Green Provider, and Burgundy Bush beans. The kudzu bugs are already swarming so we’ll all enjoy beans while we can.
Braising Mix – A familiar mix, but probably the last until Fall.
Brocoli, Cauliflower, or Watermelon Radishes – You can’t go wrong here.
Head Lettuce – Still holding strong. Romaine, Buttercrunch, and Red loose leaf varieties this week.
Kale – It’s back! Some new and old growth but really tasty.
Sweet Vidalia Onions – Still coming on strong!
Squash – We have patty-pans that look like yellow or green space ships, and we have yellow crookneck and straightneck squash. Finally the ribbed zucchinis are called Costata Romanesco. They are tender even when large and taste amazing.
Cucumbers, Slicing – 1 or 2 good slicing cucumbers or little round lemon cucumbers.
Suyu Long Cucumber – Everyone gets a long cucumber this week. They are trellised so they hang long
Cucumbers, Pickling – Coming to you this weekend! So get your pickling supplies in order – approximately 3 lbs of pickling cucumbers. Try out the recipe from last week for refrigerator pickles, or flavor your own blend and get your can on. Water imbalance and intense sunlight have managed to turn the pickling cukes yellow and orange. They are perfectly fine to eat and pickle though. (see pics above) ***You’re also getting your lovage this week. So be sure to get preparations for Bloody Marys this weekend too.***
Tat Soi – You’ve had this in your braising and salad mixes for some time now but I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to Tat Soi by itself. I love this little asian green for its leaf texture and mild taste. Try it anyway you want. It tastes great raw, stir-fried, as a burger topping, or even in an omelette.
And making their 2013 debut… Tomatoes – A mix of early determinate varieties to satisfy that savage desire for the ultimate solanaceous taste of summer! Hopefully lots more to come. These will not be in your box, you will be able to pick your tomatoes from the bread flats and place them into your own boxes. First come first served so arrive early. Once we finish harvesting, I will have a count for how many each member will receive. So look for more instructions at your pick-up location. Enjoy!