Monthly Archives: April 2014

2014 CSA Week 6 (B)

Greetings from Michigan, this is Mary your newest organic farm intern! I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and let you in on some of the projects we are working on here at White Oak Pastures. As noted above I am a snow bird from the Detroit area. I graduated in 2011 with a degree in Chemistry and started working in the corporate world shortly after. Spending two years cooped up in an office was enough to steer me towards a more rewarding career path and the local food movement had me curious for more. I began touring different farmer’s markets in my area to get a sense of what it was all about and fell in love. Last summer/fall I started researching organic farms and internship opportunities, the rest was fate. My current role on the farm includes planting, harvesting, weeding, the Columbus market, weekend waitressing at the Pavillion (our farm’s on site restaurant) and bio diesel production.

White Oak Pastures is unique because the Harris family strives to have a zero waste operation. As many of you know the farm started as a cattle operation in 1866 and since has branched into a full scale livestock and vegetable production facility. Our hope is to use beef fat, also known as tallow, as a feedstock for the production of bio diesel. We would like to start using the fuel in our diesel machinery including tractors, vehicles and tools. I am very excited to be working for a family that is completely focused on the health of their community and land.

Have you been looking for a good excuse to visit the farm? If you have, I have the perfect opportunity for you to consider, our first annual: Organic Compost Workshop. It will be held on May 24th, taught by our own botanist/entomologist Lori Moshman. The Afternoon workshop will go over several methods of home composting including hot and cold piles, vermicomposting, and black soldier fly composting. The experience includes a farm tour and lunch at the Pavillion.

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad Mix – A great salad mix with our famous winter spinach OR our first

Head Lettuce – Buttercrunch, Red and Green Romaine and Red Sails.

CarrotsAdd some color to your salad with these sweet and peppery carrots.

OnionsPlease take a look at these interesting ideas for your first onion of the season.

Hakurei Turnips – Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side dish.

HerbLemon Balm, check out this cocktail cooler.

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now.

Radishes – A little spice and a lot of color for your salads, omelettes, and more.

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2014 CSA Week 5 (A)

Happy Earth Day to you and yours! Let’s get started with some fun facts about one of this weeks share items, the Fava Bean.

           The Fava bean was originally the only bean under cultivation throughout Europe until landing in the Americas. Can you imagine the only legume in all of Europe? The beans are notorious throughout history as having aphrodisiac powers. In fact, St. Jerome forbade nuns to eat them in the 1500’s, due to their sultry reputation. Fava Beans are noted to have up to 0.5 % wt L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine. Dopamine is a well known neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure and reward center of the brain.

           And now to cool you down, here are two recipes for Earth Day celebration cocktails, using herbs from your share. For those of you gifted with Mountain Mint let’s try a Mint Ginger Margarita, and for you out there with Parsley in your box, how about a Lemon Parsely Cooler?

          Come experience a taste of spring with our May Day tour and dinning extravaganza. Take in the sights and smells of this seasons harvest along with a guided tour of the farm. We would love for you to see our roots. If you are looking for a more hands on experience check out Lori’s mushroom workshop, you know you are a fungi at heart. Both of these events are on May the 3rd, spacing is limited so please sign up soon!

Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 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.

(Want to add a dozen or more, Egg-cellent idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix– A bag of tasty convenient healthy love triple washed and ready to go.

Hakurei turnips – Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side dish.

Champion Collards – Wonderful greens for several culinary options!

Herb – Mountain Mint or Parsley

Lacinato (aka Dino) Kale – Can we say killer kale chips?!?

Baby Head Lettuce – two heads of young, tender and delicious lettuce.

Carrots OR Fava Beans – Add some color to your salad with these sweet and peppery carrots or enjoy the season’s first picking of delicious fava beans.

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2014 CSA: Week 4 (B)

Hello again everyone! With this latest rainstorm that came in we decided that we are going to give up vegetable farming and take up growing rice! Mother Nature has been pretty crazy this winter and spring, but our crops don’t seem to mind it one bit. Everything is growing and progressing beautifully on the farm, and it is finally beginning to look like spring time. We are excited, and I know y’all will be too, that we have our first succession of tomatoes in the ground! Tonight’s cold weather forecast has us a little worried about them, but they are growing strong so I believe they can handle it. Not too long before BLT’s and homemade sauces.

There are a couple of exciting events coming soon that we would love to see all of you guys at. Lori Moshman, our greenhouse, insect, and mushroom expert, will be putting on a mushroom cultivation class on Saturday, May 3rd. The class is 10am to 4pm and includes lunch, a farm tour, a class on identifying wild mushrooms, a class on cultivating your own oyster mushrooms at home, and a bag of oyster mushroom spawn to get you started. If you have questions or want to reserve your space please call our office at 229-641-2081 or e-mail Lori at: lorimoshman@whiteoakpastures.com. The cost of this workshop is $75 per person.

The second event is an on farm dinner put on by Chef Reid Harrison in celebration of spring.

Spring supper flyer WOP

Here are some pictures from around the farm and then your share list. Hope you all enjoy your share this week!

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 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.

(Want to add a dozen or more, Egg-cellect idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix OR Arugula – A bag of tasty convenient healthy love triple washed and ready to go.

Hakurei turnips – Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side dish.

Champion Collards OR Swiss Chard – Wonderful greens for several culinary options!

Herb – Rosemary or Sorrel

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year. Check out the recipe linked above.

Bok Choy – An Asian specialty item. Lots of water content in the stems. Check out the recipe linked above

Strawberries – Its that season! Some of these are from our farm and some are from Peace Valley which is just down the road from us in Colquitt GA.

Baby Head Lettuce – two heads of young, tender and delicious lettuce.

Radishes OR Fava Beans – Add some color to your salad with these mild radishes or enjoy the season’s first picking of delicious fava beans.

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2014 CSA: Week 3 (A)

How about that rain! I hope everyone is safe, dry, and hungry for another week of deliciousness. As we enter the third week you may begin observing  the familiar habits involved with CSA membership. On Sundays, you may peer into your fridge and notice a stockpile of greens amassing in the crisper. You panic momentarily because you know that your next delivery is fast approaching. Have no fear, you can free up this precious real estate with ease:

And if the protein in your fridge or freezer ever gets low, then I hope you’ll venture over to our website and have us bring something out to you. Taking advantage of your 10% discount along with free shipping by lumping in orders with your CSA box are great ways to add value to your membership experience. We want the truck to be packed with groceries every week and we want you to be extremely happy all year long. So please use this service!

Alot of greens this week, fresh strawberries on the horizon too. And don’t forget that Easter is coming. We have lamb on our website, and you can always call the office and add Easter eggs too!

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Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 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.

(Want to add a dozen or more, Egg-cellect idea!, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix OR Arugula – A bag of tasty convenient healthy love triple washed and ready to go.

Hakurei turnips – Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side dish.

Champion Collards – A Southern Tradition.

Herb – Parsley, Dill, or Cilantro

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year. Check out the recipe linked above.

Beets OR Carrots – A little spice and a lot of color for your salads, omelettes, and more.

Bok Choy – An Asian specialty item. Lots of water content in the stems. Check out the recipe linked above

Swiss Chard – Wonderful green for several culinary options!

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2014 CSA: Week 2 (B week)

I like to say we’re as busy as bees in the Spring. But this year, I think the honeybees on the farm have us beat. Lori and her team have just performed their first splits of the year and we’re hoping that a strong spring leads to our first honey harvest come this Fall. Beyond honey, of course, there are lots of activities going on all over the farm. Fencing for new pasture, expanding hogs, goats and sheep, collecting all those spring eggs, as well as fencing off for young trees that will allow for silvopasture and fruit and nut hedges in the future. Additionally, our Biodiesel adventure continues with our first spring brew scheduled for later this week. (look for a full post and pictures coming up soon)

In even more fun and exciting news, Cindy and Allison have created a Pinterest page for the White Oak CSA. We really hope that this will offer a neat interactive forum for members to share recipes. The comments section here doesn’t seem to work as well for that purpose. So, we’ll be posting things at the new page and linking back and forth between them. It’s just another effort to try to serve you better and bring out the “Community” in Community Supported Agriculture. We’ll start the conversation today and we hope you’ll take it from there. Here’s the link: http://www.pinterest.com/wop1866/

Now, here’s some pics from the farm and then we’ll talk about your groceries!

 

Pasture Raised Eggs:

Spring means eggs and boy do we got em. 12 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.

(Want another dozen – or are you not on the Egg CSA, Call to order and we’ll bring them to you : 229-641-2081)

 

Certified Organic Vegetables:

Salad mix OR Arugula – A great salad mix with our famous winter spinach OR our first

Head Lettuce – Buttercrunch, Red and Green Romaine and Red Sails

Hakurei turnips – Amazing raw! These spring beauties can’t be beat as a side

Collards – A Southern Tradition. And no need to break out the ham-hocks and boil them down, just saute with olie oil and sea salt and enjoy! OR if you like Kale Chips, try Collard Chips CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

Herb – Mint!

Red & White Russian Kale – The most popular health food item right now. It’s reaching cupcake status as far as food fads go. We’ll have plenty of it to share this year.

Radishes – A little spice and a lot of color for your salads, omelettes, and more.

Bok Choi – An Asian specialty item. Lots of water content in the stems.

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