Greetings from your favorite farm crew, our pastures are finally receiving some much needed rain. For any members that attended the CSA dinner, you know exactly what I mean. Our CSA dinner was a huge success, we had approximately 70 in attendance. This was our largest event to date! For those who could not attend fret not, we hope to have a similar event next season. If next season seems like to long to wait, please come see us for an on site visit where you can enjoy a meal and tour the garden.
The CSA cookbook is in progress! We still need all of your tantalizing recipes, all recipes are welcome. I am hoping to include sauces, dips, soups, salads, main courses, veggie sides, vegan options, desserts and everything in between. Please help me to make this something special for all of us to share in!
Speaking of veggies, our garlic is fragrant and ready for consumption! When storing these little stinkers, please keep them in a dry well ventilated location. The fridge is not an ideal location to store the bulbs, they will rot in the damp conditions.
I would like to rejoice for a moment on the momentous occasion of fresh honey! Lori with the assistance of her bee expert Louis, was able to collect her first gallon of honey from our hives. We hope that this is just the beginning, and that our bees decide to keep residency on the farm. Bees are an integral member of our ecosystem and we are so glad to have the petite pollinators.
Attention all CSA members, we are trying something new with tomatoes. We will be keeping the tomatoes separate from the box share, we have noticed that the tomatoes need extra care in order to make it to their final destination. We ask that you take one tomato filled paper bag from the crate, and your usual share box. We also ask that you would consider your fellow share members when collecting your tomatoes, please do not exchange tomatoes from one bag to another. Our team spends a great deal of time and care when packaging your tomatoes, and each bag is packed with love. All tomatoes that are sent have been handpicked and reviewed at least twice before they arrive to you. Once again we ask that you take only one bag, and do not trade tomatoes among bags. Thank you for working with us as we work to bring you the best our fields have to offer!
***The fruit portion of the share (apples or blackberries), will be in their own bags stapled to the tomato bags. This is to protect the fragile fruit from damage. Please do not forget to collect your tomatoes and fruit when you pick up your regular share!
Pasture Raised Eggs:
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:
Tomatoes– All shares will include juicy tomatoes! Eat them raw, grilled, roasted, in salsa, pasta dishes, or try your hand at sun drying them for perfect pizza toppings.
Apples OR Blackberries – Crisp tart green apples or sweet and tart blackberries will be included in this weeks share. These mouthwatering little flavor bursts are perfect as snacks or dressing up summer desserts, they also make delicious compote for homemade french toast. Whatever you do with them don’t forget to take the extra five minutes to make their perfect pairing, the ethereal cloud that is perfect fresh whipped cream. This weeks blueberries are from Koinonia, a local farm that produces lovely berries.
Garlic– Delicious in so many recipes, fresh and spicy! Salsa is always so refreshing and extra special when it has just the right amount of a spicy kick.
Cabbage– Can we say stir-friday!?!
Squash & Zucchini – Grill, hollow them out and stuff, roast or fried; you will be surprised by the versatility and flavor of these summer favorites.
Cucumbers – All of our cucumbers can be eaten raw, however if you would like to try your hand at pickling we have included some little guys for you to experiment with. Send us your mad scientist recipes!
Onions – Grilled, stir-fry or fresh on top of a juicy White Oak burger, these are so tasty!
Green Beans – My favorite share item is back! These snappy, crisp little creatures are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grillingmeals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil.
Carrots – Sweet and ready to munch on. If anyone out there has a sweet tooth try integrating grated carrots into your next baking experiment. I enjoy them partnered with zucchini as muffins and veggie burgers.
Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.
Fennel – Chop and add into your next coleslaw, shred and add into your next cold salad.