Monthly Archives: July 2014

2014 CSA Week 19

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

Greetings CSA members near and far! Summer is a time for family and traveling, it is a season where love lingers heavy in the air. Whether you are traveling to your family, or with them, take some time this summer to spend it with those that you cherish.

Attention All CSA Members:

We are approaching our summer break! During this break there will be no CSA deliveries. Our crops have a hard time enduring under the sweltering Georgia heat & sun during August. Due to this, our crops pass away or, yield significantly less than normal. Our break begins the week of August 11th and deliveries will pick back up the week of September 1st. We will still be venturing up to the Columbus market on Saturday mornings, and look forward to seeing you at our tent! We will have some veggies and meat with us at market, if you would like to drop by and say hello.

Our current share contains two bulk items: Eggplant & Sweet Peppers

This is the perfect opportunity to practice your freezing skills. Peppers can be chopped and laid out in a single layer on a baking sheet and left to freeze. Once frozen they can be put into freezer safe containers and stored for later use. For eggplant you will have to be a little more creative. Try making a layered lasagna using thinly sliced (length-wise) eggplants as the noodles. Make your favorite lasagna recipe in a freezer/oven safe container, using your gluten free eggplant noodles, and set up in the freezer until your family is ready to enjoy. Or eat it fresh, if you cannot resist!

Melons:

You may have noticed that your melon may have some superficial bruising or cracking, please do not be alarmed. With all of the rain that has come through our melons have soaked it up and are bursting forth with summer sweetness.

From Our Pastures to Your Pets

White Oak Pastures is introducing a new line of Pasture Raised and Free Range pet foods! We are now offering an exclusive line for your beloved canine and feline friends. By now, I hope that all of our CSA members have had a chance to spoil yourselves with our steaks, whole chickens and specialty sausages. You can expect the same high quality products that you are used to from our abattoir to carry over into our pet food line. The variety of options is outstanding: ground organ meat(cow & chicken), raw hide chews(flat and rolled), smoked rabbit ears and feet, smoked bones, and many more treats to come!

Easter may have passed but our fields are still full of fresh eggs!

Did you know that chicken is not the only delectable farm fresh egg we offer? We also have rich and decadent duck eggs, and tiny delicate guinea eggs. If you ever wanted to change up a favorite baked good or breakfast recipe duck eggs are a delicious option. Guinea eggs are a wonderful pairing with grilled asparagus or other savory egg uses.

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:

Sweet Potato Greens – A versatile green, tender and mild like spinach. Can be substituted into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers (Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Squash OR Green Beans OR Cherry Tomatoes 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.

Okra – The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

Melons – Perfect with yogurt, meat dishes or in fresh salads. This melon can be incorporated in sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or savory salads.

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.

 

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2014 CSA Week 18

*** This week is an even week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities: Americus, Blakely, Cordele,Dothan, Harris, Tallahassee, Warner Robbins, and WOP.

Greetings from a rain soaked White Oak!

If you read the blog last week you may remember my mention of our dry spell, the pastures and row crops were in dire need for some moisture. The weekend rain has really helped to alleviate the drought like conditions. Bringing with it cooler temperatures and softer soil.

White Oak Pastures has been a sponsor farm the last two years for the “Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival”. This Atlanta food festival, is in essence a partnership between local chefs, mixologists and farms to create unique drinks & dishes for festival goers. If you have not heard of this event I greatly encourage you to check it out. I was lucky enough to attend the festivities this weekend; I never imagined how many ways tomatoes could be featured in edible assortments. Experiences like this really push my brain to consider new uses for everyday veggies. This event brought so many diverse people together and really encouraged me in the local food movement that Georgia has. People are really interested in good food from good sources, this event was the perfect launch pad for creativity and appreciation for quality produce.

The festival was something I will not soon forget. However, all of that rain that our farm hoped for followed north and engulfed the event. There was not a dry person present, but no one seemed to mind. I think this is a perfect metaphor for our CSA, trying a share item or recipe can turn into something epic, or can be a project that just doesn’t seem to come together. However, it is in the experience, the trial, and the effort that joy is realized. The book was not called “The Joy of Cooking” for no reason.

I encourage all of our CSA members to venture out of the comfort of your favorite recipes. A meal can transport you, it can lead you down so many avenues of thought, discussion, and beliefs. When choosing a your recipes for this share box, push yourself. Try a new technique, add a new ethnic spice, pair it with an interesting drink. I know that not all share items are familiar to all families, however, we learn from all new experiences. Think of a city you have always desired to visit, research their local cuisine, and create a dish (and send me your recipes!)

Each share box is an adventure waiting to be discovered, a new conversation waiting to be had, and a new perspective to view the world, it is all in the posture that you have towards the contents of the box that will direct your journey.

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:

Honey White (melon) This little treat is the perfect refreshment on a hot summer afternoon. It is mildly sweet and crisp, almost like an apple crossed with a melon.

Sweet Potato Greens – A versatile green, tender and mild like spinach. Can be substituted into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Onions – A staple in any pantry. With antimicrobial properties and the canvas to any great meal.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers (Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Squash OR 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.

Okra – The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

Cherry Tomatoes OR Figs Or Watermelon Pretty little sungold cherry tomatoes are in a few share boxes. The fig, eat it quick! Enjoy its lushness and summertime appeal. Perfect with yogurt, meat dishes or in fresh salads. This melon can be incorporated in sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or 

sweet or savory salads.

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2014 CSA Week 17

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

 

Greetings on this humid overcast day, we are hoping that the clouds open their gates and flood us with some sweet rain. When I arrived this morning the moon hung eerily to the west and the sun was beginning to streak the sky in the east. Our team has adopted a new sunrise schedule in order to take advantage of cooler mornings. The last few sleepy eyed mornings have greeted us with dense fog and cool breezes. We have been appreciating the sporadic rain showers and cooler days. For any of you early birds out there perhaps you have also enjoyed the fleeting moments before the deep southern heat settles in.

 

Introducing the newest summer green to hit our share boxes: Sweet Potato Greens!

This little powerhouse packs a nutritional punch. It is often compared to spinach and hardier greens such as kale and collards. The greens are mild and tender much like spinach, and can be substituted into any recipe or preparation that calls for spinach. I will be taking home my first bundle of greens this evening to enjoy their tender sweetness, I will report back, next blog! As a side note, the greens and their stems are edible.

 

The city of Bluffton, home of White Oak Pasture, has a handful of beautiful fig bearing trees. If you have never seen these trees I encourage you to look them up. We are blessed to have access to their fruit. Some of this weeks share will include figs as an “OR” item, and we hope to have enough figs for each member next week! If this is your first experience with figs, as it was mine, do not be afraid of the ‘mushy’ or splitting fruits, as these are in their prime. Eating a raw fig is a very sensory experience all its own, the smell, texture and taste overwhelm the consumer. If you do not enjoy the figs raw, or prefer to experiment with these gems, check out some recipes that highlight the interesting fruit. This delicacy can be enjoyed at any point in the day, at breakfast, a sweet morning snack, paired with a savory dish, enjoyed as a desert treat, and even known to be found in cocktails. Figs are quite perishable, they should be stored in the fridge until they are ready to be consumed. I would encourage you to consume, bake, dehydrate, or dissolve in to your alcoholic concoctions within the next few days to ensure they do not degrade.

 

A Note on Eggplants:

At market the Columbus market I realized how many individuals are frightened by eggplant, or at least the idea of tackling this summer time treat. In my experience it can be treated much like chicken, it has a reputation as a great protein substitute. It can be breaded, marinated, grilled, baked, fried, and even pureed into a rich spread much like hummus. For those of you out there with little ones you could try a theme inspired dinner and enjoy Ratatouille and the children’s film named after it. When enjoying eggplant, I slice it, marinate it, grill it and then enjoy it in a wrap with some hummus and feta. My marinade is simple consisting of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and usually I add in some slices of onions and mushrooms. It is wonderful Mediterranean summer meal.

 

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:

WatermelonThese are beauties! This set of lovely ladies can be enjoyed right out of the crate. Sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or sweet or savory salads, please send us your favorite recipes.

Sweet Potato GreensA versatile green tender and mild like spinach. Can be substituted into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Onions – A staple in any pantry. With antimicrobial properties and the canvas to any great meal.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers ( Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Squash OR 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!

Green Beans OR Okra OR Figs – These snappy, crisp little beans are perfect eaten raw. However, if you are spending a lot of time grilling meals this may be the recipe for you, sweet and simple grilled green beans with a some garlic and olive oil. The Okra can be enjoyed raw, steamed, fried, baked, or stewed. Lastly, the fig, eat it quick! Enjoy its lushness and summertime appeal. Perfect with yogurt, meat dishes or in fresh salads.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

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2014 CSA Week 16

*** This week is an even week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities: Americus, Blakely, Cordele,Dothan, Harris, Tallahassee, Warner Robbins, and WOP.

Greetings from sunny southern Georgia! This week marks the half way point for the main season CSA. I believe that this is our best share yet! This crate is full of the season’s richest flavors, (melons, basil & garlic), brightest colors, (peppers, okra & watermelon radishes) and most interesting textures (eggplant & purslane).

I feel that each week our team becomes tighter knit as we learn and explore in the vegetable jungle. Every week is met with a new challenges, whether it be rainfall, new pest battles, or simply plants with unique needs. We grow together in the journey that is organic farming. We learn from each other, as much as we learn from the plants. Ours is a diverse ecosystem, teeming with interesting personalities and beautiful strengths.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our CSA members for stepping out in faith and partnering with us. A CSA can only function with the support of courageous and understanding members. Thank you for bearing with us through the bugs; thank you for standing with us as we learn. Our team loves serving you, bringing you the literal fruits of our toil. To see the excitement on your faces at market when you collect your shares, make this all worth it. We go home each night sweaty and tired, but with a sense of fulfillment because our efforts make a difference in lives of our members. We are so happy to provide you with the freshest seasonally available produce, and to share in your health journey. Each night that I eat produce from the farm, I am reminded that families are sitting down at their tables enjoying the same harvest. Even though we may be miles apart I feel a sense of community between our members and us, your farmers. I hope that as you enjoy your vegetable bounty now and in the future, that you feel kinship with other CSA members who also partake in this local food movement, and with your farmers who love you.

Introducing your new share items: sweet roasting peppers, bell peppers, eggplant, cantaloupe, and watermelon!

Attention CSA members, your melons can be found in the bottom of the crate underneath the normal share bag. If you are a Saturday share pick up, you received your cantaloupe last Saturday and will receive your watermelon this Saturday. For all other shares both melons will be underneath the vegetable bag.

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:

Melons: Cantaloupe & Watermelon –These are beauties! This set of lovely ladies can be enjoyed right out of the crate. Sorbets, Popsicle, mixed drinks, salad dressings, or sweet or savory salads, please send us your favorite recipes.

Sweet Roasting OR Bell Peppers – I encourage you to try eating these peppers raw, however they are delightful roasted, grilled, stuffed, pepper jelly, pickled and stir-fried.

Eggplants – So many ideas to try: vegetarian cutlets, eggplant Parmesan, baba ghanoush, or moussaka.

Watermelon Radishes – Pickled, roasted, braised, or enjoy raw shavings in a salad. They may not look like much from the outside, but the inside is true to name. They are gorgeous.

Jalapenos OR Hot Roasting Peppers ( Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Summer Salad Medley ( Purslane) –  A succulent green, that adds a lemony twist to any salad or sandwhich.

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.

Squash OR 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!

Green Beans OR Okra – These snappy, crisp little beans 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.  Okra on the other hand is

Summer Roasting Carrots – Sweet and ready to roast. These summer carrots will be best suited for roasting and baking to bring out their sweetness.

Basil – This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

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2014 CSA Week 15

*** This week is an odd week, therefore half shares will be delivered to the following cities Eufala, Columbus, Albany. and Ichauway!

Greetings from down on the farm, we are very excited for our newest farm family member to join us, a new tractor! For anyone who has had an unreliable vehicle, power tool, and or tractor, you understand the relief that comes with a sturdy replacement. Our team is greatly looking forward to our new team member. Speaking of newbies, check out all of the summer splendor below.

 

Let’s welcome our new vegetable arrivals: Okra, Potatoes, Jalapenos, Roasting Peppers, Summer Salad Medley (Purslane & Buckwheat).

 

Okra: I am new to Okra and have heard of the “slime effect” if it is cooked improperly. Give grilled okra a try, this recipe is paired with a chipotle mayo. Le sigh. It sounds so tasty. Okra can also be found fried, in stir-frys, stews, pickled, and most interestingly in curry.

 

Potatoes: Can we say baked potatoes loaded with our favorite toppings!?! Perhaps, you prefer homemade mashed potatoes, did I mention there is garlic in your share!?! Whether you are in the mood for a hearty soup, or a cool and refreshing salad, potatoes have the lead role in so many favorite dishes.

 

Jalapenos: My favorite recipes involving these little kickers, is always pickling. Whether you choose to pair it with sweet carrots, or add them to your favorite pickle recipe, these peppers are sure to spice things up. Try switching things up and adding sliced jalapenos to your next bowl of mac n cheese or bake it into your next loaf of cornbread.

 

Hot Roasting Peppers: After you have roasted these peppers your choices are limitless. They can add depth to homemade pizzas, mayo, sauces, dips, and pasta sauce. They are also delicious stuffed. Your choices are endless.

 

Summer Salad Medley:

 

Purslane: A supple leaf with a lemony kick. It brings fullness to any dish it is added to, not to mention the creaminess when blended. This green is lovely eaten raw in a salad, or taken to the next level in pesto, pizza, pasta, salsa verde, smoothies, and sandwiches. It pairs well with duck, lamb, fish, and legumes if you are looking for a protein pairing.

 

Buckwheat: It can be eaten in the salad mix that it is provided to you in, our you can try something a little daring such as a cold quinoa salad or even in your next green smoothie. It pairs well with Asian inspired noodle dishes and can even be found in crepes.

 

Ronde de Nice: Some of your shares will include this gourd as your squash share. Can we say stuffed squash! You can fill these vessels with any type of grain or rice medley you would like. Quinoa, roasted peppers, and mushrooms sound terrific to me! Please send us ideas for how you utilized this heirloom variety!

 

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:

Potatoes– Oh the versatility of this root veggie! Mashed, roasted, Au Gratin, potato salads, hash browns, soups, home fries, homemade potato chips and so many more family favorites.

Jalapenos– Spice up your life, with fresh salsa, marinades, sauces, and pickles. This pepper packs a punch pickled with sweet carrots.

Hot Roasting Peppers ( Joe E. Parker or Hungarian Hot Wax)– You can roast them on the grill or in the oven. The complexity of flavors that is produce while roasting is unlike any fresh pepper you have ever tried.

Summer Salad Medley ( Purslane and Buckwheat) – 

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.

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 OR Okra – These snappy, crisp little beans 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.  Okra on the other hand is

Summer Roasting Carrots – Sweet and ready to roast. These summer carrots will be best suited for roasting and baking to bring out their sweetness.

Basil This herb is lovely in sauces, breads and on pizzas.

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