*** 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.