2014 CSA Week 22

*** 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 our farm crew! Recently, mornings have been dewy and reminiscent of what I would imagine the beginning of the world to look like. Our garden is nestled amongst beautiful pine and oak trees, with fog lingering heavy off the ground. These mornings are filled with stars and sunrises, fog and mist. Eerily quiet and cool the mornings start us off, until the sun settles gently upon the fields and makes her presence known.

Our crew is still arriving sleepy eyed in the early hours of morning to beat the afternoon heat. Harvesting at sunrise is always filled with beautiful moments, and time for contemplation. This morning was no exception, the dewy morning allowed for quiet moments with nature, and it was remarkable. This was a very exciting morning for our team, it was our first harvest of fall kale! Speaking of new share items: KALE! Pepper Jelly! Rosemary! Green Tomatoes & Delicata!

Suggestions & Helpful Hints:

Delicata the delicious Winter Squash:

This beauty can be enjoyed skin and all. Perfect for roasting and sauteing. An interesting recipe called for balsamic roasted delicata with fettuccini and bitter greens. Sounds like a perfect pairing for our kale.

Pepper Jelly:

Our on farm chef has specially prepared pepper jelly for our CSA members. We have included a jar of pepper jelly for your enjoyment. Each jar should last for up to a year if refrigerated and crumbs are kept out!

Green Tomatoes:

If you have not worked with these green globes do not fear. They are remarkably versatile. They are featured in chutney, stews, preserves, curry dishes, and most notably fried. I have even seen them paired with eggs Benedict for a refreshing morning start.

**As a note to our CSA members, we will have a winter CSA starting in December running through February. To be part of this winter CSA, you will need to fill out a winter CSA application, and submit it to our team! I have posted a flyer with some details, an application will be soon to follow. If you know of any friends that would enjoy winter favorites like collards, kale, Brussle sprouts, carrots, turnips, and winter cabbages please pass on the good word!

Organic Share Items:

Pepper JellyCan be added into salsas and guacamole to add depth of flavor, can be incorporated into a sweet sauce for meatballs. A schmear of this preserve on enchiladas or tortillas brightens the finished dish.

Tomatoes OR Green Tomatoes OR Cherry Tomatoes OR Muscadine – I have heard many people at market declare that tomatoes are like candy, they create mouthwatering delight and are easily snacked on. These beautiful globes can be eaten fresh or made into sweet jams and preserves. Green Tomatoes are perfect for chutney & fried green tomatoes with so many other possibilities with your creative dishes.

KaleSauteed with onions and garlic or torn as a salad mix, get some greens in your daily meal adventures. These hearty greens make fabulous Kale chips!

Rosemary– A beautiful piny flavor, that is perfectly paired with savory dishes like pork and lamb, but is equally enjoyed folded into a fresh baked loaf of bread. Something that caught my eye was incorporating rosemary with limeade, what a perfect way to start your afternoon. Whether you choose savory or sweet to highlight this herb, this link will give you some helpful ideas.

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

Onions OR Summer Squash OR Winter Squash – Summer favorites, and falls newest gift. Onions add the background flavor to many dishes, by sweetening the outcome. Whereas, squash can be served as a hearty summer staple. Winter squash can be featured in soups, roasted sides, stuffed, or my favorite pasta sauces!

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

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

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.

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

Categories: CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “2014 CSA Week 22

  1. Rene

    In reference to the Winter CSA, where is the flyer that you posted and when exactly can we expect the application to be available? I don’t want to miss out!

    • Rene, If you are a CSA member you will be getting an email with information and application this week. If you are not a current CSA member we will have the application up online in a week or two at whiteoakpastures.com. We appreciate your excitement!

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