2015 Winter CSA Week 3

Wishing you a lovely morning. The lingering fog has ushered in two sleepy eyed days in a row. I have always been entranced by fog. It has this beautiful ability to add dimension to the atmosphere. Most days I do not think much about the air that I breathe & walk through. However, on a foggy day I cannot help but think about the invisible landscape that surrounds us. On this foggy morning I encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the air that we so often take for granted.

This fog, although lovely and mysterious, set the tone for a very somber morning yesterday. Upon inspection of our high tunnels & row covers we were horribly disappointed to find all of our lush leafy greens had been destroyed by the cold snap. Usually this far south most of our cold weather precautions (row covers, high tunnels) are enough to protect our crops from the cold. Unfortunately, below freezing temperatures have hit our fields three times this winter causing devastation among our crops.

Yesterday, as Ryan & I checked under each of our row covers, we were broken hearted to see that the freeze had burst all cells of the leaves. These  protective measures were meant to protect our beautiful winter crops cabbage, kohlrabi, lettuce, cilantro, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, radishes, and so many varieties of Asian greens, all of which were taken out in the freeze.

We wanted to share this with our members, we want to be transparent & also for you to share in the experience. You may notice some frost bitten tips and slight discoloration on the leaves of our leafy greens (head lettuce, kale, tops of root vegetables, etc.)

We thank you in advance for your understanding, our crops & harvests are at the mercy of the weather. The good news, is we still have a beautiful share box to provide this week. Thank you again for you continued support, we look forward to seeing you at the Columbus & Albany farmer’s market this weekend!

New Share Items:

Micro Greens: This container of miniature plants is bursting with nutrients & flavor. We seed flats of carrots, kale, Swiss chard, peas, lettuce mixes, spinach & other leafy greens. Allow them to begin to grow and once they start developing edible leaves, we harvest them inside the green house & package them. They are perfect as a garnish on burgers, salads, sandwiches, & so much more! This is a small sampler for your enjoyment. We will start carrying them at market for you to purchase if it is something you are interested in.

Pecans: Handpicked, un-cracked pecans from our on farm pecan grove. They are easy to crack by hand or with a tool. We hope that you enjoy them with raw or paired with delicious baked goods.

Bunching Onions: A mild version of their bulby sister, the onion. These green stalks can be chopped and used as a garnish or featured as the centerpiece. In such dishes as the blackened scallion noodles.

Daikon Radishes: This thick root veggie, is dual purpose. We use it as a cover crop to protect our fields, along with growing it as an edible crop. It can be julienned and dressed as a salad, it can be roasted to enhance its sweetness.

 Organic Share Items:

Pecans: Raw, muffins, scones, cookies, pies, desert pies, ice cream toppings.

Micro Greens: Sandwiches, burgers, salads, quiche, frittata, mini greens that can go on anything.

Head Lettuce: A fresh head of triple washed salad goodness.

Cabbage (Heirloom OR Traditional): Cabbage rolls, cabbage slaws, cabbage salads, pickled cabbage, fermented cabbage, steamed cabbage, raw cabbage, your choices are limitless.

Carrots: Sweet tender and ready to eat raw; they can be included in salads, roasted, braised, & in soups.

Broccoli OR Kale OR Beets OR Beet Greens:

Broccoli is wonderful Fresh, steamed, char-grilled, stir-fry, casseroles, a great addition to any pasta dish!

Kale: Pesto, wraps, sauteed, stir-fry, creamed, risotto, braised and incorporated into soup and stews. Try pairing with bacon! Sauteed with onions and garlic or torn as a salad mix, get some greens in your daily meal adventures. 

Beets: Try beets pickled, in a salad, roasted with goat cheese, as a dessert sweetener, or in juice.

Beet Greens: Perfect for salads, soups/stews, frittata,

Garlic: Spicy earthy heat. A root with sensational properties. Include in tonics, roasted, stir-fry, pickled creations, dressing and freshly juiced.

Sprouts –Pea Carnival Mix: http://sproutpeople.org/growing-carnival-pea-sprouts/ Please! Please! Please! Check out their website. This will give you tips & tricks on best sprout practices.

Watermelon Radish: Radishes can be found in, slaw, pickles, relishes, soup & sandwich garnishes.

Bunching Onions: Beautiful aroma of onions wafts in the air when these fresh green babies are present. Soups, fried rice, salad, omelet, grain salads, pizza, scallion pancakes, scallion noodles.

Rosemary: Breads, soups, herb rubs, olive oil infusions.

Daikon Radish: Soups, Asian Noodle dishes, pickled, slaw, sandwich garnishes.

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