Monthly Archives: May 2015

Spring CSA 2015 – Week 11

***This is an ODD week, therefore we will deliver half shares to the following cities: Bluffton (On-Farm), Columbus, Dothan, & Tallahassee.

Hopefully this Memorial Day allowed you to catch up on some rest, center your thoughts and enjoy good food with friends. Many times CSA members tell me that they have composted items, or had weeks where their life got busy and had too much produce for the week. They always ask what to do in those situations, usually my first thought is to freeze it for later or save it for soup stock. My partner & I recently adopted some heritage chickens from the farm. Each evening when we arrive home we have two gorgeous speckled brown gems waiting for us on our porch. We have started collecting them and now have a bundle, I find myself thinking what do I do with the excess?

There is a simple solution: present presents. If you have a friend or family member that is afraid to make the plunge into local/organic/produce/cooking or even lifestyle changes try using your excess produce to make them something special. Giving is a gift in and of itself. My favorite way to clean a fridge is to have company over. Invite friends and family for dinner, brunch, or appetizers it gives you a chance to use up excess produce while trying out new dishes. The more creative you are with the excess produce, the more the fun it will become. Spread the joy of your CSA with others. Making a difference in the food system comes from all of our efforts. Food is always a conversational subject, some of the best conversations of my life have been centered around a table with a great plate in front of me. Spark thought, eat good food.

New This Share: Cauliflower, Cilantro, & Green Beans.

Cauliflower: Known as “flowering cabbage”, it is an old variety first named in Italy. Often an under loved vegetable. However its tolerance of extreme heat, make this flowering vegetable a versatile component to any kitchen. With the rise of vegetarian and vegan lifestyles many interesting uses of cauliflower have surfaced. It can be baked with buffalo sauce, and eaten like chicken wings, or sliced and braised like little filets. It is also wonderful when roasted with tomatoes, and tossed with feta and zucchini.

Cilantro: Spanish for coriander, these leaves are referred to as fresh coriander, or coriander leaves. Cilantro is known for its fresh, green citrus notes. It pairs well with lime juice, as such it pairs well with homemade salsa, guacamole, yogurt sauces and vinaigrettes!

Green Beans: Also known as snap beans, string beans, Haricots Verts (French), & fine beans (British). These little fingers are absolutely wonderful, fresh, crisp, slightly sweet, & vegetal they make my mouth water just typing about them. They can be braised, blanched, pan fried, or even enjoyed at their most lovely: fresh.

Organic Share Items

Cauliflower: baked, braised, curried, grain salad, steamed, soup/stew.

Storage: Store in a closed container in the fridge.

Cilantro: cocktails, creamy sauces, dips, falafels, herb rub, marinade, pesto, Pico de Gallo, salsas.

Storage: Keep in fridge in a plastic bag, or out on the counter in a shallow glass of water (only stems touching water, leaves will rot if submerged in water).

Green Beans: fresh, braised, blanched, pan fried, baked, roasted, & pickled.

Storage: Remove from bag, store in a container with a damp cloth covering the beans, close lid slightly.

Broccoli: braised, casseroles, char-grilled, curried, fresh, fried-rice, pasta, soups/stews stir-fry.

Storage: Wrap in a damp towel, place on plate in fridge.

Tomatoes: blackened, burgers, canned, cocktails, jams, salad, salsa, sandwich, sautéed, sliced, stuffed, soup/stew.

Storage: counter, windowsill, paper bag

Sweet Onions: braised, jams, pickled, roasted, stuffed,

Storage: Store in a cool, dark space with good ventilation. Do Not stack, Do Not store with potatoes.

Basil: bruschetta, pesto, pizza, sauces

Storage: Keep in fridge in a plastic bag, or out on the counter in a shallow glass of water (only stems touching water, leaves will rot if submerged in water).

Cabbage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Storage: braised, dumplings, fermented, pickled, raw, rolls, sauerkraut, slaw, steamed, stews, stir-fry, soups & wraps.

Fennel: braised, raw salads, risotto, roasted, stews & soups

Storage: Short term storage- in a shallow dish of water on the counter. Long term storage- place in an air tight container with a little water.

Head Lettuce: burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches, braised, raw, wraps

Storage: Remove from bag, store in an airtight container.

Swiss Chard: braise, pesto, pickling (stems), raw, salads, stir-fry, sautéed, wraps.

Storage: Remove rubber bands from greens and wrap in a damp towel, and place leaves first into a plastic container. If stems stick out, wrap in a damp cloth to prevent moisture loss.

Kale: creamed, pesto, risotto, salad, sautéed, stir-fry, stew

Storage: Remove rubber bands from greens and wrap in a damp towel, and place leaves first into a plastic container. If stems stick out, wrap in a damp cloth to prevent moisture loss.

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2015 Spring CSA Week 10

This is an Even Week, therefore we will deliver half shares to the following cities: Albany & Atlanta.

Announcement: Dothan, Phoebe & Tallahassee Last week your drop off locations were missing tomatoes, this week were are bring Slicing tomatoes & Cherry tomatoes to make up for it.

The tomato crop this year has presented us with many basketfuls of fruit. We are so glad to be able to offer such lovely tomatoes so early in the season. Enjoy these beauties, they are the first taste of summer. Our fields are planted with other summer favorites: okra, peppers, garlic, beans, and melons! Be patient, they are soon to arrive.

Spring rains have been starting to come in steadily, rather than flooding our crops. Our staff is grateful to receive evening rains, sweet and steady. Leaving us with cool evenings & mornings.

A big thank you to all of our friends that come out to see us at market! We have had such a wonderful start to the season, and it is because of your support. Keep our markets full, and come visit us! Each week our tables will be filled with new harvests, and artisan goods. We look forward to seeing you all week, so come out and say hey!

Organic Share Item

Fennel: braised, raw salads, risotto, roasted, stews & soups

Storage: Short term storage- in a shallow dish of water on the counter. Long term storage- place in an air tight container with a little water.

Bunching Onions: garnish, marinades, salsa, & soup/stews.

Storage: Remove rubber band, wrap bulbs in damp paper towel

Yukina Savoy: dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Broccoli: braised, casseroles, char-grilled, curried, fresh, fried-rice, pasta, soups/stews stir-fry.

Storage: Wrap in a damp towel, place on plate in fridge.

Pak Choi: dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Tomatoes SLICING OR CHERRY: GREEN(chutney, fried, pickled, sandwiches, salsa) RIPE(blackened, burgers, canned, cocktails, jams, salad, salsa, sandwich, sautéed, sliced, stuffed, soup/stew).

Storage: GREEN(fridge), RIPE(counter, windowsill, paperbag)

Braising Mix: braised, fresh, burritos/tacos, pasta, pizza, salad, & soup/stew.

Storage: Remove from plastic bag, place in open container, wrap with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture.

Fennel:

Sweet Onions: braised, jams, pickled, roasted, stuffed,

Storage: Store in a cool, dark space with good ventilation. Do Not stack, Do Not store with potatoes.

Head Lettuce: burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches, braised, raw, wraps

Storage: Remove from bag, store in an airtight container.

Cabbage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Storage: braised, dumplings, fermented, pickled, raw, rolls, sauerkraut, slaw, steamed, stews, stir-fry, soups & wraps.

Collards OR Swiss Chard: dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

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2015 Spring CSA – Week 9

***This is an ODD week, therefore we will deliver half shares to the following cities: Bluffton (On-Farm), Columbus, Dothan, Thomasville & Tallahassee.

Announcement: CSA Cookbook!

For all of our friends out there that are new check out the CSA cookbook! It is now located under the 2015 CSA Manual Tab at the top of the blog page.

The late spring heat is starting to settle in, as such our cool loving crops are starting to fade away, and our warm climate crops are starting to flourish. This is my favorite part of the season, there are only a few shares like it. The next few shares are unique; they contain spring favorites like broccoli with summer treats such as tomatoes. Enjoy this transition period, soon our cool crops will fade out completely, ushering in our summer crops like beans, okra, peppers and fruits!

New this week: Basil, Broccoli & Yukina Savoy

Yukina Savoy: A beautiful delicate Asian Cabbage. It is wonderful sauteed, made into dumplings and other tasty creations.

Broccoli: Before eating submerge the heads of broccoli under cold water for 15 minutes. After the 15min, shake vigorously under water to loosen and remaining particulates or critters. Then Enjoy!

Basil: This vigorous herb is splendid in sauces, drink, and pesto! We have several varieties for you to enjoy this season. In a few weeks our plants will have grown to full size and we will send home pesto bags!

Spotlight Vegetable: Broccoli

In Latin broccoli was jokingly referred to as a Bucktooth cabbage, it was thought that the jutting out of the broccoli shoots started this nickname. Most of the broccoli varieties we know today were cultivated in Italy. Broccoli grown in early American gardens came in four shades: white, green, brown & purple. California grows 90% of Americas broccoli.

Organic Share Items

Yukina Savoy: dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Broccoli: braised, casseroles, char-grilled, curried, fresh, fried-rice, pasta, soups/stews stir-fry.

Storage: Wrap in a damp towel, place on plate in fridge.

Baby Pak Choi(Red & Green): dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Arugula: braised, fresh, burritos/tacos, pasta, pizza, salad, soup/stew.

Storage: Remove from plastic bag, place in open container, wrap with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture.

Mesclun Mix: braised, fresh, burritos/tacos, pasta, pizza, salad, & soup/stew.

Storage: Remove from plastic bag, place in open container, wrap with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture.

Tomatoes GREEN OR RIPE: GREEN(chutney, fried, pickled, sandwiches, salsa) RIPE(blackened, burgers, canned, cocktails, jams, salad, salsa, sandwich, sautéed, sliced, stuffed, soup/stew).

Storage: GREEN(fridge), RIPE(counter, windowsill, paperbag)

Breakfast Radishes OR Bunching Onions: braised, fresh, garnishes (soup, salad, sandwich), omelets, pickled, relished, roasted, slaw.

Storage: (Radishes)Remove rubber bands. Immediately remove leafy greens, approx. ¼ away from root. Leaving greens attached causes the roots to wilt & become soft. Keep roots in a gallon sized Ziploc with the bag half closed. *See above green storage for the removed tops. (Bunching Onions)

Sweet Onions: braised, jams, pickled, roasted, stuffed,

Storage: Store in a cool, dark space with good ventilation. Do Not stack, Do Not store with potatoes.

Basil: bruschetta, pesto, pizza, sauces

Storage: Keep in fridge in a plastic bag, or out on the counter in a shallow glass of water (stems only).

Cabbage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Storage: braised, dumplings, fermented, pickled, raw, rolls, sauerkraut, slaw, steamed, stews, stir-fry, soups & wraps.

Collards: dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

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2015 Spring CSA Week 8

This is an Even Week, therefore we will deliver half shares to the following cities: Albany & Atlanta.

Our CSA touches lives in five unique communities: Albany, Atlanta, Columbus, Dothan and Tallahassee. We hope that you are enjoying your season so far, our team has cherished being your growers. I wanted to let all of you know that we still have openings for our full and half share program and are still accepting applications for the 2015 season. If you know anyone thinking about joining, please encourage them to contact us, we would love to welcome them into the family.

As for the residents who live in Albany, Atlanta & Columbus come show your support at our markets! We would love for you to bring your families, friends and co-workers over to visit us. Spread the good word, every good word ripples out into the world with a greater impact than you could ever predict. Good energy begets good energy. So come out, spend some time with your farmers, and invite your friends to come visit us!

As such, WE ARE HAVING A MARKET MEAT SALE!!!!

All of our lamb, pork, goat & turkey will be on steep discount this week at market so come out and stock up! We are bringing a wonderful selection of chops, loins, breast, and ground products for you to choose from! This is a wonderful time to invite a friend, they will have a chance at trying some new products that we normally don’t bring with us to market!

Fresh Honey is on its way to a market near you, it is the first harvest of the season. Our harvest yielded 7 gallons from our 8 hives, and our beekeepers Lori & Luis are so proud of their bounty. We hope that you will give it a try, or pick up a new bottle when last season’s is finished!

New This Share: Baby Pak Choi, Mesclun Mix, Arugula, and……THE FIRST TOMATOES OF THE SEASON!!!

Baby Pak Choi, is a tender creature of the garden. Our members have asked and asked for this to be a part of one of our CSA Shares, so here it is! It can be enjoyed fresh, wilted, sauteed, or even braised. The Kitchn gives ten interesting recipes to try if you have hit a Pak Choi rut. You cannot go wrong with this green and some mushrooms, or even a light spring soup.

Mesclun Mix: This vibrant beauty is a new arrival to our garden. It is a blend of two favorites: salad greens, and bitter greens. It is a hybrid between braising mix & spring mix. This is our first time trying out this particular mix in our fields. We hope that you love it.

Arugula: We had some of this spicy & nutty green earlier in the season, but it is back to fill our share with its fresh scent, and bold taste.

TOMATOES!!!!! They have arrived, they are here, and it is only May!

Organic Share Items

Baby Pak Choi(Red & Green): dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Arugula: braised, fresh, burritos/tacos, pasta, pizza, salad, soup/stew.

Storage: Remove from plastic bag, place in open container, wrap with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture.

Mesclun Mix: braised, fresh, burritos/tacos, pasta, pizza, salad, & soup/stew.

Storage: Remove from plastic bag, place in open container, wrap with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture.

Tomatoes GREEN OR RIPE: GREEN(chutney, fried, pickled, sandwiches, salsa) RIPE(blackened, burgers, canned, cocktails, jams, salad, salsa, sandwich, sautéed, sliced, stuffed, soup/stew).

Storage: GREEN(fridge), RIPE(counter, windowsill, paperbag)

Braising Mix: braised, fresh, burritos/tacos, pasta, pizza, salad, & soup/stew.

Storage: Remove from plastic bag, place in open container, wrap with a dry kitchen towel to absorb moisture.

Fennel:

Breakfast Radishes: braised, fresh, garnishes (soup, salad, sandwich), omelets, pickled, relished, roasted, slaw.

Storage: Remove rubber bands. Immediately remove leafy greens, approx. ¼ away from root. Leaving greens attached causes the roots to wilt & become soft. Keep roots in a gallon sized Ziploc with the bag half closed. *See above green storage for the removed tops.

Sweet Onions: braised, jams, pickled, roasted, stuffed,

Storage: Store in a cool, dark space with good ventilation. Do Not stack, Do Not store with potatoes.

Mint: butter mints, chickpea salad, chutney, coolers, cocktails, Feta-watermelon salads, grain salad, infused waters, pesto, smoothie, simple syrup, sorbet, tea, & yogurt dip.

Storage: Keep in fridge in a plastic bag, or out on the counter in a shallow glass of water (stems only).

Head Lettuce: burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches, braised, raw, wraps

Storage: Remove from bag, store in an airtight container.

Cabbage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

Storage: braised, dumplings, fermented, pickled, raw, rolls, sauerkraut, slaw, steamed, stews, stir-fry, soups & wraps.

Collards OR Swiss Chard: dumplings, egg rolls, pesto, pot stickers, raw, risotto, salads, sautéed, spring rolls, stews, stir-fry, & wraps.

Storage: Place in a Ziploc in the back of your fridge, outer leaves will wilt. If the outer leaves are wilted, discard outer leaves the inner leaves are perfect!

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