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After a stormy afternoon and evening, we are back to normal on the farm. We were sitting on the screened porch and all of sudden it started getting really windy, rain came in over the hills from the south and the winds really picked up. We were driven inside and then, the power went off- with my squash casserole for dinner in the oven!
About 45 minutes later a neighbor came up the driveway and knocked on the door. She said she just came to check on us – that we must have had a microburst, or a small “twister” that hit on the road that runs in front of our house! We had no idea! We went to the end of our driveway to see our neighbor’s carport resting on their car and truck ,and damage to a good sized tree in their yard. Next door our neighbor lost a huge tree, which uprooted and fell across our road blocking it. (Old Petersburg Pike). One homeowner near us had a big tree fall into his house and yet another had the carport blown off. We hope everyone is ok physically from all this, even though they must have all had quite a scare.
We lost a couple of fruit trees in the orchard, and had large branches broken from other trees in the yard but we are ok thankfully. The power finally came on and dinner was served, absent the squash casserole.
“What’s in the box this week? ( some of the following will not be in shares, some time we must substitute). Onion, summer squash, green beans, sweet corn, eggplant and cucumbers.
Veggie News: John is checking with our partner farms today to see how long before we will have enough tomatoes to begin adding some to everyone’s shares. I am hoping we can start today, but the tomatoes have not been early this year. They are worth the wait though, I can tell you that.
Tomato Tip: never refrigerate your tomatoes. They tend to acquire a “ mealy “ texture. (Kind of mushy-like).
Potato tip: soon you will begin to receive some Irish potatoes in your shares. Keep them in a cool, dark location to store. Sweet potatoes prefer a warmer location for storing.
Your Contact at your pick up location: Check the previously posted Newsletters on this website (doerunfarms.com) to find the contact information for the good people who pass out your shares at your pick up locations. Do reach out to them if we are delayed by an emergency on delivery day, or if you have an emergency on delivery day.
We hope all is well at your house, and continue to wear your masks at pickup please-we thank you so much for doing that! Using words from my long ago childhood, “play like “ we have the virus and stay at least six feet away from us, and we will “play like” you have it too and we will stay six feet from you!
One day we will get to visit again and be able to give hugs freely. Tomorrow would not be soon enough for me!
Until next week, stay well,
We get a few calls during the season when a member has run late on pick up day, or they have missed their pick up time entirely on delivery day. Here’s what to do if this happens;
1. Ask a friend or neighbor to come pick up your share this week for you.
2. If you have a volunteer Coordinator that passes out shares at your pick up location, call her ASAP. She will try to help you unless she has a commitment once pick up time has ended. After your pick up time has ended, your Coordinator will no longer will have your share. Shares not picked up are donated.
3. If your Driver passes out your CSA share, call your Driver. Your share will be on the delivery vehicle until the last delivery of the day. You may be able to pick it up at a later delivery location if you arrange this with your driver. You can view our Delivery locations and pick up times on the Pick Up Location page of our website.
Note: when calling your Driver, leave a message if he (or she) doesn’t answer, and your call will be returned.
Once pick up time has ended that day, all shares not picked up are donated, generally to a local food pantry that serves the needy in the community. We don’t bring shares back to the farm. There is no alternate day for you to pick up your share if you miss your pick up day.
Here are the names of your volunteer Coordinators, our Drivers, their locations and their contact information. Keep this in your phone or somewhere handy. You can come back to this newsletter also to get the information.
Monte Sano – Elizabeth – 256-326-0630 Cove Church Hampton Cove and Weatherly Heights Baptist Church – Judy&John – 931-625-2651, Good Shepherd Catholic Church -Trina – 256-658-8367, Holy Spirit School – Christi – 256-337-4195, SAIC – Howard – 931-580-4473, Boeing Lot – Howard – 931-580-4473, St.John Paul ll High School – Howard – 931-580-4473
Madison: St. John’s Church – Kim – 256-683-7200, Lamb of God Church – Jim-256-519-1785
Brentwood, Tn. Maryland Farms – Mary Lyn – 615-975-8300
Hermitage Tn. April and Ian – 615-419-7666 or 615-293-3642
LaVergne Tn. (Private pick up) Megan – 847-594-2910
What’s in the box this week? Sweet corn, green beans, redskin potatoes, “fairy tale” eggplant, onion, green bell peppers and more! ( some but not all of the above are in your shares-sometime we must make substitutions )
If you haven’t eaten “fairy tale” eggplant cooked on the grill, you’re in for a treat. Just slice in half, coat with olive oil and butter (mixture), salt and pepper, then grill. Add other favorite seasonings also if you like.
For members receiving tomato lovers shares, be sure you don’t refrigerate your tomatoes. They will have a “ mealy “ texture.
Sorry your newsletter is running a bit late this week. Have a good week, stay well and love on your family every chance you get!
Until next week,
Good afternoon CSA friends,
We hope that all the Dad’s had a wonderful Fathers Day yesterday and got to go fishin’- play golf, swim or just do nothing at all, if that’s what he wanted!
Our children’s Dad worked most of the day yesterday on a project, so he didn’t celebrate much other than celebrating his project being finished! He did get best wishes from our three children by phone yesterday, and enjoyed catching up with them. With this Covid 19 going on, our visits have come to a screeching halt. I am praying for a treatment, and sooner rather than later.
Here are two links to a Food Safety site that I refer to often and possibly you do as well, but just in case you haven’t visited it recently, it’s worth a look see. I have found both links to be very helpful on more than one occasion. In fact, I keep the Food Keeper app under a magnet on my refrigerator. https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/foodkeeper-app AND https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/4-steps-to-food-safety I never cook meat of any kind without the use of my handy-dander meat thermometer. The digital ones are terrific I think.
As you might have guessed, strawberries for us this season are now history. For members receiving Fruit Lover’s shares this week-or Combo’s, we have beautiful Peaches available in the place of Strawberries, and Blueberries this week too! Sweet, and they are so good. Bet ya’ can’t eat just one!
I advise letting your Peaches set on your counter for a day or so for them to ripen, if they are too firm when you receive them. Keep watch though because they will ripen before you know it! These are the early Red Haven peaches (not freestones), but other than their wonderful flavor, one thing I love about them is the ease with which they peel. The skin comes off so easily without having to blanch them if you are freezing them for later, or to just enjoy eating without the peel. The “freestone” peaches will probably be ready around mid July or a bit earlier even if we’re lucky! We hope you love the peaches and blueberries too, as much as we do around here. I made some strawberry-peach ice cream last night and it was delish! If you have a countertop ice cream/frozen yogurt maker, now’s the perfect time to get that baby out!
What’s in the box this week? Cauliflower, Cabbage, Squash, Green Beans, Onion, Zucchini, Broccoli Florets, Beets, Lettuce and crunchy Cucumbers! (Some but not all will be in your shares)
If you haven’t roasted beets yet, give that a try. Just wash well, dry thoroughly and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, then wrap in foil and roast until fork tender in a 425-450 degree oven. (Just trim off the roots, don’t cut into the ends of the beet before roasting). When done, let cool thoroughly and take a paper towel and just rub off the skins. Season to taste. They take on a sweetness you don’t get in other ways of cooking.
In closing, Please continue to wear a mask to pick up, and if you haven’t in the past, Please do it for us starting this week. As I have mentioned before, both John and I are in high risk groups and we want to stay well. We will continue to wear a mask to prevent us passing along anything to you.
We hope you will have a wonderful week, be safe and do your best to stay well!
Until next week,
Good morning CSA members!
What a beautiful day! We live in unusual times that can be “trying”, but for a truly beautiful day such as this, we can be grateful.
Farm News: We are “knocking on the door” of a big Peach crop this year. Once the Freestone peaches are ready for harvest we plan on offering them in bulk through our online country Store. Enjoy them fresh for snacks, freeze them, can them, dehydrate thin slices, and buy a basket for a friend, neighbor or your kinfolk as a special treat or a “thank you” for a past favor. Right now though, the peaches are the early Red Haven peaches, they are very delicious, but they are cling not freestone peaches. Let them set out on your counter for a day or two to ripen if need be. (Mine needed to set out a day and a half) Delicious.
Blueberries are nearly ready for harvest as well, and so are blackberries. We always say prayers in thanksgiving when we have good Fruit crops to offer. We never have enough fruit, but some years are way better than others. I hate to keep saying it, though it’s a fact – harvests all depend on the weather.
CSA Community News: If you have a wedding in your family or you’re welcoming a new addition to your family, send us a digital photo! If you have plants that you want to show off or share with the CSA community, or a special recipe you want to share, just send the information to me and I will share it with everyone.
A Gift of “Home Grown Food” from the farms – If you would like to donate a CSA share to someone you know that has either been laid off or is facing economic hardship right now, just register online in their name to purchase a CSA share. In the “comments” section on the registration form, let us know it’s a gift and we will include a card to them from you.
If you’d like to gift another with a single CSA box for one week during the CSA season, just send us an email with their name, telephone number, email address and where they will pick up their box, and we will be in touch with them and we will include a card from you in their CSA box. In this case, just send us a check for the amount of the CSA box. Our farm’s address is on the website, doerunfarms.com
A Personal Note: Many of you have been members of Doe Run’s CSA community for many years and know us pretty well by now. For those of you that don’t know us very well whether you have been with us for a few years or a few days, this week I thought I would give you a bit of personal background on us. (aka “the old folks”)
John and I are both retired from other professions; John is an Electrical Engineer and retired as the Manager of a Consulting group where he was employed. I am a registered Nurse, and my last employer was with a Disease Management company.
We have lived on our farm for 20 years, and farming for the past 18 years 3 of which were spent selling vegetables and fruit at the Farmer’s Markets in Franklin Tn and Madison, Alabama. Our farm has, in it’s short life of 18 years enjoyed a lot of “firsts” and next week, I will let you in on what they are, it’s really pretty amazing.
Both of us are native Kentuckians, and we had the opportunity to learn a lot about farming from our parents and grandparents. Growing up with farming, as young people, we wanted to get away from the “farm life” and so we did. Our lives took us in different directions and away from the farm. We began our family and once our three children were grown and had their own lives, it seems our lives came “full circle” and we found ourselves wanting to retire on a FARM of all things! We had been on our farm for a couple of years when John retired from his job in Huntsville, and a year or two later I boxed up my Nurse’s cap to keep as a memento. About this time, we started to grow a few things, and those few things grew into more things and so it went. That’s how it all began and how it continues today. More about our farming adventures in future newsletters.
When you get lettuce in your share, be sure to revive it in an ice water bath for a few minutes, drain it very well and place it with a damp paper towel in a partially open zip lock bag. Use it up within a day or two. Berries always need to be used the first day, or the second day for sure. They are picked very ripe to be used, not stored.
Please continue to wear your masks when you come to pick up your CSA share. We appreciate your concern for our health. We will wear our masks for you.
From what I understand, it seems as though a “surge” is expected in the next few weeks due to businesses opening up and holiday celebrations. The articles I have read from Scientists say they believe firmly that the “surge” can be prevented or reduced immensely by (1) wearing a mask when you are out and about (2) staying 6 to 8 feet away from others as a minimum.Wearing a mask protects others, their masks protects you. Be responsible, wear your mask, it’s a small price to pay to keep this infectious virus under control.
If we fail to do these 2 easy things, and we have a big increase in Covid cases, things will shut down again and none of us want that!
What’s in the Box this week? Cabbage, Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, Bulb Onions, Peaches (New Haven – early crop, cling peach) Cucumbers, and some of you will have beets.(limited) In the large shares we had some collard greens that were “not so hot” looking, but still nutritious, so we included them in these shares in the event any of the leaves were salvageable. Perhaps in a casserole, stew or soup. I wouldn’t include them in a dish of only collards.
Have a wonderful week and stay well friends,