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Farm Newsletter July 26, 2021

Good afternoon friends,

We are having a thunderstorm with lots of rain right now and we are really enjoying the cool breeze it’s giving us! We just did finish unloading our potato farmers Yukon Gold potatoes and the Cresthaven freestone peaches for the Combo shares this week before the storm hit! Talk about good timing!!

This will be a short newsletter for the website but – I will send you an email also with some good ways to use your CSA shares each week along with some recipes.  We will also let you know what’s available to purchase in bulk and the prices from the farm’s online country store. Check your inbox and also your “junk and spam” boxes just in case you don’t find the email from the farm right away.

CSA  friends, if your phone number, email or credit card that you used when filling out your registration form has changed, please let us know.

What’s in my share this week? This week you will get some of the same crops you received last week. These crops are in their “heyday” right now because they are bountiful. Be creative and use them while they’re available. So, you will receive peppers, onions, tomatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, squash, eggplant, sweet corn and lettuce. The Combo shares will receive peaches this week. The variety is Cresthaven and they are freestone peaches, much easier to deal with than the early cling peaches.

Home deliveries: Be sure to keep your farm cooler clean, leave the ice block inside the cooler for us every week, and put the cooler out on your delivery day—In The Shade!  In this heat vegetable quality deteriorates quickly. We keep your veggies and fruit in great condition due to our thermostatically controlled walk in coolers and air conditioned delivery vans, but you have to handle them properly too once we deliver them, to get the most nutrition from them.

This time of year it’s a good idea to keep a cooler with an ice block in your car in case you make a stop on the way home from picking up your CSA share.
When the full Buck Moon is visible, don’t miss it – it’s beautiful!  We hope you enjoy your share this week!

Judy

Newsletter July 20, 2021

Good afternoon friends,

A pretty day on the farm, at last! Hope you’re enjoying nice weather where you are too.

What’s in the box this week? Sweet corn, redskin potatoes, eggplant, onions, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce , banana peppers.

A Kitten Tale: A few weeks ago John was going to mow our pasture and when he lifted the bush of, a pretty cat took off across the field. On looking closer, he saw 6 newborn kittens lying there. He moved them to a spot nearby and placed them in a box for her to find. She returned for 3 days and each day she took a kitten. On the 4th day by 6 o’clock, she hadn’t returned for the remaining three kittens. We know we have raccoons, possums, coyotes and who knows what else on the farm, so that coupled with them screaming for food led us to be worried about their safety overnight. Our neighbor Elaine took them home with her and takes care of them with the exception of Thursday when I watch them. In a few weeks they will have a vet visit for their shots and exam. They are very cute, and they have done well with their bottle feeding and litter box training. We hope to find “furrever” homes for them in the next few weeks. If you know of anyone or if you would love a little kitten, let us know. We would like them placed with someone who would like the companionship of a kitten, and who would be a responsible pet owner. So that’s the story of our latest adventure here. I can send photos.

Crop Updates: Crops are really coming in good now, and okra should be coming soon. I love okra. I even like to wash it well and snack on it raw.

Thank you to everyone that replied to my question about whether you are enjoying the tomatoes so far this season.

Cantaloupes: Our grower has been growing the same variety of seeds for the past 15 years and bummer-he cannot get these same seeds this year so he ordered a different variety. We are holding our breath until the grower starts harvesting them to see how the new variety tastes. What a screwey year!

The peach variety this week are Loring. They are just right for making a good peach cobbler!

Here is a link to a recipe for using up more of your corn this week: 

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1022409-arepas-de-choclo-with-avocado-salad?action=click&region=Sam%20Sifton%27s%20Suggestions&rank=1

 

Newsletter July 12, 2021

Good afternoon CSA friends,
Corn on the CobIt’s time to fire up the pot of boiling water and cook some sweet corn. It’s in season and it’s good too!  Here is a link to a website with all kinds of delicious ways to cook sweet corn! It runs the gamut from plain ole Corn on the Cob to Mexican Street Corn, to Smoky Corn and Jalapeño Dip, and Microwaving Roasting Ears.  Here it is: www.thekitchn.com/corn-recipes-259912

This week I put up a bunch of corn in the freezer using my Food Saver.  It’s an old model but I love it.  I put several ears in large bags for when I want to enjoy some creamed corn and only a couple of ears to a bag when I wanted it for our dinner to have “on the cob”.

Here’s What’s in the box this week! (at least a good guesstimate). Eggplant, Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Sweet Corn, Bulb Onions, Yellow Squash & Zucchini, Banana Peppers, Tomatoes. (We do have to substitute items occasionally)

In the next week or two, I will post in the online newsletter which is right here on our website,  what we will have available to purchase from the online country store in amounts that will be great for canning, freezing, dehydrating or just cooking for a big crowd of visitors!  Just check the website often for an announcement on the website home page. Don’t forget to place you order before Sunday evenings though to have country store items delivered with your next CSA share. 

Please continue to wear your mask to pick up your shares. The Covid virus and the Delta variant is circulating within the communities and hospitalizations are on the increase.  Tennessee and Alabama are two of the states who have low vaccination rates, so protect yourself and those in your community.

Have a good week and be safe,

Judy

 

Newsletter June 28, 2021

Good afternoon everyone!

Everyone ready to celebrate the 4th of July? Many folks will head to the beach or to the mountains to celebrate Independence Day, Some of you will will enjoy the holiday with friends or family by having a backyard barbecue. Whatever you choose to do, be safe this holiday.

What’s in our share this week? Right now, our best “guesstimate” is: cucumbers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, bell peppers and sweet corn!  Following are two links to “click” on that will take you to two simple, quick and delicious ways to enjoy your Zucchini and Eggplant. Give both a try and let us know if you liked them.  Cling Peaches this week for the Fruit/Combo shares.

https://cook.nourishevolution.com/meaty-grilled-zucchini/ AND https://food52.com/recipes/80737-breaded-eggplant-cutlets

All the Farmers working together to bring you CSA from our farm, hope that you are enjoying the home grown food in your shares.

Did you know? That your farmers plant various crops for you three or four times for your CSA season. When you have a CSA program at your farm, this is a must in order to raise enough food for your CSA members for the entire season. It takes a lot of thought and planning in addition to experience to walk the fine line of having enough food and not having grown too much food. Any shares left unclaimed at the end of pick up time at our many delivery locations, arenalways given to Manna House in Huntsville. In the case of Nashville, our Coordinators at each delivery location determine where any unclaimed shares are donated. Local food is a precious commodity.

We are hoping that come mid July we will begin to have Freebies available for you. Watch for the announcement in your Newsletter on our website.

A couple of weeks ago John went out to start our bush hog to mow some of our pasture. As he lifted the bush hog blades off the ground he saw a full grown cat run away. He got off the tractor to investigate and under the bush hog were 6 tiny newborn kittens. We put them in a towel and placed them in a box near where they were found so the Mother could find them. She returned and must have been feeding them, but each day she took one out of the box and carried it somewhere else. This happened until there were only 3 left in the box. Then she didn’t come for a full day and the kittens were very hungry.  So, Elaine who works at the farm (and is known to many of you because she is one of our drivers) and I got a couple of kitten baby bottles and kitten replacement formula and have been feeding them. Their eyes are now open and they are doing well. They eat heartily and purr when you hold them. The rest of the time, they sleep. There are two boys and a girl and all three are very cute! Two are gray striped like tigers and the girl kitty is white. If anyone is interested in a feline companion they will be adoptable in about 7 weeks. I would take them all if I could but Asthma prevents me from having a kitten inside. Elaine keeps them at her home but she has two pets of her own – a cat and a dog.  We have many predators here, so outdoors is not an option for pets.

Home Delivery Members: Don’t forget to put your clean cooler out with last weeks ice block inside, for our driver this week!

Have a good week, and stay healthy,

Judy

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Newsletter June 21, 2021

Beets

Love those Beets! Loaded with nutritional benefits!

Good afternoon friends,

The Summer Solstice has come and gone. Summer has arrived and is showing off with the fabulous foods of summer in your shares this week! Eggplant and green bell peppers are making their debut this week and I’m so glad since I just used my last vacuum packed package of bell peppers from our freezer.

What’s in your shares this week? (Our best guess) Eggplant, squash, zucchini, lettuce, green peppers, cucumbers, beets, green beans and some amazing sweet corn!
If there are a few wormy tips on your corn, please don’t discard this corn-just dump the worms, rinse off your corn  and enjoy this outstanding corn. If you do you see a worm that lets you know the corn has not been treated.

More peaches for the fruit/ combo share this week. Here is a link to a nice little recipe for a Summer Peach Upside Down Coffee Cake: https://wholeandheavenlyoven.com/2015/08/10/summer-peach-upside-down-coffee-cake/#wprm-recipe-container-25734

And a link to a recipe for delicious Pickled Beets!  https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pickled-beets/

Succession planting continues on all the farms so we can have plenty of food harvested to hold all of us through the CSA season. One crop goes out and another starts it’s first harvests. There’s always something growing for yourCSA shares. Thus far, all the crops have looked really nice and healthy this season! Thankfully so far, the Cicadas have not been much of a factor.

We hope you are enjoying the food in your shares this season.Stay well and be safe!

Until next week,

Judy