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Newsletter, September 15, 2020

Good afternoon,

Wow, CSA season is moving right along.  We hope you have cooked up some wonderful recipes in your kitchen, using the food that’s been grown for you and your family!

You may have noticed with the inclusion of sweet potatoes and apples, that we are beginning the transition into autumn. This happens to be about my favorite time of the year! You will still get summer favorites in your shares, but there will be a mix of summer and fall until the season ends the last week of October.

I love the sight of pumpkins and mums in the yards, seasonal foods, the feel of the crisp fall air and warm steamy drinks that smell of spice. The hills in our part of the country  are also something to look forward to seeing in the fall,  they just explode with color in fall!

What’s in my share this week?  Sweet potatoes, summer squash, banana peppers, okra, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, apple of the week: Golden Delicious!

Recipe of the week: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake:   https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/caramel-apple-coffee-cake/

Farm News: This year we will not be offering Autumn shares. We started our season a week late this spring, which would cause our Autumn season to be a very short one. If you recall, we had taken down our high tunnels this spring to move them closer to our greenhouse and packing room, so John and I will be reinstalling them before the 2021 CSA season begins. We erected our first two high tunnels together years ago, so we will do it again soon. We are 15 years older but we will give it a “go” anyway.

We have two high tunnels (unheated greenhouses) that have been taken down and are now for sale, so that’s two we won’t have to worry about putting back up. If you know anyone interested in buying one, let us know.

John and I hope you have enjoyed being able to stay in your cars and drive through to pick up your shares. Hopefully it has helped to keep Covid at bay, also a time saver and convenience for you. (especially on hot or rainy days). That was, and is still our goal. We deeply appreciate your consideration of us as shown by your mask wearing. Maybe next summer things will be different, we surely hope so—but if not, we will make whatever adjustments necessary.

Please keep the families in states affected by the widespread forest fires on the West coast, in your thoughts.  There are several that have lost homes and family members. We shouldn’t forget our friends on the Gulf coast either as they face threats from hurricanes this time of year. Last but not least, continue to remember those who have lost loved ones to Covid 19. Friends, please stay updated on the virus so you can take care good care of yourself and your families.

For CSA members having birthdays in September, September Birth Flowers are the Aster and the Morning Glory-both of which are symbols of love and affection.  Happy Birthday to our friends celebrating this month! 

Judy

September flower- Asters

September flower- Asters

 

 

 

 

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NEWSLETTER Sept. 7, 2020

Good afternoon CSA friends,

We hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely Labor Day holiday together with family and/or friends this week-end!  Thankfully the weather has cooperated.

After this week we have 7 weeks left in CSA. The time is just flying by seems to me.

We love seeing everyone on our delivery days!  On Fridays when John and I do home deliveries, we also enjoy seeing you when you’re outside in your yards, and we are just amazed at how pretty your yards and flowers are this summer!  Someone has put a lot of love into making their yards so pretty!

We ask our home delivery customers to continue keeping the coolers clean and ready to receive your CSA share.

This week we will add half pecks of okra and jalapeños to the online country store. These boxes hold about 2 quarts. If you’d like to order to have these delivered with your CSA share next week, order before Sunday night. That’s the cutoff time to order.

What’s in the box this week?  Okra, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, sweet potatoes, apples (Mutsu, aka Crispin).

Recipe of the week:  Georgia Cracker Salad

In a large Serving bowl:

Crush 1 sleeve Saltine crackers in small chunks, 1Boiled egg chopped finely,  2 diced fresh tomatoes, 4 or 5 scallions very thinly sliced (white and green part), 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, serve immediately on a lettuce leaf. So good. So quick and easy!

Have a great week!

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter August 24, 2020

Good afternoon CSA friends,

Thinking today about everyone along the Gulf coast, hoping and praying for their safety!

Since we have okra in our shares again this week, anyone have a good recipe using okra that you would like to share with other members? I’ll be happy to put it in next weeks Newsletter if you’d like to share it. All cooks like to change things up a bit in the kitchen, and enjoy trying out new things on our families.

What’s in the box this week?  Okra, tomatoes, squash, green beans, onions, cucumbers and more!

Before long we will say goodbye to all the wonderful summer veggies and hello to fall seasonal veggies! Though it’s a few weeks away, I will be sad to see so many of my favorite veggies gone for another year! We encourage you to enjoy preparing them in different ways to make the most of them, while we have them.

By the way, in the online country store we have bulk tomatoes, and green peppers. As a suggestion, make some stuffed peppers and freeze them for the cooler months when you want a quick meal.

Don’t forget to dice up some extra green peppers and you can do it for onions also, to freeze on sheet pans and when frozen, dump into Freezer bags for later. Sometime you just don’t want to go to the store for an onion or green pepper to finish out your recipe!

We look forward to seeing you at your pickup this week, even though we are all in masks!

Hugs to each one of you,

Judy

Newsletter August 17, 2020

Good afternoon!

Can you believe we are already in week 14 of our 24 week CSA season?  Time has passed so fast!

We hope you are enjoying your summer shares.

This week your Combo share will feature Tomatoes.  And for the Fruit Lover’s you will be getting those delicious Gala apples again.  They are so good with just the right amount of crunch!

What’s in the box this week?  I will sum it up this way – you will be getting pretty much the same items this week as was in last week’s shares.  It’s the time of the year when certain vegetables become more prolific when you are eating seasonally from the garden.  This week you will be getting some really delicious okra for the first time this season!  This okra is medium sized so it will be versatile enough to cook any way you please.  We particularly like it dipped in a flavorful olive oil, sea salt, pepper and then skewered and grilled!  One of our long time CSA members Sheila Murphy, put us on to this idea a few years ago.  It’s equally delicious with the same seasonings and baked in the oven at about 425 degrees or so.  Turn only once while cooking.  I like to squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice on mine when I take it off the grill or out of the oven.  Don’t mind me, I like fresh squeezed lemon on many fresh veggies.  By the way, if you don’t care for okra because of the “slime” factor, baking it or grilling eliminates all that.  Give it a try using the suggestions I just mentioned.

You will also be getting those wonderful Pea Ridge cantaloupes once again, though they are nearly done for this year.  I look forward to their harvest every summer.  We keep them peeled and sliced at the ready for snacking when we have them.  This week please, eat your cantaloupe the same day or at least the day after you get them-they are very ripe!  Don’t hold them over.

You all can stop the rain dancing that I asked for this time last week.  We got a lot, you did some fine dancing I must say! We hope you got a bit at your home too.

I’d like to recognize Sarah, Howard, Elaine, Julianne and Farmer John for the lovely assembly of your shares each week in the packing room.  They have looked so pretty every week. Sarah, Howard, John and me are your delivery team and we all look forward to seeing you every week. Of course none of these beautiful shares would be possible this season without the hard work every day of our partner farmers.  God bless them every one!  We thank them for their contributions to our farm’s CSA community.

Until next week, stay well, wear your masks, and eat your veggies!photoSummerShares

Hugs,

Judy

 

 

Newsletter August 10, 2020

Good afternoon CSA Members,

It’s rain dance time again – we are dry here at the farm and we could use some rain!  It is forecast for today, but so far nothing.  The day is young, so we are hopeful.

We hope you had a restful weekend and that everyone at your home is well.

For those of you that have a credit owed to you for CSA suspension (s), in the next couple of weeks we will be sending you an email with the amount of credit that you have, along with instructions on how to use it online. In addition to the bulk veggies and fruit that’s in the online country store, we will have a few other items that you can also use your credit toward.

We are in the midst of summer and peaches are now history until next year. We hope you enjoyed the peaches this season, I know we did.

The fall Apple crop is about to make its debut. Apples are just beginning to be harvested.  Your Combo Share this week is Fruit, and the fruit will be Gala apples.  They are both crunchy and delicious!

Here’s a recipe link to a tasty sandwich that’s easy, quick and delicious.  It takes only minutes, it’s so simple and is a variation on another favorite of mine this time of year-the Tomato sandwich. Note: instead of Scallion I have used paper thin slices of red onion. Here’s the link to the recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-cheese-sandwich-with-tomatoes

Here is another quick summer side for you that we enjoy at our house that uses the summer squash in your CSA share: Stewed Summer Squash:

2 LBS. YELLOW SUMMER SQUASH, SLICED
1 C CHOPPED ONION
1 C WATER
1 TEASPOON SALT
1/4 TEASPOON SUGAR
½ STICK BUTTER
PEPPER TO TASTE

If you have less than 2 LBS. squash, vary the rest of the ingredients accordingly – to your taste. Combine squash, onion, water and salt in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until squash is tender. Drain and mash. Season with butter, sugar and pepper.

What’s in the box this week?   Tomatoes, green beans, summer squash, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, onion, eggplant  and redskin potatoes.

Fun facts about the month of August:    

August 10, traditionally known as Lammas Day, was a festival to mark the annual wheat and corn harvest. Lammas also marked the mid-point between the summer solstice and autumn equinox.

And, August is a wonderful month for star gazing! It’s the month of the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks between August 11 and 13. This year, they peak right around the last quarter Moon, which means that the Moon shouldn’t wash out too many of the “falling stars.”

Have a wonderful week, keep on wearing your masks so we can look forward to better days ahead!

Thank you for being such a wonderful CSA community, you ARE the best!

Judy