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NEWSLETTER May 24, 2021

CSA rocks on, week #2

‘Wow, what a difference a week makes in the growth of crops. Last week I mentioned that our first week box would be light and it was in our mind, but this weeks box should make up well for it. Some weeks are just always going to be better than others. I tell you this because this is just the nature of farming. Farming is dependent on so many variables, but the flavor of the food and the nutrition you get from from the food because it hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to reach your table, is so worth the work that goes into it, even if you can’t control the variables.  So, do enjoy this weeks haul!

“What’s in my share this week”  Napa cabbage, green cabbage, lettuce, green onions, broccoli, strawberries, green beans, cucumbers, and English peas.  (Some of the above will be in your shares. Contents in our 3 share sizes vary.  Share contents in Tennessee could vary from those delivered in Alabama). Our English peas are not prolific this season, so we suggest you shell them and eat them raw in a green salad. We do this, but find we eat most of them while we’re shelling them, they’re so good raw. Get your school age children to help shell the peas, they will enjoy it plus they may even sample them while shelling. Chinese Napa Cabbage

Please don’t forget to pick up your CSA share this week, times and days are on the website pick up location page. If you can’t make it to pick up let us know in advance of your pick up day – 48 hours notice please. . (By the way – you can also have someone pick up for you)

If you have a favorite recipe from a website that uses a veggie or fruit from your CSA  share, please send the link to us and we will pass it along in the Newsletter. Who doesn’t love a good recipe?

Be cautious in the heat forecast for our area this week, do stay hydrated!  Eat your Cucumbers!

‘Till next weeks newsletter,


July 27, 2020 Newsletter

Good morning CSA friends,

We hope you aren’t sweltering in this hot weather, for it doesn’t look as though we will be catching a break any time soon.  The humidity is what is hard for me to deal with this time of year, and after an occasional brief thunderstorm the humidity is even worse!  In any case, stay hydrated. Somewhere along the way I learned that when you get thirsty you are already dehydrated, so keep cool water handy and drink up! Make sure not to forget the kiddos.  They start playing and often forget to hydrate.

Did you know that your summer veggies go a long way in keeping you hydrated too?  Cucumbers have the highest water content of any vegetable.  Cucumbers contain about 97% water, those crunchy radishes contain 95% water and tomatoes are 94%water. So the addition of veggies like these, in addition to drinking water should keep you well hydrated.  Many times in the heat of summer if you begin to get a headache, that’s a signal that you may be dehydrated.  Drink a cool glass of water or make your self a good old Tomato sandwich! (or do both)

FYI:  (1) This week’s Food Lover’s COMBO share is Fruit.  (2) Be sure to check the online Country Store as we are adding some bulk items for purchase such as pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, peaches and bell peppers.  (3) Deadline for ordering from the store is the Sunday evening prior to your delivery day if you want it delivered with your next CSA share.  If you order after the deadline, you can still place your order, but delivery will be one week later.  (4) At this time, we only deliver bulk items from the online Store, to our pick up locations.  

What do I do when I want to suspend my CSA share and receive credit? 

  • Notify the farm 48 hrs in advance of your delivery in an email. (don’t give the information to your driver, we make all changes)
  • Tell us where you pick up your share.
  • What date do you want to suspend your share & what date should we resume your deliveries?
  • Tell us if you want to use your credit by receiving a make up share later this season or, do you prefer to use your credit in the online country Store this season?
  • If you want a make up share, tell us what date you’d like it.

What’s in the box this week?  Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Squash, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Banana Peppers, Onions, Kennebec Potatoes.

A little information for those of you who may not be familiar with Kennebec Potatoes. Kennebec potatoes are best suited for cooking by baking, mashing, or roasting, but their best virtues are displayed through frying. They can be used to make any number of fried potato dishes such as steak fries, hash browns, shoestring potatoes, French fries, potato skins, chips, and “Hasselback” potatoes. Kennebec potatoes also maintain their shape when cooked, perfect for potato salads, curries, soups, and stews. Kennebec potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. If you have ever eaten at an In-N-Out burger spot,  Kennebecs are their “go to” for  french fries.  If you’re familiar with Claim Jumper restaurants, they feature them in their potato-cheddar soup.

We visited with a few of our partner farmers that harvested today and they asked us to do a rain dance for them.  They need a respite from the heat I think.  Still, we picked up some lovely vegetables from them today and we are grateful for their efforts. They work hard to bring all of us a wide variety of beautiful, seasonal, nutritious food. They are a wonderful group of farmers and they pick up the slack for us during the  summer since we don’t grow a lot on our farm during the summer. We moved our high tunnels closer to our home and are hoping to get them back up again over the winter season. We plan to resume growing again in early spring.

We hope that you are enjoying your CSA shares, and we thank you for choosing to support our farms with the purchase of your shares.

Thank you for continuing to look out for those of us at your pick up site, by wearing your mask to pick up.  We will have ours on for you when we place your veggies in your trunk.

Until next week,



Newsletter July 20, 2020

Good afternoon friends of Doe Run Farms CSA!

We hope everyone is enjoying the variety of fresh home grown vegetables that you are receiving!

Today in your shares, you will be receiving some delicious “Yukon Gold” potatoes from our potato farmer on Pea Ridge.  He grows all of our potatoes as well as our Cantaloupes that go into your shares. His cantaloupes are “the real deal”.  They are not muskmelons, which to me don’t quite measure up to cantaloupes. Both are good, but I prefer a cantaloupe.  The cantaloupes will be ready hopefully soon, I wait on them with anticipation each summer.

Be sure to start checking the online Country Store starting on Wednesday afternoon.  We will have sweet corn and peaches on there for you to purchase.  Be sure to check it out.  One thing though, to get your items from the online store delivered with your delivery Next week, your order has to be placed (online) no later than Sunday evening. 

Blueberries are history for another season. Their season was short lived for our blueberry farmer this year.  Fortunately, the peach crop looks good this season, so bring on those lovely Cling peaches!

What’s in the box this week?   Bulb onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, potatoes, and sweet corn.

If you don’t have a Food Saver, I suggest you get one and freeze some of this delicious corn while it’s being harvested.  It doesn’t last long and corn is so versatile.  This winter you will be so glad you put some in your freezer.  We freeze it off the cob and on the cob and never do we regret it come winter.

Our recipes of the week:  In preparation for the upcoming Peach season try this recipe on for size:  Summer Peach Upside Down Coffee Cake  –  click on the link below:  AND

Grilled Ratatouille –    A wonderful way to grill some of your favorite veggies.  This is good served over rice, spaghetti or as a side dish on its own!

We thank you for wearing your masks to pick up your CSA shares.  We continue to wear ours and probably will for a long time.  But, to stay well and keep those we come in contact with well, it’s a small price to pay. See you on delivery day!

Next week I will try to post some of the fantastic pictures of foods being cooked up in CSA members kitchens using CSA veggies. They look delicious too!

Stay well everyone, and stay home if you can,