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Newsletter October 19, 2020

 

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The Autumn Leaves

Good afternoon,

We send you greetings from the farm on this breezy autumn day!  This week is supposed to offer up some pretty weather, so be sure to find the time to get outside and enjoy it.  Maybe plan on eating one of your meals outdoors while the weather is nice.

Many of you will remember one of our Drivers here at the farm by the name of Randy Mize.  Randy passed away of Covid19 on Friday after a brief battle with the virus.  Randy delivered shares for us for 4 years before leaving to take a full time job.  He will be missed by friends and family.

Tonight or tomorrow, I will send out an email to everyone that has a Credit coming to them, with the amount.  You can use your credit to purchase a bulk vegetable from the online store or apply your credit toward the purchase of a 2021 Spring-Summer CSA share. All credit must be used by January 31.  

The 2021 CSA shares will go on sale on our website in early December.  Watch our website for the date registration opens.

After this week’s delivery, there will only be one more delivery left this season.  CSA ends for the year on Oct.30.  

This week’s apple variety in your shares are Cameo’s. They are delicious.  The Recipe of the week calls for using 2 or 3 specific varieties, but the Cameo’s should work well also.  Just use what’s on hand – the recipe is quick, easy and good!

Here is the link to your recipe of the week:  “One Bowl Apple Cake” https://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/749035035/one-bowl-apple-cake/

The Combo Shares end this week.

Note:  If you have ordered or if you plan to order Bulk Sweet Potatoes, they will be delivered next week with your last CSA delivery.

We always welcome feedback that you have about the seasons CSA.  In making decisions about next season’s CSA, we try if it is doable for us, to incorporate your suggestions into the next season of CSA.  Any ideas that you have that will make CSA more enjoyable for everyone, are always very welcome.  Just jot down your thoughts and send us an email.

Today, Oct. 19 is: National Kentucky Day – National LGBT Center Awareness Day – National Clean Out Your Virtual Desk Day, and Dress Like a Dork Day!  

What’s in my share this week?  Cabbage, Green Beans, Spaghetti Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Apples and Sweet Potatoes.  (Some shares will vary dependent on the harvest quantities available)

Until next week, stay well and keep masking up friends,

Judy

Newsletter Oct.13, 2020

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Good morning!

It’s time to get the front door decorated and the Jack-o-Lanterns out, Halloween is just around the corner!  Though Trick or Treat may not be as popular this year, to be safe have some individually wrapped treats on hand just in case.

Sweet potatoes in bulk will be added to the online country store today, BUT they will not be delivered until your last delivery of the season.  The last delivery to your location whether you pick up your share or have home delivery – will be on your normal delivery day the week of Oct.31.  They will be delivered with your last CSA share.  So go online and order yours this afternoon.  Sweet potatoes hold over well during the cooler months if you store them at room temperature and don’t let them get cold or freeze.

In the country store we have cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.

For members who have credit coming, we will be sending you an email with the amount of credit you have available to use.  You can use your credit to purchase from the country store or apply it toward a Spring-Summer 2021 CSA share.  We will begin registering for 2021 shares in early December.  Watch for our opening date for registration on the home page of our website.

Through the winter we will continue to post newsletters online on our website, but they will not be posted on a weekly basis. Don’t forget to check our website often in case we have something we think you would like to know about.  I will keep a couple of the most frequent Newsletters online for you to view during the winter months.

Please let us know how your family is doing this winter and how you are faring during these unpredictable times.  We are all learning how to improvise and to adapt in ways we never dreamed we could!

What’s in our shares this week?  (some but not all of the following will be in your shares this week.  Some shares may differ depending on the quantity of certain veggies we have harvested on your delivery day)  Acorn squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Summer squash, Bell peppers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Carnival winter squash, Tomatoes and “Dixie Red” apples.

This week is #22 of our 24 week CSA season.  After your delivery this week, there will be 2 deliveries left.  This season ends the week of Oct.31. 

NOTE: HOME DELIVERY MEMBERS:  We have noticed that some CSA members  are not putting out their coolers on your home delivery day.  We will leave your share on delivery day, but we do not guarantee your vegetables if they are not placed in the cooler.

Here is a link to a wonderful recipe with variations, that you can make using either Acorn Squash or Carnival Winter squash:  https://www.splendidtable.org/story/2015/11/06/stuffed-winter-squash

I hope you will give this recipe a try!  Don’t forget to pick up your shares this week on your pick up day!

Judy

 

Newsletter Oct.6, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE FARM!

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What a gorgeous autumn day-we hope you are enjoying it as much as we are here at the farm.

We will be delivering this afternoon to Huntsville and Madison, and we look forward to seeing you today.  Don’t forget to pick up your CSA share.

CSA News: After this week, we only have 3 weeks of deliveries left. Last week was the last delivery of the Fruit shares until spring.  Sweet potatoes are curing now for holding over for a few months once the CSA season ends.  Store them at room temperatures. Watch the Home Page on our website to order. They will be delivered the last two weeks of our season.  

What’s in the box this week?  (Some, but not all of the following will be in your shares this week)

Sweet potatoes, green beans, onion, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, bell peppers, Dixie Red Apples,Tomatoes, Eggplant and Cabbage this week!

Cabbage is very versatile, roast it, grill cabbage steaks, fry it, ferment it (sauerkraut or kimchi), bake in casseroles, add it last minute to vegetable soup, make cabbage rolls, or use it in a stir fry!

If you want a good old southern style dinner, just fry up some cabbage, cook some pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, make a big green salad and a skillet of cornbread, brew a pot of sweet iced tea and enjoy! Don’t worry about the calories this one time, just eat and enjoy.  Cut back on your next meal and walk a bit further on your next walk!

Stay safe, stay well friends.

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Sept. 28, 2020

Greetings from the farm!

It has gotten cold here overnight!  It’s time now to think about getting in any flowers that you want to overwinter.  It may warm up again, but better be safe than sorry!

Interesting fact:  Did you know there are two full moons in the month of October? There’s one on Oct.1 and another on Oct.31?

With October nearly here, it’s time to start decorating the front door of your home and yard for the autumn season if you enjoy this fall activity. I always have. I also love seeing everyone’s  seasonal decor and I bet I’m not alone! We have really been seeing all your pretty yards of flowers and lawn decor as we travel from Owens Cross Roads to Madison, Harvest, Toney and on to Athens when making home deliveries this season.  I am going to try to capture a few of them on film and will post them on Doe Run Farms Facebook page soon.

A friendly reminder:  Next week in the online Country store we will offer bulk “Pea Ridge” sweet potatoes.  These are delicious and many of you have already had them in your shares.  They will hold over through the holidays and likely for a few more months if you store them properly.  Do not let them get chilled, they need to be stored at room temperature.  To receive them with your next CSA delivery, they must be ordered before Sunday evening.  

If you have CSA credit coming to you this season, you will receive an email from us letting you know the options you have for using your credit.

Farm News:

Some cool season crops are beginning to be harvested, and we are hoping that we will have some broccoli for you within the next two weeks.

Saga of the Homing Pigeon:  We made several calls trying to locate the owner of the bird and traced it to the breeder in Louisiana.  One of the legs had a band with an ID number on it, and the other leg had a band on it with what we found out later contained a microchip.  The breeder provided us with contact information for the owner who happened to live in Spring Hill Tn.

We called the owner and he came and picked up the pigeon.  This is where it gets interesting.  The pigeon is part of a flock of racing pigeons.  They are housed in “lofts”.

To race the pigeons, they are transported by the owner to a chosen location and all of the owners birds are released at a specific time.  The day this homing pigeon landed at our farm, he was released with a group of 13 other homing pigeons in Memphis.  They were all flying back to their loft in Spring Hill.  They all made it except #14 which flew off course and landed at the farm.

When they arrive back at their loft, there is a chip reader that registers the time each bird enters the loft using the microchip band and the ID band on the birds leg.  The owner knew one of his birds was missing. Luckily for the owner and the bird, we were able to reunite them.  We took care of the bird for 4 days, and it was a little female born in 2020.  Now you know the rest of the story, to borrow a phrase from Paul Harvey.

Thank you for being part of Doe Run Farm’s CSA. If you have any feedback you want to share with us, please feel free to email us.  If you get anything in your share that is not up to par, let us know right away so we can replace it at your next delivery.

A big “Thank You” to each of Doe Run Farms CSA volunteer Coordinators at your pick up locations.  Please let them know that you appreciate them being there each week to welcome you at your site.  We could not do without them.

Have a wonderful week everyone, and stay well!

Judy

Newsletter Sept.22, 2020

Greetings from the farm,

Your newsletter will be short today, we are catching up on farm work around here this morning and afternoon.  Once in a while, we play catch up here and I bet you have times like that yourself!  This afternoon we will be delivering to the Huntsville area, so our afternoon is set in stone today.

What’s in my share this week?  Onion, Okra, Tomatoes, Cukes, Peppers, Sweet potatoes, and apples. The apple of the week: Red Delicious, an excellent eating apple.

Any member that has deferred a make up share, and wants a fruit share make up, let us know asap in an email.  Next week is the last week for delivery of fruit shares, (week 20)  

It’s been an interesting week around here.  A Homing pidgeon showed up here about four days ago and has decided to hang around.  We finally were able to trace it to the owner in Spring Hill Tn.  It was bred in Louisiana and born this year. The owner will be coming to pick it up, thankfully he wants it back.  We know not the first thing about these birds but the Internet has helped us in knowing what to feed it until we could find the owner.  Something is always going on at the farm.

In closing, we want to say thanks again for wearing your mask to pick up your share, we really do appreciate you looking out for us. We will do the same for you.

Lastly, please pop the trunk of your car before you get in line at pick up, and we will close it down after we put your share in the trunk. 

Until next week, be safe and please stay well!

Judy