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Newsletter Aug 3, 2020

Good afternoon,

This weeks newsletter will be a short one since I’m running late today.

We really appreciate you wearing your masks to pick up your CSA shares. Thank you.  A couple of friendly reminders, (1) please either lift your trunk or pop the lid if it’s automatic Before you get in line to get your share and (2) please remain in your car and we will place your share in your trunk or if you’re in a truck-we will place it in the bed of your truck for you.

What’s in the box this week? Eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onion, sweet corn and more! One new thing are the Pea Ridge cantaloupes which are so darn good! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Since you are getting Eggplant this week in your share, here is the link to a recipe we think you will like, I know we really enjoy it when we want a meatless meal.

Breaded Eggplant Cutlets

Https://food52.com/recipes/print/80737

We like ours finished this way: Top with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella, then broil and top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with a nice green salad.

If you have “canned” food in the past, with all the delicious vegetables and fruit in season now, maybe this would be a good time to get out the canning supplies!  Having your own canned food on hand this winter could be very helpful.

Until next week, be safe and stay well,

Judy

 

 

 

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,

Judy

 

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:

https://wholeandheavenlyoven.com/?s=summer+peach+upside+down+cake  AND

Grilled Ratatouille – https://oldwayspt.org/recipes/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,

Judy

 

 

News July 13, 2020

Good afternoon to our farm friends!

This past week we managed to dodge any heavy downpours while making our deliveries, and thankfully we were spared from more bad storms in our area of Lincoln County.  So, we are thankful. There are always a few “hitches” it seems, but I guess that’s just the way things go and we try to just take everything as it comes as much as we can.

We hope everyone is staying well. We are trying to stay well here and doing what the CDC suggests.

Besides working with our farmers to bring you some delicious food over the summer, we are constantly mowing fields here, or at least it feels that way anyway. Most likely that’s how you feel about now with your own yards.

If you have a garden at your house, how is it coming along? I hope it is bringing in a variety of good food for you and that you are enjoying seeing it progress.  Growing things gives you a first hand look at how amazing nature is.

I don’t have a lot of news for you this week, except for the good news that tomatoes are beginning to be harvested now which has been something we have been looking forward to for awhile now.  Tomato Lover’s shares had tomatoes last week and they looked so good!  There were a variety of different types of cherry tomatoes, along with Heirloom tomatoes.  We hope everyone enjoyed them! It’s time for a few bacon and tomato sandwiches on these hot summer days!

I’m sending a recipe your way using those delicious home grown tomatoes that I think you will enjoy,

Provencal Tomatoes:

Ingredients:

4-6 ripe tomatoes, about 3 ” in diameter, 1.5 Cups of fresh white bread crumbs (no crusts), 1/4 Cup minced scallions (green & white parts, 1/4 Cups minced fresh basil leaves, 2 T. EACH of minced flat leaf parsley & minced cloves of garlic, 1/2 tsp. of minced fresh thyme leaves, 1/2 Cup shredded Gruyere Cheese, a good Olive Oil, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper.

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.

Directions: Cut the cores from tomatoes, remove as little tomato flesh as possible.  Cut in half crosswise and with your fingers remove the seeds and the juice.  Place tomato halves in a baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, scallions, parsley, basil, garlic, thyme and 1 tsp. salt.  Sprinkle the tomato halves generously with salt and pepper.  With your hands, fill the tomato cavities and cove the tops of the tomatoes with the bread crumb mixture.  Bake the tomatoes for 15 minutes or so, or until tender.  Sprinkle with the cheese, drizzle with the olive oil and bake for another minute or two.   Serve hot or at room temperature.  You can prepare the tomatoes and filling then refrigerate them.  Bake just before serving.   Courtesy of Ina Garten

What’s in the box this week?  Redskin potatoes, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onion, Summer Squash, and Zucchini.   (Some but not all of the above will be in your shares this week)

We hope you enjoyed the Banana peppers that were in your shares last week.  If you haven’t pickled banana peppers, give it a try!  It’s easy to do and they go great with beans of any kind and they also go well with a barbecue sandwich.

Have a great week, get out in the kitchen and cook!  Make it a family thing – get everyone involved!

Until next week,

Judy

Home Grown Tomatoes coming your way!

Home Grown Tomatoes coming your way!

 

 

Okra coming I soon!

Good morning.

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,

judy