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Newsletter August 17, 2021

Greetings  from our farm!

We hope Monday treated you kindly and that you’re off to a great start this week!
Every week we get the chance to make it better than the week before.

This week in the online store we have Tomatoes and Corn in bulk. Don’t let the word bulk frighten you-we don’t sell by the truckload-just by the box! So if you’d like to freeze, can, pickle, or dehydrate some tomatoes or corn for the cooler months, now is the time to do it. I always like to freeze several whole tomatoes in Freezer bags to use during the winter months. Plunge them in boiling water for a few seconds and the skins come right off! These are wonderful in fresh salsa, tomato sauces, soups, casseroles etc. Home grown tomatoes won’t be around forever, so take advantage of this opportunity to get them now. Maybe order a box and split it with a friend , relative or neighbor if they too love tomatoes.

One of the finest resources for food preservation, whether it’s freezing or preserving,  is this website: https://nchfp.uga.edu/

This is the National Center for Home Food Preservation website at the University of Georgia. I realize when you live near or in the city, preserving food may not be something you’re into doing but, if you enjoy doing it, or you have youngsters that you would like to teach to do this, their website also has video tutorials which makes learning so much easier. They may even be more interested in eating more plant based foods if they help preserve it!

Your share this week will have tomatoes, okra, onion, gorgeous colored bell peppers (great for stuffing), cucumbers, and  cantaloupe.

Home Delivery members: Please keep your coolers clean – and don’t forget to put them along with your ice block, out on your delivery day. Thanks!

We hope to have peaches for a few more weeks once the last harvest is ready. We will have to see how successful it is, but you never know until harvest time is here. Overall for our farmers this year has not been a great year for fruit as compared to past years. As a general rule our fruit crops have been wonderful!  Though one year was really bad when a late frost killed all fruit crops from Ky. To Mississippi. Now that’s a bad fruit year.

Fun fact about Peaches: The peach tree is a deciduous fruit tree native to China and thought to have been transported to the West by the Persians, lending some speculation as to why some call peaches the Persian apple. Some historians believe that in ancient times, peaches were a symbol of longevity and luck!

Until next week, stay well – and thank you for being part of our farm’s CSA. We appreciate each of you. We miss seeing your smiles and being able to visit with you as we have in years past. Once Covid is history we can celebrate being together again-up close.

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter Aug. 7, 2021

Good afternoon friends,

Coming your way this week in your share will be a repeat of some of the veggies you received last week.  Count on your favorites once again such as, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Zucchini or Summer Squash, and possibly Okra.  I am hoping for more Eggplant myself since I love it cooked any old way!

Today we got a much needed storm with a lot of heavy rain.  Everything here at the farm is nice and green, though rain means more mowing which is no fun. Before too much longer we will be able to slow down mowing a bit hopefully. A few of our farm friends that grow for us also reported rain, which will help the crops.  We just don’t want rain right before harvesting vegetables.  They need to be nice and dry when you harvest.

I know this is late notice for this week, but in any case we wanted you to know there will be a few of your favorite items added to the online Country Store if you’d like to order extras this week.  Order before tomorrow night (Sunday) and they will be delivered with your CSA this week.  They will remain in the store so that you can order again next week if this week doesn’t work for you.  Same order deadline for next week – Sunday evening.   

I promised you an email with some special ideas to keep you inspired to use up your CSA share when you get it.  I haven’t forgotten, we have just been really busy here right now. I will try to get the email information to you over the weekend, so if you see an email from Doe Run Farms, please take time to read it.  We always want you to make the most out of your weekly CSA share.

We hope you have been enjoying the delicious sweet corn season as much as we have.  Enjoy it fresh and freeze some to enjoy over winter.  It will be way better than what you find at the grocery store!

Peaches will only be in season from our peach farmer for about 2-3 more weeks. Just a heads up!

Take good care of yourselves, and please wear a mask to pick up your CSA share.  No one wants to get Covid or pass it around. Many of us have more than one reason for being extra careful.

Until next week, be safe and thank you for your farm support! 

Judy

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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