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Newsletter Oct.27, 2020

Greetings from the farm,

This Friday, we reach the end of the CSA season for this year, and we hope you have enjoyed the food crops that were grown for you and your family this season. What began in May with your spring crops has closed out with the debut of the cool season fall crops. We really are happy that we have had enough day length, to still be able to enjoy having tomatoes for our tables. Be sure to squeeze in one more delicious bacon and tomato sandwich before they’re gone!

For Home Delivery Members: If you receive home delivery from the farm, please clean the cooler we loaned you this season, and be sure it’s out this week on your delivery day, so that we can pick it up. We won’t be back in your area again this season. You may want to use a personal cooler in place of ours this week. If not, we will still leave your share but, be sure to bring it in right away!

We will continue to post Newsletters at the very least, on a monthly basis during the winter on our website, to stay in touch and let you know what is going on with us here, and we’d love to hear from you as well!This season John and I had the opportunity to make deliveries on Tuesday and Friday and we enjoyed seeing your smiling faces at deliveries. We are going to miss seeing you even if it was just at a distance-it was still good.

What’s in the box this week? (Some but not all will be in shares this week). Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, apples, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers and Black Cat Pumpkins! These are so cute! They are small, dark green-black winter pumpkins. Cook them as you would other squash or pumpkins.  The Apple variety of the week : Granny Smith

Farm Roundup: This year has been a hard year for us. We lost our farm manager Barry, to a full- time job shortly before this season began. Barry had some health issues and his new job is easier for him and we are happy for him. We also lost a former employee who was with us for four years, to the Covid 19 virus.

On a different subject, we experienced 3 crop failures, which is extremely out of the ordinary for us. This was a wacky growing season for our farms. Our Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrots (of all things) failed this season.  First time to ever have 3 failures in one season.  We are ready for 2020 to get the heck outta here and this is only one of the many reasons.

In addition to this, it has been a challenge to work under the conditions presented by the pandemic. Even in the face of adversity, blessings are evident. Our Farm Crew has been wonderful this season!  They work well together and they have been careful to protect each other, to protect you and to protect us as well!  Our Partner farms as always, grew some great crops for us this summer and we recognize them for their hard work this season.

We want to acknowledge and thank the Coordinators at each of our delivery locations. They volunteer their time to pass out your shares each week, and they show up week after week no matter the weather to be there for you and for us.  We depend on them, and they always do their part to make our CSA program a success.  Please say “thanks” when you see them this week.

We appreciate your patience and your spirit when picking up your CSA shares. We have loved seeing the children and especially their cute name signs. We hope that the drive through pick-ups have been a plus for saving you some time each week. We are grateful for your “masking up” during pick up and when we delivered to your homes. Masking up is a small price to pay if it keeps one person from becoming ill. We hope that each of you will continue to be well.

If you would like to be part of the farm’s CSA in 2021, registration will open online in early December, just watch the website for details. We hope you will return. We have begun to make plans for the season and we look forward to a new beginning!

Thank you very much for your support of our farm’s CSA program.  We send our wishes to you and your family for a blessed and peaceful winter season.

Hugs,

Judy and John

 

 

Newsletter October 19, 2020

 

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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