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Newsletter Sept.28, 2021

Greetings!

September is here in all it’s glory. After a summer that was somewhat lacking in good weather, we’ve been lucky to have some really beautiful temperate days lately and to our good fortune, it’s forecast to continue for awhile. We said good-bye to melons, sweet corn and this week is the last week for Fruit shares.  

As we turn towards the Autumn, we reflect on the summer. In the next few weeks we will send a Newsletter to your email inbox, with a look back on this CSA season. Any suggestions you have for ways of improving your CSA, feel free to be in touch with your suggestions. We are open to any that you may have.

 In the meantime it’s time to begin decorating home and or yard for the autumn season. For some of you Football season decorating will be intwined into any other decorating you may do!

What’s in our shares this week”?  (Some, but not everything listed will be in every share)  Tomatoes, Lettuce, Spaghetti squash, Delicata squash, Green Beans, Okra, Sweet potatoes, Peppers.

if you have credit owed to you, consider ordering a make up share now before the season ends. After this week we only have 4 weeks of deliveries left. So that only leaves 3 weeks to order a make up  share and have it delivered with your last share of the season. 

Here is a recipe you may want to try using the sweet potatoes in your share this week:

Honey Pecan Sweet Potatoes:

Ingredients

  • 4 nice size sweet potatoes.
  • 4 tablespoons coconut or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Cut sweet potatoes into small cubes.
  2. Heat coconut or avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add sweet potatoes to skillet and cook 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey, pecans, brown sugar and seasonings.
  5. Sautee for 10-12 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and slightly browned.
  6. Serve warm.  Enjoy!

Until next week, be safe everyone – Autumn Harvest Shares at Doe Run Farms
and Happy Fall Y’all!

Judy

Greetings from our farm! 

Did you see the beautiful Harvest moon last night? It was a beauty for sure. We hope you didn’t miss it.

What’s in our shares this week? Some of the following will show up this week: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Peppers, at least two Squash varieties, plus the new crop of just dug Sweet potatoes from Pea Ridge in Lincoln County, Tn.  These sweet potatoes are less fibrous than most, they’re quite mellow, and rich in flavor. 

We wanted to have okra or green beans for you this week in your shares but with all the rain we decided against it. Since these vegetables are packed in containers or in bags, they tend to mold quickly due to the plants being rain soaked and packed densely.

Information about the peppers you receive in your shares:

Hot peppers are great for adding flavors to recipes and are also great for pickling, making salsa or chutneys.  

Sweet peppers add a level of dimension, flavor and crunchiness  to your  meals. Sweet peppers are great for skillet dishes, omelet’s, fresh salads, salsas, casseroles, and fajitas. Sweet peppers also make wonderful vessels for stuffing a variety of ingredients including; beef, tofu, rice or other veggies. Sweet peppers are also perfect for roasting on the grill or for making any type of kebab for the grill. You can quickly blanch them, then freeze right away afterward to use later in your dishes!

Summer squash will be in your share this week and it is great roasted or stuffed, steamed, shredded raw into salads, cooked casseroles, or baked goods. Use in stir fries, or as a great substitute for potato fries and noodles. Canned into a relish or sliced and frozen for use at a later date.

The Fruit Lovers shares this week contain the variety Mutsu.

That’s about it until next week, please stay safe and stay well everyone.

Judy and John

Newsletter September 13, 2021

Good afternoon CSA friends,

We feel like Autumn’s in the air around the farms, though we know we still have some warm temperatures coming our way. The thought of that doesn’t stop me though from enjoying my coffee on the porch early in the morning with John, when it’s cool outside. I love looking out at the fields real early when the morning mist drifts out over the pastures before the sun begins to shine bright. So peaceful and always appreciated by both of us, but especially so in these troubled times. Try to take  a minute out during your busy day,  and find something in nature to look at that brings you peace, it will be time well spent.

What’s in our shares this week? A Squash Trifecta this week! Spaghetti squash, Delicata and Summer squash too. Onions, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Bell peppers Sweet peppers, Lettuce.

We are still being blessed with Tomatoes, thank goodness!  Our warm days and summer’s sun has concentrated the flavor of tomatoes and we still have tomatoes available on our farms right now. Try making fresh bruschetta or using it in homemade soups, salsas, gazpachos, or make a delicious Tomato pie.  Consider dehydrating or freezing some  to enjoy fresh tasting sauce or salsa once the harvest is over.

I ran upon these little goodies while looking on the Internet for something else today. I’m always looking for the best thing possible to store fresh fruit and vegetables for as long as I can. I thought maybe you might like to check these out for yourself! Here is the link: https://www.epicurious.com/shopping/keep-your-produce-fresher-than-ever-with-these-reusable-silicone-food-huggers-article

Have a wonderful week, be well,

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings!

Farm Update

Corn: unless our favorite corn farmer has more corn ready in the next couple of weeks, our corn season may be over until next year. About this time of year often the corn is just too wormy and the worms have eaten their share of the kernels further down the ear. Some wormy tips are generally tolerable,  but if the corn worms aren’t mostly on the tips, we prefer not to offer it.
Peaches: This is the last week for peaches. We hope you have enjoyed them this season! Next weeks Fruit shares will contain apples just picked from the orchard. I will let you know next weeks variety in next weeks newsletter which is always on our website-along with what will be in your share each week.

What’s in your share this week-some but not all will be in every share.  (We do run out if the harvest on that crop is lighter than expected on your delivery day-unlike a grocery store our supply of fruits and vegetables is limited occasionally)  Sweet peppers, tomatoes, squash or zucchini, bell peppers, okra, cucumbers, spaghetti squash.

Spaghetti Squash this week! Oh yeah.
Fall and cooler temperatures we hope, will be on the way soon. This is signaled by the arrival of some different types of squash you’ll be seeing in your CSA shares. One example of this is the Spaghetti squash in your shares this week. Spaghetti squash in my opinion is not one of the longer lasting storage type squashes. A good storage example would be squash such as butternut or acorn. Spaghetti squash is a favorite of ours here at the farm though and it can be used in so many recipes! Just enter “Using Spaghetti squash in recipes” into Google and you will be surprised at what comes up in the way of recipes! Let us know your favorite way to serve Spaghetti squash and we will share it with everyone.

We hope any friends or family members of yours that have been affected by hurricane Ida are safe now. We also have hopes that any property damage they may have incurred is minimal. Maybe sunshine will be back soon so they can at least dry out and work outdoors to clean up their property. If you pray regularly, don’t forget to pray for them. Remember our troops who always stand ready to protect us as well.  Don’t forget to include those who have fallen gravely ill and the many who have died from Covid.  It has been a rough week.

While on the subject of prayer, don’t forget to pray for your farmers and their families. In our home we pray for everyone that has supported our farms these past sixteen years. We would not be able to offer a CSA to the communities we serve if it weren’t for each of you.

Many of you know our Son-In-Law Barry. This week please say a quick prayer for our daughter Bridget and Son-in-Law Barry who are experiencing some health issues. Barry is having a Kidney removed on Thursday and Bridget is awaiting test results.

On a brighter note in closing out this week, the Old Farmers Almanac says they  Scientific studies have confirmed that people who eat more fruit and vegetables, particularly the deeply colored varieties, have less heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and age-related neurological decline than those who don’t. The secret is in the colors. 

Until next week, be safe and eat your Veggies!

Judy

 

 

CSA News. Aug 24, 2021

Good morning!

After your deliveries this week we will only have 9 more deliveries to finish out this CSA season.

CSA Updates:  Peach season is winding down now and September brings apples to your CSA shares.  We always pick the prettiest and the tastiest apples each week at the orchard for your CSA shares.  So, pull out your apple butter and apple pie recipes and get ready to fill your kitchens with the scents of autumn!  Apples emit Ethylene gas so store them in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer – in a bag to separate them from other items stored in the crisper drawer.

Email me at drf@hughes.net if you’d like a good Crock Pot Apple Butter recipe.  I think it’s a delicious recipe and it’s easy too.  It does take awhile to make, but it’s a good project for an autumn afternoon.  A few years ago our farm had a class on Preserving the Harvest and this recipe was used to make the Apple Butter.

Using up your CSA share: To help you maximize the use of everything in your share, try to spend a few minutes when you get your shares home and unpack them, and think about how you want to use what’s in your share.  Really, a few minutes dedicated to this helps a lot and this is the perfect time to do it!  Think of how you will use any greens, hard veggies such as potatoes, and softer ones such as squash, eggplant or tomatoes.  Eggplant Parmesan, Stuffed Peppers, or an Asian dish incorporating several roasted veggies served over rice.  You can also just enter into the Google machine the names of the veggies you have on hand and it will give you recipes using those ingredients! Anything not used from your share, wash, slice and place in a Freezer zip lock and freeze to use later in making an outstanding well seasoned vegetable broth or soup.  Easy and so healthy too!

What’s in my share this week?  (Some but not all of the following will appear in shares this week).  Okra, Tomatoes, Onion, Green Beans, Squash, Green Tomatoes, and Potatoes.

Farm Update: I would be lying to you if I told you that this season has been a perfect growing season-it’s been far from that.  We have been having days and days of rain that comes and goes all day – but even though the  rain storms are short lived, heavy rains resulted in flooding some of the farm fields. Some crops such as unripe melons, have just ruined laying in the wet field.  Some crops which are raised on plastic mulch have faired much better so not every crop has been affected, but just enough of them to cause problems at harvest time.  If you have a garden hopefully you haven’t had as much rain, I’m sure it would be a disappointment if you did.  Don’t get discouraged though, this just goes with the territory! Be patient with yourself.

A friendly reminder to Home Delivery members: Please don’t forget to set out your coolers on your delivery day. A few folks missed putting them out last week.  We will leave your shares anyway, but heat is not their friend. Fresh vegetables go downhill fast if they aren’t handled properly.

Have a lovely week, and love on your family members everyday.

Judy