Well, I'd say that last week was a success! Despite the intermittent downpours, folks seemed to enjoy the new CSA pick up location. Greg was slinging pizzas and flat breads (Allegro Hearth Bakery provided the dough) and kids were running around having fun. It was a nice change for us and we hope for you too.
We had a couple folks stick around and prep veggies during CSA pick up. We worked out most of the kinks and have stream lined the process a little better. One member said she likes doing the veggie prep here for several reasons - 1) her kids can play outside (within view), 2) the mess in in our kitchen, not hers, 3) we're there for tips and ideas, and 4) she gets to be outside too! We have room for about 4 -6 folks to prep veggies at one time - but may need to work out the flow of the kitchen. If you have a spare collander in your cabinet - we could use a few. We're keeping a look out at goodwill for them too.
We've had a nice run of weather here lately and the crops are doing well (so are the weeds!). I saw our first patty pan squash nearing harvest and imagine we'll be inundated with summer squash before you know it. We just planted about 1000' of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew last week.
I've got 1000' of beets looking good - but another bed of carrots that, again, are looking like they are losing the battle with the weeds. We'll put our master weeder, Linda, on them. But if you're feeling like you need some outdoor therapy. Shout out. We could always use an extra hand. Come by after work (almost anytime!) and spend an hour or two weeding something We'll get you set up as a human powered weed destroyer in no time.
We have some beautiful shoulder roasts ($8/#) for BBQ pulled pork for your 4th of July cook out!! We also have our very own hotdogs ($5), pork patties and beef burger ($7/#)! Check out our freezer section and stock up for your cookout!
Since Jen and I bought this farm in 2007, I've been plagued with allergies. Four or five times per season from spring blooms to hayfever and fall leaves, it's been difficult to even ride the tractor for days on end, brush-hogging overgrown pastures and field edges without stopping work to sneeze and take symptomatic medicines (like Benadryl).
This year has been different, much much different. Jen and I have been determined to find a scientific link between soil and human health, and we started listening to podcasts from a doctor in Virginia named Zach Bush (zachbushmd.com). He discovered (scientifically) the connection between soil and human health. And... he has created a retail product (a sterile soil extract!) based on those findings.
I won't go into the details of it here, but we've begun taking this supplement (called Restore®) and I've personally seen my allergies disappear! The dirt water is working! It's helped my body establish a protective barrier against the vast amount of invaders that I personally experience daily.
Jen and I don't typically sell products besides what we grow. I don't think we've ever sold a supplement besides Una Biologicals, soaps and topical treatments ... but we are constantly on the lookout for solutions which help resetablish a healthy body and mind without the destructive problems we see from modern medicine.
Restore® doesn't shut off or suppress bodily functions like medicine, but it does naturally promote the development of our natural defense mechanisms (our gut membrane) which are under assult from the pollution in our air, water and (off farm) food.
We were so impressed and excited by the results and the science that we have become retailers for the company, Biomic Sciences LLC and their product Restore®. Literature and product claims can be found at restore4life.com
If you have ANY inflammation, digestive issues or associated health problems, Please check it out and let us know if you'd like to trial this amazing product.
Please voice your opinion - either via email, text, or at the CSA pick up. Should we have CSA pick up on July 4th (next week) or cancel and add on the end of the year (November 7)?
This week's expected harvest: Beet greens (maybe beets too), lettuce (and lots of it), snow peas, garlic scapes, green garlic, herbs, and seedlings.
As per usual, we bit off more than we can chew. There was no way we could crank out pizzas and make pickled garlic scapes at the same time! This week, we'll pickle scapes on the even hours (12, 2, 4, and 6). No pizza. We'll see how it goes. After this week - we'll set up a schedule for pizza weeks and prep weeks.
Once we get our pizza game down, you may be able to "order" pizza for eating at the farm or to take home for dinner!.
My Nana's Wilted Lettuce Recipe
Leaf lettuce and/or other leafy vegetables
"I'm interested in getting produce and meats from you all - how do I go about it?"
1 - Be a regular CSA member. It's not too late to join and we will pro-rate for missed weeks. Come out weekly or bi-weekly and pick up a share of produce for 20 weeks (10 weeks if you're a bi-weekly pick up). Our season starts in mid-June and runs until late October. Options range from $350 - $850. You can purchase online or send in a check (if paying by check - you can pay 1/2 now and 1/2 by August 1). You get the best deal and support us the most by being a CSA member. You help with our upfront cost in the spring and receive the bulk of the bounty throughout the growing season.
2 - Need flexibility? Buy a market card. This allows you to purchase items that we grow or make here on the farm. You don't have to be a CSA member to buy products from us - just stop in on Wednesdays from 11 - 7 (or call to make an appointment). Buying market cards up front, still helps to support the farm, prior to the crops coming in. With a market card, you get a deal, $60 worth of purchases for $50!
3 - Have a garden already? Become a Garden Share member. It's not too late to join! We've packed up several extra shares and they are ready for your garden now! We'll supply you with the seeds and seedlings and a bit of guidance to get you through the growing season. All you need is 100 sq ft and a desire to eat a lot of veggies! This is the best deal - grow your own!
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Thanks for choosing our CSA. We strive to grow nutrient dense, wholesome foods for you. We think what we do is hard work - but important for our family, friends, and community. There's a few things that we find important: growing good food, participating in the local economy, being good stewards to the environment, providing our community with access to a farm, farm animals and the outdoors, and teaching new and beginning farmers what we know. By being a CSA member and supporting our endeavors, you're helping us to achieve our goals. Thanks!!