Oct 5-8

Small Bread Share

Small Bread Share

Potato Loaf, Rosemary Garlic Batard, Fettuccine, Peach Cobbler  

Large Bread Share

Large Bread Share

Potato Loaf (x2), Rosemary Garlic batard, Fettuccine, Peach Cobbler, Pumpkin Spice Scones 

Southern Comfot: Small

Southern Comfot: Small

Radish mix ( Nero Tondo, Crimson Giant, White icicle), Cherry Tomatoes, Grab bag peppers ( shown bell peppers. Also Available Jalapeño and Tapered sweet peppers), Zucchini, Apple Mix( Granny Smith, Ginger Gold, Candy Crisp), Field Peas, Grab Bag ( shown Okra. Also available Green beans) 

Southern Comfort: Family 

Southern Comfort: Family 

Mustard Greens, Cherry Tomatoes,Heirloom Tomatoes, Grab bag peppers ( shown bell peppers. Also Available Jalapeño and Tapered sweet peppers) ,Apple Mix( Granny Smith, Ginger Gold, Candy Crisp), Field Peas, Sweet Potatoes( Spanish red, white), Yellow Crookneck Squash, Candy Onions 

Spice Of Life: Small

Spice Of Life: Small

Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Grab bag peppers ( shown bell peppers. Also Available Jalapeño and Tapered sweet peppers) , Butternut Squash, Apple Mix( Granny Smith, Ginger Gold, Candy Crisp), Sweet Potatoes (Spanish red, white), Eggplant, Cremini Mushrooms

Spice Of Life: Family  

Spice Of Life: Family  

Swiss Chard, Cherry Tomatoes,Grab bag peppers ( shown bell peppers. Also Available Jalapeño and Tapered sweet peppers) , Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes (Spanish Red, White), Yellow Crookneck Squash,Eggplant, Spaghetti Squash, Cucamelons, Candy Onions

September 21-24

Large Bread share 

Large Bread share 

Wheat loaf x2,  Penna Pasta, Pumpernickel Boule, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls  

Small Bread Share  

Small Bread Share  

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpernickel Boule, Penna Pasta, Wheat loaf  

Southern Comfort: Small

Southern Comfort: Small

Fuji Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Hydroponic Lettuce, Grab Bag (shown:Okra and Beans. Also available mixed squash), Kale, Butternut Squash  

Southern Comfort: Family

Southern Comfort: Family

Fuji Apples, Heriloom Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Hydroponic Lettuce, Grab bag ( shown: Okra and Beans. Also available mixed squash) , Kale, Squash mixed, Herb mix, Butternut Squash 

Spice Of Life: Small

Spice Of Life: Small

Fuji Apples, Grab Bag Peppers( Options are : Sweet Tapered, Romainian, or Jalapeños), Cherry Tomatoes, Grab bag ( shown: Okra and Beans. Also available mixed squash) , Eggplant, Asian Pears, Herb mix, Husk cherries. 


Spice Of Life: Family  

Spice Of Life: Family  

Fuji Apples, Grab Bag Peppers( Options are : Sweet Tapered, Romainian, or Jalapeños), Heirloom Tomatoes, Hydroponic Lettuce, Kale, Spaghetti Squash, Eggplant, Asian Pears, Squash Mix, Herb Mix

September 14-17

Southern Comfor : small

Southern Comfor : small

Fuji Apples, Heirloom Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Grapes, Sweet corn, Hydroponic Lettuce, Grab Bag (Shown: Roma Beans. Also available: Sqaush and Okra) 

Shouthern Comfort: Family

Shouthern Comfort: Family

Fuji Apples, Grab bag peppers ( Jalapeño or Lunchbox) ,Cherry Tomatoes,Heirloom Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Sweet corn, Hydroponic Lettuce, Grab Bag 

Spice of Life: small

Spice of Life: small

Fuji Apples, Grab Bag Peppers( Jalapeños or lunchbox), Mung Bean Speouts, Potatoes, Herb mix, Sweet corn, Hydroponic Lettuce, Feild Peas, Grab Bag. (Shown : Roma Beans. Also available okra and squash)  

Spice of Life: Family

Spice of Life: Family

Fuji Apples, Grab Bag Peppers ( Jalapeño or lunchbox) Mung Bean Sprouts, Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Herb mix , Sweet corn, Hydroponics Lettuce, Field Peas, Grab Bag ( shown Roma beans. Also available Okra or Squash), Radishes  

September 7-10

Apples, Grab Bag (Shown: Beans, also available Green tomatoes, winter squash mix) , grab bag peppers ( variety : Shishito, Itailan Sweet, Jalapeño), Cherry Tomatoes,Potatoes, Watermelon 

Southern Comfort: Family

Southern Comfort: Family

Apples, Pears, Grab Bags  (Shown: Beans, also available Green tomatoes, winter mix squash) , grab bag peppers ( variety : Shishito, Itailan Sweet, Jalapeño), Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Potatoes 

Spice of Life: Small  

Spice of Life: Small  

Peaches , Grab bag peppers ( variety : Shishito, Itailan Sweet, Jalapeño), Clover Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts, Squash Mix,Bell Pepper Mix, Potatoes, Watermelon 

Spice Of Life: Family

Spice Of Life: Family

Peaches, Grab bag peppers ( variety : Shishito, Itailan Sweet, Jalapeño), Clover Sprouts, Mung Bean Sprouts, Portobello, Cherry Tomatoes,Potatoes,Nasturtiums, Herb Mix, Okra

August 31- September 3

Southern Comfort: Small

Southern Comfort: Small

Clover Sprouts, Cucumber, Bell Peppers, Fuji Apples, Spring Mix Lettuce, Heirloom Tomatoes, Grab bag. (Red okra shown also available, zucchini, scarlet turnips)  

Southern Comfort: Family  

Southern Comfort: Family  

Clover Sprouts, Cucumber, Bell Peppers, Fuji Apples, Zucchini,Spring Mix Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes,Heirloom Tomatoes, Grab Bag (Scarlet Turnips shown)

Spice Of Life: Small

Spice Of Life: Small

Clover Sprouts, Cucumber, Bell Peppers, Oysters Mushrooms, Zucchini, Spring Mix Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes  

Spice Of Life: Family  

Spice Of Life: Family  

Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Fuji Apples, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Okra, Potatoes, Oysters Mushrooms  

Small Bread share

Small Bread share

Wheat loaf, Double Chocolate Muffins, Fettuccine, Parmesean Herb Boule

Large Bread Share

Large Bread Share

Wheat loaf (x2) , Parmesean Herb Boule, Double Chocolate Muffins, Fettuccine, Blueberry Coffee Cake 

August 24-27

Southern Comfort : Small

Southern Comfort : Small

Potatoes, Bell Peppers,  Bibb Lettuce (Hydroponic), Heirlooms tomatoes, fairy tale eggplants, Pears

Southern Comfort : Family

Southern Comfort : Family

Potatoes, Apples, Bell Pepper, Mixed artisan cherry tomatoes, Heirlooms tomatoes, Okra, Watermelon, Grab Bag (shown: cupcake squash. Also available : Radishes, Heirloom cucumbers, Heirloom Green Beans, Scarlet turnips)

Spice Of Life: Small

Spice Of Life: Small

Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Mixed artisan cherry tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, fairy tale Eggplant, Herbs ( Shown: Sage. Also available Basil), Husk Cherries, Pears

Spice Of Life: Family  

Spice Of Life: Family  

Potatoes, Apples, Bell Peppers, Field Peas, mixed artisan cherry tomatoes, Cucumbers, Fairy tale eggplants, Cucamelon (Recipe included) Grab Bag (Shown: Radishes, Also available : Cupcake Squash, Heirloom cucumbers, Heirloom Green Beans, Scarlet turnips), sweet lunchbox peppers. 

August 17-20

Southern Comfort: small

Southern Comfort: small

Potatoes, Apples/Pears, Lettuce Hydroponic, Field Peas, Tomatoes (Heirloom), Cucumber  

Southern Comfort: Family

Southern Comfort: Family

Potatoes, Apples/Pears, Bell peppers, Lettuce Hydroponic, Field Peas, Tomatoes (Heirlooms),Acorn Squash, Green Beans  

Spice of Life: Small

Spice of Life: Small

Potatoes, Apple/pears, Bell Pepper, Grapes, Garlic, Tomato Cherry, Okra, Cucumber  

Spice of Life: Family  

Spice of Life: Family  

Potatoes, Apple/Pears, Bell Pepper, Grapes, Lettuce Hydroponic, Tomatoes (Cherry), Tomatoes (Heirloom), Okra, Cucumber, Acorn Squash

Bread Share : small

Bread Share : small

Sugar cookies, Fettuccine,  Sourdough, Hoagies (4ct)

Bread share: Large

Bread share: Large

Sugar cookies, Flourless Chocolate Cake, fettuccine, Sourdough (x2) , Hoagies (6ct)

August 10 - 13

Family bread share

Family bread share

French loaf (x2) , Penne Pasta, Fudge Brownies,  Wheat Batard, Ginger Molasses Cookies

Small Bread share

Small Bread share

French loaf,Ginger Molasses Cookies, Wheat Batard, Penne Pasta

Southern Comfort: Family  

Southern Comfort: Family  

Elephant Garlic, Tomatoes (Heirloom), Cucumber, Bell Peppers, Sweet Corn, Grab bag ( Watermelon shown, also available Okra), Squash (Mixed), Eggplant, Lettuce Hydroponic  

Southern Comfort: Small

Southern Comfort: Small

Tomatoes (Heirloom), Cucumber, Beets, Bell Pepper, Grapes, Sweet Corn

Spice Of Life: Family

Spice Of Life: Family

Elephant Garlic, Tomatoes (Cherry), Cucumber, Onions (Storage), Beets, Bell Peppers, Acorn Squash, Sweet Corn, Grab Bag ( Okra shown, also available Watermelon), Squash (mixed) 

Spice Of Life :  Small

Spice Of Life :  Small

Elephant Garlic, Tomatoes (cherry), Husk Cherry, Tomatoes (Heirloom), Onions (Storage), Bell Pepper, Sweet corn

July 27-30

Southern comfort : small

Southern comfort : small

Cucumber, Squash (mixed), Sweet corn (6 ears) , Carrots, Tomatoes (Cherry), Fleid Peas, Beets

Southern Comfort: Family  

Southern Comfort: Family  

Cucumber, Squash (Mixed), Sweet Corn ( 12 ears), Tomatoes (heirloom), Tomatoes (Cherry), Green Beans, Sweet Onions

Spice of Life: small

Spice of Life: small

Peaches, Sweet Corn (6 ears), Tomatoes (heirloom) Broccoli, Tomatoes (cherry), Romanesco Cauliflower, Eggplant  

Souce of Life: Family  

Souce of Life: Family  

Peaches, Cucumber, Squash (mixed), Sweet Corn (12 ears), Kales, Broccoli, Tomatoes (cherry),Fleid Peas, Beets, Husk Cherry  

July 20-23

Southern Comfort: Family 

Southern Comfort: Family 

Peaches, Swiss Chard, Cucumber, Tomatoes (heirlooms), Feild Peas, Blueberries, Basil

Southern Comfort:Small  

Southern Comfort:Small  

Peaches, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes (heirloom), Feild Peas, Blueberries,Basil  

Spice Of Life : Family

Spice Of Life : Family

Donut Peaches, Fennel, Cucumber, Squash (mixed), Herbs (mixed) , Sweet corn, Carrots, Kale, Shitake mushrooms (or burgundy beans), Romanesco Cauliflower, Sungold Cherry Tomato , Feild Peas

Spice Of Life: Small

Spice Of Life: Small

Donut Peaches, Cucumber, Squash (mixed), Herbs (mixed), Sweet Corn, Carrots, Shitake mushrooms (Or burgundy beans), Sungold cherry Tomato, Feild Peas

Small Bread Share

Small Bread Share

Rigate Pasta, 4ct Cheddar Chive Biscuits, Garlic Bread (take n bake), Cinnamon Raisin Loaf

Large Bread Share

Large Bread Share

Rigate Pasta,  6 ct. Cheddar Chive Biscuits, Garlic Bread (Take n Bake) , Two Cinnamon Raisin Loaves, Challah  

CSA JULY 13-16

Southern Comfort: Large

Southern Comfort: Large

Peaches, Swiss chard, Elephant Garlic, Tomatoes (Heirloom), Kale, Spring onions, Snacking Apples, Grab Bag (Bell peppers shown. Also available burgundy beans or collard greens) , Beets

Southern Comfort: Small

Southern Comfort: Small

Peaches, Swiss Chard, Squash (mixed), Potatoes, Sweet Corn, Carrots, Tomatoes (Heirloom)  

Spice of Life: Large

Spice of Life: Large

Peaches, Fennel, Swiss Chard, Herbs (mixed),Elephant Garlic, Leeks, Snacking Apples, Cabbage, Nasturtiums, Grab Bag (shown : burgundy beans. Also available Bell peppers or collard greens), Scarlet Turnips

Spice of Life : small

Spice of Life : small

Peaches, Fennel, Swiss Chard, Cucumber, Herbs (mixed ) , Elephant Garlic, Cabbage, Basil, Eggplant 

CSA July 6-9

Southern comfort : Family

Southern comfort : Family

Broccoli, Peaches, Swiss Chard, Cucumber, Green Beans, Squash mixed, Sweet corn, Green tomatoes, Carrots  

Southern Comfort : Small

Southern Comfort : Small

Lettuce Hydroponic, Broccoli, Peaches, Swiss Chard, Green Beans, Carrots, Radishes

Spice Of Life: Family

Spice Of Life: Family

Lettuce Hydroponic, Broccoli, Peaches, Fennel, Green Beans, Squash mixed, Kohlrabi, Blackberries, Herbs mixed, Leeks, Carrots  

  Spice Of Life : Small

 
Spice Of Life : Small

Lettuce Hydroponic, Broccoli, Peaches, Fennel, Green Beans, Kohlrabi, Blackberries, Herbs mixed, Leeks, Carrots  

CSA June 29 - July 2

Southern Comfort // small  

Southern Comfort // small  

Peaches, Swiss Chard, Cucumber, Black Radish's, Zucchini, Potatoes, Sweet corn

Southern Comfort // Large  

Southern Comfort // Large  

Lettuce Hydroponic, Peaches, Swiss Chard, Squash mix, Black Radish, Zucchini , Potatoes, Sweet corn  

Spice of Life // small  

Spice of Life // small  

Broccoli, Peaches, Swiss Chard, Green beans, Carrots, Black Radish, Blueberries , Herbs mixed  

Spice of Life // Large

Spice of Life // Large

Green Onions, Peaches, Fennel, Swiss Chard, Squash mixed, Cabbage, Black Radish, Potatoes, Blackberries, Sweet corn  

CSA June 15-18

Southern Comfort Small ~ Lettuce, broccoli, garlic scapes, peaches, spring onions, swiss chard, beets, and turnips.

Southern Comfort Small ~ Lettuce, broccoli, garlic scapes, peaches, spring onions, swiss chard, beets, and turnips.

Southern Comfort Family~ French breakfast radishes, Green cabbage, Grab bag (Collards shown. Also available, borage, yellow squash, nasturtiums, dandelion greens, or greasy beans.) snap peas, garlic scapes, peaches, watermelon radishes, escarole, swiss chard, and Daniel Boone cornmeal.

Southern Comfort Family~ French breakfast radishes, Green cabbage, Grab bag (Collards shown. Also available, borage, yellow squash, nasturtiums, dandelion greens, or greasy beans.) snap peas, garlic scapes, peaches, watermelon radishes, escarole, swiss chard, and Daniel Boone cornmeal.

Spice of Life Small~ Lettuce, Kale, red cabbage, garlic scapes, peaches, fennel, swiss chard, beets.

Spice of Life Small~ Lettuce, Kale, red cabbage, garlic scapes, peaches, fennel, swiss chard, beets.

Spice of Life Large~ Green cabbage, Grab bag (yellow squash shown), baby pea shoots, garlic scapes, peaches, watermelon radishes, escarole, fennel, swiss chard, beets, napa cabbage.

Spice of Life Large~ Green cabbage, Grab bag (yellow squash shown), baby pea shoots, garlic scapes, peaches, watermelon radishes, escarole, fennel, swiss chard, beets, napa cabbage.

Small Bread share~ Sourdough loaf, garlic rosemary batard, penne pasta, and fudge brownies.

Small Bread share~ Sourdough loaf, garlic rosemary batard, penne pasta, and fudge brownies.

Large bread share~ 2 Sourdough loaves, garlic rosemary batard, penne pasta, Quiche (spinach, feta, bacon), and fudge brownies.

Large bread share~ 2 Sourdough loaves, garlic rosemary batard, penne pasta, Quiche (spinach, feta, bacon), and fudge brownies.

CSA June 1- June 4

CSA for the week of 6/1-6/4

Southern Comfort small (in order from left to right) Lettuce, Herbs, Radishes, beets, broccoli, spinach, red cabbage.

Southern Comfort small (in order from left to right) Lettuce, Herbs, Radishes, beets, broccoli, spinach, red cabbage.

Southern Comfort Family- Lettuce (speckled bib shown), radishes, beets, hakurei turnips, french breakfast radishes, broccoli, green garlic, spinach, red cabbage, grab bag item (Kohlrabi shown, also available; peas or collard greens)

Southern Comfort Family- Lettuce (speckled bib shown), radishes, beets, hakurei turnips, french breakfast radishes, broccoli, green garlic, spinach, red cabbage, grab bag item (Kohlrabi shown, also available; peas or collard greens)

Spice of Life small- Lettuce, herbs, red radishes, beets, French breakfast radishes, mizuna, napa cabbage, broccoli, endive.

Spice of Life small- Lettuce, herbs, red radishes, beets, French breakfast radishes, mizuna, napa cabbage, broccoli, endive.

Spice of Life family- Lettuce, herbs, red radishes, beets, french breakfast radishes, kale, broccoli, green garlic, dandelion greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, endive, grab bag item (Kohlrabi and peas shown. Collards also available)

Spice of Life family- Lettuce, herbs, red radishes, beets, french breakfast radishes, kale, broccoli, green garlic, dandelion greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, endive, grab bag item (Kohlrabi and peas shown. Collards also available)

Bread, Pasta, & Grains Small- Wheat loaf, french boule, beet muffins, angel hair pasta.

Bread, Pasta, & Grains Small- Wheat loaf, french boule, beet muffins, angel hair pasta.

Bread, Pasta, & Grains share Large- 2 Wheat loaves, french boule, beet muffins, cinnamon rolls, angel hair pasta.

Bread, Pasta, & Grains share Large- 2 Wheat loaves, french boule, beet muffins, cinnamon rolls, angel hair pasta.

CSA Shares 5/4-5/7

It's looking like we might be past the frost, lets hope we don't get a late one this year that takes us all by surprise.  The summer stuff is creeping into the ground a couple weeks early, we put in cucumbers, zuchs, squash, tomatoes, and egg-plant from the greenhouse this week.  Only a few of each, since we are early, but a few none the less, worth the risk to possibly get some to you guys as early as possible.

We are still taking sign ups.  We will be announcing a new promo for May in the next few days, so if you know anyone on the fence, tell them to go get signed up!

Thanks everyone for the support, and here are some pictures of example shares this week.  Remember, your share might not be these exact pieces, we put it out as it comes in, so you get it as fresh as possible, so some boxes may have different items, but will be of the same value. 

Southern Comfort Small

Spring lettuce mix, ramps, strawberries, radishes, sweet potatoes, collard greens, spring onions, baby turnips

Spring lettuce mix, ramps, strawberries, radishes, sweet potatoes, collard greens, spring onions, baby turnips

Southern Comfort Family

spring lettuce mix, ramps, strawberries, rutabaga, radishes, sweet potato, spinach, collard greens, spring onions, baby turnips

spring lettuce mix, ramps, strawberries, rutabaga, radishes, sweet potato, spinach, collard greens, spring onions, baby turnips

Spice of Live Small

Clover sprouts, ramps, strawberries, cremini mushrooms, bamboo shoots, hakurei turnips, french breakfast radishes, spring onions

Clover sprouts, ramps, strawberries, cremini mushrooms, bamboo shoots, hakurei turnips, french breakfast radishes, spring onions

Spice of Life Family

ramps, strawberries, herbs, rutabaga, radishes, cremini mushrooms, sweet potatoes, bamboo shoots, spring onions, water cress,  mei qing pak choi

ramps, strawberries, herbs, rutabaga, radishes, cremini mushrooms, sweet potatoes, bamboo shoots, spring onions, water cress,  mei qing pak choi

Bread and Pasta Large

Sourdough or potato bread, batard, sweet potato coffee cake, chocolate chip pecan cookies, rigate

Sourdough or potato bread, batard, sweet potato coffee cake, chocolate chip pecan cookies, rigate

CSA Shares 4/27-4/30

Hey Everyone,

Hard to believe we are approaching May so quickly.  We finally got some really nice rain down in Limestone yesterday, and things are really popping today.  This week the greens are coming on a bit, but expect them to really start to pop in the next couple of weeks.  Ramps and Strawberries will be on for a few more weeks, but we will start to go through some transition into more and more variety as the temperatures, and the amount of sunlight continues to climb.  We would like to take this time to remind you that your particular share might not contain all of, or exactly the produce below, we put it out as it comes in to give you the freshest available.  

We are still taking new memberships, so if you know anyone who is thinking of joining send them our way!  So far, in only 23 months, we have kept somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000 in the local economy, and by we, we mean not just the farm and our staff, but you, the people who continue to buy our veggies.  Thank you for your continued support, and here are some images of some example shares for this week.

Southern Comfort Family Share

Hydroponic Lettuce, Strawberries, Rutabaga, Bamboo Chutes, Ramps, Beets, Cremini Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach.

Hydroponic Lettuce, Strawberries, Rutabaga, Bamboo Chutes, Ramps, Beets, Cremini Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach.

Southern Comfort Small Share

Hydroponic Lettuce, Ramps, Beets, Cremini Mushrooms, Spring Mix, Collards, Spinach.

Hydroponic Lettuce, Ramps, Beets, Cremini Mushrooms, Spring Mix, Collards, Spinach.

Spice of Live Family Share

Hydroponic Lettuce, Ramps, Mixed Herbs, Cherry Radish, Spring Mix, Bamboo Shoots, Shitake Mushrooms, Grape Leaves, Arugula, Siberian Curly Kale, Purple Sweet Potatoes.

Hydroponic Lettuce, Ramps, Mixed Herbs, Cherry Radish, Spring Mix, Bamboo Shoots, Shitake Mushrooms, Grape Leaves, Arugula, Siberian Curly Kale, Purple Sweet Potatoes.

Spice of Live Small Share

Hydroponic Lettuce, Clover Sprouts, Ramps, MIxed Herbs, Green Garlic, Spring Mix, Bamboo Shoots, Arugula, Purple Sweet Potatoes.

Hydroponic Lettuce, Clover Sprouts, Ramps, MIxed Herbs, Green Garlic, Spring Mix, Bamboo Shoots, Arugula, Purple Sweet Potatoes.

Family Size Bread and Pasta Share

Whole Wheat Loaf, Angel Hair Pasta, Lemon Blueberry Cream Scones, Roasted Garlic Rosemary Boule, Sesame Bagel.

Whole Wheat Loaf, Angel Hair Pasta, Lemon Blueberry Cream Scones, Roasted Garlic Rosemary Boule, Sesame Bagel.

CSA Shares 04/20-04/23

Strawberries are really starting to pop in South and North Carolina, and they'll be local to East Tennessee any day now! We're indulging this week by adding the strawberries to the menu at the restaurant with a Vanilla Bean Pudding, new to the feature menu starting Monday. We've included the recipe we use below (warning, this is likely a bit large for a home batch, unless you're prepared to share). It's a cross between a cornstarch-based and an egg-yolk based custard, so that we could achieve both a traditional texture with a luxurious taste. We've tracked down an organic cornstarch to keep the GMO out, the eggs are local, and the white sugar is at least cane sugar instead of sugar beets. Go ahead, you've been eating so well with all these veggies, treat yourself a little! Don't even bother making a mess in the kitchen, just come on down for this:

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SPICE OF LIFE FAMILY SHARE

Clover sprouts, hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, stinging nettles, kale, rutabaga, radish, mixed herbs, green garlic, beets, purple sweet potato

Clover sprouts, hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, stinging nettles, kale, rutabaga, radish, mixed herbs, green garlic, beets, purple sweet potato

SOUTHERN COMFORT FAMILY SHARE

Cameo apple, hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, collard green, mixed herbs, romaine, beets, cremini mushroom, sweet potato

Cameo apple, hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, collard green, mixed herbs, romaine, beets, cremini mushroom, sweet potato

SPICE OF LIFE SMALL SHARE

Hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, kale, rutabaga, green garlic, water cress, beets

Hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, kale, rutabaga, green garlic, water cress, beets

SOUTHERN COMFORT SMALL SHARE

Hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, collard green, romaine, beets, cremini mushroom, white sweet potato

Hydroponic lettuce, ramps, strawberries, collard green, romaine, beets, cremini mushroom, white sweet potato

CSA Shares for 4/13 to 4/15

Hello, CSA members! I am excited to bring you this week's share post. The Siberian Kale looks amazing! It is a dark and lovely green known for adding an outstanding flavor to salads and being an absolute star when cooked. (It was hard to photograph and not nibble!) I was so busy dreaming of strawberry and kale salad with the hydroponic lettuce that I almost forgot the apples. That would be a true mistake because the apples are crisp and delicious. They make a grand addition to fresh salads as well as baked dishes. Enjoy, friends, enjoy.


Our Southern Comfort - Family Share will include:

Hydroponic Lettuce, Cameo Apples, Clover Sprouts, Nettles, Chives, Siberian Curly Kale, Radishes, Ramps, Strawberries, and Collard Greens

Southern Comfort - Family Share

Southern Comfort - Family Share

Our Southern Comfort - Small Share will include:

Hydroponic Lettuce, Cameo Apples, Siberian Curly Kale, Radishes, Ramps, Strawberries, and Collard Greens

Southern Comfort - Small Share

Southern Comfort - Small Share

Our Spice of Life - Family Share will include:

Hydroponic Lettuce, Cameo Apples, Clover Sprouts, Rutabaga, White Sweet Potato, Nettles, Chives, Siberian Curly Kale, Radishes, Ramps, and Strawberries.

Spice of Life - Family Share

Spice of Life - Family Share

Our Spice of Life - Small Share will include:

Hydroponic Lettuce, Clover Sprouts, Rutabaga, Nettles, Chives, Siberian Curly Kale, Ramps, and Strawberries.

Southern Comfort - Small Share

Southern Comfort - Small Share


As always, our shares are based on fresh, available, locally grown produce. At times, we have had to make substitutions in order to give our members the freshest produce and the full value of their membership. It is important to stay on schedule with your share pickup since the delay of even a few days might alter the contents of your share package.

Happy eating, folks! We certainly appreciate your support!

River Creek Farm

Greens

Let’s take a look at some questions from a CSA member who picked up their share this week. I encourage questions from members so we can all learn new things together. Our first “How Do I” post will focus on greens. They have been part of a few of the pickups lately.

Collard greens growing on our River Creek Farm

Collard greens growing on our River Creek Farm


“I have collard greens in this week’s basket. How do I store those to keep from throwing out unused greens?”
Blanch and freeze.

Blanche? What does Rue McClanahan have to do with collard greens? Did they eat a lot of greens on the Golden Girls show?? I thought it was cheesecake.

No, my friend, I said BLANCH. It means to boil briefly to stop enzyme action then quickly plunge into an ice bath to stop cooking process. This link leads to great directions for blanching: http://www.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/preserving/vegetables-herbs/blanching-vegetables/
Take care not to overcook the greens before freezing or they can become rubbery and bland. It only take 2 to 3 minutes of boiling. We are not cooking them in this step, only boiling enough to stop enzyme breakdown. Following blanching and draining, vacuum sealing is the absolute best way to package the greens for the freezer. Removing air can save your food from being “burnt” by the freezer over time. Your vegetable (or greens in this case) will survive for quite a while in the freezer. It is best to use the deep freezer for this as the temp is more stable. Properly blanched, drained, and packaged greens can last up for months when stored in the freezer.  

“How do I vacuum seal without a vacuum contraption?”
Place drained greens inside a zipper Locking freezer bag and seal bag leaving room to insert a drinking straw into the “zipper” seal. Once the bag is closed around the straw, suck the air out. Clamping the straw flat and removing it as you finish sealing the bag is tricky, but absolutely possible. Don’t give up. This is a very effective way to vacuum seal without a dedicated machine. Squeezing and rolling the bag will remove air, but bruise your greens.  Though not a completely necessary purchase, I have a food vacuum sealer that has been a great addition to my kitchen tools. I use it often to reseal cereal and chip bags as well as my grocery shopping days to prep things to freeze. This link shows the one I purchased for my personal use:  http://ziplocvacuumsealer.com/product-info/vacuum-sealers/v100-series/

“How do I use frozen greens in recipes?”
Frozen greens are best in soups and smoothies since they will have lost some of their rigidity in the freezer. At my house, we boil our fresh greens and drain them before sautéing them with bacon and seasoning. I can use frozen greens easily in this way. I simply drop the frozen greens into a pot of water and boil until they reach our desired texture. You can also add them to soups and even smoothies!

It is time to plan for tonight’s dinner and I am heading back to the kitchen with a song stuck in my head. “Thank you for being a friend…”
-Kitty

**Necessary disclaimer: The above blog post is written with the sincerest interest in food preservation and with regard for food safety. Neither I nor this website, however, can promise the safety of food handling once it has left our site with the member. Due to a number of factors, such as power failure of your fridge/freezer, inadequate handling, faulty storage and so on, food can spoil. As always, use your best judgement while preparing stored food for your household’s consumption.