CSA Week 22! and update!

Hi Friends! 

First off a schedule! 

The last week of the CSA: 

Members of the Vandy Research Study + Brandon: CSA Week 23 Thursday Oct 26. (Saturday Oct. 28th for Deb)

Odd Half Share Members: Week 23 (Monday pick ups October 23, Saturday October 28th)

Even Half Share Members, and everyone else: Week 24 (Monday Oct 30, Saturday Nov. 4th) 

That said, I want to remind you all that CSA members get 10% off our Richland Park Market Booth for the rest of 2017. That includes veggies, bread, and 100% grass-fed lamb. 

Please email me with any questions about this! 

Also! We were featured in the Nashville Scene this week! Richland Park Farmers market was voted best Farmers Market! And we were mentioned in the write up! 

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 4.22.45 PM.png

Ok, we don't grow musk melons, but press is press!!!!!! We'll take it! 

also we are hoping to have lamb back at market at the October 21st Saturday market. We'll let you know for sure later in the week. 

Man, what a week! We had an absolutely crazy week last week! We got a lot accomplished with the sheep! We separated all of the lambs for weening, trimmed all hooves and we treated animals who looked a little peaky and anemic. They started at 7:30am and ended at 10pm! Thank you to Liz, Sean and Molly for helping make that happen! Monday was spent preparing for Tuesday's long work. Wednesday everyone was exhausted so Regan and I took on the harvest alone and got everything harvested more Thursdays market and CSA done. Thursday Jesse and I went to market, and both of us came home. Friday Liz, Sean and Jesse had further sheep work to do so Tony and I harvested everything for market and CSA on Saturday! Plus we got everything washed and packed by lunch! 

So yes! We are exhausted! Last wednesday was Jesse and I's 3rd wedding anniversary! Despite the chaotic week we were able to escape to get dinner.  Which was lovely. One thing we talked about was a way to reduce the work load for me (and Birdie) as we put in a 60 hour week this week! yikes! 

So we've decided to eliminate our summer crops so we have more time to focus on getting the rest of our fall projects finished without overdoing it. We've got enough fall crops to cover the CSA and market. Which is great! 

SO I hereby say see ya peppers, see ya eggplant, see ya okra, see ya beans, see ya flowers, adios chilis!! Bring on planting strawberries and garlic! Bring on the sweet potato harvest! Winter squash! Cabbage and kale! Chard and more! 

We're excited about getting all of this stuff done and gardens ready to hibernate for the winter so we can get prepped for this little baby coming! We're getting excited to get all the baby stuff together, the nursery ready, go to our childbirth classes and to spend a little time alone together when we're not super busy before this baby comes and changes things forever! 

Well without further ado, here's your CSA this week! 

Cilantro, Hakurei turnips, New England Pie Pumpkin, shunkyo Semi-long radishes, Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Arugula, Sweet Potatoes, Chard, and ugly garlic. 

Cilantro, Hakurei turnips, New England Pie Pumpkin, shunkyo Semi-long radishes, Lettuce, Cabbage, Broccoli, Arugula, Sweet Potatoes, Chard, and ugly garlic. 

yay!! Fall Has arrived!!!! Please let us know if you have any needs for recipes! 

IMG_5425 2.JPG

 

Finally! We are lucky to have our friends Emily and her sweet pup pal Maple visiting till Tuesday. Young Maple is keeping Winnie on her toes! But she's super cuddly. 

Thanks so much for your support, sweet friends! 

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Molly, Regan, Noah, Emily and Maple, Winnie, Stormy (hiding from Maple), sheep, and cows

CSA Week 21!

Hi all!

Can't believe it's October 10th already!! 

Today, I am grateful because we have 3 amazing helpers in the barn helping Jesse sort sheep today! This can be quite a long and arduous task but they are all handling it brilliantly! 

 

I wasn't much help as I can't really go in there with the sheep being pregnant as they may jump up and hit me. Also can't pick up 45-75 pound animals like I used to! 

So here I am! Catching up on computer tasks! So we have two woofers here for the week to help with harvest and animal chores and they've been a great help already! Tony's gone so they are extra appreciated. But he'll be back on Friday. Unfortunately with the rain we will have to wait a few more days to harvest sweet potatoes! It must be dry. We got a few more heads of lettuce and some spinach in the ground last friday before the rain but wishing we had a little more flexibility or help last week to do all that needed to be done before the rain. Alas, that is the farm life. Harvest harvest harvest and work around the rain. When rain doesn't come for a while then the chores build up! 

Pretty excited for the last few weeks of CSA!! We'll have lots of lovely yummy fall veggies! You can expect kale, chard, broccoli, green onions, more roots, lettuce, cabbage, chinese cabbage, perhaps bulb fennel, kohlrabi, and lots of cut greens at market and in your weekly baskets. Plus whatever summer stuff is still sticking around! 

 

Not much else to report, just that we will have grass fed lamb again by the end of october! Taking animals next monday. So we're hoping by the following Saturday we'll have meat and will be fully stocked for the winter! 

Okra, peppers, mixed greens, turnips, eggplant, green onions, radishes, flowers, holy basil, kohlrabi, head lettuce, green beans and delicata squash. 

Okra, peppers, mixed greens, turnips, eggplant, green onions, radishes, flowers, holy basil, kohlrabi, head lettuce, green beans and delicata squash. 

Delicata Squash-a lovely winter squash with delicate edible skin!

Roasted Delicata and Onions

Roasted Delicata with maple syrup! 

Looking forward to the next few weeks! And thank you all again for your support!! 

 

Love, your farmers, 

 

Lizzie (and Birdie), Jesse, Tony, Regan, Noah, Molly, Liz, Sean, Winnie, Stormy, Sheep, and Cows. 

CSA Week 17 and Update!

Hi friends! 

So sorry (especially to you monday folks) that I didn't get the email out earlier. We've been in Irma prep mode. Harvey brought 6 inches of rain and caused some erosion in the soil so we wanted to be prepared. Plus, we wanted to get some more seeds in the ground before all this good rain! 

We got carrots, beets, red and green mizuna, arugula, 3 types of mustard greens, lettuce mix, minutina, purple daikon, watermelon radishes, pink beauty radishes, red icicle radishes, and turnips in the ground yesterday! So yay! My current MO is "Keep on planting." And so we shall till we run out of space. 

We don't have much else to report. No news is good news on the farm. We had to take the truck to the shop AGAIN! because the 4WD wasn't engaging properly. But we get it back today. We had some killer markets last Thursday and Saturday and hope to continue with successful markets for as long as we go to market this year. It's really the highlight of our week. We love seeing our regular customers, CSA members, Market Credit members, fellow vendors, and friends! 

The sheep are doing fine and being sheepish as they do! Through out the summer, Jesse and his dad or Turner or someone have been moving the sheep once a week to new pasture. as the grass growth slows down we will start moving them more frequently throughout the winter. It's amazing to think that we have 4 generations of sheep on our farm in just 3 years. We have future dreams of expanding our grass-fed meat operation one day. And maybe even introducing laying hens and/or broilers (meat chickens) but we are taking it slow and one year at a time! 

As the fall and winter approach, we tend to start taking stock of everything that is working for us and everything that's not so we can plan to improve, tweak, refine, and hone our farming operation during the winter. We are always open to feedback from you. We will send out a survey at the end of the year but feel free to send us an email directly any time. 

So without further ado, here is your CSA week 17!

CSA week 17!! Okra, summer squash, pink beauty radishes, onions, eggplant, peppers, hot peppers, basil, mixed baby greens, not quite ripe tomatoes, flowers, sweet potato greens, garlic, green beans!

CSA week 17!! Okra, summer squash, pink beauty radishes, onions, eggplant, peppers, hot peppers, basil, mixed baby greens, not quite ripe tomatoes, flowers, sweet potato greens, garlic, green beans!

 

Sweet Potato Greens in Coconut Cream

I figured you may be tired of eggplant by now and running out of ways to use it. 

So you may find this useful: 

How to Freeze Eggplant

We always recommend freezing or dehydrating items for winter use so they don't go to waste! We do this with almost all the produce we have!

When we get home from market we dry any fresh herbs or sometimes we make a pesto or chimichurri to store and freeze it so we can use it over the winter. 

We don't like wasting food, although on a farm, it's sometimes unavoidable. At the very least we compost it so it will go back into the earth or give it to the animals. 

Anyhow, that's it! 

Thanks so much for your support as always! 

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie (Birdie), Jesse, Tony, Regan, Noah, Molly, Winnie, Stormy, Sheep and Cows! 

 

CSA Week 11 and update!

Hi all! 

Hope everyone is well! 

We are! And also very busy getting ground prepped for fall planting! Also harvest 4 days a week for you all, markets and restaurants! 

No big news to report except that I (Lizzie) will be out of the country in Berlin from july 22nd until July 31st visiting my brother, his wife, Kelly and my incredible niece and nephew. I wouldn't leave in the middle of the season for just anything. I haven't seen these guys in more than a year and a half! I can't wait! 

Know that our crew will be short handed next week. So if anyone decides they want to come volunteer, your help would be greatly appreciated. Email me if you're interested. 

I will not be available via phone. But can answer any questions through this email address. It may be at odd hours, but I will do my best to respond as soon as possible. 

As far as the CSA break goes, I am leaning more towards the 2nd and 3rd weeks of August now as we had quite good production last week. This week will be very telling and we will have dates Thanks for your patience. And just a reminder, this break does not apply to Vanderbilt CSA members. 

We had a pretty uneventful week except for last Saturday at the Richland Park Farmers Market during which it stormed most of the time. In fact, we left our tents during a particularly rough part of the thunderstorm. Lightning was flashing all around us closely followed by claps of thunder. It occurred to us after a few minutes that perhaps our tent wasn't the safest as our back tent is broken and was exposing a metal rod jutting straight out of the center and towards the sky. My worse case scenario brain invented all sorts of situations in which our tent is struck by lightning and our interns and the surrounding vendors all pass out from the blast. So we took a little break under some fellow vendors' tents and had a jolly little mid market social hour.

Despite the scary lightning we actually had a really fun time at market, although we didn't sell nearly as much as we could have. We came home with more tomatoes than we know what to do with and will be loading up the Monday CSA members and probably doing some canning this week. 

Speaking of canning, if anyone would like to purchase tomatoes in bulk, I am doing a special for CSA members: a half bushel, 25 lbs for $50. This is the week! Or next week. So let us know ASAP. 

Without further ado, Here is the CSA for this week: 

Peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, potatoes, celery, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, parsley, holy basil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, Hungarian hot wax peppers. If we are low on any item during the week we may replace it with green beans. This most likely won't happen, just want to prepare you in case you have certain plans for a meal. 

Peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, potatoes, celery, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, parsley, holy basil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, Hungarian hot wax peppers. If we are low on any item during the week we may replace it with green beans. This most likely won't happen, just want to prepare you in case you have certain plans for a meal. 

Got lots of good stuff for you this week! Potatoes are in and they are amazing! Those combined with celery would be a great potato salad. The parsley would also be a great addition. 

Hungarian hot wax peppers look like banana peppers but are definitely more spicy. If you're not sure what to do with your hot peppers I recommend you hang them and dry them. I have a coffee grinder just for spices and I have ground dried hot peppers and put them in kimchi, put them on pizza, and added spice to other items. Excellent way to use the peppers long term! 

When I lived in Costa Rica, I met two Russian women who taught me the beauty of parsley. We had them over for dinner and they made the most delicious dish: Sliced tomatoes, finely chopped garlic, and finely chopped parsley with olive oil salt and pepper. It was very simple, but I'd never had parsley featured in a dish in such a way. The acid of the tomatoes and bite of the garlic was almost subdued and assuaged by the parsley. Really lovely. 

Parsley also makes a good pesto. 

We highly recommend using the holy basil as a tea. We love it iced. You can also dry it and save it to drink this winter. 

Those are all of the recommendations I have for this week! 

Please let us know if you would like more recipe ideas! 

Thanks again for your support. We're very grateful for you all! 

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Turner, Rachel, Tony, Regan, Erin, Winnie, Stormy, Sheep, and Cows! 

CSA WEEK 9 and update!!

Hi Friends! 

First off! The 5:30-6:30 window seems to work well for you monday folks. So we will keep that for now. 

In other news, this summer has been an intense one so far. Not for the heat. But for the pests! My hypothesis is that the mild winter did not kill as many insects as it does other years and the pressure has been worse this year than any other year we've farmed. Most of them are arriving early and in droves. The most intense ones have been the cabbage loopers, the striped cabbage worm, the tobacco horn worm, squash bugs, cucumber beetles which is spreading bacterial wilt, Colorado potato beetle, DEER!, and squash vine borer. 

The last one is a recent discovery and we are kind of freaking out about it a little. But we are looking into ways to manage this. 

All of these are early and many are severely damaging our crops. So bare with us during this time and we'll load you up with abundance now just in case we experience some failure with our cucumbers and squash. 

The deer have found ways into our garden by ignoring our deer fence and have been munching on some of the crops, particularly the okra, surprisingly. But Jesse has come up with a solution that kept them out last night. So keep your fingers crossed! 

Some good news is that we harvested all our onions and they look fantastic! Also, our peppers are also looking amazing and we have some zinnias coming in which always makes us happy. We continue to do well at markets and with restaurants, which has been amazing for our business. Also we've been sampling the potatoes and they are delicious and we'll be digging them in the next couple weeks. Finally, we got a second round of tomatoes in last friday night and we're really excited to see how they do. 

Here are some photos from the week! This first one, all the veggies in it became an amazing pasta sauce right after this was taken! The second photo is the result! 

Here is your CSA for the week! 

Green Beans or Squash (If you don't get them this week, you'll get them next week!), green peppers, cherry tomatoes, leafy celery, jalapenos, cucumbers, zinnias, purple carrots, topless scarlet queen turnips, eggplant, a bunch of slightly ugly basil for pesto (you can use the flowers!), leeks, and garlic (not pictured)!

Green Beans or Squash (If you don't get them this week, you'll get them next week!), green peppers, cherry tomatoes, leafy celery, jalapenos, cucumbers, zinnias, purple carrots, topless scarlet queen turnips, eggplant, a bunch of slightly ugly basil for pesto (you can use the flowers!), leeks, and garlic (not pictured)!

So the beans aren't producing like crazy but we want you to all get some. So we will spilit them up between this and next week. Also the celery stalks are totally great and so are the leaves! Check it out! 

7 reasons celery leaves deserve more attention

Here's a classic pesto recipe just in case any of you need some guidance. 

Basic Pesto

If you get squash this week, it could be a good week for some variation on Ratatouille. 

Ratatouille

Remember you can always substitute. Squash for zucchini, leeks for onions, etc. You can also alter the quantities based on what you have and with the right herbs it should taste great. 

Thanks so much for your support, everyone! 

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Turner, Rachel, Tony, Erin, Winnie, Stormy, Sheep, Cows

CSA Week 8! And Update!

Hi Y'all! 

Can't believe we have almost been together for 2 whole months! We'll be a third of the way through the CSA by next Saturday! 

First off we are going to try and shorten the CSA pick up on Monday from 5:30-7 to 5:30-6:30 and see how that goes. We will plan to leave early if all CSA members show up early. Since we haven't heard from all of you then we will wait this week if you can't make it by 6:30. THANKS!! 

Otherwise, Jesse and I are feeling nice and rested after a well deserved vacation to the beach with Jesse's family. We're soooo grateful to his family and so grateful to our amazing inters, Rachel and Turner for holding down the fort! After only being on the farm for 3 weeks, Rachel and Turner took on this task full on and did a fantastic job!!! We could never have left without them and can't believe how capable they have been after such a short stay on the farm. YAY!!!! Leading up to our trip, poor Rachel was out sick for 3 days, and we really didn't think we'd be able to go. But they made it happen!! WOO HOO! Check out some photos of some lovely veggies and a little glimpse of our vacay! 

We've got lots of great produce coming out of the garden this week. We are saying goodbye to some of our spring crops and totally getting the garden in great shape this week. The weeds were SOOO bad when we got back! You'd think they could double in size in 6 days. But they certainly seemed too. Also the deer snuck in the garden and devoured our beans and okra. AHHHHH!! We are currently seeking a therapist to help us with our deer problem emotionally. Kidding. But we are definitely looking for ways to improve our current deer fence situation! 

 

We will be back in full swing with veggies for restaurants too with orders already in for Rolf and Daughters, Husk, Henrietta Red, The Treehouse, and Bajo Sexto! 

 

Without further ado, here is the CSA for this week! 

Wildflowers, Hakurei turnips (last ones till fall!), tomatoes, carrots, summer squash, cabbage, leeks, cucumbers, cilantro, thai basil, green onions, eggplant! 

Wildflowers, Hakurei turnips (last ones till fall!), tomatoes, carrots, summer squash, cabbage, leeks, cucumbers, cilantro, thai basil, green onions, eggplant! 

This is going to be a great week for some thai cooking! 

Thai Cucumber Salad! 

you can use the green onions, cilantro and cucumbers in this. Garnish with thai basil flowers! 

Thai Red Curry with Veggies! 

I highly recommend playing around with the veggies. You can sautée leeks, with squash, eggplant, cabbage, and carrots to make an amazing red curry. And of course add the thai basil towards the ends and garnish with cilantro! YUM! 

Finally I want to offer you a final turnip recipe sent to us by one of you! 

Turnip Pickles! 

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/pickled-turnips-turnip-recipe/

Thanks so much everyone! We're so grateful to you all and we feel really good so far about the CSA season! 

Love, your farmers, 

Turner, Rachel, Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Erin, Winnie (just had a birthday on June 21 and turned 12 years old!!!), Stormy, the cows, the sheep! 

 

CSA Week 6!! And update!!

Hi y'all!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying their veggies! We encourage you to email us if you need ideas for recipes! 

Not surprisingly, we've been really really really busy! We have added Vanderbilt Farmers market to our weekly harvests
nd trips to town and have significantly increased our restaurant sales this year detracting our attention away from garden maintenance! We're cutting back on restaurants this week so we can get more done in the garden! 

Since we last talked, Megan and Chris have departed and left a finished outdoor kitchen! Also our tack room is finished and ready to be a farm office space! We will soon be moving all our daily farm lunches to the outdoor kitchen in an effort to separate farm activities from our home. It's been a long time coming and we couldn't be more excited to have a home that is a refuge from work. 

All the lambing is officially done. We have 2 little babies whose mommas didn't want them (this happens sometimes) that we are bottle feeding twice a day for 3-4 months. They're super cute and one o0f my favorite things is seeing Jesse "walking" them after they eat. He jogs around the paddock and they run along with him. He likes them to get some exercise. 

Vandy Market has been really great to us already! We sold out last week! Which was so unexpected! We haven't had great luck with that market in the past. So we're really pleased to be doing so well there this year! Yippee! See our sold out picture in the photos below. 

Not much other news. Just lots of weeding to catch up on this week, sweet potatoes to plant, and things to mow down to get ready for new crops. 

So! Without further ado, here is what is in the CSA this week! 

Radishes, turnips, summer squash, swiss chard, dill, leeks, fresh garlic, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, and cauliflower! We may even slip in a little tomato for each of you if we have enough. 

Radishes, turnips, summer squash, swiss chard, dill, leeks, fresh garlic, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, and cauliflower! We may even slip in a little tomato for each of you if we have enough. 

Really good stuff this week! 

LEEKS! 

I made this delicious recipe the other day. And I recommend adding a little whole cream at the end. Really delicious

Braised Leeks

Leeks are used in lots of recipes, while not always the feature, like this one: 

Capellini with leeks and lemon

The fresh garlic was just harvested. So the papery covering of the cloves is actually soft and moist. Simply peel this off and eat the amazing garlic inside. 

One of my favorite Patty pan recipes to recommend is this: 

Stuffed Patty Pan

Hope this is helpful!! Please, email or ask us at the pick up for suggestions!! thanks so much for all your support! 

Much love, your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Rachel, Turner, Tony, Erin, Winnie, Stormy, sheep, and the rambin ole cows. 

CSA Week 4 and update!

Hi friends! 

Wowee Zowee! What a week! 

First off thank you to everyone for your understanding about memorial day. We will be up bright and early harvesting for restaurants and your yummy CSAs. 

Here is the rundown from the week! 

1) Turner and Rachel, our newest and longest term interns arrived and they are wonderful! 

2) Sadly, our friend and other long term intern Stephen had a change in circumstances and had to leave unexpectedly today. We are super bummed but wish him the best and we're so grateful for the mark he left on our farm. Great worker and great person! 

3) we have the concrete poured for our new outdoor kitchen! (See photos in the blogpost!!) Once again, our amazing WWOOfer Chris pulled through and got the whole thing nice and smoothed out. We're so lucky to have him and his amazing building skills right now! 

4) We bought a stove today for the outdoor kitchen and we're getting a fridge tomorrow! We're still taking kitchen donations! So let us know if you have any cookware, glasses, dishes, appliances (hand mixers, food processors, toaster ovens, etc.!) that you could offer. 

5) One of our lambs needed extra special attention so jesse befriended it and lambsat it for two nights in a row! He's super exhausted! 

6) Said lamb was adopted along with our dwarf lamb by our lovely friends at The Farm and Fiddle. Fellow farmers and friends. we all had a blast hanging out on the porch this morning on the farm when they came to pick it up! Plus the interns from Athena's Harvest Farm, another farm friend farm came to see stephen off with a special visit from their new puppy. 

7) We have really been upping our restaurant game this year!! Our favorite and most supportive chefs come from Nicky's Coal Fired, Rolf and Daughters, EiO and the hive (a new place in west Nashville), The Treehouse, Henrietta Red, The Public House at the Urban Cowboy, Catbird Seat, and butcher and bee! Please, support these folks and tell them that we're your farmers! 

8) Megan and Chris are here till next Saturday. So we plan to knock out a couple more big projects this week! The kitchen will be operational by the end of the week! 

Here's your CSA!!! 

Scarlet Queen Turnips, Broccoli, Kohlrabi, fennel, Green onions, Kale, Cabbage, Sugar Snap Peas, Hakurei Turnips, Basil! 

Scarlet Queen Turnips, Broccoli, Kohlrabi, fennel, Green onions, Kale, Cabbage, Sugar Snap Peas, Hakurei Turnips, Basil! 

I just wanted to share another hakurei turnip recipe. 

The other day I sliced the hakureis into this slices. I put a garlic scape and roasted pecan pesto on each slice and then sprinkled the whole thing with parsley. It was awesome, simple and I treated the hakureis like little cracker hor deurves. See the picture in the slide show. 

Mashed Turnips (but no need to peel them and you can replace the shallots with green onions!)

Shaved TURNIPS, Fennel and parmesan salad

I know we don't have plums in the CSA but this one looked really yummy! 

Plum Fennel Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing

For those with a Market Credit Share and those that visit us at market here's what we'll be harvesting this week:

Citrus Salad with Fennel Vinaigrette

Roasted Fennel with Parmesan

Finally, not sure what to do with a second cabbage? Fermenting sauerkraut is really easy and doesn't take long! Plus the wild yeast in the ferment really help support healthy gut flora. I HIGHLY recommend it! Add some green onions to it and caraway seed! Also turnips! you can ferment practically anything! 

Simple Sauerkraut! 

For those with a Market Credit Share and those that visit us at market here's what we'll be harvesting this week:

sugar snap peas, cabbage, broccoli, radicchio, lettuce, scarlet queen turnips, hakurei turnips, maybe radishes, kale, chard, fennel, green garlic, probably carrots and beets, kohlrabi, SQUASH! arugula, basil, parsley and much more!! Come see us on Monday at Nicky's Coal Fired from 5:30-7Pm for lamb and veggies and at Richland Park Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9am-12:30pm! 

thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you this week! 

Lizzie, Jesse, Stephen, Tony, Turner, Rachel, Megan, Chris, Erin, Winnie, Stormy, Lambs, Ewes, rams and our two lone cows. 

CSA Week 2 and Update!

HI Friends! 

Happy Mother's Day! 

We hope you all loved the first CSA! And for those of you half share people on even weeks we're excited to share your first CSA with you this week! 

First off, we're still not sure what the start date is going to be for Vanderbilt but we've been told that it will probably be the first weekend in JunePlease, help us recruit CSA shares for this location if you can! If you refer someone we will give you a $10 credit at our market booth. 

Secondly, as soon as we have enough people we would like to start dropping CSAs at Vandy. Does anyone associated with Vandy have a location where we could deliver CSAs for an hour or so until the market starts? 

In other news we have been super productive this week! We got two sweet new WWOOFers for the next 3 weeks and they are helping us kick some major butt and get a lot done! They got here on Wednesday night and since then we have composted all the beds in the big field that needed to be planted, staked and strung the tomatoes, harvested for CSA and restaurants on thursday, harvested for CSA and market on Friday, made many soil blocks for the greenhouse, transplanted cucumber and squash, planted sunflowers, zinnias, more squash and cucumbers, okra, beans, arugula, turnips, radishes, lettuce mix, baby kale, strung the peas and we still had time to play with a baby lamb. Phew!!! Plus Jesse has been cultivating all the crops up a storm so we are pretty on top of the weeds. And will get caught up this week!

Here are some photos from the week! 

In other news we've had another lamb that has been rejected by its mom (not happy mother's day to ewe) and Stephen has decided to take it on as his own. He will check on it and bottle feed twice a day for the next several months. It will live with the other sheep but will be fed by him till it's time to ween. We're now up to 29 lambs! Not sure how many we have to go! But we expect to have about 40 total. 

Without further ado, here's the CSA for WEEK 2!!

 

Strawberries, Toscano Kale, Green Onions, Fresh Herbs, Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi, Arugula, Head Lettuce, Easter Egg Radishes, Napa Cabbage (Optional)

Strawberries, Toscano Kale, Green Onions, Fresh Herbs, Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi, Arugula, Head Lettuce, Easter Egg Radishes, Napa Cabbage (Optional)

Veggie of the week: Garlic Scapes

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/garlic-scapes

"Garlic scapes are the stalks that grow from the bulbs of hardneck garlic plants. If left unharvested, the scapes eventually bloom flowers when the garlic plant fully matures. However, the scapes are usually harvested before they flower so the garlic plant can channel all its energy into producing the most flavorful bulbs. The resulting scapes taste mild and sweet, like chives or scallions, but with a hit of unmistakable garlicky flavor that's softer than its bulbous counterpart.

Raw garlic scapes are crunchy like green beans or asparagus, but you can eat scapes raw or cooked, whole or chopped. Prepping them couldn't be easier: Just trim and discard the stringy tip of the scape, then cut crosswise, either into tiny coins or string bean-like stalks. The easiest way to think about cooking with garlic scapes is to use them the way you would use garlic or scallions, although there's hardly a wrong way to enjoy these tasty tendrils."

 

For those non-CSA folks, we've got lots of amazing stuff coming at you at our Monday CSA drop at Nicky's Coal Fired in West Nashville and Richland Park Farmers Market next week: Strawberries, lettuce, arugula, baby mustards, frisee, erbs, kale, kohlrabi, chard, collards, radishes, and lots more veggies. Plus grass-fed lamb and bread from Village Bakery and Provisions on Saturdays!

 

 

 

Thanks for your support, we couldn't do this without you!! 

 

Love, your farmers,

 

Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Stepho Believo, Erin, Megan, Chris, Winnie (going to be the face of Modern Farmer magazine if she wins the dog contest which obviously she will), Stormy, all the sheep, and our cow sprinters (they regularly run clear across the field!) 

CSA Week 1 and update!

Hi Friends! 

We're so excited to start the CSA! 

We will be at Nicky's Coal Fired Restaurant (5026 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209) in the Nations in their back parking lot on the grass from 5:30-7pm today and every Monday unless otherwise noted.

We will have a pop up market at Nicky's during the Monday CSA pick up.  We'll bring grass-fed lamb and extra veggies. If you are in the CSA and wanted extra stuff you get 10% off. Everyone is welcome to shop here. Market Credit CSA members we hope to see you on Mondays too! 

We look forward to seeing the rest of you CSA members later in the week either on the farm or at the Richland Park Farmers on Saturday!  

We've been pretty slammed on the farm! With spring in full swing and lambing season, things have been a little nuts! We also are waiting for two more interns who will arrive in late May. In the meantime it has been Jesse, myself and Stephen most days. 

I'd like to introduce everyone to our new long term WWOOFer, Stephen. 

Stephen came to our farm on March 12 and has been such a joy to have around! Seems like we've all known each other longer by now! He came to us by way of Arizona where he worked on a small CSA and market farm called South Winds. Before that he tried out nursing school and realized it wasn't for him and that he wanted to follow the farmer path. He's been such a great addition to our team. He's funny, makes up songs with us in the field, tells great jokes, is a great baker and cook, and works hard. He'll be with us all season long. So we encourage you to get to know him through out the summer! 

Other updates! Total lamb count is up to 18 as of this morning. 9 of the pregnant ewes have given birth out of 24! So we're going to be rolling in sheep here soon. So far we've had 7 sets of twins, 1 single and 1 set of triplets. We had one lamb that was being rejected by its mom. A triplet. Her brothers are dark chocolate brown and she is all white. So we made a tough decision and gave her to our sweet neighbors down the road. They have a little homestead and have been raising sheep and goats for years and years! They have offered to take any of our animals that don't get taken care of properly by their moms. We have a couple every year. So we are so grateful to them for helping us. Because bottle feeding lambs is quite a chore when you're trying to run a vegetable CSA. 

In other news, the May Day party was a great success! Thanks so much to all of you who came! We will have another celebration in the fall for all of you friends of our farm. And a potluck to boot. We'll welcome in the fall crops and the cooler weather. 

Here are some photos from the party and lambs. 

 

Finally! Here is your CSA for this first Week! 

Red Russian Kale, Sweet potatoes, french breakfast radishes, an Asian Cabbage (either Tokyo Bekana or Napa, Kohlrabi, strawberries, Bergam's Green Head Lettuce, Green onions, and a fresh herb (your choice between oregano and mint!). 

Red Russian Kale, Sweet potatoes, french breakfast radishes, an Asian Cabbage (either Tokyo Bekana or Napa, Kohlrabi, strawberries, Bergam's Green Head Lettuce, Green onions, and a fresh herb (your choice between oregano and mint!). 

Here are some recipes!

PURPLE KOHLRABI
We love kohlrabi. It's crisp and juicy! And adds color to dishes. You can eat the greens sautéed or in a salad!! 
For a salad: Chop kohlrabi into chunks or grate. 
It can also be added to any veggie roast or sautéed with garlic. 

Here are some good recipes: 

General ideas

Asian Kohlrabi Slaw

Roasted Kohlrabi

Greens can be combined with kale to make a salad. Chop kohlrabi greens and kale. Massage with a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Massage until juice is released from greens. Add sliced radishes, salad turnips, and/or green onions and a tbsp olive oil.

GREEN ONIONS

What can't you do with green onions? We garnish everything with them, add them to pesto, put them on pizza, and even oven roast or grill them! Let me know if you need more ideas! 

FRENCH BREAKFAST RADISHES

These are smaller radishes that are very mild in flavor. But delicious. One of my go-tos is radishes and radish greens sautéed in butter and salt. So simple but very delicious. If you are into flavored butters you could make a butter with thyme or oregano and sautee the radishes in it. Of course they brighten up any salad too. The greens can be turned into pesto. These can also be roasted.

Radish Green Pesto

Sauteed Radishes

RED RUSSIAN KALE

This variety of kale thrives in the south. We love it's slightly sweet flavor and big juicy leaves. There are a ton of ways to eat kale. I love a massaged kale salad (see the kohlrabi section), classic kale sautéed in garlic, olive oil and salt, or kale chips. 

Kale Chips 

MINT

Fresh mint can be made into tea, can be mottled and added to water for a nice extra hydrating infused H2O, can be added to a cocktail, used in a salad, or added to an Asian dish. Here are a couple of recipes: 

Mojito

Thai Larb (Crumbled tofu can be substituted for meat, fish sauce is not necessary for vegetarians, and your Roxy head lettuce can be used as well). 

I will try and have the email out on Fridays from now on. Thanks everyone! 

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Stephen, Tony (father-in-law deluxe!), Winnie (best dog you'll ever meet!), Stormy (wild hunter extraordinaire!), Sheep and baby lambs and the unruly two cows. 

Spring update!!!!

Dear Friends!! 

Dang! We have been sooooo busy! And it's awesome! 

We've gotten a bazillion things in the ground and we're already in full harvest mode. 

Here are some photos from today's rainy day harvest. 

COme and see us at market! on Saturdays from 10am-12pm until May. 

Starting May 6th we'll be there from 9am-12:30pm. 

Thanks!!! 

The Sugar Camp Crew! 

CSA Survey and Loan!

Hello Friends!  

We've been enjoying the past few weeks on the farm. Although it's still been a lot of work we've been able to go out of town twice, thanks to Jesse's dad, Tony, and the shorter days mean less physical work. We had a great Thanksgiving in Mississippi with family and we hope you did too! We are very grateful for you and your support of our business! 

We are deep into planning mode now. We've been applying for grants and loans to fund infrastructure projects for this winter. We applied for and were approved for a kiva loan, a crowdsourced loan. We got through the initial planning phase and we are getting close to being fully funded! Here is the link! Please, share with friends and family!!! Thank you!!!!

KIVA LOAN

We are also analyzing the various aspects of our business and we are conducting an anonymous survey about the CSA! This is will take you 10 minutes or less! Your participation and your family's participation would be GREATLY appreciated! We are a young and new business and every scrap of feedback we can get, positive or negative can help us grow into our full potential. Here is the link! 

CSA Survey

Thank you all so so much!!! We are very grateful to have had such an amazing cohort of CSA members our first season! Thanks for helping our small family farm business grow this past year!  

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie and Jesse

 

IMG_0014.JPG

CSA Week 25! The end!

Dear Friends!  

I can't believe this is the 25th week!! It's been such a first CSA season for us and we can't even begin to express how grateful we are to all of you for your support as we embarked on the new business venture! We feel like we've gotten to know all of you a little, some of you a lot! We know that we had the best dang CSA members ever. And we're very thankful for you. 

We will be sending out an anonymous survey very soon so that we can learn about your CSA experience. Please, help us out by taking it. Especially if you didn't like the CSA! Ha! We need to learn from you all so we can make the CSA that much better next year.  

I wanted to remind you all that we would like to offer you a 15% discount at our market stand for the rest of 2016. We plan to be there every week except perhaps December 24th and 31st. But we'll keep everyone posted. 

Not much to report except that we had a blast at the wedding last weekend in Asheville and Jesse looked so handsome with a new haircut and fitted suit! Swoon! This week we'll be treating some sick animals and planting another round of garlic. My best friend from high school, Kendall, is coming all the way from Idaho to hang out with us this week!!!! It's been 3 years since we saw each other and I'm just so excited. It's great owning a farm, everyone wants to come visit you! Next Sunday we're taking a mini-vacay to Chattanooga! I'm excited because I've never been!  

I just finished up a grant that help help fund 50% of a greenhouse and hoophouse if it is approved! That's huge! And also why I will stop my writing here as I've been writing all afternoon. 

CSA Week 25!!! 

IMG_0215.JPG

1 head of lettuce

1 bunch of kale

1 herb (cilantro/dill/basil) 

1 small bunch green onions

1 bunch radishes (watermelon or purple daikon) 

I bunch Hakurei turnips

1 bag of arugula

2 pounds sweet potatoes

1 bunch collards

 

The best collards recipe:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/collard-greens-recipe.html

 

We love y'all! Thanks so much!  

 

Love, your farmers,  

 

Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Winnie, Stormy, Sheep and Cows

CSA Week 24!

Hello!

First off, We want to let all the CSA members know that we will be at Richland Park Farmers Market through December. We would like to offer a 15% off at our Farmers Market stand to all CSA members through the end of 2016. We'll have cabbage, broccoli, beets and lots of other good stuff over the coming weeks. 

I can't believe this is the second to last CSA of the season! Although, This week has improved greatly from last week! All of the sheep seem to be doing well with the exception of a couple that we are monitoring vigilantly. But all signs seem to say they are fine. My cousins Holly and Kendall were here this week and helped us get our garlic planted! It was a lot of work but it feels so good to mostly done with that! Lettuce, large kale, and collard greens should be in next week, and we are planning a short vacation after the CSA is over! wee! 

Here's your CSA for this week! 

Arugula, mustard greens, tatsoi, dill or basil, sweet potatoes, garlic, turnips, radishes, decorative pumpkins/gourds and MAYBE apple butter. If I get to it and I don't make it this week, you might get it next week. 

Arugula, mustard greens, tatsoi, dill or basil, sweet potatoes, garlic, turnips, radishes, decorative pumpkins/gourds and MAYBE apple butter. If I get to it and I don't make it this week, you might get it next week. 

So you'll be getting three types of greens again this week. 

Just want to remind you that in addition to salads, you can always sautee (even arugula), make chips, or make pesto which takes no time to make and can be frozen for the winter. 

Here's a recipe for arugula pesto (although any green can be substituted):

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/arugula-pesto-recipe.html

Thanks everyone! 

Love, your farmers,

Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Kendall, Holly, Winnie, Stormy, Ducks, Sheep, Cows. 

CSA Week 23!

i everyone, 

Just a reminder to Saturday CSA members! We will not be at market October 29! We'll be skipping the CSA drop for Saturday members ONLY! 

Green Hills! Please, return any baskets that you may be hoarding. 

It's been a doozy of a week. Good news, Lizzie and Jesse celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary last Tuesday! Although, they weren't able to celebrate it in the manner they had plannned (because of the bad news) they made the most of it and ended up celebrating at Colton's Steakhouse in Dickson with the whole (almost dead) restaurant and all the staff shouting out "Happy Anniversary!" plus a free sunday and a free shot with peach schnapps in it. Definitely not where we expected to be and we ended having a blast! But here's what happened. 

We sadly have had an outbreak of barber pole worm. We lost 2 ram lambs on Monday. We treated the rest of the ram lambs on Wednesday. And they are doing much better. But it was very scary! On Tuesday Jesse and I were going to go get sushi after the CSA drop. But Jesse had a lot of planning to do so that we could be prepared to get the sheep to the barn. So we planned to meet at this lovely pizza joint in Kingston Springs instead. A little closer to us. But alas. It was closed. That's how we ended up at Colton's. 

We're hoping we don't have to treat all of the ewes. There are 46 of them and just 10 ram lambs. So that would be quite the different story. But so far we think they are ok. We've heard from others that many have had disease outbreaks with their livestock this year. The unusually warm weather and rainy August weather have definitely contributed. 

On a more positive note we finished the sweet potato harvest last Monday and we got rain on Friday!!! YAY!!!! We were able to get a last round of greens, root vegetables and cover crop in before it rained! So yay!!!!! 

We also say goodbye to Ty and Mel Monday morning. They've helped us get so much done! And we're so grateful for their help!!!!!! We hope they come see us next year during strawberry season! Best of luck on your travels, Ty and Mel! 

Two more weeks of CSA left after this! Here's the schedule just to be clear! 

Saturday, October 15: Week 23

Tuesday October 18: Week 23

Saturday, October 22: Week 24

Tuesday October 25: Week 24

Saturday October 29: NO CSA

Tuesday November 1: Week 25 

Saturday November 5: Week 25

Here's the week 23 CSA

1.5-2lbs sweet potatoes, your choice of three bags of greens including kale, mustards, mizuna, mix, and arugula (first come first serve) , radishes, your choice of herb including basil, mint, oregano (first come first serve), garlic, green beans from Pond Creek Gardens (not pictured), and tulsi/holy basil tea (dried and bagged up and read to drink). 

1.5-2lbs sweet potatoes, your choice of three bags of greens including kale, mustards, mizuna, mix, and arugula (first come first serve) , radishes, your choice of herb including basil, mint, oregano (first come first serve), garlic, green beans from Pond Creek Gardens (not pictured), and tulsi/holy basil tea (dried and bagged up and read to drink). 

We hope you enjoy everything! And if you have a preference for greens or herbs, let us know by Monday night. We will arrange to make sure we save you what you want. 

Sending lots of love. 

Your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Ty, Mel, Winnie, Stormy, sheep, ducks and cows

CSA Week 22

Hey everyone!

This is Melanie (a current wwoofer) writing, standing in for Lizzie as she, Ty, and Jesse are busily planting strawberries at this very moment! So exciting that they will be here next spring! Might just have to come back to visit :)

We've had a great week here at the farm. Most mornings were spent pulling up sweet potatoes and they look so incredibly amazing!! We had to pick them in the morning because the nice cold weather didn’t last, but we still had a great time despite the heat. And I seriously can’t wait to taste what a Tennessee Golden Nugget is like because I’ve sure never had one in Florida!

We also did a lot of weeding and hoeing this week and the greens look beautiful. Lots of healthy mizuna (see recipe ideas on the bottom of the page!) and kale and lettuce! It’s been so amazing to witness all the love Lizzie and Jesse put into their farm and what the farm gives them in return. Ty and I have loved working at this farm and cant wait for the week to come!

Christian will be contributing some of Tuesday's radishes, but we're pretty caught up this week. Here's what you're getting. 

Radishes, winter squash, sweet potatoes, garlic, arugula, mizuna, and chestnuts! 

A NOTE ON THE SWEET POTATOES! 

They may need a little bit longer to cure to the sweetness that's the best. The longer they age the sweeter they taste. These are just out of the ground. But are definitely delicious. 

Mizuna! Mizuna is the featured green this week there’s a lot of quick and easy ways you can use it. Pasta, salad, stir-fry, soup, or sautéing are all great options.

Sauté the mizuna with some garlic, olive oil and salt and use as a side dish. Or use your sautéed garlic mizuna and add it to some al dente pasta with crushed red pepper and fresh parmesan!

For a nice fresh salad chop up the mizuna and add it with a nice combo of arugula or kale.

The green will also make a great addition to soup or a stir fry, just toss it in and enjoy!

 

Love, your farmers,

Lizzie, Jesse, Melanie, Ty, Winnie, and Stormy <3

CSA Week 21!

Hi y'all! 

Oh boy oh boy!! This weather is making us soooooooo happy! It's finally cool! When you spend most of the daylight hours outdoors 7 days a week, this weather is such a relief! 

So! Woo! We got strawberry plants that we will be planting next week!!!! Watch out 2017 y'all are getting strawberries! We're so so excited. Other exciting news, we will be harvesting sweet potatoes next week! woo hoo! I don't know if you've had our sweet potatoes, but we grow a variety called the Tennessee Golden Nugget. It is hands down the best sweet potato you will ever taste!!!! 

 

The house show last Sunday with Ed Masuga and The Weeping Willows from Australia was amazing! We had a nice turn out seeing lots of friends/neighbors. We even got an amazing puppet show by Nico and her mom, Julia. It was such a lovely time. Everyone was in good spirits and we even got a visit from Megan! Our first and returning WWOOFer! It was such an amazing surprise. 

 

Coincidentally it was our new WWOOFers first night! They walked into a grand ole house show! ha! They had a blast and have been such a nice addition to our little farm family. We've been very productive this week with their help! 

 

We're still collaborating with Christian, and he's providing radishes, green onions, kale and arugula for the CSA this week. Our own greens are coming along nicely! And some of our radishes too! 

Here's what's in the CSA this week! 

 A bunch of green onions, optional hot peppers, optional eggplant, arugula, basil, baby kale, 1 lb pears, one bunch radishes, 0.5-1 lb okra, 1 pint chestnuts!

 A bunch of green onions, optional hot peppers, optional eggplant, arugula, basil, baby kale, 1 lb pears, one bunch radishes, 0.5-1 lb okra, 1 pint chestnuts!

 I imagine you all are a bit tired of eggplant. So it's optional this week. Just want to leave you with this great recipe for keeping eggplant over winter from our CSA member, Gail. 

Cut eggplant into 2” cubes

Salt heavily with kosher salt and place in colander over plate to draw for 8-12 hours.

Wipe dry removing salt.

Toss with red wine vinegar, drain off excess.

Pack tightly in canning jars and cover with olive oil.

You can add crushed garlic cloves, dried red peppers, basil and or mint in each jar.  I usually do only the first two—1 pepper and 2-3 garlics per pint. 

Refrigerate for at least two weeks before using.  Will keep for months.—plus use the oil for salads when it’s done. 

Thanks everyone! We love you!
 

Lizzie, Jesse, Ty, Mel, Tony, WInnie (had a bath finally and now it's cool enough that she actually dries and doesn't smell horrible!), Stormy (gifter of moles), ducks, sheep, cows. 

CSA Week 20

Hi Everyone!!

 

Happy Fall! Hope you're all well. 

 

We're doing well! Been tending to our fall plantings this week and doing a lot of weeding. We're getting prepared for the winter! and getting excited to not working as hard as in the growing season even though our list of projects grows ever longer. At least in the winter we have less sunlight and an excuse to work less! 

 

Just a reminder! We have a potluck this weekend and two to three musicians playing plus a farm tour. 5-8pm on Sunday September 25th! We'll have two new WWOOFers arriving on Sunday as well and we're excited to get to know them over the month that they'll be here. Julia (Devan) officially worked her last day today. After 9 months, we have really gotten to know them well. They will be living here for another month or so before they continue on their journey. We cannot begin to express the gratitude and love we feel for Julia, Nico and Carlos. They've been such an amazing addition to the farm family this year. While Carlos will be the new sous chef at Nashville's renowned Catbird Seat, Julia and Nico are still figuring out their path but will have an excellent month on the farm to make lots of halloween crafts. 

Also, we WILL be continuing the CSA as planned and NOT taking a break. We decided to source some things from our friend Christian and his business Pond Creek Gardens. Here is a bio about him and his farm:  

Hi, my name is Christian. I run Pond Creek Gardens, which is a small market garden located just west of Nashville out off of River Rd. My wife and I moved to middle Tennessee 3 years ago to start farming. We have two young and very active boys and primarily started farming so that we could supply our family with high quality, delicious food. We grow without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, instead focusing on building soil. We use no till growing techniques and focus on fresh greens and seasonal root vegetables. We are excited to work with our friends at Sugar Camp farm and hope you all enjoy the additions we will be providing in the coming weeks.

We're so glad to be working with him. 

Here is your week 20 CSA list! 

1 bunch radishes, 1 bunch green onions, arugula (not pictured), 1 pint chestnuts, basil, 0.5-1 lb peppers, 1 lb eggplant, 1 lb pears, 1 lb okra

1 bunch radishes, 1 bunch green onions, arugula (not pictured), 1 pint chestnuts, basil, 0.5-1 lb peppers, 1 lb eggplant, 1 lb pears, 1 lb okra

The American Chestnut once dominated eastern hardwood forests. This amazing tree grew to be up to 10 feet in diameter and 100 feet tall. It's rich proteinaceous fruit was a staple for native Americans and settlers. Our friend Lonnie says that soldiers in the Civil War used to carry these nuts around in their pockets while on the march and they'd provide and nutrient and calorie dense snack. In 1904 chestnut blight, caused by a bark fungus, was brought in on imported Asian chestnuts. The disease was very detrimental to the tree. In a panic, chestnuts were logged heavily for their highly sought after lumber, speeding up their path to all but extinction. Today our eastern hardwood forests, once dominated by American chestnut, are mostly oak and hickories. Although you can still find American chestnut seedlings in forests today, chestnut blight inevitably gets them before they reach maturity. The American Chestnut Association is currently making strides to bring the chestnut back. It may be a hybrid of American and Asian chestnuts but it will be more than 95% the original genetics of the American Chestnut. I don't think our Eastern Hardwood Forests, will ever quite be the same, but there's hope to see the American chestnut again one day. 

As for the chestnuts in our CSA this week, they are an Asian variety, but when you eat them, imagine what it would be like if these incredible nuts were all other the forest floor here in middle Tennessee as they once were. 

Click here for more info on storage and cooking chestnuts! 

Thanks everyone!!! 

Love, your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Tony, Julia, Nico, Carlos, and the animals. 

CSA Week 19

Hi everyone, 

Once again I apologize for my lateness on this email. I had a bad cold last week and was out of commission! Even though I'm not even sure what this means, I'm blaming my luck this month on Mercury in retrograde. I never get sick! And head staples! Come on! 

Anyhow, most importantly and after much deliberation, we have decided to continue through with the CSA. We will be outsourcing several fall items from our friend Christian Coleman with Pond Creek Gardens. He's an awesome person, collaborator and friend who's growing practices we believe in. He will write a little blurb in our next email! 

SO NO CSA BREAK. It will continued as scheduled except for the weekend we will be out of town for  a wedding, October 29th. 

Just a reminder we have a potluck and house concert on Sunday! We would love it if you would come. There will be a farm tour and you can see what we do first hand. 

Sunday, September 25th 5-8pm, Potluck, Farm Tour, Concert: The Weeping Willows (Australia), Todd Henkin (Nashville), Ed Masuga (Nashville).

Here's what y'all get this week: 

0.6lbs Peppers

1 lb okra

some hot peppers

1lb potatoes

1.25lbs pears

0.75 lbs beans

1.25 lbs eggplant

green onions! 

We have some great things coming up next week! We're really excited to be collaborating with Christian. 

Thanks y'all! 

Best, 

Lizzie and Jesse 

CSA Week 18

Hi Everyone! 

FIRST OFF IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! We are considering taking 2 weeks off of the CSA later this month and early next month as we get caught up on our fall planting. This way we can provide you all with some truly great fall produce later in October and November. We would extend the CSA for two weeks in November.  In short, you would still get 25 weeks of produce just skip two weeks in September and add 2 weeks on in November. This break will likely occur the week after next. 

THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE DATE I MENTIONED (October 29th) FOR THE SATURDAY CSA MEMBERS WHEN WE WILL BE GONE FOR A WEDDING.

Please, let us know if you have any objections to this. WE WILL CONFIRM THAT WE'LL BE DOING THIS BY NEXT WEEK. IT'S NOT FOR SURE YET.  I'll post everything on our events calendar when it's all worked out. 

Sorry Saturday folks once again for sucking at getting this email out last Thursday or Friday. Hope everyone has been well. We have been super busy getting the rest of our fall planting done. Julia and I worked all day Saturday while Jesse and Katie went to market. The night before we had a small but magical house concert with 3 artists that played on our porch. I love our house shows. On September 25th we'll have another house show from 5-8pm. We hope you all can come! It's a potluck with 3 bands. Two local artists, Todd Henkin and Ed Masuga, and The Weeping Willows, an Australian Americana band coming across the world and playing on our little farm. Should be great! 

We'll be finishing up the planting tonight with the transplants that are ready for planting and we'll be bumping up the remaining starts this week. Jesse and Tony are super busy today getting all the sheep netting set up for Wednesday when we will be weaning the male lambs from their moms. We practice what is called fence line weaning. We put the males in one paddock and their moms in an adjacent paddock.  They get to be near each other but not in the same paddock. We slowly move them farther and farther apart. And before they know it they are on opposite sides of the farm. They don't even know they've been weaned. It worked very well last year. Let's hope that it works just as well this year! We'll be splitting them up on Wednesday. Thursday we plan to go and pick some more pears at Jesse's friends dad's! Really Lonnie is our friend too. He has 2 pear laden trees. Wee! Let us know if you are interested in bulk pears. As long as everything goes well with our pear picking on Thursday we should have plenty. We've been selling 20 pounds for $35. Jesse and I are hoping to get away on Sunday and Monday. Needing a bit of a break. We're really excited! Not sure where we're going yet. But trying to figure it out! 

Here is your CSA this week!!!

Slide18.jpg

1 lb okra

1 lb beans

1-1.5 lb eggplant

1 pound peppers

hand full of hot peppers

garlic

2 lbs pears 

sweet potato greens

basil 

holy basil

We also have a little bit of oregano, lemon balm, mint, or thai basil! If you'd like any of these instead of basil or holy basil please let us know by tomorrow at 8am! We'll bring a little extra. 

If you'd like bulk basil for winter pesto that you can freeze it's $10 a pound and now's the time! Feel free to order some for next week. 

BABA GANOUSH

This is a great week for ban ganoush because we have lots of eggplant right now! 

Just a tip! You can also use an immersion blender for this recipe if you don't have a food processor. 

Enjoy everything this week! 

Thanks! Your farmers, 

Lizzie, Jesse, Julia, Katie, Nico and Tony! Who's back from Ireland! And of course Winnie, Stormy, sheep, cows and ducks.