A couple of the site hosts have mentioned that the CSA bins are not being wiped out well enough. If you would please take an extra moment to use the cloth towel at the site to wipe out the veggie matter from the bin, it really makes an easier task for your volunteer site host at the end of the day. They store the empty bins until the following week when we return with fresh boxes, and have to tidy the site at the end of the day. Thank you!
Blueberries!! Due to the impending heat predicted, we will need your order for next weeks delivery by Wednesday morning this week….if you have not ordered your bulk blueberry flat and would like to receive one, please get in touch by this Wednesday, July 25th, for delivery the week of July 30th.
WHAT’S IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:
- Green Beans
- Kale – Lacinato
- Walla Walla onion
- Heirloom Tomato
Green Beans! We’re so excited to be harvesting them. Green Beans taste best when eaten soon after harvesting, but they will stay fresh for up to a week if refrigerated. Remove the stem end and cook whole….they will retain more nutrients if uncut. You can cook them in your favorite recipe, or try one of the ones I’ve given above. You can simply simmer them in boiling water, or use a steamer, for 5-10 minutes. Watch for them to brighten in color and become tender, but not soft. Cook less for chilled salads to maintain crispness.
Blueberries!! You will receive 2 pints this week, and 2 pints again next week. Best not to rinse your Blueberries until you’re ready to eat them. They have a natural protective coating that keeps them fresh! They will keep well in the fridge for up to 10 days, or you can freeze them on a cookie sheets and store in a container. Blueberries are so good in many recipes from desserts to salads, added to cereal, oatmeal or smoothies, or just eaten by the handful! Hope you enjoy them!
Life was exciting for the farm families this past weekend! Ariel, Jack and MaryJo’s youngest daughter, got married! Family flew in from the East and West coasts starting mid week, and local friends and relatives arrived for the festivities. The area under the oak trees was decorated with lights, beautifully laid tables, and flowers from Wild Child Flower Co. The authentic Carolina BBQ from Philyaw’s Cookout & Catering was amazing and the music by Oddfellows Picnic got the crowd dancing throughout the afternoon. We wish Ariel and Jeff much love and happiness as they start their new life together as husband and wife!
The Overbaugh boys (or should I say young men!) had a successful time at the Lane County Fair this year! Alden, who is thirteen and in his third year of 4H, took home the Noble Wheeler award with his sheep Ginger. This award was started by a farmer named Noble Wheeler, who ran the sheep portion of the 4H for many years. This award is given for the best yearling ewe or ewe lamb. He also took awards for his ram Bob, for best in overall Breed Standard. His other lamb, Shaq, was named for Shaquille O’Neal because he had such long legs, seeming to tower over the other young lambs. He likes 4H because of all the experiences he gains in showmanship, and he says the money isn’t bad either. He’s saving for a new mountain bike. His show lamb was bought at auction. Alden has also been putting in some grown-up hours at the farm, assisting farmer Chad with the irrigation of the crops.
Porter, who will be 11 years old in November, experienced his first year of 4H. He said he got interested while attending all of the 4H meetings with his brother the last couple of years. He said it was kind of stressful this year, because he really didn’t know what to expect. He feels more comfortable now. He also showed 3 animals. He showed George for Market class, and Ginger and Juniper for breeding stock. He won the Reserve Champion Showman Junior for presentation this year. His lamb George was also bought at the auction! He’s excited to do it again next year! It was quite the week for them, living at the Fairgrounds and not getting home until 11pm Sunday night, but they were able to sleep in until 10am the next morning….not so for Papa Chris or Mama Shannon, who had to start their farm day as usual….6 am!
We’re so proud of our crew who have been doing an amazing job harvesting, processing and transplanting through all of the heat. Lots of water, hats and sunscreen to protect them, and the box washing at the end of the day is a bit of a cool down. They are the best and we couldn’t do this work without them!
We hope you all have a wonderful week ahead….enjoy your veggies!
Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers