Welcome to Week 14 and the second week of September! We hope you’re making an easy transition to the school year or enjoying the last few weeks of the summer season. The chilly mornings and cool evenings are starting to creep in as fall gets closer, but the veggies are loving the seasonal change.
If you’re going on vacation, we would love to help you out! We have a vacation request form on our website that will allow you to either give your share to Food for Lane County for a tax-deductible donation, or receive a credit toward next season’s share. We do need 7-days notice in order to make these changes. If we aren’t notified in time and already have your name on the list, we aren’t always able to accommodate your changes. Please give us as much notice as possible so we can help you out.
Things are getting busy again with school starting, so make sure you aren’t forgetting to pick up your share! If you aren’t able to make the pickup window, please give your site host a call to make arrangements. If you need contact information, please don’t hesitate to get ahold of us here at the farm. The addresses are published on our website, but for privacy purposes, the phone numbers are not. If you are not able to locate your delivery information (my stuff frequently scampers off as time goes by), I am happy to assist you during the week when I’m in the office, but as we aren’t available during the evenings or weekends, we might not be able to help you if you don’t have the number during pickup. Make sure you have it with you, saved in your phone, or shoot us an email or give us a call in the morning before your pickup day.
Don’t forget to check your name off the list when you pick up your box each week so we know you got your share! If you do miss your pickup, and you pickup at one of our markets, the boxes do come back to the farm, but we only hold them until our next packing day (Tuesday or Friday). Give us a call the next business day, and we’ll try to get the box rerouted for you. If you pickup at a residential site, remember the shares become forfeit after the 7pm deadline, and our volunteer site hosts might not still have it available if you don’t reach out to them before that pickup window closes. Please also remember not to show up at their homes outside that window. All of our site hosts have graciously donated their porches and driveways for member convenience, and we would love to show our respect for their homes and their time as much as possible.
This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of September 11, and the attacks on the World Trade Center. Planes that were hijacked by terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The fourth plane was able to land in a field in Pennsylvania, missing its intended target. Thousands were lost that day. I don’t know about you, but I remember exactly where I was that morning. I was fourteen, just a week into my freshman year of High School. I was listening to the radio while getting ready for school, when I heard the first tower had gone down. I thought it was a joke. Nothing like that had ever happened in my short lifetime, and I couldn’t even fathom it was real. But it wasn’t a joke. It was a tragedy. That day will forever be in my memory, and I know for those that were old enough to remember, it will be in yours as well. So, if you have a second this weekend, take a moment to remember those we lost that day twenty years ago. Remember the first responders that rushed into danger instead of running from it, most of which didn’t make it out. Remember those that lost people they loved, and those that survived to hug their loved ones when they made it home. Regardless of where we sit politically, or how we feel about Afghanistan, that day will forever be with us. Remember September 11, 2001.
What’s in your box this week:
- Yellow Onion
- Sweet Peppers
Some sites only:
- Cherry tomatoes
We aren’t always able to harvest our veggies in equal share, but don’t worry! We’re keeping excellent notes. If you don’t get something this time, we’ll make sure to get you next time. We’re doing our best to make sure each site receives the promised amount of each crop throughout the season. Thank you for baring with us!
I have a question for you!
Throughout the season, I have sent out emails on Monday and Thursday (typically) with an estimate of what’s in the box each week, as well as the weekly blog/newsletter. However, sometimes these emails don’t match what actually winds up in the shares because they are estimates given mid-way through the day from the harvest crew. Sometimes we come up short or have too much of something for market that gets added in at the last minute. My question then, is:
Do you prefer to get the estimate on Mondays and Thursdays, or would you rather get emails Tuesday and Friday mornings after we pack the boxes so they’re exact?
We want to do what’s best for you, so please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email with your preference at email@example.com or respond to this newsletter. Any answer helps me out!
What We’re Making:
- The “Chicken Bacon Ranch” combo has been made popular by Subway and other sandwich shops, but what if we add broccoli and do it as a bake? If that sounds good to you, try this Chicken Bacon Ranch Bubble-Up Bake.
- There’s been so much corn in the box these last few weeks, and Corn on the Cob is an old favorite. But, if you’re looking for a new way to add corn to your dinner, try this Honey Butter Skillet Corn.
- Onions are a great way to add flavor, and they’re tasty in this Linguini with Artichokes and Caramelized Onions.
- Who doesn’t love pizza? If you’re a pizza-lover like my kiddo, try this Pizza with Cauliflower Crust.
- Sometimes simple is best, just like this Sweet Pepper Skillet.
- The best thing about this Tomato, Basil, and Caramelized Onion Quiche, is that you can throw all sorts of things in it. Toss in the whole box and call it good!
- Looking for a delicious way to add cucumbers to your meal? Try this Quick and Easy Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce.
- Do you ever use a Wok? If you do, check out this Stir-Fried Lettuce recipe and tell us what you think!
- Summer isn’t quite over yet, so if you’re hanging on tight to the last few days, try this Summer Tortellini Pasta Salad.
- Feeling adventurous? Give this Baba Ganoush with eggplant a go!
One of our members made this gorgeous Ajad, which is a Thai cucumber relish she modified into a salad with Winter Green veggies. Isn’t it beautiful? What are you making? Send us a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on social media, and you might see it on the blog! You can find us on Instagram (@wintergreenfarm) or on Facebook (Winter Green Farm). We’d love to see what you’re cooking up!
We hope you’re having a great week and that you were able to enjoy the long holiday weekend. Thank you so much for letting us tag along on your food journey this season!
Chelsea, Linda, and your Winter Green farmers