Ready… Set… Go!

Here we are- it’s time for the first CSA pick-up of the 2010 season. I want to welcome all the new members, and to welcome back all of our members from previous years. The floods did wipe out our carrots and peas, so be patient with us as we try and fill that void with something else. I suggest, if you want local carrots or anything else you don’t get from us, try one of the many farmer’s markets now operating throughout the Nashville area. I posted a link below for a complete list of farmer’s markets.

At the beginning of each season, the first few pickups may seem a bit lean, but I want to say that the quantities and variety will increase rather quickly. I try to remind people that seasonal eating brings with it certain inconsistencies that many Americans are not accustomed to. I ask that you don’t judge the CSA on a per-week basis, but view it from the perspective of the whole season. Sometimes there won’t be enough of what you want, and other times it will be too much. That’s the nature of the beast.

I always bring in products or producers of other local products to round out what we offer. The goal is two-fold, to remove the necessity for grocery stores, and to help out other local farms and businesses that share our love for high quality food and a strong local economy. Some of these, like bread, are free. Other things, like free range eggs, honey, chocolate, blueberries, brown Jasmine rice, vegan hemp cheese, local ricotta cheese, regional artisan cheeses, The Flameless Chef Raw foods, etc, will cost extra. If you want us to find something for you, let us know, and we’ll consider adding it to the list.

You will always find recipes on page 2 to help you use the harvest in tasty ways. There may be a few items you have never seen or heard of, but don’t assume you won’t like it until you try it. If you have some good recipes you want to share with the CSA, email them to me, and I’ll try and get them on the next newsletter. Don’t hesitate to ask one of us about the recipes or just basic ideas about how to use the harvest. You will find that not only are my helpers and I willing to assist, but other CSA members often have great advice, so please, ask away.

A couple of quick reminders: we will be giving out baskets to those who want one. If you are paying for the CSA, please write down the amount you paid and whether cash or check next to your name in the space provided. I can’t stress how helpful it is that you do this. Also, only indicate payments made that day. So now you are ready. I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, anytime from 4-7pm! Go!

This Week’s Harvest: Rhubarb, Garlic Scapes, Green Onions, Radishes, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Thyme

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