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Monday, June 22, 2009

Week 4 - Additonal Info

NEW VEGGIE ADDITIONS THIS WEEK!!! Just in, we will be getting cauliflower and green beans in this week's bounty.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Week 4 - Time to get creative with the lettuce.....

Hello All,
I hope all of you are enjoying the vegetables. In my house, we have been trying to be a bit more creative with our salads. This past week, we had a Taco Salad and a Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad. We also used a whole head of cabbage and some of the peas in an asian stir fry with yellow noodles. My youngest did not even notice the cabbage. Frank and I discussed how we usually only buy cabbage in the winter.So, we can thank our farmer for helping us eat more vegetables and definitely a few more salads.

Speaking of the vegetable farmer, Jonathan Einwechter is farming 3 and 1/2 acres of land. The vegetables for our CSA take up about 1/2 acre of the plot. Jon is engaged to be married in August and I recently met his fiance and his sister fresh from the fields. They had been harvesting our vegetables and preparing the boxes. On this particular morning, they were removing colorado potato beetles from young potato plants by hand which is extremely labor intensive. Jon was thanking me and all of us for buying his vegetables. He sells the rest of his vegetables at various farmers markets and grocery stores. Jon mentioned the lettuce was started from organic seeds in a green house and planted after the danger of frost had past. Now we are enjoying the fruits of his labor.

For those of you wondering where the bacon is, Nate at Breakaway Farms now has bacon back in stock. Any back ordered bacon should be in this Wednesday's delivery. For those of you that haven't tried the bacon, the taste has a very nice natural smoked flavor.

Recipe for Grilled Romaine - Cut romaine head in half long ways. Leave the stem intact as it keeps the head from falling apart. Wash,let drain & dry. Liberally coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Have grill smoking hot. Sear the lettuce for less than one minute. The very edges will turn black. Remove from heat & cool a couple of minutes. Remove stem & cut up into a chopped salad. Add tomato, cucumbers & whatever you like. This is really good with a blue cheese dressing. Toss everything together and serve.

Taco Salad - Use your favorite meat recipe for tacos. Wash & Cut up your lettuce. Stack the following ingredients into serving bowls: tortilla chips, lettuce, refried beans, taco meat, mexican shredded cheese, green onions, cut tomatos. Also good with a dollop of sour cream or slice avocados.

Asian Slaw - Ingredients
* 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
* 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
* 1 (16-ounce) package cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw
* 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
* 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
* 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
* 1 tablespoon canola oil
* 2 teaspoons chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
* 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts

Preparation - Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine vinegar and next 5ingredients (thru chile paste). Stir well with a whisk. Add vinegar mixture & peanuts to cabbage mixture. Toss well.

Thats it for this week. See you on Wednesday.
Sherri

Friday, June 12, 2009

Week 3

Hello All,
Thanks for all the recipe sharing. We have posted the recipes for future reference. Frank made the onion soup too. It is not a recipe we would have selected ourselves. It was soooooo yummy!! We used baby portbella mushrooms and half & half instead. I would definitely make this soup again. Thanks for the recommendation Juli!!

My apologies for those having troubling posting or commenting on the blog. I have made some changes to the settings which will hopefully allow all comments now. I would love to hear your comments or recipes.

Several Members have asked about the veggie share while away on vacation. Your share will come every week. You may designate someone else to pickup & enjoy your bounty while you are away. Or, we can try to work within the CSA to give your share to another member. Those participating will have one week where a full share is received and while they are away, their share is passed on to another member of our CSA. Wednesday, I will have a grid sheet for you to indicate your away dates and we will do our best to pair up vacation buddies for those interested.

Enjoy your week.
Sherri

Monday, June 8, 2009

Week 2, Wayne CSA-Vegetables

Hello All,
I hope you all were happy with your beautiful heads of lettuce, yummy spinach and peas last week. The vegetables were gathered the morning of our delivery.

The pickup for our vegetables is anytime after 4pm every Wednesday. So, come see me. Please bring a container with you in order to take your vegetables. We are using banana boxes to get your bounty from the farmer and will return those each week. Your vegetables will be in my garage with your last name labeled on the box. If you are buying any perishable items, they will be stored in the garage refrigerator/freezer and labeled with your last name. Please note, all members of our CSA may order any items from Breakaway Farms a la carte. Orders should be sent to: orders@breakawayfarms.net with Wayne CSA in the subject.

Our farmer, Nate Thomas from Breakaway Farms will be speaking about local farms and buying clubs in this area at a "Food Forum Event" hosted by the Wissahicken Growing Greener Group. Joe Mudd, Green Council of Lower Merion will also speak, discussing the advantages of eating foods produced locally. The event will be held at the Wissahicken Valley Public Library in Blue Bell, PA on June 11, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For additional information, they have a blog too: http://www.bigtent.com/groups/wggg

I have had a few questions pertaining to posting comments on our blog. Our blog may be viewed by everyone. In order to post a comment, you must create an account or already have a google, aim or an accepted account. I recommend google because they only ask for your name, email address & your agreement to their policies. This blog will hopefully serve as a vehicle for communication without your receiving so many emails. It will be updated every Monday.

Thats it for this week,
And thanks,
Sherri

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Our CSA begins the first week of June through the last week of October.
This is for a total of 22 weeks - all delivered to Wayne on your behalf!

The food, (vegetables, meat & eggs) will be delivered every WEDNESDAY to:

631 Knox Road
Wayne, PA 19087
Phone: 484-467-7767

Your bounty will be ready for you to pick up anytime after: 4:00PM

We have a few half shares of vegetables still available. If you know anyone who is interested or if you determine you would like to increase your half share to a whole, please let us know.

Will you consider saving your EGG CRATES for the farmer? Each egg crate costs the farmer .20 cents. You can bring your egg crates to the weekly pick up and I will pass them to the farmer.

All offerings are available to everyone participating in our CSA. You may purchase yogurt, milk, cheese, eggs and any meat product a la carte. The meat CSA people receive an additional 5% off the list price. Other participants pay full price. This is a wonderful opportunity to try some of the yummy yogurt and really good foods. Send your order via email to orders@breakawayfarms.net by Monday morning. Your order will then be delivered with the regular Wednesday shipment.