CSA Newsletter #8 – August 17, 2012

Contents of Share

  • sweet corn (small but very tasty),15+ ears
  • cucumbers – 5
  • heirloom tomato mix – 5 to 7
  • summer squash – 3 to 4
  • green beans – 1/3 lb
  • scallions – 1 bunch
  • beets with the greens – 1 bunch
  • kale – 1 bunch
  • Pepper mix – 5 to 7 hots and 1 to 2 sweets
  • broccoli or cauliflower
  • eggs or sprouts (brown lentil, mung bean, and spicy mustard mix)

Announcements

  • Our laying hens are dropping on production, so we won’t be able to offer you eggs in your share every week. You can expect eggs approximately every other week. However, we are committed to making sure there is protein in your share. So expect beans, sprouts, eggs or other proteins each week. You will still have 10 items in your box.
  • Please return your boxes, egg cartons, and clean, clear plastic bags. Thank you so much!
  • Remember that you are always welcome to visit socially and/or to volunteer. Give a call to schedule a time.
  • All of our newsletters are archived on our website http://www.soulfirefarm.com/?cat=3
  • We are processing our next batch of 50 meat birds on Sunday, August 26th, 8 AM to 1 PM. You are invited to come and help. We also have some more birds for sale. Order here.

Recipe of the WeekSummer Fritata

Dice and lightly saute approximately 4 cups of the veggies you like in olive oil for about 5 minutes – veggies still should be firm. You can use scallions, beets, beet greens, squash, kale, beans, peppers, and cauliflower/broccoli from your share. In a bowl, beat 12 eggs until fluffy. Stir in the sauteed veggies. Add salt, pepper, and herbs of your choice (parsley and basil work well). Pour into an oiled baking dish and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on top and firm. Yum!

News on the Farm

We are so grateful for Sindhu and Dane doing an amazing job this week managing the farm so we could take a family camping trip. In addition to lots of swimming, yoga, and campfire sing-a-longs we had time for strategic planning around the farm and our life in general. We would love your input on the next steps for Soul Fire Farm. We will be sending a CSA member survey in the fall but if you have ideas in the interim, just shoot us an email. Some of the things we are considering are – hosting an activist retreat in the spring, increasing the number of CSA shares to a number somewhere in the 30’s, growing culinary mushrooms in the forest, increasing the portion of our shares delivered to “food deserts,” and adding a greenhouse to improve our seedling health. We are also continuing the transition to having Jonah be the manager of the farm and Leah is a support role so that she can have a more balanced life.

We are also happy to announce that the Social Justice Center, Albany NY is now our 501(c)3 fiscal agent. We are farmer-activists and use the resource of Soul Fire Farm to do lots of social justice work that people might be interested in supporting. We donate our labor for all the farm work we do, but don’t always have the material resources to accomplish our big vision. Our justice work includes – free on-farm educational programming to urban youth, apprenticeships targeted to people underrepresented in farming, below market cost CSA shares to families in need, international support for farmers in Haiti, Ghana, and Brazil, and… soon to be… free activist retreats and trainings.