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Good morning, Reuben!

This is our first year purchasing your amazing organic crops and I just wanted to send you an update to let you know how very much my husband and I are enjoying the organic experience!

We receive a delivery every 2 weeks and have not yet had anything go to waste. I can't get over the fact that I am still using greens from 2 weeks ago and they have not even started to brown or wilt! It's amazing!

A few weeks ago, you sent out radishes...I have to say I have only ever eaten radishes raw on salad, and I don't really like them. So, we decided to try something else. We sliced the radishes and added them to our potato packs on the grill and discovered that they may be one of the most delicious vegetables when grilled! Grilling the radishes brings out the sugars and they become very sweet and scrumptious. Our potato packs are a twist on an old boy scout recipe. The boy scouts would wrap sliced potatoes with butter and seasoning in foil and grill over a fire. My husband and I toss a variety of vegetables in olive oil and seasoning, wrap them in foil, add a pat of butter on top, and cook on the grill for about 20 minutes. Everyone loves them! We have become famous for our potato packs! We have grilled potatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, whole garlic cloves, radishes, carrots, celery, and much more.

We also loved the snap peas from 2 weeks ago. I made a delicious chicken stir fry with them and added the bok choy as well as some other vegetables that I purchased from our local farmers' market. I also only buy my meat and poultry from the farmers' market so all of my ingredients are fresh and so tasty. The stir fry was really good, but I have to say that I enjoy the snap peas and the bok choy raw. We had salad every night with fresh snow peas until they were gone. I add the bok choy to my other mixed greens and I really, really like it in salad.

This week I am going to try grilling the kohlrabi. I found this interesting article about kohlrabi that gave me the idea...http://www.melissas.com/Melissas-Magazine/2010/March/Produce-Corner/The-Lonely-Life-of-Kohlrabi.aspx. I will let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for the wonderful organic experience and happy farming!

Micki, Bethlehem PA


This article is from a blog post by a CSA member.  You can read the whole article here.

Two years ago on a February night, my husband and I were searching Netflix for something to watch. We came across the movie, “Food, Inc,” which I figured was about healthy eating. Since I thought we ate pretty healthy as a family, I thought this documentary might give me a couple of extra tips I hadn’t thought of before. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, it totally changed the way I define healthy food and showed us where grocery store food REALLY comes from. I knew we needed to find a more local, organic source of food for our family.

As soon as the documentary ended, we hopped on localharvest.org to search for a CSA in our area. We found Willow Haven Farm, only twenty minutes from our home, and bought a vegetable share. We could choose to have the share delivered to our door or to go to the farm and pick it up. We decided to pick it up so our children could actually see where their food came from.

In June our CSA season began and we drove to the farm to pick up our first box of vegetables. The farmland was gorgeous and Reuben, the farmer, was so friendly and kind. He paused in his plowing and planting to show us his new beehive and some of the fields where the food had grown and gave us our box of vegetables.

I couldn’t wait to go home and see what was inside! When we got home, everything in the box was green including kale, bags of lettuce and field greens, (darker in color and fresher than I’d ever seen before), and also what I thought was an usual kind of celery. Turns out it was rhubarb! Good thing Reuben emails us each week telling us what vegetables were in the box!

Preparing the vegetables received was a big adventure! I could not have known how to prepare many of the things without my favorite cookbook, Simply in Season, by Mary Beth Lind. This cookbook is divided into four sections, one for each season and the recipes for each season contain only produce that is ripe during that season, allowing me to use all the produce I am given. The recipes are also simple to follow and don’t call for a can or box of any prepackaged ingredients. Everything is from scratch, yet not complicated.

In addition to the vegetables, Willow Haven offers farm days where all the CSA members gather to visit the farm and visit with each other and share a potluck meal. There are also opportunities to come to the farm for classes in bread making, yogurt making, or beer making. Or you could volunteer your time on the farm to help with planting, harvesting, or other jobs on the farm.

We are now about to enter our family’s third year with Willow Haven. We love being so connected with where our food came from. In the grocery store, you have no idea where or how something was grown or who grew it. Chances are it was not grown nearby, but traveled thousands of miles over many days to get to the store. And it was probably picked way before it was ripe so it could make the long journey, which greatly lessens the nutritional value of the produce. But when you belong to a CSA, the farmer picked it that day or the day before and then it comes directly to your home where you get to eat the freshest, most delicious food you have ever had in your life! Do yourself a favor and try a CSA in your area this year!


Wow, I came home and unloaded my veggies and eggs. I am planning my meals for the upcoming week.  Beets for lunch today, Stir fry tonight, soup and salad tomorrow night, roasted winter veggies on Tuesday and salad and veggies on.  Thursday is Thanksgiving and I have the sweet potatoes and coleslaw to take for my family’s thanksgiving meal so I will use the sweet potatoes, parsnips. And carrots to add to the coleslaw. This is so satisfying. Thank you for the opportunity to feed my family so well.

Robin Nidelcheff,  Potter, Play with Clay, playtimewithclay.com


My nine year old daughter ate a peach this morning and said that she has never had a peach like that before. I made a comment to my husband about the flavor of the fruit and vegetables and the memories that I had from childhood. It is a sin that we have become so numbed to the grocery store old flavorless produce that is available. Thank you for farming locally and giving us the opportunity to taste fresh produce.

Kindest regards,  Joy


I know many people only let you know when they are not happy, so I thought I would let you know that I am very happy.

I just joined this year, Week A, and I want you to know that I think the vegtables have been great!

That one cabbage went into about 8 different dishes including a veg and chicken curry and Indonesian acar and something I call French Slaw, and the cukes this week are going fast. The basil last week made a great pesto with feta and capers. I even like the bug holes! And I really liked the mixed greens and kale. I am a greens fanatic. The carrots are very good too. And I love to cook with out going to the store. Just use what I have. Every night I can make something that looks like magazine food for your box and I just love starting with a few things with dirt on them and ending up with a great meal.

Also, I have a huge red eared slider turtle here, so even the veg scraps get eaten at my house!! And what the turtle doesnt eat, I compost and use for my potted patio tomatoes.

Lorelei

 

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