Farmer John Invites You to the Open House on July 20 – 5th Harvest Week: Tue/Wed/Thurs Delivery; July 9th, 10th & 11th, 2013

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Farmer John Invites You to the Open House on July 20.

Details within.


               Harvest Sage from our U-Pick Garden at the Open House

The Weather

Warmish. Some humid days. Occasional sprinkles. Occasional cloudbursts.

The Work

Lovely tribute sent by a Shareholder to the Farm Team:

Faithful Farm Hands

Blessings to everything about you that draws you to this work!

Blessings on your mind, spirit and body!

Blessings to you…


To your calloused knees and hands

To your sore lower backs and shoulders

To your weary feet at the days end

To your dirt–smudged faces


May the intoxicating aroma of basil lift your spirit

May the satisfaction of a hard days work fill you with pride

May the cool weather evoke deep appreciation in your heart

And may the comradery of working shoulder to shoulder ground you


Thank you for blessing my body with local whole and healthy food

Thank you for faithfully doing the work day after day, rain or shine

Thank you for being part of my greater community


Much Appreciation,

Katy (a former farm hand)

The Crops

We transplanted most of the fall broccoli. Seeded rutabaga. Trellised tomatoes. The ample moisture in the ground coupled with the heat is making the crops grow rapidly. The sweet corn is tasseling and shooting ears. Potatoes are flowering. Carrots will soon be in your boxes.

tomatoes taking shape

               Tomatoes Taking Shape

Stay Close to Your Farm

Visit us often at, where we post exciting farm developments regularly. We invite you to post about your CSA experience there, too.


Cucumbers & Celery in Foreground

A Message from the Angelic Organics Learning Center 

On Farm Programs at Angelic Organics Learning Center offer so much more that the opportunity to learn new skills; they offer a full-sensory experience on a unique and peaceful working farm environment. We have witnessed how therapeutic being on the farm can be for people of all different ages and backgrounds.

None of our programming would be possible without our friends at Angelic Organics.  We are endlessly grateful for the opportunity to utilize the farm as a living classroom and offer people the chance to eat a carrot fresh from the organic soil or harvest their own lettuce for a salad.  See our calendar to see all the possibilities to come for a learning adventure – and unwind – out on the farm.

~Jessie Mermel, Angelic Organics Learning Center

July 20 Open House at Angelic Organics – Saturday July 20, 10:30 am – 4 pm

You’re invited to come see your Farm and meet your Farmers and Fellow Shareholders. We will be hosting a potluck meal and visiting day!

Angelic Organics 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011

*Please note that this is not a public event and is only intended for shareholders & their guests, and invited friends of the farm and Learning Center. (R.S.V.P.’s are not necessary)

Schedule Of Events  10:30 am – 4:00  

 Arrive + Hayrides + U-Pick + Angelic Organics Scavenger Hunt + Cookbook Signing

Upon arrival, check in at the reception table in the big barn. Then relax, mingle and explore the farm.

Scavenger Hunt Throughout the Day

Kids & Parents: meet our pigs, chickens, goats and more on a scavenger hunt adventure to the Learning Center during the CSA open house. You’ll even get a very special treat at the end. Hint: It’s cold, sweet, and it’s made from goat’s milk! See you there!


Throughout the Day, U-Pick

Harvest herbs, flowers and beans from our U-Pick Garden at our Open House on July 20.


Co-Owners: Laura Gilliam and Chef Patricia Mulvey

10:30 to 12:30 in the Main Barn: 

Cookbook Signing of Farm, Fresh and Fast by Patricia Mulvey of Local Thyme  

Patricia Mulvey helps create your Local Thyme CSA Recipe Service, about which many shareholders have written very favorable comments. Patricia is a personal chef with over a dozen years of experience cooking from CSA boxes. addition, she is an editor of From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce, and she is the Fair Share CSA Coalition Chef, with whom she just published a new cookbook, Farm, Fresh and Fast.

Price of the cookbook at this special signing: $20


10:30 until Noon, Hayrides 

The first hayride will go out as soon as enough shareholders fill up a wagon. The last hayride before lunch will go out at noon, so make sure to arrive well before noon if you want to go on a morning hayride. Lots of fantastic crops to see this year.

12:30 – 1:30 The Potluck 

Please bring a dish to serve 20 people–triple the amounts which would feed your whole family. We all love food, & people tend to pile their plates high! You may also wish to bring the recipe that goes with your dish. Please bring your own place settings & beverages. We also encourage you to bring a picnic blanket and/or lawn chairs as table space is limited.

1:30 – 2:15 The CSA Meeting

Meet Patricia Mulvey of Local Thyme. Meet the Farm Team. Get an update on the season & fields. Hear the latest from the Learning Center. Talk, ask questions, and offer suggestions about food & farming. Kids Activities!  Kids of all ages are welcome to join in on the scavenger hunt, visit with the Learning Center livestock, and participate in craft activities in the barnyard center.

2:15 – 3 Tour of Social Spaces on Farmstead by Farmer John

For those of you who are interested in how we have adapted the buildings on the farm for social and educational life, and what we still hope to accomplish in this realm, join Farmer John as he walks you through several of the farm buildings.

3:00 – 4:00 Farm Field Tour

The Farm Field Tour will be similar to hayrides occurring earlier in the day but will go into greater detail. Be aware that space is limited and that the tour is often a popular event. Be sure to catch a hayride before lunch if you want to ensure at least 1 trip around the fields.

wagon ride

Pet & Insect Note: Although we do love the company of animals (such as the Learning Center’s goats & cows) we do not allow pets to be brought onto the farm. Also, as we are an Organic Farm, we do not spray against mosquitos. If you have insect bite concerns, we recommend you wear long sleeves and pants.

We hope to see you at the Farm on July 20th. 

Farmer John and the Angelic Organics Farm Team

Box Contents

Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.

Brassicas – 1 broccoli, 1 cauliflower, 1 kohlrabi

Fruiting Crops – 2-3 summer squash (Zucchini, Yellow or Patty Pan), 2-3 cucumbers, maybe a green bell pepper or maybe a small orient eggplant

Cooking Greens – kale

Alliums – bunched scallions,

Salad Greens – 1 or 2 heads of lettuce

Root Crops – bunched beets

Herbs – bunched parsley, bagged cilantro

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