Welcome To Harvest Week 14: Tue/Wed/Thurs Delivery, Sept 10, 11 & 12, 2013
Welcome to Harvest Week 14
Shareholder Kristine Scott Schultz Writes about Our Open Houses
Please return your Vegetable Boxes and Mesh Bags to your Delivery Site. This helps the farm out a lot.
Extra Winter Squash for Sale
Save the date Saturday, Sept 21, for our Farm Open House
About our Open Houses, from a Shareholder
July 24, 2013
[Dear Angelic Organics Farmers],
After 8-9 years of being a shareholder, the Farm Open House still continues to be a highlight in our Summer & Fall with regards to our family outings! My friend Eileen & I with our children–we each have three, a total of six–and sometimes our husbands come and thoroughly enjoy & make good use of introducing our children to farm life! They are all great eaters except when they go through periods of complaining, but by and large, if Farmer John grows it, they have to try it & often they love the veggies! However, it gives them a great thrill to take a hay ride, milk goats, catch chickens, collect eggs, try goat milk ice cream, pick flowers & beans, as well as, picking pumpkins & gourds in the fall. Again, never a disappointment! We are also so lucky to try new & fantastic recipes from other shareholders during the potluck lunch. Loved the Dinosaur slaw from a fellow shareholder which is really kale slaw. We are always in need of more kale recipes! Anyway, we just want to say we are very grateful to our enthusiastic farm crew, staff, community, our fearless leader Farmer John and lastly to Rudolph Steiner who shared with the world such a deep understanding of the natural world and then shared his knowledge with us so that we can benefit from his wisdom in order to enrich our minds, bodies, & our souls!
Also, we took home eggs which were so fantastic!! We camped at Rock Cut State Park & woke up to a farm fresh breakfast of eggs over easy, green beans, cucumbers & sausages.
Again, I mentioned to Farmer John how much I have enjoyed Thyme.com [localthyme.net]. It has been a great resource for me with regards to adding new recipes to my large repertoire!
Lastly, there was some talk about creating community at the meeting and although we come together as community at the Farm every year, there is very little interaction in our own individual communities. I would like to propose that maybe each site have a once-a-year potluck to be hosted by a member of the community. I am happy to host one for the LaGrange site. Is there any way to communicate or create a yahoo group or the like for each site? I would happily moderate a group like this for LaGrange, since I moderate another group locally, but suppose I would need the shareholders emails for the LaGrange Area to see if there is interest. Let me know your thoughts.
Take good care,
Kristine Scott Schultz
Farmer John’s Reply: Thank you, Kristine, for your lovely account of our farm open houses. About building community around delivery sites: what a great impulse! We’ve been discussing how to help make this happen for years.
Open House Schedule, Saturday, Sept 21
10 am: Catch critters and creatures from Kinnikinnick Creek on a creek walk with AOLC’s Katie Townsend. We’ll meet at the entrance to the 70 acres, across the road from the farm. Bring change of clothes and water shoes or boots! Children must be accompanied by a parent.
11: Begin check-in at main barn; dish drop-off; hayrides to the pumpkin patch; forage in the U-Pick garden, where lots of flowers are in bloom; cello music in the farmyard by shareholder Patti Garvey (Please bring a dish large enough to serve at least 10 people.)
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30: Cello Performance by Patti Garvey, followed by CSA meeting.
Bring your imagination and your pumpkin over to the Learning Center for pumpkin painting and veggie sculptures at the Learning Center. Bring home your brilliant farm art! (Your hayride pumpkin is the pumpkin you will paint.)
3: Hayride back to the pumpkin patch for those who missed the morning hayrides. Forage in the U-Pick garden, where lots of beautiful flowers are waiting to adorn your home.
After the Open House, you’re welcome to stay for a sunset session of yoga and meditation from 4pm-7pm. Cost is $20 and beginners are welcome. Meet at the Learning Center’s gathering space and bring your yoga mat.
Are you a Gmail user?
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The Weather This Past Week
Hot, often in the low 90’s–trying to make up for the cool summer. We’ve been irrigating.
Tomatoes came on fast and are now almost gone. Much of our winter squash is ripe. We’ve started harvesting potatoes. Beautiful fall lettuce will soon be in your box.
With gusto, the crew works hard, day after day. They are physically astonishing in this era of deskwork, banking, consulting, and technologizing.
Upcoming at the Angelic Organics Learning Center
The Learning Center’s Animal Day For Families program is so popular that they added another to their fall calendar! On Saturday, October 12th from 10 AM to 3 PM, you are invited to bring your family out to the farm for a day of hands-on experiences with the animals. Help the crew milk the goats, feed the horses, and gather eggs from the chickens. See how you can produce soil from kitchen scraps with worm boxes. Make goat’s milk ice cream and bring a sack lunch to eat under the trees near our timber frame barn. Please register for each family member age 3 and up. To register, visit http://www.learngrowconnect.org.
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.
Fruiting Crops – Acorn Squash, Heirloom Tomato, Hot Peppers
Alliums – Storage Onions, Leeks
Root Crops – Potatoes
Cooking Greens –Kale
Brassicas – Broccoli
Herb – Anise Hysop, Basil