Hi, I know it’s been a while between this and our last newsletter. We are finished with our weddings here on the farm and have been busy clearing and cleaning up the field getting ready for winter to come sneaking in. Â We have had a couple of frosts these past couple of weeks which will sweeten up these fall greens…and tis the season for turnips. Our CSA shareholders will be seeing some of those in your baskets come Saturday. We have a great crops of Bok Choy as well ready to harvest. I love this asian Â green…so sweet and mild. I like to sautÃ© mine with a little sesame oil, sea salt and pepper…just until wilted add a little sesame seeds on top and I have a delicious and healthy side dish. Â For those of you that want some wonderful recipes on Bok Choy here is a link that will give you just that. Â Now I know y’all are getting a little tired of all these greens…but I wanted to share a little food facts about eating in season and why it is so important to good health. Â Mother Nature knows her business when it comes to providing food for us humans. What, when and how much we consume in the modern food system is the main problem with some real health issues as its side affect . As a farmer I tend to listen to Mother Nature and connect to that seasonal rhythm she has laid before us. Lets take fall greens and why these are important to our diet and well being. Greens for the most part are power houses in iron and other vitamins and mineral our body needs to help store and detox for the natural winter’s diet of high carbs and starches we fest on when little else is growing or available in the natural food system. It is how we have feed ourselves for hundreds of years…before modern industry brought some year around availability of all kinds of foods from so many different places around the world and knowledge in how farmers can grow in mild temperate locations year around, we humans ate what was growing fresh in our area during that crops growing season. Unless we preserved through canning, drying or long term storage of some kind we had to eat in season. Â No one 30 years ago would of asked for or even dreamed of buying watermelon in November or April…No one would have expected a nice red tomato to show up on their burger in November-June Â here in Tennessee. You wouldn’t have had that nice cool crisp salad to fest on in July, Aug or September 40 years ago….Lettuce is a cool season vegetable not a hot summer green. But we being the mega brains that we think we are…we out smarted Mother Nature and can eat our way through any season…any vegetable or fruit we would like. But this has caused major side effects in our health and our planet. So back to those fall greens…these are natures perfect food to prepare your bodies for those long winters of sparse sources of nutrients these greens provide…and guess what..because this is how we were meant to eat all along…your body will hold on to these nutrients longer helping to keep you healthy through those cold and colorless months coming up…so eat up!
FALL CSA PICKUP Â Saturday Oct. 24th 10-1pm Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â November 8th. 10-1pm
I wanted to introduce our farm friends to our new sweetie we have on the farm…her name is Penelope Â and she is a 9 month old lamb. She loves to be petted and will gladly take your greens for herself:)Â