CSA Week #12

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Strawberries….last week I announced that we would be able to offer bulk flats of berries to CSA members. Apparently, the strawberry patch didn’t get the memo! We are in a lull right now, and it could be a while before we are harvesting enough berries to offer bulk flats to members…my apologies for getting your hopes up! I will keep a list, in a first come, first serve manner, keeping those who have already requested berries at the top of the list. As soon as the berries are abundant again, I will let you know!

Organic Grass Fed Beef availability is now open! For those of you who requested the current info, you should be receiving it in your mailbox or email any time now. If you haven’t requested the info and would like to receive it, just let me know and I’ll get it out to you, or you can look online at our website for the info….Winter Green Farm Organic Grass Fed Beef

  • Cilantro
  • Green Beans
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Onion

Some Sites Only

  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

RECIPES:

Mango w/Cilantro, Coconut & Chile Powder

Zesty Quinoa Salad

Sweet & Spicy Green Beans

Eggplant Sandwich

Gazpacho

Fresh Tomato Tart

It looks like we may have made it through the heat wave section of our summer, as cooler weather rolls in..I know our crew is happy to hear that, especially the irrigation guys, as they have been running ragged trying to keep everything hydrated. The good thing about the heat is that the warm weather loving crops are growing so well…we started having some crew picking zucchini on the weekends, as they seem to grow inches overnight!

A FARMER PROFILE:

We have been very fortunate to have Lucero join our crew this season. She has been interested in working on a farm for a long time, and has spent the last 3 months with us. She grew up in a very small town in the mountains of southern Mexico, far from everywhere.  In those times, her family grew their own vegetables at home. With time, this custom has been lost.  Along with the disappearance of home agriculture, many traditional crops are not cultivated any more in her home town.

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Lucero studied Biology at University, and began working on plants because of her experiences with plants and agriculture as a child. After completing her PhD in plant genetics, she did postdoctoral studies at the International Center for Maize and Wheat Breeding (CIMMYT), in Texcoco, Mexico. CIMMYT is a public research center focused on helping the world’s poor by breeding better strains of crops. Crops bred at CIMMYT have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Her projects at CIMMYT, and later on at Pioneer in the US, were focused on understanding how plants respond to drought. Lucero mainly worked on a model plant called Arabidopsis thaliana, but also a little bit on maize.
After almost 25 years working in research, Lucero is ready to explore her long term interests in holistic approaches to farming. She came to Winter Green Farm because she had met Mary Jo and Jack many years ago. Lucero says “While I’ve been here, it has been a pleasure to learn that Winter Green Farm is one of the most respected organic farms in all of Oregon.  I’ve had a wonderful experience over the last couple of months. The greatest lesson that I’ve learned is that farming can be an act of love, feeding the people you care about most, while caring for the land. I’m very thankful for the opportunity that Winter Green has given me, and to all the nice people I’ve met here. My next step is to learn more about organic farming in Mexico.”
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Lucero with  her visiting father Don Thomas, her husband Stewart, and her brother Victor

Lucero hopes to start her own organic farm in Mexico one day, and hopes to join us once again next season to continue learning on Winter Green Farm. We have thoroughly enjoyed having her with us…she is a very conscientious, and efficient crew member, always smiling and ready to offer her hand wherever it might be needed. We all look forward to her return next season and wish her all the best as she heads home to Mexico.
We hope you all have a great week ahead and enjoy your veggies!
Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers

2 thoughts on “CSA Week #12

  1. Thank you so much for sharing about Lucero and her work! I had no idea our farm is that famous! But I should, shouldn’t I. The produce is amazing! And the staff is too! Thanks to you all for your hard work. . .you are keeping my health levels up. And my mental health too, as I enjoy wonderful meals based on our veggies.
    I would like to recommend a wonderful cookbook that I use a lot for our produce:
    World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey
    This book includes a variety of cuisine types and is lacto-ovo vegetarian. I have created many amazing meals between our farm produce and this book!

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