2017 CSA ~ Week 8

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

BLUEBERRIES! Not only will you have Blueberries in your share this week, but we’re taking orders for bulk Blueberry Flats. We’ll need to have your order by August 2nd for Tuesday/Wednesday delivery the following week (August 8th & 9th) and we’ll need to have your order by August 8th for Friday, Saturday and Sunday delivery (August 11th, 12th & 13th). The bulk flats order will be a one time event so be sure to get your order in by the dates recommended above.

STRAWBERRIES! We are ready to begin taking bulk flat orders for Strawberries as well. We will begin offering them next week and most likely be able to accommodate 10-15 flats per week. We will take your orders  on a first come/first serve basis. We will keep filling orders weekly for you as the berries allow.

WHAT’S IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Blueberries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Basil
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries

SOME SITES ONLY

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini

 

RECIPES:

Berry Shortcakes w/Whipped Cream Cheese

Blueberry Dutch Pancakes

Blueberry Blintzes

Zucchini Rolls w/Goat Cheese & Mint

Zucchini Latkes w/Parmesan, Pine Nuts & Basil

Cold Sesame Noodles w/Broccoli & Kale

 

Welcome to the week! We’re excited to offer Blueberries in your share this week, and as with many things this season, there is a story to go with them.  We had plans to work with a local grower this season, and have been checking in with them weekly for the last few weeks to see when they would be available. After hearing “next week” for several weeks, we learned on Friday that they would not be able to supply us with our berries this season after all! As you can imagine, Friday afternoon was spent searching for a local source and we were finally able to source berries on such short notice. This week, your berries will be coming in plastic clamshells, which we wish wasn’t the case, but we were just happy to be able to have some for you! Next week we will be back to the paper hallox pint containers.

We will be able to offer bulk flats to members, and they will be delivered to your delivery locations the week of August 7th through 13th. You will need to have your orders in the week before (August 2nd for Tuesday/Wednesday delivery the following week & August 8th for Friday, Saturday & Sunday delivery). We will only be offering bulk flat delivery in this one week time frame.

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We’re all so proud of young Winter Green Farmer Alden Overbaugh! He rocked it at the Lane County 4H Fair this year, taking 1st in both of his Breeding and Marketing classes for his sheep, and being awarded the Grand Champion at the Auction Fair….way to go, Alden! I heard a rumor he is aspiring to thoughts of attending the State Fair…stay tuned!

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Last week we were pleased to share a Field Trip with the YMCA Youth Development summer STEM program. This year the Eugene YMCA is offering two weeks of STEM camp for girls! (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) Studies have shown that while jobs in the STEM fields are the steadiest growing area of employment, only 25% of high school graduates in the US are ready to take college classes in science and mathematics, and even fewer college graduates are qualified to step into those jobs.

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This is particularly prevalent among girls and underserved populations. At the YMCA, they firmly believe that there is no better way to engage youth in lifelong learning and interest in these fields than by making it fun! This week camp is all about engineering, the environment and how we are all connected. (How do humans impact the earth and how can they take better care of it? What kinds of careers exist in this area? Etc.)

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Jeremy and I introduced the farm to the young women on a hayride, and shared with them all of the ways that Winter Green Farm works hard to be sustainable and make as little impact on the earth as we possibly can. They asked lots of great questions and it was fun to share their enthusiasm about growing healthy organic food. We finished off the visit with a walk up to the propagation greenhouse, and snacking on some berries.

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If any of you would like to learn more about the  STEM program, or possibly even donate to their program, contact Amber Alexander, the Youth Development Coordinator at the YMCA in Eugene….541-686-9622.
Crop-Up Dinner Series & Market Showcase 
Next week, on August 2nd, we’re thrilled to be attending the Crop-Up™Dinner Series & Market Showcase created by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University. The dinner series has been designed to increase awareness of the bountiful diversity of Oregon Specialty Crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops. The 2017 Crop-Up™ Dinners are being held at various sites in Oregon central to local Specialty Crop Growers and processors.
This Crop Up Dinner will be held at The Bethel Farm.  The Bethel Farm is a 3.5 acre farm located between Kalapuya High School and Prairie Mountain School in Eugene, OR.  The farm is the result of the Bethel School District staff and students’ thoughtful planning

and hard work, and also due to the generous support of the Oregon Community Foundation.

The first farm season was Spring of 2016 when they grew approximately 4000 pounds of vegetables for the local Bethel community, and school district cafeterias.   A crew of student workers, along with the help of principal Stefan Aumack and other staff, built a 40×60 cedar barn on the site.  The barn is used for processing vegetables, seeds, and as an educational classroom, and where the Crop Up dinner will be held next week.

Come join the fun if you can and dine on delicious dishes built around Oregon’s Specialty Crops grown in the local regions surrounding each dinner site. Dinner Tickets cost $20 per person and include access to the market showcase and dinner.  For those members who live on the Coast, there will be a Crop Up Dinner in North Bend on August 17th.
We hope that you all enjoy a wonderful week ahead….
Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers

 

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