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Farm Share CSA for 8.26.2015

This week’s Farm Share will most likely include:
Lettuce, Carrots, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Garlic, a pair of Jalapenos, Kale (on farm) OR Chard (Church Hill), Green Beans (on farm) OR Summer Squash (Church Hill).

Sign up is now open for our Fall Farm Share CSA which provides members with a weekly share of vegetables for all of October and November. We are so excited to announce that we have not one but two new pick up locations for our Fall Farm Share, pending enough sign-ups for each spot: Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox in Bon Air will be an additional Wednesday afternoon pick up spot and First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond(adjacent to Byrd Park and the Carillon Tower) will be a Farm Share pick up spot for Sunday mornings.

ALSO new for the fall season: Farm Share CSA members that pick up at our farm can sign up for a Dairy Share through Old Church Creamery, picked up at our farm each week. Details on the CSA sign up page. 

* Mark your Calendars! *
Our 2015 CSA Member Farm Party will be on Sunday, September 27th, from 2-6 pm.
CSA Members: Please join us on the farm to share food, drink, a members-only farm tour, and a celebration of the 2015 season. Bring some food to share and sit with us for a spell. Drop in for just a bit or stay the whole afternoon. Driving directions and information (including tour time, tba) found here.

Recipe Suggestions: see these and others cataloged on our Recipe Page
Sweet Peppers – For those that receive the sweet and small lunchbox peppers, this Sweet Pepper Popper recipe is delicious. You can also simplify it and make it vegetarian by just stuffing with goat cheese and dusting with bread crumbs. (This is a favorite way to enjoy these peppers by at least one of our passionate CSA members!) For those that like spice, you can add the jalapenos to this dish for a handful of bites with a real zing. Here is another recipe for Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers – 2 Ways, including a dairy-free option.
Green BeansGreen Bean Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Lettuce – Our salad greens are returning! We are so happy. You likely don’t need any recommendations, but for those looking for salad dressing inspiration, see the above Mustard Vinaigrette or to make progress on moving past store bought salad dressing, see this list of 5 Salad Dressings to Know By Heart. Home made salad dressing takes some time to make, but less and less time as you get familiar with stand by recipes. You win with better flavor, more nutrition, and money savings.
Summer Squash – We still swear by grilling it as the tastiest way to eat squash this summer. Drizzle one of those homemade salad dressings on top of the grilled slices and savor it.
Carrots – For a diversion from our usual recipe suggestions, check out these Carrot Cake Power Bites. We haven’t made them yet, but are about to. Carrots with dates and almond butter? Yes, please! (Note: This recipe is best when the dough is chilled overnight.)
Chard – Try it this way: Tortilla Espanola with Rainbow Chard  You can sub kale for the chard that it calls for.
Tomatoes – In case you need recipe inspiration, check out this list of 13 Recipes that Make the Most of Fresh Tomatoes

Notes about the upcoming weeks, for your planning purposes:
–  We are not taking Market Share orders for pick up at Good Health Herbs this week or next (Wednesday, August 26th or September, 2nd).
– We will not be at South of the James market on Saturday, August 29, or selling through Fall Line Farms (Richmond’s online farmers market) for delivery on August 27. We will be at the Brandermill market like usual.
– We will not be baking bread on Saturday, August 29.
Good Health Herbs is moving! Market Share orders for pick up there after September 1 will be at their new location: 13601 Genito Rd. Midlothian, VA.

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