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Posted 1/18/2018 8:49am by Jill Rendleman.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ large or 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 pounds bulb fennel, trimmed, washed and diced
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 garlic cloves or 1/2 head green garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • Salt to taste
  • A bouquet garni made with a bay leaf, a couple of sprigs each parsley and thyme, 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds and 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, tied in cheesecloth
  • 2 quarts water, vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • Freshly ground pepper

FOR GARNISH, CHOICE OF

  • Chopped fresh fennel fronds
  • Lightly crushed fennel seeds
  • Paper-thin slices of fennel bulb
  • Garlic croutons
  • Shaved Parmesan

PREPARATION

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add the onion, celery, chopped fennel and a generous pinch of salt. Cook gently for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the vegetables have softened and lost some of their volume. Add the potatoes, garlic, bouquet garni and the water or stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add salt to taste, cover and simmer 45 minutes.
  2. Remove the bouquet garni. Blend the soup until smooth with an immersion blender, or ladle into a blender, working in 1 1/2-cup batches. Remove the center from the blender cover, place a towel over the cover and pull it down tightly to prevent splashing. Blend and return to the pot. Heat through, add salt and pepper to taste and serve, or chill and serve cold, with your choice of garnishes.

ps......this is not fennel potato soup, but it looks good!!!!




 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

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Posted 1/16/2018 10:42am by Jill Rendleman.

CSA pickup reminder this week!  Same times same places.  We will be inside at the Co-op.  Today is so cold we had to use hot water to open the doors of the high tunnels.  All the plants look happy inside.....the outside crops are just so blasted by the cold.  Look for some of the last winter squash, fennel, lettuce, and an herb this week.  Time for good soups and greens to ward off the flu bugs.  Noodles, parsley and mozzarella make a wonderful winter meal as does roasted butternut squash with a few pecans.  Lots of baby lettuces and greens ready to plant if the ground thaws soon. Thanks for all your understanding and support this winter!  Hope you found good use for the carrots and mushrooms from last share.....they tasted so good!  I will post a few fennel recipes on our website.  





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 1/4/2018 7:24am by Jill Rendleman.

Members will be enjoying wonderful fresh local mushrooms this week, along with some great garlic to go along.....not so pretty garlic, but great tasting!  Also the lovely leaf lettuce which is doing so well in the high tunnels and some great new carrots with tops.  We save the tops for salads or soups, remember they are organic and they are a very interesting addition to your diet!  Our hens love them so they must be good.  We are struggling with the cold blast, even opening doors has been a problem, but yesterday it was 66 inside the lettuce house...for several hours while the sun was out.  Biggest challenge now is getting water to the plants inside the tunnels, we have to put hoses up each night and hope they don't freeze again.  

NO PICKUP next week. See you on the 18th and 19th!

This is what we do with the extras we have put in freezer over summer/fall.   Yumm......





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 12/30/2017 12:18pm by Jill Rendleman.

The 2018 CSA is open for current member sign up.  note that only a small downpayment of around $50 for half share or about $90 for full share is required for returning members at this time. Each winter I work to make sure all seasons members have incentives to sign up first before it gets crazy in may and April.    This reserves your spot for spring summer 2018 and or fall winter 2019.  remainder payments are not really formalized but what ever works best, we a small enough to accomodate.   If you opt to pay in full at sign up, you will get a 3% discount and buying two seasons adds another 3% discount.....remember debit and credit cards are accepted.  You may also note that by popular demand I am offering half dozen eggs as well as full dozen eggs per week.  I finally realized not everyone eats eggs as a meal and eggs in baked goods in one week.....even though these are the healthiest eggs on the planet!!!  They eat better than I do, really.  Call me if you have any questions about signing up or if you want to consider a custom order each week versus the CSA.  We have options for you there as well.  

daughter and grandson in the woods



 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 12/28/2017 9:44am by Jill Rendleman.

Brrrrr. is all we know!  Wood stove is going day and night and bitter cold freezing up the spring plots we were trying to get ready.  So we are using the time to finalize seed orders, straighten up barns, bring warm water to chickens, and fix what the cold breaks!  

Co-op Pickup will be inside near cash registers.  Thank you co op!!!  

Look for romaine lettuce, turnips, dill, and potatoes for this weeks share.  If you have been freezing a bit of any overage of veggies each week, this would be a good time to make a winter "everything" soup.  We boil up some chicken broth and then start adding whatever is hanging out in the freezer - we don't use anything over 6 months old as it seems to loose its flavor.  

Next Week WED  JAN 3.....we will deliver Cdale and Marion BOTH on WEDNESDAY Jan 3rd.  Thanks for your flexibility.     your cold farmer, Jill





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 12/20/2017 1:35pm by Jill Rendleman.

Members will be treated to a locally naturally cage free grown young frozen chicken for this week's box.  IF YOU DO NOT WANT A CHICKEN, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT (no email)      618-308-0217 TO LET ME KNOW.  I can substitute veggies for the chicky.  

Important note for Co-op Pickup---- We cannot store frozen chicken in the Co-op produce cooler.......so if you cannot pickup between 4 and 5:30pm on Thursday, then I will have to return to the farm for you to pickup later.  

Full shares will receive two chickens, unless you tell me otherwise.  

Here are notes from those I have heard from:

Mary B.   no chicken.  substitute veggies.

Dorthy U.  chicken two of them

Karen F    no box this week, chicken next week.

B Heaney. gone next two weeks.  when return.  add chicken.

Charlene E.  change pickup to co op.

Laura B    no chicken. ---- veggies instead! 





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 12/12/2017 3:09pm by Jill Rendleman.

Look for new curly kale, lettuce, potatoes, and more in shares this week.   Happiest of sunny winter days are here!  Now is perfect high tunnel weather for great greens and lettuces.....cold outside but warm inside, no carbon necessary.  At 30 degrees or colder, we leave high tunnels closed to capture the suns warmth to hold temps in tunnels above 40 during the night.  Many of the veggies under the low tunnels are looking pretty ragged from cold days and nights below 30...we have kale, lettuce, mixed lettuce, herbs, spinach and other things coming to eating size in the tunnels now.  With nice sunny days we have been cleaning fall beds up and preparing for spring planting.  Its so nice to be working at 30 degrees instead of 95 degrees!  We found out we have great gas and electric suppliers and good farm insurance last week.  We do have a $1000 deductible, ouch, but they will also pay for our time spent fixing things.  

Here are some pickup notes for the next few weeks....

Thursday & Friday Dec 21st and 22cd.  (young hens frozen for holiday Csa so let me know if you are veggie only and I can substitute)

Thursday & Friday Dec 28th and 29th (times & days same)

Wednesday Jan 3rd (Marion and Cdale pickup both on Wed - times same as normal pickups)

NO CSA Jan 11 or 12th.  We hope members are good with this...bill and I would like to visit friends that week down south.  The  Jan 3rd share and following week we planned to have a larger than normal sized shares to make up for the missed week.   If that doesn't work for you, then TEXT or CALL me and we can talk about other options.  

Thursday and Friday Jan 18th and 19th (back to normal) 

your farmer, Jill

 





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 12/7/2017 10:14am by Jill Rendleman.

Members will enjoy more fresh brussell sprouts on the vine as well as collard greens, potatoes, white turnips and more......all very nutritious and wonderful as the weather turns chilly.  The greens and root crops have loved the cooler weather and now have the sweetest taste of the year.  Don't forget that the greens on the white turnips are to die for if you are going to braise the turnips in olive oil a little salt.......add the greens and a little garlic right before you pull them out....so nice especially if you can get a little crunch on them.   For the sprouts......clip them off and let them soak in a little room temperature water for 5 or ten min, then set them on a towel to dry well.   then you can bag and use later, or put them right in the over or frying pan.  If frying.....remember to get out as much water as possible so you don't get popped with hot oil.  The collards many have said they are using them as wraps for sandwiches or to do a roll and then bake.  Rolls have definitely gotten more interesting to me since I got away from the standard cabbage roll.....large spinach leaves, turnip greens, and other large leaves and have fun with what you put inside.....anything from beans and/or rice/ or quinoa.....combined with any veggie....a good way to use up whats a few days old in the fridge.  My favorite winter dish is to make some veggie or chicken bouillon and just start adding everything in the veggie bins......combine with corn bread.  Eat it for days!!!

We had some excitement on the farm this week and still recovering....a big lightening strike Monday night blew up two break boxes, a bunch of circuits, our seed house heater board, our internet cables and modems, etc, a tv and sat dish, several outlets all over the barns,,,,,,,and, melted a propane line.....so Tuesday I went out to find a muddy bubbling up from the ground of propane......yicks!!!!   the gas and elect coop people came out right away and got things safe......also our farm electrician dropped everything the come over and get things going again......thank goodness no one was out at the barns that night!!!  

We look forward to more normalcy next week!  Enjoy.........let me know if there is anything we can add to the CSA menu over the next few weeks......micro greens and mixed greens are soon to be available as well as some new beets.  Last of the summer crops....the sweet peppers......were in your last box.  Still some butternut and acorn squash left......look for more local pecans and a young hen right before Christmas!!!  





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 11/29/2017 8:31am by Jill Rendleman.

Thanksgiving is always a good break from normal and thanks to members for adjusting your schedules last week.  I had many nice comments about the Brussel sprouts.....something new for members, so looks like we will do more next year.  A few more may find their way into member shares.  This weeks lovely weather left time to plant a few pear trees, clean up more beds for spring, plant golden beets and new kale starts......the moon is waxing now so will try to get those micro greens going this week in the seed house.  I have the after Thanksgiving feeling that my veins are full of gravy sludge and butter.....now a craving has set in for all things green.   We are seeing big bucks out at dusk munching on the oats that are the cover crop for our large butterfly habitat.....they like them so well that we can almost walk up to them while they are munching.....guess they have the green craving as well.  More sleep, more greens, more family, more time to think......winter makes us more human perhaps.    your farmer, Jill.  

Winter herbs on porch





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 11/19/2017 8:41pm by Jill Rendleman.

Happy Thanksgiving Week......members can look forward to loads of sweet potatoes, spinach &/or greens, pecans, parsley and other fall delights.  

CALL or TEXT 618-308-0217 if you want to be put on HOLD this week.....let me know if you want a double box the following week or a friend is picking up etc.  

brrrrr.........trying to keep the frost off all your growing food.  had a huge wind and rain storm yesterday followed by freezing temps last night.  my my!   grandson sawyer in the spinach tunnel.  





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

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