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Posted 3/25/2014 6:27am by Jill Rendleman.

Welcome to all returning and to all new members!  Green healthy lettuces, kale, spinach, pac choi, and peas are all happily sleeping under row covers and growing for your table.  Just a few short notes here this morning and then another more detailed note before the first pick up on or about Thursday April 10th.  

1.  Members can now click on                          http://www.allseasons-farm.com/login to sign into your membership and look at and/or edit your information, make payments, buy a new share, etc.  Please sign in with your email address and make sure i have your pick up and other share information correct.  Please make any needed changes.  You can also get to this membership login by going to our website at www.allseasons-farm.com, click on CSA, then click on CSA Current Member Login.  This is new...please let me know if you have any problems with it.  

2. Pickups.....Neighborhood Co-op will be Thursday April 10th.  On Farm will be Thursday April 10th.  Market Pickup will be on Saturday April 12th.  Home Delivery.....there is a larger number of home deliveries this year so i will have to divide up the days.  I will contact home deliveries soon to let you know what is the delivery date.   Pickup time is anytime after 1pm for Co-op and On Farm and 9am to noon at Market.   Times may be adjusted after the beginning of the season.   The Co-op and the farm have coolers so you can pick up anytime after the regular pickup time if you cant make it on Thursday.  

3. Our goal is to always bring you the best of what is available on our farm and to provide that at a good value to your family.  With 2014 being the winter that keeps on giving, CSA boxes may be a bit light in the beginning of the season, but will grow and have more diverse contents as the season progresses.  Thanks for your patience and for understanding that being in a CSA links you directly to local weather as well as your farmer!  

4. Egg share members......we are just starting to see some good egg production days.....so be patient and know that you will receive the full egg share value over the next 25 weeks!  

Take care and as always, give me a call with any questions.  

your farmer,  jill  618  308  0217

New spinach in high tunnels


Jill Rendleman

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Posted 3/21/2014 3:59pm by Jill Rendleman.

Youe last winter share has a lovely salad mix we put on trial and decided we love it.  The mix of green and red lettuces which are both cruuunchy and sweet is a great combination that we will do more of.   And a bit of good bye winter spinach at it's best when the nights are still cold.  Finally, a touch of microgreens for good measure.....may be the last of these for a while as the weather warms up.  Thanks so much for your support this winter in a season that is not always this challenging!  Filling CSA boxes is a lot like doing Christmas stockings....which i love to do...and it was a fun fall and winter to be creative and a better winter farmer.  

Lots of sunshine and warm winds today are drying out our outdoor fields....and much of the indoor tunnels now have something new started in them for the new season.  

Rainbow over newly tilled beds.





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Posted 3/14/2014 8:31am by Jill Rendleman.

Spinach, Pac Choi, and Microgreens fill your box this week.  A hunger for all things green inspired the contents....i have been adding green things to soups and sauces, but at the last minute so ....so warm things on cold days with a little green crunch.  

March 20th is last pickup for Winter share members.  Spring/Summer first pickup is the week of April 10th.  This break allows me to sort through new and returning members, get new boxes, and generally get organized.  We are considering two delivery days during the week....i will let members know ASAP if we decide that.  I will send more info to Spring/Summer new members concerning pickups, boxes, times, and etc.  Excited to get a new season going!!!  





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Posted 3/8/2014 9:07am by Jill Rendleman.

Spring/Summer 2014 Season first share pickup is April 10th.  Fall/Winter 2014 members.....your box this week contains nutritioius Microgreens, fresh Parsley and Dill......as well as famous noodles from KNoodles!  We have talked about microgreens before and I hope you are finding some creative ways to use them.  I am now topping my mid morning sandwich with micro greens as well as topping salads, soups, and all meats and eggs.  Microgreens sell by the oz! so having a high tunnel full of them is quite a treat.  Fresh parsley will go well with your noodles or added to any soups or salads.  I cook my noodles only a few minutes and then drain and put back in the pot with just a little of the remaining water, then add olive oil or butter, and then toss in chopped parsley.....after a few minutes put on a plate and top with shredded parmesan and of course.....microgreens.  Parsley is full of Vit C and other great nutrients and a great way to break out of winter.  Fresh dill also goes well on any warm pasta, but also great on any type of fish or chicken dish....or simply let some cream cheese soften, add a little garlic salt, and dill......stir and refrigerate for a great sandwich or bagel spread.  Enjoy Enjoy....spring is coming!  





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Posted 2/28/2014 7:16am by Jill Rendleman.

Our shares for Spring/Summer are almost sold out, so renew soon if you haven't yet.  We have a 95% renew rate so thank you so much returning members.  

Red Romaine and Pac Choi fill your box this week, along with more tasty nutritious micro greens.  How have you used your microgreens?  You can share on All Seasons Farm facebook
https://www.facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm   for all to see.  We have used them primarily as a garnish on pasta, other salads, and last night on red meat which we rarely eat.  Of course, i covered the meat with the micros, so it look more like a salad atop soooomething....since you couldnt see the meat anymore.  Winter members.....you have been the best this year.  Since CSA members are usually the adventurous type, we certainly had a winter adventure, but all in all, it taught me how to be a better winter grower and how to improvise in the high tunnels. It also allowed us to support other local winter market vendors by adding the occasional homemade noodles, honey, and other goodies.   Last drop for Winter Shares is Thursday March 20th.  Returning and new members, first drop for Spring/Summer Shares is Thursday April 10th.  

Please look around for any wayward wax boxes and return to your box drop.  We start with new boxes each new season, but i can use your old boxes for other purposes on the farm.  

Jill Rendleman

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Posted 2/20/2014 5:34pm by Jill Rendleman.

Spring/Summer Shares begin April 10th!   Fall/Winter Shares.....in your box Pac Choi, Spinach, Golden Beets and yes.....Microgreens.....a new addition to our 2014  Organic Certification....are in your box this week.  Microgreens are known for their nutritional density and interesting taste.  Many people use them as garnish on soups or entrees, or simply to top a great salad, however, microgreens can be a salad on their own using a very lite dressing and can also be a great addition for juicing.  Microgreens are expensive to grow due to the labor involved and the large numbers of seeds used, but we now think they are worth it!   We have been experimenting with our mix, but it includes Tokyo Bekina, Tatsoi, Radish, Red Mustard, Arugula, Peas, Amarinth, and other secret seed varieties.  

Here is  a recipe for our fav micro salad...

8 oz microgreens

2 cucumbers

2 avocados

3 tomatoes (optional)

Extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Manchego cheese

sea salt and ground pepper

Cut cucs, tomatoes, avocados (or your fav veg)  in thin slices and lay over microgreens.  Dress salad with generous olive oil and dash of balsamic vinegar...about 3:1 ratio oil to vinegar.   Grate cheese into thin slices and place over salad, salt and pepper to taste.   

Enjoy.....welcome your feed back on the microgreens.....its a new thing so any suggestions from members are very very welcome.  jill

 

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Posted 2/6/2014 10:11pm by Jill Rendleman.

Early season discounts are available of $50 are available for Spring/Summer shares purchased prior to March 1.  Discounts of $150 are available when members purchase Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter shares prior to March 1.  For more information and to sign up click on www.allseasons-farm.com/csa-share-information  

Looking forward to getting back to spring and summer members after a really really long cold winter!  





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Posted 2/6/2014 4:55pm by Jill Rendleman.

Toscano kale, pac choi and sweet potatoes are in your box today.   Kale is on the top of every "most nutritious" list with high levels of beta carotene and antioxidants which help your immune system fight cancers and heart disease.... in addition, it's taste improves with cold weather!   Have you tried the kale salad at the Co-op and wondered how it got that deep green color?  This is done by "massaging" kale....simply cut the leaves from the stems (fresh stems for soup later), cut leaves into strips, sprinkle with salt and rub and squeeze with your fingers for a few minutes until the kale begins to "weep."  After this you can add pecans, cranberries, apples, or any other fruit you like (preferably a red or orange color), lemon juice, and a sweet dressing such as Brianna's Strawberry Vinegrette.  

However for something warm...here is a recipe for Indian Spiced Lentils with Kale....soup sounds good in this cold.

1 cup red lentils, 1 tsp salt, 1 pound kale (stemmed and chopped), 1 TB unsalted butter, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes to taste, 2 cloves garlic minced, 2 tsp minced fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp dry ginger).  Bring lentils, 6 cups water and salt to boil for about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat, simmer until lentils are tender but still hold their shape about 20 min.  Drain lentils reserving 1 1/2 cup liquid.    Heat butter (or olive oil) in large skillet  over med heat.  add next 4 ingredients.  saute to develop flavors about 1 minute.  add garlic and ginger, saute until softened about 2 minutes.  Add lentils and kale and reserved liquid.  simmer to blend flavors about 5 minutes.  adjust seasonings and serve!  

 





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Posted 2/1/2014 6:41pm by Jill Rendleman.

CSA members will find emerald green spinach, red romaine, toscano kale, and golden beets.  Most of this you have seen and have recipes from before except perhaps the golden beets.  Now they arent the prettiest thing ever to be in your box, but they are veeery tasty.  We simply peel away the tougher parts of the skin, roll around in olive oil and garlic, and roast in 375 oven for about 20 min or until just not firm.  Like sweet potatoes and other root crops, they will continue to bake after you remove them from the oven so dont leave them in too long.   You can also slice and stir fry them, or just add them as a nice new color to salads.  Gold beets do not change the color of lettuces or cabbage as red beets do.  To find more recipes, go to our website for an archive of really good ones.  Toscano kale is not quite as pretty as the Rainbow kale earlier, but it has its merits.  It's dark green leaves are full of vitamins and antioxidants.....they told me at the Co-op last week that kale was the number one seller at the store in 2013!  All Seasons supplied some of that kale, so that makes me proud!  Normally bananas are #1.   Remember to post those flyers if you get a chance and talk to your friends and neighbors about joining a CSA.   And thanks so much to Marissa or her spouse? for fixing the farm cooler door!  Works like magic now!  Spring seeding has begun!  

Spring Seeding has begun!





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Posted 1/26/2014 9:44am by Jill Rendleman.

News from All Seasons Farm

Our early bird discount sign up season for produce and egg shares is now open!  CSA members are folks who buy "shares" of our Certified Organic Produce and/or Eggs and in exchange recieve weekly boxes of fresh local organic produce delivered to the Co-op, your home, farm market, or the farm.  I really focus on two things on the farm:  taste and quality.   I often spend two years researching a lettuce variety before planting.....the taste tests are the most important factor!  Our soils are amended to certified organic standards including the micro nutritients that your plants eat....and in turn provide that nutrition to those who eat them.  We water with sweet spring water, not city water with additives, and it is tested regularly.  No GMO's  No Toxins on our farm.   Quality is maintained several ways, we rotate crops and use row cover to protect from pests, we pick by only hand and at the height of ripeness and then cool immediately in spring water....and then on to the make shift barn cooler at 45 degrees.  The result is produce and fruit with exceptional taste and quality, delivered to our CSA members in clean wax boxes within 24 hours of harvest (exception would be root crops).   We support other sustainable and local farms in our area by including in our CSA unusual or diverse products that All Seasons does not have.....examples would be mushrooms, noodles, winter squashes, and etc.  We provide eating and cooking tips, pickup reminders, and general updates about the farm to you weekly.  

Community Supported Agriculture is a way to get high quality fresh local and organic food, it is also a way to know your farmer, introduce your children or grandchildren to an organic farm (tours free to members!), a way to consistently prompt you to eat more and better veggies, and a way to support a local farm and the local economy.   For the farmer, it means we can plan for a known demand, purchase seeds and amendments early, and connect more closely with our customers.....listening to them and adapting to their suggestions.  

Prices for memberships vary with size, and are discounted if you sign up early, and if you sign up for more than one season.  The current pricing ranges from $12/wk to $22/wk for 25 weeks.  Check it out on our website listed below and call me for questions, jill 618 308 0217





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