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Posted 6/14/2013 6:44am by Jill Rendleman.

In your box this week is bulb fennel with fronds.  Fennel bulb is great in any stri fry, but i like it best with grilled salmon.  When salmon is about done, add fennel bulb which has been sliced thinly, as well as fronds to the grill.  


Fennel takes on the flavor of the salmon, but enhances it.  Fennel bulb is also very good sliced with any salad, and un cooked.  However, one of my fav fennel recipes is fennel bulb sliced thin, apples sliced thin, red onion...sliced thin.....mix with a little olive oil and a pinch of sugar and salt, mix and put in fridg for 24 hours...then use on top of any salad or any fish dish.  Fennel fronds (or leaves) can be cut off and frozen....they make a great addition to any soup.  Look for fennel and potato soup recipes....also very good especially with a little fennel frond cut up on top.  

Fronds are best in any soup.....if you are not making a soup this week, then cut the fronds, put them in a plastic bag, and freeze until you are ready for them!   Let me know what you do with your fronds!  jill 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Posted 6/11/2013 8:29am by Jill Rendleman.

Hopefully you are still enjoying cool cucumbers and warm new potatoes from last week!  

Here is a few things to expect in your box this week!  Other things may take off with the hot days predicted and be ready then!    

New sweet green bell peppers.  European seedless cucumbers.  Baby kale leaves.  Chioggia beets.  A variety of herbs.  If you have a favorite veggie or herb you would like to see in your box.....please let us know so we can include it for this fall/winter or for next spring summer.  Now is the time we are ordering seeds for fall/winter.  

For those of you with on farm pickup.....we now have a make shift cooler in the tall white barn.  Instead of picking up your box from the table....go to the other end of the barn and open the large plywood door to find your nice cool box of veggies.  If you have any trouble at all, please call me at 618 308 0217.  As we are doing this work, there is a small trench next to the barn door we had to make for electrical service.....please watch your step near the barn door!  

What is going on at the farm?  We are transitioning many of our lettuce beds into corn and green beans as well as fall tomatoe, pumpkin, and squash beds.  That means a lot of pulling out old plants, tilling, amending the soil with new sea kelp and compost, and building back the beds for new arrivals.  Its hard work, but gratifying to see new ground open up for new plants.  We are also closely watching our baby Rhode Island Red chicks....they are going to be producing eggs soon.  They love their little open air house and are just old enough we can start letting them out on pasture during the day.  Our Cornish meat chickens are eating like a herd of cattle and taking over the farm!  

Thank you for the pleasure of filling your box each week....it is a bit like doing Christmas stockings....only maybe a little better knowing that this super healthy fresh food is going to be enjoyed and maybe a bit of a delightful surprize to adventurous foodie families.

 Please keep in touch, make a date to visit the farm, or let me know what we can do better for all CSA members.  Fall/Winter signup is now available on the website or by giving me a call...for members who refer new CSA members, you will receive a free box or an extra box of veggies for your next season!   jill


Posted 6/2/2013 9:00pm by Jill Rendleman.

While the last few days may seem miserable to most, on the farm we see great things!  The cool rainy weather has turned dust into soil we can plant into and given a needed boost to the asparagus, potatoes, and rhubarb really needing some water!  So it's June 2 and many are wondering.....when are the tomatoes and peppers coming?  They are on their way, but still not ready yet.  We have nice big green tomatoes and a few peppers starting to come on.....but it may still be a few weeks if the cool weather stays on....but that's good news for late planted lettuces...a gamble, but it may work this year.  Expect in your box this week, one or two early early cucumbers, definetly some sweet carrots, more potatoes, maybe snow peas again, kale, maybe strawberries, and some sort of salad greens and of course a complimentary herb or two.   The cucumbers are grown on trellis and are very very cucumber in taste.  The variety is Tyria and Socrates, two European tried and true varieties not available anywhere but at All Seasons....and you will get to taste a real cuc taste for the first time, promise.  


About butter.....some of our vegan members are giving me a hard time about all the butter i talk about in how to cook things....guilty.  So, just to let you know, extra virgin olive oil is a much healthier alternative to butter....or you can go half butter and half extra virgin..sorry kathy and jerri.   my doctor recommends i give up butter and wine, but then i say, then what is worth living?  not a good attitude.  so.....i will be more conscious about providing alternatives to animal products....and remember, everything in moderation.  I would like to recommend an investment in the cook books from Alice Waters of Chez Panisse Restaurant.  She started the restaurant movement to fresh local organic produce as the basis for outstanding vegetarian menus...they are simple and to the point, yet delicious.  


We invite all members to come and visit the farm and see what bio intensive organic farming is all about.  Bring your children and your friends......after the visit, drive 4 mles south  to Owl Creek Vineyard.....the award winning winery of Southern Illinois...absolutely the best wine in the region, a great new chef pairing All Seasons certified organic produce with award winning wines.  Expect a beautiful outdoor deck amoung the deep woods of Southern Illinois, great wines, and really tasty food for pairing.  Very peaceful and beautiful setting for what's best in life.  



Posted 5/22/2013 12:56pm by Jill Rendleman.

Sorry for being behind on notices to CSA members.  We have a field day here this week to discuss small farm tools and it has really thrown me off!  If anyone would like to tour the farm, this would be a good time.....come Thursday evening from 5:30 to about 7:00.  You can tour the farm and hear about the low carbond hand tools we use and how to use them in your own garden or farm.  You need to register for the event at Food Works website.  If you are not a member of Food Works please consider.  This non profit organization helps to train beginning farmers and also connects farmers with consumers and vice versa.  


As for your box.....mixed lettuces, snap peas, maybe some strawberries if they hold out in this cool weather, mixed herbs, and either kale or chard.  Kale is sweet right now due to the weather....it is great chopped up, add some pecans or other nuts, a fruit of your choice (strawberries are good), and a small diced onion or green onion. The dressing is simple oil and vinegar with a little sweet water and a dash of lemon or lime.  My favorite on almost any salad!  Chard is great cooked.....cut the leaves from the stems and slice up, then cut the stems into one to two inch pieces and sautee in a pan with a little olive oil, butter, salt.  After about two minutes add the sliced up leaves and some minced garlic or garlic salt and sautee another minute or so until the chard is just cooked through.   You can eat it just like this, Chef Bill from SIU turned me on to putting this over corn bread that was moist and warm right out of the oven....very good and pretty too with the red chard leaves and the deep golden corn bread.  


We are currently transitioning in our crops from things that do well in cool weather to things that do best in warm weather....things coming on are tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, beans, zucchhinni, basil, and more....cant wait.  Thanks for your support and membership!  jill



Posted 5/5/2013 10:53am by Jill Rendleman.

Hopefully you are all enjoying a wonderful sleepy Sunday but eating some crisp green things from your box! 

This week's box will include mixed greens, head lettuce, raddish, an herb or two, and SNOW PEAS!  Yeah!

Snow peas can be eaten like candy, one at a time, or you can add them to a salad, or you can stir fry them with thin sliced chicken or beef or other veggies and serve on rice.  

Speaking of boxes.....some Co-Op pickup folks did not return your box!  I will have to put your produce into a grocery bag until you return the box!  Sorry but these boxes are about $4.00 each and we just cant afford to replace boxes each week.  Please return them!!! Thanks and stay warm and cozy today!  jill


Posted 4/29/2013 9:08am by Jill Rendleman.

This week you will see head lettuce, baby radishes, green bunching onions, dill, oregano, chard, and baby mixed leaf lettuce.   Spinach is taking a break for a week or so, but there should still be some at the Co-op this week for purchase.  Thanks for the great return of boxes in good shape too!

So sorry about not including the weekly newsletter with your box last week!  We had it ready and simply forgot it! Seems short term memory is not one of my stronger points!  

If you ever want a larger quantity of something on the list, ie a family gathering etc, then let me know and we can set up an order for extra produce.   


There are some extra pepper and tomato plants in Pebbles, our seed house, that would be free to CSA members.  You would have to stop by the farm to pick them up!  They are extras from our plantings....so if you dont worry, you will be eating them whether you grow them or not!   

Posted 4/22/2013 10:01am by Jill Rendleman.

All Seasons CSA Members will see in their box this week.....a variety of new head lettuce, pac choi, probably some spinach, rainbow chard, variety of herbs....mostly greens!   Pac choi is a tender chinese cabbage...use to stir fry or just as you do regular cabbage.  


Hopefully you are working towards eating veggies everytime you prepare a meal...think what can i do with those veggies?  As you add more veggies to your diet most people find they end up spending less on meats.  You can begin to think of meats as...the flavoring!  This weekend, we threw the leavings of our spinach and chard and our herbs that were in the ice box into our Sunday egg and cheese omelet.   Anytime you fix a roast or soup or even a sandwich....throw in the veggies.  They brighten up a sandwich and add depth of flavor and lots of nutrition into soups.  One of my fav things to do is to get a whole organic hen from the Co-op....put it in the crock pot with water and chicken stock in the morning.....then remove the bones and throw in a variety of veggies around 5pm..... right before eating add parsley, dill, maybe a little curry powder.  ymmm.


If you have ideas or suggestions please free to let us know so we can always be improving!  


Also.....while it may seem a bit early.....if you refer to us anyone who signs up for the Fall Winter 2013/14 CSA we will provide one extra box of goodies, or one free winter box for you.  Believe it or not, winter is the best time for growing in Southern Illinois under high tunnels....if you saw us at the winter market this year, you would see great spinach, greens, onions, squash, baby winter carrots, and much more!  If someone signs up, be sure they mention your name!  back to planting lettuce.  jill


  

Posted 4/15/2013 8:28am by Jill Rendleman.

All Seasons Members......hopefully you are enjoying fresh veggies from last week's drop!  There were a few glitches last week, mostly on my end, but for the most part all seemed to go well.  


If you had any issues with your box or location or anything else.....please let me know so we can adjust accordingly.  If you want to change your drop or add an email, you can do it through our website, or just give me a call or a text message to my phone.  


This weeks drop will include winter greens mix, baby pac choi, red russian kale, dill and cllantro, and baby green onions.  Maybe some spinach if we have good growth in next few days.  If you have a fav recipe, send me an email.  Thanks so much, jill  618 308 0217







Posted 4/7/2013 4:35pm by Jill Rendleman.

A beautiful warm sunny spring day it is......perfect way to start the first week of All Seasons Community Supported Agriculture!


First I want to thank you for your generous support of All Seasons Farm and Certified Organic sustainable small farming in Southern Illinois.  Your box this week will include spinach, celery, chard, cilantro, parsley, and dill.  Ok, thats very green, but more colorful things are on their way.  We have had a very gray cold spring....not so good for early growing.  We promise lots of variety and color throughout the year.  

With your support, we have been able to buy our spring seed and soil amendments early at a discount and we have been able to plan out our plots early and know that there is a great home for our fresh produce.  Your partnership helps our small farm out in the confidence as well as the financial stability it builds.  

For those picking up at the Co-op, great news, you can pickup on Thursday anytime between 2:00pm and 9:00pm. You will simply go to the produce door, the brown double swinging doors to the right of the produce section.  Knock and ask for your box!  If no one is there, go to the information desk and ask for someone in produce and then ask for your box.  They are expecting you!  If you miss your pickup on Thursday, you can also pick up anytime between 9am and 9pm on Friday.


For those with the popular home delivery.....we know where you live and we will drop off at your front porch or door on Thursday between 11am and 4pm.  If you have a cooler on your porch, we will place the produce in the cooler...a good suggestion for warm days!  Some folks put an ice pack or a small bag of ice in the cooler.  If you have a special place you would like us to put your box, send an email or call ahead, leave a note on your door, etc.    


For those with on farm pickup....your produce will be in the white TALL barn at the end of our lane.  This pickup will be on Thursday between noon and 7pm.


Anytime a pickup location or a time doesnt work out for you, just give us a call to make other arrangements. 



 


 

Posted 2/3/2013 10:19am by Jill Rendleman.

Last evening my dogs and I walked the woods down to the creek to see the water run and see what varmits we could scare up.  We were out sometime and when we came in it was 6pm and still some light in the west.  And this morning, I just know the light in the east was just a little brighter at 6 am.  The birds are making a happier chatter too.  The Winter is beginning think about leaving us.   

 

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