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Posted 9/5/2013 10:41pm by Jill Rendleman.
A little of every thing summer and some new starts into fall.....your box has cherry tomatoes, eggplant, cucs, tomatoes, fresh basil, and yes first of the fall sweet potatoes!  To compliment the sweet potatoes, I have included a small honey bear from Angie's Farm in Murphysboro.  Angie is the Market Manager for the new Carbondale Community Farmer's Market at CCHS on Sat mornings....she has the best tasting honey ever....all natural too.  Her number is on the honey bear.....a great Christmas gift or Thanksgiving table favor!   The way I love sweet potatoes the most.....just bake them until a knife goes through with just a little pressure, slice in half, sprinkle with salt and a little honey, then bake another 5 minutes on high heat to get a nice little brown or black crisp on top...and eat!  Also included in your box is fall Arugula.....a little beat up from last weeks heat and some flea beatles, but good nevertheless and very high in antioxidants.  If you dont know arugula, its a hot spicey lettuce and can either be mixed in when other lettuce greens for a different salad taste, or it can be stir fried with other veggies as a braising green.   If you eat it on its own, you will want to use a sweet dressing to offset the heat....many people like to add apple and goat cheese or feta to the arugula for a great salad.   More sweet potatoes next week!!!  spinach in high tunnels
Posted 8/29/2013 12:15pm by Jill Rendleman.

More warm season veggies with a new surprize compliments of a fellow sustainable biodynamic farmer....Kathy Ward......a gourmet treat, edamame beans.....the fuzzy stuff in the bag!   Edamame is prized for its nutritional density and great taste when picked fresh.  My favorite way to enjoy....is to boil hull and all in salt water, then peal off the hull and eat the beans as they are...maybe a little more salt or a dash of oil.  Another recipe below from Kathy Ward.....La Colina Linda Farm and B&B in Cobden.   Check out their facebook for a wonderful farm weekend and foods if you are having guests looking for a place to stay in the area.

Back to the farm......Other than eggplant which is taller than me now...not kidding.... the veggies are just not loving this heat after all the rain.....makes for a nice steam each morning.  Some things are looking a little more "knarlly" than I like.....the tomatoes are on their last legs!  We have a new crop of tomatoes planted so hoping for some late fall tomatoes.  Remember that if you are getting overwhelmed with veggies, you can simply slice just about any veggie, put it into a freezer bag, and have it ready for a warm fall or winter soup.  Since we use only natural inputs there is no need to peel anything before freezing or eating.

With the hot hot weather, we are trying desperately to keep things alive and try to start new fall things....next week look for some farm fresh honey and sweet potatoes!  

REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING ON A NEW MEMBER, YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE ADDITIONAL SHARE FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP....an extra week, or box, or more of something you really love.  Just let me know their name!  Enjoy and stay cool.  

Korean-Style Cucumber and Edamame Salad

I used young cucumbers that had very small seeds. If you’re using larger cukes with tough seeds, use 3 cucumbers and remove the seeds before slicing.


  • 2 medium cucumbers (about 16 ounces) peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher flake salt
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, prepared (boiled in salted water for 5 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


  1. Put the cucumber and onion slices into a mixing bowl and toss with salt. Allow to stand at room temperature for about an hour to draw out some of their moisture. Drain well in a colander. (If you’re avoiding salt, you can also rinse with cold water and allow to drain completely.)
  2. While the cucumbers are sweating, toast the sesame seeds. Place them in a dry skillet over medium-high heat and stir until they begin to brown. (Alternately, place on a baking sheet in a toaster oven and toast until light brown; watch carefully because they burn easily.) Once they are toasted, crush lightly with a mortar and pestle.
  3. Put the cucumber and onion back into the mixing bowl and add all remaining ingredients, including sesame seeds. Refrigerate to allow flavors to blend. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s) | Cooking time: 1 hour(s) (standing time)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Posted 8/23/2013 2:18pm by Jill Rendleman.

CSA Box is full of warm season crops......eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini or squash, russet baking potatoes, peppers, and basil.  All of which make lovely appetizing summer dishes.  I was reminded this weekend about gazpacho....a wonderful blend of finely chopped up summer veggies, soaked in tomato juice, lime, and cilantro...and eaten cold after marinating over night or longer.  yum yum!   lots of recipes online for this, but simple is better.   

We are getting beds ready finally for our fall crops.  The rain in August was good for the Rhubarb and the Asparagus and other things, but has put our fall planting plans behind track. I had hoped to provide members with a little more diversity than you have had in the last few weeks, but mother nature had a different plan and i am not going to argue about it!  Thanks for your understanding.  

Many of you are signing up for the Fall/Winter Season which I always get a lot more excited about when the days are so long and hot as they are now!  Thanks so much for your patience in the online signup.  If you had a problem at sign up online.....it was not your fault!   I had set something up incorrectly and so making your life more difficult.  If you are willing to try again.....it is now fixed.  Go to CSA at the top bar of All Seasons Farm website and go to CSA Signup.   Now click on Returning Members.....it will have your information saved from the last season.  If you have any trouble....call me 618 308 0217....and i can get you signed up.   Thanks to Robynn, Kathy, Susan, and others for letting me know there was a difficulty!  

Posted 8/12/2013 12:03pm by Jill Rendleman.

Looks like we will have another week of warm season crops and if the darn blackbird stays out of the sweet corn.....more of that.  Also, we will keep adding potatoes of different varieties and sizes!  Warm season means tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, maybe a break in eggplant, summer carrots, oh.....and cucs are back!  

Take care and remember to bring back your boxes!!!  Thank you!  jill 618 308 0217

Posted 8/12/2013 11:59am by Jill Rendleman.

A reminder if you are interested in Fall/Winter Shares....the discount ends on Sept 1st.....so enroll early and get a nice discount for the Fall/Winter Season! 

Fall/Winter is actually my favorite growing period and contains very popular veggies.....spinach is a staple of the fall/winter, as is lettuce of every different kind, arugula, kale, beets, onions, pac choi, fennel, celery, carrots, and more!  We do not try to grow warm season crops such as tomatoes, cucs, peppers, etc in the winter, but we do extend the season for these sometimes through November if the sun keeps warming the tunnels!  

If you refer a member, please let me know.....we like to say thank you with a 1/2 bushel of your fav veggies in season!    You can enroll online or give me a call!  jill  618 308 0217

Posted 8/1/2013 10:03pm by Jill Rendleman.

So its sweet corn time!  Just simmer with salt and (sorry Kathy) butter for a very very few minutes.  Many of us have been known to eat it raw!   Hope you enjoy.....its the only locally grown organic sweet corn in Southern Illinois!  It was ravaged by the rain and winds and actually flat on the ground for a few days, so while i was hoping there would be one crop i would not have to stoop over to pick.....well so much for that.  Corn is also great cooked and then chilled and mixed with diced green peppers, white onions, cooked and drained black beans, and, cant leave this out.....cilantro.   Chill for about 2 hours and serve.  

Also in your box are Russet Potatoes.  These are the standard potatoes for baked potatoes, so they are best wrapped in foil and put on the grill or in the oven until a knife goes through almost easily......then top with whatever you love on baked potatoes!  Over the next few weeks you will be sampling a variety of  potatoes.....it may be fun if you have children to keep a list of what you like and don't like about each potato type.  It's an exercise which will help children think and taste while eating, and recognizing differing tastes helps to appreciate the social as well as nutritional aspects of eating fresh organic foods.  Last weekend my grandson came to visit the Community Market at CCHS and he started eating a carrot right out of the bunch!  He said it smelled good!  For a child to notice that a market carrot has so much nutrition he can smell it is a revolution of thought for a child if you can compare the odorless tasteless 3 week old carrots at most grocery stores.  

I digress.....more zucchini....members are getting creative with their stuffed zuch ideas.  Another fun thing is to let children build their own stuffed zuch.....just as you would let them have the fun of build their own pizza!  The green beans in your box can be used fresh in salads, but they are actually very good when stir fried in olive oil, salt, and garlic until just blackened.  I have found over time that the real flavor of green beans comes out when grilled or stir fried versus boiled with ham grease like gramma did.  

The tomatoes in your box are heirloom Rebelski's originating near Russia and vining up like crazy in our high tunnels.  Enjoy Enjoy and have a great weekend.  

Posted 7/29/2013 7:27am by Jill Rendleman.

Eggplant have exceptional taste when grilled until blackened....the blackening being the key.  Add a little garlic salt towards end of grilling!  


Eggplant can be great on the grill. It can also be overcooked and flavorless or undercooked with a spongy texture. This easy recipe uses the power of salt water to guarantee great grilled eggplant—crispy brown on the outside, creamy sweet on the inside, and full of flavor—every time. Feel free to embellish with spices and other flavors, including serving with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or a dollop of pesto or romesco, and make this simple recipe your own.

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp. salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3 medium eggplants
  • About 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. In a large bowl dissolve 2 Tbsp. salt in 1 cup warm water. Add 3 quarts cold water. Set aside.
  2. Trim eggplant and cut into ¾-inch thick diagonal slices. Put slices in salt water, weigh down with an upside-down plate, and let sit 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat (you can hold your hand about an inch above the grill for 3 to 4 seconds).
  4. Drain eggplant and pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Lay on a large baking sheet or tray. Brush one side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay oiled-side-down on the grill. Close lid if using a gas grill and cook until grill marks appear, about 5 minutes.
  5. Brush top sides with oil and sprinkle with salt. Turn slices over, close lid on a gas grill and cook until grill marks appear on the other side and eggplant is very tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Makes 6 to 8 servings Grilled Eggplant.

Posted 7/25/2013 5:04pm by Jill Rendleman.

The highway mowers cut through our internet cable so sorry this is a late communication.....we Just got back up after a day of splicing back wires along highway 51!  

New potatoes and green beans, Amish Paste tomatoes, yellow zucchini of a stuffing size, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and sweet summer carrots!   Remember that all of your produce is Certified Organic and we use no sprays or chemicals on plants or in the soils.....this means that all you do is wash off any dirt and prepare a great meal.  No need to take the skin off the carrots or potatoes or anything else.....just wash and eat.  The potatoes are going to be particularly dirt covered due to being a bit mud covered when we pulled them.  With potatoes it is good to allow a couple of days of curing out of the soil prior to washing away the dirt....since these were just dug...they have the original soil still attached. We had pepper jack stuffed zucchinni last nite....simple take a spone and remove the white interior of the zuc, then cut it up a bit with two knives, throw in crumbs from your favorite bread (toast and crumble) and add pepper jack cheese...or your fav cheese...put in oven at 350 for about 15 or 30 min or until the cheese is brown and crispy on top.  Adding garlic salt and your favorite herb make them even better.   Be sure to cook freshly dug potatoes on a low boil so that they cook evenly throughout!  These red potatoes have a particularly wonderful flavor....try them sliced and fried in oil with a little salt, boiled in olive oil and/or butter on a slow boil, or baked with a coating of oil, favorite herb, and wrapped in foil on grill or in oven. Keep testing them with a tooth pick to see when ready.....pull off heat when there is still some resistance with the tooth pick.....the potatoes will continue to cook a long while after you take them out!  

The rains have been great for the new rhubarb and asparagus, but drowned out a few other crops and basically flattened the sweet corn.  Some of it may be salvagable, we shall see.  I was so hoping to put some really sweet corn in your boxes soon, but that may not be possible!  

Thanks for the great return of boxes in the last week or two....we have them back from ALMOST everyone!  jill

Posted 7/16/2013 8:20am by Jill Rendleman.

Your CSA box this week will contain.....green beans, yes they are in,

tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant, and zucchinni for sure!  Remember that tomatoes should be kept at room temp for best taste and maturity, not in the fridge!  All of the abundance in this week's box are candidates for simple slicing and freezing.  You cant believe how good things taste out of the freezer in January.  

Thank you goes a long way...if you are picking up your box at the Co op...please thank the person in produce for letting CSA members keep their boxes cool....This is a free service offered by the Co op to us all even tho it takes up their space and gives them more work to do!!  And if you can say thank you by buying other groceries at the Co op that would be even better!   Now.....off to kill weeds before it gets toooooo hot.  jill

Posted 7/12/2013 8:16pm by Jill Rendleman.

The best thing about being a grower is that you positively impact the lives of many people.  So I have many peoples asking about basil,.......what, when, how much.    I tell them, the beauty of basil is this, too much is not bad and too little is not bad either.      Oh my, we have to make a cultural decision here.  Scarey.  or not.  Fresh basil is one of the few herbs that you can go totaly overboard on and everyone will love yor for it.  There is not limit to basil....so just keep adding until you think....well this is enough i think.    I would not say this of thyme, majorem, oregano, or others,....but basil....its like love.  Its hard to explain, and you cant get enough of it.   So, basil has the feel to me of velvet and a taste that is realy dependent upon the other herbs combined with it......that again is the beauty and frustration of basil.  Common folk need to use it readily for good health, and 

look for more direction from within.  jill

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