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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

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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

          

 

Posted 11/15/2017 8:04am by Jill Rendleman.

CSA pickup for Thanksgiving week will be on TUESDAY Nov 21st for both Carbondale and Marion.  Same times associated with same places, but TUESDAY not Thursday and Friday.

If you DO NOT want to pickup next week, PLEASE let me know.  It is an extremely busy time for us, so not doing boxes for members who are out of town saves us time and doesn't waste food.  CALL or TEXT 618-308-0217 do not email.....any pickup changes you have for next week.  Members may:

change the location of their pickup

if you select the co op or the farm for thanksgiving pickup....your box will stay there until you are ready to pick it up at the farm cooler or the co op cooler.  

opt to get a larger box the following week

have a friend pick up the box

Thanksgiving box will include lots of sweet potatoes, pecans, spinach, parsley....not sure what else yet.  take care, jill



 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 11/15/2017 7:50am by Jill Rendleman.

Members will enjoy local sustainably grown oyster mushrooms from Flyaway Farm.  New fall potatoes, a lovely pink with great flavor.  Last of the season tiny gourmet aka pick before they get frosted cucumbers, eggplant....no so pretty but good.  And more garlic to savor.  A greens mix will come along with all for salads or braising.  

PLEASE let me know if you hate eggplant and would like something else in its place!  Look for wonderful eggplant recipes at www.allseasons-farm.com.  I didn't like eggplant until I found the right way to not make it mushy.  High heat braising for a short time is the key.  Take it out immediately and place on paper towels.  





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 11/13/2017 6:33pm by Jill Rendleman.

I must admit a bias towards butter.  I was raised a Union County , thus Southern culture, cook.  Most Union County first settlers came from the Carolinas.   Over time I have realized that what I helped my grandmother cook in Anna on Sunday morn before church, was probably my first introduction to healthy eating.   We got up at 6am and my grandmother was already up, coffee, sweet rolls, and other enticements to be a part of Sunday dinner.  About 6:30 we started the red beans, cleaned any greens we had, tossed the chicken in flour and put in oil and laid out when cooked through, set the table, added the blackberry jam and butter,  and did what ever else we could before the 9am leave time for Sunday school and church.  Yes, I remember wearing of white gloves to church, thus, I must be old.  

What I do remember is upon the setting of the meal......there was a good consideration of the combination of palet considerations.....flavor, texture, tart or sweet, greens offset by mild white potatoes mashed, herbs from the garden leaving a distinct impression to blend the combination.  Pickled versus sweet jams also another considerations.    I did not fully recognize this until I was much older.  

Here is my comment......butter is an ingredient that provides a mildness.  Not in all situations, but in developing beans and rice, or in a soup that includes whole or diced tomatoes.  What a difference, one tablespoon of butter could change the world.  The depth, mild tenor, and flavor enhancements of butter are respected here.  that being said, I do try to limit butter to a flavoring role.........olive oil is the work horse I have come to know......and it is much better for us all than butter.   thus.....I use butter whenever it seems I have too, and mostly olive oil the rest of the time.  Thanksgiving is next week, I bought 4 lbs of salted organic butter for a potential family event of 25.  So.....I am still stuck on butter.  Transformation continuing ........

 

 





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

Posted 11/8/2017 7:36am by Jill Rendleman.

Members will enjoy butternut squash and fresh local sustainably grown ginger from friends and local farmers, River to River farm in Tunnel Hill.  Be looking up those butternut squash soup recipes that include fresh ginger...wow, what a difference fresh ginger makes.   Fresh ginger doesn't have that brown dry skin as in the groceries....but a delicate pink yellow skin and mild flavor, you will love it, but you don't need much.  Also look for lettuce or greens!  

Ginger should be stored in your fridge in a paper bag, or you can also freeze it a plastic container or bag for use over the holidays.  Ginger is great in small slices added to warm tea and great for the stomach.  Some of us add it to our teas or waters all winter long.  The high price of ginger is due to it takes 11 months to grow it in Southern Illinois and a lot of care.   

 

Here is how we like to cook butternut.  Brush with olive oil, put butter in the center, salt and pepper, cook until knife goes in easily, but not so much it is mush...remember it will cook a little after you take it out.  Should be al dente!  Enjoy





 

Jill Rendleman

All Seasons Farm

9535 US Hwy 51 N

Cobden, Illinois  62920

www.allseasons-farm.com

facebook.com/AllSeasonsFarm

          

 

CSA Pickup Reminder THURSDAY Aug 9 and FRIDAY Aug 10 What's in My Share?August 9th, 2018

Lettuce is back, small but tasty.  Italian sweet peppers are the star of the box, great in stir fry or stuffed with cheese and your favorite sausage or veggie and baked in the oven.  New to

Photo(s) added: Grape Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Atomic Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers, Sweet Yellow Peppers, Young Roasting ChickenAugust 1st, 2018

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Members will enjoy a mix of sweet and warm peppers this week, along with cucumbers, scallions, yellow and green zucchini, and tomatoes.  Thanks for your help and patience last week with the picku

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