Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:28AM
Greetings shareholders and friends,
Farmers market this Saturday is in Mt. Vernon, 11:00 until 1:00, at the Community Center at the east end of downtown. I'll be bringing leaf lettuce, kale and collards, mustard greens, bok chois, yukina, arugula, radishes and daikon, turnips, fresh garlic, and eggs. I also have a few bundles of my new favorite vegetable, called gai lan. It tastes a bit like broccoli only sweeter and more bitter. It seems to like cool weather so I doubt that I'll ever be able to grow it for the regular CSA season. This might be your only chance to try it out.
I still have potatoes and onions at home that I won't be bringing to market. If you'd like to stop by on Monday next week to get some for your Thanksgiving dinner, I'll have the shed open for shoppers. I'll try to have a few extra fresh vegetables in the cooler, too, so you might be able to get some last minute salad. Kind of depends on how well things made it through the big freeze on Wednesday night. It's still too early to know for sure the extent of the damage to the leafy things.
Also, Monday afternoon, 2:00 until 6:00, is the time to pick up the fresh turkeys that you ordered a couple of weeks ago. If you want a turkey and didn't order one before, if you tell me TODAY, I can still get you on the list. The turkeys are organic, free-range, fresh, and delicious. $3 per pound. They are grown by Henry and Ila Miller of Kalona.
We're looking for a few new board members for the Southeast Linn Community Center. Terms start in January and last three years, I think. If you are from Lisbon or Mt. Vernon and think you might like to give it a try, please let me know and I'll pass your name on to the nominating committee. It's not terribly time consuming, and a good way to serve our two communities and to meet some new people.
The garden has been SUPER productive this fall, once we got a little more rain. We've been able to give away hundreds of pounds of fall crops, plus lots of extra potatoes and onions. It wouldn't happen without lots of helpers, especially a group of Cornell volunteers who have come nearly every Friday for the last two months to help me harvest, cover, bury, dig, plant, haul, and dismantle. Because of their contributions, we're almost ready for winter around here, and have been able to help lots of other people have access to some very good food for their families. THANKS!!!
Hope to see you at the market tomorrow,