Weekly Farm News and NO CSA DELIVERY this week!

 


Greetings  Everyone,

CSA Shareholders, we are not delivering this week, but are hopeful that we will begin delivering again next week for the first delivery of our fall CSA. We still need a few subscribers who enjoy eating roots and greens so please pass on our contact information to them!!!  We expect carrots to mature any day and they are always a treat for the fall CSA.  

Many of us are planning for Hurricane Florence, even though our beautiful mountains are far from the coast, we expect to receive wind and rain from the storm. We’ve had cancellations from our accommodations this week because folks are coming from Raleigh or Greensboro, and want to stay near home, just so they can help with any storm recovery that is needed. So please stay safe everyone!!!

You will probably need to white list our email to receive correspondence from us because we have changed our email from farmer@MountainHarvestOrganic.com to Farmer@MountainHarvestOrganics.com (our email is organics plural).

Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie


NOTE: Your’re receiving this eNewsletter because you’ve either been a subscriber to MHO in the past OR if you’ve registered for our newsletters from our website.   Feel free to unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive this eNewsletter!

CSA Shareholders: You can access our online store using this link, if using a desktop you will log in by clicking the icon of the person in the top right hand side of the web page, if you are using a phone click on the menu icon and choose the login option. All orders need to be placed by Thursday at 8 AM so that we will know what to harvest for your share! Please return your boxes because we re-use them. All orders need to be placed by Thursday at 8 AM so that we will know what to harvest for your share!   Please return your boxes because we re-use them.


What is new and abundant this week!

Radishes and Turnips!!!  We’re harvesting both radishes and turnips this week, and it might just be a great week for us to make some ferments.  No matter if we have a power outage, fermentation still happens, and we were incredibly inspired by CSA Shareholder Dave and Betty after seeing their ferments this past Monday.  And no, it wasn’t only their Beer ferments we were impressed with, it was also seeing all their veggie ferments.  

Pickeled Veggies!!!  If you still have your beans from last week, Dave simply put his french Filet in a jar to ferment them.  The best part of making a ferment is that you extend the shelf life of these veggies.  This website has recipes for pickled veggies, rather than fermented, because we know some people don’t enjoy the “sour” flavor from fermentation.  Although, if you eat a little soured veggies each week, based on the article that we cited in our newsletter a few weeks ago, it is our guess that your taste buds will adapt to enjoying such flavors.

This Weeks Farmer’s Choice Veggie Share

We’re not fulfilling CSA Orders this week! We’re using this week as a way to lesson our workload because we’re attending the North Asheville Tailgate Market. We’ve had a huge workload for two old farts these past couple weeks, not only fulfilling CSA orders and harvesting for the North Asheville Tailgate Market, but also cleaning our accommodations.  We are looking at this week being our “Summer Vacation” and only working a 40 hour week.

What’s Happening on the Farm

We’re thinking we’re a couple years too late with introducing a new livestock guardian!!! 

We are extremely thankful that Kaiser and Argus have become best buddies over the past couple months. Since Kaiser is aging, he loves to sleep at the barn during the day, after all it is the coolest place on the farm so we can’t quite blame him.  It seems to us that Kaiser is teaching Argus that sleeping during the day is a job requirement for a Livestock Guardian.  Just the other day, Julie was heading out to the fields to harvest, with Argus following just as she expected him to do.  However, half way out to the fields, Arugus looks behind him and didn’t see Kaiser, so he turned around and headed back to the barn.  There he found Kaiser sleeping so he laid down right next to him for a mid morning nap.

 

While the eastern coast is preparing for hurricane Florence, it is interesting to read that the many hog farms that have lagoons of manure, need to figure out how to empty those lagoons before the storm surge and heavy rains.  After all, that manure can very much end up in our streams and ocean.  Those of you who eat meat raised on pastures can feel good about not contributing to that type of pollution.  Here at MHO, we don’t need lagoons, because our animals spread their manure across pastures. While we do have compost piles of manure, we don’t accumulate much, because our manure grows your veggies.  It is especially important to “Know your Farmer” who raises your meat, because not only are animals on small farms given a lot of love, we are raising them the old fashioned way where they are outside and the density of animals per acre is not too high.  So, for those who eat meat, thanks for eating sustainably raised meat!


 

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