Wowza! It's the last week of our 2019 CSA and I have SO much to tell you.
1. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We are beyond grateful for your support this year-- we love what we do and couldn't do it without you.
2. There is an amazing variety of produce for you to choose from this last week... fresh ginger from Front Field Farm and Hickory Hill, fresh horseradish root from Fry Farm, shelled black eyed peas from Diamond Hill, and striped jungle peanuts from Sundance to name a few. And if you try to eat a rainbow every day, we've got your purples covered with purple bok choy and purple tatsoi. I hope you have fun with these unusual offerings!
3. Winter 2020 CSA signup is live, in case you haven't heard. We have already had a flood of signups come in today and are 2/3 full already. If you plan to join us, please don't delay.
4. In thanks, I am offering a ton of sales on extras today. Those Georgia Grinders nut butters you've been wanting to try?.... now is the time!!
5. Our CSA season is almost over, but there are a few upcoming events that we are really looking forward to!
- 16th Annual Harvest for the Homeless, Friday, November 8 at Athens Cotton Press. An evening of live music, drinks, "heavy" hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction (including Collective Harvest goodies!)... all in support of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter. I've heard that this is one of the most lovely evenings Athens has to offer.
- Whole Hog Roast at the farmcart on Thursday, November 14. Proceeds go to the Collective Harvest Fresh Food Fund, our financial scholarship program that puts fresh, local produce in the hands of those who can't afford it. Join us for an evening of awesome local food and fun!
- Collective Harvest's Second Annual Thanksgiving Pre-Order Market. We wouldn't leave you hanging on the biggest eatin' day of the year! Order online from November 19-21 and pick up your local goods on Tuesday, November 26 at our headquarters. More details to come.
Independent Bread Share folks, we are ending the season with a nice, hearty multigrain loaf!
Mixed grain bread made with heirloom wholegrain wheat, spelt, and rye flours, oats, millet, house-milled rye grits, three colors of quinoa, plus flax and sunflower seeds. I'm pretty sure you could live on this bread alone!
To close the season, we have a few words from the family of farmers at Fry Farm in Bethlehem, these adorable people who grow your food:
"We just experienced our first freeze of the season here on the farm, which is a bittersweet moment. Although we will continue to grow cool weather veggies through the winter, it marks the end of a long growing season. We will begin removing any summer crop residue and covering our cool season veggies with frost protection for the winter. This also means it's time to start preparing for the 2020 growing season, which we are excited about. As the 2019 season winds down, we'd like to sincerely thank each and every CSA member for supporting us and the other local farms that are part of Collective Harvest. Your appreciation for high quality, local agriculture is what drives us to get out in the field and do what we love. We will continue to grow beautiful produce for you and your family in the coming years, and as always, using the safest, most sustainable methods possible."
Without further ado... let's eat!