Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 7

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 7

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Hey everyone! Can y’all believe this weather today? I am sitting outside writing this now and thinking how it feels like fall! Crisp breeze with low humidity. It is perfect. We are taking advantage of this nice weather and getting out in the fields to harvest onions that will be topped and dried. You will see some of this first harvest in your box this week. If you still have spring onions in your fridge, you can always just let the onions you get this week continue to dry on your counter for later use. If you are like me, I put onions in almost every dish I make. Not only do they make anything taste good, in my opinion, but they are also a good prebiotic.

New to this week’s box is the first pick of eggplant. I could seriously eat my weight in eggplant when i’m pregnant! I have no idea why, but cubed or thinly sliced and roasted eggplant.. YUM! I am making some tonight ;)

If you have never roasted cabbage before, it is one of my favorite ways to eat it. Makes an easy and delicious side dish. I have linked a recipe below that is really simple to do. I personally like to add a little piece of bacon on top of my cabbage slices when roasting, because… why not? Delicious.

Now that summer is upon us in full swing, besides having this nice break in the weather, it is a perfect time to start putting up some of these great vegetables. I freeze a lot of items, mostly because I don’t have the time to can, but green beans are great frozen or canned, just blanch before freezing. Same with carrots. Summer squash you can freeze or can and even pickle the summer squash for a relish. Link below. And of course you can always freeze tomatoes or can them as well for later uses such as spaghetti sauce or salsas. I have personally just thrown whole tomatoes into bags in my freezer until I am able to process them.

Whatever you decide to do with this week’s bounty, we hope that you are continuing to enjoy! Cheers!

Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Eggplant

  2. Green Cabbage

  3. Collard Greens

  4. Tomatoes

  5. Onions

  6. Green Beans

  7. Carrots

  8. Summer Squash

Roasted Cabbage Slices

Squash Relish

How to Freeze Carrots Easily

Cubed Roasted Eggplant

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 6

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 6

Top Row: Spring Onions, Leeks, Radishes, and Carrots  Bottom Row: Scarlet Turnips, Mixed Squash, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

Top Row: Spring Onions, Leeks, Radishes, and Carrots

Bottom Row: Scarlet Turnips, Mixed Squash, Tomatoes, and Green Beans

Hey everyone! Hope you have all had a wonderful week. It is definitely feeling like summer out at the farm. As you can tell by this week’s box, you will definitely be eating more summer vegetables as well! Like tomatoes! We are so excited to be adding some nice, juicy, perfect for sandwiches and salads, slicing tomatoes. If it’s this hot outside, we might as well be eating some tomato sandwiches, am I right!??

We were visited this week by one of our CSA members, who actually works with MPB, Mississippi Public Broadcasting. We are going to be the featured farm on a cooking show called Fit to Eat. It was fun to show them the farm and talk about the CSA and help educate people on what a CSA is and that it is helpful to our community to support local farmers.

I know we have said this before, but this spring was a really hard start to the year. It took so long to get everything in the ground because of all the rain and the tornado, so the start of our growing season was delayed about 4 weeks, and now everything that was planted later is dying and trying to go to seed because it is just too hot for it to survive. Not to mention that all the moisture and heat leads to different molds that can spread on just about everything. Especially spreads easily to the brassica family, like cauliflower and cabbage etc… I personally just cut out what is bad and use the rest of the vegetable, however please please if you ever find an item in your box that you aren’t able to use, please let me know and I will be more than happy to replace it for you!

We have literally faced all challenges this year, so it is even more appreciated that we have continuing support from you as we are learning more and more about what it takes to be a small farmer in Mississippi! We are so so grateful, and hope you enjoy this week’s box:

  1. Green Beans

  2. Mixed Squash

  3. Tomatoes

  4. Leeks

  5. Red Radishes

  6. Carrots

  7. Scarlet Turnips

  8. Spring Onions

Sauteed Radishes and Green Beans Salad

Buttered Turnip Puree

Great if you have Kohlrabi to add to this recipe Brown Butter Leek and Turnip Soup

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 5

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 5

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Hey everyone! We hope you all had a great holiday weekend. It was so hot Saturday and the slip and slide was a big success! Hazel had a great time, but our grass suffered the price and is dead where the plastic was laying. I guess that is the price you pay to play. Regardless, she had a great day and that is all that matters ;).

We have been digging carrots all morning, and even after running irrigation for several hours yesterday, the ground is still hard as a rock! We went from too much rain to now zero rain in sight! One extreme to the other, and a lot of stuff planted has bolted, gone to seed, so Van has been mowing a lot of stuff down today. I think the whole town of Flora smelled like cilantro this morning! haha!

Well, we really hope you have been enjoying your boxes so far. We are happy to add some carrots to the mix this week! Y’all have a great week, and enjoy some quality time with friends and family in the kitchen and over a good home cooked meal. Cheers! Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Spring Onions

  2. Napa Cabbage

  3. Swiss Chard- Great link below on how to prep/clean and recipe ideas and what to do with an overload of Swiss chard.

  4. Parsley

  5. Broccoli OR Cauliflower

  6. Kohlrabi

  7. Carrots- Beautiful carrots with greens still on them. And don’t discard those greens! You can actually make a really great tasting pesto out of them.

  8. Beets- Recipe below is great, but edit with smaller amount of beets.

Carrot Top and Herb Pesto

Carrot Top Chimichurri

Swiss Chard Overload?

Moroccan Beet Salad with Parsley

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 4

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 4

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Howdy Folks! We hope everyone has had a great week. We have survived some MORE rain over the weekend, and experiencing some strong winds today. Up to 25mph gusts, and boy it is still so hot out here! The fields are drying out quickly with the wind and the sunshine. We have been able to get some planting done on some rows we were able to get up on Saturday before the rain came. That is a good feeling with more possible rain in the forecast.

Our high tunnel has been reconstructed! We are so happy to see it back up. We are going to try out some of the plastic siding that was left behind from the last greenhouse for a slip and slide this weekend and some some lemonade with that lemon.. Our sweet Hazel turns 4 on Friday, so we are going to spoil her with a good old fashioned, soap and water slip and slide! So, all in all things are good at the farm. Very grateful for that.

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Spring Onions- A bunch of onions with the greens still on them. And you guessed it! I cook those greens too! I sauté them with my bulb onion or I save and add to stocks and soups.

  2. Lettuce

  3. Swiss Chard

  4. Broccoli- So nice we are giving it to you twice ;)

  5. Broccoli

  6. Green Beans- I love to cook these beans down in some broth, aminos, and a little onion until all the broth is almost cooked off. They turn out pretty tender and flavorful.

  7. Squash- A nice mix of summer squash

  8. Red Radishes

Simple Squash and Onions

Broccoli and Onion Salad with Mayo

Broccoli and Onion Salad without Mayo

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 3

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 3

Top Row left to right: Curly Kale, Daikon Radish, Fennel, and Red Bibb Lettuce.  Bottom Row left to right: Snap Peas, Red Napa Cabbage, Purple and Green Kohlrabi, and Mustard Greens.

Top Row left to right: Curly Kale, Daikon Radish, Fennel, and Red Bibb Lettuce.

Bottom Row left to right: Snap Peas, Red Napa Cabbage, Purple and Green Kohlrabi, and Mustard Greens.

Hey folks! Welcome to week 3 of your CSA! We hope you enjoyed last weeks box. I know I did. We always like to try to eat on a weekly box as well, just so we know exactly what you all are getting! This week includes a very fun box. We have some new stars of the show. My personal favorites too. Can’t wait for you to try them!

The rain has finally stopped! We are so happy about this break and happy for some good sunshine. Mud holes are drying out, and we may be able to get out in the field and get some planting done! All the plants are enjoying some good sunshine, and we will expect to see a big jump in growth this week. By the end of the week, we will more than likely be irrigating!

We tore down the high tunnel last week. Yesterday and today we have had a crew out here steadily putting up poles and hoops for a new one! Woo Hoo! We are ready to be back in business.

Poor Van was up until 3 am in the morning packing for an order to head out to New Orleans. With that being said, we are looking for a part time worker, with farm and plant experience! If you know anyone, please tell them to contact us at twodogfarmsllc@gmail.com. Maybe you know someone going to college for horticulture or agriculture that is off for the summer?? Maybe someone who just moved into town from out of state and has learned all about sustainable agriculture and farming?? (That is my personal experience!) Send them our way!

We hope you have a wonderful week and hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Kale- A curly or Lacinato variety

  2. Lettuce- Red Bibb variety

  3. Mustard Greens- Curly leaves, but much more tender leaves than the curly kale. Brighter green leaves as well. Spicy mustard flavor, one of my favorite greens to cook down.

  4. Peas- Sugar snap peas. I personally like to shell and eat the pea only, the shell seems a little tough to me. The peas are so sweet and taste like candy! Try the Spring Greens Risotto recipe below!

  5. Fennel- 2 heads.. Fennel has a bulbous base and green feathery leaves. Both are edible and have a mild aniseed or licorice flavor. Try the pizza recipe below, and substitute wtih any green you may have!!! I also like to make pizzas on Naan Bread! Easy way to make your own pizza. ALSO, the Spring Green Risotto is fabulous!

  6. Daikon Radish- This radish has a cylindrical body with purple skin. A tangy and milder radish. Try to throw into a stir fry, it is SO delicious when cooked with a little soy or tamari. And the most used radish to add to any kimchi recipe!

  7. Kohlrabi- 2 heads.. This is one of our favorite vegetables, and has been gaining popularity. It is incredibly versatile! You can eat raw, with just a little s&p, or made into a coleslaw. It can be sautéed, roasted, baked, thrown into soups.. the possibilities are endless. It is a wonderful potato substitute for fries, chips, or Au gratin. Make sure to peel until you get to its crispy apple like texture.. Tastes like a mild broccoli.

  8. Napa Cabbage- Light green leaves with white prominent veins. Can be used in stir fries, raw in slaws. Makes great cabbage rolls and great Kimchi, a traditional fermented Korean side dish.

Pizza with Caramelized Fennel, Green of your Choice, and Goat Cheese

Spring Green Risotto - I substitute leeks for a small onion, and I personally don’t use the asparagus, just because I have other types of green vegetables! Try adding some kohlrabi and some greens like kale or mustards!

Kohlrabi Fries

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 2

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 2

Top Row: Left: Golden Beets with greens, Swiss Chard, Hakurei Turnips, and Yukina Savoy.  Bottom Row: Left: Red Veined Spinach, Head of Lettuce, Cilantro, and Arugula.

Top Row: Left: Golden Beets with greens, Swiss Chard, Hakurei Turnips, and Yukina Savoy.

Bottom Row: Left: Red Veined Spinach, Head of Lettuce, Cilantro, and Arugula.

Howdy folks, we hope everyone had a wonderful week and enjoyed your bounty. Hopefully you were able to easily assess what everything was in your box ,and you were able to try some new flavors and recipes! I have had a lot of feedback from previous members that when they receive their weekly box and take it home and wash, sort, and prep their vegetables all at once, then it makes it much easier to eat it all throughout the week. Last night I made a quick batch of greens in my instapot using bags of extra baby kale, mizuna mix, and spinach. I added an onion as well and cooked it all in some broth. If you dont have a pressure cooker, you can easily just throw your greens on a big pot on the stove or crockpot. When cooked, I added them to my blender with a pre made pesto sauce, blended, and poured over angel hair with some roasted chicken. The kids loved it! Ivan is my picky eater, so this was a win in my book! Just another idea on how to quickly use up some greens.

We have another good one for you this week. Full of beautiful, flavorful greens, herbs, and roots! The specialty salad turnips called Hakurei will have greens on top that should be added to anything green you cook. The beets also will have greens and should be eaten as well! Very similar in taste and texture to swiss chard.

Swiss chard is a great earthy green that can be used cut into ribbons, mixed with other greens to be cooked down, or even used to make rolls (think cabbage rolls) or wraps. I personally like to chop up the ribs ( like celery) of the swiss chard and add to my dishes as well. We try to use the whole “buffalo” around here when we cook! ;) And just wait until you try the Yukina Savoy and Arugula!! It’s all so good.

The greenhouse is being taken down today and we have a new one being delivered this week. Hopefully we will be able to get it up and constructed in the next week and we will be able to have some new plants in the greenhouse. The greenhouse is technically called a “high tunnel” because it has a dirt floor that we are able to grow. It serves us many purposes and we are so grateful to be getting a new one!

We hope everyone has a great week, enjoys your box, and are able to cook some healthy, delicious meals with family and friends. Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Swiss Chard- I love this earthy tasting green. Great in salads, wraps, cooked down, added to pasta dishes, etc. I also love to slice the 'rib' of the swiss chard sort of like you would celery. Adding the ribs to your dish can add some wonderful texture, color, and flavor. 

  2. Lettuce

  3. Hakurei Turnips- A Japanese specialty salad turnip. Delicious stir fried, roasted, and grilled. Make sure to eat the greens with the turnips or set aside for another meal!

  4. Beets with greens- You will either get a bundle of Golden, Chioggia (striped beet), or Red beet. Delicious roots that you can roast, sauté, or eat raw! Thats right raw. We eat them raw constantly when working, ver good. Beets have an earthy flavor and the greens are very similar to swiss chard in flavor. 

  5. Cilantro- You will find this herb a lot in Mexican or Asian dishes. Very distinctive.

  6. Yukina Savoy- Referred to as Asian spoon spinach because it cooks and looks similar to spinach, but has a little bit of a spice. Young tender leaves and stalks are excellent for salad mix and stir-fry dishes.

  7. Arugula- Very tender, leafy greens that have a distinctive peppery flavor. The possibilities what to put this green on are endless! Salads, pizza, pasta, soups, eggs, etc……. try a little on everything and find your favorite!

  8. Red Veined Spinach- Just like green but has a red stem and red veins.

Arugula Inspiration

Cilantro Inspiration

Arugula, Cilantro, and Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus

You can add Swiss chard to this recipe too! Simple and Delicious Beet Greens

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 1

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Two Dog Farms 2019 Spring/Summer CSA Week 1

Top Row: Dill, Broccolini, and Radishes  Middle Row: Mizuno Mix, and Spinach  Bottom Row: Pea Shoots, Lettuce, Bok Choy, and Baby Kale

Top Row: Dill, Broccolini, and Radishes

Middle Row: Mizuno Mix, and Spinach

Bottom Row: Pea Shoots, Lettuce, Bok Choy, and Baby Kale

Hello everyone! Welcome to week one of your CSA. We can’t believe this day is finally here!  The fields are full of spring greens just waiting to be shared with your family. 

As you all may know, we have been getting a lot of rain at the farm, I think it was a total of 9 inches this past week.  Glad that the sun has been out the last couple of days and drying the ground up for us. We still have a good bit of tomato plants, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and more, that are just waiting to go in the ground! We will hopefully be able to break some new ground within the next couple of weeks, if the rain decides to hold off for that long! None the less, we sure are staying busy. 

Soon we will start to deconstruct our greenhouse and see what can be spared for a new one. We will hopefully be able to start rebuilding in the next couple of weeks!

Thank all of you so much for joining our "farmily". We are very excited and thankful for this year and thankful for every single one of you, and for understanding what it takes to be a farmer in this beautiful place we call home.

I always link a few recipes at the bottom of the page for inspiration :) We have a great box for you this week with lots of spring greens! Here are the contents of this week’s bounty:

  1. Baby Kale- Red Russian variety of kale that is harvested at a younger age for a tender, delicate green to be used in salads or cooked with.

  2. Field Grown Lettuce- Delicious field grown lettuce. You know what to do.

  3. Radishes- This variety is known as Easter Egger radish. Versatile and medium spice radish that can be used for salads or to cook with. 

  4. Pea Shoots- Our kids LOVE eating these! Just by themselves, or try on top of a meal as a garnish or chopped in a salad. Adds a really nice sweet pea flavor.

  5. Dill- I LOVE this herb. It is delicious on roasted vegetables and is my absolute favorite to chop up and toss into a salad. 

  6. Bok Choy- Large head with leafy greens. The whole plant is edible. Greens will be a little spicier than the ribs and stems. Chop up to add in stir fries, or peel off each individual leaf and roast in oven, or try on the grill.

  7. Broccolini- Smaller florets of broccoli. Really nice raw or sauteed/grilled.

  8. Mizuno OR Arugula- Mizuno is a braising mix of red and green mizuno. This mix is flavorful and colorful. You can really use any of our greens to braise. Add any greens to this mix if you need to stretch it further for a meal. See easy recipe below. I personally use coconut oil or butter and sometimes I like a squeeze of lemon to replace red pepper. Also, mizuno adds a lot of flavor when chopped thinly and added to a salad or try on a sandwich.

  9. Spinach- Mature, green leaf spinach. Great raw or sautéed. 

Braising Greens Mix

Sweet and Spicy Bok Choy

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Parmesan

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 11

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 11

Top Row: Kohlrabi, Lettuce, and Cabbage  Bottom Row: Fennel, Parsley, Daikon Radish, Hakurei Turnips, and Kabocha Squash

Top Row: Kohlrabi, Lettuce, and Cabbage

Bottom Row: Fennel, Parsley, Daikon Radish, Hakurei Turnips, and Kabocha Squash

Howdy folks! Welcome to your final CSA box for the year! We hope you have enjoyed all of your vegetables this season, and we look forward to another season in the upcoming spring and summer! We have already updated the website for the Spring/Summer sign up, so if you were hoping to gift someone a merry and healthy 2019, now you are able to do so! It will run 12 weeks starting the week of April 8th and go until the week of June 24th. We have shortened the season from last year’s 14 weeks to 12 weeks due to Mississippi’s ever changing heat patterns. Plus, 12 weeks is still an abundant bounty of vegetables for the season! You will receive plenty of kale, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, beets, green beans, and more! Click on the link HERE and it will take you to our sign up page!

Ps. We are offering a FREE reusable veggie tote, but only if you sign up before the new year. You can use our Promo Code LOCAL to get yours! Just add the tote to your cart along with your CSA share and enter code at check out :)

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Please tell your friends and help us spread the veggie love. Thank you again for your support and helping us build and feed our community in the Jackson area. We wouldn’t be able to do what we love without you! Thank you! Until next year!

Sincerely,

Your farmers, Van, Dorothy, Hazel, and Ivan

Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Cabbage

  2. Lettuce

  3. Kabocha Squash

  4. Kohlrabi

  5. Purple Daikon Radish

  6. Fennel

  7. Parsley

  8. Small Hakurei Salad Turnips

Recipes to come!!!

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 10

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 10

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Howdy Folks, and welcome to week 10 of your CSA! It’s hard to believe we have one more week after this one. We will be listing the Spring/Summer CSA sign up on the website in the next week or two! We will be looking forward to you signing up for next year so we can go ahead and order seeds, fertilizer, cover crops, etc., and get a jump start on next year’s season! We really appreciate all the support! Thank you!

I am always very open and appreciative of any kind of feedback! Send me an email or call/text anytime you have anything you would like us to know about your box. We are always trying to learn and improve.

We have high hopes to get another high tunnel or caterpillar tunnels for next year to help extend our season on more fragile and frost intolerant crops such as Swiss chard, lettuces, and baby greens. This year we received a freeze several weeks earlier than we have in the last few years, so a high tunnel or caterpillar tunnels would be very helpful. Fingers crossed it all works out.

Thanks again for the support, and please consider joining us again in the spring and summer!! Hope you have a wonderful week, and enjoy this week’s box:

  1. Carrots- Try the carrot gnocchi below!

  2. Lettuce

  3. Butternut Squash

  4. Broccoli

  5. Watermelon Radish

  6. Fennel- Bulb fennel with green fronds. Try the caramelized fennel recipe below.

  7. Sorrel- The lemon of the vegetable world! Sorrel is a citrusy, tangy green. I often make soup, chop and add with salads, pesto, smoothies, and makes a great marinade for fish or chicken or any protein! Try the sorrel pesto soup recipe below.

  8. Cilantro- Try the Mexican gnocchi recipe below!

Be in the “Gno”cchi ;)

Carrot Gnocchi

Mexican Gnocchi

Pesto Gnocchi Soup

Sorrel Pesto

Caramelized Fennel and Onions

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 9

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 9

Top Row: Dandelion Greens, Hakurei Turnips, Arugula, and Bok Choy  Bottom Row: Carrots, Cauliflower (Romanesco), Red Russian Kale, and Watermelon Radishes

Top Row: Dandelion Greens, Hakurei Turnips, Arugula, and Bok Choy

Bottom Row: Carrots, Cauliflower (Romanesco), Red Russian Kale, and Watermelon Radishes

Howdy folks! Welcome to week 9 of your CSA! We hope everyone had a great week and enjoyed your time spent with friends and family.

Was anyone able to make a pie from the recipe shared last week? If so, I would love to hear some feedback! This time of year is my favorite because of all the pies to be had!

New to your box this week are Dandelion greens! Some of you may be thinking, “that weed that grows in my yard that I try to get rid of every summer!??”. Well, yes it is, but this is a different variety than our native weed, and I am happy to say it is still loaded with TONS of medicinal and nutritional benefits. For many centuries, all over the world people have been using this green for its medicine, or just simply going in their back yard and harvesting the greens to make a lovely nutritional meal. All parts of the plant can be used as medicine, in fact the root and flowers are quite valuable in herbal medicine making. Here is a link highlighting the nutritional benefits of this green. Click Here for information on Dandelion Greens.

Thank you everyone for all of the support, and we hope you have enjoyed your boxes this Fall! Between all the rain and the worm epidemic, it has been a really tough year for us. We are learning new things with every growing season, and we really appreciate y’all taking the ride with us! I hope we have been able to supply your homes with healthy meals from our family to yours! Have a wonderful week, cheers! Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Carrots

  2. Arugula or Baby Greens Mix

  3. Hakurei Turnips

  4. Cauliflower

  5. Watermelon Radish

  6. Bok Choy

  7. Red Russian Kale

  8. Dandelion Greens

10 Ways to prepare Dandelion Greens

Dandelion Greens Pasta with Garlic and Pine Nuts

Roasted Turnips and Radishes

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 8

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 8

Top Row: Butternut Squash, Daikon Radish, Beets, Long Island Cheese Squash, or North Georgia Candy Roaster  Bottom Row: Collards, Carrots, Shishito Peppers, and Collards

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Butternut Squash, Daikon Radish, Beets, Long Island Cheese Squash, or North Georgia Candy Roaster

Bottom Row:
Collards, Carrots, Shishito Peppers, and Collards

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! We would like to express how thankful we are for everyone that has joined our season this year! Thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts because without you we would not be able to do what we love!! We hope you have enjoyed everything so far. Have a wonderful week with friends and family. Thank you all! Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Butternut Squash

  2. Daikon Radish- Wonderful roasted as a side dish!

  3. Beets

  4. Long Island Cheese Squash or North Georgia Candy Roaster- See recipe below for the best pie made with Long Island Cheese, North Georgia Candy Roaster, or Kabocha Squash. Great substitute for pumpkin/sweet potato pie.

  5. Collards- two servings so you can make a large pot of greens for your thanksgiving meal.

  6. Collards- two servings so you can make a large pot of greens for your thanksgiving meal.

  7. Carrots

  8. Shishito Peppers

SLOW COOKER GREENS

YIELD: 2-4 servings

PREP TIME: 10 minutes 

COOK TIME: 4-6 hours

 

2 cans (10.75 ounces) beef stock (I used Chicken)

1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 chop chopped onion

1 cup fully cooked ham, diced

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 bay leaf

various greens (collard, turnip, radish, braising mix) de-stemmed and finely chopped or roughly torn

Place beef stock, diced tomatoes with green chiles, onion, ham, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, seasoned salt, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf in a slow cooker. Add greens to slow cooker. Cook on “low,” stirring occasionally,  until greens are very tender, 4 to 6 hours

 

KABOCHA SQUASH PIE

YIELD: 4-6 servings

PREP TIME: 50 minutes 

COOK TIME: 35-40 minutes 

 

2 cups squash cooked and mashed

1 8 oz. block of cream cheese

2 cups of sugar

1 tsp. of vanilla

4 eggs

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Halve and de-seed squash. Place cut side down on oiled cookie sheet. Roast at 425 degrees for 35-45 minutes until fork tender. Scrape out cooked squash and mash with fork.

Blend squash and cream cheese with hand mixer. Add remaining ingredients and pour into pie crust. Bake for 35-40 min at 350 degrees

TWICE BAKED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH QUINOA AND KALE or Collards

YIELD: 2 servings 

PREP TIME: 15 minutes 

COOK TIME: 50 minutes 

 

1 medium-sized butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded

2 TBS olive oil (divided)

2 large shallots, diced

1 bunch of kale or collards, stems removed and torn into bite size pieces

1/2 cup quinoa

blue cheese crumbles

salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 400. Drizzle squash halves with 1 TBS olive oil. Place cut side down on a prepared baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 30-45 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your squash) It should be fork tender.

Meanwhile cook your quinoa. Place 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover for about 10-15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy.

While quinoa cooks heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and saute’ for about 5 minutes. Add kale. Cook for about 5 more minutes stirring every so often.  Remove from heat and set aside.

When Squash is done roasting remove from oven. Scoop out flesh leaving 1/4 inch on sides and bottom. Mash the flesh with the quinoa and kale mixture. Add some blue cheese crumbles. Scoop quinoa mixture into squash halves. Crumble a little more blue cheese on top and place back in the oven for about 3 minutes or until cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy.

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 7

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 7

Top Row: Collards, Hakurei Turnips, and Kale  Middle Row: Kabocha Squash, Cauliflower, and Kabocha Squash  Bottom Row: Dill, Cherry Tomatoes, and Sweet Peppers

Top Row: Collards, Hakurei Turnips, and Kale

Middle Row: Kabocha Squash, Cauliflower, and Kabocha Squash

Bottom Row: Dill, Cherry Tomatoes, and Sweet Peppers

Howdy Folks! Hope everyone is staying warm on this cold afternoon! I’m pretty excited about this week’s box, and the new additions. Sweet peppers, dill, kabocha winter squash, and drum roll.. cauliflower! I love our cauliflower, along with everything else of course ;).

We are ready to see some sunshine, y’all! For the vegetables and herbs, but also for myself. I do however feel like eating seasonal vegetables does help with SAD or the winter blues. Not sure if it is something that is talked about much, but I do think it is a real disorder. Make sure to get lots of vitamin D in good sources of nuts, fatty foods and fish, and milk or yogurt. Also, a great way to stay healthy during flu season is to get a big dose of vitamin C with some seasonal and local greens. Some greens like collards and kale have more vitamin C than orange juice!

The farm is sloppy and muddy. We have never seen it so muddy before! With the lack of sunshine to help dry up the fields and we have received 4 inches of rain! Yes, 4 inches! Van and I dream of one day having an enclosed packing facility! Concrete floors with drains, and walk in coolers that we can easily roll our products in and out of.. one day soon!

**** Next week we will only have ONE PICK UP DAY at our farm location on Tuesday 11/20/18 from 4-6pm AND at M7 coffee house from 4-6pm. This of course is due to Thanksgiving. Our Delta delivery will remain the same for Wednesday 11/21/18 **** Please let us know if this does not work for you and we will try to figure out other arrangements. My phone number is 601-624-4914 or email twodogfarmsllc@gmail.com. We will be emailing everyone to make arrangements.

We hope everyone has a great week and stays well. Take care of yourselves and enjoy your time with friends and family. Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Cauliflower

  2. Cherry Tomatoes

  3. Hakurei Turnips- A Japanese specialty salad turnip. Delicious stir fried, roasted, and grilled. Make sure to eat the greens with the turnips or set aside for another meal!

  4. Sweet Peppers

  5. Dill- Dill is also amazing chopped up finely and added to salads!

  6. Kabocha Squash- Pumpkin like squash. Great roasted and eaten alone, made into soup, or even made into a Kabocha “pumpkin” pie!! Excellent for Thanksgiving!

  7. Kale

  8. Collards

Sweet and Spicy Kabocha Squash

Kabocha Squash Soup

Dill, Kale and Grilled Tomato Salad

Dill, Pepper, and Yam Stir Fry

Guideline for Sautéed Hakurei Turnips and Greens

Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic and Peppers

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 6

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 6

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Howdy Folks! Welcome to week 6 of your Fall CSA. We had a fun time celebrating Halloween last week, and hope y’all did too! Hazel was dressed as a witch and Ivan was a skunk! Stinky boy! haha

We had received 300 new 1 day old baby chickens. They are now almost 5 weeks old, and boy do they grow so fast! They will be mature enough to lay eggs around 20 weeks old. It is really crazy to see them grow, interact, and to realize just how closely related to dinosaurs they are. I swear we have 300 baby raptors on our hands! Hazel loves to help me tend to them. She of course has already picked out and named a few. :)

We hope y’all have been enjoying all of your boxes so far! It has been a great harvest, and we are thankful for what has come out of the field.

There is a really bad worm epidemic in 20 countries right now. We are DEFINITELY experiencing activity at the farm. Supposedly they have grown resistant to chemical sprays that commercial growers use, and they are destroying crops all over the world! Van and I have never seen them as bad as they are this year. Mother Nature always has a way to put things into it’s place. You would think and hope that when an insect becomes so resistant to a chemical that it is a good sign to stop the spraying! A WAKE UP CALL! Sadly, I don’t think it will happen.

With all of that being said, we are even more grateful that you have chosen to support your local small farmer! If everyone would do the same then we could make a difference on our impact to the world and our impact to the foods we eat. Thank you all so very much. Have a great week and here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Baby Radish

  2. Cherry Tomatoes

  3. White Beets- Beets are a root vegetable that have a wonderful earthy flavor. You have prob seen them as a beautiful red/purple/golden tones, but we are here to introduce you to the white variety! I love them roasted, pickled, raw, or made into a probiotic packed drink, kvass! Do not discard those greens! They cook and taste similar to Swiss chard.

  4. Eggplant

  5. Green Beans (1 pound)

  6. Purple Mustard Greens

  7. Collard Greens

Beet and Eggplant Lasagna

Fermented Beet Kvass

Mustard Green Frittata

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 5

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 5

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Howdy folks and welcome to week 5 of your CSA! Where did the cooler weather go? It has been warm the last couple of days. I am looking forward to this weekend and for it to cool off again! All this warm to cold weather, it’s no wonder everyone is getting sick. Last week myself and the kids were sick, and unfortunately this week we added Van on to the sick list. Im ready for the weather to make up it’s mind and stick to one temperature!

Ok, enough of my weather rant. We have been busy trying to get our root crops out of the fields. Carrots, radishes, turnips, and beets are starting to become ready. Herbs will be available soon as well!

I made a really great pasta last night. It had carrots cooked down with a little onion in some vegetable broth. Then I added in some kale and spigarello, trying to use up my greens from last week, and after that cooked down, added some arugula and then I took my immersion blender and blended until it was almost like a pesto texture. I then added some water that I boiled my pasta in, to help thicken, and some goat cheese. Cooked until blended. Then I sautéed some mushrooms in a separate skillet and added to my sauce and served over the pasta. It was wonderful! I had never used my greens in that way to make a sauce, but it will definitely become a go to meal for us now.

I hope y’all were able to get in the kitchen last week and make some nourishing meals. I also hope everyone stays well out there. Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. 2 Kohlrabi

  2. Head of Field Grown Lettuce

  3. Bag of Arugula

  4. Bok Choy

  5. Butternut Squash

  6. Green Beans

  7. Carrots

  8. Kale

Kale and Arugula Pesto

Bok Choy, Apple, and Carrot Slaw This would be great with Kohlrabi added too

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 4

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 4

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Hi Folks and welcome to week 4 of your fall CSA! We have another good one for you this week! We hope everyone enjoyed last week’s bounty. New to the box this week are, Sprigarello, head of lettuce, radishes, and Delicata Squash. So y’all have had the Sweet Dumpling, Butternut, and now the Delicata. I would love to hear some feedback on which one y’all like the best so far!

Myself and the kids have been fighting a cold. It is that time of year again. I am making another round of elderberry syrup to try to keep it at bay the rest of the season. And I am making a big pot of greens and we are going to drink all the broth and eat all the greens. That is always an instant health boost.

We just finished our last big planting of the year this past Saturday. It should get us through until the end of December. We went to the new True Local Market in Ridgeland this past Sunday. It is located at such a nice area, and Hazel was able to run around with other children and play on the playground. There was live music and a local vegan food vender. All in all it was fun! We hope y’all have a great week full of healthy meals. Here are the contents of this week’s box, Cheers!

  1. Delicata Squash- Another fine winter squash variety, this one you can leave the skin on, cook, and eat! Game changer!!

  2. Field Grown Lettuce

  3. Baby Radishes with Greens

  4. Pickling Cucumbers- Stock up on pickles for the fall while you can!

  5. Carrots

  6. Spigarello- Cooking green that taste a lot like broccoli. Some refer to it as broccoli rabe and others call it "leaf broccoli." I'd put it somewhere between kale and broccoli.

  7. Shishito Peppers

Roasted Delicata Squash

Roasted Delicata Squash with Onion and herbs

Sautéed Spigarello

Spigarello with Raisins and Pine Nuts

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 3

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 3

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Howdy folks, welcome to week 3 of your CSA! We hope everyone enjoyed their bounty from last week. We have a really great box for you, and with this cooler weather it will be a the perfect bounty to get in the kitchen and crank up the oven.

We have been busy this last week digging carrots in the fields. We are using a blade implement behind the tractor that digs and lifts the carrots out of the ground so we can harvest.

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Surprisingly we harvested close to 400 pounds of carrots on Thursday last week and have already sold them all! We had them at the farmer’s market this past Saturday, and between that and restaurants they are already gone! I made some carrot and ginger soup last night that turned out pretty good! I got the recipe from the gals at Hardware for Her at the Revell Ace in Deville Plaze. I will link it below.

We are back at the New Orleans’ Crescent City Farmers Market on Tuesdays and there is also a new farmers market we hope to attend in Ridgeland! Called True Local Market, and it will be at First Methodist Church on Jackson St. The market will run Saturdays from 2-6pm and Sundays from 1-6pm until the end of the year. We hope to attend this market, it is set outdoors in a beautiful area! It starts this Saturday October 20th.

We hope everyone has a wonderful week and enjoys this week’s bounty! It is a good one for making soups all week long to accompany this cooler weather! Here are the contents of this week’s box:



  1. Lacinato Kale

  2. Kohlrabi (2)

  3. Baby Greens MIx- Mix of Mizuno, Tatsoi, Kale, Mustards, and Arugula! This tender and flavorful mix makes for wonderful salad, or addition to any braising mix.

  4. Butternut Squash (2)

  5. Broccoli- Large head of broccoli. This is our first harvest, and we are excited to share with you!

  6. Carrots- An heirloom mix of Rainbow or Purple Haze.

  7. Bok Choy- Wonderful stir fry vegetable or marinated and sautéed. Even great to roast in the oven or grill.



Scale back or add more Ginger to this delicious Carrot and Ginger Creamy Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Kohlrabi and Leek Soup

Stir Fried Bok Choy with Ginger and Garli

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 2

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 2

Top Row: Shishito Peppers, Red Russian Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, and Napa Cabbage!  Bottom Row: Beefsteak Tomatoes, Arugula, Pickling Cucumbers, and Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash!

Top Row: Shishito Peppers, Red Russian Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, and Napa Cabbage!

Bottom Row: Beefsteak Tomatoes, Arugula, Pickling Cucumbers, and Sweet Dumpling Winter Squash!

Howdy folks and welcome to week 2 of your CSA! I hope everyone enjoyed their box last week. We have a great box this week! We are really looking forward to some cooler weather next week! I am sure that everyone can relate!

In the box this week is one of our favorite peppers, shishitos. Some of our patrons know shishitos well and to some of you it is new. I will link an easy blistering recipe below that you don’t have to remove stems or anything! Just throw them into a hot skillet for a wonderful side dish or appetizer. I will also link an easy refrigerated pickles recipe to use as a guideline. Measurements would need to be edited! I will also add a kale salad with tahini dressing we made the other night that was a big hit.

We were able to dodge some rain so far this week, and we put up a few more rows to continue planting our fall crop! Cheers to that! We hope everyone has a great week and cooks some delicious and nutritious meals with loved ones. Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Shishito Peppers

  2. Red Russian Kale- A wonderful slightly curly and very tender kale.

  3. Cherry Tomatoes- Great for salads or try roasting with a favorite dish or fish.

  4. Napa Cabbage- Chinese cabbage, traditionally used in stir fries, but also great for raw salads or coleslaw.

  5. Beefsteak Tomatoes

  6. Arugula- One of my favorite greens that has a peppery flavor. Chop up for a salad all on its own, or as an addition to any salad. Also wonderful braised.

  7. Pickling Cucumbers- Can be used as pickling cucumbers or use as you would as a slicing cucumber.

  8. Sweet Dumpling Squash- Similar to acorn squash in size and appearance minus the stripes, but so much sweeter and has a great nutty flavor.

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Sweet Dumpling Squash Stuffed with Lemon Herb Rice

Easy Refrigerated Pickles “Guide”

Greek Kale Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 1

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Fall CSA Week 1

Top Row: Swiss Chard, 2 Kohlrabi, and Collard Greens  Bottom Row: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Squash, and Aji Dulce Peppers

Top Row: Swiss Chard, 2 Kohlrabi, and Collard Greens

Bottom Row: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Squash, and Aji Dulce Peppers

Hey y’all, and welcome to week 1 of your fall CSA! Thank you all so much for joining us this season. Now all we need is some cooler weather to really make things feel like fall!

We have been harvesting most of the winter squash out of the fields. Most of the squash will still need to sit and cure for a couple of weeks, meaning that they will sit until ripened and their skins are fully hardened. We are able to cure the squash in our high tunnel, next to the rest of our fall seedlings/starter plants, and a couple of rows of cherry tomatoes, so we are very thankful for that high tunnel! It has served many different purposes so far.

I guess we should be called 3 Dog Farms now, because we have recently added a new addition to the farm, or I guess I should say he added himself! We had a stray come to the farm and never left, and Hazel has named him “Runner”, so after he was named by Hazel, we knew for sure he wasn’t going anywhere. Welcome to the farm, Runner! Although he barks at everything, he really loves it there, and is so so sweet!

Deliveries have really geared back up and we are delivering to New Orleans twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays. Now for the final bit of news, we are welcoming to the farm today 300 new baby chicks! We have acquired a new brooding pen and will go ahead and get these girls off to a good start to lay in the spring. We are so excited!

I hope everyone has a great week and you enjoy this week’s bounty of vegetables. Cheers! Here are the contents of this week’s box:

  1. Swiss Chard- A beautiful green that cooks similar to spinach. I pull the leaf from the stem, but don’t throw away that stem! Chop like you would celery and add to your dish! Great way to add some different texture and you are still able to eat the entire plant! I recently made a big pot of creamed swiss chard, similar to creamed spinach, it was very tasty!

  2. Collard Greens- I’m sure everyone’s familiar with this green. Cook traditionally in a big pot with some broth and onions or try using the collards as a wrap. I wrapped up some chicken salad the other day and it was delicious, also we have a restaurant who makes Dolmas using collards instead of grape leaves! Yum!

  3. Kohlrabi- This is one of my favorite vegetables that we grow. It is extremely versatile and makes a wonderful potato substitute. Peel the skin until you get to a crispy textured fruit. It tastes like a mild broccoli, so try it raw, sliced in salads or with hummus. I love to roast it, make “fries” with it, mash it, put it in soups, it really has so many possibilities! Do not discard those greens! They are wonderful cooked down and even add to your collards!

  4. Field Tomatoes- Field grown and ripened Beefsteak tomatoes.

  5. Slicing Cucumbers- Great to add to any salad, or Greek or Asian style. I love to add to stir fries, noodles, and curries.

  6. Summer Squash- Yellow squash, you may receive a bi-color variety or patty pans!

  7. Aji Dulce Peppers- One of our favorites, this is a mild-medium pepper that is FULL of flavor! Favorite ways to prepare is roasted. Also, turns into a great sauce or pepper jelly, or try stuffing with your favorite cheese

Kohlrabi, Potato, and Corn Chowder

Creamed Swiss Chard with Bacon

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 14

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 14

Top Row: Cabbage, Okra, and Spinach  Middle Row: Chioggia Beets, Squash, and Sweet Peppers  Bottom Row: Corn, MS Bees Honey, and Cherry Tomatoes

Top Row: Cabbage, Okra, and Spinach

Middle Row: Chioggia Beets, Squash, and Sweet Peppers

Bottom Row: Corn, MS Bees Honey, and Cherry Tomatoes

Howdy Folks! Welcome to your final CSA box this summer. We hope that you have enjoyed everything this past growing season. We had a good season with some ups and downs, but every year we are learning more and trying to become more successful! Thank you so much for taking the risk and joining us. I hope more than anything you were able to eat a little healthier and more often at home with family and friends. 

We have updated our website for the fall CSA, and a few of you already signed up. Thank you! We are looking forward to a really great fall season at the farm. It is my personal favorite time at the farm. Perhaps because it is not as hot, and the bugs aren't as intrusive, but I also LOVE all of the produce that time of year. We have been busy seeding and prepping our fields for the fall. We really hope you decide to join us again!

We have had a lot of help from the NRCS this past year. They helped us get our high tunnel greenhouse. This was a huge addition for us to be able to start our own seed. We hope to apply for another one next year. They did a little write up HERE about our farm. 

So thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Our little farm family wouldn't be where we are now without you and we hope to see you in a couple of months! Here are the contents of your final box:

 

1. Cabbage

2. Okra

3. Spinach

4. Chioggia Beets- The recipe for roasted beets with balsamic glaze below is good, but I actually like to roast them at a higher temp of 375-400 degrees and then roast for an additional 5-10 minutes after I add the glaze to them. 

5. Squash

6. Sweet Peppers

7. Corn

8. MS Bees Honey

9. Cherry Tomatoes

 

Roasted Beets with Honey Balsamic Glaze

 

 

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 13

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 13

Top Row: Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, and Amaranth Greens  Bottom Row: Corn, Onions, Gold and Red Beefsteak Tomatoes, Witch's Stick Pepper, and Radishes

Top Row: Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, and Amaranth Greens

Bottom Row: Corn, Onions, Gold and Red Beefsteak Tomatoes, Witch's Stick Pepper, and Radishes

Howdy folks! Welcome to week 13 of your CSA! We have a great box this week for you. New to your box this week are Witch's Stick peppers, Amaranth greens and Spinach! The peppers started off mild and with maturity they heat up. You can expect some heat, I needed water right after trying them, with the more mature pepper. Amaranth greens are the leaves of the amaranth plant, you may be more familiar with the grain. They are a beautiful deep green streaked with red and purple and can be eaten raw when young and tender, but are traditionally cooked. The most likely cooking suggestion you will get is to saute it with garlic, but you can use it anywhere you would include cooked spinach or Swiss chard.

Amaranth greens are delicious with cumin, chile peppers or onions and hold up well to intensely spiced dishes like curry. Saute, mix into stew or add to sauces for extra nutrition and texture. Amaranth is full of iron! The spinach is a tender, red veined, amazingly heat tolerant, and vine growing variety called Malabar. We absolutely love this spinach!

The farm has been good, and we were able to get some rows up in our bottom field to plant winter squash and fall tomatoes! If you have previously joined our CSA in the fall, you know the fall is a great time of the year in Mississippi to grow produce! We are expecting to have everything from squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes to carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, salad turnips, lots of greens, and winter squash like butternuts, spaghetti, acorn, etc. Next week is our last week for the summer CSA, and we appreciate you all so much and hope that you will consider joining us in the fall! It will be a 10 week share starting around the 2nd week of October and ending the first or second week in December. We will get our website updated soon for signups. 

Unfortunately we were unable to get melons in the ground early enough this year due to rain, so we will not be able to include any in your CSA box for the 4th of July celebration. They are still a few weeks until they will be ready, darn! BUT we hope everyone has a great time celebrating and cooking some good food with loved ones. Happy Independence, y'all!! 

 

1. Onions

2. Cherry Tomatoes

3. Spinach

4. Corn

5. Beefsteak Tomatoes

6. Amaranth Greens

7. Witch's Stick Peppers

8. Radishes

 

Amaranth Leaves in Coconut Milk

Black Beans with Amaranth

 

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