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

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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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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 12

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 12

 Top Row: Zucchini and Squash, Blueberries, Anaheim Peppers, Corn, and Eggplant  Bottom Row: Cherry Tomatoes, Cubanelle Peppers, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and Beets

Top Row: Zucchini and Squash, Blueberries, Anaheim Peppers, Corn, and Eggplant

Bottom Row: Cherry Tomatoes, Cubanelle Peppers, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and Beets

Howdy folks and welcome to week 12 of your CSA. 
This will be the last week for blueberries, and this variety, “powder blue”, is so sweet, dare I say sweeter than the previous blueberries!?

New to this week’s box is corn, cubanelle and anaheim peppers, and beets. Anaheim peppers are famously known for their use in "Chile Rellenos." These have a bit of heat to them and the Cubanelles are a mild pepper. I am going to try to stuff my anaheims this week with diced, roasted eggplant, and cubanelles. Mix everything with quinoa and add some chili powder, cumin, and tomato sauce. Stuff this into my anaheim's and top with goat cheese! I may even do some "mexican" street corn on the side. I roasted some grouper the other night with some cherry tomatoes, and it turned out so good! A nice, juicy tomato with every bite of grouper was perfect! 

Things at the farm are pretty hot and wet. So hot and wet that it is really starting to take a toll on our tomato plants. Plus, the past few storm fronts we have had has knocked down our plants several times. I’m talking entire rows, completely loaded with fruit, knocked down to the ground. That has been pretty frustrating!

Alrighty, we hope you've been enjoying the bounty so far. If you're having trouble getting through all the veggies don't forget to whip up our favorite "compost pasta" recipe. Which is basically a huge pot of sautéed veggies (throw all of them into the pot) with plenty of butter and garlic and stir into hot pasta with some parmesan cheese. It's a bullet proof method for making room in your fridge for the next round of vegetables.

As always, we're so thankful to have you all be a part of our farm family. Thanks for taking the risk to join a CSA and for riding this crazy wave with us. Y'all are awesome. Cheers!

1. Blueberries

2. Cherry tomatoes

3. Eggplant

4. Corn

5. Beefsteak Tomatoes

6. Anaheim and Cubanelle Peppers

7. Squash

8. Zucchini

9. Beets

 

Mexican Street Corn Salad

 

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 11

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 11

 Top Row: Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Sweet Peppers, and Savoy or Green Cabbage  Bottom Row: Cucumbers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Blueberries, and Beefsteak Tomatoes

Top Row: Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, Sweet Peppers, and Savoy or Green Cabbage

Bottom Row: Cucumbers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Blueberries, and Beefsteak Tomatoes

Hi folks, and welcome to week 11 of your CSA. We hope everyone has had a great week. I would like to say that we appreciate each and every one of our members. If there is ever an issue with your box of vegetables, please contact us personally so we can fix it. My phone number is 601-624-4914 (Dorothy). I am more than happy to talk to you and try to find a solution. 

Ready for some tomatoes?!! We literally have 1,000s of pounds right now! Tis the season for tomato pies, tomato sandwiches, tomato sauce, canning, tomato salads, caprese, and anything else that involves a tomato! I am seriously eating my weight in tomato sandwiches. SO GOOD. 

We received 1/2 an inch of rain in 20 minutes on Monday, and it has been raining every day since then with no intention of stopping. Do y'all remember the last couple of summers when we were in  a drought? Crazy weather this summer in Mississippi. Of course we still have July and August left! 

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoy your box of vegetables this week. Check out the link below, Southern Living put together 15 recipes that really embrace all the items in this week's box! Here are the contents:

 

1. Cherry Tomatoes

2. Savoy or Green Cabbage

3. Zucchini

4. Squash

5. Sweet Peppers

6. Beefsteak Tomatoes

7. Cucumbers

9. Blueberries

10. Heirloom Tomatoes

 

Fresh and Fabulous Recipes that Celebrate Summertime

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 10

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 10

 Top Row: Beefsteak Tomatoes, Cured Onions, Watermelon Radishes, and Potatoes.  Bottom Row: Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Blueberries, and Shishitos. 

Top Row: Beefsteak Tomatoes, Cured Onions, Watermelon Radishes, and Potatoes.

Bottom Row: Green Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Blueberries, and Shishitos. 

Hey everyone, hope y'all have had a great week. Welcome to week 10 of your CSA. We hope that you enjoyed the bounty last week. We were asked if the blueberries were organic, and if anyone else was wondering, they are. We get the blueberries from a family friend's farm in Brookhaven. They are so plump and sweet. I hope y'all have enjoyed them! 

We have gotten the rest of our summer field planted, and looking forward to some juicy melons! New additions to your box this week are beefsteak tomatoes, shishito peppers and pickling cucumbers. Are you ready for some tomato sandwiches? Van and I each ate 2 1/2 sandwiches the other night. They were really great, we almost went back for a 3rd sandwich! The pickling variety of cucumber is also really great to enjoy in salads, with dips, and sliced on top of dishes. Some of you may remember the shishito peppers from last year! They are a thin walled blistering pepper. Mild and sweet roulette pepper, meaning that 1 in 10 will be spicy! These are some of our favorites that we grow. I will post an awesome, easy blistering recipe that makes for a great appetizer.

We hope everyone has a really great week and enjoy this week's bounty! Cheers!

 

1. Blueberries

2. Cherry Tomatoes

3. Watermelon Radish

4. Potatoes

5. Beefsteak Tomatoes

6. Shishito Peppers

7. Onions

8. Green Beans

9. Cucumbers

 

Blistered Shishitos

Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 9

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 9

 Top Row: Cabbage, Romano Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, and Blueberries  Bottom Row: Onions, Zucchini, Squash, and Eggplant

Top Row: Cabbage, Romano Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, and Blueberries

Bottom Row: Onions, Zucchini, Squash, and Eggplant

Hey everyone, welcome to week 9 of your CSA. We hope everyone is well and had a great weekend!

We are really starting to see tomatoes come out of the field. Just in the last couple of days we have harvested several cratefuls!

I wanted to give everyone a chicken update. Our girls are a little over 15 weeks old and getting big! It is pretty wild that they grow so much over night. In the last couple weeks we really saw them jump into adolescence and soon they will be of laying age. Pullets usually start to lay around 20 weeks. So in a short month we should start to see some good egg production! 

We just ordered the fencing we will use when moving them from pasture to pasture. We have had some predator issues, but hopefully it will stop. 

We hope you all have a great week and are able to get into the kitchen and make some great healthy meals. Here are the contents of this week's box:

 

1. Head of Cabbage

2. Romano Beans- Italian string bean! It is a flat string bean. 

3. Cherry Tomatoes

4. Blueberries

5. Onions

6. Zucchini

7. Squash

8. Eggplant

 

Stewed Romano Beans with Tomatoes

Romano Bean Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Roasted Eggplant

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 8

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 8

 Top Row: Parsley, Green Beans, Daikon Radishes, and Sorrel  Bottom Row: Potatoes, Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, and Banana Peppers

Top Row: Parsley, Green Beans, Daikon Radishes, and Sorrel

Bottom Row: Potatoes, Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, and Banana Peppers

Hello folks! Welcome to week 8 of your CSA! We hope everyone had a safe, eventful weekend with family and friends.

Last week got a little busy and everyone but baby Ivan had the stomach bug! Hazel was able to hold off the sickness until after we celebrated her 3rd birthday, so that was fortunate! A lot has been going on at the farm! We had all of the broccoli ready at once, as well as the cauliflower. We had to donate well over 1,000 lbs of broccoli and now we are going through the cauliflower and finding hundreds of lbs to donate. The weather this spring was abnormal enough to push all 3 separate plantings to be ready at once. We are definitely in the transition from spring to summer produce. No need to worry this week if you will have more cauliflower, we have a whole new assortment for you! You will definitely be feeling the summer love with this box!

We hope you enjoy your vegetables, and I appreciate the feedback, good and bad. Thanks for the support everyone! 

Here are the contents of this week's box:

 

1. Beans- Snap beans that are a bush variety. I love to simmer these down with some broth of your choice and a little onion until all the liquid is gone. This makes for a tender bean full of flavor. 

2. Cherry Tomatoes- Fresh off the vine and ready to be added to salads, pastas, or just eaten by themselves! 

3. Potatoes- Y'all, some oh so delicious creamy potatoes! So excited about these!

4. Sorrel 

5. Banana Peppers- Sweet and mild pepper

6. Purple Daikon Radishes

7. Cured Onions- Onions that have been harvested out of the field and dried and cured. 

8. Parsley

 

Southern Style Green Beans

Home Fries with Peppers and Onions

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 6

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 6

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Hey folks! Welcome to week 6 of your CSA! Hope everyone had a great weekend.
So, we were receiving a little feedback and thought we would try something a little different. We are going to double up on items in your box this week. Doing so, you would be able to make some big casserole dishes. Maybe make a couple of casseroles to put in the freezer for an easy dinner one night. I know I need things as easy as possible now a days! I have added some recipes and they seem to be kid friendly as well.

I really love the recipe below for a healthier broccoli and cheese casserole. Made with quinoa and whole grain bread crumbs. You also won’t find mayonnaise or cream of mushroom in it. I’m sure you could add some shredded or cubed chicken to it also!

I also have added a recipe for slow cooker greens. It does call for a ham hock, but I have found just using bacon or skipping out on the pork, and it is still delicious! Might as well go ahead and put some greens up in the freezer. Here pretty soon with the heat, they won’t be able to grow.

Cauliflower takes on the flavor of pretty much anything you want it to. One last recipe I added is for a loaded cauliflower mash recipe. It is low carb since you are replacing the potatoes with cauliflower.

I would love to hear feedback if you like the doubling up on veggies, and what you make. Hope everyone has a great week!

 

1. Collards

2. Collards

3. Cauliflower

4. Cauliflower

5. Broccoli

6. Broccoli

7. Torpedo Onions

8. Squash and Zucchini

Loaded Cauliflower Mash

Slow Cooker Greens

Healthy Broccoli Casserole

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 5

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 5

 Top Row left to right: Torpedo Onions, Golden Beets, Swiss Chard, and Bulb Fennel.   Bottom Row left to right: Dill, Sweet Peas, Broccoli, and Mizuno Mix

Top Row left to right: Torpedo Onions, Golden Beets, Swiss Chard, and Bulb Fennel. 

Bottom Row left to right: Dill, Sweet Peas, Broccoli, and Mizuno Mix

Hey everyone, I hope y'all had a wonderful week. Well, the summer heat is upon us. It has been hot, and I know this is just the beginning. Van and I were talking the other day how we are not ready for it! Haha, but it is inevitable. We will have some extra cut sunflowers available to buy at our CSA pick up locations! They have all just started to open their blooms, and are so stunning! I figured it may be a nice addition to your CSA box for mother's day this weekend! ;) 

We received our new delivery truck! Van has it today in New Orleans. Later this week we will attempt to do a second delivery in New Orleans and also the Crescent City Farmer's Market on Saturday. It should be a busy weekend! 

I hope y'all have been enjoying all of the vegetables so far. We have a really great bounty for you this week. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and you are able to cook someone dear to you a delicious meal! Here are the contents of this week's box:

 

1. Mizuno- 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. 

2. Golden Beets

3. Torpedo Onions- A variety of spring onion that is longer with a smaller bulb.  Looks like a torpedo. 

4. Swiss Chard

5. Broccoli 

6. Dill 

7. Fennel Bulb with Fronds- Fennel has a familiar anise flavor. The bulb is great to chop and caramelize with onions. Have it as a side or add to pizzas and pastas. Also, i like to save the fronds, the long leafy greens, and use them to flavor different dishes. I added a recipe below, but be aware it takes a little over an hour to prepare. It is easy tho, one of those dishes that you can stir every so often as you prepare the rest of your meal. 

8. Sweet Peas- This variety of peas are best when shelled. They are a great snack for on the go, just sitting around, added to salads, or shell, cook, and add into a main dish. 

 

Caramelized Fennel and Onions

Caramelized Fennel with Fettuccine and Goat Cheese

Fennel and Sweet Onion Pizza

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