Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 4

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 4

Top row left to right: Collards, Watermelon Radishes, Curly Kale, and Leeks  Bottom row left to right: Sorrel, Broccolini, Parsley, and Spinach

Top row left to right: Collards, Watermelon Radishes, Curly Kale, and Leeks

Bottom row left to right: Sorrel, Broccolini, Parsley, and Spinach

Hey Folks! Welcome to week 4 of your CSA! This spring/early summer has really thrown me off with the lower temperatures, but I know that the blazing heat is right around the corner. We are really gearing up for it too. We have started prepping our summer melon field! I can't wait to bite into one of those sweet, tasty miniature watermelons! If you have had our melons before, you know what I'm talking about! :) Hopefully we will be able to have some in time for the Fourth of July. 

My favorite and the easiest way to make vegetable broth is simply by getting a gallon sized freezer bag and every time I have a piece of onion, carrot, radish, etc., that I would normally throw away, I add it to my freezer bag. When my freezer bag becomes full, I simply add contents to a big pot of water and boil to make broth!

Do you happen to have any cabbage left over from last week? I added a spinach and leek quiche recipe at the bottom of the page, and I love the idea of using cabbage leaves as the pie crust! Follow the link below to check it out! 

I hope everyone is having a great week so far and we look forward to another box followed by more creative and delicious meals! Cheers y'all! 

 

1. Spinach

2. Watermelon Radish- A milder radish that when cut open resembles a watermelon! 

3. Sorrel- This tasty green has a really great lemon or citrus flavor. A traditional way to enjoy sorrel is cooked into a sauce and served with fish, lending a lemony flavor without the use of lemon. It's also great cooked into soups or stews. And if you don't have lemons to make a salad dressing, use sorrel to add tang.

4. Curly Kale

5. Broccolini- No, this is not baby broccoli ;) Broccolini has small florets, long stalks, and a few small leaves — all of which are edible.

6. Parsley

7. Collards

8. Leeks- Milder onion flavor. Great in soups, finely chopped in salads, or sautéed with other vegetables. 

 

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon (or Sorrel!) and Garlic

Leek and Spinach Quiche

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 3

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 3

Top Row left to right: Daikon Radishes, White Beets, Lacinato Kale, and Spring onions  Bottom Row left to right: Cilantro, Field Lettuce, Mizuno Mix, and Napa Cabbage

Top Row left to right: Daikon Radishes, White Beets, Lacinato Kale, and Spring onions

Bottom Row left to right: Cilantro, Field Lettuce, Mizuno Mix, and Napa Cabbage

Hey folks! I hope everyone is doing well and y’all have been enjoying all of your vegetables! There is a new variety of beets that we are growing, white beets! I made some roasted beets this past weekend and devoured them with a nice big pot of mixed greens. So much broth was in the mixed greens that it was like eating soup! I love me some pot liquor!! 

We have ordered a new delivery truck (little bigger with more horse power). We are needing this kind of truck for driving longer distances like New Orleans, etc. We have also been talking about going for a 2nd delivery to New Orleans on the weekend and also a Saturday Farmers Market there. We are so thankful for an extra outlet, such as New Orleans, & delivering our produce to local consumers there. 

We have a really great box this week! One of my favorite ways to cook the Napa Cabbage is to roast it in the oven until fork tender! I also like to add a slice of bacon on top while it is roasting :). I hope everyone has a wonderful week, and eat some really nourishing meals! Cheers! 

 

1. Mizuno Mix- 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. Purple Daikon Radishes- Traditional radishes used in kimchi. This is also one of my absolute favorite radishes to roast in the oven. 

3. White Beets

4. Lacinato Kale 

5. 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, see recipe below. 

6. Cilantro 

7. Field Grown Lettuce

8. Spring Onions

 

Roasted Spring Onion and Beet Salad

Simple Braised Greens

Easy Kimchi

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 2

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 2

Top row left to right- spring onions, yukina savoy, red beets, and swiss chard  Bottom row left to right- broccolini, dill, baby kale, and lettuce

Top row left to right- spring onions, yukina savoy, red beets, and swiss chard

Bottom row left to right- broccolini, dill, baby kale, and lettuce

Hello folks! I hope everyone had a great week and weekend. I am thrilled to have received great feedback from your first box. If you ever have any questions or need suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us! Some of you received curly kale instead of collards in your box last week. We had a shortage of collards and had to substitute. 

One of our CSA members created a facebook page for people that are involved in a CSA. This is a wonderful way to share recipes/meal ideas, get a little inspiration, or one may comment about different vegetables that are in their box! I really encourage everyone to join in on this page! It's called Jackson Eats Plants! <------- Click on the link to go to their Facebook page.

Last week was very busy for us! We are finding our groove and working out a few kinks. This is our weekly schedule: Mondays we harvest for New Orleans restaurants and farmers market. Tuesday, Van leaves at 3:45 in the morning and heads to the Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans. Then after market he delivers produce to restaurants. Meanwhile at the farm, we are harvesting for our tuesday CSA boxes and wednesday CSA boxes. From 4-6pm, CSA pick up at the farm. Van is usually back around 7:30 or 8. Wednesday, I head to the Greenville and Cleveland to deliver CSA boxes and restaurant orders. At the farm, they are harvesting for Jackson restaurants. Thursday, harvest and pack CSA boxes for thursday pick up. Then off to deliver to local restaurants in Jackson and CSA drop off from 4-6pm at M7. Friday, we harvest for High Street Farmers Market and CSA. Saturday we are the market until 2 then general maintenance at the farm. Sundays we usually dedicate to the chickens. 

We have sold quite a few T-shirts! We still have plenty more and I will have them at each CSA pick up location. It is a clever design of a beet growing in the soil with " Two Dog Farms" in the soil as well, and "Nothing BEETS Local" above the beet. On the front is a pocket with our logo.

We hope you enjoy your bounty this week! Here are the contents of this week's box:

 

1. Baby Kale

2. Yukina Savoy- This is an Asian green, also known as Asian spoon spinach, with young tender leaves and stalks that are excellent for salad mix and stir-fry dish. It makes a great substitute for spinach and looks/cooks about the same, but just a little spicier almost like a mustard green. 

3. Red Beets- Delicious roasted or peeled and sautéed. I also enjoy pickling my beets as well! You can also eat the greens. They taste similar to swiss chard, but a little sweeter. 

4. Swiss Chard

5. Broccolini- Similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and longer, thin stalks.

6. Dill- I love dill and put it on anything and everything. I especially love it chopped up finely and thrown into my salads. Give it a shot. 

7. Field Grown Lettuce

8. Spring Onions- Young onions that are harvested with greens. 

 

Yukina Savoy and Mushrooms

Roasted Broccolini

Roasted Beet and Baby Kale Salad

 

 

 

 

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 1

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Two Dog Farms 2018 Spring/Summer CSA Week 1

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Hello everyone, and welcome to week one of your CSA! We are very thankful for you joining our farm, and looking forward to a great growing season. 

As you all know, this past weekend we had some really cold temperatures. We were 1 degree away from losing all of our summer crops! Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and our cut flowers such as single stem, pollen less sunflowers, celosias, zinnias, and snap dragons. Thank goodness we had minimal damage, everything still looks to be in good shape. 

Previous springs, we didn't have a warm enough place to start our own seeds. We got a local nursery to start our spring plants, and we would start our summer plants. This year we were able to start all of our plants for this spring/summer season in our high tunnel (greenhouse structure with a dirt floor for planting), which we got last summer. This was such a great accomplishment for us. Once all the starter plants have been planted in the field, then we will direct seed small greens like arugula, baby kale, etc. in the high tunnel. Having the high tunnel has really upped our farm game. We are hoping to get another high tunnel put in later this year.

Below is a list of what to expect in your CSA box this week. We hope you have so much fun creating healthy meals for yourself and loved ones. Cheers! 

 

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

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

3. Collards- Big green leaves that can be cooked and stewed down to make a classic southern side dish, or get creative and try using them as wraps or a slaw. 

4. Kohlrabi- This vegetable is one of my favorites. It is a root vegetable that taste like a mild broccoli. Peel the skin to get to a crisp texture on the inside, somewhat like an apple. I love to eat this vegetable raw, sliced as chips, and served with a favorite dip. Or you can mash, roast, sautee, stew, and pretty much anything else that you would do to a potato (kohlrabi is a wonderful substitute for potato). Also, don't discard the greens, they are also edible and delicious. Add them in with your collards!

5. Field grown Lettuce- you know what to do.

6. Green Onions- Scallions to add to different salads and entrees. 

7. 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 and flavor. 

8. Bok Choy- Great vegetable in stir fries, roasted, or thrown on the grill.

 

How To Cut Up Kohlrabi

Swiss Chard and Kohlrabi with Lemon Sauce

Roasted Bok Choy

Thai Coconut Soup with Bok Choy

 

 

 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 10

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 10

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Hello folks! Welcome to week 10 of your CSA. Your final box of the 2017 season. We hope you have enjoyed all of the vegetables you have received and we enjoyed getting to know all of you personally. Thank you so much for a wonderful season at the farm and for your support. 

With the beautiful days we have been having this week it is hard to believe that we received 5 inches of snow last week! The farm was a sight to see blanketed in white. It was gorgeous and at the same time a little frightening as we were wondering what all was getting frost bitten underneath that beautiful blanket. The carrots should be extra sweet this week, due to the freeze, and you will be receiving double the bounty. Also, expect the collards to be a little sweeter as well.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and keep us in mind when gifting presents! Perhaps someone would love a Spring/Summer subscription in 2018! Just an idea :)

We will hopefully be able to continue harvesting throughout December and into the new year and supply our produce to local grocery stores like Rainbow Co-op and local restaurants like Local 463, Walkers, The Manship, and more. So if you are missing us as much as we are missing yall, please support local! But if you are in our neck of the woods, please stop by to say Hi and grab some produce! We would love to see you!

So, THANK YOU!! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for joining us, and we hope to see you next year in the spring. Cheers to you all!

Your farmers,

Van, Dorothy, Hazel, & Ivan

 

 

1. Broccolini

2. Carrots

3. Carrots

4. Acorn Squash

5. Collards

6. Spinach

7. Mizuno Mix- baby greens mix that contains arugula, kale, and mizuno. This is a wonderful braising mix. (some will just receive baby kale as we were a little short with the mizuno mix this week)

8. Cauliflower

9. Kale

 

Simple Roasted Cauliflower

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 9

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 9

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Welcome to week 9 of your CSA! We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Our entire family has been sick with the flu, including baby Ivan whose cold turned into Croup! That has been really scary to deal with, but he seems to be doing better. I think it is impossible for him to not get sick when Hazel is constantly around him. 

We really hope everyone has been enjoying everything as the season is winding down. Here are the contents of this weeks box:

1. Carrots

2. Broccolini

3. Collards

4. Parsley

5. Cabbage

6. Spinach

7. Watermelon Radish

8. Beefsteaks

9. Green Tomatoes

 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 8

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 8

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Hey folks, welcome to week 8 of your CSA. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family around the dinner table! We had a great time with family and made so much food. I made a broccoli casserole and a squash pie that turned out really great. I wish i had a piece of pie to eat every night of the week. Van and I fought over the last piece of pie! It even had finger holes in it from where Hazel was eating it also. 

Your box this week includes a very exciting new item that we have never grown before. It is purple Napa Cabbage (chinese cabbage). It is so beautiful and one of my favorite cabbages. A very tender cabbage that is great to make cabbage rolls with, stir fry, or even make a kimchi with the daikon radishes and carrots in your box as well. 

We hope everyone has a great week. Here are the contents of this weeks box:

1. Purple Napa Cabbage

2. Dill

3. Carrots

4. Daikon Radish

5. Beets

6. Baby Kale

7. Acorn Squash

8. Broccoli

9. Beefsteak Tomatoes

Cabbage and Daikon Kimchi

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 7

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 7

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Hey Y'all! Hope everyone has been having a good week so far getting ready for the upcoming holiday. We will have our 2 pick up locations today at M7 Coffee House in Ridgeland and at the farm in Flora, form 4-6pm at both locations. We sent out an email and if you have yet to let us know where you will be picking up, please do so as soon as possible. We doubled up on collard greens and broccoli this week so you would be able to use these as side dishes if desired. Also, the kabocha squash makes for an excellent pie! I have posted the recipe below as well as an easy greens in the crockpot recipe. 

Well, we had a pretty good freeze at the farm Sunday night, so expect your carrots and collards to be a little sweeter this week! We tried to pick as many tomatoes as we could have Sunday. The freeze again damaged the top portion of the plant, but we do have some fruit still on the plant that we think we will be able to still pick, so that is fortunate! 

Van nor I will be at the pick up locations this afternoon, Cole will be at the M7 location and Rachel will be at the Farm. Van is in New Orleans, like he is every Tuesday, he is working the farmers market there and delivering to restaurants. Hazel, Ivan and I are headed to Batesville to do the Polar Express train ride! My wonderful mother-in-law surprised us with tickets and Hazel is so excited! 

We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with family. Wishing everyone safe travels during this week as well. Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Collards

2. Collards

3. Carrots

4. Parsley

5. Kabocha Squash

6. Broccoli

7. Broccoli

8. Tomatoes

9. Lettuce

 

 

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

 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 6

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall CSA Week 6

Top Row: Beets with Greens, Arugula, Lettuce, and Baby Carrots  Bottom Row: Broccoli, Purple Cabbage, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Peppers.

Top Row: Beets with Greens, Arugula, Lettuce, and Baby Carrots

Bottom Row: Broccoli, Purple Cabbage, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Peppers.

Hi everyone! Hope y'all have been enjoying all of your greens and vegetables that this season has had to offer. We are starting to get into some of our more hardier root vegetables. This week's box is a beautiful bounty! 

Again, we will have only ONE pick up day the week of Thanksgiving. It will be next Tuesday the 21st. We will offer pick up locations at M7 coffee house in Ridgeland, and also at the farm in Flora. Pick up times will be from 4-6pm. We will be sending out an email to further get in touch with everyone. 

Our chickens have started to slow down with their egg production. That is of course normal this time of year with the time change, shorter days, and colder weather. Im honestly surprised that we are still even getting about 12 eggs a day. Some of our chickens are starting to molt as well. It's amazing how everything that's living changes with the seasons. 

The electric deer fence we have put up around the farm seems to have helped so far! There has still been a few times where we have seen that some deer have eaten produce. The beans especially. We have learned that will happen regardless, and to always just plant a little extra when planting our starts. Some of you may remember how bad the deer were last season, and thank goodness it is nothing like that this fall. 

One of my personal favorites, cauliflower, has started to form small heads in the field. The box this week may be the most colorful of all the boxes so far! It is a really great harvest this week. Hope y'all enjoy and have a wonderful week. Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Baby Carrots- Don't discard the greens! Try in soups, finely chopped in salads, or a pesto. 

2. Butternut Squash

3. Purple Cabbage

4. Sweet Peppers

5. Broccoli- Don't discard that large stalk! Chop and put into soups and stir fries. Even try peeling and making into a mash. 

6. Head of field grown Lettuce

7. Arugula- Peppery green with so much flavor. Great in salads.

8. Beets- Don't discard those greens! Beet greens cook and taste much like swiss chard. 

9. Beefsteak Tomatoes

Carrot Top and Arugula Pesto

Healthier Broccoli and Cheese Soup with Butternut Squash

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Two Dog Farm 2017 Fall CSA Week 5

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Two Dog Farm 2017 Fall CSA Week 5

Top Row: Swiss Chard, Romain, and Cilantro  Middle Row: Banana Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes  Bottom Row: Spinach, Baby Kale, Radishes, and Spaghetti Squash

Top Row: Swiss Chard, Romain, and Cilantro

Middle Row: Banana Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes

Bottom Row: Spinach, Baby Kale, Radishes, and Spaghetti Squash

Hey Folks! Welcome to week 5 of your CSA. We hope everyone has been enjoying their weekly boxes and have been inspired to cook healthy and at home. I think we have finally figured out our computer/internet connection issues. So sorry for the inconvenience.

So much has happened at the farm since our last blog. The weather has been brutal, including high winds and a freeze. The freeze killed most of our summer crops. The tomatoes however made it through with just a foot of damage on the top of the plant. Thank goodness because they are loaded with tomatoes! It's amazing to think we are still able to harvest field tomatoes in November. Last year we were able to harvest tomatoes well into Thanksgiving.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we will more than likely have only ONE pick up day the week of. It will probably be on the Tuesday the week of Thanksgiving. We will of course send an email and talk more about this closer to the time, but I just wanted to go ahead and give everyone a heads up.

So this is big news!! Our good friends at Reyer Farms are offering a Beef CSA Program!! We have had a lot of people very interested in getting a meat share, and this is a great way to buy grass fed, local beef. Also, a great affordable way to get your beef share without overloading your freezer space. Pictures are located below of a few favorite cuts of beef. Please take a moment to considering joining their farm!

Reyer Farms

Want better beef for you and your family?

Us too!  We strive to raise quality healthy beef here in Mississippi and want to make this beef available to you in a NEW convenient package.

This package is a box containing 10-12 lbs of our native Pineywoods beef.  Each month will include a variety of premium beef cuts and our premium ground beef.  Spend as little as $100/Month

3 Options:

**All cuts are safely frozen secure is a cozy vacuum sealed package and portioned  for easy meal planning**

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                      Availability is limited. Assure better beef at your table; Secure your share today!!!

Want to sign up or learn more?

www.reyerfarms.com

call 601-906-1185

jody@reyerfarms.com

 

Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their vegetables. Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Bag of Spinach

2. Swiss Chard

3. Romaine Lettuce

4. Cilantro

5. Baby Kale

6. Radishes

7. Cherry Tomatoes

8. Spaghetti Squash

9. Banana Peppers

 

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TwoDog Farms 2017 Fall Harvest Week 3

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Hi Y'all, welcome to week 3 of your fall CSA! I hope everyone has enjoyed their boxes so far. I'm sure everyone has been feeling a little bit healthier having an abundance of greens in their lives! Hope everyone is finding some creative ways to use all of their weekly vegetables. 

As you all may know, we had some bad weather roll through the south this past Saturday and Sunday. We definitely took a beating at the farm. Our tomato plants were loaded with fruit and were knocked down, little damage to the chicken coop, as well as a little damage to our high tunnel. We spent much of the day yesterday and today staking the tomatoes back up. 

There is a freeze in the forecast this weekend, if it does freeze then we will probably lose our tomatoes. We are hoping for warmer temperatures and a slight breeze. If there is a slight breeze this will help against frost damage on the fruit and plants. The collard greens on the other hand will taste sweet and better after a little frost.

Hope everyone has a good week and can enjoy a few warm meals on these cooler days and nights. Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Dill

2. Kohlrabi- This alien vegetable is my all time favorite. Extremely versatile and a great potato substitute. Also, enjoy it's mild broccoli taste raw in salads, slaws, or as chips for hummus. Don't forget to try roasted as fries as well. I also linked some great creative recipes as well. Please peel before enjoying.  

3. Cherry tomatoes

4. Shishito Peppers

5. Cubanelle Peppers

6.Bok Choy

7. Broccoli

8. Acorn Squash

9. Kale

Kohlrabi and Leek Soup

Kohlrabi Dill Pickles

Greek Style Kohlrabi Pie or Gratin with Dill and Feta

Kohlrabi Herbed and Yogurt Salad

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Fall Harvest Week 2

Top Row: Collard Greens, Toscano (Dino) Kale, Swiss Chard, and Field Grown Lettuce  Bottom Row: Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Orange Peppers, Spaghetti Squash, Eggplant, and Anaheim Peppers

Top Row: Collard Greens, Toscano (Dino) Kale, Swiss Chard, and Field Grown Lettuce

Bottom Row: Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Orange Peppers, Spaghetti Squash, Eggplant, and Anaheim Peppers

Hey folks and welcome to week 2 of your fall CSA. We hope you enjoyed the bounty last week. We are absolutely loving the weather this week. It is actually starting to feel like fall weather. A friend told me that her mother used to always say that the state fair brings in cool weather. "The rides whipping and moving all around stirs the air." It sure did play true this year! 

So many greens are in season and coming out of the field now. This is my favorite time of the year when summer meets fall and we still have peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, melons, and also have beautiful greens, winter squash, and root vegetables. Your supper menu for the week should not be boring!

We have already begun to fend off deer in the fields. I know with the cooler weather coming in that they will be even more active. We actually put an electric deer fence up, and it is helping, but they are still getting into the fields some. We are trying to find out how and where. We have been letting our chickens get into our big compost pile and they are LOVING all of the insects and yummy treats they are finding in there! It is really fun to watch them dig and scratch through it.

Hope everyone has had a great weekend and a great start to a new week. Here are the contents of this week's box:

 

1. Anaheim Peppers

2. Eggplant

3. Orange Sweet Peppers

4. Collards

5. Field Grown Lettuce

6. Toscano Kale

7. Cherry Tomatoes

8. Swiss Chard

9. Spaghetti Squash

The spaghetti squash recipe below looks delicious. You can always add roasted chick peas or chicken for some protein, and did you know that you can make your own sundried tomatoes in the oven?

Oven "SunDried" Tomatoes

Garlic, Kale, and SunDried Tomato Spaghetti Squash

I plan to make a Swiss chard and sweet pepper crustless quiche with farm eggs this week!

Veggie Crustless Quiche

Or make your favorite enchiladas using collard green leaves as the tortilla. Also substitute whatever veggies you have like maybe roast eggplant and anaheims to add into enchiladas.

Veggie Collard Green Enchiladas

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TWO DOG FARMS 2017 FALL HARVEST WEEK 1

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Hi everyone and welcome to week 1 of your fall CSA! Thank you all so much for joining us this season. We are really excited about what's to come in the next 10 weeks, and hope to supply you with fresh, seasonal meals at home. The bounty this week equals one very full box! I love this time of the year!!!

All of our members should have received a reminder email this week. A few things were mentioned.

One of our CSA members created a facebook page for people that are involved in a CSA. This is a wonderful way to share recipes/meal ideas, get a little inspiration, or one may comment about different vegetables that are in their box! I really encourage everyone to join in on this page! It's called Jackson Eats Plants! (exclamation point IS included in FB page name)

If you can not make your designated pick up day, please email us 24 hours in advance to make new arrangements. If you will be out of town, we encourage you to to have a relative, friend, or neighbor pick up your box, or we can donate the box if you choose. We also encourage the reuse of the cardboard boxes. If you can return your used box when picking up the new box the following week, that would be wonderful! Thanks! Also, our hens are laying very well and we will have eggs available for sale at the pickups! We will provide the egg carton, and if you wanted to return them as well that would great. Thanks! Below are a few links for some recipe ideas to get your cooking juices flowing! Here are the contents of this week's box:

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  1. Cherry Tomatoes
  2. Yukina Savoy
  3. Bok Choy
  4. Field Grown Lettuce
  5. Shishito Peppers
  6. Banana Peppers
  7. Eggplant
  8. Radishes
  9. Lacinato Kale
  10. Cantaloupe

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 11

Top Row: Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Beets, Snap Beans, and Italian Basil.  Bottom Row: Cucumbers, Blueberries, Cabbage, and Onions

Top Row: Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Beets, Snap Beans, and Italian Basil.

Bottom Row: Cucumbers, Blueberries, Cabbage, and Onions

Hey Folks and welcome to week 11 of your CSA! We are getting close to the end of the season, and have already started cutting back the spring crops. We have started to pull up plastic mulch, so we can get the ground ready to work for the fall season. Work never stops!! We are anticipating having new summer crops ready in the next couple of weeks, such as eggplant, peppers, and okra. The eggplant are getting really close. Hope everyone enjoyed their watermelon last week. We didn't have enough to put in your box this week, but hope to have one for your box next week for the 4th of July. 

Since the 4th of July falls on a Tuesday, we will only have 2 pick up days next week, Thursday at M7, instead of on Tuesday, and pick ups for Thursday at the farm and Saturday at High Street will remain the same. We decided this because we were getting a bit of feedback from many people traveling on the holiday. 

The rain decided to take a break. Needless to say, we are enjoying the sunshine!! We are also enjoying the yellow fleshed variety of watermelon called 'Sunshine'! They are so good. Sweet and tangy. Some of you may have gotten one in your box last week. Praying for more sunshine and hopefully the rain forecasted this weekend won't be too bad. Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Cucumbers

2. Beans

3. Cantaloupe

4. Blueberries

5. Beets

6. Beefsteak Tomatoes

7. Onions

8. Italian Basil

9. Cabbage

Pictured below enjoying four wheeler rides, and then Hazel enjoying a yellow watermelon. 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 10

Top Row: Tomatoes, Lemon Basil, Beets, and Curly Kale  Bottom Row: Miniature Watermelon, Miniature Cantaloupe, Cured Onion, and Gherkin Cucumbers

Top Row: Tomatoes, Lemon Basil, Beets, and Curly Kale

Bottom Row: Miniature Watermelon, Miniature Cantaloupe, Cured Onion, and Gherkin Cucumbers

Hey everyone and welcome to week 10 of your CSA. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We went to Van's brother's house in Monroe, La., and had a wonderful visit. We were able to enjoy Sunday out on the Ouachita River. It was Hazel's first experience on a boat and she loved it! 

We were surprised to harvest watermelons out of the field this week. We have been harvesting yellow and red meat watermelons so far, and they are really really juicy. Must be from all the rain. I hope everyone has been enjoying the cantaloupes the past couple of weeks too. This week's variety of cucumber is Gherkin. This makes for a wonderful pickle. Now is the time to put a few jars of pickles up for the later months in the year. 

The rain has been nonstop. We received 5 more inches last week and 2 of those inches we got in about an hour. That is a lot of rain at once. The farm was literally under a flash flood. We found out last night that there is a tropical storm headed our way as well. I am thankful to not be on the coast, but I know we will get some of that rain, 3-5 inches is what The Weather Channel was predicting for our area. This has by far been the wettest season we have farmed in. I have never seen this much rain in June. Our climate is definitely changing. I can't help but wonder what the fall and winter will be like. I wonder if the fall and winter will be as warm and as long of a growing season as it was last year. We had a wonderful fall crop and CSA last year, and hope to have y'all join us!

The weather has really limited our growing season this spring/summer. Thank you so much for sticking through this with us! Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Watermelon

2. Cantaloupe

3. Beets

4. Lemon Basil

5. Gherkin Cucumbers

6. Tomatoes

7. Curly Kale

8. Cured Onions

Pictured below Van and Hazel enjoying a little float time on the river, beets being cleaned and ready to go into your CSA, and a 2 pound tomato we picked before it split from all the rain. 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 8

Top Row: Lemon Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, Swiss Chard, and Cabbage  Bottom Row: Beets, Squash, Tomatoes, and Beans

Top Row: Lemon Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, Swiss Chard, and Cabbage

Bottom Row: Beets, Squash, Tomatoes, and Beans

Hey y'all, welcome to week 8 of your CSA! We hope everyone had a great weekend. Hazel and I were in a wedding in Estes Park, Co this past weekend. Hazel was a flower girl, and she did so good throwing flowers down the aisle (proud mama moment). Van actually got to buy a last minute flight and get away with us as well. We had a great time together, but it is great to be home. Hazel has especially been loving the mud holes at the farm. We were really nervous leaving the farm for those 3 days, but with all the rain limiting us anyways, it seemed to be good timing. 

Now we are ready to continue getting the rest of the onions out of the field and onto drying racks. We have already put up about 1,600 lbs. of onions, and have about 4 times that amount to get out of the field. Unfortunately half of the onions have gone bad because of the excess rain. It is so wet in the fields. Really hoping for some drier weather this next week, or even for a few weeks!

The amount of loss that we are experiencing because of the weather has been terrible, but it's mother nature and that is the risk we take when doing what we love. We are so grateful and lucky to have people like yourselves who take that risk with us and are understanding of what it takes to have a farm in Mississippi. Thank you so much for being a part of our farm and encouraging us everyday! Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. Beets

2. Lemon Cucumbers- Heirloom variety that's tender and sweet. Great for salads and pickling. 

3. Miniature Cantaloupe

4. Swiss Chard

5. Cabbage

6. Squash

7. Tomatoes

8. Beans

 

Pictured below is Hazel and Van at the wedding in Colorado. She sure does love her daddy! Then Hazel loving being back at the farm helping give chickens water and playing in the mud holes.

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 7

Top Row: Bush Beans, Zucchini, Squash, Beets  Bottom Row: Potatoes, Sorrel, Cucumbers, Fennel, Collards

Top Row: Bush Beans, Zucchini, Squash, Beets

Bottom Row: Potatoes, Sorrel, Cucumbers, Fennel, Collards

Hey everyone and welcome to week 7 of your CSA! It's hard to believe that we are half way through the season already. We really hope everyone has enjoyed their boxes thus far. It has been a very challenging season on our part, we are trying to compete with the rain, and get everything planted and everything out of the field before it becomes too saturated with water and rots. Some of you last week received broccoli instead of cauliflower in your box because it was indeed too wet and the cauliflower started to go bad. We lost about 4,000 heads of cauliflower in the fields due to the wet conditions. 

This past week we planted our pepper, eggplant, okra, tomato, and watermelon plants. We are almost a month behind schedule because of all the moisture. All we can do now is pray for sunshine to make everything grow fast and plentiful. I don't think our prayers will be heard this week tho. There seems to be high percentages of rain until Tuesday of next week! 

This week we will focus on getting all of our cabbage, turnips, and some of the onions out of the fields before the excess moisture gets to them as well. We have a wonderful friend who has helped build drying racks for us to use for the onions. We are hoping to be able to include onions in your boxes for a couple more months. 

Tomatoes are getting close to being ready and into your boxes! We are thinking by next week, of course depends on the weather, we can include some juicy, vine ripened tomatoes for y'all to enjoy! 

I just want to say thank you so much for being here with us and I hope you are able to get into your kitchens and cook some great meals with family and friends. Here are the contents of this week's box:

 

1. Sorrel- The lemon of the vegetable world. Sorrel is a great herb that has a nice citrus finish. wonderful to throw into smoothies, chop up fine in salads, sauté with other greens, or chop and use to marinade different proteins like fish and chicken. 

2. Fennel- 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 the swiss chard for spinach! I also like to make pizzas on Naan Bread! Easy way to make your own pizza

3. Beans (1 lb)

4. Beets

5. Potatoes (2 lbs)

6. Squash

7. Zucchini

8. Collards

9. Cucumbers

 

 

Pizza with Caramelized Fennel, Spinach, and Goat Cheese

10 Sorrel Spring Recipes

 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 6

Top Row: Hakurei Turnips, Dino Kale, Swiss Chard, Squash and Zucchini  Bottom Row: Cucumbers, Snap Beans, Cauliflower, and Napa Cabbage

Top Row: Hakurei Turnips, Dino Kale, Swiss Chard, Squash and Zucchini

Bottom Row: Cucumbers, Snap Beans, Cauliflower, and Napa Cabbage

Howdy folks! Welcome to week 6 of your CSA! We hope you are enjoying all of the greens, roots, and other crops that have been coming out of the field! We have been SO BUSY!! I'm sorry I wasn't able to get last week's blog updated. We are working overtime trying to get all of our roots out of the field before it gets too hot. We were out until after 9pm the other night getting much needed rows up for our summer plants to go in the ground. I was out in the field until after 10 picking all of the squash and zucchini that was ready, about 500 lbs, the night after that. It has been so hot that we have to pick our squash and zucchini every day so they don't get too large. It has been crunch time getting everything done before the rain came. It rained on the farm for 18 hours straight. I honestly can say that is the longest I have ever seen it rain there. 

We had the Garden Club of Jackson come and tour the farm the other day. I love when new people come to see us. Especially people who have the same passion for what we are doing.

The city of Flora has a new park a block away from the farm! It has a small playground and walking trails. The land was donated by a very good man, and many volunteers helped to construct it last week. I am so excited to see this erected and I already brought Hazel to play this past weekend. 

My sweet baby girl, Hazel is turning 2 tomorrow!! I am so blessed to be her mother. She has taught me so much about myself. It is often very hard at times to be a good mother and to be a good purveyor of vegetables to my community. This is something I struggle with and learn how to do more and more each day. 

Hope y'all had a great week and we look forward to new vegetables making their appearance in your homes! Thanks so much for the support and we truly hope y'all are enjoying everything. Here are your vegetables for this week:

 

1. Cauliflower

2. Hakurei turnips

3. Cucumbers

4. Bush Snap Beans

5. Dino Kale

6. Swiss Chard

7. Napa Cabbage

8. Squash 

9. Zucchini

 

Pictured below Hazel found the dogs dirt hole, the new park in Flora being constructed last week, spreading fertilizer on summer rows, plastic being laid into the night on those summer rows, and Isabella about help pick squash and zucchini behind her. 

Cucumber and Zucchini Salad

Roasted Garlic and Cauliflower

36 Green Bean Recipes  A lot of these recipes were paired with potatoes if you have any left over from last week! 

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 4

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Two Dog Farms 2017 Spring/Summer Harvest Week 4

Hey everyone! Hope y'all are doing well, and you were able to cook a lot of good meals this last week. I made a big pot of broccoli soup that turned out great, especially after everyone in our home got the flu! We are all on the mend now, thanks to some good vegetables! 
Our new cooler is working great and helping so much with extra storage of produce. Once the vegetables are packed into boxes then they go straight to that new cooler and the boxes remain dry and firm! Our previous cooler, which we still use, has 100% humidity and is great for vegetables, but not boxes. If you were with us last year, you may have received a "soft" box due to the humidity. Hoping we have eliminated that issue! 
I have gotten some feedback from some folks, and they are concerned on how to store vegetables in their fridge to keep them fresh longer. If you are able to put any greens like kale, collards, or Swiss chard in plastic bags, then this really helps to keep them fresher and to eliminate some wilting. Air exposure can dry out your vegetables, so try to create a humid environment for them. You can do the same for squash, radishes, etc., but the vegetables that have a thicker skin on them are not as necessary as greens such as kale and collards. Another thing I suggest doing is once you get your weekly box, you can go ahead to prep, chop, and store in bags for easy access later in the week. If anyone has any questions on storage, or if you need tips to eat everything in your box, please let me know! We are more than happy to help, and if you have any suggestions and tips that you would like to share, we would love to hear those as well. 
A couple things we do regularly are "compost", whatever you have left in your fridge to help clean it out, stir fries, fried rice, pasta, roasting or just put everything in a pot and make a soup.  
Hope y'all have a great week! Here are the contents of this week's box:

1. radishes
2. kohlrabi
3. Dill
4. Collards
5. red leaf lettuce
6. spring onions
7. broccoli
8. carrots-  a first harvest of these beautiful carrots. Smaller in size, these could be considered baby carrots.
 

http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2014/04/roasted-carrots-with-dill/

 

 

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