CSA Shares Week 3

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Large Share:

CSA Large Week 3

CSA Large Week 3

 

Small Share:

CSA Small Week 3

CSA Small Week 3

Snapshots Around the Garden

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Bok Choy

Bok Choy

Tractor

Tractor

Rows, and rows

Rows, and rows

Heifers

Heifers

Squash starting to bloom

Squash starting to bloom

Ladybug!

Ladybug!

Lettuce

Lettuce

Cabbage - are those not beautiful colors?

Cabbage - are those not beautiful colors?

Beans

Beans

 

Week 2 CSA

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Here are the contents of this week’s CSA shares.  Both sizes have the same contents, just different amounts.

CSA Week 2

 

 

CSA Shares are Here!

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We are delivering the first CSA shares this week!  You can look at the Recipe Ideas page on our site for some cooking ideas.

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Week 1 Small CSA

ABOVE is a Small CSA with items circled for identification.

Red = Spinach

White = Onions

Blue = Radishes

Yellow = Leaf Lettuce (there is another kind of lettuce in the plastic bag, also)

Pink = Mixed Mustard Greens

Lime Green = Bok Choy

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Week 1 Large Share

The large share, ABOVE, contains:

White = Onions

Blue = Head Lettuce

Pink = Radishes

Purple = Mixed Mustard Greens

Lime Green = Bok Choy

Red = Rainbow Chard

Yellow = Leaf Lettuce

Here is our own Justin, who grew, picked, and packaged the CSA shares:

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Justin and an impressive Leaf Lettuce

And some more random photos of the produce.

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Mixed Mustard Greens on the left, Rainbow Chard on the right

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Onions! 

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And everyone's favorite, Bok Choy

2012 Organic Produce CSA Shares Now Available!

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2012 Organic Produce CSAWe have opened the registration for our 2012 Organic Produce shares.  You can read all about it and sign up on our website.  To have your share delivered, you must also sign up for our Home Delivery if you are not already a member (separate sign -up on the website).

The main page of the website is www.TexasDailyHarvest.com

Or you can go straight to the CSA Page for more information.

Kefir!

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While I liked the kombucha ok that Kelly made (and we posted about not too long ago) it just wasn’t “my cup of tea”.

I had been reading about kefir, a fermented milk product along the lines of yogurt, and decided that was what I wanted to try.  I did a little searching and found I could buy kefir grains on ebay (of all places).

Kefir fermenting in the kitchen

Kefir is created by putting kefir grains in milk.  The kefir grains have bacterial and yeast components that culture the milk.  When it is done, you strain the kefir to remove the grains, and they can be used again (and again, and again…)  They will even grow and divide, so you can either make more and more kefir, or you can share grains with your friends.  You have a very healthy, digestible, probiotic drink that is slightly effervescent and very tasty.  Sky even likes it plain (but I need it sweetened a bit to really enjoy it.)

After buying my grains on ebay, I found that Nick’s Naturals (the seller) is the same people as Savvy Teas and Herbs.  They sell kefir grains and so much more.  They also make their own vanilla extract and have many really cool things.  When you buy grains from them, they send you very detailed instructions on how to use them, and take care of them.  You can buy directly from the website above and avoid giving ebay your money.  Not to mention you get lots more choices in the store.

I have since purchased teas and herbs from them, along with some other stuff (like arrowroot powder and vanilla extract) and even some water kefir grains.  These are similar to milk kefir grains but make a probiotic soda type drink.  My hope is to break Kent of his soda addiction.  I’ll share more on this as I get into the project.  Right now the water kefir grains are still in the bag they came in, waiting patiently to be rehydrated.

Kefir grains floating in the fermenting milk

In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying my milk kefir.  I like it flavored with honey and a bit of the vanilla extract I mentioned earlier.  You just put the grains in milk, cover with a cloth, stir occasionally, and let it culture for 18-24 hours at room temperature, depending on the temperature and your individual culture.  I just strain my grains out, rinse out the glass bowl, put the grains back in, and add more milk.

I either drink the kefir immediately or put it in a quart jar in the fridge for later.  I have found that honey stirs in better at room temperature.  And I really like honey in my kefir.  I will, by the way, be adding local honey to the store as soon as I get around to it.  In case you were wondering what the kefir is sitting on in the picture above, here it is.  Kent got this old refrigerator at a garage sale one day.  It actually works, but mostly it just takes up space and looks cool.

Isn't this a cool old refrigerator?

I keep the finished kefir in the regular refrigerator in a canning jar.

A jar of kefir, whey, and stock

Here it is, along with my jar of whey above, some butternut squash I cooked today and will make soup with tomorrow, and the chicken stock which will also go into the soup.  I’m really getting quite pleased with my refrigerator.  I am gathering quite a collection of “real food” basics in there: grassfed butter, raw milk, whey, kefir, stock, fermented pickles, fermented beets, pastured pork and beef…

Sometimes I feel like I’m not making much headway on improving our eating, but looking in there tonight, I know that I am.  Or at least I’m doing better at filling the fridge, I just have to make sure we all eat the stuff, too!

Happy, healthy eating ~ Ramy

Weston A. Price Foundation Conference / Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund Fundraiser

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Whoa!  What a title.  That’s quite a mouthful, and the combined events will include MANY mouthfuls (of really good food, that is).  Anyone who appreciates real food needs to be there.  I have never had the opportunity to go until now, but from what I hear the food and the speakers at these events are incredible.

To make it even better, Texas Daily Harvest will be providing several products for the FTCLDF fundraiser meals, and possibly part of the WAPF conference meals.

When are these spectacular events?  November 11-13

Where are they happening?  Right here in Dallas!!  At the Sheraton Dallas.  It doesn’t get any closer than that.

Here is the link to the conference website: http://www.westonaprice.org/2011-conference/2011-conference

Here is the link to the FTCLDF Fundraiser going on in conjunction with the conference: http://www.ftcldf.org/2011-FundRAISER-Dallas.htm

This will be a great opportunity, everyone should look into going.  And guess who will be there?  Yours truly.  We are working on a barter to have a table in the marketplace to promote our products and our home delivery.  There will be lots of good stuff for sale and lots of things to learn about real food.  So come out and support real food, local food, and food freedom.

 

 

 

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