I say this every year but the season has flown by and hard to believe it is the last CSA pickup. What a difference this cool, super rainy season was from last seasons heat and drought. Absolutely it makes for some challenges when growing food but it also reminds me every year of the value of diversity in planting many different crops. Last season my potato crop was pitiful – this year unbelievably abundant. The strawberries did amazing this season and so were the radishes while the beans and squash struggled with all the rain. The diversity in small farms is the opposite philosophy of our industrialized mono-crop food system. Hmmm.
While the sweet potatoes will continue to grow until frost, CSA member Joyce and I dug 15 pounds of fingerlings to bring to the last pickup. If you get a chance to stop by the garden we planted at the library in early July you will see sweet potatoes taking over the parking lot. Believe it or not all those vines in that garden came from one sweet potato that got missed while digging last seasons crop.
Greens – Cut stems into one inch pieces and sauté in coconut oil for 5 minutes. Cut leaves into one inch strips and then add to stems. Sautee another 3-5 minutes, add salt and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Fingerlings – Roast with coconut oil in covered dish on 350 until soft. Enjoy!
This was a transition year for me at Ladybug Farms – moving to a new pickup site at the Rock House and expanding to a second pickup in Rabun County at the Library – I have thoroughly enjoyed both locations! A new combined farmers market at the Northeast Georgia Food Hub has seen an influx of new customers – and the many hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations continue to bring food to the forefront for many folks. And on the farm a baby donkey, a tinyhouse and an eclipse celebration – what a year!
I could not do all of this without the encouragement and support of many folks and I thank each of you for your participation in the 2017 Ladybug Farms CSA.
Until next season…