Can you feel fall coming? I surely can. The slight change in the green of the trees, the turn of the wind, already full acorns on the pin oaks: all signs that fall is going to be here before you know it! I had a great chance to visit Asheville NC this past weekend and explore the restaurant and local food movement scene there. It is thriving, growing by leaps and bounds. It seems every restaurant has sought out the local farmers and artisan food producers. Green Door Gourmet is happy that we have forged some great partnerships and that some of Nashville’s premier places use our produce. Ask us when you are at the farm the next time and we’ll give you a run down of these spots!
The Asheville visit also gave me lots of inspiration for things to do on the farm. We will have a big update to the website very soon…telling you more! I hope to offer a few CSA cooking classes as well… keep checking the site often for updates!
Now for your farmyard basic lesson this week…let’s talk tomatoes! We just took about 800 tomato plants out of the field. They had all but stopped production so it was their time to go and make way for fall crops of beets, lettuces, kale, collards, turnips, radishes etc. We still have around 2,800 plants producing, but they are slowing down. The summer heat really made the plants work hard so they will not flower as abundantly. This part of fall always makes me sad when I see the tomatoes go. I love them so much! Usually a handful of cherry tomatoes and some raw (yes raw) baby okra is my morning snack in the field. Delicious! One thing you may have noticed on lots of the tomatoes everywhere this year was cracking in the skin. This condition is caused by uneven water. Those torrential downpours that came in between dry spells gave the plants so much water at once they literally were bursting at the seams! Cracking does not affect the flavor of the tomato, but it can affect the shelf life. Use those first when you get them and enjoy! And you know to Never store your tomatoes in the fridge…it turns them to mush. 62 degrees is as cold as you should go to maintain a good texture.
We are pleased to welcome the Jolly Barnyard as our new Chicken vendor! We will carry their whole chicken, chicken breast and leg/thigh packets and chicken livers. You are probably seeing their great product on restaurant menus all over town… we are the only place to buy it in a farm market setting in the area! Click here to explore more about their farm!
Are you ready for a super Labor Day bargain? We have it for you! Everyone will be enjoying the last BBQ’s and cookouts of the summer season this weekend and we want to help make it extra special. Get a Green Door Gourmet Labor Day picnic package this weekend for only $50!
A full rack of pasture raised beef ribs with your choice of our original BBq sauce or a spicier one of your choice.
1 Dozen organic chicken eggs ( to make deviled eggs, and we’ll give you a recipe!)
2 pounds of all natural grass fed Gourmet Pasture ground beef
Your choice of either Green Door Gourmet Black Bean Salsa or Peach Salsa
Your Choice of either Green Door Gourmet Spicy Dill, Regular Dill, Sweet pickle relish or Bread and Butter pickles.
AND we’ll include extra slicing tomatoes and onions and cucumbers, and some peppers to roast on the grill!
You can order extra racks of beef ribs for only $10 THIS WEEK only! Please say extra ribs in your email if you want them.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours today. Please specify which choices you want in your email. Supplies are limited on certain products so order now!
In the box, farmer’s choice of all the good end of summer produce, including tomatoes, squash and watermelon! Order your CSA box by clicking here!