|Thank you so much for those of you who participated in the Pack-You-Own CSA Box Extravaganza last week! Now you know what fun we have putting together the boxes every week. Also, we appreciate the feedback we’ve received in the survey sent out earlier this week.
Here’s what some of you said:
“I loved packing my own box – it was a great, no pressure, satisfactory experience. I was able to plan for using everything I picked and the variety was great. Thanks for the great experience!”
“We thought it was fun! I don’t think I would like to do it all the time but it was fun for something every now and then! Thanks!”
“I think this is the best way to go! It allowed me to select only what I needed. Thanks.”
“I liked it okay. I prefer when you guys pack it. It helps save time & also it makes me try new things. ”
“It was the best. I hope you offer this again so we can pick what is best for us.”
We think our customers are the smartest out there, so we’re listening and are considering your excitement and your concerns about the Pack-Your-Own experience. So, to continue our spree of experimenting with CSA boxes, we’re going to offer both options this week: a pre-packed box and a Pack-Your-Own option! We will keep the $20 Couple’s Box the same as it has been throughout the season: pre-packed, no muss, no fuss and ready to go when you pick it up. Then, we have revised the My CSA Box so that you pack the entire box yourself, just like last week. I’m offering a discount this week, instead of $30, the My CSA Box is $25.
Feel free to select what option works best for you. The Couple’s Box comes pre-packed with produce, which cultivates creativity with your cuisine, saves time, and insures that you will receive full bounty from the farm… but, of course, you are stuck with what we’ve picked for you. Or if you choose the My CSA option, it allows you the freedom and free reign to select your choice produce items, though we caution that we can’t guarantee what produce will still be available at your arrival. Come early for the best selection. And remember, the My CSA box is typically $30, but is discounted to $25 this week!
This week, I read an article in The Herb Companion titled “Grass-Fed vs. Factory” and I thought it was worth sharing with you, particularly for those of you who ordered and are enjoying the Meat Lover’s Special from last week.
“If you check a ‘factory-farmed’ supermarket carton of eggs, you’ll find that one egg accounts for 60 to 73 percent of daily values established for cholesterol (all in the egg yolk). However, pastured egg nutrient tests conducted by Mother Earth News (sister publication of The Herb Companion) indicate that free-range eggs have one-third less cholesterol and one-fourth less saturated fat compared with the official USDA data for factory-farmed eggs. The tests also showed that free-range hens laid eggs with two-thirds more vitamin A, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E, three to six times more vitamin D, and
seven times more beta-carotene.
Grass-fed beef was found to be lower in total fat (and hence lower calories), lower in saturated fat and higher in omega-3s (the essential fats that are heart-healthy) than grain-fed beef in numerous scientific studies.
The bottom line: Eggs and meats aren’t ‘bad foods,’ but can be nutritious choices, as recent studies indicate. Just enjoy them following the established dietary guidelines for heart health.”
After reading that excerpt, it may interest you to know that all of our eggs come from free-range chickens and all meat is from grass-fed, local livestock. Acquaint yourself with the frozen/refrigerated section of our farm, you might like what you see. Also Chef Richard can give you great ideas and prep tips for your selections.
You may have noticed it rained this week and were overcome with a sensation of “Long time, no see, old friend.” And if you visited the farm last week, you may have witnessed me and GDG employees hootin’n'hollarin to celebrate the greatly-needed rainfall. Unfortunately, not all of the USA shared our good fortune. Crops are suffering across the America, as this is the worst drought since the Dust Bowl era which zapped and devastated crop yields in the 1930s. The following picture is of my Aunt Mary from our family farm back in North Carolina in the 30s. This is one of my favorite photographs, because, as you can see, she is charging into the Dust Bowl battle with a smile. What an inspiration.
This week, expect our pre-packed boxes (the Couple’s Box and the Family Box) to include: tomatoes, peppers, squash beets and some sweet corn, cucumbers and early apples. Click here to go to our E-marketplace to order your CSA Box! Remember your options: the $20 Couple’s Box & $40 Family Box, the pre-packed mystery, and the $30 $25 My CSA Box, which you will pack yourself entirely.
Here’s your E-special this week “The Big Cheese” which includes:
Block of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheddar
Wedge of Kenny’s Farmhouse Kentucky Bleu
Noble Springs Dairy Goat Cheese Half-Log (Your choice)
Loaf of Twin Forks Bread
Small jar of Green Door Gourmet Preserves
Small jar of Green Door Gourmet Marinated Olives
JUST ARRIVED: 13 oz. Jar of Williams Honey
This special is a $45 value for $35, while supplies last. Reserve The Big Cheese Special now!
Also, just arrived is our newest Green Door Gourmet video, with Luke Yoder, our picking and packing specialist, describing our incredible tomatoes and offers some GDG exclusive tomato tips!Check out the video here.
Feel free to contact us with any questions via email, phone or by stopping by! We look forward to seeing you this Saturday.