Greetings! Spring has officially arrived and our cucumber harvest is underway. Close to 200 boxes of cukes have been picked so far and are going out to fill orders. We also have a few in store and there are many more on the way! Artzi Farms of Thomasville is still harvesting beautiful beets, delicious sweet onions, and lovely Romaine lettuce, all of which you'll find in this week's CSA boxes. Ames Farm is happy to report that, despite some plants freezing, their cauliflower have recovered nicely from the last frost. Calamint Farms should have some adorable little radishes for your boxes next week. This week, in addition to Artzi's veggies, you'll find McClellan kale, potatoes, Florida citrus, and more perfect Bosc pears in your CSA boxes.
Don't forget our Spring Open House is next week to celebrate our cucumber harvest and the arrival of Spring. Swing by between 6 and 7:30 to sample our wares and mingle with our farmers. This is your chance to shake the hands that feed you and for us to get to know you better. We hope to see you there!
Until next week - stay healthy, shop local, and eat real food!
Greetings! We hope you all stayed nice and warm through the cold weather this week. Some of our farmers will have to put in some extra work to recover from the frost. Cauliflower caught some frost, but may still make it. McClellan Organics lost some peppers and will have to replant more squash. Luckily, our cucumbers stayed safe and warm in our greenhouses, and we start picking them tomorrow!
This week we'd like to introduce you to our new friends at Strawberry Moon - a small, Certified Naturally Grown farm located in Monticello, Florida. You'll find their Romaine lettuce in our CSA boxes and in-store this week. This week's CSA shares also contain: onions from our friends at Artzi Organics in Thomasville; Florida-grown organic green beans, cabbage, celery, and grapefruit; potatoes and yams; and beautiful Bosc pears and blood oranges.
Keep in mind our Spring Open House is coming up at the end of March. We'll be celebrating our cucumber harvest and the arrival of Spring. This is your chance to meet our farmers and sample our wares, and our chance to get to know YOU better.
Until next week - stay healthy, shop local, and eat real food!
Greetings! We hope you're enjoying this bout of cooler weather before Spring officially arrives, we sure are. All the sunshine is helping move our cucumbers along and we're expecting our first harvest of the season in a couple weeks.
This week's CSA share contains eggplant, grape tomatoes, romaine lettuce, citrus, collards, and kale.
In store, we've restocked on hummus and pita from Pita Queen and more of those delicious Florida tomatoes we had last week. So far we've tried them as fried green tomatoes, a hearty pasta sauce, on sandwiches, and sliced with salt, pepper, and white balsamic vinegar.
Greetings! The warm weather and rain have been treating our farmers well. McClellan Organics is still harvesting beautiful collards and kale, and they're busy planting grape tomatoes and peppers for future pickings. Harvest Moon's cucumbers are coming along nicely.
This week in your boxes you're getting fresh, organic kale, collards, green beans, potatoes, onions, and Florida citrus.
In store, we've refreshed our stocks of local honey, Piggy's Gentle Goat's Milk soaps and lotions, and local eggs. Our buttermilk quarts are on sale, as are our vine-ripened Florida tomatoes. Don't forget that CSA members always receive 5% off in-store purchases.
We'd also like to remind our CSA members that we love hearing about the dishes you cook using our produce and local food items. Please don't hesitate to share your recipes and ideas with us so we can share them with others. You can always send us your pictures and stories on Facebook, via email, or in person. Until next week - stay healthy, shop local, and eat real food!
Greetings, CSA members! We've been enjoying the beautiful weather lately and hope you have, too. It's got us excited for the coming growing seasons. Our cucumbers are growing in the greenhouses and we've been planning what to grow in the fields this Spring and Summer. Our newest farmer, Calamint Farms, is busy growing microgreens. We can't wait for those to be ready so we can share them with you.
But back to the present - this week expect a rainbow in your boxes! From Artzi Organics you'll be getting carrots, radishes, and beets. From McClellan Organics you get the greens - collards, kale, and green cabbage. And of course we've got you covered with potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fruit.
Remember, CSA members always get 5% off in-store purchases. We offer a nice variety of local gifts and provisions, including all cuts of Grady Ranch all-natural, grass-fed beef. Just this week we've added a new line of handcrafted bath and body products made right here in Bainbridge, using local beeswax, local honey, and locally-grown herbs. Stop by to see us some time, we love interacting with our customers face-to-face.
Greetings! Marla just got back this morning from her weekly trip to McClellan Organics farm. a little later than usual due to the fact they were busy filling an order for a major grocery store chain (that some of you probably shop from). We are so happy for the McClellans and grateful that the grocery stores are focusing more on organic and local. The good news for you is, we get it to you even quicker through our CSA program and market store! This week from McClellan we have collards, kale, and red cabbage along with jumbo green bell peppers from Florida, Yukon potatoes, apples and pears. So eat the rainbow and enjoy your fresh fruits and veggies! Thank you for remembering to return your boxes each week to help us keep the prices steady. It is greatly appreciated. A friendly reminder to all active CSA members, you receive 5% off entire purchases when you shop in Harvest Moon Market, so stop in and say "I am a member of your CSA" and SAVE!!! We have some great, unique items in store that you won't find anywhere else in town, including Grady Ranch grass-fed ground beef, Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses, locally-made pita bread and hummus, sauces, jams, jellies, and now even local table wines! Another way to save is to get a friend to join our CSA - you get 5% off your next CSA cycle and they get 5% off for being a new member. Spread the joy savings and of healthy eating!
Greetings! It may only be January but it already feels like Spring! Our farmers are keeping busy planning and planting for the coming months. We've planted our cucumbers in the greenhouses and are looking forward to watching them grow. McClellan Organics began harvesting their first cauliflower crop this week, so you will find the cutest li'l cauliflower in your CSA boxes this week! You're also getting beautiful kale and cabbage from McClellan, along with white carrots from Artzi Organics, sweet potatoes, red onion, and tasty Bosc pears.
If you're running out of ideas for all this kale, we suggest you try one of our favorite easy recipes - Kale Salad. Just chop up or shred some kale, carrots, and red cabbage and add your favorite dressing. Remember, we post our favorite recipes on Facebook and Pinterest, so you can always check those out when you're looking for ideas.
We're also quite excited to announce our latest new items in the store - locally owned, grown, and produced table wines from Farmer's Daughter Vineyards. You'll be hearing more about them from us soon, but until then we recommend you check our their website or just swing by the store and pick up a bottle to try! Their lineup "showcases a fruit-forward, crisp, OFF-Dry collection of spectacular Georgia wines, including three refreshing whites, one unique and lovely red, and a pleasantly subtle cider." In other words, they offer a wine for almost any palate!
Until next time - eat well, enjoy local, and have a great week!
Greetings! We have another tasty CSA box of fresh fruits and veggies coming to you this week! We have green beans, eggplant, green leaf lettuce, green bell peppers, yellow squash and zucchini ALL "fresh from Florida" Red jumbo onions, sweet potatoes, lemons and delicious bosc pears (if there are any left) that I keep eating! Marla is back at the Brickyard Farmers Market located in the Urban Food Market in the Centre at Tallahassee mall every Saturday from 9 am till 2 pm. If you have not visited the mall since it's renovation you are missing out! The Urban Food Market is a unique food court specializing in Italian Cuisine. The vendors are all so friendly and a good variety of food and flavors! Have no worries for Rose is keeping the doors open here at Harvest Moon on Saturdays from 9 am till 2 pm.
I was running my errands in Bainbridge this week and seems like every few weeks there is another mom & pop business that has closed. It always saddens me. I know all too well the hard work and sacrifices that are made to "own your own business" It usually is a dream or it may be a family run business that has been passed on through generations..... These are hard working, moms and dads trying to send their kids to college, pay for dance classes, grocery bills, etc..... and most of their money spent on their families AND their businesses are dollars they put back into YOUR small town and communities. It's a wonderful concept....but not everyone sadly doesn't think that way. I was thinking of all the positives for those that do "shop small" as we say. I would like to share some of these with you.
1) Service with a smile is a big one. I like that familiar face each week that greets me with a smile and actually knows what I might be needing and cares that I am receiving it. I know I try to go that extra mile to make you smile and who doesn't like to shake the hand that feeds you!
2) Save on gas and time. By not driving to the "big city" or large business chains I am saving gas and my valuable time of driving to and fro! Which also helps the environment :) and honestly, do you think they would miss you if you didn't buy that fruit or veggies each week like I do.
3) You know what you are getting and if by chance you have a problem or need an exchange well usually the small business owners make it a whole lot more pleasant and willing to "make it right". As, with eating, I much prefer knowing the farmers, where the farms are located and how my food is produced than trying to read all the labels at the store so I can see which country it came from. :(
4) Benefits? Yes, one of them is knowing that my dollars and hard earned money is going back into my community where my families live and thrive and you do too! So we all benefit, right?
ok stepping off my soapbox now....
Did you check out our Tasty Tuesday recipe I posted on fb and twitter? No? well here is the link for it!
The store is open Tuesday - Friday this week for normal hours (12-6). CSA deliveries will be at the usual times this week but no CSA next week (December 29 & 30). We are taking the week off between Christmas and the New Year to spend time with our families, but return to normal operations Tuesday, January 3.
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