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!
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