Hello, We hope you all have enjoyed receiving your organic boxes as much as we have enjoyed putting them together. It was a fun challenge trying to pair up the veggies and fruit with McClellan's harvest each week and our tomatoes. Harvest Moon Market will be closing July 4th for the summer. We will open back up sometime in September. I will still be in contact with you all in our news letters and you will be the first to know when the CSA starts back up. These next few months we will be cleaning out the greenhouse and getting it ready to replant tomatoes. Also, we are moving along slowly but surely with our certification for the green houses as well as the farm land. Our goal is to have it completed before the next crops go in! Hopefully, that will mean that along with McClellan Organics, we will be able to provide even more varieties of organic produce in your boxes! Harvest Moon Market and McClellan Organics appreciate you letting us be "your" farmers and for making a decision to "keep it local". We look forward to the next season!! Have a safe and fun filled summer!
© Quentin Bacon Layered Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato Casserole Contributed by Marcia Kiesel
Hello Everyone! Hope you have been enjoying your weekly box of fresh veggies! Next week will be the last week for this farming season. :( We will be closed for the month of July and August but looking forward already to opening again sometime in September, depending on the farm and planting schedule. I want to thank you for participating in our CSA and hope you all will join us in September. I would really appreciate any feed back good or bad that would help us to keep improving our "from farm to table" program. Do you like the idea of adding the option of dairy and meat products? How do you feel about organic breads? We welcome your ideas. This week your box should contain all or most of the following: cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, blueberries and from McClellan Organics: yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers and bell peppers. Speaking of McClellan Organics, Bryan was invited to attend a "meet and greet" your farmer at the Krogers in Snellville Ga., where he proudly had all of his produce on display to help promote Georgia Grown and to help spread the benefits of eating locally grown! Have a good week!!!
Adapted a bit from Simply Recipes
Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters
1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
1 teaspoon coarse or Kosher salt, plus extra to taste
2 scallions, split lengthwise and sliced thin
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Olive or another oil of your choice, for frying
To serve (optional)
1 cup sour cream or plain, full-fat yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Pinches of salt
1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.
Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a box grater or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor. The latter is my favorite as I’m convinced it creates the coarsest and most rope-like strands and frankly, I like my fritters to look like mops.
In a large bowl, toss zucchini with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and set aside for 10 minutes. Wring out the zucchini in one of the following ways: pressing it against the holes of a colander with a wooden spoon to extract the water, squeezing out small handfuls at a time, or wrapping it up in a clean dishtowel or piece of cheese cloth and wringing away. You’ll be shocked (I was!) by the amount of liquid you’ll lose, but this is a good thing as it will save the fritters from sogginess.
Return deflated mass of zucchini shreds to bowl. Taste and if you think it could benefit from more salt (most rinses down the drain), add a little bit more; we found 1/4 teaspoon more just right. Stir in scallions, egg and some freshly ground black pepper. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter.
In a large heavy skillet — cast iron is dreamy here — heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet only a few at a time so they don’t become crowded and lightly nudge them flatter with the back of your spatula. Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side until browned underneath again, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet and then into the warm oven until needed. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter. I like to make sure that the fritters have at least 10 minutes in the oven to finish setting and getting extra crisp.
For the topping, if using, stir together the sour cream, lemon juice, zest, salt and garlic and adjust the flavors to your taste. Dollop on each fritter before serving. These fritters are also delicious with a poached or fried egg on top, trust me.
Do ahead: These fritters keep well, either chilled in the fridge for the better part of a week and or frozen in a well-sealed package for months. When you’re ready to use them, simply spread them out on a tray in a 325 degree oven until they’re hot and crisp again.
Greetings Fellow CSA Members!! This week your box should contain the following: Fuji Apples, Baby Bella Mushrooms, Russett Potatoes, Yellow Onion, Harvest Moon Tomatoes, carrots and from McClellan Organics; strawberries and either chard or kale. Bryan McClellan said that in the coming week he will be picking onions and carrots with yellow squash, zucchini, bell peppers, cabbage, eggplant, cucumbers and more to come. Look what we have to look forward to! Here is some food for thought!Having the option to purchase locally grown food has many benefits. Michigan State University Extension suggests the following benefits of buying locally grown food.
Tips for Potential Harvest Moon Market CSA Members:
Don't expect all your produce to come from the CSA
Most CSAs do not provide families with enough fruit to meet their usual intake. Many don't provide any fruit at all, so it is good to ask what to expect in that regard. Depending on the size of your family and how much you cook, you will probably find that you need to supplement the vegetables as well, especially staples like onions, garlic, and carrots.
(Harvest Moon has at least one or more fruits each week in our boxes and usually have onions and carrots knowing these are common staples)
If you are not used to eating seasonally, do some research.
If you are not accustomed to eating seasonally, you may find that it takes a while to make a transition from eating whatever is at the grocery store (pretty much everything) to whatever is in your CSA basket (what's in season). It may surprise you to find that tomatoes do not ripen until August in your area. You should expect the season to start off lighter than it finishes. In most areas, the first crops will be salad greens, peas, green onions and the like. By the end of the season, the boxes should be much heavier, with things like winter squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and broccoli. Many farms provide a list of what produce to expect when. It's worth reading. If they don't offer you such a list, ask.
(One good thing with our CSA is Harvest Moon's greenhouse which operates 10 months out of the year even during the winter months which means delicious pesticide free tomatoes weekly!)
Quantity varies – good to ask up front.
When filling the weekly CSA baskets, farmers try and provide a variety of items, in a reasonable quantity. They don't want to be skimpy, and they don't want to overwhelm their members. Too much of even a good thing, and it ends up going to waste, which makes everyone feel bad. Over time, farmers develop a feel for how much is the right amount for their particular community – what's fair, what's reasonable, what will get eaten. Of course, the weather and other mitigating circumstances can get in the way of their ability to provide the ideal amount, as discussed above. One of the most important questions to ask before you sign up is, "About how much produce do you expect to deliver each week, and how does that vary from the beginning of the season to the end?"
(We welcome you to visit us and let us show you the three different sizes to choose from, plus we have an example of each size box on our web site www.harvestmoonmarketllc.com)
If you want to preserve food for winter, ask.
Some farms allow members to get extra quantities of certain vegetables for canning or freezing. If this is something that interests you, talk to the farmer early in the season.
(Many of our customers can or preserve vegetables and we welcome the opportunity to help you with getting the quantity and type of produce for your needs. If we are not growing it, we have the connections to order your vegetables for you at wholesale prices)
Make sure you understand the policies.
Farms differ in their policies regarding what happens with your box if you don't pick it up (e.g. vacation, something-came-up, I forgot, etc.) Make sure you know how these situations are dealt with, before the season starts
(We want to work WITH you, so if you notify us before delivery day, we gladly hold your subscription for that week and "roll it over" till the next week!)
Join today and make eating healthier an easier choice!
Hello Everyone!! I know that it has been awhile and I might of missed a month or maybe even two! So very sorry! But, we have been working hard on a NEW PROGRAM that Harvest Moon is excited to tell you about. Lately we have been getting a lot of interest in organic produce. Most of you love the fact that we use the same products on our plants as those who grow organic with exception to lime added to our soil and some fertilizer. So, first off we are starting the process of going ALL organic and working towards a USDA Certification! Wait!! That's not all! With the help of McClellan Organics (Robert and Marla's son-in-law and daughter) and our produce which is organically grown, we are now offering an Organic Fruit & Vegetable Delivery Program. Harvest Moon Market is working towards "pick-up" locations in Bainbridge, Cairo and Thomasville. As of now we have 3 locations in Bainbridge including here at our market, Midtown Drugs and Natural Health Care and Health Products & Yogurt Too. I will inform you of the other locations as soon as they are confirmed. Each week you will receive a box of freshly harvested organic produce.here are three sizes to choose from a full bushel (feeds a family of 4-5) 1/2 bushel (feeds a family of 2-3) and a 1/4 bushel for a single person. The program will be approximately 12 weeks in the spring and 12 weeks in the fall. You may start and end at anytime time, but it must be in 4 week increments and prepaid. I have attached all the information in this email. If you have failed to receive the attachments please let me know or stop in the market or any of the "pick-up" sites for a pamphlet. By cutting out the middle man (shipping and sales) and the third (large grocery store chains) we can save you money, gas and more importantly time! Harvest Moon Market wants to help make eating healthier an easier choice.
Happy Fall Y'all!! Our store is full of fall. Pumpkins in all sizes and colors, decorative gourds large and small, mini pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales & Indian corn...just what you need to help decorate your home for the holidays! Now if it would just cool off a little to complete the picture...October is proving to be a busy month for us...we have had 2 field trips with the awesome young adults of the special needs classes from Bainbridge High School and have more younger aged classes coming to visit soon. So, Marla is making a stop to pick up plenty of more pumpkins when she goes this week to pick up our strawberry plants! Yes strawberry plants! We plant them in the fall and they go dormant for the winter, so we may look forward to the sweet berries come spring. Harvest Moon is also participating in some festivals this month. October 13th we will be in Tallahassee for the Farmer Downtown Market Place and October 20th we will be in Brooks County for the Skillet Festival. So, if you are looking for an outing come join us at these events and let's have some fun. Harvest Moon Market is also proud to be a sponser for the second annual "Lives Without Limits Project" which is Friday October 19th at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Thomasville, Ga. Lives Without Limits program is a charitable Thomasville area, faith based organization that focuses on improving the lives of individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Please check them out www.liveswithoutlimitsinc.org . We always enjoy meeting & greeting everyone and hopefully making new friends! Amazed that even here in Bainbridge we still get people in that have yet to discover us! We are working towards that with adding some new signs and ask that if you like us (and we hope that you do) please tell a friend about us! Harvest Moon Market loves our community and loves growing for you. I've said this before but there is a happiness and joy that comes from preparing a delicious meal and sharing it with family and friends. I guess that is why Thanksgiving is our favorite time of the year! Don't forget Saturday October 20th is the day for drawing on this months gift basket! So every time you shop and spend $5 or more with us, fill a ticket out for the drawing! More you shop better your chances! And for those of you following us on fb or twitter, for every share, tag, or retweet your name goes in for a chance to win a Harvest Moon Market "Who's Your Farmer" T-shirt. So far it is a short list this month so get going! Hope to see ya soon!
Harvest Moon Market, LLC 3103 Thomasville Road Bainbridge, Georgia 39817 Office 229.246.6750 Fax 229.246.6795 www.HarvestMoonMarketLLC.com
Hello Everyone! I do believe there is a hint of fall in the air! Harvest Moon Market is so excited to be starting our third year of striving to be "your farmer". We have been busy this summer and have so much news we would like to share.... First off "your" garden is growing and Robert has it looking great! He has added to the usual crop of (yellow squash, okra, zucchini, cucumbers etc...) broccoli, cabbage, spaghetti squash & collards! U-pick is still only $8 for a 5 gallon bucket and for those of us that do not want to pick, that plus more is always available in the market. Secondly, we have increased our variety of items ... some of the "new" are Amish Made peanut butter with marshmellow and honey, pickled peaches, pickled beets, Guava Jelly, Mint Jelly, Miss Davie's BBQ Sauce, Wild Plum Jelly, Chopped fresh tomatoes and more. As for the third thing look below, we have expanded our gift items. Trying to make it super easy and beneficial to shop with us, we are offering "fresh" gift ideas. From cookbooks to kitchen & home decorating, we have it here. Come and let us help you pick out that special gift for that special person on your list. Don't forget our Gift Basket Station is always up and running and for those who don't have the time to create one we are now offering Harvest Moon Market's Taste of the South Georgia Grown Gift Baskets! Three different sizes and prices!! Visit www.harvestmoonmarketllc.com for more information. And last but not least we have joined Pinterest along with our twitter and facebook pages. We thought it would be another great way to share our love of farming ideas, recipes and more. So come along and enjoy! Hope to see you soon!
Thanks for letting us be "your farmer",
Marla, Nan, Robert & Buddy
Well time is "Marching" on! Ya I know how corny...but this year is really starting off fast. Next Thursday March 1st Harvest Moon Market is back to it's regular days Monday through Saturday from 9 am till 5:30 pm and closed on Sundays. Jan & Feb flew by! We made a quick trip to Asheville Farmers Market in North Carolina and picked up some regular goodies and added a few new. How about some "TOE JAM" to go with your Frog Jam! Tangerine, Oranges & Elderberry is the combination and tastes yummy! Also makes a unique conversation at the breakfast table! Also, we were able to get pickled asparagus and pickled garlic, we had some requests for those items and we were happy to find them. Harvest Moon Market is excited to be adding another specialty baker to our list of bakers. We will still be offering baked goods from Three Sons Bakery, Georgio's of Tallahassee & our own Hillside Orchard Farms and happily announce Olde England Kringle of Cairo will be joining us as of March 1st. Breakfast crumb cakes, cinnamon rolls, pound cakes etc.... On March 17th St. Patricks Day Harvest Moon will be having a "Spring Fling" . At noon we will be drawing for our monthly gift basket and congratulations to Evelyn Hutchen for our February winner. We invite you to stop in and check out our array of produce and goodies for tasting and sampling. All day on March 17th anyone who comes in to Harvest Moon Market will receive a ticket for a chance to win a Harvest Moon Market "Who's Your Farmer?" "Get Fresh with The Locals" T-shirt of their choice no purchase necessary!! We love our customers and are very grateful for your loyalty in choosing Harvest Moon Market for your place to shop!! Come and help us celebrate a new farming season at Harvest Moon!!
Marla & Robert, Nan and Buddy
Wow did I just write that?? 2012!! Yup it's here and off to a running start it seems. We are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until our wonderful garden is started which will be March 1st and it will be here sooner than we think! The strawberries are doing great and we are excited for it looks to be another awesome crop. We do have fresh Florida strawberries for sale and they look yummy as well. Come and take advantage of our abundance of fruit...come and fill a bag of apples, oranges, grapefruit or pears... your choice of what you want to put in...all for only $2.99!! We have only a few of our delicious fruitcakes left and they have been reduced from $12.00 to $9.99 they freeze well so come on in and get one. Some new items we have in the store are pear relish, dilly beans and pecan caramel candy rolls. Please don't forget... come shop, spend $5 or more for your ticket for our monthly gift basket drawing. Yes, we do this every month, even when we are partially open! Drawing will be the third Saturday, Jan.21 at high noon! We love our customers and this is one small way to show our appreciation. See you soon!
Fall is definitely in the air and our favorite time of year. We love when the store is dressed out in fall decorations, which we have to offer! Pumpkins, Hay Bales, Corn Stalks, Mini pumkins, decorative gourds & Indian Corn etc.... so come let us help you decorate! New this fall season is pumpkins for baking at .69 lb. The fresh bread from Geoorgio's has been getting a great response so if you haven't tried it yet we highly recommend it! This morning Buddy went by Whigham and picked up "fresh cut from the field" Collards & Mustards $3.50 per bundle. Limited supply so come early. He also picked up (our last delivery for this farming season) shelled white acre peas, so if you haven't put yours up for the winter, now is the time. We also restocked our Blackberry Patch syrups and added 3 no sugar variaties and 2 new flavors! Mayhaw and Sweet Potatoe! They sound yummy don't they! We appreciate your business and keeping it local! Looking forward to seeing you all! Thank you!
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