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CSA Newsletter-Week 8

Posted by on 15 Jul 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

July 2013

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What to expect in this week’s share:

    • Cucumber
    • Zucchini
    • Okra
    • Basil
    • Garlic
    • Chard or Kale

Notes from the farm:

As the tomatoes are getting ready for next week’s harvest, we are preparing to harvest them with delight. Although many organic farmers, especially in the Midwest, are biting their nails in anticipation for the tomatoes to ripen. Last weekend’s beautiful clear skies gave us rays of hope for the tomatoes. If you look at the picture of the tomatoes below, you will see our tomatoes are currently about the color of the 3rd tomato, from left to right.


In addition, we had a giant scarecrow of a hot air balloon touch down at the farm, just briefly though, as if to command  presence and oversee to the abundance in work,  at Stranger’s Hill Organics.

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Crystal’s Basil Bloody Mary

Tip on lowering OKRA’S slime quotient

To make a simple

Bruschetta : you need 6 ingredients:

  1. Raw garlic
  2. Basil
  3. Roma Tomatoes
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  5. Salt (preferably ground sea salt)

Top the above on warm, fresh, Italian Bread (ingredient #6). Yummy!!!!!!

We love to cook at my house, and bring more garlic please…..vampires need not bother.  Feel free to experiment with the ingredients listed above.  The rough equivalents of the ingredients we used are included next.  In a bowl, we added two heads of garlic, yep, that’s right….. not two cloves, 2 heads. Tear up 1/2 bunch of basil leaves.  Diced roma tomatoes (~4) and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Let your taste buds explode!

*Caution: make sure your loved one’s and snuggle bugs eat this too! All in! Allicin!


CSA Newsletter- Week 7

Posted by on 01 Jul 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

July 2013

What to expect in this week’s share:

    • Cucumber
    • Zucchini
    • Cabbage
    • Basil
    • Garlic
    • Sage
    • Chard or Lettuce

**Beautiful Nutritious Foods Photo Contest**

Winners: Tiffany Lippincott and Ben Timpson!!!!!!!!

Click here for: Cabbage Pancakes Recipe.

cabbage and beet pancakes

Special thanks to Jean Briddell of Know Yoga Know Peace for donating 2 yoga class cards.

Notes from the farm:

The previous weeks rain and unseasonable chill have left many farmers yearning to harvest the fruits of their labor.  The tomatoes are on the vines and they have a nice juicy shape, now we need a little more heat and a bit more sun and the tomatoes will be dropping off the vines with the turn of the their lusty red colors.   Although we all continue to work on our patience, we are happy for the rain, as last year was a completely different story.

On multi-tasking:

We are sharing the back lot of Bloomingfoods West with Revolution Bike and Bean Tuesdays in July.  Take advantage of their free bike maintenance help while picking up your CSA distribution.  They are offering for free:  a flat changing clinic, bike inspections, t-shirts, and hilly hundred info.  Hours: 5-9pm.

More Recipes:

Mock Apple Crisp(use zucchini)

Caprese Pasta (use basil)

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Week 6

What to expect in this week’s share:

          • potatoes
          • zucchini
          • beets
          • cucumber
          • cabbage
          •  basil


**Beautiful Nutritious Foods Photo Contest**

CLICK: here to VOTE and see all contestant’s PHOTOS

VOTE by e-mailing or just reply to your newsetter e-mail

1 vote per CSA share please and all votes in by Friday, July 5th 2014

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Courtney’s Awesome Slawsome

I love, love, love cabbage season.  The fun thing about cabbage, is you can do so many things with it…..  Add it to soups, salads, slaws, stuffed peppers, and the list goes on………..  Listed below is a recipe I gathered from my best friend Courtney, an 18th century literary genious, with a few amazing culinary tricks up her sleeve.    This is a slaw that is nutritious, easy to make, and I can literally eat it every day until it’s gone! 

Roasted Beet Hummus

This recipe, shared by Sue Whittington, is a fabulous idea for a recipe!  This is an excellent snack idea for anyone,  and especially someone with diabetes.  Hummus is a great snack on its own, but it just got better! Add roasted beets and decrease the overall calories, adds more iron, fiber, and betalains (a phytonutrient).  Certain flavonoids in the beets delay the breakdown of sugar in the beets, giving it an extra special property that aids with blood sugar control. 

 farmers 2013

 Just a few of our CSA farmers! From left to right: Cameron, Dave, Nick, Ryan, and Kaisa.

Posted by on 24 Jun 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

June 2013

Week 5

What to expect in this week’s share:

  • red pontiac potatoes
  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • beets
  • mystery vegetable

**********Beautiful Nutritious Foods Photo Contest**********


Don’t forget to submit your photo for this contest.  I have no submissions so far, so your odds of winning 2 yoga passes looks pretty good at this point.  Know Yoga Know Peace on Morton Street is happy to provide 2 CSA members with complimentary passes for your involvement of this mindful photo contest.  Remember simplicity! Please e-mail your plate creation photo to by June 28th. (Deadline has been extended)

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication



Rudolf Breuss, a Austrian naturopathic doctor developed this juice consisting of beets, carrots, celery, radish, and potatoes in specific ratios to provide a balance of basic elements required for the body’s nourishment.  This juice is used as part of a 42-day fast for total cancer treatment.  The intended effects are to starve cancer cells.  The key here is finding foods you can incorporate into your diet daily that are anti-angiogenesis feeding foods.  To listen to the thought and theory behind starving your cancer with a good diet,  follow this link: Ted Talks-Can We Starve Cancer?   


1 medium beet, washed and peeled

1 large carrot

1 large parsnip

1 large celery stalk

1 medium pontiac red potato

1 cup sliced radish

Process all ingredients through a juicer

Serves 1-2

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“Lettuce” Begin the 2013 CSA Season!

Posted by on 26 May 2013 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

Hurrah – the 2013 CSA Season has begun!  Share boxes will be ready for pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Please review your membership agreement form for the pick up day and location that you selected. If you have any questions, contact us at

Scroll down to find your CSA newsletter.

See what’s going in the boxes every week, read updates about the farm, browse links to recipes and helpful resources, and check out our photos.


Week 3 CSA Update

Posted by on 12 Jun 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter, Uncategorized

Half share from week 1

Crop Update:

The deer recently made a meal of our lettuce beds, and as a result, we’re going to be a little pressed to get lettuce for this week’s share; of course, we’re going to do what we can with the heads that went untouched, and we’ll work hard to make sure everyone gets a great share. Unfortunately, once a deer knows where they can find food, they typically return. As a result, we’ve resorted to using a heavy row cover as protection, but it has some downsides: they can move it or chew through it if they really want to,  and it signals to the plants that it’s time to flower, meaning the lettuce will bolt and become unusable sooner than it otherwise would. There are other deer repellent solutions out there, but most are just not feasible at this scale.

Volunteer Opportunities: Though it isn’t mandatory, we feel that volunteering provides a good chance for people to more completely see how their food is produced and to have a hand in the process. You can choose in what area you’d like to assist (planting, harvesting, etc.) depending on your interest. If you have free time and you’d like to take us up on this offer, send us an email ( at least a day or two ahead of time and we’ll be sure to have things ready for you. Otherwise, we’re going to organize some dates for large group volunteering that we’ll be keeping you updated about. Thanks for the helping hand!

Here’s what you can expect in this week’s share:

  • Lettuce
  • Kohlrabi
  • Carrots
  • Kale


Kohrabi and Carrots

Roasted Kohlrabi

Braised Kohlrabi

Quick Kohlrabi Pickles

Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw

Spicy Kohlrabi Sukke

Masala Chili with Kale & Kohlrabi

Toscana Soup (w/ Kale)

Kale Carrot and Avocado Salad

Kale Tacos

Stir-Fried Kale and Carrots

Chorizo and Kale Pasta Bowl

Bulgur and Kale Casserole with Yogurt Topping

What you can do with a whole lot of kale.

Week 2 (2012 CSA Season)

Posted by on 14 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter

We are still accepting members for the 2012 season! Sign up now for a pro-rated share.

What to expect in this week’s share:

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Assorted Herb Bundles


15 Kale Recipes from

Healthy Bean Soup with Kale

Rosy Rice Risotto with Beets and Kale

Couscous with Chick Peas, Beets, and Kale

Radiant Beet and Kale Penne Pasta

Kale Chips (Bunch not required, use any amount of kale)

Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

New York Times’ Recipes for Health: Best Beet Recipes

Romaine and Radish Salad with Buttermilk Lemon Dressing

Note: Remember, you can eat your beet and radish greens, and if you want to eat your kale raw, just massage it with salt and a little oil to soften it up. Delicious!

One of our members sent us this photo of a salad he made using the vegetables from last week's share.

Week 1 (2012 CSA Season)

Posted by on 07 May 2012 | Tagged as: CSA, Newsletter


Welcome to the Stranger’s Hill Organics CSA!

Right now, the cold weather crops take the center stage. Here are the items to expect this week:

1. Lettuce

2. Radishes

3. Beets

4. Carrots

5. Assorted Herb Bundles

In a few weeks we’ll have kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, peas, beans, rainbow chard, and other cooler weather vegetables, and then as the season moves along, we will eventually shift into the summer crops like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, watermelons, zucchini and various summer squashes, etc.


Citrus-Ginger Roasted Beets and Carrots

Honey-Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beets and Carrots

Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

Carrot Radish Salad

Grated Beet and Carrot Salad with Radish-Miso Dressing

Three-Day Pickled Beets

Cold Carrot Soup

Maple Dill Carrots

Raw Beet Salad

Beet Rosti with Rosemary


Radish Dressing
from Bon Appetit 1995

5 radishes, trimmed, coarsely chopped
½ C olive oil
2 tbsp. sherry wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey mustard (or make your own with 1/2 tbsp. honey, ½ tbsp. mustard)
½ tsp. minced garlic

*Check back for new recipes throughout the week. We’ll periodically update as we find more.

Farm Photos

A view of the interior of one of our production houses. You can see rows of beets (right) and carrots (left).

These production houses allow us to plant earlier than we otherwise could because of their ability to trap sunlight and maintain soil temperature. This is where most of the food for the first shares is being grown.

Vibrant red and green leaf lettuces.

Between the production houses, beds of radishes receive a refreshing spray. Most of these photos were taken on 4/20 of this year, and the vegetables have grown considerably since then. And of course, you'll find these radishes in your first share!

While the red and green leaf, romaine, and butter head lettuces are growing out in the fields, a second batch of lettuce starts are in the greenhouse waiting to be planted. No shortage of lettuce here.

Farm manager and partner Dave Rollo lays drip tape, a plastic hose punched with tiny holes to allow the slow release of water directly onto the beds.

Large heads of romaine lettuce growing beneath long sheets of thin row cover, a cloth material called reemay. In this case, the reemay is being used mostly to protect the lettuce from deer, who of course love feasting on organic veggies.

Playing an important role in the biodiversity of any ecosystem are pollinators, like the bees that we house on our farm. As an added benefit, if all goes well they produce a batch honey that will then find it's way into at least one of your CSA boxes.

…and many more photos to come!