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FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

07/30/15 — Farm

Israel harvests sunflowers for CSA shares.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Israel harvests sunflowers for CSA shares. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Woo-hoo - I'm loving these sunflowers!  CSA members - I hope you will love them, too.  For the first time in years, we're able to send some out in your box this week and spread the flower love.  We originally started growing flowers to attract beneficial insects, and now I feel like we are surrounded by their beauty.  It makes me want to plant even more!  We'd love to bring someone with experience in handling fresh cut flowers onto our team.  If you have such experience and are interested, send us an email at farm@jbgorganic.com.

A CSA share delivery complete with sunflowers this week. A CSA share delivery complete with sunflowers this week.

Free CSA Box for New Members - Sign-up Now

And if you aren't a CSA member yet, I encourage you to sign up now to get a free box on us.   Yes, we are offering  complimentary box of fresh, certified organic vegetables to new members who sign up now.  We want you to join our wonderful CSA community - all you have to do is enter the code VEGNOW at checkout, and you'll get an additional week free of charge.  Just click here to get started.

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Even though we are in the summer with August starting tomorrow, our greenhouses are already starting to fill up with transplants for fall.  Luckily, our new Greenhouse Manager, Brandon Mallonee, and new Assistant Greenhouse Manager, Adrienne Allums, are really rockin it!  Seriously, they're working super hard and doing a fantastic job.  We've also started constructing four additional shade structures that will be used to transition all those transplants from the greenhouses to the fields.  Basically, these shade structures help the plants adjust to being outside prior to be planted.  I have been working on extending our irrigation system to this new greenhouse area by digging trenches in which to lay the pipe.  I have to say, I've enjoyed being behind the wheel of the trencher - really, this week has been a reminder to me just how much I love building new things!

fsa Join us for music, square dancing, and great food at Farmshare's 2nd Annual Farm Raiser. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Square Dance the Night Away with Farmshare TONIGHT, July 31st!

What are you doing tonight?  Yes, tonight, Friday, July 31st!  You should join me at the 2nd Annual Farm Raiser for Farmshare Austin at Saengerrunde Hall downtown!  Last year, I said I wasn't going to dance at the Farm Raiser, but then I couldn't help myself - I had to square dance to the tunes of the Barn Owls!  This year, we're lucky enough to have them play again - and, Tony Grasso of Moontower Coop will be back, too, cooking up some of his fantastic BBQ.   We'll also have local vegan and vegetarian delights and craft beverages.  Come on down and support Farmshare as they gear up to start their second Farmer Starter program in September.   Here are the details:

When: July 31th 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

How: Individual adult tickets are $30 and children under 12 are $15. Table reservations for eight people are available for $200. Get yours today by clicking here!

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

07/30/15 — Farm

Squash harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Squash harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Those summer vegetables are keeping us busy!  Check out some of this week's harvest in Scott David Gordon's beautiful pictures.  And, as you'll see, those sunflowers are still going strong!  CSA members - look for some of these flowers in your share this week.

Rows of squash.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Rows of squash. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Zucchini squash harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Zucchini squash harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Zucchini squash harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Zucchini squash harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Patty pan squash harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Patty pan squash harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Sweet potato greens.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Sweet potato greens. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We have lots of melons just in time for this hot weather.  Photo by Scott David Gordon We have lots of melons just in time for this hot weather. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Whoa!  Check out all of those sunflowers!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Whoa! Check out all of those sunflowers! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

JBG HAT SIGHTING

07/30/15 — Farm

JBG's Nellie Stephenson at the Great Wall in China. JBG's Nellie Stephenson at the Great Wall of China.

Look who made it to the Great Wall of China - none other than JBG's former Wholesale Manager extraordinaire, Nellie Stephenson!  Thanks, Nellie, for taking JBG all the way to China with you!

TANGY BEET PIE

07/30/15 — Farm

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By Megan Winfrey

I'm "sorry, not sorry" for this week's recipe. Something has come over me lately and I just want to put everything in a pie crust. I hope ya'll have been enjoying it as much and I (and my husband) have!

Tangy Beet Pie

Filling:

4 medium beets, cooked & peeled

1 medium red onion, sliced

2 tbs. brown sugar

3 tbs. butter

4 tbs. balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper

Crust:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 stick butter, cold & cubed

1 egg

3 tbs. cold water

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Add the cold cubed butter and mix with your hands until dough becomes grainy. Make a well in the center, add the egg and cold water, mix until soft. Form a ball. Roll out dough on a floured surface, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky. Roll dough large enough to cover your cake pan.

Once the beets are peeled, slice into quarters

In a large pan, heat the brown sugar. As it starts to melt, add the butter and stir. Add the beets and red onion and cook on med-high until caramelized, 10-12 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Reduce to low and add balsamic vinegar. Cook for 2 minutes. Sauce should thicken and become silky. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

To assemble, butter the bottom of a round or square cake pan. Pick beets from the mixture and line the bottom of the pan, forming kind of a beet "crust." Pour the rest of the filling in and cover with the dough. Tuck in the edges around the filling & pierce the crust in a few places. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Let cool about 10 minutes before serving.

BONUS!: I used my leftover dough to make a cinnamon sugar roll up!

Just ball it up, roll it out, sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar and roll into a log. Throw it in the oven with the pie and it will come out flaky on the outside, soft on the inside & delicious.

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CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF JULY 27TH

07/27/15 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of July 27th CSA Box Contents Week of July 27th

Large Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Regular / Black
Greens, Arugula
Greens, Spinach, Malabar
Greens, Sweet Potato
Herb, Basil
Melon, Cantaloupe
Okra
Pepper, Poblano
Potato, Red
Squash, Yellow
Medium Box
Carrot, Orange
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Regular / Black
Greens, Arugula
Herb, Basil
Melon, Cantaloupe
Okra
Pepper, Poblano
Potato, Red
Squash, Zucchini
Small Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Cucumber, Pickling
Greens, Sweet Potato
Melon, Personal, Red
Okra
Squash, Zucchini
Individual Box
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Melon, Personal, Red
Okra
Potato, Red
Squash, Yellow

THANK YOU, KRISHNA!

07/23/15 — Farm

Sunflower time!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Sunflower time! Photo by Scott David Gordon

I have to give a shout out to our amazing Operations Manager, Krishna Raghavan. It was his birthday earlier in the week, and this July also marks his third full year at JBG. Man, has he done a lot in three years! I don’t know where we would be with out him - really, there’s not an aspect of the farm that Krishna hasn’t worked hard to improve.

JBG's amazing operations manager, Krishna Raghavan.  Photo by Scott David Gordon JBG's amazing operations manager, Krishna Raghavan. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Krishna has done so much that it’s impossible to list it all. He reorganized our overall business structure and organizational chart to better fit our needs, revamped our wholesale program and record-keeping systems, negotiated for employee health insurance, consolidated the farm loans, received grant funding for new greenhouses and for wholesale expansion, helped design the new irrigation system and barn/packing shed at the Garfield farm, updated our organic certification process - I really could go on an on. But you get the idea – this man can do it all! And, on a daily basis, he really does. He is the person that employees turn to most when there's a problem, and he keeps this farm going, day-in and day-out.

The amazing thing about Krishna is he does it all with such grace. He truly is one of the kindest people I know, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with him everyday. And did I say patient? I know I am not always the easier person to work with, but Krishna has the patience, focus and drive to keep me on task. We are so very lucky to have such an incredibly smart, kind, and hard working person on our team. Krishna, I wish you happy birthday and extend a heartfelt thanks for all you do for JBG.

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

FLOWER POWER

07/23/15 — Farm

Israel harvests sunflowers.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Israel harvests sunflowers. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Whoa, those sunflowers are getting tall!  And they sure are a beautiful addition to our harvest.  Thanks, Scott, for capturing these flowers as well as the vegetable crops we have growing out there.  As you'll see, we've also been getting a lot of new planting done.

A flower reaching up to the sun.  Photo by Scott David Gordon A flower reaching up to the sun. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Those plants sure are getting tall - our crew might get lost in there!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Those plants sure are getting tall - our crew might get lost in there! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Adrienne carts transplants out of the greenhouse to be planted.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Adrienne carts transplants out of the greenhouse to be planted. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Adrienne lays out trays to be planted.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Adrienne lays out trays to be planted. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Driving the transplants out to the field.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Driving the transplants out to the field. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Regular volunteer, Adrienne, starts seeding a new tray of transplants.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Regular volunteer, Marlena, starts seeding a new tray of transplants. Photo by Scott David Gordon

And in the field, the planting continues.  Photo by Scott David Gordon And in the field, the planting continues. Photo by Scott David Gordon

And the daily harvest continues.  Photo by Scott David Gordon And the daily harvest continues. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Arugula close-up.  CSA members - look for some in your box this week!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Arugula close-up. CSA members - look for some in your box this week! Photo by Scott David Gordon

A parting shot of our sunflower harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon A parting shot of our sunflower harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon
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