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WEEKEND VOLUNTEER DAYS AT JBG!

08/26/15 — Farm

Come lend a hang in our greenhouse! Photo by Scott David Gordon Come lend a hang in our greenhouse! Photo by Scott David Gordon

We're excited to announce new weekend volunteer hours at the farm! A ton of requests for weekend opportunities come through our inbox, and with this Fall looking to be one of our busiest yet, we need YOUR help to help us seed for the upcoming season.

Beginning this weekend, we have shifts available from 8am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays at our Garfield farm! We invite you to come out to our greenhouses and join our farm team for a day. We'll even reward you with some veggies for your time!

Email volunteer@jbgorganic.com to reserve your slot. Hope to see you at the farm!

Adrienne in the greenhouse. Photo by Scott David Gordon Adrienne in the greenhouse. Photo by Scott David Gordon

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF AUGUST 24TH

08/25/15 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of Aug 24th CSA Box Contents Week of Aug 24th

Large Box
Beet, Red
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Black
Greens, Mustard
Greens, Spinach, Malabar
Greens, Sweet Potato
Herb, Basil
Melon, Farmers Choice
Okra
Pepper Bell, Green
Potato, Sweet
Squash, Butternut
Squash, Zucchini
Medium Box
Bok Choy
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Black
Herb, Basil
Melon, Farmers Choice
Okra
Pepper Bell, Green
Squash, Butternut
Squash, Zucchini
Turnip, White Japanese
Small Box
Beet, Red
Bok Choy
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Black
Okra
Potato, Sweet
Squash, Butternut
Individual Box
Eggplant , Black
Greens, Sweet Potato
Okra
Potato, Sweet
Squash, Zucchini

VENISON AND VEGGIE HASH

08/25/15 — Farm

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By Megan Winfrey

I love this week's recipe, because its a breakfast, lunch, or dinner-sorta dish. It's also really easy to throw together in a pinch, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. Except this time, I didn't have one of the most important ingredients - and egg to fry and put on top. I sincerely apologize for this, because the dish would look A LOT better with an egg on it (but what dish wouldn't?). 

Venison and Veggie Hash

  • 1 venison ham, chopped 
  • 4 red potatoes, cooked and chopped
  • 5 small bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbs. flour
  • 1 egg per person
  • Salt and Pepper

Heat the butter in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes, onion, bell pepper, and zucchini, season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Make a well in the center of the vegetables and add the meat and garlic. Once the meat starts to brown, incorporate everything together and cook for another 5-8 minutes. Add the chicken broth and flour and stir. Let simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken, stirring occasionally.

Once everything is thick and bubbly, turn off the heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Fry the eggs, sunny side up, and serve over the hash. Be sure to take a moment to appreciate the yolk dripping over delicious meat and vegetables before taking that first, glorious bite. 

FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

08/20/15 — Farm

Harvesting baby arugula. Photo by Scott David Gordon Harvesting baby arugula. Photo by Scott David Gordon

August is always a period of transition here at the farm. All of the crews are still working hard to harvest summer's abundance - melons, eggplant, and even some warm-weather greens are some of the favorites coming out of the field this week - but the focus has started to shift towards the upcoming Fall season. I love to plan for the future on the farm, and I always have big dreams for what we're going to do next. Here's what we've been doing this week:

Remember those grapes we planted back in March? Well, this week we are building our trellis, and man, this is a BIG project. Our new mechanic jumped right into a busy first week of work cutting 600 steel pieces for the new trellis. And that's just the first step of the process! Next we will drill holes in the metal, attach them to their posts, string cordon wire between the posts, and then train the grapes up! When I first planted these grapes, I didn't think about all the work that would go into creating the vineyard. As a farmer, you have to be an eternal optimist - I like to envision the end goal of a project without worrying about the obstacles along the way - sometimes you just have to jump right in and learn as you go! Luckily, we have some top-notch crews here at JBG who can make my big dreams a reality and I'm grateful to them this week.

We're building a Geneva Double Curtain trellis for the grapes we planted earlier this year. We're building a Geneva Double Curtain trellis for the grapes we planted earlier this year.

Crop planning for Fall is another project that's been a focus for our time and energy at JBG this week. This spring and summer brought some of the wildest weather we've seen in years, and the floods definitely had an impact on our Summer crops. But I can feel that this is going to be the best fall yet! We're starting to transplant Fall brassicas - cauliflower, broccoli, collards, etc., and it feels like we are ordering seeds like crazy right now! Brandon and Adrienne in the greenhouses are working overtime, and we might even have some Saturday volunteer shifts coming up in the greenhouses - stay tuned!

Especially at times like these, I am grateful to farm for such a supportive community. It's the commitment of our CSA shareholders that helps us pay for these seeds, tools, inputs, and labor upfront, before our harvest, in order to make the Fall season happen at JBG. This is what Community Supported Agriculture is all about. If you've been thinking of joining our CSA or know someone who has, now is the time of year when your membership can make that extra difference in helping support your local farm. We're offering the first box FREE for new members with the code VEGNOW at checkout. I hope you will join us!

Brandon in the greenhouse. Photo by Scott David Gordon Brandon in the greenhouse. Photo by Scott David Gordon

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

08/20/15 — Farm

We're all feeling a little cooler after that Thursday afternoon rainstorm! The field crews were all grateful for the short break from their work as well. This week we're harvesting more Summer bounty while beginning to seed and transplant loads of your favorite crops for Fall. We've got some lovely greens available this week as well as you'll see in the photos below. Enjoy!

Zinnia. Photo by Scott David Gordon Zinnia. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Baby arugula is an August favorite around here. Photo by Scott David Gordon Baby arugula is an August favorite around here. Photo by Scott David Gordon

The sunflowers sure are getting tall! Photo by Scott David Gordon The sunflowers sure are getting tall! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Eggplant harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon Eggplant harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

The eggplant is thriving despite the hot weather. Photo by Scott David Gordon The eggplant is thriving despite the hot weather. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We've still got loads of sunflowers! Photo by Scott David Gordon We've still got loads of sunflowers! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Arugula is back. Photo by Scott David Gordon Arugula is back! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Montana seeded our first fall Cilantro this week! Photo by Scott David Gordon Montana seeded our first fall Cilantro this week! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Cilantro seed. Photo by Scott David Gordon Cilantro seed. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Montana on the tractor. Photo by Scott David Gordon Montana on the tractor. Photo by Scott David Gordon

It's going to be a great Fall season at the farm. Photo by Scott David Gordon It's going to be a great Fall season at the farm. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Our zinnias are doing great, especially after Thursday's rain. Photo by Scott David Gordon Our zinnias are doing great, especially after Thursday's rain. Photo by Scott David Gordon

A honeybee visits our flower patch. Photo by Scott David Gordon A honeybee visits our flower patch. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We're starting to see greens again at the farm. Photo by Scott David Gordon We're starting to see greens again at the farm. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Look for red mustard at markets this weekend! Photo by Scott David Gordon Look for red mustard at markets this weekend! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Harvesting mizuna. Photo by Scott David Gordon Harvesting mizuna. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Our first Fall successions  are in the ground! Photo by Scott David Gordon Our first Fall successions are in the ground! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Sunflower harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon Sunflower harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We can't get enough of these sunflowers. Photo by Scott David Gordon We can't get enough of these sunflowers. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Building a shade structure at the Garfield farm will allow us to grow more nursery stock like figs and grapes. Photo by Scott David Gordon Building a shade structure at the Garfield farm will allow us to grow more nursery stock like figs and grapes. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Putting in the posts for our new shade structure. Photo by Scott David Gordon Putting in the posts for our new shade structure. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Harvesting malabar spinach. Photo by Scott David Gordon Harvesting malabar spinach. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Papalo and arugula growing - so much green! Photo by Scott David Gordon Papalo and arugula growing - so much green! Photo by Scott David Gordon

 

5 FARM EVENTS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS

08/20/15 — Farm

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It's time to pull out your planners and start blocking off dates! The next few months are jam-packed with some exciting farm events for our community -- we're wondering when we're going to have time to work in the fields with all the fun happening!

August 21 - Creative Mornings @ in.gredients

Tomorrow morning, Brenton will be speaking at the Creative Mornings Austin event at in.gredients, East Austin's zero-waste grocery store. He'll go into the history of Johnson's Backyard Garden, as well as his personal life before JBG and some of the factors that led him to becoming a farmer. Don't miss out - photos of Brenton with the original VW bus will be resurfacing!

Tickets to the event are sold out, but you can join the waitlist by clicking here.

August 27 - Ceres Vegetable Society Pop-Up @ Ginny's Little Longhorn

Our friends at Ceres Vegetable Society are at it again - they've teamed up with the folks at Ginny's Little Longhorn, the original North Austin honkytonk, to bring you a summer pop up market next Thursday! Sign up for a mystery box and add ons ranging from locally raised rabbit, mustard & tarragon sausages to grow-at-home mushroom kits.

Pre-order your mystery box and delicious local and artisanal food products here.

20150813_173127 A photo Brenton took at Ginny's last week!  

August 29 - Farmer as Artist @ Prizer Gallery

Now in its third year, Farmer as Artist is an annual event hosted by the Prizer Gallery that showcases the creative side of the Texas agricultural community. This year is sure to be a good one, with pieces representing JBG, Boggy Creek Farm, Tecolote Farm, and many more!

The event is free and open to the public, the event page can be found here.

September 27 - Sunday Supper hosted by TRA

Come out to the Garfield farm to join JBG and the Texas Restaurant Association for a celebration of local farmers, chefs and the magic that happens when they come together! We have a group of top local chefs who will prepare samplings for folks to enjoy with craft beer and wine. Proceeds benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the event page, and there are also a limited number of volunteer tickets available here.

October 24 - JBG Hoedown and Harvest Hustle

We had so much fun hosting a 5k fun run at the farm this spring, that we've decided to do it again! Save the date for the JBG's annual Fall Hoedown and Harvest Hustle on Saturday, October 24th. There will be great food and drink, live music, and a full day celebration of our awesome community at the JBG Garfield farm. Hope to see you there!

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PURPLE POTATO AND SUMMER SQUASH CASSEROLE

08/18/15 — Krishna

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By Megan Winfrey

I just love the colors in this week's recipe. So fresh and vibrant! Too bad the colors don't hold out too well after baking - but hey, it makes the preparation all the more enjoyable! This is a simple, delicious dish that pairs equally well with red meat or chicken, or could also serve as a main vegetarian course. Enjoy!

Purple Potato and Summer Squash Casserole
  • 10-15 purple potatoes, sliced long-ways
  • 5-6 round summer squashes, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 17 oz. box of tomato soup (I used Pacific Naturals)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese (or a blend of both)
  • Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 350ºF

Put a layer of tomato soup into the bottom of a small-medium casserole dish. Start with the sliced potatoes and make a single layer on top of the soup. Next, make a layer of squash slices. Next, sprinkle a layer of sliced onions and chopped garlic. Top with salt and pepper & a 1/2 cup of cheese. (1 cup of cheese will go into the layering, and 1 cup will go on top)

Start again with a layer of soup and repeat that process until the vegetables and soup are all utilized. Top with the remaining cup of cheese, cover with tin foil, and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the tin foil for the last 10 minutes of baking, for a total of 1 hour in the oven.

Let cool for about 10 minutes and serve!

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