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FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

06/25/15 — Farm

Sunflowers abound at JBG.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Sunflowers abound at JBG. Photo by Scott David Gordon

As those of you who live here know, this has been an unusual start to summer. The season officially began last Sunday, June 21st, and, so far, we have been graced by unusually cool weather (when I say, "cool", I mean the low 90's - after so many summers in Austin, my standards for cool have changed a bit). The good news is that our tomato plants have set fruit, and, given the weather we are having, we may see this season stretch well into August. Now, that would be unusual! Currently, though, we are at the peak, and it truly is the best time to savor this seasonal fruit. I encourage any and all of you tomato lovers to participate in our bulk tomato sale while we are in the prime of the harvest by clicking here.

With all of that rain, the Spring was atypical, too. As a whole, we were very lucky as a farm because a good portion of our crops weren't badly damaged by the storms. However, we did experience some crop loss and are now feeling the effects of this. As a CSA member or farmers market customer, my hope is that you haven't noticed this at all. Since you are our priority, we make sure we have all the produce we need for the CSA shares first and then we make sure we have what we need for the farmers markets. What gets the short end of the stick are wholesale orders, and we have had significantly fewer of them this season because our harvests have been smaller. We simply haven't had enough produce to fill the number of wholesale orders we normally do, and this has made things a little bit more difficult financially.

Given that we are a farm, we expect to experience ups and downs due to the weather. This season has been harder than anticipated, though, and because of this, I am reaching out to all of you. There are a few things that you can do right now that would really help us get over this temporary financial hurdle. If you are able, these extra actions would be greatly appreciated. However, I also want you to know how truly thankful I am for the support that you already give us in the CSA and at the farmers markets. Please keep it up and know that you are doing your part to support local agriculture.

For those of you who want and are able to do more, here are a few things that would help.

1. Order Bulk Tomatoes! You know you want to anyway....   Who doesn't love fresh tomatoes, and right now, we have an abundance of varieties - large homegrown tomatoes, San Marzano sauce tomatoes, green tomatoes, plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and yellow tomatoes. Your order can be picked up at any of our farmers’ markets, as an add-on to your existing CSA home delivery, or picked up at our Hergotz Farm located just east of town near ABIA. The deadline for ordering tomatoes is 2:30 PM the day prior to delivery (Mon-Sat) for Austin and Friday 2:30 PM for Sunday pickups.  The deadline for a Dallas pickup at Earthwise orders is Wednesday 2:30 PMClick here to order.

2. Sign Up for a Long-Term Subscription. If you know you love our CSA and have the financial capacity to pay for a year (52 weeks at 10% discount) or a half-year subscription (26 weeks at a 7.5% discount) in advance, it would really help a lot.  Call the farm at 512-386-5273 or e-mail us at farm@jbgorganic.com if you'd like to become a long-term member.  

3. Get your friends to sign up for our CSA. We are always looking to grow this amazing community, so please help us get the word out! Tell your friends why you support the CSA and model and get them on board to strengthen local agriculture!  To sign up, click here.

Again, my thanks to all of you who are CSA members and farmers market customers. Your support means the world to me, and it truly keeps the farm going!

Thank you, CSA members & farmers market customers!  You keep us going!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Thank you, CSA members & farmers market customers! You keep us going! Photo by Scott David Gordon

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

06/25/15 — Farm

Cucumber harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Cucumber harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Thank you, Scott David Gordon, for heading out to the fields to capture this week's harvest.  Look - we've even got okra coming in this week!

Okra growing in the field.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Okra growing in the field. Photo by Scott David Gordon

The okra plants are getting tall!  Photo by Scott David Gordon The okra plants are getting tall! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Okra harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Okra harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Cucumber.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Cucumber. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Ripening tomatoes.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Ripening tomatoes. Photo by Scott David Gordon

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

More beautiful sunflowers lining our roads.  Photo by Scott David Gordon More beautiful sunflowers lining our roads. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Sunflower closeup.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Sunflower closeup. Photo by Scott David Gordon

GUEST CHEF DINNER AT GARDNER THIS SUNDAY

06/25/15 — Farm

Our flowers are thriving!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Our flowers are thriving! Photo by Scott David Gordon

This Sunday, July 28th, starting at 6pm, the folks at Gardner are hosting a Guest Chef Dinner with Steven Satterfield!  Steven is from Miller Union in Atlanta, GA (James Beard Finalist 2012 - 2015), and he will join Chef Andrew Wiseheart in the Gardner kitchen for a six course collaborative dinner.  The meal will be inspired by Steven's recently released book, Root to Leaf.

Click here to reserve your spot and to find out more information.

SUMMERTIME SHINDIG ON JULY 2ND

06/25/15 — Farm

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

We here at JBG hope you will join us as we head down to San Antonio to celebrate the vegetables of summer with the folks at Jason Dady's Two Bros. BBQ Market on Thursday, July 2nd, from 6pm to 8pm!

In addition to JBG’s diverse array of over fifty different tomato varieties, we'll also have radiant sunflowers, succulent hill country peaches, wild honey, organic eggs, fragrant coffee, and Leaven Bread’s delectable loaves.  And, Chef Elizabeth Johnson will be on site offering an organic, ayurvedic menu of local seasonal products, and spreading the word on the healing properties of food.

Plus, we will also be offering "Mystery Boxes" full of our delicious produce, and all sales of these boxes will benefit the Ceres Vegetable Society, an international conservation nonprofit whose mission it is to promote environmental awareness and preserve land for plant and animal habitat.

Here's How it works:

Click here and follow the instructions to reserve a mystery box. A mystery box is full of the freshest seasonal produce from JBG .Once you reserve a mystery box, you are eligible to purchase an assortment of items from the aforementioned artisanal producers. JBG will also be offering their beloved inglorious vegetables, the just-as-delicious but less-photogenic produce, at a reduced rate.

See you on July 2nd at Two Bros. BBQ!

CHILLED CUCUMBER HERB SOUP

06/25/15 — Farm

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By Megan WinfreyHey ya'll!

It's been so incredibly hot and muggy lately! Seriously, yuck. That's why I decided to make the most refreshing thing I could think of using last week's CSA veggies - chilled cucumber soup. Super fast and easy, this recipe is sure to become a favorite. And it's a great way, besides pickling, to utilize these gorgeous, fresh cucumbers!

Chilled Cucumber Herb Soup

2 large or 3 small cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 cup water

1/4 cup chopped green onion

Juice of half a lemon

3 dashes Tabasco (or other hot sauce)

Salt

In blender, puree yogurt, water, mint, basil, and green onions. Add cucumbers and puree, leaving it chunky.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in lemon juice and hot sauce. Salt to taste.

Refrigerate for a few hours. Best served the same day.

Serve cold and garnish with mint or basil leaves and sliced cucumbers.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF JUNE 22ND

06/23/15 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of June 22nd CSA Box Contents Week of June 22nd

Large Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Striped / Graffiti
Greens, Arugula
Herb, Peppermint
Okra
Onion, Yellow
Pepper, Sweet Medley
Potato, Red
Squash, Zucchini
Tomato, Cherry
Tomato, Red Slicer
Medium Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Striped / Graffiti
Herb, Peppermint
Onion, Yellow
Pepper, Sweet Medley
Potato, Red
Squash, Zucchini
Tomato, Red Slicer
Small Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Cucumber, Pickling
Eggplant , Striped / Graffiti
Okra
Pepper, Sweet Medley
Tomato, Red Slicer
Individual Box
Cucumber, Pickling
Okra
Onion, Yellow
Pepper, Sweet Medley
Potato, Red
Tomato, Red Slicer

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK!

06/18/15 — Farm

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

CSA Members - We Need Your Input!

As many of you know, I am someone who is constantly coming up with new ways to improve the farm.  I have written about how things on the farm are always changing as we try new methods for growing that will increase our sustainability and efficiency.  Some of these methods end up working, while others we take back to the drawing board.  What stays constant is our drive to grow the highest quality organic produce that we can.

This drive to improve doesn't end in the field, though.  As your farmer, I want to make the CSA experience the best it can be, and while I may have lots of ideas on my own about how to do this, what I really need is to hear from you!  As a CSA member, you know more than anyone what is working well for you and what needs improvement.  Soon, we will be emailing you a survey about the CSA.  Please keep an eye out for this and complete it if you can.   With your input, this CSA will only get better and better!

140729_SDG204443 Matt packs up CSA shares. Photo by Scott David Gordon

New CSA Pickup and Market Stand at The ABGB!

I'm excited to announce that we now have a new Sunday CSA pickup and market stand site at The ABGB located at 1305 West Oltorf!  The farm stand at the ABGB will be open to all on Sundays from 12pm-3pm, and CSA members can elect to pick up their shares at this time, too.  And since we will have a market stand there,  CSA members can swap out any vegetables their box for ones in our booth.

My hope is that CSA members - and vegetable lovers in general - will enjoy hanging out at The ABGB on Sundays.  Believe me, the beer garden is a super welcoming space - and their pizza is really good.  It's kid friendly for all you fellow parents out there, and if you have dogs, they're welcome there, too.  And, as if all of that weren't enough, The ABGB has live music on Sundays starting at 4pm.   Who could ask for more?   Hope to see you there one Sunday!
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