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CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF JULY 27TH

07/27/15 — Scott

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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

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

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

FSA FARM RAISER FRIDAY, JULY 31ST

07/23/15 — Farm

Square dance the night away in support of Farmshare Austin on July 31st!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Square dance the night away in support of Farmshare Austin on July 31st! Photo by Scott David Gordon

On July 31st Farmshare Austin will host its second annual Farm Raiser at the historic Saengerrunde Hall in Downtown Austin. The event will feature square dancing (with lessons first!) and live music from the Barn Owls, BBQ from Tony Grasso and Moontower Coop, local vegan and vegetarian delights, and craft beverages. Proceeds will be used to support Farmshare and the second Farmer Starter program beginning this September.

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!

BABA GHANOUSH

07/23/15 — Farm

recipe

By Megan Winfrey

There aren't many things I won't eat, as long as it tastes good. And I'm proud to say that the handful of things I disliked growing up, I've learned to love. The one thing I've never been able to get behind, however, is eggplant. It’s a texture thing. But with all of the eggplant I've been receiving lately, I decided I'd better try and use some of it rather than exchange it or give it away.

So, here's how I ate eggplant, and loved it.

Baba Ghanoush

3 medium eggplants

1 cup parsley

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1/4 cup of lemon juice

1/4 cup of tahini

3 tbs. good olive oil

Salt and pepper

Any of your favorite JBG veggies for dipping

TAHINI  is a paste made from toasted sesame seeds and oil. You can find it with the peanut butter at most grocery stores, or make it yourself.

You'll need:

1/4 cup of sesame seeds, preferably shelled

2-3 tbs. vegetable or olive oil

Toast the sesame seeds for about 5 minutes on low, or until they become fragrant.

Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree into a coarse powder. Slowly add oil, one tablespoon at a time, and blend until a thick paste forms.  It will look a lot like natural peanut butter!

FOR THE REST

Heat your oven to 400ºF. Prick the eggplants all over with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Cook, flipping once, for about 40 minutes or until the skins wrinkle up and the flesh in tender. Let cool for about 30 minutes, then peel off the skins and stem. Cut into chunks and press out any left over liquids.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF JULY 20TH

07/21/15 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of July 20th CSA Box Contents Week of July 20th

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

FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

07/16/15 — Farm

Harvesting under blue July skies.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Harvesting under blue July skies. Photo by Scott David Gordon

As I mentioned last week, I am very excited to be finally moving ahead with the construction of the new barn at the Garfield farm. Once built, this new facility will allow us to consolidate all of our operations in one location. This is huge because it means we won't have to transport our harvests from Garfield to Hergotz for washing and packing. It also will bring all of our staff together making it easier to work as a team. The only downside is I will have a longer commute in the morning! I have gotten used to getting up, grabbing my coffee, and taking a short walk to the office to check in. The good news is I won't have to be driving back and forth all the time - for that, I'd trade my early morning walk to the office any day.

In anticipation of this big change, we are also taking another close look at our organizational structure. At JBG, I like to think we operate inside of a process of continual improvement (most of the time!), and right now, we are focusing on refining job descriptions and identifying the gaps for which we need to hire. I imagine that soon, we will have new positions that need to be filled.  So, if you are interested in working with us, make sure you stay tuned to the blog and keep checking our jobs page at https://www.jbgorganic.com/jobs.

I have to say, with the new facility in place, the Garfield farm is going to be an even better place to work - it looks beautiful out there. I gave a tour of the farm earlier in the week to the Southwest Region Produce Team of Whole Foods Market, and I think they, too, liked being out in the fields. Various Whole Foods teams visit JBG throughout the year, and I always look forward to these tours. It's amazing to me that, despite how big they've grown, this local market still takes the time to visit our farm several times a year. I also have to thank them for letting us use their stores as pickup sites for our CSA members. This is extra work for them - and they certainly don't have to do it - but they take it on because they want to support us as a local farm and the CSA model as well. I am very grateful for their efforts on behalf of JBG. Thank you, Whole Foods - I can't wait to see you out at the farm again.

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

CSA Members - Customize Your Boxes Now!

And CSA members - I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware that our CSA box customization feature is fully up and running! What this means is, each week, you can swap out up to two vegetables you don't want for ones that you do. For example, let's say you don't want beets or okra. You can now swap them out for two vegetables on our swap list - you get to choose!

I love the CSA model, but I also know it can be hard on families if there are vegetables you (or your kids!) just won't eat. With this system that allows for up to two trades, we are giving the traditional CSA model just a little more flexibility. You will still be eating in season and eating locally but with more choice. In the long run, it will also help us know more about our community's preferences as we can then take the information garnered from your swaps and use it with our crop planning.

Also, one more thing: our current model of customization requires you to make changes each week to your box within a small window of time. The window of time is short because we need to communicate the daily harvesting needs with our field crew; after a certain point, they won't be able to get it done in time (see below for the specific time windows).

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE:

1. Login to your JBG account during your customization window (see chart below) at jbgorganic.com (If you forgot your password, you can reset it or give us a call or e-mail to reset!). 2. Click on the button that says "customize this delivery". (If the button doesn't show up, that means it's not your customization time window). 3. Choose two items you don't want and swap them with two items that you do from our swap list! Enjoy!

IMPORTANT: In order to meet the demands of our harvesting schedule, these swaps must be done within a short window of time each week. The customization window will open for all members Saturday at 1am. This gives us time to determine, based on what's happening in the fields, what will be available for harvest and to post this on our site. The customization window, as shown in the chart below, will close depending on your pickup day. So, those who pick up earliest in the week will have the shortest time to make changes. While this is not ideal, it lets us harvest the freshest possible vegetables for you and still allow for customization.

Pickup Day & Location   Customization Opens - Customization Closes

Tuesday Delivery & Pickup             Saturday 1AM-Sunday MIDNIGHT

Wed. Delivery & Austin Pickups    Saturday 1AM-Monday MIDNIGHT

Wed. San Antonio Pickups             Saturday 1AM-Sunday MIDNIGHT

Wed. Houston Pickups                    Saturday 1AM-Sunday MIDNIGHT

Thurs. Delivery & Austin Pickups   Saturday 1AM-Tuesday MIDNIGHT

Thurs, Fri, & Sat Dallas Pickups      Saturday 1AM-Monday MIDNIGHT

Fri Delivery & Austin Pickups          Saturday 1AM-Wed MIDNIGHT

Sat & Sun Market Pickups                Saturday 1AM-Wed Midnight

Check your inside label when you get your next CSA share to see how our crew sees the customized contents. If you tried to customize, but there was a hiccup in the process, please shoot us an e-mail at farm@jbgorganic.com.  Thank you and hope you are enjoying this customization feature.
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