Abbe Hills Farm CSA

  (Mt. Vernon, Iowa)
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Thanksgiving food this week

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills Farm,
 
Market this Saturday is in Mt. Vernon, 11:00 until 1:00, in the Community Center at the east end of downtown.  I'll be bringing Thanksgiving food:  eggs, small red potatoes for roasting or mashing, winter squash, lots of gorgeous brussels sprouts, garlic, carrots, turnips, beets, napa (Chinese) cabbage, regular cabbage, and kale.  I'll also have vegetable roasting kits and and a new thing - stew kits - with everything you need to make leftover turkey stew in one bag.  If we have time, we'll also pick some spinach on Friday afternoon, but there won't be much.  (I realize I have just now set up the conditions for a food riot at the door of the gym at 11:00, but I don't know any other way to tell it.)  Charlotte will be with me with lots of bread.
 
For those of you who ordered turkeys and plan to pick them up here at the farm, we will be open from 5:00 until 6:15 Tuesday evening.  I'll also have more vegetables and eggs available for anybody who wants to stop by for last minute shopping.   And Charlotte will have bread here for people who have pre-ordered.  It will be dark, so bring a flashlight and park close to the shed so it's easier to get in and out.  (Parking rules were suspended back in October - yeah!  I no longer have to play bad cop.)
 
I can use egg cartons any time you want to drop them off, or bring them to market on Saturday. 
 
We had a somewhat disappointing market in MV two weeks ago, and we think we know why.  New Bo.  It seems like some of you might have been seduced by the big promises and bright lights of the city.  Well, you've had your fling; time to come back home.  We've got everything you need for Thanksgiving at the Mt. Vernon market - bread, veggies, eggs, bakery, mushrooms, meat, jelly, donuts, honey, wine, candy, nuts, pasta, and probably more things that I'm forgetting.  Plus all the crafts and gifts.  And everything at our market was really created by the person standing there.  And parking is easier.  And you don't have to fight a crowd.  And all your friends will be there.  And there are snacks.  What more do you need?  COME BACK!!!  PLEASE!!!
 
We'll take a week off for the holiday, so the next market will be Saturday, Dec 1, in Mt Vernon again.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  See you Saturday.
 
Laura
 
 

Market at Springville this week. Lots of fall vegetables

Greetings shareholders and friends of Abbe Hills,
 
Market this week is in Springville, 9:00 until 11:00 (note that this time is 2 HOURS EARLIER than the start of the Mt. Vernon market), at the Community Center right downtown.  I'll be bringing eggs, brussels, cabbage, kale, turnips, kohlrabi, beets, carrots, garlic, and squash.  I'll also have a new product, roasting vegetable kits - dump the whole thing in a pan with a little oil, roast it for 30 minutes, and serve just the right amount of beautiful fall root vegetables without having to buy a whole bag of each.  Charlotte will bring bread.
 
We're opening a new field of brussels sprouts today.  I think they are nicer than the ones that got us started.  Remember, they're only good in the fall, so you should take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy them.  Here is an easy and delicious way to prepare them.  And another one.
 
If you can't make it to market, or if you need vegetables or eggs mid-week. please stop by nearly any time.  I've got extras in the cooler.  I'm nearly always home, but zap me a note just to make sure I'll be here when you want to come.
 
Fresh, organic, free range turkeys will be available Nov 19 in Cedar Rapids and Nov 20 here at the farm.  If you're going to want one, please contact Susan Jutz from Local Harvest CSA right away.  319-929-5032 is her phone number; her email is above.  We will be open here from 5:00 until 6:15 on the 20th.  Besides pre-ordered turkeys, I'll also have Thanksgiving vegetables and eggs for sale.  Charlotte is thinking of taking orders for Thanksgiving breads that you would also pick up that night. 
 
HELP.  I need egg cartons. 
 
Here's a good article about some important research that's being done at Iowa State on the value of crop rotations.  I know, sounds dull.   It's not.  It's important.  I'm starting to think that the only way we are going to get agriculture to operate more sustainably and carefully is for people who aren't farmers - people like you - to become knowledgeable and start insisting on a more sane and responsible agriculture that embraces ecological and biological reality instead of rolling right past it.  This short article is part of your education.
 
Hope to see you Saturday,
Laura
 
 

Winter markets begin

Greetings,
 
This week is the opening market for the winter season in Mt. Vernon.  Market is Saturday, 11:00 until 1:00 at the Community Center on the east end of downtown.  All the vendors are excited to start the new season.   I'll be bringing eggs, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chinese cabbage, kale and collards, turnips, beets, carrots, arugula, small kohlrabi, garlic, and squash.  Charlotte will bring bread.
 
Unfortunately, the lettuce with which I was planning to dazzle you is nearly unmarketable.  I guess it must have been as cold as 21 degrees last Saturday night.  That's what the National Weather Service says happened, and I think they were right.  I had ice on the chicken water buckets even at 3:00 in the afternoon on Sunday.  Very weird for late October.  Anyway, it was cold enough to burn the lettuce leaf tips and pretty much ruin the salad.  Of course, this is one more strange weather event.  I can't ever remember it being so cold so early in the fall.  It also burned all the mustards, chois, daikon, and radishes.  So I'm going to be short on leaves and crunch this fall.   Bummer.  (However, not actually as bad as having a hurricane wash your house away.)
 
Hope to see you Saturday,
Laura
 
 
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