April Updates

Hi Everyone,

The sun is finally shining! Our tomato seedlings are getting big and I’m feeling plumb tuckered out by the time I get home. Must mean spring is here!

A few farm announcements:

1. April 3rd is the last day to register for the Spring and Season Passes for the St. Joe’s Farm Share. (register today, click the farm share tab at the top of this page!)

2. There will be no Farmers Market until further notice. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to clone myself, so until we are able to hire someone to replace Lauren, I will need to be working on the Farm Share on Wednesdays. I apologize!

3. Please join us in supporting the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on April 13th. This group works to end social isolation for people with disabilities. Learn more here.

4. The Farm is being recognized as a 2019 Harkin Wellness Designee. Learn more about this program here. I will be in Iowa tomorrow to accept the award.

5. Check out this great article in Health Progress: “How the Farm at St. Joe’s Transforms Its Health System” by Rob Casalou. 

How the Farm at St. Joes Transforms Its Health System-a

Illustration by Larry Moore (I love this!!)

Spring news!

Hello Everyone,

It doesn’t feel like spring, but the days are getting longer and we’re planting our first seeds of the year. So you better believe that warmer, sunnier days are right around the corner.

A few updates:

  1. It’s time to sign up for the 2019 Farm Share (CSA). Learn more here.
  2. There will be no Farmers Market March 6 or 13.
We’re welcoming spring with open arms!

Wellness Wednesday Jan 30th

Hi Everyone!

It’s brutally cold outside, but we’re already planning for summer. Come to the first Wellness Wednesday of 2019 and learn more about our Farm Share (used to be CSA); Summer Camp programs; and other ways to engage with the Farm.

Where: Event Center (near the Farmers Market)

When: Wednesday Jan 30th from 11-1.

Example of a summer share

 

What: We will have snacks, hands-on activities, AND the first 50 people will receive a free reusable bag with veggies inside!! 

Also, the Farm Share registration pages are now open. Learn more on our Farm Share page 

 

Fall CSA week 8 – whole share

Fall Week 8: Happy Thanksgiving and double distribution

Happy Thanksgiving, a week early! Due to the upcoming holiday, we are having a double distribution this week and NO distribution next week (Nov 21).

We are encouraging everyone to come on Wednesday from 3:30-6pm to pick up your shares for a couple of reasons:

  1. There will be so many veggies we’re a bit worried about storing them all.
  2. This will be our last in-person distribution. Nov 21-Dec 12 will be only self-serve (it’s getting too cold and dark).
    1. We have loved getting to know all of you and would love to see your faces and hear your thoughts about the season.
  3. It will be inside! To stay warm, we will be distributing food from the classroom building at the Farm.
  4. You can pick your own herbs from our herb gardens. We have sage, thyme, chives, and rosemary.

If you cannot pick up during the in-person distribution, that’s okay! The double shares will be packed in paper bags and will be on the shelves on the left side of the walk-in cooler.

What’s in your produce bag:

Rutabaga
Cabbage (there will be a mix of savoy, green, and purple)
Carrots
Apples
Rye Berries
Oats
Leeks
Salad Mix
Onions
Butternut squash
Sweet Dumpling squash

 

Veggie Spotlight:Rye Berries

Rye is a grass that has been bred for cereal grain production, just like wheat. Eating rye is good for the environment because it can be used as a winter cover crop (I have some planted on the back field right now) and it can feed people!

Rye berries are the whole-grain form of rye with only the hull removed. When cooked, the have a nice, mild nutty flavor. They can be cooked and used instead of oatmeal for breakfast or put into salads (recipe below). Rye berries are a great source of fiber (21 % of DV in ¼ of a cup) and a good source of protein (6g per ¼ cup).

Recipes:

Roasted Sweet Potato, Spinach and Grain Salad (Naturally Ella)

Homemade Cereal (Macon Creek–see attached)

Rye Berry Salad (Macon Creek — See attached) could sub butternut squash for the sweet potatoes in recipe

Fresh Milled Oatmeal recipes (The Grainery)

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash (The Kitchn)

Ginger/garlic savoy cabbage (Genius Kitchen)

Thanksgiving Squash Recipes (Food and Wine)

Healthy Thanksgiving Sides (Food and Wine)

What to do with Rutabaga (9 recipes)

 

Healthy Planet, Healthy You:

New physical activity guidelines were just released by the federal government. Not surprisingly, they tell us to move more by any means necessary! There’s a growing body of evidence about the benefits of physical activity to people of all ages. It can slow the progress of diseases like diabetes; it can improve brain development in kids; and it can make you happier! These findings are particularly important for kids! Read more here. Not only is getting outside and moving more good for you, it actually impacts your feelings about nature and your desire to protect our resources. So get outside, go for a walk and bring a friend!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda and the Farm Team