CSA ~ September 26, 2019

Weekly & Bi-Weekly Shares

Happy CSA Day!

Thank you for supporting Goodness Grows!

CSA PICK UP ~ THURSDAYS 4-7PM

If you realize that you aren't going to be able to make it to pick-up, no problem!

Just give us a call at 330-549-9408 to arrange a Friday visit.

We are here most Fridays from 8:30am - 2:30pm.

In This Week's Share!

Tie-dyed bags created by our clients

Mint

Celery

Garlic

Assorted Peppers (Some from the family of a GG client.)

Tomatillos

Caramel Corn (made from our own popcorn)

Radishes

Green Onions

Apples (from Shady's Orchard: 11541 Washingtonville Rd., Salem, OH 44460 )

Mint

Fresh herbs like mint are a great way to add a flavor pop to so many recipes. Using mint on anything from veggie or fruit salads, fish, meat, and poultry can help limit the amount of salt you add to food without sacrificing taste, raising cost, or increasing recipe time. Other great uses for mint:



  • Berries and mint pair beautifully. Mix plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with strawberries (or mixed berries) and sprinkle with chopped fresh mint.
  • Add fresh mint to plain or sparkling water, or even freeze whole leaves in ice cubes to add beautiful color to your beverage
  • Enjoy a minty lime fizz. Muddle 5-8 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Add ice, a healthy squeeze of lime, club soda and your choice of sweetener, if needed.

Apples

The apples in this week's share are perfect for slicing up or just enjoying whole. Dip in yogurt, spread with peanut butter, add to a fruit salad...so many ways to enjoy this fabulous fall treat! And, as the old saying goes, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!" Try these recipes for apple cake, apple pie bread, or some unexpected apple appetizers.

Tomatillos

Tomatillos are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. They are sometimes called husk tomatoes and they look like green, unripe tomatoes with a dry, leafy husk that wraps around the outside. Tomatillos have a slightly more acidic, slightly less sweet flavor than tomatoes.
"Roasted tomatillo salsa is great. Raw tomatillo salsa is tangy and great. But tomatillos are good for more than salsa. You can keep the sauce train running by pureeing them into creamy sauces and curries, or add them into vinaigrettes for more acid. They can also sub in for a tomato when sliced thinly, layered over some ricotta, drizzled with olive oil, and eaten on toast. You can grill them with onions for steak side, incorporate them into bean-heavy chili or posole, or braise them with chicken for a saucy stew."

Source: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/what-are-tomatillos

Below are two tasty recipes to help inspire you into using your tomatillos.

Oven Caramel Corn

Here is the recipe we followed for our homemade caramel corn.
This is an old recipe from a GG board member's family.


6 quarts of popped popcorn

Put in large granite or stainless steel roaster.


Mix and dissolve on low heat:

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup white Karo syrup

2 sticks margarine or butter


Quickly add:

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla


Pour over popcorn, mixing fast and well. Bake at 250 degrees (uncovered) for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread to cool.

Info Our Bi-Weekly Subscribers Need to See

Our Weekly subscribers were able to read this explanation last week, but we didn't want our bi-weekly folks to miss the info!


We had a great question from Stephanie, one of our subscribers, regarding our use of chemicals on produce. To quote her, "If you can ever indicate whether it has been chemical free or what chemicals were used, it would really help those that are sensitive to external chemicals." This is absolutely a concern worth answering and a big THANK YOU to Stephanie for posing the question!!


No chemicals are used on any of our produce. We sometimes use an organic bug spray that comes from Garden Indoor in North Lima, but that was only on the cabbage and broccoli. We rinse the produce once it is harvested but recommend you give everything a good washing.


This is how the organic bug spray is described on its information:

"Finally… an effective organic insecticide! Organocide Garden Spray is derived from a unique blend of soybean extract, sesame and fish oils. Ideal for use on a wide variety of insects, mites, scale and certain fungal diseases. Can be used to replace many “toxic” synthetic pesticides and is safe enough to spray at harvest time or indoors. Will NOT burn plants. OMRI Listed for use in organic production.


Benefits:

• Kills all insect stages (eggs, larvae and adults)

• Controls fungal diseases, including powdery mildew and black spot

• NO re-entry time — plants can be harvested right after application

• Will NOT harm bees or butterflies

• Safe for people, pets and plants"


Note: What does "OMRI Listed" even mean? OMRI stands for the Organic Materials Review Institute ~ Whereas the USDA seal is found on food, feed and fiber products, OMRI seals apply to those things that go into making a food product qualify as organic: pesticides, fertilizers, livestock care products and anything that may affect the production of a food intended to be identified as organic. OMRI Listed® products may be used in the production of organic food and to protect the growing products from rodents or insects.

Contact Info

Goodness Grows is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit operating out of Common Ground Church Community. Our mission is to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities. We are working to improve people's lives through social and therapeutic gardening practices. We'd love for you to join us!


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