08/24/05 pickup

Hello CSA and friends of Shalom Orchard,

Blueberries are winding down and we will be raking this week only for freezer berries. Some of you have given me your orders for frozen berries, and I have delivered some. Please repeat your orders, so I can double-check that I have them all.

I have made the first batch of our blueberry syrup, which is really more of a sauce. It is a whole berry syrup, with very little honey, not cloyingly sweet at all. I am offering it to you this week as part of your order at the special CSA price of $6.00/bottle (don’t repeat that to anybody!!!). It’s a delicious way to extend the healthful use of blueberries and is great on pancakes, waffles, etc., ice cream, cakes, yogurt-use your imagination!

We also have green beans, summer squash, onions, cukes and tomatoes. We’re letting the lettuce and chard rest this week. Of course we have chicken, lamb and eggs.

******Please note the following date on your calendars: Sunday, September 11 (whew, I just realized the significance of that date). WE ARE GOING TO FEED YOU!!! We will host a harvest celebration dinner featuring our meats, veggies, fruits and wines. Come about 5:00PM with appetites! We invite your families -please let us know how many will be attending. This is part of our thank-you to all of you who have made this, our first CSA year, so very gratifying and successful.

All of your comments have convinced us that having a CSA and making fresh, organic produce, meats, eggs and wines available locally has made a difference to you. We are starting to plan for next year and hope you will re-join and tell a few others. We will probably expand the CSA from about 10 families to about 15. Your feedback is going to guide our planning so please give it to us. You are part of this farm and we are growing for you! So tell us what you want, how we can improve and we will try – even with the slugs!

Don’t forget the recipes!! We now have a place for the “recipe of the month” on our website.

Enjoy the end of the summer!

Thank you,

Charlotte and Jim

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