Happy New Year!
Hello to all of our past, returning, and future CSA Members,
Now is the time to start your year off right – we can help! We want to invite you to a
FREE event going on tomorrow, Saturday, January 7th, at the Columbus Wellness
Center/YMCA. We hope your family takes advantage of this exciting opportunity
our community is providing! Meet with us at our Country Lane Gardens booth, learn
about our CSA, how you can become a member, and how our natural produce can
improve your health! See you tomorrow!
For more details about the free health screenings: Columbus YMCA.
-Country Lane Gardens
Football season.. Husker game days.. All sorts of food.. Sharing in the food preparation and indulging with friends and family.. Can You Feel It?! In the spirit of Nebraska Football kicking off this week, this weeks CSA featured our favorite game day treat; Salsa!!
The CSA hit Week 12 today, which means just a few shares to go, but before we cap off this 16-week season we need to get soulful! We found some fun items to emphasize soul/football food this week. ‘Garden Salsa’ is our own secret family recipe we have enjoyed for years. It is our most basic salsa, without being basic at all! We describe this one as the perfect combination of warm flavor with a good mixture purees and textures. ‘Corn & Bean Salsa’ strays away from our original recipe and obviously has corn and beans added to it. This flavor is a little sweeter thanks to our wonderful sweet corn! This week our CSA members get to dip into these mason jars full of flavor just in time for the big game this weekend! Your Husker game day celebration will be complete with our salsa to top off your nachos! We want to hear from you, what is your favorite flavor? Garden Salsa or Corn & Bean? Just comment below or email us!
We also wanted to emphasize one of the most flavorful soul foods there is – Jambalaya! Since we have been providing the Okra to our sharing table the past few weeks, we observed that most members were excited and anxious to use it. This week Okra made another appearance in the share for everyone to try! Don’t be worried if you have never used it before, there are so many ways to enjoy it! Try this recipe for Jambalaya with Okra and Peppers! More recipes are also under our “Our Recipes” tab above. We hope you enjoy this week, share your favorite flavor of salsa with us, and have a great time cheering on the Huskers this weekend!! -CLG
This week one of our favorite squashes his the CSA shares and we are so excited! This is super easy to prepare and even more enjoyable! Spaghetti squash is very versatile and your whole family will love it!! Photo tutorial of spaghetti squash preparation! Enjoy and please check out the full recipes under our Our Recipes tab.
This summer we participated in Columbus Community Hospital's 2016 Extravaganza Butterfly Release. It was a bright Saturday morning at the Columbus Farmer's Market in Frankfort Square, there were many local vendors and a great community crowd ready for the release. We set up a fun area with many bright colorful flowers for the butterflies to land on, rest, and be fed! Many children were there as well, they were just as excited as us to release our butterflies! Butterflies are very beautiful creatures, there was no better way to 'Celebrate Life' with the CCH community that morning in the square! This was Columbus' 31st Annual CCH Extravaganza and we were very thankful to have been a part of it! Check out the fun photos from the Butterfly Release below!
Now is a great time to teach your children about caterpillars and butterflies. Help them find caterpillars and butterflies around your yard or garden. It can be a fun learning experience for your child to catch their own caterpillar, provide it a safe home for forming a cocoon, and watching it hatch as a butterfly! Some of the coolest memories we have of growing up or being a kid in the summertime was while catching bugs! Check out the link below for some great information about these insects for your children. There are short readings, photos, even coloring pages they can participate in! --> http://www.kidsbutterfly.org
Enjoy these last few weeks of summer with your kids and happy bug hunting!! -CLG Team
We are halfway through the CSA Season, so it was time to see what all of our members have been doing with their shares!! We asked to see your photo of a dish you made with your CSA share...
The results were weak, so we hope you just didn't read last weeks email and aren't letting your produce go to waste!! Two members shared their dishes and earned some beautiful floral arrangements! Thank you Cassie & Daneill for your photos and feedback!! We always love hearing from our members and there will be many more opportunities in the future if you missed this giveaway!!
Our gardens are blooming with more flowers each day, the Dinner Plate Dahlias have become a newfound love to us and we cannot wait to keep sharing them with you!! This blog is more of a flower photo story of the first Dahlias breaking from their blooms! Check them out!!
Thank you for checking out this post and we hope you enjoyed these flowers in the photos as much as we do! For recipes inspired by this CSA Share please go to the 'Our Recipes' page.
To kick off this CSA share week we had a fun giveaway! We asked the CSA members to describe our CSA in just 5 words for a chance at winning a fresh from the country bouquet! We would like to thank everyone who participated and will share those responses! We love hearing from our members through out the week and visiting during pick-up night, your comments and opinions help us to keep growing our CSA to meet your expectations. Since it is week 7, here are 7 responses and the winner of the drawing!
1. Best decision I have made! -DY
2. Fresh, healthy eating made easy! - CR
3. Freshest food & friendliest farmers! -JM
4. Glad to discover garlic scapes! -JA
5. I've loved trying new veggies! -BK
6. Delicious, free, nutritional, abundant, value! -HB
7. Fresh, discover, interesting, enjoyable, pleasing! -CC
Thank you all for the input, we greatly appreciate your participation! Congratulations Jean,
we hope you love enjoying these "fresh from the country" flowers all week!!
Featured Item of the Week: Honey Mustard
C & Czzz Bzzz’s is a local honey producer and great family friends of ours. They make a wide variety of honey products from food to hand lotion! This week we would like to highlight the versatility of their Honey Mustards! No matter what flavor you chose (regular, spicy, or jalapeno) you cannot go wrong with any of them! They are great as meat marinades, on a deli sandwich, or a condiment for your summer grill out! We carry their products at our Farm Retail Store and in our CSA. For recipes using their honey products check out Our Recipes!!
Our gardens are sprinkled with these precious little watermelons. They are some of our favorite fruits to grow! The watermelon rows looked plentiful and healthy tonight, we're very anxious for them keep growing like weeds so we can harvest these juicy fruits!
Featured Items: Zucchini & Yellow Summer Squash
Zucchini is a very versatile vegetable. It is great when used as a simple side dish, chop it up, toss it with olive oil, and grill it with potatoes and onions. Or disguise it; turn this vegetable into a dessert your kids will enjoy without even knowing! Check out the awesome muffin recipe below, your kids won’t be the only ones loving these healthy desserts!
Summer Squash is one of our favorite “squash family” vegetables. Check out this blog link from The Humbled Homemaker, “25 Creative Ways to use Zucchini & Summer Squash,” for more ways to prepare these vegetables alone or together!
Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
Makes: 12 servings
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
What is Kohlrabi?
Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family, and as such, comes with this family's signature sweet-but-peppery flavor profile. We usually eat the bulbous bottom, but the entire kohlrabi plant is actually edible. The skin has the rubbery texture of broccoli stems and can be white, light green, or bright purple. The insides are usually a creamy white.
5 Easy Steps to Prepare Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi can be eaten either raw or cooked. When served raw, it has a super-crisp texture and a mild peppery bite. It's a little like a sweet radish, and you can add olive oil and sprinkle with salt. When cooking it in the oven, the kohlrabi turns sweet and a bit caramelized, making a great side dish for steak, grilled fish, or almost any main course dinner. The kohlrabi is ready to eat when it is tender, and then you can add salt, olive oil and lemon juice.
New item this week: Red & White Potatoes!
We like this variety of smaller potatoes because they are very easy to prepare and cook. To prepare these potatoes, you just need to wash and scrub, and they are good to go. No peeling necessary! You can dice up the potatoes that are a little bit bigger. Our favorite way to cook these potatoes is on the grill in the summer! You can also add kohlrabi and carrots to this grilled side dish.
Small whole potatoes
¼ cup Butter or margarine, melted
Minced garlic cloves/scapes/herbs of your choice
1 tsp Seasoned salt
We hope you have been enjoying your cucumbers so far. This week just about everyone got one cucumber, so we are sorry if you missed this item this week. We promise more are looking good in the garden and will be picked soon!!
1 Quick Cucumber Salad
Here is a quick and easy salad when you only have one cucumber.
1 cup water
¾ cup vinegar
½ cup sugar
Slice cucumber and place in a bowl and add other ingredients. Stir and chill before serving.
We're 1/4th of the way into our CSA
We just hit the 4 weeks marker with our Columbus CSA, which means we are one quarter of the way through our CSA. Some of our cooler crops that were planted earlier on in the spring will soon be phasing out. Summer is here and so is the heat! More hardy veggies are on their way to our sharing table!! We talked previously how things are a little off schedule this season due to a rainy spring, but that is makes our CSA capable of being a business. Gardening in a CSA isn't a no rain, no shine game, and we have to roll with the flow of the seasons, using what is ripe, ready, and fresh!
The summer season is a time for growing and enjoying. All of our hardy vegetables are growing in our gardens, and we are ever so eager to harvest them, as we look forward to enjoying them in many different ways this season. Making salsa is a family tradition we do every year, and we plan to continue to grow this production in more ways in the future! Our Garden Salsa and Corn & Bean Salsa are making an appearance in the CSA shares this week. These salsas are two of our most prized recipes. We unfortunately do not give out those recipes, but we do have a fun, summery recipe for your family to try!
Summer Salsa + Cinnamon Chips
Featuring Cinnamon Basil
Here is a fun dish for the upcoming holiday since The 4th of July is right around the corner! This year try a new salsa recipe people of all ages will enjoy! Also, for more fruit variety, you can add any of your favorites: raspberries, blueberries, and chopped peaches will add more flavor and fun colors to the salsa mix!
3 flour tortillas (large)
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
3 cups strawberries (chopped)
2 tbsps. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. extra light olive oil
3 tbsps. fresh cinnamon basil leaves (chopped)
1/2 tbsp. raspberries (white balsamic reduction, optional)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 pinch black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together cinnamon and sugar and set aside. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.
Cut tortillas into triangles (you can stack them and cut them all at once!). Lay tortillas on baking sheet and lightly spray with olive oil.
Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixes over the chips, flip, and repeat.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crispy
Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cinnamon basil.
Add strawberries and mix until fully incorporated. Drizzle with balsamic reduction (optional).
Serve with the cinnamon chips and enjoy!
Fruity salsa is wonderful for the summer, but so is a quick and easy sauté ! We have all experienced that "too hot to cook, too hot to be by a stove, or too hot to eat alot" feeling before during the summer! Swiss Chard & Pak Choi make a great pair to saute when the weather is hot and you don't want to spend more than 10 minutes around the stove! These recipes and more featuring this week's produce can be found on Our Recipes page!!
We would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable Independence Day! We are all so blessed to be living in this wonderful country. Thank you to all of our friends and family who have served our country and made scarifies for all of us!
God Bless America!
CLG Team News
Weekly news posts about our CSA and Greenhouse! Stay tuned for tips, deals, and upcoming events! Sign-up for our 2018 CSA will begin in January. We will have new information and contract forms available then, To view our current CSA information please see the documents below! Thank You -CLG Team