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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

🌿🌻 Check out Week 2's Summer Share @ Cane Creek Farm! πŸŒ»πŸŒΏ

Fresh, Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally
May 23rd, 2017
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Arugula
Buttercrunch Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Pac Choi
Broccoli Raab
Braising Mix
Sugar Snap Peas
Broccolini
Garlicscapes
Please remember to wash your produce, as not all items are table-ready. While loose-lettuce mixes are spun, larger leaf items including the head lettuce, Pac Choi, and Raab require additional washing. Thank you!

Farmer's Foreword

Hey there everybody!
Welcome Back to Cane Creek Corner
!


You know, nature is quite astonishing in the way it balances itself out. Last week, sweltering heat and humidity made for a difficult time on the farm, and only just yesterday did the skies bring rain to cool off the atmosphere and moisten the soil.

That balance is a quiet, yet crucial reminder that every living entity on this planet is part of a cyclical pattern. Of course, that might be too much of a topic to delve into here, but at Cane Creek, that ebb and flow of weather and seasons defines our harvests. We're hoping this surge of rain will bolster our crops rather than hinder it.

While I'm on the topic about rain, this week's share was harvested right on the beginnings of a downpour. We did our best to get your shares looking spiffy before they were packaged, but it would be best just to rinse everything, just in case there was a little soil splash-back we missed.

If next week is a bit drier, we'll continue planting peppers in the hoop-houses, along with aubergines (eggplants!), and some melons too! And for the tasty tomato update -- there are quite a few starting to develop on the vines!

Well, that's it for now really. We want to thank everybody for supporting Cane Creek Farm; new members, and veteran shareholders; volunteers and food pantry workers, and everybody in between. Without 
ya'll, it wouldn't be the community it is now. 

'til next time,

-Lucy


P.S: No more Swiss Chard for a bit!
The Food Pantry Garden is off to a good start this year with fencing to keep more of the produce for those who come to the pantry and less for the wildlife.

The FPG team is also moving toward permanent raised beds, as is being done on other parts of the farm. The Food Pantry garden volunteers have been working on the garden Saturday mornings for the past month or so and are really keeping it up nicely.

Tuesday evenings will be the time to harvest as more crops start maturing. This is to have it fresh and ready for the Wednesday pick up at Cumming First United Methodist Food Pantry.

Volunteering to work in the garden is great for families, singles, couples, young and old. Knowing your work will result in fresh, nutritious food for those in need is very gratifying, as well as the exercise and good fellowship in the beautiful, peaceful setting of Cane Creek Farm.

Contact Stacey Gravitt at sgravitt@cfumcga.com  to join the team.

Check out your Broccoli Raab this week! In case you've never cooked with these before, we've provided you with a recipe to prepare your Raab with. Cheers!

Broccoli Raab with Pasta and Sausage

(omit sausage for vegetarian dish)

  • 1 lb. broccoli raab, stems trimmed            
  • 1 lb. pasta, any shape
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil                                         
  • 1 lb. fully cooked turkey sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced                        
  • Pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • ½ c. grated Parmesan
  1. Cook broccoli raab in large pot of boiling water until crisp tender, about 2 minutes. Remove broccoli raab to a bowl of ice water. Reserve the cooking water. 
  2. Heat the oil in heavy skillet and add sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute about 2 minutes.
  3. Using the reserved boiling water, add pasta and cook until al dente. Strain the broccoli raab and add to sausage mixture.
  4. Toss, then add pasta and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
Lunch n' Learn - Wed. 6/7, 11 AM- 1PM
Bats often get a bad rap! But bats are key pollinators and nocturnal insectivores, which means they prey on night-flying insects, mostly mosquitoes.
 
A small bat can eat more than 600 mosquitoes in a single hour!

Encouraging bats to nest near our homes is a natural way to keep your yard bug-free. Join us for our next Lunch N' Learn series on Wednesday, June 7, as we construct a simple bat house you can hang in your own yard, and learn about how important these mammals are to our entire eco-system.

Cane Creek Farm's Lunch N' Learn Series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, March through October.

The classes are $35 per person, limited to 10 participants, and advance registration is required. Register here.
Farm Camp 2017 
Does your child like to play outside?  Would you like to encourage your child to explore nature? Does your child know and eat their vegetables?

This year Farm Camp at Cane Creek Farm will be an exploration of nature and how soil, sun, air and water make our food. With lots of fun activities (a creek walk and bug catchers), snacks ( swamp juice, potato wedges), games(Fruit and veggie bop), and farm tasks(digging potatoes, harvesting greens) the week will be filled with new experiences that will open a child's eyes to the world around them.

Partnering with Cumming First United Methodist Church, Cane Creek Farm is offering this camp for children ages 8-12 the week of June 12-16 with drop off and pick up from the church on Canton Hwy. Times are 9-3 and the cost is $150 for the week. Registration is at http://cfumcga.com/summer/
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