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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

🌺🌹Last Week of Spring Shares 2017 @ Cane Creek Farm! Bring on the Farmer's Choice🌹🌺

Fresh, Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally
May 9th, 2017
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Spring Shares Are Over!

Summer Shares Start Next Week!

Reserve Your Summer CSA Share Today!
Arugula 
White Russian Kale
Swiss Chard
Lettuce Heads
Green Onions
Garlic Scapes
Spicy Salad Mix
Snap Peas 
Farmer's Choice

(Pac Choi, Lettuce Mix, Broccolini, Radishes, or Green Garlic)
Please remember to wash your produce, as not all items are table-ready. While loose-lettuce mixes are spun, larger leaf items including the kale and chard require additional washing. Thank you!

Farmer's Foreword

Goodbye Spring, Welcome Summer

This is the last week of our spring CSA season, though the cool weather feels like spring is going to stick around a while. It has been a good growing season with an unseasonably warm April resulting in crops getting a good start outside.

Next week starts the summer season, though the crop mix will not vary a lot for a few weeks, as the cooler days of May have slowed down some of the summer crops. The squash, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, and lettuces are planted and doing well. Peppers, eggplant, okra, corn, and peas will be planted soon.  
We are doing our best to keep the weeds out of the growing areas this year by using landscape cloth, wood chips, and compost.  At the end of the season, we will pull up the landscape cloth and have richer soil for all the organic amendments we have used.

There are only a few spots left in the summer CSA, so sign up this week if you want to get in on all those luscious tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and other fresh summer veggies.

- Lynn

Benjamin's New Home

With Spring came the influx of new life jumping and skipping about here at Cane Creek. Most of the ewes were able to give birth to healthy young; new mothers were giving birth to a single child, while older sheep gave birth to two or even three baby sheep! But with all pregnancy comes the risk of fatality, and a couple of mothers have fallen after bringing their young into the world.

In these instances, sometimes another mother within the flock will care for the child. However this isn't always the case, and an unattended sheep will quickly perish without proper nutrition and attention. 


Enter Becky H. She's been a friend of the farm for some time now, and she was gracious enough to take care of the orphaned lamb. After some coordination with Chuck and Lynn, she took newly named Benjamin back home and a showering of affection ensued! 

Every day, Benjamin travels with Becky to the animal hospital where she works. There he curiously explores the space before returning home to socially parade on the road with Becky's other sheep. Between the ample cuddles and good times, Benjamin seems to be comfortable, healthy, and loved! 

So you've got Garlic Scapes this week...excellent!
Now what?


Well. You can...
  • Add sliced scapes to any stir fry recipe. 
  • Slice and sprinkle over any pasta, or slice and cook them in almost any sauce recipe. 
  • Incorporate them in guacamole and fresh salsa. 
  • Chop & add to softened cream cheese. 
  • Add freshly chopped scapes when serving a light garlic soup; can also add them to buttered, french bread floated on the soup. 
  • Use them as you would green onions, they're just better. 
  • Add them in salads, on bruschetta, pizza.
  • Add as an excellent addition to stocks....and much Asian cuisine. 
  • Put in Thai chicken/basil/coconut soup. 

Garlic Scape Dressing

  •  2 garlic scapes, coarsely chopped
  •  2 green onions, coarsely chopped
  •  1 teaspoon honey
  •  2 teaspoons Dijon mustard or similar brown mustard
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • dash salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Process ingredients together in a food processor or blender. 

5 Ways to Enjoy Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snaps are in season now and ready to enjoy in so many ways.
Here are 5 delicious, easy ideas: 

1. In the raw with a dip of 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup crumbled feta, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns. 

2. In succotash, sauté with freshly cut corn kernels (scrape the milk from the cob to make it creamy), scallions, and cherry tomatoes. 

3. Blanched and tossed with buttered egg noodles, parsley, and garlic. 

4. Roasted with olive oil and sea salt beneath the broiler until crisp-tender and lightly browned on the edges; drizzle with a few drops of toasted sesame oil before serving. 

5. Tossed warm with fresh pesto and toasted pine nuts. 

HINT: Before you eat them, snap off the stem and remove the stringy spines on both sides of the pod.

From Organic Gardening

Recycling at Cane Creek Farm

Farming sustainably requires a level of resourcefulness, along with an eye for seeing use in refuse. We've been able to expand farm operations by going out of our way to acquire what otherwise would be left in a landfill. 

Earlier this season we went to another farmer who was dismantling his old chicken coops. There, we amassed a trove of cinderblocks, which now sit in front of the parking lot as the new U-Pick Cherry Tomato bed. 

We also try to salvage materials thatc would otherwise get chucked. Plastic lids from yogurt containers serve as excellent field plant markers, and old blinds get cut up as seed start labels. 

Before disposing of certain items, take a moment and rest it aside for the farm's use. Ask Lynn for items that might be necessary at the time. After all, every little bit helps!

...Except for plastic plant pots. We just might have too many of those!
Lunch n' Learn - Wed. 5/10, 11 AM- 1PM
On Wednesday, May 10th, the class will talk about the ins-and-outs of planning an organic cut flower bed. Learn about the right growing conditions necessary to supply yourself with cut flowers this season, and practice by planting your own flowers here at the farm!

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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