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Reminder: Because Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, there will be no box for Ennis, Butte or Pinedale this week. We will extend the season by one week for these pick-up locations.
WEEK 4: T - H -A - N - K - F - U - L
By taking a short pause while reading this email, you will notice that farming is all around us. From our morning coffee to the clothes that we wear to our afternoon protein snacks, we are constantly surrounded by the products farmers grow.
From jeans to t-shirts, your closet is full of cotton apparel. Arizona cotton farms produce enough top-grade cotton annually to make one pair of jeans for every single American. (Source: Arizona Farm Bureau)
And don’t forget to thank sheep farmers for your cozy wool sweaters and scarves; today’s modern wool garments are comfortable and easy to maintain, making them a closet staple.
Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,358 crayons. (Source: Farmers Feed Us)
In addition to products that surround us, food fuels the human body. Some bodies choose to fuel with local, organic foods, other bodies choose to fuel with "fast" foods. Whatever food is the fuel fuel, we need it to survive and at some point a farmer was involved.
I've been involved in the farm world for eight years now and each year I become overwhelmingly more thankful. The depth and breadth of my thankfulness grows as I become more aware of how hard farmers work to provide humans with the basic building block of life. Here are some more fun facts from The Osage County Herald Chronicle:
The average American farmer feeds 155 people each year.
In 2011, nearly 75 percent of farmers reported spending 10 hours or more a day on farm work.
Farming employs more than 24 million American workers which is 17 percent of the total work force.
Here at Strike Farms we are grateful for you the people who see the importance of small scale agriculture and choose to invest in our farm. We are appreciative of our crew who dedicate their lives to providing vegetables for our community no matter what cards Mother Nature deals. We are thankful for Dylan who is the captain of this ship, called Strike Farms. Dylan's organization, motivation, brain power and commitment to bettering the community is unprecedented and is recognized state-wide.
<3 The Strike Farms Crew <3
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Thanksgiving is here! While scouring the web for Thanksgiving recipes, I found this great article. Not only are the pictures beautiful, but the recipes can be used all throughout the winter.
Open your bag of arugula, and eat just one leaf of arugula. Spicy and tender! Yum!
Purple Top Turnips are the special item in your box this week. For some reason, often times turnips get a bad wrap. They are a beautiful vegetable and can be prepared a myriad of ways. My pick this week is Risotto with Turnips and Bacon topped with radish micro greens.
Arugula! It's been awhile since you've had local arugula. The California arugula can't compete with the flavor of local. One of my favorite ways to eat arugula is alongside a piece of meat. You can choose any protein - steak, chicken, pork, fish, white beans, eggs or lentils and serve it alongside this Asian pear and arugula with goat cheese salad.
Sweet or savory winter squash tarts are presently high on my priority list. Take a gander on Google at all the recipes that exist. It wasn't until recently when we started to learn that most winter squash can be interchanged. Yes, tastes will differ slightly, but that's what makes cooking with a CSA Share exciting. Here's my favorite squash pie recipe.
Quick pickled red onions are also one of my favorite condiments. They can be used as an addition to any meal, tacos especially! Use your extra arugula on sandwiches with pickled red onions and a special cheese.
Speaking of tacos... For all you veg heads out there. I once had carrot tinga tacos in Yelapa, Mexico and it changed my world. Feel free to use all carrots or sub out the sweet potato for winter squash.
Read this if you want to improve your mashed potato game.
Open your pickles! You can always serve them with burgers or with an hors d'oeuvres. You'll be surprised how fast they disappear after the seal is broken!
Dylan's Carrot Love
NEWS AND REMINDERS
NEW STRIKE FARMS FACEBOOK PAGE
Unfortunately, a while back our Facebook Page was hacked. Grudgingly, after multiple attempts to remedy the problem with powers that be, we've decided to start a new Strike Farms Facebook page. Please join the new page at your earliest convenience.
WINTER VEGETABLE SUBSCRIPTION
This is the fourth week of your winter vegetable subscription. If you can't make a pick-up, please ask a friend to pick-up your share for the week.
Do you have brown boxes at home or in your car? Please remember to bring them back to your pick-up location. Thanks in advance, we reuse them every week!
Do you have a friend who is still interested in a Winter Vegetable Subscription share? Good news, people can still enroll! If you refer someone, you'll receive a $20 refund on your winter share. 2017 Winter Share referral checks will be sent this week.
BOZEMAN WINTER FARMERS' MARKET
The Winter Farmers' Market will continue on Saturday, December 23rd from 9 AM to 12 PM in the Emerson Center Ballroom. Come share your holiday spirit with all the vendors.
Please ask me questions, make recommendations or send love notes to our crew!