katie on April 11th, 2014

We are expanding by a few shares this year and there is still room in Cool Beans for the 2014 regular season, which will begin Tuesday, May 20……and that’s not too far away! Please click the links at the top of the page for more information and the signup sheet, and contact me if you [...]

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katie on January 16th, 2014

It might still be winter on the calendar, but it’s spring in your farmer’s heart.  Time to get this show on the road! There are multiple steps involved in updating the website each season, and I’m fitting them in between outdoor chores today.  If you read this before the links at the top of the [...]

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katie on October 18th, 2013

Time to sign up for the Cool Beans Winter CSA! Shares are $350, and are all one size. There are ten deliveries, all on Tuesdays, spaced two weeks apart with the exception of the gap between the first and second, which spans the Christmas holidays. The first delivery is December 17. I’ll be delivering to [...]

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katie on August 6th, 2013

Today’s tomatoes: 1:00 Garden Peach 2:00 Black Cherry 3:00 Striped Roman 4:00 Yellow Pear 5:00 Tomatoberry 6:00 Sungold 7:00 Brownberry 8:00 Snow White 9:00 Juliet 10:00 peacevine 11:00 Yellow Cherry 12:00 Red Grape center: Indigo Rose

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katie on June 11th, 2013

Strawberries, Chinese cabbage(s), lettuce(s), carrots, radishes, scallions.  A nice late spring bag.  Couple of quick comments before I leave to deliver bags:  the berries were rained on the day before harvest, and this puts them at risk for mold.  To prolong them, put the berries in a bowl of water to which a small amount [...]

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Cool Bean Krista suggested I post the newsletter online as well, so people who share bags can each see the info. That excellent suggestion was Plan A, but I figured I’d shorten the info somewhat, as the newsletters, like your farmer, often ramble. Sat down to do that an hour ago, and when i logged [...]

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Yes, it’s not much notice, but that’s the nature of fresh food. I had chickens and ducks butchered yesterday. I calculated the cost of purchasing them, feeding the monsters for 10 weeks, butchering them, and added in 15% extra for labor. It’s still less than minimum wage, just to put it in perspective. And I’m [...]

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katie on April 11th, 2013

Not all cookbooks are CSA-friendly, because often the ingredient list pairs items that aren’t in season at the same time. I learned recently that some CSAs purchase cookbooks in quantity and sell them to their members at a profit. Here’s the Cool Beans spin on that idea: I’ve been collecting gently used copies of several [...]

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katie on February 19th, 2013

Unbelievably, this is the fifth winter CSA bag, so we’re halfway through. It’s not greens-heavy this week – the lettuces need a little time to regrow. You have collards and spinach, two gorgeous Cameo apples from Ben at Three Spring Fruit Farm, exquisite baby carrots, biscotti, and popcorn. The newsletter has details about the biscotti [...]

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katie on February 5th, 2013

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 1/2 cups white flour 2/3 cup sugar 1-2 Tbsp grated orange peel 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 c. orange juice 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup cooking oil 1 egg 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional Combine flours, sugar, orange peel, baking powder, and salt in a [...]

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