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Posted 7/20/2017 8:57am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

We rose very early this morning to harvest and pack Lime Light Hydrangeas and Lemon Basil so they would be as fresh as possible for you. Doing that has delayed the longer newsletter so we wanted to send you at least a picture of your share contents now. The longer newsletter with recipes and important information about how to handle the items in your share will follow shortly.  

This week's CSA share is a beautiful one and includes everyone - Weekly, Bi-weekly, and Monthly (Protein Share) members. 

 

More to come...  Patti 

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 7/13/2017 7:14am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

We hear good news that dear Lucky Jefferson is awake and doing better. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. Please keep them coming as he has much hard work ahead of him, still. 

As summer vegetables come in, so do canning opportunities. If you want extras of anything for your home canning, just let us know and we will sell them to you at wholesale prices. We will also be canning for our Winter CSA  members. 


CSA Shares -Weekly Members Only 

Included in your share but not pictured is fresh LEMON BASIL, harvested early this morning to maintain the freshest aroma. Basil will be essential in Eggplant Parmesan and Cherry Tomato Salad (see recipes below)

Lemon Basil - This amazing herb will be terrific with Eggplant Parmesan and in Cherry Tomato Salad, below. One of my favorite things to do with basil is Basil Pesto Pasta or Basil Pesto Hummus which is great with chips, fresh cut sweet peppers or celery, and on fish. 

Eggplant - Eggplant is tricky, but these recipes should make it a hit in your household. For kids and adults, see 5 Simple and Healthy Eggplant Recipes for KidsEggplant Parmesan is the classic recipe and a great way to enjoy fresh eggplant. The Lemon Basil in your share will make this an amazing meal. To make this recipe easier, use organic canned tomatoes or marinara sauce. An even easier recipe is Eggplant with Balsamic, Basil and Capers. Stuff Eggplant with any mixture you like. This recipe uses Herbed Bulgur and pomegranate, but Quinoa and raisins or cranberries would be just as good. And, the very delicious Baked Za'tar Eggplant Fries and Lemon Tahini is sure to be a family favorite.  

French Fingerling Potatoes - French Fingerlings are creamy and would be great made into anything, but the classics are Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Fingerling Potato Salad. But feel free to boil, drain and stir them in herbed butter or mash them. It's really hard to mess these up!

Dragon Tongue Beans - If you have not yet tried Dragon Tongue Bean Salad with Spicy Honey Mustard you should. They would also be super with potatoes as in Skillet Potatoes and Green Beans

Cherry Tomatoes - A dish super easy dish that is packed with flavor is the warm Israeli Couscous with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes and Basil. For a great side to any meal, try Marinated Cherry Tomato and Herb Salad, a staple in our home when we have basil and tomatoes. Add mozzarella cheese balls into the marinade for a creamy texture. Bruschetta on warm Buttery Toast is so delicious! Use your cherry tomatoes instead of roma. Will be a little runny, but  the warm toast soaks up the juice.

Summer Squash Mix - My favorite thing to do with these fresh squashes is to grill them as the steaks are resting. See Grilled Summer Squash. It works with our without the dressing. For a fresh casserole, combine summer squash with Eggplant and make Summer Vegetable Lasagna

Sweet Peppers - These peppers are soooooo good pickled as in Sweet Pickled Banana Peppers; a great way to preserve these lovelies for sandwiches and hamburgers later in the year. You can also sprinkle these sweeties with feta cheese!  Banana and Sweet peppers are also terrific on pizza. We like to buy Amy's Organic Pizza and add our own cherry tomatoes, basil, banana peppers, sausage, grated cheese or whatever we feel like having. Or, use this handy pizza planner for recipes with and without meat. 10 Best Banana Pepper Pizza Recipes

Onions and Garlic - Another great topping for pizza or sandwiches is Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Compote. This is good on anything, including warm toast, crackers with cheese, hamburgers and other sandwiches. 


Protein Shares - Weekly Members Only

Steaks - Please, please, please let these steaks thaw in your fridge for 5 days before cooking to help tenderize them. Then, simply pat them dry, rub them with your favorite steak seasonings (salt and pepper will do just fine), sprinkle a few drops of balsamic vinegar on one side and let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling on medium-high heat. This produces a flavorful, very tender steak. 

Sausage and Hamburger - Biscuits are better with sausage patties. Gravy is better with sausage. Peppers are better with quinoa sausage stuffing. Even hamburgers and spaghetti are better with a bit of sausage mixed in. Clearly, life is better with sausage. 

Wishing you a safe and happy summer!  

Enjoy!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, gardener
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 7/6/2017 9:11am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

Welcome back from holiday for many of you.  This week's share is a good one with loads of color!  We're hoping that giving you farm fresh food and ideas will be more rewarding than other options. Let us know what you think and how we can improve!

Recipe of the Week: Warm Potato and Dragon Tongue Bean Salad If you do not have arugula or basil, steam your chard or kale until tender, instead. 

CSA Share - Weekly and Bi-Weekly Members

 

Elephant Garlic - This is a large and delicious garlic that is perfect for seasoning or roasting. Roasting Garlic is quick and fun and turns the garlic into a sweet treat. From there you can make Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, a creamy Roasted Garlic Sauce for your roast or other meats. P.S. We leave the stems and dirty outer coating in case you want to dry garlic for longterm storage. Mostly, we use our garlic pretty quickly, but if you'd like to store it, here are other options for you in How to Keep Garlic from Going Bad.

Red Potatoes - these are my favorite in Warm Potato Salad, or just roasted with garlic or mashed as described in Elephant Garlic, above. Ina Garten offers a great video for Garlic Roasted Potatoes (hint: add a pinch of chopped rosemary if you have any!). 

Sweet Peppers - These are Banana and Green Bell peppers. Both are terrific stuffed, roasted, chopped, or just eaten raw. Here are 10 Ways to Use Sweet Mini Peppers and all would work with your peppers. 

Zucchini - No need for mushy, watery zucchini. There are so many other ways to cook it that are fabulous!  If you have not tried making zucchini into ribbons of pasta, you must. It's easy and delicious. Try Zucchini "Pasta". or Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino (or feta, or goat cheese). This zucchini is also fabulous on the grill with our without the balsamic as in Balsamic Grilled Zucchini. Or pan fried as in Pan Fried Zucchini with Lemon and Parmesan

Tiny Tomatoes - These little cherries are just the first of many tomatoes to come. Since there are only a few, perhaps you might just cut them in half or quarters, drizzle with balsamic and olive oil, add chopped basil if you have it, salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for a few minutes and enjoy this refreshing tomato salad. A sprinkle of feta on top would be even better! See Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

Kale and Chard Mix - Brace yourself for fewer greens during the hot summer months. We try to have them all summer, but the heat is hard on them. You might enjoy this recipe that I've been cooking for months: Chop sweet peppers, the stems of chard, and onions. Cook them in olive oil in a large sauté pot or pan until tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 cup water and thin slices of potato (skins on). Cook potatoes until almost tender. The water will reduce into a nice sauce. Add roughly chopped kale and chard and another 1/2 - 3/4 cup of water and cook until greens are tender, stirring the sauce and potatoes into the greens. Serve hot and top with fresh, cold feta cheese or not. 

Kohlrabi - An odd duck, for sure, Kohlrabi is delicious cooked or raw. You might just peel and cut Kohlrabi into chunks or strips and add to Marinated Cherry Salad (see tomatoes above). or, Try Quinoa, Kohlrabi and Cherry Tomato Salad. You could also peel, chop and add Kohlrabi to the greens dish above, cooking it when you cook the peppers and onions. Or try Roasted Kohlrabi (or just throw it into Garlic Roasted Potatoes above).

Dragon Tongue Beans - Always a favorite when company is here, these creamy, tender beans seem to go well with potatoes or greens or by themselves. Simply boil water (or use the water of boiled potatoes), season to taste and cook until the purple disappears, which means they are tender. Warm Potato and Dragon Tongue Bean Salad also uses your cherry tomatoes!


Protein Shares - Weekly and Bi-Weekly Members

Hamburger - We've been adding sausage to our grass-fed burgers and love the result. The sausage adds seasoning and fat to the burger. Or, just grill them. They are so much better than grocery hamburger just the way they are! You might play around with this recipe for Veggie-packed Beef Burgers if you have kids. Almost any veggies will work. 

Stew Beef - Try Best Crockpot Beef Stew and, again, use any of your CSA veggies or add others. 

Roast - I believe mostly Brisket, Sirloin Tip and Top Sirloin Steak went into shares this week. This Texas-style Smoked Brisket might appeal to someone and you can use any of the roasts in this recipe. For others, Simply the Easiest Beef Brisket is better. And, how about Crockpot Brisket Tacos? This one looks terrific!


On a sad note, one of our dear employees, Lucky Jefferson, was in a highway accident last Thursday evening and remains in critical condition. We are seeking God's grace for him and his family, including two young children. Your prayers for Lucky are much appreciated. As everyone says, "He's a great guy!" and we are praying hard for his full and complete recovery. 

All the best to you and your loved ones from everyone at Waverly Farms!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, gardener
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 7/6/2017 5:52am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC has a position open for a very hardworking person who cares deeply about giving over 300 farm animals the clean water, clean shelter, shade, minerals, hay, forage, health checks, and organic supplements they need to thrive. Work will begin four hours before dark and includes weekend work. A proven track record of reliability, thoroughness, and hard work is essential. Please send letter of interest and resume to Patti Rosenberg at patti_rosenberg@hotmail.com

Posted 6/29/2017 12:12pm by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Weekly Members,

Thank you for your patience as I experienced technical difficulties this morning. You may replace the email I sent earlier this morning with this one.

CSA Shares - Weekly Members

Green and Banana Peppers - Bob's Stuffed Banana Peppers is a terrific recipe for banana and green peppers. Protein Share members can use our sausage, hamburger or a combination of the two in this recipe. If you're feeling vegetarian, we always love Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. You could also use cooked rice instead of quinoa. If you are not in the mood to stuff peppers, which I rarely am, just chop them and put them on pizza, grill them for hotdogs and hamburgers, roast them in the oven, or chop and cook them with onion in a sauté of greens for Mixed Fajitas with Peppers and Onions

Dragon Tongue Beans and Yukon Gold Potatoes - Hoping you are enjoying these this week as much as we are. My favorite is to cut potatoes, skin on, and cook them until almost done, drain the potatoes but save the water they were cooked in, cook the beans (ends removed) in the potato water for a one-pot dish, drain the beans, combine with potatoes, season and stir them in butter or olive oil. Finely chopped chives added as you stir everything together would be amazing, along with a dollop of sour cream, feta cheese or plain Greek yogurt topping. 

Rainbow Chard - Great sautéed on top of the stove, but a bit tough this time of year for salads. Remove leaves from stems. Chop the stems and a bit of onion. Saute chopped stems and onion in olive oil, cook until tender, then add the green leaves and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook until tender. Adding 1/2 cup of water to the sauté helps tenderize the greens. Sprinkle feta cheese on top for a creamy, delicious taste.

Curly Kale - We're running out of kale season, so you might consider portioning this week's kale into smoothie servings and putting it in the freezer right next to your frozen organic fruit and peeled bananas. This makes smoothies a cinch to make in the morning. I've been using a food processor rather than blender and the prep and clean-up have been super simple. Right now, I'm obsessed with Flat Belly Smoothie, but there are many other kale smoothie recipes. Not a smoothie lover? Sauté Kale with Garlic or make Kale Chips. I love to roast potatoes, peppers and onions then throw the kale (stirred in olive oil) on for the last 8-10 minutes. As with chard, adding 1/2 cup of water to sautéed kale will help tenderize it. 

Chives, Onions and Garlic - If you've been looking for a reason to make Cilantro Chive Yogurt Dip and put it on fajitas, burgers, fresh veggies or kale chips, now you have it. These dear chives are delicious! Try Bacon Cheddar Chive Muffins (and why did we not cook those for you???) or Chive and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes


Protein Shares - Weekly Members

Skirt Steak - Small and packed with flavor, everyone loves skirt steak. Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas are perfect this week since you also have onions, chives, garlic and peppers. Or, try Marinated Skirt Steak and Grilled Skirt Steak with Garlic and Herbs

Pork Sausage - Perfect for stuffed peppers (see Peppers above), or breakfast, or a Potato Sausage Casserole

Cube Steak - My favorite is always Cube Steak with Mushrooms and Sherry Sauce. But some love (not saying that I don't) the classic Chicken Fried Steak


Thank you, again, for your patronage! Please send us your feedback and feel free to post your own recipes on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/waverlyfarmsvirginia/  

Enjoy!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 6/22/2017 10:55am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members,

IMPORTANT: We are sending monthly protein shares today rather than next week so that bi-weekly members who have monthly protein shares do not have to make an trip to their delivery location. You won't want to miss this protein share, which includes steaks and pork chops, so please check at your pick up location to also pick up your protein share.

Rain and heat have combined to make extra work with the some of the goats who are vulnerable to parasite infections. Kids are especially vulnerable since they have yet to build sufficient immunity so we watch them carefully and help them make better food choices. Working with these vulnerable kids reminds me that that the health of all living beings, including us humans, is directly related to what we consume. Of course animals are not people, but nutrition plays a key role in all living things. Animals who get a good start from mother's milk and who eat fresh leaves, hay and clean grass live nice long, healthy lives. Animals who choose (or in the case of most American livestock are forced) to eat processed feed or parasite-infested grasses have health issues. I'm not saying that goats and humans are the same, but this trend is amazingly consistent among all of God's creatures.

You're already choosing wisely and we hope you enjoy long, healthy lives!

Recipe for this Week!

This recipe allows you to cook a large quantity of your vegetables in advance, then reheat for meals all week. It keeps and reheats perfectly in the microwave for vegetables all week long. When reheating, heat only the amount you will use each meal and leave the rest refrigerated until another time.

Cabbage, Kale, Collards and Potatoes with Onion and Garlic


the sauce created by onions, garlic, salt, pepper, potatoes and water

Ingredients: 

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 chopped onion
1-2 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 cup water, more if needed
1 - 2 potatoes skin on and sliced thinly
Salt and Pepper to taste
All of your Collard Greens, stems removed and chopped
1/4 - 1/2 bag of Kale, stems removed and chopped
1 - 2 small Cabbage heads, core removed and chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat in a large pan with lid. Add 1 chopped onion and cook until tender. When onion is tender, add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic. Cook 1 minutes until fragrant. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1-2 potatoes, skin on and sliced thinly. Cook onion, garlic and thinly-sliced potatoes until potatoes are tender. Salt and pepper to taste. This will cook down into a sauce. When potatoes are mostly cooked, add chopped collards, kale and cabbage (stems and core removed). Stir the greens into the potatoes and sauce and cook on medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes.

CSA Shares - All Members

Kale - 1180% of your Daily Recommended Value (DRV) of Vitamin K, 98% of Vitamin A, 71% of Vitamin C, 27% of manganese, 22% of copper, 11% of B6, 9% of calcium plus a whole lot more. See recipe above and you can always make the Flat-Belly Kale Smoothie, which I will be doing this week, or Crispy Roasted Kale, which I will also be doing. 

Collard Greens - very similar to kale, nutritionally, with a tad less of everything. See Recipe for the Week above. Also remember that collard greens are perfect for Collard Green Wraps. This may be the last week for these lovelies, so go wild!

Cabbage - 79% of DRV in Vitamin K, 69% Vitamin C, 20% B6, 17% manganese and and more. See Recipe for the Week above and other recipes from previous week's newsletters.

Fingerling Potatoes - top the chart for 26% of your potassium DRV, plus 32% B6, 22% copper, 22% Vitamin C and so much more. These lovely fingerling potatoes are especially tender and do exceptionally well roasted as in Ina Garten's Garlic Roasted Potatoes.

Dragon Tongue Beans - adding to the potassium load, and offering Vitamin A, C,  calcium and iron, beans are full of fiber and protein. These delightful beans can be cooked simply by popping off the tough tips and cooking them in boiling water with salt. When the purple stripes have disappeared, the beans are ready to serve. I also love them with potatoes. Cut potatoes into chunks (skin on), cover with water, add salt to taste, and cook until potatoes are just about tender. Then add beans, cook until beans and potatoes are tender, then drain and serve hot. Save the drained broth to add flavor to soups and pasta, if you'd like.

Basil - A rich source of Vitamin K, zinc, potassium, magnesium and calcium, basil is terrific in pasta sauces, pizza and sandwiches. It adds nutrition and flavor to everything from iced tea to ice cream. Combine in a food processor with olive oil, onion, garlic, nuts and grated cheese for a Basil Pesto to be stirred into pasta, soups or spread on toast or crackers. Add this basil or just fresh basil leaves onto sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese Caprese Salad. Store fresh basil in your refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel. It can also be chopped and frozen into ice cubes for use all year long (think spaghetti sauce!), or dry it in a cool, shady place, then store it in an airtight container to sprinkle onto things. There is nothing better than your own dried seasonings. They have many times the flavor of purchased ones. 

Parsley - Great source of Vitamins K, C, copper, iron, folate, Omega-3, calcium and more, including compounds that benefit digestion. Like Basil, below, parsley is great on almost anything and can be made into a pesto or and easy and gluten-free Quinoa Tabbouleh

Garlic and Onion - Not be be left out of the nutrition party, garlic and onion are unique in their ability to aid in fighting infections and the prevention of cancer and heart disease. To preserve your garlic, hang in a dry cool place leaving the stems on. Garlic is preserved when stems turn completely brown. These onions are best eaten soon and refrigerated in a wrapping in the meantime. Roast, chop, mince, dice and add to dishes for a burst of flavor! Here is a recipe for Roasted Onions with Garlic.

Protein Shares - All Members

Steaks - Please, please let your steaks age a little longer in the refrigerator, about 5 days, before grilling. You may find Cooking with Grass-fed Beef helpful. We simply dot a bit of balsamic vinegar on each side, rub in a dry steak seasoning in, let stand at room temperature for an hour or so, then grill on a medium-high heat to the desired doneness (rare to medium).

Pork Chops - I've been apologizing for these skinny chops but they are absolutely delicious and we tried them without brining and learned that these tender chops do not need to be brined as I first thought. Simply coat them in olive oil, season with steak seasoning or salt and pepper, drag them in a tiny bit of flour and pan fry or grill them for 2.5 minutes per side. They are delicious!!!

Enjoy!! 

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 6/15/2017 10:17am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

This share is for Weekly Members only. Next week we will send to Bi-Weekly and Monthly Protein members, too!

Tonight, I have Dragon Tongue Beans, Purple Viking Potatoes, Curly Kale, Garlic and Pork Chops ready to go for dinner. Except for brining 1/2 to two hours before in a mixture of 1 cup salt to 3 cups water, the whole dinner will take me 20 minutes and will include:

  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Garlic and Dill Smashed Potatoes
  • Steamed Dragon Tongue Beans with Garlic
  • Roasted Kale. Yummy! 

How fun it is that we are all so different and approach our CSA shares uniquely.    

  • Tracy loves to cook and lists all of her vegetables on a white board with menu's for each day. She shares the tasty results of her love of cooking good food with her children and grands.
  • Liz has 3 growing boys and makes good food fun, always involving her boys in menus and they do things like Taco Tuesdays, Pizza Fridays and Grill Saturdays using all of the Waverly Farms food. The boys anticipate their weekly share and receive them with the excitement of a Christmas present every week! It's adorable to watch.
  • Since farming involves long days and 7-day weeks, I look at my share and imagine the shortest path from bag to stomach in an effort to get as much nutrition with as little effort as possible.
The recipe below from Beth Bagley seems to suit us all. It's easy, fun and cheesy. We'd love for you to post pictures and recipes for others to enjoy. A link to "Like Us" on Facebook is included below the signature line of this email, or just email your ideas and recipes to me and I'll post them for you. 

An Easy, Cheesy Recipe

Beth Bagley, our garden manager, Wade's, dear mother sent this recipe because Wade loved it and insisted that she sit down and send it to me immediately. I can see loads of substitutions for the vegetables Beth used, like roasted kale and potatoes, or cabbage and collards. This looks like a great recipe for any person or family. She even named it....

Waverly Farms Quesadillas
 
2 Tblsp olive oil,
1 medium onion diced
1 bunch of Swiss Chard stems
1 large clove of garlic, minced 
2 T water
1 bunch of Swiss Chard leaves, rough chopped
1 c. spinach leaves, rough chopped
1 egg, beaten (or 1/4 c. egg substitute)
salt & pepper to taste
dill (optional)
1/4 c. each of a mixture of cheeses (I used cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, and cottage cheese; I would have used feta, but didn't have any)
Tortillas
 
Heat oil in large a skillet; then saute the onion and chard stems until softened, stirring frequently. Add garlic and water; stir to combine. Place roughly chopped chard and spinach leaves on top of onion mixture and cover; cook until leaves are wilted.
 
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix egg and cheeses until combined. Add hot vegetable mixture and gently stir all together.
 
Place a large tortilla (or several small ones) in the skillet. Spoon veggie/cheese mixture over half the tortilla. Fold over the other half and do the same with another tortilla on the other side of the skillet. Heat for several minutes. Remove and cut into 3 triangles.
 
Serve with chopped tomatoes, sour cream, or tzatziki sauce
 

CSA Shares - Weekly Members
 
 
We're excited about this share and the shares to come!  This week's features are garlic, dragon tongue beans, and purple viking potatoes. We also have parsley, cabbage, onion and collards for you. 
 
Dragon Tongue Beans - Tender and creamy, these beans that are our all-time favorite. Here is a nice introduction and simple recipe in Getting to Know Dragon Tongue Beans. My favorite is to combine them with potatoes as in Roasted Potato and Dragon Tongue Beans Salad (substitute parsley for arugula and Purple Viking Potatoes for fingerlings). For the simplest of recipes, try Steamed Dragon Tongue Beans with Garlic. One cup of these delicious beans is 34 calories and packs 230 mg of potassium along with 30% of your Daily Requirement for Vitamin C, 15% Vitamin A, 6% iron and 4% calcium. 
 
Garlic - Six cloves (the toes they are sometimes called) of garlic per week (or the equivalent onions, shallots, chives) is what you need to extract the health benefits of garlic which include reduced risk of heart disease and cancers, especially those of the esophagus, stomach, tongue, larynx, pharynx, and mouth. Garlic also offers 15% of your manganese requirement in addition to smaller amounts of Vit B6, C, B1, Copper, Selenium, Phosphorus, and Calcium.  Roasting Garlic is a cinch and it takes away the bitter taste, turning it into pure sweetness. When cooking garlic it in recipes, chopping , dicing or mincing it rather than leaving the cloves whole will extract the health benefits. Some just pop two raw cloves per week and chew it well. I have not found the courage to try that, yet.
 
Kale - This curly kale is great roasted and you might enjoy Roasted Kale Salad with almonds and cranberries. And, this tempting recipe is super easy and claims to reduce belly fat while pumping up nutrition - a complete meal for under 300 calories. Healthy Flat-Belly Kale Smoothie also happens to taste delicious! 
 
Parsley - This is going to be great on EVERYTHING! Remove the stems and chop it finely for a refreshing taste in eggs, potatoes (with butter!).  Serve it as a garnish on sandwiches, in salads, and in smoothies. You can also make a bit of pesto for this super delicious Spaghetti with Parsley Pesto. Shrimp or chicken would be very happy in this pasta dish!
 
Purple Viking Potatoes - These are the best mashed potatoes as in Garlic and Dill Smashed Potatoes (substitute parsley for dill) or in Mom's Scalloped Potatoes. I also add thin slices into stove top steamed cabbage, kale, beans, and collards. For more information and recipes see Dig In: Purple Potatoes Have Vibrant Health Benefits
 
Onion - This is a general purpose onion for you to coat with olive oil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and Roast them in the oven. Or, if you are grilling pork chops or brats anyway, throw the onions on, too, with this recipe for Grilled Onions sprinkled with feta!
 
Collards - Bugs attacked our collards so these are not the prettiest, but once you cook them they will be delicious in Potato and Collard Green Hash and especially good served next to Grilled Bratwurst Links or Pork Chops (see Protein Shares below). 
 
Cabbage - I love cabbage, especially with potatoes and other greens or beans. Cabbage makes everything sweeter. Southern Fried Cabbage is comfort food at its best. Throw in grilled or pan fried bratwurst links or pork chops for even more flavor (best to cook them before adding them, or just serve on the side). And don't forget Creamy Cole Slaw for a great summer side. 
 
Protein Shares - Weekly Members
 
This week you'll have a generous supply of Certified Organically-fed and pastured Pork Chops and Bratwurst Links - perfect for grilling or cooking inside. All of our pork is Animal Welfare Approved, which means we raise our animals kindly with strict adherence to very detailed requirements meant to ensure their safety, happiness and health. 
 
Pork Chops -  Grilled Pork Chops are easy. We recommend that you bring them for one-half to two hours before grilling to be sure they are plump, tender and tasty. Or cook Perfect Pork Chops in a pan. 
 
Bratwurst Links - You have cabbage this week, so consider Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard and Sauerkraut. Or, simply pan fry them in a tablespoon of fat or olive oil until they are well done. These will be terrific with mashed potatoes and any or all of your vegetables. Remember that you can take the sausage out of the skin (although we pay extra to put it into the skin!) and make any of these 10 Sausage Recipes for Dinner.
Thank you again, for supporting local, fresh, well-grown food. We hope you enjoy this week's share!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (below). 

 

 
Enjoy! 

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, garden manager
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 6/8/2017 9:09am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members,

Farms are intimate, complicated operations where team work, ethics, reliability and commitment are critical. Margins are so slim that doing the right things right and at exactly the right time makes the difference between success and failure.

This year's Waverly Farms team is one of the best! To a person, they are hard working, capable of owning, learning from and not repeating mistakes, collaborative, not afraid to ask hard questions, supportive of each other, reliable, productive, appreciative, and extremely proficient in adhering to organic methods and strict Animal Welfare Approved standards. WOW!


Our farm family: Wesley, Wade, Curtis, Danny, Stuart, Helen, and Ben are pictured in front of our Waverly Farms delivery van. Lucky wouldn't break from tilling "for a silly pic". Logo by Elizabeth Rosenberg and Mandee Rae. 

Our team pulls together each day in genuine fellowship. Each were reared locally and care about our rural community. Wesley is meticulous with equipment and infrastructure and is essential to a smooth operation. Curtis cooks for everyone, lifts spirits with each encounter, and will do anything to help our animals thrive while making others laugh. Hellen is a calm, determined force who keeps everyone and everything coordinated in the packing shed. Wade is the kind, smart youngest-ever manager of the garden who accepts this enormous challenge with a healthy level of fear, generous amounts of grace, and an unmatched determination to succeed. Danny, Lucky, Ben and others are reliable, talented, flexible farmers who accept any assignment with a professionalism that keeps the pieces stitched together. As a result, we (the entire team) are more motivated than ever to grow the best local food for our customers so that we can sustain these local jobs for our rural community. Thank you for making this happen!

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Look what these amazing people pulled out of the grown this week! Recipes for each are listed below. Simply click on the link, back out of any advertisements, and enjoy these easy, delicious recipes. Don't be afraid to substitute ingredients and even leave some things out if you don't have them. The key is to just cook the fresh food. It really doesn't need much adornment. 

Purple Viking Potatoes - Purple Vikings are creamy and delicious and perfect for Scalloped Potatoes. This recipe with a lighter cheese and fragrant thyme is perfect! Or, if you prefer, try Garlic and Dill Smashed Potatoes. Or just boil them in salt water, chop up some lemon basil, stir all into soft butter and grind pepper on top. 

Lemon Basil - Lovely when chopped to add a fresh fragrance and flavor to anything. Try Lemon Basil Shrimp and Pasta for a great summer dish. If you don't have shrimp, chicken or tofu will do just as well. And, here is a fresh Lemon Basil Vinaigrette for your salads and sandwiches. Or a favorite, Lemon Basil Iced Tea

Cabbage - Perfect in Blue Cheese Cabbage Slaw or cooked with your potatoes in this super easy and quick Bubble and Squeak, a British dish of fried potatoes and cabbage. Gingery Creamed Kale and Cabbage is an indulging dish. I have not tried it, but it received 1949 five-star ratings!

Curly Kale - This beautiful kale is perfect in the oven as Crispy Roasted Kale. It's also terrific as a salad with JUST olive oil, salt and pepper. Don't be afraid to add it or your chard to any of your potato casseroles for an infusion of flavor and nutrition. One serving of this beautiful kale offers almost 700% of our daily recommended value of Vitamin K, a vitamin that is becoming more important in the absorption of calcium and other key health initiatives. It also offers over 200% of our Vitamin A and over 100% of our Vitamin C requirements. Make kale into Cabbage, Carrot and Purple Kale Latkes for a delicious snack, side dish or meal. Here are more recipes for kale in 10 Delicious Ways to Serve Curly Kale

Rainbow Chard - For the ultimate super healthy, super delicious, super easy meal, try One Pot Mushroom and Swiss Chard Pasta recipe. If sautéing on the stove top, remember to remove the leaves from stems, dice the stems and sauté them as you would chopped onions before adding the chard and a splash of water, salt and pepper. Cook till chard leaves are tender. We also chop it all - leaves and stems and coat with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper with a squeeze of lemon or sprinkle of white or red balsamic vinegar to make a raw salad. Chard combines well with cabbage and kale for a big crowd. 

Multiplier Onion - These onions will be amazing in beef stew using your Beef Chuck Steak (below). Unlike the light Spring Onions you've been receiving in your CSA share, these perennial Multiplier Onions produce a strong, rich onion flavor that is delicious when cooked or roasted. Multiplier Onions are also perfect for storage. Keep your bulbs somewhere dry and warm for a few days. Laying out in the sun works, as long as the weather is dry and not humid. This helps to dry the outer layers of skin on the bulbs, and they will store much longer. A cool and dark location is best to store your onions after they dry, and they should last for months. Don’t keep them in a closed container or they will certainly get moldy. They are perfect for Caramelized Onions or our favorite, the super easy: Roasted Onions

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Beef Chuck Roast - Most of the great slow-cooker recipes use chuck roast and these are especially beautiful and healthy. A summer favorite: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos. Or, Slow Cooker Barbecued Beef Sandwiches. Or the super easy and delicious with your onion and potatoes: Perfect Pot Roast

Cube Steak - Commonly known as "chicken fried steak", this meat has been cubed to aid in tenderness. Try Cube Steak with Mushroom and Sherry Sauce. Or the ridiculously indulging but not very healthy Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Pork Sausage - featuring Hot seasoning, this sausage is great in breakfast patties or to season dishes such as stuffed cabbage or quiche or even spaghetti. This would be a good week for Potato Sausage Casserole, or just Best Biscuits with Sausage. Or, Whole Grain Stuffed Cabbage. You can use rice instead of bugler if you prefer. 

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Enjoy!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 6/1/2017 5:31am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members,

We have a lot of meat to sell between now and fall, so I'm hoping you can help. The American Livestock Conservancy, which works hard to save over 250 American livestock breeds from going extinct depends upon small farms like ours to raise, nurture and develop markets for these beautiful animals. They make a strong case that if small farms do not find people who want to eat these breeds, they will go extinct (clearly, we can't keep a livestock breed alive as pets), compromising genetic diversity. You see, the problem is that the big commercial producers of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken, have chosen just a few breeds that grow fast and big. When business requires biggest the biggest and fastest, by definition that means one or two, not hundreds of breeds. Here are some statistics: 

100 YEARS OF AGRICULTURAL CHANGE: SOME TRENDS AND FIGURES RELATED TO AGROBIODIVERSITY Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1999

* Since the 1900s, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties.

* 30 percent of livestock breeds are at risk of extinction; six breeds are lost each month.

* Today, 75 percent of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and five animal species.

* Of the 4 percent of the 250 000 to 300 000 known edible plant species, only 150 to 200 are used by humans. Only three - rice, maize and wheat - contribute nearly 60 percent of calories and proteins obtained by humans from plants.

* Animals provide some 30 percent of human requirements for food and agriculture and 12 percent of the world’s population live almost entirely on products from ruminants.

At Waverly Farms, we love raising these beautiful heritage breeds and ask that if you know people who want well-raised, grass-fed, Certified Organically-supplemented, Animal Welfare Approved lamb, pork or beef, please ask them to Contact Us us. We sell it all by the cut, quarter, half, side or whole, custom butchered or live. Thank you! 

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This week's share is for Weekly Members only... bi-weekly members will receive shares again next week.

This week's share is a doozy, weighing in at about seven pounds! Four pounds of that are fresh, delicious, earthy potatoes. About 1 in 10 have a black spot in the center from all the rain we've had, which is why we are sending you more than we might otherwise.

Potatoes - Turns out that if you remove the grease and fat from french fries and chips (the way most americans eat potatoes), potatoes are actually a very healthy food. One cup of potato provides more than one third of your daily requirement of Vitamin B6 and one quarter of your daily requirement of potassium. Potatoes also provide significant amounts of copper, manganese, phosphorous, fiber, Vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid. Together, these nutrients protect your heart, prevent cancer, build muscle and brain cells, and nourish your body. 

Potatoes can be boiled, roasted, braised and even sautéed. One of my favorite ways to cook potato is to slice it into thin wafers (about 1/4") and cook it in a thin layer of water after sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil, and before adding cooking greens such as the collards, chard or kale in your share this week (see Collard Greens for more detailed instructions). The potato adds a richness and creaminess to the greens that is both comforting and delicious. With a little salt and pepper to taste, I don't really need butter, feta cheese or other garnishment, but it certainly is good when I want to splurge (or inspire kids to eat veggies).  

Here are some easy, quick, delicious recipes using potatoes and other good food in your share this week:

  • Super Energy Kale Soup - uses your onion, potatoes and kale. I'd add the cabbage and chard leaves, too, and another 2 potatoes, keeping the broth the same and seasoning to taste. Before the healthy additions, this one recipe provides 508% of your daily requirement for Vitamin K, 150% of Vitamin A, and 100% of Vitamin C, along with a whole host of other nutrition including calcium, protein, folate and more. Have this every day for lunch!
  • Smashed Potatoes with Garlic - uses your potatoes (I sure wish we had garlic for you this week... soon!). Dice and sauté onion tops (the green) for a delicious garnish to this dish. This recipe is the ultimate comfort food and will be great next to your pork chops and sautéed Rainbow Chard.
  • Baked Potato with Rosemary and Mushroom Sauce - uses your onions and potatoes. Take nutrition to a very high level by adding mushrooms and in one serving you'll receive over 60% of your daily copper and Vitamin C requirements and one third of your Vitamin B6, manganese and potassium requirements! These baked potatoes may cook faster than the recipe says, so check them in 35 minutes and again at 45 minutes. 

Spring Onion - Use as you would any onion and chives. Stuart made an omelette using our free-ranged, Certified Organically-fed eggs, chopped Spring Onion, chopped celery and Salanova Salad greens. Use these instructions for The Everything Omelette, but replace all of the ingredients with things in your CSA share this week. Delicious, high protein, will sustain you for most of the day without that sugar high so typical of breakfast foods. 

Collard Greens - Paula Deen offers the best recipe for Collard Greens, but it requires smoked meat - turkey and pork are best. For a simpler dish, sauté chopped onions in olive oil and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon or more of minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup water and one thinly sliced potato with skin on. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook potato in onion, garlic and water until tender, about 5 minutes (because you sliced them into thin rounds), then add greens, cover and cook until desired doneness. Top with feta cheese. You can, of course, add bacon, turkey or pork at anytime and even use pork fat rather than olive oil, if you like those flavors.  

Rainbow Chard - This healthy, sweet green is terrific sautéed or made into a salad. Try Apple-Walnut Rainbow Chard Salad, or the ever delicious Swiss Chard and Herb Tart, which includes a simple recipe for crust.

Kale - This superfood can be a bit tough, so most kale lovers extract ALL of its nutrition in a smoothie. Here are 10 Tasty Kale Smoothies that will start your day off with a boost! A tip to remember is that you can wash and prep the kale in advance and put it in the freezer. Freezing kale tenderizes it and adds frost to your smoothie.  Also see the Super Energy Kale Soup recipe above.

Cabbage - Well..... now that we have potatoes, how can you resist not combining cabbage and potatoes in Smashed Potatoes with Cabbage. We roasted Cabbage and Potatoes together and that was terrific, too. Use your Spring Onion instead of Leeks in this recipe for Roasted Potatoes, Leaks and Cabbage. If you don't have a jelly roll pan, you can use a cookie sheet or roasting pan. I line them with parchment paper for easy clean-up. This is a great dish next to London Broil or any steak.

Salanova - Cook this in The Everything Omelette (see Spring Onion above), or make your favorite salad. This is a VERY special lettuce that you will absolutely love. Fruits, nuts and feta cheese are my favorites in salad. With or without chicken, this Classic Waldorf salad using Salanova lettuce will make a great meal or side dish, and is especially welcomed at picnics and other gatherings.  

Ovation Mix - This is a spicy salad mix that includes red mustard greens, mizuna, tatsoi, kale, and arugula. I always want to put sweet pears, toasted walnuts and feta cheese to balance this spicy mixture. Here are some Ovation Mix Dressings that you'll love. 

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Pork Chops - The butcher misread my instructions and cut the pork chops thin instead of the 1-1/4" that I requested. Many people love thin pork chops and I guess we will, too. Cooking pork chops is tricky, so maybe thin is better for now. For perfect pork chops, brine them, sear them and cook them slowly in the oven as in this recipe for How to Cook Tender, Juicy Pork Chops Every Time. For more information about common mistakes to avoid, I love this short primer from Bon Apetit: How to Cook Pork Chops that Will Rival any Restaurant's. Please let the pork chops come to room temperature before cooking and don't skip the brining step. These are easy things that make a huge difference!

London Broil - This top round is a wonderful cut of meat, especially on the grill but also in the oven. It is lean, packed with flavor, and so delicious when cooked well and sliced thinly, agains the grain. For starters, thaw this in your refrigerator for 5 days to help it age even more and relax. Take it out of the cold several hours before cooking so that it cooks through evenly. Here is a very nice recipe for marinading and cooking Grass-fed London Broil. For cooking in the oven or grill, try Chelsea Green's Perfect Tender Grass-fed Steak

Enjoy!

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, garden manager
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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Posted 5/25/2017 9:26am by Patti Rosenberg.

Waverly Farms, LC

Dear Members, 

We hope you are enjoying your farm fresh food and can't thank you enough for supporting our farming efforts and rural jobs! The weather has been great for summer planting and terrible for Spring harvest, but we have carrots and cabbage as new additions this week, and peeked at our potatoes which are ready for a first harvest as soon as the ground dries out a bit.


Memorial Day BBQ

Everything in your share can be used to create a fun and delicious Memorial Day BBQ. Here are our recommendations for recipes that will please a crowd: 


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Spring Onion - As beautiful and fragrant as ever, we will be grilling these this weekend using this super easy and delicious How to Grill Spring Onions recipe. All you really need is olive oil, salt and pepper, although a squeeze of lemon is a nice touch at the end. If you're not up for grilling, they are just as good roasted in the oven, as in Roasted Spring Vegetables. Grilling and roasting make onions sweeter and somewhat creamy. Of course, you can always chop them into vegetable stir fry or make them into a lovely make-ahead Spring Onion and Cabbage Quiche. Don't let the crust and fancy pan scare you away. You can always use a store-bought crust in a disposable metal pie pan. The trick with quiche is to make sure the filling evaporates and is not too wet, so make this in advance and follow directions and notes carefully. 

Carrots - These are not the prettiest carrots, but they are good and super healthy with an essential dose of natural Vitamin A. Try them roasted with Spring Onion (see above) or with Cabbage (see below). You can also just put them all on a pan together and have roasted Spring Onion, Cabbage and Carrots

Cabbage - We've had perfect weather for cabbage and it's great anyway you cook it. Some members put cabbage in all of their greens to sweeten them and make them more enticing for children. So, add them to your Collards, Kale and Rainbow Chard stir-fry. Or, for your Memorial Day BBQ, try Grilled Cabbage or Grilled Cabbage with Bacon. They are both terrific! Nor grilling? Roast cabbage in the oven or try Silky Delicious Roast Cabbage and Carrots. And, of course, there is our favorite Easy Coleslaw Dressing. Coleslaw is great beside or on your hamburgers (see Dallas Burger below).

Collard Greens - Fresh collard greens cooked with onion, garlic, chile pepper flakes, bacon fat, and dark sesame oil make the perfect dish in this easy Collard Greens Recipe. Be sure to remove the leaves and discard the tough stems!  You can also add the Rainbow Chard and/or Curly Kale to this collard greens recipe for a bigger and very delicious dish. We've gotten into the habit of sprinkling most of our sautéed vegetables with feta cheese at the table and it's delicious! Some prefer crumbled bacon on top. The really fun people top with both feta and crumbled bacon. 

Rainbow Chard - When cooking Rainbow Chard, remove the colorful stems, chop them separately and cook them with chopped onion for a few minutes (until tender) before adding the chard leaves. An easy dinner, lunch or breakfast would be Swiss Chard and Onion Frittata or Eggs Nested in Sautéed  Chard and Mushrooms. This recipe is terrific with or without the eggs!

Curly Purple and Green Kale - Kale is special. It's kind of hard to cook, actually. But this curly kale tender and perfect for roasting in the oven, as in Roasted Kale or sautéed Sautéed Kale.  In case you're up for a lot of fun this holiday weekend, this is the best Kale Chips recipe. 

Salanova with Red Sails Lettuce Mix - Salanova Lettuce is kind of the rage in the farming community because its so pretty! Let us know what you think. Here is an easy Salanova Salad Recipe. Since you probably don't have pumpkin, you can use nuts and dried fruit or roasted sweet potato or butternut squash. Or try the fruity Holiday Lettuce Salad. These lettuces are so pretty and delicious that they will go well in any of your favorite salads or sandwiches, or as a lovely base for quiche and frittatas. 


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Continuing with the Memorial Day grilling theme, we've included Pork Bratwurst Links, Hamburger and Beef Ribs in your protein share. All will do great on the grill, but in case you've chosen to cook inside, we've included recipes for kitchen as well. 

Pork Bratwurst Links (Brats) - See How to Grill Brats to the Perfect Temperature. With or without a bun, Brats are terrific with grainy mustard and sauerkraut or grilled pepper and onions as in Grilled Bratwurst. For non-grillers, you can cook Brats in the kitchen as in Bratwurst Supper Recipe. Or, just simply pan fry them until cooked well, serve with mustard and your favorite sautéed greens and roasted vegetables on the side. Or, put the Brats in your sautéed vegetables. Brats make everything better.  

Hamburger - A favorite is the Dallas Burger, which involves bbq sauce, coleslaw and pickles! For even more flavor, dissect your Brats, discard the skin and combine the ground pork and ground beef before you make your hamburger patties. Not grilling? Try our other favorite dinner: Hamburger Steak with Onion Gravy.

Beef Ribs - On the grill we recommend Mike Mill's Beef Ribs Recipe.  In the slow cooker it's Dark Beer and Black Pepper Braised Short Ribs, or the more common and equally good (maybe better) Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs which works well with your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce. 


Habe a Happy and Safe Memorial Day! 

Patti

Stuart and Patti Rosenberg, owners
Wade Bagley, gardener
Waverly Farms, LC
2345 Lewiston Plank Rd.
Burkeville, VA 23922
www.waverlyfarmsvirginia.com
214-914-0323 (Patti's cell)
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