2016, November

Farm update – 11/6/2016

This week’s Whole Farm basket contains a 5 oz package of baby turnip greens, one pound of sweet potatoes, 4-5 bell and gypsy sweet peppers, and an herb sampler (chives, mint, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, and sage). Head over to the Currently Available page to see what else we have fresh this week.

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This was definitely the week of baby turnip greens on the farm. We planted five rows of hakurei turnips and one row each of scarlet queen and purple top turnips three weeks ago, and they were all clamoring to be thinned. After four hours of thinning, more than 13 pounds of baby turnip greens had been harvested! So get ’em while we got ’em, as these will be the last of the baby turnip greens we have.

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If you order the smaller package of turnip greens, you’ll notice that we have some new packaging starting this week. Our small-leaved greens (baby turnip greens, mesclun, lettuce, arugula, spinach) will come to you in an eco-friendly container. Flip the container over, and you’ll see “COMPOSTABLE” written on the bottom. While you can’t actually throw this in your home compost pile (they need to be processed by a commercial compost service – I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure one doesn’t exist in southwest Georgia), there are still plenty of reasons to be excited about our new packaging. Although they look like plastic, these containers are made from corn, and don’t contain any of the toxic chemicals that are often used in manufacturing traditional plastics. As an organic farm, it felt wrong to be utilizing so much disposable plastic, and this will help reduce our reliance on plastic bags. Not only are these containers made from a renewable resource, but it also takes significantly less energy (68% less) to produce them compared to plastic containers. From a practical standpoint, these containers will help keep your greens from getting crushed by the other veggies in your order. And from an economic standpoint, feel free to reuse your container by sending it back to us (clean and dry!) with your name on the label, and we will take 50 cents off the next item we deliver to you in that container.

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