Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Week Of The Season

I am not too fond of this week...the last week of the season.  this year has gone by really fast.  I am going to miss my Tuesday deliveries and Andy's newsletters and sometime little notes from Lizzie and drawings from the kids.  Tuesday during CSA season, is always my favorite day of the week.

This completes the fifth year of the CSA.  Andy says that the first few years they had their share of up hill battles and a few bumps in the road but the last two years have gone by fairly smoothly.  A bonus is that the customer base has grown each year.  There were 215 shares this year up 65 shares from last year.  With so many other families in the community using organic growing methods Andy sees no reason that they can not keep growing.  He feels that there are enough farmers to provide 3 or 400 shares at a time.  He may have to build a larger building because that kind of growth would force them out of the basement of the house.  By expanding they would be providing a better market for more of the farmers' products and at the same time they would be able to get more people in this area of Ohio to eat more healthy.  It would be a win-win situation.  Andy feels comfortable with the client list now and plans to let the CSA grow at its own pace.

Good news for the family...On November 24 (the day before Andy's birthday) God blessed the Hershberger's with a healthy little girl they have names Lovina.  On the same day Andy's twin sister, Anna, also gave birth to a little girl they are calling Rachael.  Everyone is doing well.  I plan to visit this weekend to meet this new little one and of course play with Anna, Dennis and Moses. I am wondering how the Amish celebrate Christmas?

New about Moses...His little hands are still improving and they are hopeful that they will not have to keep them bandaged much longer.

Thank you all for joining us and supporting us this season and we hope to welcome you back for the 2013 CSA season.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Recipe Of The Week: Butternut Squash Bake

Butternut Squash Bake

1/3 cup of butter
3/4 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of evaporated milk
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
3Tablespoons of melted butter
2 eggs
3 cups of mashed butternut squash
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of flour

Combine butter and 3/4 cup of sugar.  Beat in eggs, milk, vanilla, and spice.  Stir into squash.  Pour into a buttered casserole.  Combine remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.