Wednesday, May 28, 2014

An Invitation to Visit The Farm Day

We are happy to let everyone know that we are having Cedarmore’s  "Visit the Farm Day" on Sat. June 28th. You are all welcome to come. Highland Haven Farm (Lizzie's brother's farm) will also have "Visit the Farm" on the same day. Highland Haven is the farm that has the dairy products, meat chickens and turkeys. They are about 1/2 mile down the road from us.  You are all welcome to attend.

We will meet at Highland Haven farm at 11:30am and have a potluck lunch at 12:00 noon. They will be providing steak burgers and lemonade. If you would like to eat lunch at Highland Haven Farm we ask that you bring along a dish of some sort. It could be a desert or some other side dish. Also please bring tableware for your family and folding chairs. They are not sure they have enough seating.  At 1:00 pm. at Highland Haven we will have guest speaker Dr. Renee Norton speaking on nutrition. If you are planning on attending Highland Haven’s potluck lunch please RSVP at

If you would rather wait and just come to Cedarmore  at 2:00 pm that’s fine too. We will be touring Cedarmore Farm from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. We will be showing you around the farm, answering questions and giving buggy and wagon rides. We hope to see you on Saturday June 28th here at the farm!

Yummy Surprise

Strawberry Season has arrived!  And according to Andy, it looks like a descent crop...even if they are running a little later this season.  Keep your fingers crossed for the weather to stay  warm so the produce will pick up.  If so maybe we will be getting two quarts in our boxes next week.  Zucchini is starting well.  If you didn't get any in your box this week, you will next week.  This year Cedarmore is trying their green thumbs on peas.  In the next few weeks we should be getting some of those.  These are the kind of peas that you can eat the entire pea...pod and all or shell them and just eat the peas.  We grow them in our garden and they are beyond delicious...and I don't even like peas!

IMPORTANT INFO TO SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS...Summer and Fall Shares are available.  Summer Shares start the second week in July and run for 12 weeks.  They are available for $180.00.  Fall Shares ($170.00) start the first week of October and run for 10 weeks.  Check the blog about last years boxes and recipes.  You can search by month and year. (June 2013)

Just a reminder to please return you empty boxes, jars and egg cartons to your pick up location.  Just leave your empty box when you pick up you full box.

Recipe Of The Week: Strawberry Pizza

Strawberry Pizza
3/4 cup of softened butter
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/1/2 cups of flour
8 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of whipping cream
4 cups of sliced strawberries
1/2 cup of pineapple or orange juice
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
1 teaspoon on lemon juice
Cream butter and powdered sugar.  Mix in flour and then press into a greased 12 inch pizza pan.  Bake at 300 degrees for 25-28 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool.  Mix cream cheese and next powdered sugar.  Whip the whipping cream and fold it into the cream cheese mixture.  Spread on to crust.  Arrange berries on top.  Bring remaining ingredients to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.  Cool slightly, then drizzle over berries.  Chill at least an hour before serving.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Weather Needs To Cooperate

I just know how Andy must feel about this box.  The weather is not helping the CSA so far this year.  With the cooler and wetter weather, everything has slowed down.  There was lettuce in the fields that he had planned to fill our boxes with but because of the cold weather it just wasn't ready to pick.  We got just a little this week.  Hopefully next week the weather will warm up and the plants will get some energy.  I've checked the weather and it is supposed to be warmer in the upper 70's the rest of this week.  This week we have a loaf of bread that was made by the Yoder girls.  It looks really yummy.
If the weather cooperates then we should be seeing more produce like zucchini and strawberries very soon.

Week Two

The crops are still coming in slow.  It might be another week or two before things really start to pick up.  Please be understanding and patient.  Andy and Lizzie would love to be able to fill each of our boxes to overflowing each week.  But since we had a night that was 17 degrees they lost some plants that were already in the field.  The cabbage and broccoli were the most effected.  Fortunately all the tomatoes, peppers, squash, and zucchini plants were still in the heated greenhouse.

This week as a filler we are getting some organic puffed spelt from the same farm the corn comes from.  We also got a jar of tomato chunks.  Hopefully the yield will increase in the coming weeks.

Last Fridays deliveries were about 4 hours behind schedule because the van broke down.  Andy is thankful that the CSA members receiving boxes that day were very understanding.  It is definitely a process.  You may not realize that Rue does all communications between the Amish and the English for the CSA.  Because Andy and Lizzie have no access to a phone or computer. All email are printed at Rue's house, driven down the lane to the farm and Andy answers them there.  Rue returns home and forwards the answers to the English asking the questions.

Because this is such an ordeal and Rue knows most of the answers to the questions...Rue will be answering the questions.  They will be signed 'Cedarmore Farm'.  That way there is less headaches for Rue, Andy won't have to come out of the field to talk to Rue, and hopefully things will go more smoothly.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recipe Of The Week: Quick Asparagus Stir Fry

Quick Asparagus Stir Fry
1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil
3 cups of asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup of chicken broth or water
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
soy sauce
Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet.  Add asparagus.  Stir fry for one minute.  Add chicken broth.  Cover and lower temperature and cook until tender, 3-5 minutes.  Season with salt, pepper, and soy sauce.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Recipe Share: Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch

Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch 
shared by Angela Padial
1 cup of white sugar
3 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
3 cups of sliced strawberries
3 cups of diced rhubarb
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of packed sugar
1 cup of butter
1 cup of rolled oats
Heat over to 375 degrees.  Mix sugar, 3 Tablespoons of flour with strawberries and rhubarb.  Place in 9x13 baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour , brown sugar, butter and oats until crumbly.  Spread this mixture over strawberry and rhubarb mixture.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is light brown and crispy.
And I got the skinny...from her husband no less...this is AWESOME!!!!

A Little Late In Posting

I apologize for the late start but I have had several bad viruses on my computer and a friend has been working to clean it up for the last week.  I'm a day late and a dollar short this week.  So sorry.

This is the seventh year that Cedarmore Farm has been supplying us with good nutritious organic fruits and vegetables through the CSA.
 This is what 'my people' find at the top of my driveway so they don't have to try to figure out where to go.

 I try really hard to make things easy for everyone.  Sometimes there is a mix up in the boxes so I put ours in ABC order.  I guess it might by my OCD or maybe all those years teaching preschool.

Everything has a place on the porch.

 Please remember to return your boxes and break them down so it will be easier for the driver ( and his crew) to transport the boxes back to the farm.

Egg cartons and those little green paper baskets need to be recycled back to the far also.

Monday, May 5, 2014

First Box Of The Season Arrives This Week!

I am so excited that I will probably be waiting on the porch for the drivers to drop off the boxes.  I know that Andy and Lizzie are always concerned about the contents of the first few boxes.  So this week we get an extra little treat...a small jar of maple syrup that is harvested and cooked on the farm.  It is a unique process.  If you search the blog you will be able to read about the process..  If you haven't tried it yet you are missing out on a really sweet little treat.  We love it in our house.  So much so I have to sort of hide it so it will last longer.  And there will be some organic puffed corn as another little added bonus.  I never had it but I am up for the challenge. The puffed corn is grown and processes by Monroe Stutzman on his farm in Holmes County, Ohio.  The Andy's eat it just as you would any other cereal.  But they  use a little maple syrup as sweetener.
Andy and Lizzie and their helpers do everything that they can to grow enough produce for the start of the CSA but with the colder days that we had, the produced slowed when growing.  Once the warm weather sets in our boxes will be hard to close.  So enjoy the little extras this week.

Lizzie usually attaches a recipe with each newsletter.  But I am guessing that with four little ones and the new CSA starting this week, she simply ran out of time.  I am sure there will be something next week.  If you should have a recipe that you would like to share, that would be great.  Just email it to me ( and I will pass it along the next week.
Thanks for joining us and enjoy the boxes!

-----The shipment of puffed corn did not arrive in tome to get in this weeks box.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Just A Few Reminders Before The Season Begins

We wanted to let you know that your first pickup of the 2014 Spring CSA season will be on Tuesday May 6th.

 Below is some information about how the pickups work.

If you are going to be out of town and are unable to pick up your box on a certain pick-up date, you can notify us ahead of time. We will skip your share that week and double your share the following week. You are allowed to do this up to three times during the 2014 season.

  If you have something come up at the last minute and can not pick up your share at the scheduled time please notify us and we will contact the pickup location and do our best to arrange a time that you can pick it up. We want to do everything that we can to insure that everyone gets their produce, eggs and canned or baked goods.

You can order extra items from the baked and canned goods sheet by e-mail before your pickup. We do need 3 days notice on baked goods though. We will send you an invoice at the end of the month for any extra items you have ordered. Please pay for these by mailing us a check. Please do not leave payment at the pick up location or in the empty box you are returning.

  We do want everyone to know that members are welcome to come out and visit the farm. Just let us know when you would like to come out and we will set up a time with you.

  When you go to your pick-up location to pick up your CSA box, eggs or whatever else you have to pick up, please take time to be sure to pick up your stuff and leave the other people's stuff there. This can cause a lot of confusion and problems if you pick up the wrong stuff. If you are having someone else pick up your share please make sure and let them know that your name will be on the produce box. Eggs should be in a box or crate and there should be a sheet of paper on or by it with your name and how many dozen are yours. All of the pickup locations except for Peebles and Kenwood are members’ homes and the boxes are usually located on the porch. We do ask that you please keep things as neat as possible.

  We do ask that you bring back your empty box from the previous week and flatten it and stack it neatly. It will help us out if you return empty egg cartons and berry boxes also. Besides helping keep our costs down, returning containers for reuse helps lessen the impact on the environment as well.

  If you have any questions please let us know.

     Thank You!