Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Drop Off Location

John, who will be our new go to guy for the CSA, (He is actually Andy's brother-in-law and he and his wife will be taking over the CSA), wants me to make sure that you all know that Cedarmore Farm CSA is now delivering to the Dayton, Ohio area as well as Cincinnati.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Not A Banner Day For Me

Today is the last Tuesday CSA delivery for the season.  Because of conditions out of Andy's control the boxes are 'rather scanty' Andy's words!  Love that!  He always apologizes when the boxes are not up to his high standard.  He only wants a good quality and a good quantity in our boxes.  Like he ways 'you can't control the weather' he sends the best of what he has.  Sometimes even dipping into the things that they have stored and put away for the winter.

He feels with everything that has happened this years things have gone well.  With he cooler summer is was hard to grow plants that are heat loving like sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes and melons.  There was plenty f moisture and some plants grew exceptionally well.  One crop was potatoes.  /they had a bumper crop of potatoes for sure.  I know that I can't use them fast enough.  But they will be good for the winter when I need to make some potato soup.

Here's the part of the newsletter that got to me.  I know it is coming but I till am having a hard time with it...As we all know Andy and Lizzie will not be running the CSA next year.  They are turning things over to John and Anna Zook (Andy's sister and husband).  I know they have mixes feeling about the move and they are sad.  But on the other hand it will be a good move for the family.  He hates that he has to say good bye to all of us (and I dislike it VERY strongly).  It is their hope that we will continue to support the CSA and John and Anna..  Andy promises that they will return to the area for visits during the coming year because they still have friends and family here.  They will be glad to be able to visit with other families in the community also.

They look forward to their MO adventures and I will look forward to their visits.  And I'm already planning to make a trip or two westward to visit with them.  I'm truly going to miss them all.  They are my little Amish family.  Cedarmore Farm is still going to be one of my happy places. 

Now to go and meet John, Anna, their right kids, and the new place for the CSA.  I'll be blogging soon.

Recipe Of The Week: Potato Egg Casserole

Potato Egg Casserole

1/4 pound of bacon
1/4 cup of fine dry bread crumbs
6 medium potatoes, cooked and peeled
6 sliced hard boiled eggs
2 Tablespoons of minced chives
1/2 teaspoon of slat
1/8 teaspoon on pepper
8 ounces of sour cream
1/2 cup of milk
1 Tablespoon of flour

Fry bacon in a skillet.  Remove bacon and drain off all but 1 Tablespoon of the drippings.  Saute bread crumbs in the drippings in the skillet until brown.  Slice the potatoes.  Crumble the bacon.  Arrange half of the potatoes in a buttered, shallow, 2 quart baking dish.  Spread the egg slices, bacon crumbles, and chives over the top.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with the remaining potato slices.  Combine sour cream, milk and flour.  Mix well and pour over the potatoes.  Sprinkle with the crumbs.  bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Join Our CSA

Eat Better:  Join Our CSA Produce Club
Get fresh picked,  locally grown vegetables each week, all season long
Feed your family healthy, seasonal fruits and vegetables
All our produce is grown locally in Highland county
We farm using only organic methods.  No chemical pesticides or fertilizers!

Crops Planned For The 2015 Season
Spring:  beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, radishes, salad greens, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes and zucchini
Summer:  blackberries, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, green beans, onions, peppers, potatoes, red beets, sweet corn, tomatoes
Fall:  broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, radishes. carrots, squash (sweet dumpling, acorn, butternut), garlic, potatoes, red beets, kale, Chinese cabbage, sweet potatoes

For 2015, we are pleased to offer these CSA share options:

Free delivery to all locations including many locations in the Greater Cincinnati area, with two locations in Kentucky.  There are also Dayton area and Highland County locations to choose from.  (Your share will be in a produce box with your name on it at the Pick-Up location that you choose.)
Two Fresh Egg Share:  are available for you to choose from for you to receive pasture range eggs
Weekly Canned Goods Share:  adds a surprise jar to your produce box.
Weekly Baked Goods Share: adds a fresh baked surprise to each box.

Weekly Bread Share:  adds a loaf every week to your produce share choice.
We will take orders throughout the season for fresh baked pies, cinnamon rolls, breads, cookies and bars, as well as home canned goods and maple syrup, eggs, and bar soap. 
All extra items ordered can be picked up with your weekly produce share.  You will be billed at the end of the month.
Free delivery is included to many Greater Cincinnati pick up locations.  Your share will be in a produce box labeled with your name at the pick up location of your choice.
We continue to offer the option to pay your full amount due when you sign up, or to pay 50% up front and the balance by July 1, 2015.
Other Great Items That Are Available To Order

Baked Goods
(Preorders only...please order three days before pick up day)
Breads:  zucchini, banana, or wheat bread  $4.00 per loaf
Rolls:  cinnamon  $5.00 per tray
Pies:  cherry, blackberry, raspberry, pecan nut, apple  $6.00
Bars:  three layer snack, peanut butter, pumpkin with frosting and nuts pumpkin with chocolate chips or granola bars  $4.00 per tray
Cookies: monster, chocolate chip, pumpkin, chocolate no-bake, buttermilk, raisin oatmeal  $4.00 per dozen

Canned Fruit Products
red raspberry jam  $4.50 a pint or $2.75 a 1/2 pint
strawberry or blackberry jam  $4.00 a pint or $2.50 a 1/2 pint
pear or peach butter  $4.00 a pint or $2.50 a 1/2 pint

Canned Vegetable Products
(pint jars for $3.50each)
pickled beets
pickled sweet peppers
mustard pickles
dill pickles
bread & butter pickles
sweet pepper butter
hot pepper butter
tomato juice
tomato chunks
pizza sauce

Maple Syrup
(from trees on the farm)
one gallon  $45.00
half gallon  $25.00
one quart  $14.00
one pint  $8.00
half pint  $5.00

Pasture Range Eggs
$3.50 per dozen

Homemade Bar Soap
$3.00 a bar
Lilly of the Valley
cucumber melon
lemon grass
love spell

**availability is not guaranteed and the prices subject to change.

Send orders to


Information About CSA 2015

Sign-up have been emailed out to current CSA members and now they are available for others reading on the Internet.  Please note that next season there will be a few changes in the drop-off locations and length of the shares.  A few prices have even changed.  Most mportantly the address of the farm will change with the new season.

If you would like to know more about the CSA and Cedarmore Farm please feel free to send an email to and Rue will get you in touch with John and Anna Zook, Andy's sister and her husband, who will be taking over the CSA when the Andy's move to MO in Janurary. (read about the move here)

Sign-ups for 2015

Cedarmore Farm 2015 Sign-Up Sheet

Name __________________________________________________  Phone ___________________
Address __________________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip _____________________________________________________________________
Email ____________________________________________________________________________
1.  Choose Your Shares  Free Delivery to the pick up location of your choice!
           All Season Share  sign-up by April 1st to get a produce box delivered weekly for 30 weeks   
               week of May 19 - week of December 19
        $480 x __________ (number of shares) = $ __________
Spring Share  sign-up by April 1st to get produce box delivered per week for 8 weeks
week of May19 - week of July 7
$152 x __________ (number of shares) = $ __________
Summer Share  sign-up by April 1st and get a produce box delivered per week for 12 weeks
week of July 14 - September 29
$180 x __________ (number of shares) = $ __________
Fall Share  sign-up by May 1st and get a produce box delivered per week for 10 weeks
October 6 - December 11
$170 x __________(number of shares) = $__________
Weekly Egg Share lets you add a dozen pasture range eggs with your produce box
(number of weeks in your share choice from above)
__________ x $3.50 per dozen =  $__________
Bi-weekly Egg Share  one dozen pasture range eggs every other week in your share from above
(half the # of weeks in your share from above)
__________ x $3.50 per dozen =$__________
Canned Good Share  one surprise jar in your share from above! 
possibilities are ketchup, tomato juice, tomato chunks, pizza sauce, pickled beets, sweet peppers, sweet or hot pepper butter, bread & butter, dill, or mustard pickles, strawberry, blackberry or red raspberry jam, peach or pear butter and more
(number of weeks in your share choice from above)
__________ x $4.00 per week = $__________
Weekly Baked Good Share  get one surprise each week with your share from above
possibilities include pies (cherry, blueberry, blackberry, pecan nut or apple), cookies )monster, chocolate chip, pumpkin, chocolate no=bake, buttermilk or raisin oatmeal), bars (three-layer snack bars, peanut butter, pumpkin with frosting & nuts, pumpkin with chocolate chips or granola bars), cinnamon rolls, zucchini bread, banana bread or wheat bread
(number of weeks in your share from above)
__________ x $5.00 per week = $ __________

Weekly Bread Share  get one loaf delivered each week with your share from above.
(number of weeks in you share choice above)
__________ x $4.00 per week =$__________
                                                                                                    TOTAL from above __________
2.  Choose Your Pick-Up Location Get boxes labeled with your name from...
  • Cedarmore Farm:   10148 Pigeon Roost Rd, Hillsboro, on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Anderson:   1980 Gainsborough Lane, Cincinnati on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Clarksville:  3668 Nicholson Road,  on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm 
  • Eastgate:  4873 Beechwood Rd., Cincinnati on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Hamilton:  914 Richwood Avenue, Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm
  • Hillsboro:  8586 US HWY 50, on Tuesdays 8:00-10:00pm
  • Kenwood:  7791 Montgomery Road, (Terry Byran Fitness Center) on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Lebanon:  2308 Wood Road, on Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
  • Loveland:  865 Miami Ridge Drive, on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Mason: 1029 Seneca Drive, on Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm
  • Milford:  1224 Eagle Ridge Road, on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Mt. Orab:  16844 Bodman Road, on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Wyoming:  508 Wirtz Way, on Tuesdays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Batavia:  3553 St. Rt. 222, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Beavercreek:  771 Briddlewood Street, Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Burlington:  6989 Lucia Drive, Burlington, KY, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Clifton:  17 Kessler Place, Cincinnati, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Covington:  508 Wallace Ave, Park Hills, KY, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Downtown Cincinnati:  1222 Race Street, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Norwood:  1624 Sherman Avenue on Fridays, 5:00-8:00pm
  • Oakley July 1y:  2733 Arbor Avenue, Cincinnati, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Oakwood:  2716 Arbor Ave., Cincinnati on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
  • Peebles:  33 Dodge City Drive (Bob Malcolm Chrysler), on Fridays 2:30-5:00pm
  • Westwood:  3110 Coral Park Drive, on Fridays 5:00-8:00pm
3. Choose Your Payment Option
  • Pay total now
  • Pay 50% of total now and 50% by July 1st
Make checks payable to Cedarmore Farm and mail with a copy of your sheet to:
Cedarmore Farm
10148 Pigeon Roost Road
Hillsboro, OH 45133
*For questions, comments, or extra order items send an email to:

The Season Begins To Wind Down

I've been keeping track of the weather at our house and comparing it to the weather they say that is hitting Hillsboro.  Cold, wet and more cold.  Which is good for some plants but not for others.  Andy tells me that lots of the green stuff has frozen out.  Broccoli and cauliflower are gone.  But there is still some lettuce growing in the greenhouse.  Thanks heavens the greenhouse was able to be rebuilt after the storm a few years ago.  Even the plants in the greenhouse are only producing at half.  So our boxes will have a little something extra that Andy and Lizzie will pack in which is surplus canned goods.

The pond digging project at John and Anna's farm is almost finished.  If they are adding right, it should hold about 300,000 gallons of water which is more that Cedarmore ever used in a year.  The next step will be to make sure that it seals up and holds water.  To do this the plan is to fence it off and turn in some pigs.  The pigs' job is to get in there and wallow in the mud, which seals it up.  This is something that all pigs enjoy.  They are hoping it works out well.

My kids will be excited to see a jar of strawberry jam in their stockings on Christmas morning.  The literally fight over it.  Sometimes I even find it hidden in places you would never think of.  It is some really good stuff.

Recipe of The Week: Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters

2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes
1 Tablespoon of butter
1 Tablespoon of sugar
1 cup of milk
2 eggs separated
1/2 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
oil (for deep frying)
powered sugar

Combine sweet potatoes, butter, sugar, milk, and egg yolks.  Beat until smooth.  combine flour, baking powder, and salt and add to sweet potato mixture.  Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.  Drop by the teaspoon into 350 degree oil.  Fry until brown.  Drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.