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Farm Share Member Event
This Week's Vegetable Harvest:
  • Gem Lettuces
  • Salad Mix
  • Fresh Cilantro or Dill
  • Italian Frying Peppers
  • Colorful Bell Pepper
  • Red Beets with greens
  • Cucumbers - the last!
  • Green Beans
  • Garlic
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

This Week's Fruit Harvest:
  • Red Raspberries
  • 'Dandee Red' Apples
  • 'Madison' Golden Peaches
  • 'Thomcord' Seedless Grapes
THIS SATURDAY CSA Farm Share Member Event, Rain or Shine!

When: Saturday, September 10th, 9am-12pm, Rain or Shine
Where: Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Road in Grayslake. Directional details on our website. Parking signs will be posted. 
Who: All 2022 Farm Share members and guests are welcome.
What to Bring: Please wear sturdy walking shoes and a raincoat if sprinkling. We also encourage bug repellant. 

Activities available:
  • U-Pick. We will offer family-friendly u-pick vegetables:
    • Green Beans
    • Beets
    • Carrots
    • Swiss Chard
  • Farm Tour. Farmer Jeff will lead a walking tour at 10am to 11am.
  • Farm Stand. The farm stand will be open and available for shopping.
  • Refreshments. We will offer light refreshments.
  • Open House. We welcome you to visit the animals (small flock and goat, Twix), play yard games, or take a peaceful stroll.
RSVP: Please RSVP to give us a sense of the guests to expect. We look forward to seeing you!
Bulk Tomato Cases Available for Preserving and Enjoying! 

We are selling bulk quantities of our certified organic tomatoes for eating and canning. The prices are as follows: 
  • 20 lb Beefsteak Tomato Cases are $50.
  • 20 lb Heirloom Tomato Cases are $72.
  • 20 lb Paste Tomato Cases - $52.
  • New! 20lb Mixed 'Seconds' Cases - $42 - These imperfect tomatoes will need to be processed quickly as the tomatoes will not hold. Despite their imperfections, these tomatoes are delicious! 
To place a reservation for tomato case(s), please fill out the following form. You are welcome to submit multiple orders.

On the week of your delivery/pickup, we will send a confirmation reminder email to you. We are unable to provide replacement tomatoes if your case is not picked up. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!
Reserve Your Local, Pastured-Raised Thanksgiving Turkey 

Reserve a local, pasture-raised, organically-fed heritage turkey for Thanksgiving dinner from our friends at All Grass Farms.

Farmer Cliff raises Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys which are moved to pasture at 3 weeks of age.  They are free-range in and around portable shelters with their shelters being moved daily.  They are fed certified organic, non-GMO feed mixture from day one with no antibiotics or growth hormones.  They are processed at 17-19 weeks for maximum flavor and they are humanely processed at local, family-owned USDA-inspected facility.

Weights range from 12-25 lbs. We will do everything we can to provide you with a turkey in your desired weight range. Turkeys are frozen and packaged in a vacuum-sealed bag. Heart, liver, neck, and gizzard included inside each turkey.

Reservation: $35 deposit per turkey due at time of order.
Final Price: You will be invoiced with your total at $7.50/lb (less your deposit) due upon pickup.

Turkeys will be available for pickup from the Grayslake farm on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from 7am to 7pm. 

Place your reservation here. Thank you for supporting local farmers!
Farm Journal
Hello to you, from your farm!
This weekend, our family was invited to join the family birthday celebration for one of our crew members. The festive celebration was filled with getting to know each other better, sharing stories in both Spanish and English, laughter, and plenty of food.

One family member asked why we decided to work on the Labor Day holiday. Jeff answered as he often does, "Unfortunately, our plants and animals don't celebrate the holiday!" The party continued a bit longer until all agreed it was time for farmers to sleep, so we could begin the harvest again on Monday. 

Our sincere thanks go to our team who labored with us this Labor Day, and every day, to grow food and care for our animals. We look forward to sharing the fruits of this labor with you in this week's share and on Saturday at the Farm Share Member event. See you there!

~ Jeff, Jen, Owen, Gavin, Arlet, Cleto, David, Yamany
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
We grow two types of sweet peppers and the difference between these two peppers is slight: bell peppers tend to have thicker, walls containing more water while Italian sweet frying peppers have thinner and skins, allowing them to cook more quickly, and are deliciously sweet when cooked. This week, members will receive both. Peppers are best stored in the crisper drawer where the temperature is a bit warmer than the back or shelves of the fridge (peppers like 50 degrees).

This week's apple variety is Dandee Red which is firm, crisp and tart somewhat similar to a MacIntosh. They are great eaten raw for a snack, delicious in salads and slaws, and equally as good baked.

The grape variety is a seedless grape called Thomcord. Thomcord grapes have large clusters of medium-sized berries, but unlike Concord, it has adherent skin. The aromatic Labrusca flavor is similar to that of Concord but mellower. It is worth noting that some seedless grapes may contain a small, soft seed.

Seasonal Recipes in the Farm Kitchen

Sesame Soy Green Beans and Peppers

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

15 Fresh Beet Recipes

Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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