*Farm and Oak Park members will receive this week. Neighborhood site members will receive another week.
This Week's Fruit Harvest:
'Loring' Golden Peaches
'Himrod' Seedless Grapes
What's New at the Prairie Wind Farm Stand
Frozen Chicken - We've always offered Jake's Country Meats whole chickens, and now we're offering half chickens, cuts (breast/wing and thigh/leg) and ground as well. Jake's specializes in raising heritage breed animals outdoors, on pasture. These pigs and chickens forage the grasslands of their family farm and are given non-gmo feed that they grind and grow themselves. Jake's Country Meats is are certified Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) and certified grass-fed yearly.
Hours: Open daily, 7am-7pm. We restock two to three times per week.
Reserve Your Local, Pastured-Raised Thanksgiving Turkey
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.
Did you know that we will lose 2.5 minutes of daylight per day over the next nine days? Wow!
Mother Nature seems to be telling us to work hard to bring in the last summer harvest. This transitional season gives us both a sense of energy from warm days and cool evenings and encourages additional rest and slowing down with the shortening of day lengths. We invite you to the farm this September to enjoy these subtle shifts in the late summer season and to pull in a harvest of your own.
In the meantime, please enjoy this week's late summer farm share from our home to yours!
As we continue to take full advantage of a bountiful peach season, this week's shares include two other stone fruit, nectarines and Italian plums. Both of these crops were impacted by last spring's cold temperatures so the Klugs had limited availability this season. We're also warmly welcoming the start of the grape season with the 'himrod' variety which features loose clusters of oval, soft, flavorful berries with a honey-like flavor and a melting, juicy texture.
Members will receive kohlrabi in shares this week. Kohlrabi is a member of the broccoli and cabbage family. Kohlrabi forms when the stem swells to a bulb right about the soil. Some varieties are purple and others are light green or white. The bulb is delicious when simply peeled and eaten raw with dip. I've also used kohlrabi as a substitute for jicama in salads or combined with a tart apple for a delicious slaw. This storage variety is also perfect to go into a plastic bag and into the crisper for usage later, too.
We have grown kale for many years now, as evidenced by this early farmer picture! We strive to distribute kale to our farm share members regularly in the seasons when this brassica thrives (late summer through winter). That said, we also acknowledge that some members grow kale in their own gardens, so we strive not to overdo it! Luckily, there are plenty of uses for this superfood which provides powerful vitamins A, K, and plenty of antioxidants.