Newsletter – July 27, 2010

Dear Members,

This week you will be getting Yukon Gold Potatoes, red onions, green cabbage, kohlrabi, green beans, squash and cucumbers. New this week will be red turnips, corn, tomatoes and eggplant.
Sometimes when new crops come on only a few will be ready to pick. It is hard to say that everyone will get everything. It may be a combination of the above “new items”!

I was readying an article from the “Prevention Magazine” April 2010. It explained how you could eat your way to better looking skin. Here is a list of things you can eat to make yourself glow, even in this heat! Romaine lettuce and tomatoes are two of the most important veggies you can eat. The lettuce gives you over 100% of you Daily Value of vitamin A which helps cell turnover and the potassium will improve circulation. Tomatoes provides up to 25% more protection from sunburn and some studies found it can help you retain or regain collagen, the stuff that prevents sagging and fine lines.

Two important fruits you can eat are strawberries and apples. Strawberries will give you 130% of you Daily Value of vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen fibers. The skins of apples have an antioxidant called quercetin. It helps to protect you from the UVB rays that cause skin cancer. Those apples with the most quercetin: Monroe (with a name like that, how can you go wrong!), Cortland and Golden Delicious.

It is important to have protein in your diet. Soy and eggs are two important sources. Soy provides aglycone. Women who ate 3 oz of tempeh a day for 12 weeks improved the firmness of their skin and reduced fine wrinkles. Researchers have also found it may reduce the risk of developing ovarian and endometrial cancers. Eggs provide two antioxidants; Lutein and zeaxanthin. They quadruple the protection against brown spots, skin cancer, fine lines and it has shown to slow down the development of macular degeneration of the eye. The “Journal of Nutrition” found that blood tests show one egg a day can increase the levels of Lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol. What a bonus!

The top nuts to eat are Almonds and Walnuts. Almonds provide vitamin E and walnuts provide an omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid. They are the key components that keep your skin looking moist. The bonus to eating nuts: They can help curb hunger and you are less likely to gain weight. Walnuts have melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Try a few after dinner; you may sleep better at night!

I was looking through our membership and was curious about the longevity of our members. We have been a CSA for 18 years. Members have come and gone. But there have always been those who have stuck with us through the tough years as well and the great years. I thought I would list those of you who have been with us since the 1990’s.

Joel and Paula Reetz, 18 years
Judy and Wally Soderquist, 17 years

Carolyn Beiser, 16 years
Sally and Dan Doyle, 16 years
Linda and Ken Hoornbeek, 16 years

Kris and David Berton, 15 years
Linda and Paul Hellow/Schwarzeweller, 15 years
Susan and Howie Richstone/Schweber, 15 years
Jon and Amy Platt, 15 years
Pam and Dave Roettjier, 15 years

Dana and Wendy Oldenbrook, 14 years

Jill and Bob Andrews, 13 years
Kim and Ethan Decker, 13 years
Linda and Dennis Hardesty/Sienko, 13 years
Kate and Derek Inskeep/Davis, 13 years
Nancy and Steve Ludwig, 13 years. But this is questionable…She is Jerry’s sister!
Bonnie and Jason Sutherland, 13 years
Tasha Weaver, 13 years
Suzanne and Bill Wuerthele, 13 years

Jennifer and Mark Berghoefer, 12 years
Michelle and Rob Cuthbertson, 12 years
BB Doerr, 12 years
Tim and Susan Duff, 12 years
Christine and Scott Fowle, 12 years
John and Lois Greer, 12 years
Kim and Jon Haines, 12 years
Sue Herring, 12 years
Leslie and Brian Hoffman, 12 years
Marla and Kevin Kiley, 12 years
Vicki Norby, 12 years
Mark and Dory Parsons, 12 years
Tom Radigan, 12 years
Alison and Peter Richards, 12 years
Terry and Deanne Rodrique/Fugii, 12 years
Sue and Kay Schauffler/Krewson, 12 years
James and Katherine Velasco, 12 years
Dale and Susan Vodehnal, 12 years
Jeanette and Kip Wotkyns, 12 years

These members really mean a lot to us. We have definitely seen more good years than bad, but to stick with us for so many years! Next year will be our 75th anniversary as an organic farm. We will have to do something wonderful for all of you! Our first year as a CSA was in 1993, we had 38 members. Joal and Paula Reets were working members back then. Our first crew to pack shares! They were also on our Core Group that helped us determine how this CSA was going to look and function. We are organized the way we are today by their input and numerous surveys. Thank you for all the support through the years! We love you!

Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle Monroe


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