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Questionable Broccoli...

Last week, the Noltes delivered the cauliflower on Wednesday and we discovered it had rotted overnight. They had picked it Tuesday afternoon, weighed it and bagged it, boxed it and popped it in the cooler. When we opened the boxes on Wednesday we were unpleasantly surprised and so disappointed. We felt terrible for the Noltes and all the work they had done and the loss they took because they removed it from the invoice. We guessed that it's probably a matter of getting the field heat off the vegetables before bagging and packing them so they don't just cook in the bags.

Monday I learned that Nolte was in the hospital since last Wednesday and Miss Betty was doing all the work to get our tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli ready. Today, as we were giving out the broccoli in a share, we discovered it was yellowing already. Now we know that this was picked fresh, so it has to be a similar situation to the cauliflower. The broccoli isn't rotting, but it isn't entirely appealing. I know that it's edible because I just cut the ugly tops off my broccoli from last week and cooked up the rest. It was delicious.

Because we are a CSA and we want to support the Noltes during a tough time, we are committed to taking the loss on the broccoli this week--although as I mentioned, it's not a complete loss, it just needs to be handled a little differently, and perhaps the crown may feed the bugs instead of your family if you find it not to your standard. We do apologize and thank you for your understanding and for your help in supporting an awesome nursery-turned-produce grower in our area!

P.S. The best preparation for broccoli: slice into long thin spears. Put a thin layer of olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add broccoli (be careful of popping oil ig your broccoli is at all wet). Let cook undisturbed for nearly 10 minutes or until charred. Turn the broccoli, and add coarsely chopped garlic scapes or whole garlic cloves smashed with the side of a knife. Salt with coarse sea salt and allow to cook undisturbed until this sid is also charred nicely. You won't miss the crowns at all!

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We are very happy to have our products included in shares through Fair Shares.  The folks at Fair Shares have set-up a great distribution schedule that works with smaller scale local farmers taking into account weekly and seasonal limitations in harvesting. The staff at Fair Shares are easy to work with, being both friendly and professional.  They have been very straightforward about their needs and those that the share members represent. We look forward to growing with Fair Shares!

Bobbi Sandwisch, Live Springs Farm, Carrollton, IL 100% Grassfed Beef, Pasture-Raised Pork, Chicken, and Eggs