Thank you for signing up for Elmwood Stock Farm's newsletter! Mac talks about a few of Elmwood's "Top Ten," we share a recipe for a delicious fall-inspired salad, and we remind you about Fall CSA and holiday turkeys. Read all the way to the bottom for exciting farmers market news this weekend.


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Sneak Peek of Our Top Ten

(an abbreviated version of this story appeared in CSA newsletters this week)

(The photo above is of a monarch chrysalis on a leaf of baby kale!)
We know our CSA members have been eating well since their shares have been bountiful with wholesome organic food. The very nature of the CSA shareholder program is to pass along more when there is more (tomatoes, anyone?), and less when there is less. The weather has cooperated for the most part this season and it seems there was a good mix of items each week along the way.

Good Habits
Each Elmwood Fall CSA member will continue the surprise and joy of discovering what is in their share, albeit every-other-week rather than weekly. Others of you may be planning to shop the farmers market each week to maintain your good food obsession, and we look forward to seeing you there. Either way, consistently consuming local and organic foods are vitally important for your health, and those around you. You don’t really want to think about your food dollars being used by someone, somewhere to spread or spray highly toxic chemicals on the land, do you?
When a CSA member follows through on their commitment to consistently gather up their share of organic items each week, they have most likely developed a habit of eating well. If you have attended an Elmwood farm tour this past season, you’ve seen this concept on the “Top Ten List of Things You Can Do for Yourself and the Community” at the end of our tour. Eat one local and organic item each day for thirty days. It may take that long to develop a good habit, but as shorter days and cooler temps set in, we should have lots of options for you to access good food, as we are enablers of your addiction for quality foods.

We know from the data generated by the research team at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, that organic CSA shareholders spend considerably less time in a doctor’s office, and less money on pharmaceuticals than the average Kentuckian. Specifically, CSA’ers see a doctor 2.03 times per year and spend $17.23 on drugs, compared to 7.48 times and $33.84, for the ill advised. Think about that for a minute. You can either spend time in the comfort of your kitchen, preparing wholesome tasty dishes to enjoy and nourish your body, or sit in a waiting room full of sick people and then go spend money on some form of pharmaceutical drug that brings with it all sorts of side effects. Does that not make food “medicine? This concept is another on our “Top Ten” list: Go to the Farm-U-See, not the pharm-a-cy. It is rapidly rising towards the top of the list.

USDA Organic
Another “Top Ten” item is to look for the USDA organic label when shopping at the grocery store. There is ill refutable evidence that organic foods are void of pesticide residues, and actually improve the environment where crops are grown, rather than have toxins willfully released into it. In the case of meat and dairy products, not only is the animal feed raised without the use of synthetic chemicals, but the forage based diet results in more heart healthy meat and milk for us to consume. Having served on the National Organic Standards Board, I can assure you the scrutiny behind the integrity of the organic seal is impeccable. This is confirmed every year when our farm submits our organic system plan to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. When an organic inspector visits the farm, every aspect of our production and marketing system is then verified to comply with the regulations. As part of the process, the inspector will randomly pick a specific crop, like eggs, and require us to demonstrate how the number of laying hens on hand matches the volume of feed consumed, along with the number of dozens of eggs sold. Not knowing what crop they might pick, we have to be prepared for anything on our list to be audited. The inspector often takes random samples for pesticide residue testing, and can stop in unannounced anytime. They are welcome anytime.

Human Microbiome
Additional research at UK has shown that plants grown in an organic system have a more diverse and robust microbial profile, than plants grown with the use of insecticides and fungicides. A reasonable person would conclude that since a rich, microbially diverse soil yields a microbially rich plant, this leads to a microbially rich human microbiome. Understanding this microbe world is the final frontier of human health research and much attention is focused in this realm. So, an additional item on our “Top Ten” is to be sure some percent of your diet is raw, organic fruits and vegetables.
Fresh vegetables that are eaten raw are normally rinsed before eating, yet they are far from sterile. Plant leaves have a protective microbial film on them for their own protection. This is why water beads up and rolls off a kale leaf. You can rinse a head of broccoli or a strawberry all you want, and this protective coating is unfazed, which is a good thing. The film is teaming with a mix of beneficial bacteria and fungi, which is vitally important for us to consume to feed the microbiome in our gut, which is directly correlated with the health of our immune system.

Back to Good Habits
As compelling as the data looks, it’s the freshness and flavor that keeps us all coming back for more. How do we be sure none of us have to go without local and organic food in the cool weather season? We have invested in an additional high tunnel greenhouse to grow more greens this winter. Whether we see you at CSA share pickup day, or at the farmers market, we are comforted to know you are eating well. Make a habit of shopping the market part of your weekend ritual. Parking is easier in the fall and winter, and we have more time to chat with you. Having only missed a few markets over the past many years, we are truly obsessed with being there. We enjoy the responsibility we have in keeping you out of a doctor’s office, but you will have to come on a farm tour to find out what is number 1 on our top ten list. - Mac Stone

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with
Warm Apple Cider Vinaigrette

3 c. butternut squash, diced into 3/4 inch piece
1/3 c. + 1 T. olive oil, divided
2 T. maple syrup
2 t. Kosher salt, divided (if using table salt, only use 1 t.)
1/2 t. fresh ground pepper, divided
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. walnut halves
1 t. butter
3/4 c. apple cider (or apple juice)
2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. onion, minced
2 t. Dijon mustard
1/2 lb. lettuce mix
1/4 c. Parmesan

Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread squash onto pan and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and the syrup. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir and then bake for 20 minutes until tender, stirring halfway through. Add the cranberries after 15 minutes.
In a small sauce pan, heat the apple cider, vinegar, and onion over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cook for about 6 minutes or until reduced to ¼ cup. Remove from heat and whisk in the mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and then slowly stream in the ⅓ cup oil while whisking.
In a small skillet, melt butter. Add walnuts and toss every 20 seconds, cooking until browned and toasted. Empty onto a paper towel lined plate and let cool.
In a large bowl, toss the lettuce with the squash, cranberries, walnuts, and Parmesan. Add desired amount of dressing (about half of it) and serve immediately.
Photo and recipe adapted from Garnish & Glaze
Fall CSA starts this week! Click here to read more about Elmwood's share of veggies, meat, eggs, or pantry goods. For questions, call 859.621.0755 or reply to this email.
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Organic, Pasture-Raised Heritage Turkey
At Elmwood Stock Farm, two types of organic turkeys—heritage breeds and standard broad-breasted—are raised in the Central Kentucky sunshine on organic pastures and given organic, non-GMO grain. Turkeys are available for Thanksgiving by pre-order and often sell out. Pick up your turkey on the farm or at the farmers market, or we can ship your turkey within the US or deliver it locally. Go to our organic, pasture-raised turkey web page for details, to learn more about Elmwood’s heritage-breed conservation efforts, and to place your order.

Farmers Market News

New this weekend! Sweet potatoes, ginger, potted basil plants, pumpkins, and Hakurei turnips

Additional all-organic offerings: carrots, radish, beets, celery, fall squash, salad mix, baby kale, Swiss chard, green beans, bell pepper, okra, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs, beef, chicken, pork, turkey, farm fresh eggs, pantry goods, and much more! Give us 48 hours notice, and we'll set aside a special order for you to be sure we don't run out of your favorite items!

Lexington: Downtown at Cheapside Pavilion 7am - 2pm
Louisville: St. Matthews Farmers Market at Beargrass Christian Church 8am - noon 
St. Matthew's last market date is October 14th.
Lexington: Southland Drive 10am - 2pm  Southland Market goes through October.
Cincinnati: Hyde Park Farmers Market is closed this Sunday, see you on the 8th! Hyde Park market is on the square through October 29th, then moves inside to Clark Montessori, just down the road.

Join Us!

From the Ground Up Farm Tour: Fall DaytimeTour 

Wednesday, October 18th 9 am - 11 am

Learn how food can get to your plate without the use of chemical pesticides and the way it interacts with the soil biology. Mac says, "We really want people to learn about what they’re eating, how that food is grown, who grows it, and how their food choices affect their own health."
Secure your ticket and register now, it's the final tour of our 2017 series!
If you would like to schedule a personalized tour for your group, click here!
Contact Elmwood Stock Farm
(859) 621-0755

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