Crop Talk June 12, 2017
CSA Week 2

   Spring greens are back this week, with kale replacing the arugula and the first radishes checking in. We still have a lot of sweet cherries, and we're starting to pick tart cherries, too. If this week's heat comes through as predicted, the blueberries and black raspberries will ripen quickly.

    Please help us bring you the highest quality produce by letting us know if anything arrives in poor condition. We'll replace the item and adjust our process to solve the problem if we can. Thanks!

Group Site Members: 
Please remember that you must pick up your box on delivery day. All boxes contain perishable items that spoil easily, so any boxes that are not claimed within the designated pick-up window will be donated. Your host is not permitted to hold your box overnight.

Home Delivery Members:
If you won't be home when your box arrives, please provide a cooler for it, with ice packs. An hour in the heat will ruin many perishable items.

All Members:
Please remember to check in and get a wrist band before getting on the you-pick wagon, and please remember to sign out your weekly bonus.

Week 2 Shares Include: 1 bundle of radishes, 1 bundle of asparagus, 1 bundle of spring onions, 1 bag of lettuce, 1 bag of kale, 1 box of cherries, 1 parsley plant.

Pick-your-own bonus:1 quart tart cherries

We Great Country farmers are both food producers and food consumers, so we think a lot about how our food affects our health -- and yours. This book surprised us. Using very recent science, it builds a strong argument about what happens in our bodies. Here's an excerpt from an article by the author:

"Through many years of research, I've found that very small things can cause big health problems. That’s exactly the premise of my new book, The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers of "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gainwhich shares how one plant protein could play a role in your health woes.

After nearly 20 years of researching the optimum nutritional treatments for myself and my patients, I’ve discovered lectins. These tiny proteins live inside certain plants and act as a defense mechanism by making their predator ill when eaten. I think they play a huge role in America’s health crisis.

A lectin is a type of protein (susceptible to various diseases, bacteria, and viruses) that forces carbs (sugars, starches, and fibers) to clump together and even attach to certain cells in your body when you eat them. Often, lectins can get in the way of important cells communicating with one another. And when that happens, the body’s response is usually inflammation or some other type of reaction to toxicity, like nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. A break in cellular communication can also result in symptoms like fatigue or forgetfulness.

Trust me, 12 years ago, if I was reading my own book claiming that one tiny plant protein—in collaboration with other disrupters—was the cause of so much illness, such as diabetes, aching joints, Parkinson’s disease, depression, IBS, infertility, cancer, baldness, brain fog, weight gain, and more…I would have thrown it in the trash. However, after successfully treating tens of thousands of patients by cutting out lectins and adding polyphenol- and prebiotic-rich foods to their diet—I'm convinced. That is more than enough proof even for a perpetually skeptical mind like mine."

Read more here.

Learn Life Skills while Playing Games at Great Country Farms!

The same skills that you and your dog use for fetch, freestyle, and agility help you navigate everyday life challenges and situations. We’ll mix it up, while you and Fido work and play in the rich farm setting. Our workshops include:

• Confidence Games (TTouch and Parkour) – June 17
• Canine Parkour – July 8
• Love the Leash – July 22
• Nose Work – August 12
• Silly Games – September 9

Each workshop runs from 4 – 6 p.m., with a mid-class break. If you buy a  3, 4, or 5 session punch card before your first class, the cost per session is $50. Alternatively, you may purchase individual sessions for $60.

Farm admission for one person is included in punch cards and individual session fees. Come to train, and spend the day! If you’re a Member of the Farm, please email to receive a member discount code.
For more information on our special Great Country Farms workshops, visit our  Great Country Fidos page.
Joyful Dog also offers private lessons, Training Pairs, and special events at the farm during the May through October harvest season!

Delivery Schedule
The full delivery schedule is posted on our website. Here's the Group Site list:

Tuesday Group Sites
Herzfeld Group, Montana Street Group, Allan Group, Lyon Village/Krieger Group, Little Beginnings, Rhodes Hill Group, Crystal City We Work Group, Moomaw Group, Motley Fool Group, Siegel Group, Huntington Forest Group

Wednesday Group Sites
Pamela Allen Group, Musci Group, JJ Ketzle Group, McNerney Group, Clifton Townes Group, Avendale Group, Crestwood Pediatric Group, Wellness Connection, Great Harvest Vienna, Olio2Go, Zotian Group, Fontana Group, Bishop Group, Ewell Group, Campagna Group, Gildea Group, Audley Farm Group

Thursday Group Sites
Sonak Family Chiropractic, Romaezi Group, Donohue Group, Grimes Group, Mirra Group, Great Harvest Herndon, Great Harvest Ashburn, Reston Children's Center, Leesburg Chiropractic, Brew LoCo, Pantall Group, Wine'ing Butcher Group, Moran Group, AOL Group, Ellinger Group, Broadlands Nature Center, Flanagan Group, Evergreen Sportsplex, Common Ground Group   

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