Our last summer CSA…

This week will be the final summer CSA. The fall CSA will begin again after a 3-week hiatus. Thank you for all of your support during our summer  growing season!

This week you will find the following items in the CSA box:

Sweet potato greens

Early jalapeños

Red chiles

Banana peppers

Hungarian wax peppers




Mixed new potatoes

Sweet peppers



Talon onions

German Stiffneck Garlic



Look what is coming this Fall to CCCC Sustainable Farming!

Non-credit options for courses that can help increase your skills and understanding of topics integral to a successful farming business.

Call 919-545-8044 or 919-718-7500 to register or register online at http://www.cccc.edu/ecd/find-classes/

Look under “Agriculture and Natural Resources” for:

Tractors and Farm Machinery C-3160

Practical, hands-on course focused on farm machinery and agricultural equipment. Topics include selection and operation of tractors & implements, fencing, hand-tools and irrigation systems appropriate for a small-scale diversified farm. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the basic principles of equipment operation and management. Andrew McMahan, Thursday, 8/17/17 to 12/13/17, 9am-12:40. $175.55

Organic Crop Production C-3161

This course will present the fundamentals of organic vegetable growing and offer hands-on training in the most important skills involved. Grow, harvest, and utilize a variety of vegetables organically, learn about irrigation installation and season extension structures. Focus is on Fall crops, for planting and for harvest. Cheryl McNeill, Monday, 8/21/17 to 12/11/17, 9am-12:40. $175.55

From Seed to Plant C-3162

Practical, hands-on course focused on the techniques and environment for successful plant propagation. Emphasis is placed on seed propagation and other propagation techniques including: grafting, stem and root propagation, micro-propagation. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully propagate useful plants for farm and orchard. Robin Kohanowich, Tuesday, 8/22/17 to 12/12/17, 8:30am to 12:20. $175.55

To Register call 919-545-8044 or 919-718-7500. Space is limited, call soon!

What’s in the box this week?

We are down to the last 2 weeks of the summer CSA , that means August 2nd is the date of the season’s last box. You may have already picked up your box and have wondered what some of the contents are. Here’s what we packed for you to enjoy.




Cherry tomatoes for snacking


Mixed new potatoes


Parsley; curled or flat leaf

Rossi di Milano Onions

Sacred basil


Sweet peppers

Sweet peppers


sweet pepper assembly

Sweet potato greens

Tomatoes for slicing

And if you’re wondering what to do with those greens? Here is a link to an interesting stew using lots of summer vegetables and those sweet potato greens.

Tomatoes Galore


We are in the middle of North Carolina tomato season. Look for Cherokee Purple and Cherokee Green tomatoes for a variation on the more common red tomatoes. 

The CSA box this week has:

Rattlesnake Pole beans

Sweet peppers








Sweet corn


Italian Basil

Don’t forget to take a purple cabbage and some cherry and sliced tomatoes.



Shaquannah and Jaime clean sweet corn in the Pack Shed.



What’s in the box this week…

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Eggplant
  • Famosa cabbage
  • Hot peppers: jalapeno and joe’s long cayenne
  • Ichilleum red garlic
  • Italian basil
  • Melons
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes: Harlequin Gold
  • Rattlesnake beans or pole beans
  • Shishito peppers
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet peppers
  • Tomatoes: slicers and cherry tomatoes

A highlight in this week’s box is the Cherokee Green Tomato, an heirloom tomato variety with green and gold tinted flesh. There is a resemblance to unripe green tomatoes but give it a squeeze and taste test. The unripe tomato will taste tart and bitter while the Cherokee is noticeably sweeter. Looking for ways to try the box’s produce this week and you’re interested in beating your mouth to death with fresh flavors, try this salsa fresco variation.

Cherokee Tomato 2017

Cherokee Green



Fresh and Flavorful Salsa

Makes about 3 cups

2 cups red and green tomatoes, chopped

2/3 c onions, chopped

1/4 c shishitos, diced

½ c red and green peppers, chopped

1/3 c parsley, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, minced

1 1/2 T lime juice

Salt to taste

Combine All ingredients in bowl and mix well. Make a day ahead to let flavors meld. Enjoy

Salsa Fresh JulyPost by: Shaquannah Faison

Yes, Your (Purple) Majesty

Look for Purple Majesty potatoes in the CSA boxes this week. These antioxidant-rich potatoes are purple on the inside and out.


Please note that the garlic has already been divided into cloves this week. It has been cured, but the rainy weather has negatively impacted the durability of the garlic requiring that it been broken up to salvage.


This week’s box includes:


Summer squash

Rattlesnake Pole Beans

Shishito peppers

Winter squash



Summer greens (Purslane, Dandelion, and Nasturtiums)

Copenhagen or Capture cabbage

Ichilleum Red garlic



Purple Majesty potatoes

Purplette onions