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News from our famer friends at cedarmore is that they’ll have plenty of produce for a few more shares for the second half of the season. if you’re interested, email the farm directly at cedarmorefarm@tdisp.com  (well, you’re not emailing the farmers, since they’re amish and so not internet-connected; you’ll be emailing their electronic representative). if you do join, and you live in cincinnati and want to join our driving co-op, just drop us a note in the comment area.

unless they’ve changed their prices, a share for half a season should cost around $100. each week (for probably 10 weeks) you’ll get approximately 10# of farm-fresh organic produce.  if you need more tempting, last friday’s boxes included beets, extra beet greens, baby carrots (with the tops still attached), green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and for some, potatoes. we’ve seen the corn growing with our very own eyes, so we know that’s on its way. and the prices on organic eggs and home-made jams can’t be beat.

if you want to join but are afraid you won’t know what to do with all the fresh veg in your house, check out deborah madison’s vegetarian cooking for everyone, the most user-friendly and yummy-producing vegetarian cookbook i’ve found (and this from a once-confirmed-but-now-lapsed vegetarian). she’ll have you cooking beets in under 10 minutes and savoring the most deliciousy-silken of braised chards while your tastebuds come alive and your brain erases all association of “health food” with “1970s wheat germ recipes.”

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not long ago we wrote about our search for a cincy-friendly csa; we ultimately ended up joining cedarmore farm, a new csa located just outside of hillsboro, oh.

it’s a longish drive — a 3-hour roundtrip — and so far, the farm doesn’t deliver. but we’re sharing the driving responsibilities among five cincy families, and are finding that the trip, when made once a month (or a little less) makes for a lovely and peaceful way to spend a late afternoon.

or morning. we skipped the afternoon pick-up on july 4th because we had pork shoulder resting and waiting to be shredded and fresh berry pies waiting to be eaten. but saturday morning, with our new york city friends in tow, we headed out to the farm.

andy and lizzie and their 17-month-old daughter anna greeted us with boxes packed and ready for delivery. after loading the boxes into our car and oohing and ahhing over the baked goods placed temptingly for sale,we were treated to a walking tour of the farm. as we wandered around, andy talked to us about his farming methods while introducing us to his horses, goats, lambs, pigs and chickens, and showing us the cornfields, vegetable beds, and greenhouse. we learned that the hershbergers are part of an amish community newly relocated to the hillsboro area from wayne county, ohio; that the soil at cedarmore had been severely depleted by the previous farmers; and that andy and lizzie, with the help of their animals and an adherence to the “beyond organic” philosophy espoused by joel salatin at polyface farm (and described at length by michael pollan in “the omnivore’s dilemma“) can already see a difference in the quality of produce after one year of tending carefully to the dirt underneath their feet.

in addition to normal csa bounty — which means plenty of whatever is ready to eat that week, and little of what isn’t — lizzie sells homemade goods: jams and fruit butters (the pear butter is a must-have); fruit pies with soft and tender crusts; and freshly baked home-made bread. they sell farm-fresh eggs by the dozen as well as any extra food ripening that week (last week we bought an extra pound of tomatoes for $2 and have been eating gazpacho — made with mostly farm ingredients — all week long). we’ve purchased several chickens already (which are amazing for their texture and flavor, and really put most store-bought chicken in its place) and will certainly buy more as the summer progresses. we have purchased a quarter steer (grassfed & freerange) that we’re splitting three ways with two other families and is due from the butcher sometime this week. (i suspect we’ll be buying more as the season draws to a close and we start to stock up for the lean winter months.) while we visited, andy reminded us that we could also buy pork the same way, and i remembered that they offer herd-shares for those who want to drink legally-procured non-pasteurized cow’s milk.

in short, we’re thrilled with cedarmore and hope, in seasons to come, to get even more cincy folks on board, enjoying the fruits (and vegetables, and meats, and more) of andy and lizzie’s labors.

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