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Hayley's Grains
July Newsletter
Hello from beautiful Maine! This months newsletter may be a little short as I'm currently enjoying 75 degree weather and incredible scenery!
New in Store/General Updates
New Items

Vermillion Farm -  Located just south of Taylor on 95, Vermillion grows their produce aeroponically. How does this differ from True Harvests hydroponically grown greens you ask? Hydroponics grow plants either fully submerged in water or intermittently submerged, aeroponics leave the roots air-bound, but spray a nutrient dense mist on them periodically. Neither is better than the other, they're both great ways to sustainably grow fruits and veg all year round.

Vermillions' greens will be replacing TrueHarvests greens simply because they are local and just as delicious!  Vermillion will be delivering their wonderful produce on Saturdays and Wednesdays so that the store remains stocked with leafy greens throughout the week! In addition to their salad leaves, they will also be growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and much more!


General Updates
CSA boxes - There are 6 CSA box slots and all are currently filled. August will be our slowest produce month as we get to the peak temperatures of our scorching Texas Summer. As we start to move towards cooler weather we will be able to increase CSA slots again! Let me know if you would like to be added to the waiting list!
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Long term store goals/updates

Future Items
I have so many new items that I can't wait to get in store including: mushrooms, ice cream, more dairy products like yogurt and cream cheese, wagyu beef, more bread options, another option for Kombucha, and much much mire!! Plus, wouldn't it be great if I sold organic wine???

These are all on my to-do list as soon as I get back from Maine.

Freezer

Coming to your store on August 1st!

Farm Dinners

Matthew and I will be meeting later this month to discuss this further and will be sharing details in August!
Monthly Recipe:
Simple Vegetable Stock
Did you know that delicious vegetable stock is SUPER easy to make!?
Makes 2 servings, 1 hr
Ingredients:
2 x Large carrots, chopped into chunks
2 x celery stalks plus leaves, chopped into chunks
1 x large onion, quartered
1 x bunch of green onions
8 x cloves of garlic, squashed
8 x sprigs of fresh parsley
6 x sprigs of fresh thyme
2 x large bay leaves
1 x teaspoon salt
2 x quarts of water

*You do not need to be precise with this recipe, use what you have! I tend to freeze my vegetable scraps  (tops of carrots, unused onion, limp celery, etc) and then when ever I need veggie stock I just dump the frozen scraps in some water, boil it and then simmer until I'm happy with the strength of flavor. SO EASY
How to:
Make your Tare:
1.) Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a large pot.
2.) Mix in all veggies, cook over medium heat until they start to soften and brown.
3.) Add in water and salt, bring to a boil then drop to a simmer. Leave uncovered for appx. 30mins.
4.) Strain and discard veggies. Use within 3 days or freeze for future needs!


Did you try it? Post it and tag me on Facebook or Instagram! I'd love to see your take on it!
Check out my instagram "Recipe" highlights to watch a step by step video of how I prepared this dish (as well as a number of other delicious recipes!)
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An update from Olson Family Farm
As we head into August the large varieties of produce that we have had will begin to diminish due to the extreme heat we have had and will continue to experience over the next couple of months.Until Autumn it will be sweet potatoes, Black Eye and Purple Hull Peas, and Okra that tie us over. Everyone, please do your best rain dance to get us through the next couple of months!

Hayley - filling in for Matthew. July 30th
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Thank you for supporting my little store and joining me on this journey! Words can't express how much I appreciate your repeat patronage!
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