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Peyton Olsen, Author at New South Produce Cooperative
 

Author: Peyton Olsen

A big part of our CSA is the Community it builds. At New South we strive to foster that community with our farmers, staff, and shareholders by keeping things fun and inventing good reasons to get together. We hosted our first CSA Happy Hour on the 2019 season on May 6th thanks to our team of community partners at Bernice Gardens, The Root Cafe, and Stone's Throw Brewing. Bernice Garden provided the perfect backdrop for our shareholders to mingle. We served our favorite Local Rosemary Lemonade next to Stone's Throws sixtel. Kids filled the air with bubbles and we all filled our bellies with springtime snacks prepared by The Root's Jon Arrington. Lark in the Morning even came out to play! Thank you everyone for coming out to hang out. Join our newsletter and our CSA to received your invite for the next round of events. Check out the photos from the event...

[caption id="attachment_3388" align="alignright" width="300"] Round Mountain roasts all their beans fresh in house at their Conway, Arkansas shop.[/caption] Round Mountain Coffee was founded in 2016 by Scott Forbush and Kyle Sackoff in Conway, Arkansas. Scott, Kyle, and the RMC team love everything about coffee. From the farms who grow the beans to the roasting to meticulously timed pour overs to their community of coffee drinkers, RMC pursues excellence in coffee for the love of the craft and their community. RMC imports their coffee from Olam Specialty Coffee, who ensure that every bean is sourced farms that grow their coffee ethically. The beans are then roasted fresh in-house at their Conway shop. You can get Round Mountain Coffee in the New South CSA this season by joining now and adding the Local Makers Medley to your share. We'll be featuring three of their most popular whole bean roasts: Pinnacle Blend, Ouachita Blend and Brazil Single Origin. Pinnacle Blend: SWEET TOFFEE, BROWN...

Written by Claire Bullard of Airship Coffee. Get Airship Coffee in our CSA this season.  Great things happen when shared values align between two organizations working to create a more sustainable food system. At Airship, our mission is to go above and beyond to elevate coffee and the lives of those it touches. We are deeply involved at the farm level and committed to using our talents to develop amazing coffee through relationships that are built on trust. We work alongside growers, experimenting with techniques, testing ideas in the field, and sharing what we learn to improve the crop. Our commitment at the farm level is how we make your coffee better. There are few things that bring us more joy than connecting conscious consumers with amazing coffees that were crafted by skilled coffee growers. Through our long-term partnerships we bring you coffees that are the product of hard work and ingenuity. One of...

This International Women's Day, we honor Jill Forrester at Whitton Farms. She generates much more than your traditional flower power as the New South Board Chair, mother, and business owner X2. Jill lives the flower power mantra every day. Over the last 16 years, their farm has grown from a sprinkling of zinnia seeds to a solid agri-business that beautifies and feeds their community (and the New South CSA)! During her time as chair, Jill has stewarded New South through several big milestones: We've opened up Wholesale business to include all local small growers, welcomed 13 Certified Naturally Grown and Certified Organic farms into membership, and we're opening a Memphis hub this April. We sat down with Jill to talk about her farm and the meaning of flower power. Read the full interview below:   How did you start farming? Jill: My husband Keith asked me what I wanted for my birthday. For nearly a year we'd been...

New South is proud to partner with the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) to bring Double Up Food Bucks our CSA shareholders in 2019. Double Up Food Bucks is an incentive program the matches the value of SNAP benefits when spent on locally grown fresh fruits and veggies. The Fair Food Network calls the program as a “win/win/win”: “Low-income families bring home more healthy food, area farmers gain new customers and make more money, and more food dollars stay in the local economy. Each has a positive ripple effect of benefits.” So how do you use SNAP and Double Up to sign up for the CSA? Review our SNAP Policy Reserve your weekly share of fresh, local produce Select SNAP (Food Stamps) and Double Up Bucks as your payment method Connect with our CSA staff to set up your weekly payment plan How do I pay for the CSA with SNAP? We’ll...

Growing without harmful herbicides and pesticides is not an easy feat, but Debra Lockard and her family see it as tradition at Lockard's Produce farm. For 100 years, Lockard's Produce in Glimp, Tennesse, has supplied the Memphis area with southern delicacies from purple hull peas to Ripley tomatoes using natural growing methods like companion planting. (Watch the video below for an example of companion planting.) In 2014, Debra made her growing practices official by obtaining her Naturally Grown certification. And she's still growing strong.  Her practices earned her recognition from Tennessee State University in 2018 as Tennessee's Small Farm of the Year in the Best Management Practices category. Congratulations, Debra! ...

[caption id="attachment_3337" align="alignright" width="300"] Daikon radishes can be white or purple. Some measure up to 16 inches long.[/caption] This season, local chefs are head-over-heels with our farmers' purple Daikon, and we can't blame them. From its crisp texture to its beautiful purple color, its a people pleaser. Packed with Vitamin C and fiber, we love this peppery, crunchy brassica root sliced raw. This recipe, inspired by Homegrown Provisions, can stretch as far as the daikon is long. (Some varieties can grow more than 16" in length!) INGREDIENTS New South Daikon Radish, washed & sliced into discs Serenity Farms Sourdough, sliced Avocado, smashed Coconut oil Squeeze Lemon juice Sprinkle of salt STEPS Wash and slice your daikon radish. We recommend using a mandolin. Slice and smash your avocado into a small bowl. Squeeze a little lemon juice on top. Toast your sourdough slice(s). As soon as the toast pops, spread your coconut oil and avocado on top. Layer the daikon discs, and salt as...

New South Produce Cooperative is gearing up for a weekend of workshopping at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas. Join us for a free on-the-farm workshop hosted by Heifer USA horticulture expert, Sean Pessarra, January 18, 2019, to learn more about keeping your farm's production growing through the winter season. Topics covered will include overwintering crops, storage crops, protected culture growing techniques, and hand tools in the garden. There will be time for hands on demonstrations with garden tools and equipment. READY TO REGISTER? Workshop participants are encouraged to arrive by 2:30 p.m. The workshop will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will include walk-throughs of the Heifer Ranch greenhouse, high-tunnels, caterpillar tunnels, storage areas and packing shed, and some brief indoor instructions. The program will conclude by 5:30 p.m. This workshop is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Register to reserve your spot today! Registration will close Wednesday Jan. 16th. Immediately following the workshop, New South is hosting a...

Friends & Fellow Local Food Advocates – New South Produce Cooperative is, has been, and will always be, a farmer-focused enterprise. We exist to improve the lives of small family farmers by growing the local food system. This means we collaborate with folks like you to move food to bellies that wouldn't normally have access to fresh, local food. In living this mission, we have recently opened our Cooperative to all small-scale agriculturalists in Arkansas and the larger Mid-South region, regardless of their certification. This means we will begin offering products to you that are grown using conventional methods. We understand that a major reason many of you do business with us is our commitment to sustainability as well as our local focus. We will continue to be a force for sustainability in agriculture and our local food system—our commitment here is unwavering. We will hold to this commitment as we move to become a resource for...

Our farmers grow a lot of veggies that yearn to mixed into a beautiful, crisp salad. Over the years, we've become dressing connoisseurs of sorts, and this honey lemon herb dressing is a favorite. We love it with Rosemary, others love it with Thyme. You can even substitute the lemon for other citrus fruits. Let thy palette be thy guide!  INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper STEPS mix lemon juice, honey, lemon zest and rosemary in a small bowl whisk in the olive oil for desired consistency add salt and pepper to taste...

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