Yep, it's still cold! Although, we had a really nice Sunday this past weekend. By afternoon, the sun was shining brightly and the temperature was in the 30's, pushing 40. The dogs and I spent some time outside trying to soak up some Vitamin D. Rosie was having a blast playing Frisbee and Shady was close by soaking up the sunshine.
We are doing a buying club delivery this week. The ordering window opens Tuesday at 5 am and closes Thursday morning at 5 am. Deliveries will be Friday evening to Bloomsburg and Saturday morning to Dallas and Forty Fort. This week we have plenty of protein (eggs, chicken, pork and beef) on the buying club, as well as a limited amount of storage vegetables. If you have questions about our winter buying club, please do not hesitate to contact us at the farm.
A special "Thank You" to our Forty Fort customers who helped us out by meeting us early last weekend. Farmers Don and Phil made it back to the farm just as the snow was starting to pile up.
These chilly temperatures really keep me in the mood for soups and stews. Growing up a staple in the Miller household was chicken pot pie. My family made a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch chicken potpie. This pot pie is not a baked casserole topped with a rich curst, but instead is more of a stew cooked on the stove top and loaded with homemade potpie noodles. My mother and my Grandmother both felt stew hens made the most flavorful potpie. My Grandmother always made the noodles and she never followed a recipe (a handful of this, a pinch of this, milk to moisten, etc.). I do have a recipe I follow from an old church cookbook and after some internet research, I found this website with a good recipe for pot pie (and chicken and dumplings!). In the noodles, I would probably replace the unhealthy vegetable shortening with healthier, locally produced, lard or butter. http://oodlekadoodleprimitives.blogspot.com/2009/09/pennsylvania-dutch-pot-pie-or-chicken.html .
This Saturday, February 28, is National CSA Sign-up Day. Do you think Hallmark will have cards available? It seems this date was chosen because it is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the 2014 CSA Farming Report. So, I guess Dancing Hen Farm is participating, since we will be taking memberships that day! See our website for details.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support of our farm. As I have said in the past, it is you, our farm community, which allows us to do what we do, allows us to share our harvest.
Stay warm and hope for spring!