Rainier Cherries- were developed in Washington state and got their name after Mount Rainier?!
They are a cross between a bing cherry and van cherry. Rainier cherries are not only beautiful and delicious! They are also full of health benefits including: high in iron, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and cancer-fighting properties.
Gypsy Peppers- Are a crossbreed of sweet peppers and bell peppers. They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially vitamin C. The health benefits of gypsy peppers include improved eye health and reduced risk of chronic disease.
Green Tomatoes - are low in calories and packed with a variety of minerals + nutrients! They are a great source of vitamins A, C, and potassium + iron, calcium, magnesium, and dietary fiber! Keep scrolling for some tasty recipe ideas for Green Tomatoes!
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About the Farm Pt.3
A few ago I took a trip to Paonia to visit with the Austin Family. I spent the afternoon walking around the farm with the head-honcho, Glenn, checking on the crops, taste-testing some of the fruits and veggies, and hearing about their triumphs and tribulations thus far in the season. If you missed it, click here for the full story! I promise it’s worth the read!
In week 1 we talked about why I chose Austin Family farms to be the #1 source of produce for our CSA program. In Week 2 we covered what “beyond organic” farming means. This week I want to share some history on the Austin Family Farm. (In case you missed Weeks 1&2, here’s a link: What's Fresh Blog
Sustainability has always been the center of focus for the Austin family since day one. It was highly important to them to grow the most nutritious and healthy food for both their family and community. In 1970, Glenn and Tony Austin, along with their four young children, made the move out west to the Rocky Mountains. They started out by renting and working on other growers’ orchards and raising cattle before partnering with a family friend named Jean VanDuzen in 1993 and obtaining the land which would become Austin Family Farm. Today, nearly 5 decades later, 4 generations of the Austin family live and work on the small family farm, caring for the soil and using “beyond-organic” farming methods they will continue for many decades to come. Want to learn more about Austin Family Farms? Click here!