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CSA #36

Dear CSA-ers,

This week’s preassembled bag will contain Arugula, Power Greens, Mixed Peppers, Cilantro, Radishes, Turnip Greens, and Chives. For those of you placing custom orders, you may do so between now and Tuesday evening on the website at:

Beginning with torrential rains and finishing with cold sunlight, the trees are letting go of their leaves as the damp Earth prepares for winter. We have just 6 more weeks of regular season CSAs until our final delivery of 2020 on December 17th (there will be no delivery the week of Thanksgiving). In perfect honesty, this is the time of year where frosts and freezes start putting real pressure on the vegetables. Though we do utilize season extension technologies such as frost cloths, we are still, at times humbled by Mother Nature. This too is part of growing and eating seasonally.

It has been a somber and emotionally trying week on the farm. Two of our farm team members lost loved ones this week. Caroline’s mother, Joan Garcia Sims passed on Tuesday. Joan was one of the farm’s earliest supporters when the Magney family first moved to Princeton and began the farm in 2012. Joan was an accomplished writer and always had encouraging words for the talents and dreams of those around her. The farm would not be where it is today without Joan, and her daughter Caroline. She will be missed by us all.

On Saturday, Patrick lost his Grandmother, Barbara Nell Francis. Barbara’s connection to the farm is interesting in that she grew up on Pleasant Valley Road (where the farm is located) during the 1930s. Upon learning her grandson had come to work here, and she was able to share with us a recounting of what the Valley and the farm itself was like, some 80 years ago. She recalls the property having turnips and strawberries. Barbara and her surviving husband Joe were long time residents of Princeton, remaining active in the community until they moved to Paducah to be nearer family care. Barbara will be dearly missed.

Time moves all things forward and none of us can escape the changing of seasons. Yet life persists, and what departs makes us more grateful for what remains; what is remembered gives us context to appreciate what is to come. After 80 years there are once again turnips growing in the Pleasant Valley. We are blessed to be their stewards.

Lemony Power Greens, Rice & Chickpeas

This is a quick and tasty side dish that is also very healthy.


• 2 Tablespoons olive oil
• 1 large onion thinly sliced
• 6 packed cups of fresh greens
• 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
• 2 cups cooked rice
• 1 7.5 oz can chickpeas
• 1 lemon juiced
• salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large saute pan, add olive oil and onions and brown.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add your greens a little at a time until the greens wilt.
4. Once all your greens are in the pan, add your garlic and rice.
5. Cook for a few minutes to incorporate all the rice.
6. Add your lemon juice and chickpeas and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
7. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

As always, we thank you for your support of our farm. It is the support and warmth of our community that makes agriculture so deeply rewarding. We hope that our vegetables bring health and joy to you and those you hold dear in all the weeks to come.

The Magney Legacy Ridge Farm Team