Plough Girls CSA Soup: February 2023
“There ain’t no point in making soup unless others eat it. Soup needs another mouth to taste it, another heart to be warmed by it.” – children’s author Kate DiCamillo
Plough Girls Soup CSA came into being because of the Covid epidemic three years ago. Delivering soups enabled me to socialize, while savoring my own soups kept my insides warm and calm during this period of uncertainty.
Today, we no longer isolate (for the most part), but soup days are just as important now as then, even without the masks.
Perhaps last year’s subscribers (and new folks) will consider treating themselves to a well-deserved bowl of soup this fall. Break the rut on Thursday evenings by baking some cornbread, preparing an autumn salad, and savoring the home-made brew as you watch the leaves fall.
You and I both know that there is nothing like soup. By its nature, each bowl is unique with its own flavors and engaging personality (unless you are eating canned soup 😊).
I am limiting my production to 35 quarts a week, so if you are interested, you might consider signing up earlier rather than later.
And remember, dear reader, that there is no ” kinder, more adaptable friend in the food world than soup. Who soothes you when you are ill? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished and stretches its resources to give a hearty sustenance and cheer? Who warms you in the winter and cools you in the summer? Yet who also is capable of doing honor to your richest table and impressing your most demanding guests? Soup does its loyal best, no matter what undignified conditions are imposed upon it. You don’t catch steak hanging around when you’re poor and sick, do you?” (Miss Manners)
P.S. Just as in the past, if there is a soup you cannot or do not want or if you will be out of town, you can double another soup. Just let me know when you subscribe so I can make the proper adjustments.
If you are interested in gifting a Danville or Yanceyville area friend or family member a subscription to the February 2023 CSA, simply create a card for them and then contact me and let me know their name, email, cell phone number, and where they will be picking up the soup (Danville or Yanceyville) and other information and mail in your payment.
February Soups CSA 4-week series runs from February 2 – 23.
February 2, Thursday
Garlicky Pork, Rice Noodle, Cabbage, and Ginger Soup Add-on dessert: Banana Bread Bars
February 9, Thursday
Add-on dessert: Brownies
February 16, Thursday
Add-on dessert: Pralines
February 23, Thursday
Italian Vegetarian Minestrone
Add-on dessert: Rosemary Shortbread
Single Quart (4 weeks) 65.
Two quarts (4 weeks) 120.
Add-on Dessert (2 pieces) (4 weeks) 30.
Single quart each week & add-on dessert (for 2) 90.
Two quarts weekly and double desserts: 180.
The Plough Girls Association February Soup CSA runs for 4 weeks. Here is how it works. Individuals will subscribe to have a quart of homemade seasonal soup (with the option of an add-on dessert) delivered each week to a designated pick-up location.
PICK UP LOCATIONS
At this point, one pick-up location will be at the Caswell Farmer’s Market (Goodwill) parking lot in Yanceyville at 4 p.m. and another will be at the Food Lion (Southwyke) parking lot in Danville, VA at 10 a.m.. If a group wants to get together and order soups, we can arrange other drop-off points. If you are within 8 miles of one of the designated locations, I can drop off the soup at your home for $5 per delivery.
Q & A
If you are unable to find the answer to your question, email me and we will figure it out together. We have managed to survive this far; we can certainly handle soup issues!
What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. According to its original design, it allows consumers to buy food directly from a farm. You sign up at the beginning of the growing season and receive a weekly load of fresh produce. However, my “crops” are home-made soups and desserts, many of which were served at the Yancey House Restaurant (and my current culinary classes).
Can you talk to me about your safe food practices? During my restaurant days, I attended the Safe Serve classes. Yancey House had a 102% rating from opening day. Plough Girl soups and desserts are prepared in my NC Certified kitchen by me (Chef Lucindy). In addition, I will brew the soups a few days before delivery so I can freeze them. This way, I won’t have to worry if you decide to run a few errands before heading home with your soup.
What if I want more than one quart a week? I’m considering having one for dinner and storing the other in the freezer. Great idea. You can sign up for two quarts (or more) a week and receive a small discount. However, if you have signed up for 1 quart but want to add an extra quart one week (for example, maybe for a Valentine or Mardi Gras gift, just let me know five days before the delivery dates so I can plan accordingly. The second quart would be the same price as the first quart.
In addition, if you do not like one of the soups I have listed, you can skip that week and then “double” up on another soup choice. For example, you might not want the gumbo. In that case, you could choose to get two quarts of butternut squash soup.
If I sign up with a group of people, can you do a drop-off at another designated location, even if it is in Chapel Hill or Greensboro? Probably so. Just email me and I will do my best to accommodate you and your group. Depending on the number, you might still be charged a delivery fee. We can talk about it.