Plough Girls CSA Soup:  Winter 2022

Another Covid winter . . . another CSA Soup Series. Let me thank all of you who  participated in the previous five soup series over the last year and a half.  Hoping you enjoyed the warm, comforting soups as much as I did.  Judith Martin was correct when she wrote:

“Do you have a 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? 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?”

Inspired by Miss Manners’ words, Plough Girls will be offering two, separate 4-week classes designed for the upcoming winter season.

Cozy Winter Soups 4-week series runs from January 6 – 27.  February Celebration Soups series runs from February 10 – March 3.  In February, we will celebrate Black History month, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras (March 1).

So, here it is, and just in time for holiday giving.  Have you considered gifting a 4-week subscription to a loved one or someone who needs some extra TLC (including yourself!  I know I do!)? Create a gift card and then email for payment information.

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 Autumn CSA as a Covid Survival Kit, simply create a card for them and then contact me and let me know their name, phone number, and where they will be picking up the soup (Danville or Yanceyville) and other information and mail in your payment.

First Series: Coziest Winter Soup CSA

January 6, 2022, Thursday
Black-Eyed Pea New Year’s Soup
Dessert Option: Ooey-Gooey Brownies

January 13, 2022, Thursday
Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil, & Veggie Soup
Dessert Option: Rosemary Shortbread

January 20, 2022, Thursday
Texas Chili
Dessert Option: Texas Sheet cake

January 27, 2022, Thursday
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Dessert Option: Lime Bars

Second Series: February Celebration Soups

 February 3, 2022, Thursday – Black History Month
Ham, Beans, and Greens Soup
Dessert Option: Sweet Potato Pie Bars

February 10, 2022, Thursday – Valentine’s
Smoky Tomato Soup
Dessert Option:  Valentine Linzer Bars

February 17, 2022, Thursday – President’s Day
Minestrone (something for everyone on both sides of the aisle)
Dessert Option: Brownies

February 24, 2022, Thursday – Mardi Gras
Jambalaya Soup
Dessert Option: Pralines


Single Quart (4 weeks) 60.
Two quarts (4 weeks) 100.
Add-on Dessert (2 pieces) (4 weeks) 30.

Single quart each week & add-on dessert (for 2) 90.

Two quarts weekly and double desserts: 160.

Home delivery (within 8 miles of pick-up location) 5. per week
Home delivery (outside 8 miles): Let’s talk

The Plough Girls Association February Soup CSA runs for 4 weeks.  Here is how it works.  Individuals will subscribe to have a quart of my delicious homemade seasonal soup (with the option of an add-on dessert) delivered each week to a designated pick-up location.

At this point, one pick-up location will be at the Caswell Farmer’s Market 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 survived 2020; 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 that I served at the Yancey House Restaurant (and 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) who will be wearing a mask and gloves (until the Governor deems it unnecessary).  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.

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, I am happy to 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.

Why are you doing this?  I have asked myself this very question! Even in quarantine and being able to hold only private cooking classes,  I have tried to stay in touch with local farmers, Ag Extension, the PCC Agriculture program, and Women in Agriculture.  Still, I feel a disconnect, so consider this little experiment as an attempt to continue to foster community, make connections, and inspire gratitude for all we have here in Caswell.

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