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Yokna Bottoms 2015 Foodshares Now Available!

32 Weeks of locally, Certified Naturally Grown vegetables! Yokna Bottoms 2015 Prices (before discounts):

  • Full Size $650
  • Half Size $385

Sign up early and save!
Return CSA Members 
– Save 15%
When You Sign Up Before Thanksgiving
– 10% before Jan. 1
– 5% after Jan. 1

New CSA Members 
– Save 10%
When You Sign Up Before Thanksgiving
– 5% before Jan. 1

Visit the CSA page or call Betsy @ (662) 380-2367 for more info.

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Who We Are

Yokna Bottoms Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture  or CSA farm. We are a community of individuals working together to produce locally grown food using sustainable agricultural practices, and to promote sustainable and organic agriculture as a viable agricultural system in north Mississippi. We have a 100 member CSA and sell our food weekly at the Oxford City Market and Mid-Town Market in Oxford, Mississippi.

Yokna Bottoms Farm

  • Produces local food using sustainable natural agricultural practices.
  • Supports sustainable agricultural farmers and artisans in north Mississippi (farmers, farmers’ markets, and local businesses selling locally produced products).
  • Serves as a research site for learning and developing successful organic agricultural practices within north Mississippi’s ecosystem, climate, and soil zones.
  • Provides educational services on local food and sustainable agriculture.
  • Facilitates community life through cooperative production, service and celebration.

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Big Week for Local Food!

Here it is, almost Christmas, and Yokna Bottoms Farm still has food on forks all over town! One of the joys of farming in Mississippi – you just might have a field of lovely lettuce in December…

Yokna Bottoms’ beautiful mixed lettuces, collard greens, broccoli, kale, spinach, green onions, Brussels sprouts, and Jerusalem artichokes can be found on the menu at Oxford Canteen, Snackbar, City Grocery, Living Foods, My Michelle’s, Ravine and even Bramlett Elementary!

Sunny Young and Good Food for Oxford Schools crew served up samples of Yokna Bottoms lettuce during lunch on Tuesday.


Sunny Young, Chili Judge

In addition, locally-sourced ingredients dominated at Gaining Ground’s Solstice Showdown Chili Cookoff! This fantastic event drew CSA members, market customers, farmers, and chefs and the results were a deliciously good time. Local veggies, meats, dairy and grains were featured in an impressive array of chili recipes, including Doug’s Yokna Bottoms Green Chili Stew and Chef Corbin Evans’ Pigs Head Pozole Verde.


Doug with farm friend Greg Johnson


(Super-talented) Chef Corbin

And finally…Named Favorite Local Farm in the Local Voice’s 2015 Local Favorites Awards, Yokna Bottoms found itself in good company, alongside other winners Brown Dairy, Woodson Ridge, Bost Farms, and Canebreak Farm!

Big week, good year for local food. Our thanks to everyone in Oxford’s farming/sustainability community.

Keep on Growing!

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Holidays from Farmer Santa 

Consider giving yourself, your family, or someone you love the gift of good food this holiday season!

Both new and returning CSA members can save when signing up before January 1, 2015.

Foodshare Options

Full Size $650
Half Size $385

Return CSA Members 
– Save 10% before Jan. 1  (Full: $585/Half: $346.50)
– Save 5% after Jan. 1 (Full: $617.50/Half:$365.75)

New CSA Members 
– Save 5% before Jan. 1 (Full: $617.50/Half:$365.75)

Visit the Yokna Bottoms CSA page or call (662) 380-2367 for more info.


Gaining Ground Solstice Showdown Chili Cookoff

Wednesday, December 17
6-8 p.m.
The Powerhouse

Baby, it’s cold outside…but you’ll be feeling HOT, HOT, HOT at Gaining Ground’s Solstice Showdown Chili Cookoff! Here’s the lowdown on the showdown from event brainchild and sustainability goddess Stacey Sanford:

What inspired GG to host a chili cook off? 
We wanted to mix it up a little!

What will entries be judged on – just taste or is there more to it?
There are four categories people can enter- vegetarian, local (must include one local ingredient), budget (must include total cost to make), and conventional (just a regular recipe).

Who are the judges?
GG is a community- we will all be judges! Everyone will receive a judging card.

How about prizes? Is this just about the glory being named #1 Chili Maker or can winners expect to go home with a little something?
Oh, there are prizes! Be prepared to take home a little something that reflects the character of the category won!

What are the key components of a good chili, in your opinion?
For me, the winners have the most stuff- beans, veg, noodles- the more the merrier!

Finally, the International Chili Society lists nearly 3,000 chili contests. Why is chili such popular cook off dish?
I think because it is easy- just set it and let it cook. there are so many ways to do it right,and it just tastes so good!

You don’t have to cook to come taste and judge! Suggested $5 donation to come judge only, but it is open to anyone! No need to be a member or even ever been to a Gaining Ground meeting!

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The Gift of Good Food

Yokna Bottoms Farm 2015 CSA memberships now available!


Late fall on the farm…

Harvest season may be over, but we’re keeping plenty busy on the farm during the off-season: chopping firewood, clearing pines, and planning for another great year of building a sustainable local food system for Oxford families and food lovers!

CSA members are the heart and backbone of the sustainable agriculture movement!

The off-season means a break from markets and so we’re especially grateful for our loyal return CSA members and new members, whose support keeps the farm up and running!

Our relationships with our members and their families, keep us going too – it is a joy to know you and be part of your lives and dinner tables!

Consider giving yourself, your family, or someone you love the gift of good food this holiday season!

Both new and returning CSA members can save when signing up before January 1, 2015.

Foodshare Options

Full Size $650
Half Size $385

Return CSA Members 
– Save 10% before Jan. 1  (Full: $585/Half: $346.50)
– Save 5% after Jan. 1 (Full: $617.50/Half:$365.75)

New CSA Members 
– Save 5% before Jan. 1 (Full: $617.50/Half:$365.75)

Visit the Yokna Bottoms CSA page or call (662) 380-2367 for more info.

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Farm to School: A Farmer (and educator’s) Perspective

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Recent presentation by Yokna Bottoms Farm founder and owner Doug Davis. From the perspective of a farmer and an educator, Doug presented his thoughts on the Farm to School movement at the request of Good Food for Oxford Schools coordinator Sunny Young.

Farm to School

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Fall Shindig on the Farm! House Concert: The New Agrarians

As the end of a fantastic 2014 season draws near, we’re ready to throw down on the farm!

In celebration of local food, Yokna Bottoms Farm and Gaining Ground – Hill Country Chapter have invited The New Agrarians to perform at the farmhouse on Nov. 13, following their set on Thacker Mountain Radio. The trio of talented singer-songwriters will go on at 9 p.m. but we’re gonna make a whole night of it!

Guests are invited to begin arriving at 6 p.m. and enjoy some great Yokna Bottoms Farm food. Local favorites The Old Ways will go on at7:30 p.m. BYOB and feel free to bring a dish to share if you’d like.

We have space for 60 guests. To reserve your spot, we request pre-payment of $20 at our Oxford City Market booth (Tues. 3-6:30 p.m.) or at our Saturday distribution 8-10 a.m. at OXCM on West Oxford Loop.

For more info, call Betsy at 662-380-2367 or email atyoknabottoms@gmail.com.


The Market Table

Fall bounty on the market table! New this week: We’ve got tender, delicious collard greens plus AWESOME carrots, hakurei turnips, radishes, green onions, kale, lettuces, mustard greens, Mesclun mix and more!

Here’s the schedule for Tuesday markets/CSA distributions:

Tuesdays, 3-6:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 The Powerhouse
Nov. 11 The Lyric
Nov. 18 The Lyric
Nov. 25 The Lyric

* Beginning Nov. 1, Saturday distributions will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Oxford City Market West Oxford Loop location.

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OXCM Moves Indoors for Fall

With days getting shorter and chillier, Oxford City Market plans to keep shoppers shopping and vendors vending through the fall.

OXCM is moving to the Lyric and the Powerhouse for the remainder of the season. Yokna Botttoms Farm Tuesday CSA distributions will continue from 3-6:30 p.m.

We’ll have lots of delicious fall veggies with the added bonus of toasty warm venues and great performance spaces for musical guests!

Here’s the schedule for Tuesday markets/CSA distributions:

Tuesdays, 3-6:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 The Lyric
Nov. 4 The Powerhouse
Nov. 11 The Lyric
Nov. 18 The Lyric
Nov. 25 The Lyric

* Beginning Nov. 1, Saturday distributions will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Oxford City Market West Oxford Loop location.


The Market Table

Fall bounty on the market table! We’ve got AWESOME carrots, hakurei turnips, radishes, green onions, kale, lettuces, mustard greens, Mesclun mix and more! Come see us Saturday at Midtown from 7-11 a.m. or Tuesday at OXCM from 3-6:30 p.m.

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Green Onion Chipotle Cornbread


This green onion and chipotle studded cornbread was a hit at last month’s Gaining Ground meeting and since several attendees have asked for the recipe, I thought I’d oblige. The recipe features locally stone-ground corn meal from the Grit Girl and honey from Taylor’s Mardis Honey!

Green Onion Chipotle Cornbread

3 Yokna Bottoms green onions, chopped finely
1/4 cup Yokna Bottoms chipotle peppers, finely chopped with seeds removed
1/4 cup Mardis honey
3/4 cup Grit Girl cornmeal
3/4 cup unbleached flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil

Get oven hot at 425 degrees. Heat oil in cast iron skillet in the oven while you mix up the batter.

Mix all dry ingredients. Then add your eggs and buttermilk and stir until just mixed. You don’t want to over mix your batter. Pour into hot skillet and bake about 20 minutes. Serve with Yokna Bottoms pepper jelly!

-Betsy


The Market Table

Fall bounty on the market table! This week we’ve got gorgeous radishes, green onions, kale, lettuces, mustard greens, Mesclun mix and more! Come see us Saturday at Midtown from 7-11 a.m. or Tuesday at OXCM from 3-6:30 p.m. 

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