If you are reading this blog, you probably know at least a little something about Talley Vineyards. But you might not know that the Talley family has another operation right across the road from us, Talley Farms. For the last few years, Talley Farms has offered membership in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), called Talley Farms Fresh Harvest. Each week, Talley Farms Fresh Harvest puts together a beautiful box of fresh, local vegetables and fruit grown by Talley Farms or by one of our neighboring farms. These lovely boxes are delivered to convenient locations throughout the area where customers can pick them up.
So, what do the Talley Farms Fresh Harvest boxes have to do with a winery blog? Well, if our blog is meant to reflect what is important here at Talley Vineyards, then it is about time we write about veggies. Among Talley Vineyards employees, there are frequent conversations about the contents of last week’s box, what we most enjoyed and how we prepared each item. And there is always much anticipation for each Thursday when our new box is delivered.
Last night I unpacked my Talley Farms Fresh Harvest box and immediately began snacking on the delicious raspberries and sweet blueberries. They never even made it into the refrigerator! For last night’s dinner I finally mastered the art of grilled artichokes. Fresh artichokes cooked on a hot grill, adding just a hint of smokiness, are perfection. I’ve realized there are two tricks – one is to not overcook the artichokes before grilling and the other is to use the best ingredients possible.
The Talley Farms Fresh Harvest avocados have spoiled me to the point where I will never eat a store bought avocado again. The bell peppers, both green and red, are huge, delicious and picture perfect. I’ve even found ways to enjoy the kale, a vegetable that has never been my favorite. I love Thursdays and learning what is inside the Fresh Harvest box of goodness. Add a glass of Talley Vineyards wine and it makes for a perfect meal every time!
Every year we hold an appreciation event for your Estate Subscriber Program wine club members. This year, Alyssa decided it would be fun to have a pizza maker and pasta. Out on the lawn in front of the winery building, on a perfect afternoon, our club members enjoyed pizzas, wonderful wines and a lovely pasta meal. Words cannot describe the "fun" but a few photos might.
|Estate Subscriber event in progress|
|The pizza maker||Pizzas fresh from the oven|
|Toss a cork, win a magnum of wine||Great library and current wines|
|A fun day at Talley Vineyards|
I am usually the one behind our blog posts each week, reminding fellow employees it's time to post, finding photos to add to their words, making suggestions on topics, and getting it up on the website. This week, with well earned vacations, I thought I would post the last blog of 2012.
As 2012 is almost over and we are about to ring in the New Year, it is time to reflect and at the same time look forward to what 2013 will bring. On Thursday, which was a sunny and very cool, breezy day, we were surprised by the site of this lovely, bright rainbow displayed across the vineyards and mountains here at Talley Vineyards. I take it to be a sign that 2013 is going to be a spectacular year!
Wishing you all a year of joy, prosperity and lots of rainbows! Happy New Year!