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Ok, Mother Nature! You can stop now!
It's something I feel like we always complain about- we need more, we need less, whatever the situation may be.
Well... we have definitely have had enough, and the fields are starting to show it. Between root rot and soil erosion, too much rain also leaches away valuable nutrients that are in the soil and can make any bacterial and fungal bourne diseases spread like wildfire. Let's hope we get a little dry spell over the next week to start clearing up some of our concerns.
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It may be summer still, but we are deep into the planning stages of the Fall/Winter CSA program. Enjoying the summer session? Then let our family feed yours for the rest of the year!
Our fall/winter program begins immediately after the summer program ends.
Your support of our program is allowing our family to do BIG things this year. I can't quite tell you what that it yet... but it will be a game changer for our family farm and our community.
Click here to learn more about the program and reserve your spot!
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It's coming to that time of year where everything changes almost by the day. What was barely a flower blossom a couple days ago- has grown into little eggplant, a few of our colored bell peppers have already started to change color (they do this on the plant you know!) and our corn is just about ready as well! One of the downfalls about renting our land is that it is so spread out- we have fields in Woodbury, Watertown, Washington and Roxbury- that sometimes we can't check them all in one day AND do everything that needs to be done. This is why we can not always get our newsletters out to you on Mondays. We hope you can understand this and appreciate the fact that we do take the time to provide our members with this when can.
Did I mention corn above🌽☝? Yeah I did! If you've been lucky enough to grab some off the stand at some point over the last week, you know there's nothing like fresh corn. And it's almost to the point where Amanda & Mike can do a corn dance! It's gonna be sweet- really sweet- you know how we know this? Because unfortunately, the raccoons are great indicators and destroyers of sweet corn. They love it too. Let's hope they are nice enough to leave us some!
Welcome to week 6 of our 2018 Summer CSA Program!
Pick up is at Woodbury Floral Designs-
15 Hollow Rd., Woodbury CT. Pick up time is 1:00pm-6:00pm on Tuesday. If you can not make it in time to pick up, please notify us at 203.266.9149 so we can make other arrangements.
ALL baskets not picked up on your pick up day will be donated to the Woodbury Food Bank.
Kohlrabi is a German turnip, with a taste similar to that of a borccoli stem, but sweeter. Kohlrabi can be cooked or eaten raw- great for coleslaw for your 4th of July gatherings, and is a good source of Vitamin C.
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Those high tunnel tomatoes have come a long way!
We used to talk a lot about high tunnels, then we thought we were boring you. Then we remembered we have all these new and awesome members, soooo let's talk about them again!
A high tunnel is a greenhouse-like covering over open soil- this allows us to plant directly into the ground. How is this different from Hot House Tomatoes? Hot House tomatoes are kept in regular greenhouse structures, where the plants themselves are planted into containers and cared for on benches. The benefits of a high tunnel allow us to get the best flavor in the tomato, since they are planted directly in the soil. We are also able to plant them earlier than in the field since the protective covering keeps the strong sun's heat inside and warms the soil.
Other issues, such as pollinators come into play when in an enclosed environment, but we have put our bumble bees to work on this task back in May to ensure fruit on the vine.
Care for this weeks ingredients:
Lettuce, Bok Choy & Swiss Chard: Wash or at least rinse with cold water upon returning home from your CSA pickup. Greens wit quickly after they have been cut from the field, a quick cold bath will help them become turgid again. Wrap in dishtowel or paper towels and store in the crisper section of your fridge. The entire stem (leaves and all) are used on the chard.
Broccoli: Store in the crisper to up to a week
Red Radish: Remove the tops from the bottoms upon returning home so they don't draw moisture from the radish. The tops can be eaten, although have a little prickly feel. Our rabbits and chickens love the tops too if it's not your thing.
Garlic Scapes: Can be left in the fridge for weeks.
The long wait is over- the first week of the Summer CSA has arrived! Find news, recipes and more inside.
Just wanted to send everyone a quick hello! We're so excited that the start of our CSA program and farmstand is almost here! A couple important things I would like everyone to do:
We have been planning our Fall/Winter CSA for months now! We ALL know it's HOT outside, but farming is always a season or two ahead. We have to plan NOW for our storage crops, as well as what will be seeded in our high tunnel and greenhouses for our fall/winter members, this is why our registration ENDS in just a few weeks!
Registration is open until September 30th!"
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They will download in a PDF please check your "download" folder to retrieve them.
~Saving one tree at a time."
"How to care for your items this week:
The Farm's White Corn should be stored in the fridge, and (preferably) eaten the same day you bring it home. Corn quickly looses it's sugar content every day. Peppers should be kept in the crisper, as well as Eggplant- although please eat the eggplant before it gets "squishy". Both peppers can be stored in the crisper. The Rosemary should be either placed in a container of water or wrapped in a damp paper towel in the fridge. Do not store tomatoes in the fridge- but rather on the counter- and in the sun if they have not reached desired ripeness."
Reserve Your Pork!
We are also taking orders for 1/2 and whole sides of pork! Our naturally fed Yorkshire pigs will be ready in early August, and all curing will be done naturally; without the use of nitrates or nitrites. "
Order Today Click HERE
We're Bringing out the Grill!
You just may be lucky enough when you pick up your CSA in the upcoming weeks to try some of our produce right off the grill- including one of our favorites- CORN!
Welcome to Week 8 of our Summer CSA 18 Week Program!
Thanks for being a valuable part of our farm! We are excited to see you each week, and talk about the fun, delicious time you've had with each week's baskets.
We value your feedback. With that said; please see The Farm Happenings along with "What's In This Week's Basket" video a bit further down in this email body. If you can not see entire email please click "show all" if viewing from a mobile device.
Eat Healthy - Eat Local - Everyday
~The Farm Crew