News from the Farm – October 1, 2016

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Just a few more weeks of flowers, but they’re going strong right now! Alex & Julia harvesting Dahlias & Salvias on Tuesday.

Just a few more weeks of flowers, but they’re going strong right now! Alex & Julia harvesting Dahlias & Salvias on Tuesday.

The Strawberries are in the ground! The over-wintering flowers are in the ground. We have garlic and onions to go, but not for another couple of weeks will we be getting those int he ground. We have some more lettuces to plant, mostly in the tunnels, but we’re tempted to plant some outside since it’s so warm still. We have to remind ourselves that it is, in fact, almost October and it’s just gotta get colder soon. Despite having received almost no rain in the past 4 weeks all the cover crop has started to come up. This is a huge relief. The ground is SO dry and since we use drip irrigation, we have no way to broadcast water to get cover crop seed to germinate. Thankfully there was enough moisture in the soil to get the cover crop going. But will no rain in the forecast for the next 10 days and virtually no rain falling Monday or Tuesday here at the farm, we’re still concerned.

Anyway, there’s still lots to keep us occupied. We’re starting to take out the tomato plants from the tunnels, and getting those beds ready for some lettuces and greens for our November and December markets and to help feed us over the winter. There’s plenty of drip lines to roll up for winter storage. We have a barn full of onions that need to be bagged up and sorted. We’ll be cutting our sorghum, probably next week and making molasses the week after. And there’s still some weeds to kill, though the farm has never looked better. Everything seems so under control, mostly thanks to the tireless efforts of our crew.

Don’t forgot about the FARM PARTY on October 2nd from 3-6ish. It’s a potluck. We’ll provide drinks and burgers and hotdogs (meat & veg). Please let us know if you can make it (unless you’re already told us)

Radicchio. There’s Radicchio in your box this week, SugarLoaf is the variety. Radicchio is a bitter green and meant to be used sparingly. Chop up a little bit at a time to add to salads. It will last for weeks in a plastic bag in the veg drawer of your frig.

Just FYI, the last Wednesday box for the regular CSA season is October 12th. We still have some spots in our extended CSA season. Just shoot us an email and we can give the details.

Please return your CSA box next week. These boxes are waxed and are not recyclable, but we reuse them. So PLEASE remember to bring them back next week.

Ideas for Cooking

(We want to thank long time CSA member John Loyd for providing ideas and inspiration in this section!!!

“You are what you eat. For example, if you eat garlic you’re apt to be a hermit.” Franklin P. Jones

CARROTS – Steaming and boiling does little to bring out a nice carrot taste.  Braising, cooking them in a little water and then sautéing them, works the best for flavor.

This Week’s Recipes (Click on Link):

CREAMY MUSTARD DRESSING

QUICK COOKED CARROTS WITH A MUSTARD-BROWN SUGAR GLAZE

News from the Farm – September 17, 2016

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Mid-September is upon us! Our winter cover crop seed should be here this coming Monday morning. All the fields are ready to be sown and put away for the winter. We did a major clean up on Monday, pulling out drip tape from old beds, mowing them down, and discing them under. The farm is looking quite tidy these days! The strawberry plants have arrived. We’ll get those beds prepared early in the week and plant the next year’s strawberries crop on Thursday, if the weather cooperates. It is SO dry out here. And of course, BOTH our irrigation systems were not working late last week. Long story, and maybe a little too complicated to explain here, but I spent HOURS watering the little transplants with our transplanter Monday. The replacement parts arrived late Monday afternoon. We fixed the pump and irrigated everything again, properly. We’re back on track, able to water at will.

The crew has been taking out the tunnel cucumbers Wednesday morning, no more cukes, and harvesting the popcorn to hang in the greenhouse. It takes weeks for the popcorn to dry sufficiently for the kernels to pop, but it’s worth the wait. We have one more planting of lettuce to go out into the fields, along with another bed of book choi & napa cabbage, and one more radish arugula bed. That’s it for the 2016 season. The rest, strawberries, garlic, flowers, & onions, are for 2017!

Just FYI, the last Saturday box for the regular CSA season is October 15th. We still have some spots in our extended CSA season. Just shoot us an email and we can give the details.

Please return your CSA box next week. These boxes are waxed and are not recyclable, but we reuse them. So PLEASE remember to bring them back next week.

Ideas for Cooking

(We want to thank long time CSA member John Loyd for providing ideas and inspiration in this section!!!

“Pre-heat the oven? Really? If I was the sort of person who planned ahead, I wouldn’t be eating this Totino’s Party Pizza in the first place.” Adam Peterson

Grab your cukes before there’re on gone.

This Week’s Recipes (Click on Link):

BALKAN CUCUMBER SALAD

GARLIC SOUP

ALGERIAN ROASTED BEETS AND GREENS

News from the Farm – September 10, 2016

Popcorn, almost ready to harvest

Popcorn, almost ready to harvest

Zinnias, looking west.

Zinnias, looking west.

Cool nights! We’ve been enjoying the cool mornings as well. Summer is most definitely on its way out, along with all the wonderful summer vegetables. But some of the cool season favorites are coming back. The green kale has made a come back, as has the book choi. Soon there will be shite globe turnips, arugula, radishes, and spinach! For some plants late summer/early fall is the time to finish up or succumb to disease. For other plants, like many weeds, it’s time to keep growing and put out as many seeds as possible. So we’re still locked in that struggle with the weeds that want to choke out our carrots, beets, and other young fall crops. Once we get a frost then the weed pressure dimities significantly, but until then the weeds are going strong.

During the past week we’ve done a good bit of planting or kales, leeks, lettuce mix, cabbage, and spinach. We’ve sown more spinach, radishes, arugula, and turnips. With one of our crew on vacation and a couple of us infirm in one way or another, we’ve just been trying to keep moving and make progress against weeds or prepping fields for late fall as best we can.
Enjoy this week’s box.

Please return your CSA box next week. These boxes are waxed and are not recyclable, but we reuse them. So PLEASE remember to bring them back next week.

Ideas for Cooking

(We want to thank long time CSA member John Loyd for providing ideas and inspiration in this section!!!
“Make lunch, not war.” Author unknown

This Week’s Recipes (Click on Link):

TOMATO VINAIGRETTE

JULIA ALVAREZ’ SWEET AND SOUR CARROTS

KALE AND POTATO SOUP

News from the Farm – September 3, 2016

anessa taking a “super” containing the frames of honey comb filled with honey off of a hive.

Vanessa taking a “super” containing the frames of honey comb filled with honey off of a hive.

Though it’s been rather hot and dry out here we’re starting to really look towards fall. The light has begun to change out here in the valley and there’s an occasional breeze that tells us that fall is approaching. We’re looking forward to some cooler temperatures for sure. Summer is still here though, in the form of sweet corn! (the last round) and the peppers are still really going strong. There are tomatoes, but they are really starting to wane. The summer squash is finished and the cucumbers are starting to slow down as well. But the greens are starting again! We’ll have green kale at market today, though there wasn’t enough to get it into your boxes this week. The winter squash was harvested last week and we got about double what we usually get, thanks, in part, to dry weather and warm nighttime temperatures. Of course the dedication and hard work of the farmers had a little bit to do with it too, we hope. Anyway starting this week there’s winter squash in your boxes. You’ll receive some from now until the last week of the CSA. They store very well, especially the butternut varieties. So just place them in a coolish, dry place in your pantry or kitchen counter and enjoy at your leisure.

Some of the fall jobs have started (see picot below), like harvesting the honey!. We’ll spin it out of the frames tomorrow and get it bottled up some there after. The popcorn is still out in the field drying on the plants, soon it will be taken off, shucked and hung in the greenhouse to dry further. Lastly the sorghum looks amazing. It’s at least 10’ tall and thick. We’ll take the cut canes to a friend’s farm in Madison Co. to grind it and cook it down into molasses, probably in early October.

Please return your CSA box next week. These boxes are waxed and are not recyclable, but we reuse them. So PLEASE remember to bring them back next week.

Ideas for Cooking

(We want to thank long time CSA member John Loyd for providing ideas and inspiration in this section!!!

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good from fresh ingredients.” Julia Child

We’re getting peppers in our boxes and there are more are in our booth. This is a great way to use them. I used the green ones and the long red ones. I suppose, you could toss in some the little green ones if you want to notch up the tang. This is an interesting non-red pasta.

This Week’s Recipes (Click on Link)

ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE WITH GARLIC AND BASIL

TOMATO SAUCE WITH SAUTEED VEGETABLES AND OLIVE OIL

News from the Farm – August 27, 2016

Hello. late Summer. We’re still very busy out here, of course. The crew picked up about half of the winter squash this morning and are now working on weeding the fall greens. The green kale is ready to harvest! We’ll actually start picking some for Saturday market. This time of year there are certain weeds that are really growing like crazy, among them is our least favorite, Prickly Pigweed. It’s an amaranth, which means that they can produce literally hundreds of thousands of seeds, if left to grow unchecked. They also have vicious thorns on them which seem to lunge out at you as you pass by, very unpleasant plants. This time of year is another time of transition on the farm. Many of the summer crops are coming to an end either rapidly (summer squash) or slowly declining (Heirloom & cherry tomatoes). Some big areas which had crops in them are now ready to be mowed down (winter squash & sweet corn). And we are readying ground for the over-wintering crops of garlic, onions, strawberries, and flowers, not to mention sowing the fall cover crop.

Sorry no pictures today. Hopefully I’ll send some long later.

Please return your CSA box next week. These boxes are waxed and are not recyclable, but we reuse them. So PLEASE remember to bring them back next week.

Ideas for Cooking

(We want to thank long time CSA member John Loyd for providing ideas and inspiration in this section!!!

“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” Thomas Keller

This is a nice time to fire up your grills, oil your grate, and cook lots of different vegetables. You may consider trying different spices like ones from the Middle East.

This week’s recipes (Click on Link)

GREEK STYLE SAUCE

TOMATO SALAD CALIENTE

CUCUMBER AND ONION FILLED TOMATOES

Appalachian Grown

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