Friday, July 29, 2016

FARM SHARE # 9 - JULY 28, 2016

Big Share - flowers, broccolini, lettuce, New Zealand spinach, escarole, beans, greens (turnip, chard, collards, or kale), squash, cucumber, carrots, fennel, herbs (mint, sage, parsley, dill, or dill flowers), hot peppers, and 3 choices, in this case pickling cukes, eggplant, and extra lettuce.

Sample Mini Share - squash and pickling cucumbers

Sample bouquet

Sunday, July 24, 2016

FARM SHARE # 8 - July 21, 2016

Big Share: 4 Squash, 2 fresh garlic, 8 carrots, 1 cucumber, 1 cabbage, 1 bunch basil, 2 head lettuces, ~2 pounds beans, 1 bunch greens (kale, chard, or turnip greens), 3/4 pound New Zealand spinach, 4 beets, 1 fennel, 3 hot peppers, 1 kohlrabi, 3 choosing items (in this share broccolini, baby beet greens, sweet peppers), flowers!

Min Shares got to choose two items, as usual.  Plus flowers and PYO garden.

Beans are in season!  It's time to remember all your favorite bean recipes.  Some ways we like to eat beans:
Pickled Dilly Beans
Steamed beans with butter (or without)
Cooked and cooled beans, seasoned with oil and vinegar and garlic.
Three Bean Salad (fresh beans, cooked kidney beans, garbanzos - dressed with olive oil, wine vinegar, garlic, red onions or scallions)
Beans quickly boiled and seasoned with basil and mint
Beans in soup, stir-fry, or chicken pie

There are lots of beans to pick in the PYO garden, too.  Farm Members are welcome to pick on Thursdays during pickup time (2:00 - 7:00) or come over on the weekend.  Call or email first to be sure they have not been picked over. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FARM SHARE # 7 - July 14, 2016

Lots of colorful vegetables in Share # 7, including beets, carrots, peppers, and squash.  In addition, beans have started in the PYO garden and we had an special PYO item: red currants.  Summertime.

Sample Big Share - Beets, carrots, radishes, squash, collards, Chinese cabbage, head lettuce, beans, scallions, parsley, hot peppers, cucumber, flowers, plus 3 choosing items, in this case: more hot peppers, more beets, and broccolini

Sample Mini Share - squash and beans

Sample Mini Share - beets and hot peppers

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CSA News Flash

When you pick up your share tomorrow, in addition to the PYO garden (snap peas, basil, parsley, and now, beans!), you are welcome to pick some Red Currants!  We've picked all we can manage to put up and there are lots more.  Bring a container.

And, speaking of containers, we are already short on 1 quart berry containers.  If you have some extra, please bring them to the farm.  We use them for beans, tomatoes, tomatillos, etc.  When you pick up your share, try to leave the berry boxes, if possible.

THANKS!  You folks are great!
L & R @ SMF

Farm Week # 7 - July 12, 2016

Hello, farm members,

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as we are.  The garden is cranking out the veggies, the flowers are in bloom, people are visiting.  This week as I surveyed the garden I noticed the tall Asiatic lilies are starting to bloom (check them out on the west side of the house, so sweet!) and the basswood trees are in heavy bloom and buzzing with pollinators.  The beans are in.  Expect an array of colors this Thursday and look for more beans in the PYO garden.

Last Thursday I was sick so Robin prepped the farm shares on his own.  He did a great job and I am so grateful to have him here, every day, not just on sick days!  (All better now.)

This Saturday, July 16, SMF is going to the Bernardston Farmers' Market, 10:00 - 1:00, at the United Church of Bernardston Parking Lot.  Come say hello and bring/send your friends for some of our farm produce.

I am behind on posting recipes at the recipe blog but hope to catch up soon.  If you have recipes to share, send them on or comment at the blog.  We all need ideas.  Also, watch the Wednesday edition of the Greenfield Recorder, Trouble's recipe for Kohl-slawbi might be in there.

How this gets distributed will depend on the amount we pick of each thing.  There should be plenty of choices.  We plan on using the same system as last week where the MINI SHARE items and the CHOOSING AREA for the big shares are merged.  That system has been working well, as far as we can tell, and is a bit simpler on our end.

Lots of these-
Greens: kale, chard, collards, New Zealand spinach
Cabbage - cole slaw, anyone? 
Chinese cabbage
Salad mix
Head lettuce
Herbs: basil, parsley, mint
Beets - eat the tops as cooked greens
Salad turnips (eat the tops too)


That's enough for now.  See you Thursday (and maybe Saturday?)
Robin and Laura

FARM SHARE # 6 - July 7, 2016

Kohlrabi in the choosing area

Big Share

Ready for pick up

Happy farmer and happy farm member
PS  Look for Trouble's recipe for "Kohlslawbi" in the July 13 issue of the Greenfield Recorder.  Or check out our Recipe Blog for her recipe and other ways to use your farm produce.

FARM SHARE # 5 - June 30, 2016

Big Share

Chinese cabbage!

Mini Share

Flowers under the apple tree