Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spring CSA pickup #6 June 11 &15

This week you may receive:

Salad Mix
Kale
Collards
Chard
Spinach
Green Garlic
Hakurei Turnips
Broccoli Raab

coming soon: Kohlrabi, chinese cabbage and more..

Hakurei Turnips are one of our favorite early veggies from the garden. We like to slice the turnips and chop up the greens and steam them together, add butter and salt and they are delicious

This Swiss Chard will add a bit of color to the big bags of Greens
The newest additions to our herd of Sheep and Goats. These two Jacob lambs arrived at the farm last night and they are pretty scared right now but hopefully they will acclimate soon. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Spring CSA Pickup #5 June 4 and 8


Its hard to believe that it is now June, Summer is rapidly approaching and finally we are harvesting from the outdoor gardens! It felt so good to uncover these beds after all the rain (that we needed so desperately) and see the lush, green leaves ready to be bunched and packed for this week's CSA.

This week you may receive:
Kale
Collards
Pea Shoots
Arugula
Salad Mix
Green Garlic
Pac Choi
Radishes

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring CSA Pickup #4 May 28 & June 1

Oops! We forgot to post last week's blog entry. Hope no one found themselves with unidentifiable vegetables..

We hope you all are enjoying the fresh, green food that we had been craving all Winter. We are at a point in the Spring where the outdoor gardens are still not quite ready due to this year's late start, and the greenhouses are winding down for the Spring..looking forward to the transition to hot Summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, melons and sweet potatoes. As we try to manage our harvests for over 30 households, the shares will vary somewhat from person to person, though we will do our best to get everyone a taste of everything throughout the season. 

this week you receive some of:

Salad Mix
Spinach
Cilantro
Arugula
Garlic Scallions
Lettuce Heads
Chives
Asparagus
Kale

Coming soon...Chard, Pea Shoots, Collards, Broccoli Raab, Sweet Turnips and more

Garlic Scallions or "Green Garlic" are the immature form of the Garlic plant before the bulbs start to form. It can be used the same way Garlic is used in any recipe, and has a slightly less intense flavor. The entire plant is edible and can be chopped up or shredded in a food processor. We like to blend it with our fresh goat cheese to make a garlicky spread.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring CSA Pickup #2 May 14 & 18

After the cold, wet beginning of Spring that we had, it is amazing how quickly things got too dry. We had some really hot days and dust was blowing around the fields. We could barely keep up with watering the scorching greenhouses and our little vegetable transplants were craving a drink of water. Thankfully we got a good soaking and things cooled off. The farm is now vibrant and colorful!

This week you will receive:

Parsnips
Pac Choi
Salad Mix
Radishes
Chives

We welcome the early return of chives each spring. They add a great spice to our salads and are our first fresh flavoring for our goat cheese

After almost 10 years at this farm, we finally have a covered washing and packing shed addition to our barn. Here is some of today's harvest waiting to be packed up

Our plum trees are on the other side of the farm, so we brought some branches into the house to enjoy

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring CSA Pick up #1 May 7 and May 11

It has been a challenging start to Spring but the fields are finally dry and the sun has been shining brilliantly. Greens are growing well in the hoophouses and in the high tunnel greenhouse and the past two weeks we have finally planted seeds and seedlings out in the garden. Rhubarb and chive leaves are poking their heads out of the ground with asparagus to follow. Its exciting to walk around the farm each morning and see what new buds are slowly opening and what flowers have emerged. We are surrounded by daffodils, trilliums, violets and soon the blossoms on the plum trees. Our lambs and goats are romping around in their pasture while we plant thousands of onions in fluffy beds of rich soil and hundreds of grafted apple trees in our nursery. It is an exciting time of year that we are happy to share with all of you!

This week you will receive:

Spring Dug Parsnips
Shallots from the root cellar
Salad Mix
Arugula
Pac Choi


Our Parsnips stay in the ground all winter and are so sweet by the time we dig them up in spring. Try them simply roasted or pureed or there are many amazing recipes out there for cakes, puddings etc.


Pac Choi is one of our favorite spring vegetables. The leaves and stems can be steamed or stir fried and are delicious in Miso or Chicken soup. We also cut the stems up and eat them raw in salad like celery ribs. 


Shallots store so well in our root cellar that we often can still eat them in July!  

Notes: Our pickups are split into Thursdays and Mondays so that we do not over harvest our greens. Occasionally the shares will vary from Thursday to Monday but over the course of the season everyone will receive some of everything.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Instagram

Hello..for those of you interested in more frequent updates and pictures of what's happening on the farm, find us on instagram at afterthefallfarm

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter CSA Pickup #8 February 2

We have not updated this Blog for a while..this season has been busier than we expected. Often it seems like the Winter is a down time for farmers to relax and rest up for the next season, but somehow our days get filled up quickly...doing chores for the goats, sheep, and chickens, shoveling snow, ordering seeds, planning gardens, cooking, skiing in the woods, cutting firewood, doing lessons with our kids...the list goes on!

We hope that you all have been enjoying the snow and staying warm with these cold days and nights...its been a lot of work to deal with but we have had some fun with it too!

This week you will be receiving:

Onions
Shallots
Carrots
Garlic
Green Cabbage
Turnips


Welcome the newest additions to the farm..three American Guinea Hog Piglets. Guinea Hogs are a heritage breed of pigs that are much smaller than average hogs. They are great at foraging for their own food and therefore require much less grain. They are very friendly and currently are living in comfort in one of our sunny greenhouses. These piglets came from a farm in New Hampshire and if all goes well, we will keep one of the females for a Sow and will be breeding our own pigs in the future.