FARM BLOG

CSA 2011 - Week #19

What's in the Box - October 4, 5 & 6

VEGETABLE SHARE

The contents of the box may change this week.  Please check back daily for an updated list. You can click on a crop below for recipes and storage information. 

Golden Beets - 1 bunch
Baby Bok Choi - 1 bunch
Lettuce Mix - 1 bag
Green Cabbage - 1 piece
Sweet Potatoes - 2lb.
Yellow Onions - 2-3 pieces

FRUIT SHARE

The listing for the fruit share is for our Long Island sites ONLY.  Please contact your core group if you belong to a Queens pick-up site for your updated weekly share. 

1 Bag Mixed Apples  - Mac & Red Delicious
1 Bag Bosc Pears

QUEENS HERB SHARE

Cilantro
Parsley

notes on the share

A beautiful new harvest of lettuce mix is coming in!  It's bagged, but unwashwed (it keeps longer this way), so be sure to wash before you make your salad.  The baby bok choi is *super* baby-- which means that its flavor is particularly sweet and texture very tender.  It doesn't need to be cooked for very long!

News from the Farm

It's October and it's still raining!!!!!  When will it ever stop?  Later this week?!

We're preparing for our large harvest of sweet potatoes.  Right now we're harvesting by hand with shovels (because it's too wet to bring our machinery out into the fields!).  Typically we harvest the sweet potatoes by flipping the hills upside down with two giant discs on the back of the tractors.  Then, we walk the fields and pick up the potatoes by hand.  After the harvest they are put in a curing room, where the temperature is kept at 85F degrees and high humidity for a week to 10 days, to seal the skins and prepare them for storage. 

Hopefully by the end of this week it will be dry enough to get out into the fields with the tractors to continue to plant our cover crop seed.  We're planting oats, rye and hairy vetch into the fields where the crops have already been harvested, to prevent erosion over the winter and provide nutrition to the soil. 

Another task for this month is to re-build the roads around the farm that have succumb to erosion from this season's persistant and heavy rains. 

Despite all the bad weather, we're looking forward to celebrating the harvest with you in a few weeks, so we hope you will join us for our annual CSA Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 16th! 

CSA HARVEST FESTIVAL -- Sunday, October 16th 2011, from 11am-3pm

This is a private event open to all current CSA Members only.  Please bring your own picnic lunch, lawn chairs or a blanket and sturdy walking shoes for touring the farm. 

Highlights of the Festival
Hayride Tours
Walking Tours
Cooking Demonstrations
Animal Shearing

Kids Haystack Game
Live Music
Storytelling for Kids
Farmstand Open (Produce & Organic Baked Goods for sale!)
Q&A with Farmers 

No RSVP Necessary.  *Light* Rain or Shine (heavy rain will cancel).  We hope to see you there! 

Explore our Website
We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share. Check out our CROP GUIDE to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies, and our RECIPE section to search for ways to cook up your box!

RECIPES

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Braised Cabbage with Caraway
Braised Baby Bok Choi