Farmer’s Special Selection, April 1st and 4th

Our special box this week highlights some delicious fresh greens and flavorful roots. April is an interesting time of year to eat locally in New England. The storage crops are running low but the greenhouse greens are really ramping up their growth. Combining the rich, warm flavors of winter roots with the bright flavors of spring greens makes great meals.

What’s in the Box ($30, a 10% discount on retail prices):
2# purple top turnips
1/3# pea tendrils 
2# carrot
1/2#yellow onion
1/2# red onion
1 bulb garlic
5# russet potatoes
1/3 # Carlton greens 


Recipes for the box veggies from our recipe champion, Jess:

SOUTHERN TURNIP SUPREMEhttps://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/199134/southern-turnip-supreme/Did you know that turnips are high in vitamin C and beta carotene? They can give your immune system a boost and reduce inflammation. If you’re in the mood for some comfort food (and who isn’t!) check out this delicious , immune-boosting twist on a potato salad made with turnips.
TURNIPS WITH GARLICKY BREADCRUMBS AND PARMESANhttps://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/turnips-with-garlicky-breadcrumbs-and-parmesanThe perfect spring turnip dish that can be made using things you likely have on hand in your pantry.
ROASTED CARROTS, POTATOES AND ONIONShttps://tastykitchen.com/recipes/sidedishes/roasted-carrots-potatoes-onions/Roasted veggies are a go-to in our house. You can use whatever you have on hand – have leftover turnips? Toss them in! Want to make it a main dish? Throw some sausages in (just make sure that they come to temp if they’re not pre-cooked).
GINGER GLAZED CARROT AND PEA SHOOT SALADhttps://noteatingoutinny.com/2009/04/28/ginger-glazed-grilled-carrot-and-pea-shoot-salad/We’ve had some gorgeous spring days and it’s getting into grilling season! If you’re not ready to grill yet, just roast the carrots in the oven.
USES FOR CARLTON GREENSCarlton Greens (also known as Komatsuna or Japanese Spinach) is like a tender bok choy and is packed with nutrients. It can be used in salads, smoothies, substituted for baby bok choy, sauteed with garlic or tossed into soups.
CARLTON GREENS AND BACON STIR-FRYhttps://cookpad.com/us/recipes/151151-komatsuna-japanese-mustard-spinach-and-bacon-garlic-stir-fry
CARLTON GREEN SMOOTHIEhttp://www.tokyoeats.jp/green-smoothie/

COVID-19 -Hopkinton Winter Market Cancelled

As closures and quarantines go into effect in our immediate community and across the globe to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many small farmers, like myself, are left to answer the question: to sell, or not to sell? Despite the need for social distance, people still need to eat and if grocery stores are open, then we should still offer food for sale as well.

Our next two scheduled markets at Weston Nurseries are cancelled, along with several other fairs and events that we planned to attend over the next month. Our total sales for the months of March and April are always the lowest of the year, as the storage crops have mostly been sold and the spring greens are only just getting started. We found out yesterday that market was cancelled and we did not harvest or wash for tomorrow.

We want to ensure that our dedicated customers can still access our produce, so we are establishing an online ordering process. Customers will be able to order produce online that will then be harvested packed by myself or a trained staff person. We are working on establishing a pick up location in the Ashland/Holliston/Hopkinton area, but our site in Franklin will be the pick up location for now.

Until further notice, we will not allow customers to handle produce until they have purchased it.

Our hope is that online ordering will be available in the next few days, ready for pick up by Tuesday next week, but if you need produce earlier, you can order veggies from Laura of Long Life Farm in Hopkinton for pick up tomorrow at her home: laura@longlifefarm.com

We will update with more information on pre-ordering when it is available. We will be able to accept cash, credit card and HIP payments.

As always, thank you for your support.