Winter CSA: December Share

Harvesting turnips and spinach for the CSA this morning.

It’s the first winter CSA pick up this weekend! And it’s going to be a cold one! We are very proud of this share.  We’ve got bunched hakurei turnips, mini-bib lettuce and spinach from the low tunnels that we picked today.  Plus pea tendrils and micro-greens from the big greenhouse and kale and leeks from the field.  Plus lots of delicious storage crops.

I get a little overly excited about season extension. In reality, selling vegetables at either end of the season and especially in winter is more expensive and more work.  I need supplies like row cover, hoops, low tunnels and then we have to put it all on and take it off!  Or, we have to pick it, and instead of bringing it to the CSA stand and having it disappear right away with happy customers, it has to be stored and monitored, and taken out of storage, and sorted.

Sometimes I wonder if I should just up the summer shares and get another job November-March. But who hires for that time-frame anyway?  And let’s face it, I’m only happy when I’m in charge. Plus, one of the reasons  I got into agriculture was because I wanted be a part of the solution to the waste and suffering caused by our current commercial food system, and I think addressing local food in the off-season a tricky and interesting part of the problem.

Oh, and did I mention only really cool people are willing to get a 25+ lb box of vegetables once a month in winter? And I like to make veggies available for them.

Thanks for joining our winter share.  I might gripe a little, but really, I love that I get to do farm work all year round.  Even when my fingers are cold and I’m covered in mud. We are glad you want to try year-round, local eating and we hope to help a little along the way.  I’ll post blogs with each share (like this one) with a little update from the farm, some pics, and then information about the produce and recipes.

If you are reading this and missed out on joining the share (it’s sold out!) you can join us at the Hopkinton Winter Farmer’s Market, starting Saturday December 15th 9-1  once/month until May.  We’ll also be at the two pop-up Ashland Markets in February.

That’s enough talk, I’ve got to get this email out – it was a long day harvesting, washing and sorting veggies for the share tomorrow.

What’s in the share:

3# carrots
6# butternut/carnival squash mix and match
4# sweet potatoes
2# onions, red and yellow mix and match
1/2# mini lettuce heads
1 bag pea tendrils or micro greens (great for salad or to top a soup, stew, or on a sandwich)
1/2# spinach
1 bunch hakurei turnips (very sweet, can be eaten raw in salad like radish, or sauteed or roasted or steamed.  Don’t forget to eat the greens!! They are tender and super healthy)
1# leeks and beets mix and match
1/2# kale
1# fingerlings (this variety is called papa cacho, its a long, funny heirloom that tastes great!)
1 pint of garlic/shallots mixed


Garlic Roasted Potatoes – Ina Garten

Roasted Carrots – Ina Garten

Butternut Squash Lasagna (this is very trendy right now)

Sweet Potato Dumplings

Sweet Potato Noodles (for all you spiralizer fans)

Butternut Squash and Kale Gratin  (a great way to hide your kale if that’s your style!)

Left-over Mashed Potato Pancakes (I had something like this at a hipster diner once and it was great. You could probably use sweet potatoes too, maybe up the flour a little bit.)

Cook the whole turnip bunch!

I hope this gives you some good ideas.  I LOVE when CSA members share recipes that they love.  It makes my job easier and it’s just fun to hear what you are enjoying.  Please send me an email or reply to the blog if you’ve got a recipe you think others would love.


Spring CSA – Week 2

Picking pea tendrils. Photo: Bob Durling Photography

We’ve got some important information you need to read if you’ve got a Spring CSA Share:

Pick Up is EVERY Week! I know we do every other week in the fall, but in spring, the greens are fresh and growing fast so we need to cut them every week.  In the fall we have a lot more storage produce which keeps much longer, making the every other week pick up more effective.

Put these dates in your calendar and you won’t miss a pick up:

Tuesday Pick Up: May 15th, May 22, May 29, June 5
Thursday Pick Up: May 17th, May 24, May 31, June 7th

Tasting Tour this week: Tour leaves from the farm stand promptly at 4:45pm Tuesday and Thursday

We are going to do our first Tasting Tours this week.  Tasting Tours are really just a short 45-60 minute gentle walking tour of the farm where we get to taste a few things here and there.  Your farmers will talk about what’s going on in the fields and help you get to know your food a little better.  It’s a lot of fun.  No need to RSVP.  Read more here.

Seedlings are for sale during CSA pick up hours this week and next.  We’ve got awesome seedling this year!  Feel free to peruse and purchase during CSA Hours.

CSA Spotlight: What did you do with your share last week?
This is a great way for members to share what they did with their share on a given week to give other members and potential members ideas of what to do with a CSA share. Thanks to our friend and CSA member, Carrie Marsh for the idea and for being first!  Want to be in the spotlight?  Send me an email and we’ll get you signed up:

CSA Spotlight: Carries has a Family of 5, two adults, three kids ages 8, 6, 3.5 (and yes, the kids eat all the veggies too!)
Family food motto: “waste not, want not” “picky eaters are made, not born”
Tuesday afternoon: pick up veggies, snack on a few micro greens in the car… yum! 
Wednesday breakfast: Bok Choy Smoothie (Bok Choy, banana, mango, blueberries in the Vitamix) 
Wednesday snack: cheese sandwich with basil micro greens 
Wednesday dinner: pasta salad with herbs de Provence chicken, chopped spinach, green onion, and basil micro greens 
Thursday: radish refrigerator pickles — keeps for several months in the fridge (radishes, rice vinegar, salt, honey) 
Thursday lunch: Bok Choy Waldorf Salad (chopped Bok Choy, apple, raisins, nuts, dressing)
Thursday dinner: side of pea tendril salad with oil and vinegar, toasted pumpkin seeds
Friday dinner: lettuce salad to go with our homemade pizza
Saturday and Sunday: hungry for more fresh veggies! 

This Week’s Share:

Lettuce Mix
Arugula/Mustard Greens
Micro Cilantro (in a pack like micro basil)
Fingerling Potatoes
Rosa di Milano Heirloom Onions
Choice: Baby Boy Choy, Baby Kale, Pea Tendrils, Micro-Greens

What to do with the share:

TACOS. This share definitely screams tacos.  Toppings: Finely chopped radishes and scallions, cilantro, lettuce/arugula/spinach and your choice of cheese, beef, chicken, beans . . . . you name it!

Salads are also a mainstay of the spring share.  Think about stocking up on your favorite salad dressings for the next month, or maybe make your own.

Warm Roasted Baby Potato (fingerling) and Arugula Salad

Mizuna Salad With Miso Dressing.  Mizuna is a very tender green and can either been enjoyed raw in a salad or very gently braised/tossed in at the end of a stir fry.  It has a fresh, sweet flavor.  Taste a leaf!

Spinach and Scallion Risotto





March 24th Pop-Up Farm Stand

We can’t go a month without selling some vegetables!  Yes, it is the leanest time of year for a New England Farm, but we still have some delicious produce we know you’ll love.  Plus, we are trying some new experiments in microgreens that we’re sure you’ll want to try.

We will also have: fingerling potatoes, potatoes, red and yellow onions, beets, carrots, rutabaga, kohlrabi, celery root, red and green cabbage and popcorn.

Researchers have found that micorgreens contain as much as 40 times the nutrients of their mature counterparts.  If you’re looking to turn over a new leaf this spring and try some really healthy treats (“fancy vegetable sprinkles” as one farmer recently put it!) you’ll definitely want to stop by.  Our new assistant manager is in love with micro-greens – let her convince you how amazing they are.

20% off for anyone who has already signed up for a 2018 CSA Share.  You can also sign up for a share, or talk to a farmer to learn more about our farm and why our CSA is a great value option for you and your family.

Remember to follow parking signs – a spring farm is a sloppy farm, and we don’t want to have to pull you out of the mud!