CSA Extension Share – Week #6 – FINAL WEEK OF THE 2017 SEASON

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CSA Extension Week #6 - December 12th - December 15th

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Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures, tips, recipes, and inspiration. Click on each vegetable for details.

Not sure what to do with something – Look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links to information on each vegetable.

 

Beets **
Celeriac **
Cabbage **
Onion
Garlic
Turnip - Hakurei **
Potato-German Butterball or Yukon Gold or Mountain Rose or Kennebec
Baby Carrots

Special Thank You Gift for Extension Members!!
Our World Famous Garlic Powder

**FEATURE RECEIPE SEE BELOW

Farm News and Happenings


Gift Cards and and Online Membership Form

eGift Cards now available – You can purchase a deposit, Small Share, Large Share, or anywhere in between. Visit our online store.

Online Membership Form – You can complete your membership form using Google Forms – no printing necessary!!

Last month to Save 5%  – MEMBERSHIP FORM  – Full payment by Jan 1, 2018

Payment Plan – Can we count on you for next season? Unable to pay in full? No worries!!

Join now with a payment plan –

Small Share $25 Deposit-$80/mo 5 payments starting in May  2018

Large Share $75 Deposit – $100/month – 5 payments starting in May 2018

If you have already joined, THANK YOU!!  Please help us to grow our membership and tell a friend about our CSA.

**FEATURE RECEIPES

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Roasted Beets – I used my cast iron dutch oven – Yum!

Cabbage Steaks – a must try recipe – we love it

Roasted Hakurei – you can use whatever spices and flavors you like – here is how we do it

Smashed Celeriac – our farm favorite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSA Extension Share – Week #5

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CSA Extension Week #5 - December 5th - December 8th

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Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures, tips, recipes, and inspiration. Click on each vegetable for details.

Not sure what to do with something – Look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links to information on each vegetable.

Butternut Squash
Garlic
Daikon Radish **
Kennebec Potato
Kale Mix w/handful of swiss chard
Sweet Potato **
Onion
Parsley

**FEATURE RECEIPE SEE BELOW

Farm News and Happenings


Last month to Save 5% on next season – MEMBERSHIP FORM  If you have already joined, THANK YOU!!  Please help us to grow our membership and tell a friend about our CSA.

**Roasted Sweet Potato Rounds – this is very easy and quick, our favorite way to eat these little sweet potatoes – see Sweet Potato  in Vegetable Directory

** Daikon au Gratin – too many daikon radish in your fridge? tested a new receipe – kid approved.. hope you like it too — you have enough in your share this week alone. Please see Daikon Radish in Vegetable Directory

Kennebec Potato – widely used for the dual culinary purposes of producing potato chips and French fries. Kennebec potatoes are a universal potato. They can be baked, mashed, roasted, or made into scalloped potatoes; thin skins -no need to peel.

Weekly Cooking Tips:  Kohlrabi  & Celeriac can be boiled and mashed with your potatoes – you can also add finely chopped parsley if you don’t use it all in your Daikon au Gratin — we also usually add a few cloves of garlic to our boiling pot too for garlic mashed potato

 

CSA Extension Share – Week #4

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CSA Extension Week #4 - November 28th - December 1st

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Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures, tips, recipes, and inspiration. Click on each vegetable for details.

Not sure what to do with something – Look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links to information on each vegetable.

 

Beets
Black Radish
Celeriac
Garlic
Spinach
Turnip - Hakurei & Scarlet mix
Red Cabbage

Farm News and Happenings

We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!  We certainly did here. We purchased a local certified organic turkey from Good Life Farm in Interlaken, NY.  They really do a wonderful job and their turkeys are raised very much like the ones we raised years ago – on true pasture. It may be a possibility to pre-order for our CSA Members for next season.  If you are interested, please let us know.

Know your Farmer!! – It Matters

Organic has a history.  The United States National Organic Standards rules for Organic were not written and implemented until 2002.  Our farm began in 2005 and we have been Certified Organic from the start. Some interesting and sometimes disturbing things have been going on in the organic world. As organic becomes more and more mainstream and a marketing strategy, Big Agriculture has been digging their claws in. We read a very informative article about Organic Certification allowing hydroponics into organic. There has been great disagreement with this allowance. Organic is more than just about the pesticides. It is about the soil along with the impact the process has on our environment and health.  There is a video at the end of the article. It is up to you to be an informed consumer and your own watchdog.  Purchasing “organic” from a small farmer is a lot different from purchasing “organic” from a large-scale industry.

Don’t be misled by packaging and imagery when voting with your food dollars.


Here is a link and excerpt from the article – Please take a moment to read it.

The Night They Drove Organic Down – by Dave Chapman  November 20, 2017
http://www.patagonia.com
All of the organic philosophy is about building the health of the soil.”
After massive scandal and fraud in recent years, this was our last chance to regain the lost integrity of the organic seal. The regulatory issue up for a vote was whether soil is the necessary foundation for organic farming. If soil isn’t required, hydroponics will lead the way to a new USDA Organic. But the bigger issue was the integrity of the National Organic Program. Does it stand for real organic, or has it become a marketing tool for industrial agriculture?
This has become an international issue, as a debate takes place between the organic movement and the hydro industry. Organic has always been about the soil. In our world of Walganic, soil is easily forgotten by recent converts. They ask, “Isn’t it just about pesticides?”
No.

Here is an informative graphic from the Cornucopia Institute showing how large industrial processors have been purchasing up the organic processors as consumers have shown increased interest.  Who Owns Organic

If you ever have any questions about our farming practices or organic certification – please ask!

CSA Extension Share – Week #3

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CSA Extension Week #3 - November 14th - November 17th

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Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures, tips, recipes, and inspiration. Click on each vegetable for details.

Not sure what to do with something – Look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links to information on each vegetable.

 

 

Butternut Squash 
Sweet Potato
Onion
Garlic
Spinach
Parsley
Potato - German Butterball

Farm News and Happenings

No Delivery next week – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Delivery resumes the following week – Tuesday 11/28 – Friday 12/1

We hope that you have wonderful bountiful feast. This is one of our favorite holidays. We are truly thankful for the season.  We get a chance to take a breath and enjoy the bounty.

Look what came in the mail!!!!!

I know what we are doing next week…… We are already beginning to plan for next season. We generally choose a few new varieties to grow.  We order 98% of our seeds from High Mowing Seeds. They offer a CSS (Community Supported Seed) program. When we purchase our “Community Seed Share” before December 21st, we save 10%. This is the savings that we pass along to you –when you join our CSA early. Thank You!!

Now accepting membership for 2018 with a 5% Discount.

If you have already joined, THANK YOU!!  Please help us to grow our membership and tell a friend about our CSA.

 

CSA Extension Share – Week #2

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CSA Extension Week #2 - November 7th - November 9th

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Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures, tips, recipes, and inspiration. Click on each vegetable for details.

Not sure what to do with something – Look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links to information on each vegetable.

 

Beets                                                              
Daikon Radish
Kohlrabi
Cabbage – Napa/ Green
Kale -Lacinato (Dinosaur)
Spinach
Hakurei Salad Turnip
Radicchio

Farm News and Happenings

FRIDAY DELIVERIES – Rescheduled to Thursday this week.     No CSA deliveries on Friday, Nov 10th – Veterans Day

Now accepting membership for 2018 with a 5% Discount. If you have already joined, THANK YOU!!  Please help us to grow our membership and tell a friend about our CSA.

GARLIC PLANTING – Planting the garlic this season has been a challenge as we have had to wait longer than normal due to the excessive rain we received in the past few weeks. However, it is now done!  Process: Garlic Bulbs are broken down into cloves and counted; Rows and spacing marked in the bed; Individual cloves are dropped for planting in marked rows at spacing needed; Cloves are hand pressed into soil in proper direction and spacing; Beds are mulched with organic straw for winter protection and weed suppression. The garlic is all tucked in for winter – Garlic Harvest……..July 2018!

As some of you may know, we had to purchase new garlic seed this season.  We have been building up our garlic seed since we started farming in 2005. At one time or another we purchased garlic seed that was contaminated with bloat nematode that has infected our soil. This particular nematode effects garlic and onions.  We are unable to save our garlic as seed and purchased Certified Organic /Certified Nematode Free seed to plant this year. We have had to plant in a field that we have not ever planted garlic in hopes of eliminating the cycle. This type of nematode can survive in the soil over winter and for many years. Now it is a matter of reduction and management.

Articles about garlic bloat nematodes:

Bloat Nematode – High Mowing Seeds

Bloat Nematode – University of Maine

CSA Extension Share – Week #1

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CSA Extension Week #1 - October 31st - November 3rd

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Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures tips, inspiration and links. Click on each vegetable for details.

 

 

 

Celeriac no tops (Celery Root)
Thyme (for your smashed celeriac:)
Potato - German Butterball
Parsley
Radish - Watermelon & Daikon
Butternut Squash
Baby Lettuce Mix
Hakurei Turnip with greens
Garlic

Farm News and Happenings

Thanks for joining our CSA Extension!  When you receive your share this week, take note of the share list – our cell phone numbers are listed if you need to text us.

Joe has been busy cleaning up the fields for winter and getting the cover crop planted.  Special thanks to Holly for helping!!!  We planted certified organic Triticale and Austrian Winter Peas for cover crop. This will grow and help reduce soil erosion and hold nutrients in the soil. These will be worked into the soil in spring to add organic matter.

 

 

CSA Shares Week #21 – Final Week regular season – NOV/DEC Extension starts next week

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Week #21 - October 24th - October 27th

The list below is what you will find in your share this week. Follow the links to each vegetable for storage tips, preservation, inspiration, and recipe ideas. Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links. Varieties and quantities may vary between large and small share.

Pepper
Cabbage 
Onion
Beans
Parsley
Garlic
Arugula
Winter Squash - Butternut or Spaghetti
Carrots
Beets
Black Radish
Daikon Radish
LARGE ONLY:
Napa Cabbage
Bok Choy
Baby Lettuce Mix

Farm News and Happenings

CSA NOV/DEC Extension Share – Members must be registered and paid this week to be included. Membership Form  – Membership forms available at your CSA Pick up

FINAL WEEK!! Regular season June-October

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Thank you for being part of our CSA this season! We hope that you have enjoyed eating through the season, tried something new, and found a new favorite vegetable or recipe. Being part of a CSA is a special experience as it brings you a bit closer to weather conditions, home cooking, and control of your health.  Aside from your personal benefits you are also part of a bigger picture. Your membership and dedication to our CSA also benefits the environment. When you are part of our CSA you can be sure that your purchase has reduced synthetic chemicals entering our air, soil, and waterways. Organic farming is based on soil health and we continue to work with nature, improve our soil health, and the environment as a whole.

To learn more: The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. “As we face uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense of oil, lack of water, and a growing population, we will require farming systems that can adapt, withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing food. After more than 30 years of side-by-side research in our Farming Systems Trial (FST), Rodale Institute has demonstrated that organic farming is better equipped to feed us now and well into the ever changing future.”

 

Thank you from the Farm Crew:  Joe, Joely and our boys – Joseph, Angus & Marcus

Our extended crew – “The Girls”

 

 

CSA Shares Week #20

Week #20 - October 16th - October 20th

The list below is what you will find in your share this week. Follow the links to each vegetable for storage tips, preservation, and recipe ideas. Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links. Varieties and quantities may vary between large and small share.

Celeriac
Radicchio
Spinach
Arugula
Potato
Parsley
Pepper
Garlic
Green Cabbage
Daikon Radish
Beans
Onion
Large Only:
Kale - Dinosaur/Lacinato
Winter Squash - Butternut or Spaghetti
Lettuce

Farm News and Happenings

After this week – only 1 week left for the regular season.

CSA Extension Share – Still a few spots left – NOV & DEC –Membership Form 

Let us know this week if you would like to be included – Membership forms also available at your CSA Pick up

Open House – Special thank you to those that attended and signed up for next season!!

We had a great time and really enjoyed showing everyone around the farm. You can find the receipes on our Pinterest Boards or use the following links to recipes for the seasonal dishes: Butternut Squash “Mac and Cheese” , Swedish Beet Salad, Roasted Garlic Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Garlicky Greens & Beans, Spicey Eggplant Caponata, Spaghetti Squash, Kale Pesto, with Kohlrabi & Celeriac sticks. The coffee tasting provided by Seneca Sunrise Coffee – Congo & Bali Blue Moon. Did you know that if you order coffee (1 lb bags ground or whole bean) you can have it delivered with your CSA Share. Oh yes, it is true. Contact the coffee shop – for delivery the following week.

CSA Shares Week #19

Week #19 - October 10th - October 13th

The list below is what you will find in your share this week. Follow the links to each vegetable for storage tips, preservation, and recipe ideas. Be sure to take a look at the Vegetable Directory for pictures and links. Varieties and quantities may vary between large and small share.

Spaghetti or Butternut Squash
Sweet Potato - See Note
Arugula
Radish - Watermelon & Black & Daikon
Baby Lettuce Mix
Pepper
Beets
Garlic
Kale - Dinosaur
LARGE SHARE ONLY
Kohlrabi
Celeriac
Eggplant - Japanese

Farm News and Happenings 

After this week – only 2 weeks left for the regular season.

Open House JuneOpen House – At the Farm Saturday, October 14th  1-4PM 

This is our final event at the farm for this season.  We invite you to visit the farm and we will prepare some seasonal dishes for you to sample. This is the time to think of joining our CSA for the next season. We offer a 10% discount to members that pay in full with check or cash at the open house.
Purchasing with a credit card – Save 7% at our Online Store.
When you join early, this helps us purchase the supplies necessary to get the season started.

CSA Extension Share – NOV & DEC –Membership Form This share is for current CSA members that are looking to continue longer. Extension CSA shares are for 6 weeks – no delivieries Thanksgiving or Christmas week. 10/30-11/17 (3wks) & 11/27-12/15 (3wks)  – Membership forms also available at your CSA Pick up

You can purchase your Extension Share with a credit card at our Online Store

ORGANIC FRUIT – for our CSA Members – Offered by Blue Moon Organics – Details HERE   –   you can order and pick up at their farm or we can deliver with your CSA share for $2 delivery fee.

CSA Shares Week #18

Week #18 - October 3rd - October 6th

The list below is what you will find in your share this week. Follow the links to each vegetable for storage tips, preservation, and recipe ideas. Varieties and quantities vary between large and small share.

Butternut Squash
Arugula
Daikon Radish
Green Cabbage
Swiss Chard
Spinach
Pepper
Carrots
Turnip
Parsley
Onion
Garlic
Kohlrabi (small share only)
LARGE SHARE
Kale - Dinosaur
Bok Choy
Turnip - Hakurei
Eggplant - Japanese

Farm News and Happenings       NOFA-NY LOGO           UDSA Organic  Organic Insp

We had our Organic Inspection this weekend. We are certified organic by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC.  During our annual inspection our seed orders, fields, record keeping, and procedures are reviewed for compliance. Do you have a question about what being certified organic means?

If you are interested in finding out more about the requirements to be certified organic please take a look at NOFA-NY rules and regulations.

Our inspector this year was Paul Porter – Paul and his wife Kendra run a certified organic farm, CSA, and a food truck, Potatoes and Molasses, that serves fresh, wholesome food utilizing produce from their farm.
(Farm-to-Table – On the Go : Here is an article about his food truck )

CSA Extension Share – NOV & DEC –Membership Form 

This share is for current CSA members that are looking to continue longer. Extension CSA shares are for 6 weeks – no delivieries Thanksgiving or Christmas week. 10/30-11/17 (3wks) & 11/27-12/15 (3wks)  – Membership forms also available at your CSA Pick up

You can purchase your Extension Share with a credit card at our Online Store

**Save the Date**

Open House – Saturday, October 14th – 1 – 4 PM  

This is our final event at the farm for this season.  We invite you to visit the farm and we will prepare some seasonal dishes for you to sample. This is the time to think of joining our CSA for the next season. We offer a 10% discount to members that pay in full with check or cash at or before the open house.
Purchasing with a credit card – Save 7% at our Online Store.
When you join early, this helps us purchase the supplies necessary to get the season started.
Open House June
ORGANIC FRUIT – for our CSA Members – Offered by Blue Moon Organics – Details HERE   –   you can order and pick up at their farm or we can deliver with your CSA share for $2 delivery fee.