Westfield Area CSA Blog

Green Beans

Beans

Green beans, also known as snap beans because they “snap” when broken, are harvested when young, when the beans inside the pod are small and tender and the pods are thin. They are very low in calories and loaded with vitamins K, A, and C, fiber, folate and anti-oxidants. Interestingly, green beans were originally cultivated in Peru and were then spread throughout Central and South America by Indian tribes. Spanish explorers brought them back from the “New World” to Europe in the 16th century, and from there they spread around the world. (more…)

Summer Succotash

Summer Succotash

If you’re tired of traditional succotash, try this recipe from the “Simply Organic” by Jesse Ziff Cool.  It deviates from the classic style of succotash by substituting green beans for lima beans, and adding hot peppers, cumin, and lime for a southwestern twist. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – August 5, 2019

Hi Everyone!  So, we begin as usual, with the weather report.  We had two light rains over the weekend totaling about a half an inch.  This was greatly appreciated as we are in the process of transplanting the fall brassica crops as well as direct-seeding other crops for harvest during the second half of the season.  Generally, we have been receiving plenty of sunshine and warm, yet not scorching, temperatures.  All in all, I would say the weather has been copacetic and is predicted to remain so for the next couple of weeks.  We did have a large planting of fall carrots and a planting of dill and cilantro fail to germinate after the heavy rain 2 weeks back.  I am in the process of replanting but had to order more seed, since I used up all of my favorite varieties. (more…)

Ground Cherries

Ground Cherries

Ground cherries  (aka goldenberries, husk tomatoes, or cape gooseberries) are one of the fun, unique items that you learn about when you join our CSA.  These small fruit are in the tomato family and have a paper wrapper similar to a tomatillo.  They are very sweet and have an interesting flavor, nutty and a bit of pineapple.  (more…)

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a traditional French stewed vegetable dish originating in Nice, but popular among the entire Mediterranean coast.  Mid-summer CSA shares will provide all you need for this delicious classic.  Serves 4-6. (more…)