Westfield Area CSA

Orach

Orach

Orach, also called mountain spinach and bearing some similarity to spinach, is an interesting heirloom vegetable that you probably won’t find in many grocery stores.  The velvety leaves are burgundy on one side and deep green on the other, with bright magenta stems, making it pretty enough to be a houseplant. When cooked, it bleeds pink, tinting surrounding ingredients like rice a reddish bubble gum color. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – August 21, 2014

Hello Everyone, We received about 1.3 inches of rain from last week’s storms that were predicted to bring 2 to 4 inches. While I was glad not to get 4 inches, I was hoping for a little more. After 3 weeks without rain, the ground quickly soaked up the moisture and is still on the dry side. The precipitation was helpful for germinating seeds and watering in some of our transplanted crops, giving us a break from moving the sprinklers around the field. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – August 14, 2014

Hi Folks, We are still very dry here on the farm. On Tuesday evening, returning from market in Hoboken, we drove through some heavy showers but when we arrived at the farm it was dry. It looks as though we may get some precipitation this Tuesday or Wednesday- keep your fingers crossed! (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…)

photo by: Pen Waggener
Tromboncino

Tromboncino

This unique heirloom squash from Italy can be either a summer or a winter squash depending on when it is harvested.  In late summer tromboncinos are pale green or almost white, and can be treated like a firmer, sweeter zucchini.  When harvested late in the season, tromboncinos become more golden and firm like a butternut squash. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – August 7, 2014

Hello Everyone, we continue to enjoy mild temperatures for this time of the season. Unfortunately the several days of potential rain that were predicted over the weekend did not bring us any precipitation. We have been busy seeding and transplanting fall crops and were hoping for some rain to get seeds germinating and young plants to take root. We will have to begin moving our overhead irrigation around the fields and keep our fingers crossed for the next chance of rain on Wednesday. (more…)

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Welcome to Summer Squash season! As you may have noticed already, summer squash appears in a variety of shapes and colors, the most prevalent being the well-known green zucchini; the straight, or crooked neck, yellow squash; and the round, flat, often scalloped edge, patty pan squash. All these varieties are tender, warm-season vegetables, that differ from their fall and winter cousins in that they are selected to be harvested while still immature. Thus the entire vegetable, rind, flesh, and seeds, can be eaten. (more…)

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