Westfield Area CSA

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 18, 2015

Hello Everyone, So it never rains but it pours, isn’t that the saying? After nearly 6 weeks without rain it has now been raining regularly and a little heavier than I would like. We were almost caught up with our planting schedule and now have fallen behind again, due to many days of sodden soils that keep us from preparing the beds for planting. But the veggies are growing beautifully! I have also been trying to take off some of my cover crops baled as hay to later use for mulch, which is also confounded by the wet conditions. It’s time to plant the pumpkins and winter squash but I can’t plow the ground until I take the hay off. You’ve got to make hay while the sun shines! Literally! (more…)

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is neither a root nor a leafy vegetable but a swollen stem (a member of the cabbage family) that grows perched on top of the ground.  This versatile veggie is underutilized in the U.S. but is common in Central Europe and Asia.  Some claim it tastes a little like a turnip, others like a cabbage. Not surprising since it was bred from a combination of the German “kohl” (cabbage) and “rabi” (turnip). It is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C and also includes some calcium and vitamin A.  The taste and texture is similar to that of a broccoli stem, accented by radish, but is much sweeter and milder. (more…)

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Ingredients:

1 cup garlic scapes (about 8 or 9 scapes), top flowery part removed, cut into ¼-inch slices
1/3 cup walnuts
¾ cup olive oil
¼-½ cup grated parmesan
½ teaspoon salt black pepper to taste (more…)

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Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – June 11, 2015

Hello Everyone!  So here we go — we have arrived at the first week of CSA deliveries. As previously mentioned we got off to a very late start with our planting this year thanks to another interminable winter. The first delivery will be a bit smaller than in previous seasons. We have some potatoes held over in cold storage from last season which we will be shipping this week and next as supplies last. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – May 11, 2015

Hello Folks, Welcome to the 2015 Circle Brook Farm CSA season! As you may have noticed it was another long hard winter!  We have been busy in the greenhouse since the ides of March, but were not able to start working the ground until Mid-April.  April 23 was the first day of work for many of my field crew and it was an overcast, blustery one with intermittent snow flurries all day. I’m sure they were wishing they could have remained in their tropical clime a bit longer. Since then the weather has gotten nice; unfortunately “nice” for most people is not always the best for farming. (more…)

Lots of lettuce

Westfield CSA accepting applications for 2015 season!

It’s time to sign up for the 2015 season!

The price for the 2015 season is $650, with a $25 discount if paid in full by March 1 (That’s only $26/week for the early birds).

You can put down a non-refundable deposit of $200 to save your share. Remember paying in full before March 1 gets you the discount. If you have extenuating circumstances and need to work out a payment plan we can work with you.

Email westfieldcsa@gmail.com for more information or click here to download an application form.

As before, you can split a share with someone else. If you need help finding someone to split with, let us know and we will pair you up as I get requests, or add a comment below.

Returning members will be guaranteed a spot in the CSA if registered by Feb 8. After that registration is first come, first served.

Share this information with anyone who may be interested in joining the Westfield Area CSA!

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Winter Veggies

Protecting the Stock-Up

Now that you have your stock-up share, how do you keep it edible if you don’t want to refrigerate everything? If you don’t have a root cellar, and my guess is few of us have one, can you leave it all in the garage or is it safer in the basement? (more…)

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