Monthly Archive: October 2013

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – Oct 31, 2013

Hi Folks,

It was a cold week here on the farm. We’ve had frost every morning and temperatures dropped into the mid-twenties on several nights. Even some of the more hardy crops have sustained a little damage, but nothing substantial. The principal effect of the low temperatures is slow growth and maturation. We have thousands of broccoli and cauliflower just beginning to head up but they take a bit longer than normal to reach harvestable size. Those who received broccoli or cauliflower last week will likely get Napa cabbage this time around. For those who got cabbage we will do our best to send broccoli or cauliflower. (more…)

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End of Season “Stock Up”

We will be offering one additional share to be delivered during the week of November 25th. This will be a “stock up” share and will include various vegetables that store well, so that you will be able to enjoy produce from the farm well into the winter months. The total weight of this share will be about 50 lbs.  (more…)

Celery Root Bisque

Celery Root Bisque

With fall definitely in the air, here is an earthy soup that can readily be doubled and frozen for even chillier days (or nights) ahead. As presented from cooks.com, serves 4.

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Latkes with Homemade Apple Sauce

Celeriac-Parsnip Latkes

Adapted by Melissa Clark of the NY Times last December (link) from The Mile End Cookbook by Noah and Rae Bernamoff, this recipe makes about 4 dozen latkes. With the Holidays just around the corner, there is no reason to swap the celeriac now (Hint: celeriac keeps for months if you can store between 30 and 40 degrees and don’t allow them to dry out)! (more…)

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Farm News – October 24, 2013

Hi Folks,  we had our heaviest frost to date on Sunday night. It’s too early to know how much damage was done. Most of what remains in the fields is hardy, but I was hoping to get another week out of the beans, peppers, and summer squash. Cold nights were predicted for later this week and we were planning to cover these crops to protect them, but last night’s frost was unexpected and it may now be too late. We had a nice steady rain for about ten minutes on Saturday night, so we remain on the dry side. (more…)

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

We all are familiar with the big orange pumpkins that are evident everywhere this time of year. But did you know that there are different types of pumpkins? (more…)

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Farm News – October 17, 2013

Hi Folks!  Unbelievably, we are still on the dry side here at the farm. Last Monday’s storms brought only a half an inch of precipitation and 3 days of predicted rainy weather at the end of the week left the rain gauge empty. We will need to continue moving the sprinklers around the fields to ensure that broccoli and cauliflower produce large heads. We continue to enjoy mild temperatures with no frost in sight for at least another week. (more…)

Baked Veggie Chips

Parsnip Chips

Kale and potato chips aren’t the only chips in town. You can also make parsnip chips. Roasting parsnips brings out their unique sweetness and charm, so if you are at a loss for what to make of parsnips, don’t swap them yet — try making chips. (more…)

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Farm News – October 10, 2013

Hi Folks, we received a small amount of rain over the weekend and are expecting more substantial precipitation on Monday.  We are scrambling to get the harvesting done ahead of what may be strong storms and heavy downpours. We have also been very busy bringing in an abundant winter squash crop before the groundhogs and wet conditions begin to take their toll. (more…)

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Farm News – October 3, 2013

Hi Everyone, Cool and dry about sums up the prevailing weather conditions here on the farm. We have already had 2 light frosts, but they were very light and spotty and haven’t done much damage. I am hopeful we will get a couple more weeks before a more damaging frost occurs. We are busy again moving the sprinklers around the fields beginning with the final plantings of herbs and spinach so they will germinate. (more…)