Monthly Archive: July 2016

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 25, 2016

Hi Folks, so it was another scorching week, and no rain fell.  We just received about a quarter of an inch of the wet stuff along with gale force winds at the time of this writing, with more possible this evening.  There are multiple chances for rain from thunderstorms later in the week into next week, so fingers crossed… (more…)

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

You’ve made mashed potatoes before, but have you ever tried mashed cauliflower?  This recipe, found on foodnetwork.com, is a delicious low carb alternative to your traditional mashed potatoes.  Try pre-roasting the garlic and adding a little fresh rosemary for an even bigger taste.  Serves 4. (more…)

Apples

Circle Brook Fruit Share 2016

We will once again offer a fruit share for the 2016 season. It will be a slightly shorter season (12 weeks) and comes with some caveats.  All of the local fruit producers have had a very bad season due to late frosts and freezes in the spring.  Many have lost their entire crop of plums and apricots and have had significant losses with peaches and nectarines.  Normally most of the fruit we distribute comes from an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY.  While the farm grows their vegetable crops organically, the fruit is labeled Eco-grown.  This means that they adhere as much as possible to organic methods but do spray when necessary with products not approved for organic production.  These sprays are primarily early in the season when the fruit is just setting.  The farm regularly tests the fruit to insure it is free of pesticide residues. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – July 18, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So the heat wave continues; great for those warm weather crops but not so easy on my crew and I.  We received ¾ of an inch of rain this past week from a downpour which lasted about 20 minutes.  While this is not ideal, we are grateful for any precipitation.  Eggplant and peppers have begun, and we are harvesting the first few tomatoes.  We believe we will have enough peppers and eggplant to provide a small quantity to all groups.  If we run short, we will start a rotation to cover all members in the next 2 weeks. (more…)

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Farm News – July 11, 2016

Hi Everyone, it was brutally hot last week but I guess most of you noticed that.  We continue to receive much needed rain and I am very busy catching up with planting.  We have another marvelous share for you this week.  It turns out we still have some snow and sugar snap peas available, although the quantity will be less.  We have delicious sweet onions with green tops (edible or good for soup stock).  These are not good keepers, so use them up within a week or so.  We are in rotation with the broccoli still, so it will be kale or broccoli, whatever you did not get last week.  We have abundant squash and cucumbers as well as cooking greens.   (more…)

Grilled Coconut Kale

Grilled Coconut Kale

This recipe found in The New York Times is rich and fiery, sweet and salty, all at once.  Grilling softens the texture of the kale without entirely removing the mild bitterness of the leaves, while the marinade of coconut milk, cayenne, salt and lemon juice caramelizes in the heat to create a perfect balance of flavors.  Serves 6 (more…)

Vegetable Fritters

Kohlrabi Fritters

If you’ve still got those funny looking bulbs staring you down on your counter, here’s a new take on kohlrabi.  I’ll admit that for 6 years of the CSA, I never dared try them.  This recipe made me a convert.  They will never go on the swap table again! (more…)

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Farm News – July 4, 2016

Hi Folks!  So we finally got some rain:  about 2” from several passing storms.  Most of the precipitation came in deluges, which is less than ideal but we are grateful for what we get.  One of these I narrowly escaped as I rushed out of the field on my small seeding tractor after planting some carrots.  I had just pulled it into the barn when the skies opened up and I was trapped there for a half an hour until the heavy rain abated.  That’s the good news… (more…)

Fennel

Fennel

Fennel, also known as sweet fennel or finocchio, originated in the Mediterranean and is popular in Italian and Scandinavian cooking. Closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander, this aromatic vegetable is the swollen, immature stem of a large, feathery bush. The young stems of the plant overlap at the base to form a bulb with white-to-pale-green ribbed layers. Although the stalks are similar to celery both in their appearance and in their crunchy texture, all parts of the plant (bulb, stalks, and fronds) have a pleasantly sweet anise, or licorice-like flavor, and are edible. (more…)