Monthly Archive: October 2016

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 31, 2016

Hello Folks!  We received about an inch of rain this week from a day of drizzle on Thursday and a couple of hours of heavier rain on Sunday.  This should help the crops remaining in the field to size up.  We also had a couple of cold nights; what we refer to as a hard freeze as compared to a light frost.  We have been continuing to cover the peppers but they sustain a little more damage each time and we have to pick much of the fruit green beforehand.  We will have peppers again this week but unfortunately not many of the beautiful red and yellow ripe fruit we have had. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 24, 2016

Hello Everyone!  This past weekend’s storms brought us a scant .4 of an inch of rain.  It was more wind than rain, and we continue with very dry conditions.  We will have another chance of precipitation on Thursday.  We will also have a couple of cold nights this week, but probably not severe enough to damage what remains in the fields. (more…)

Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies

Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies

This recipe was adapted by www.thekitchn.com from a Dan Lepard recipe published in The Guardian.  Mr. Lepard explains that the sweet potatoes maintain the brownie’s sweetness and texture while allowing for a little less butter and sugar.  He also says that you can further eliminate some sugar and fat by using less chocolate and adding in dried blueberries or sour cherries.  If your kids are not veggie fans, this may convert them! (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 17, 2016

Hello Folks!  So we have had 2 light frosts since my last update.  We were able to cover and protect a few crops, notably the peppers.  We tried to save a late planting of string beans but were only marginally successful.  We are still quite dry and are hoping for some rain on Friday.  Most of what remains in the fields now are brassica family crops that require a lot of water. (more…)

Beet Cake

Beet Cake

Yes, this cake is made with beets!  Very highly reviewed on food.com.  According to the recipe, the batter looks red, but the red bakes out.  Try it with almond flavored frosting, or serve it with homemade whipped cream. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 10, 2016

Hi Folks!  We are expecting the possibility of our first frost early Tuesday morning.  It will likely be a light one, and things will begin to warm up as we go through the week.  Most of what is left in the field is hardy enough to survive, and we will be covering a few tender crops to try and protect them.  This will be the last week for eggplant, except for maybe a few small ones as an extra.  We will have some lettuce in the shares again this week, although the heads won’t be very large; everything grows rather slowly now with the short days and cool nights.  For those who did not get broccoli last week, you should expect it this time around, otherwise there will be kale. We will be including a few decorative gourds and mini pumpkins in the share this week.  The mini pumpkins are edible, the gourds are not! (more…)