Monthly Archive: November 2017

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – November 20, 2017 (Stock up)

Hi Folks, thank you again for your support this season.  I am very thankful for the tremendous participation in the stock up share program and to those who purchased shares for donation.  I have been very worried that I would finish out the season in debt but, thanks to your help, I will be able to pay off my debts and hopefully have money to pay the mortgage through January. (more…)

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…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – November 13, 2017

Hello Everyone!  So, we have arrived at the end of another CSA season; a sad time for many of you and perhaps a relief for some of you as well.  I know that it sometimes a challenge to put to good use all of the produce you receive in your share each week.  We try to give a good value but sometimes we overwhelm.  We have tried our best to provide variety and quality, and I believe for the most part we were successful.  In any growing season, there are challenges and disappointments; this year it was with the tomatoes and, to some extent, the melons.  Both of these were the result of a wet summer.  For next season, we will be constructing more high tunnel greenhouses to grow tomatoes where they are protected from wet conditions.  We have a few of these now and were continuing to harvest a few tomatoes each week for market but never enough to ship to members, at least until last week when we suddenly had a preponderance of ripe fruit.  We sent a few out to several groups and will be attempting to cover the rest this week. (more…)

Celeriac Soup

Celeriac Soup

A fairly easy and quick recipe for those cold Winter days, courtesy of the Food Network Magazine.  As presented, the recipe serves 4. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – November 6, 2017

Hi Folks!  So, we’ve enjoyed a very mild fall thus far but it seems that is about to end.  We are expecting frost every night this week, and temps are forecast to dip into the teens on Friday night.  This is quite worrisome, as temperatures that low can damage even the hardiest of crops.  We are going to have to harvest a lot of stuff ahead of the deep freeze and cover whatever we can that is left in the field.   (more…)

Yacon Sauce

Yacon Sauce

Found on the Attainable Sustainable food blog, this “yacon sauce” recipe is a twist on apple sauce.  It’s not exactly like applesauce, but it’s “pretty darned good”!  Cooked yacon takes on the flavor of what you add to it; it’s not a very distinct flavor on its own. Consider this a base recipe and play with it a bit. I could see it working well with dried apricots, too, or maybe even mixed with fresh berries. (more…)

Buttercup Squash with Apples

Buttercup Squash with Apples

This recipe is from the Betty Crocker Cooking for Two cookbook and is a perfect pairing of fall crops.  Buttercup squash, like acorn squash, isn’t always easy to peel – this makes it a great squash for stuffing with other things.  With brown sugar and apples, this recipe makes for a sweet side dish.  Serves 2. (more…)